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HONOR 90 Lite 5G Review: Style, Performance, and Affordable

HONOR 90 Lite 5G

Honor is known for delivering impressive devices that combine style, performance, and affordability. The brand recently introduced new budget-friendly smartphones and even a tablet to the market. Including the HONOR 90 Lite 5G, a streamlined version of the popular HONOR 90 5G, designed to cater to a wider audience.

HONOR 90 Lite 5G

The HONOR 90 Lite is a budget-friendly option, offering a compelling package for those looking for a smartphone that doesn't break the bank. In this review, we'll explore its design, display, performance, camera capabilities, battery life, and overall user experience to help you decide on your buying decision.

HONOR 90 Lite 5G Specs

MagicOS 7.1 Based on Android 13
6.7-inch Full HD+ LTPS LCD display, 2388 x 1080 pixel resolution, 391ppi
90Hz refresh rate
2.2GHz MediaTek Dimensity 6020 octa-core processor
Mali-G57 MC2 GPU
256GB internal storage, non-expandable
100MP(f/1.9) + 5MP (f/2.2) ultra-wide + 2MP (f/2.4) macro rear cameras, LED flash
16MP (f/2.45) selfie camera
Side-munted fingerprint scanner
Single loudspeaker
Hi-Res audio
Dual nano-SIM
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band
BT5.1, Support BLE, SBC, AAC
4,500mAh battery, 22.5W fast charging
Colors: Cyan Lake, Titanium Silver, Midnight Black

Design and Build Quality
The HONOR 90 Lite has a sleek and modern design that caught my attention. It boasts a design that seamlessly blends the latest trends. It has sharp, straight edges and a smooth back surface that is magnet-free from marks and fingerprints. At a mere 7.48mm thickness and a lightweight 179g, it felt comfortable and effortless to hold and use.

HONOR 90 Lite 5G

What truly sets this device apart is its robust design. HONOR has ingeniously incorporated technology that repels water, dust, and dirt. It's a feature that provides peace of mind, knowing that this device can handle challenging environments.

HONOR 90 Lite 5G

The Dual Ring Camera design, drawing inspiration from the world of fine jewelry, added a touch of premium to the HONOR 90 Lite which is a nice touch. The star of the show is the edgeless 6.7-inch display. This generously sized screen, with its 93.6% screen-to-body ratio, allows for immersive content consumption. Whether I was binge-watching videos or scrolling through my social media feed, the display made everything look better.

HONOR 90 Lite 5G

Additionally, the device offers a choice of three captivating colors inspired by nature: Cyan Lake, Titanium Silver, and Midnight Black. This variety allowed me to pick a shade that resonated with my personal style and preferences, adding a personal touch to the already impressive design and build quality.

Edgeless Display
The 6.7-inch Edgeless display of the HONOR 90 Lite left a good impression on me, especially in terms of eye comfort. It's designed with the user's well-being in mind, featuring a TÜV Rheinland certified Low Blue Light display. During my use, I appreciated this feature as it made a noticeable difference in reducing eye strain, particularly when I used the smartphone for extended periods.

HONOR 90 Lite 5G

However, it's worth noting one drawback I encountered—the display's brightness under direct sunlight. While the display is vibrant and clear indoors, it sometimes struggles to maintain optimal visibility in bright outdoor conditions.

That said, the certification brings with it some elements, such as the Circadian Night Display and Dynamic Dimming technology. These work seamlessly to create a more soothing and comfortable viewing experience, which is a huge plus for anyone who relies heavily on their smartphone throughout the day.

HONOR 90 Lite 5G

What further enhances this display is the HONOR Display Color Calibration technology. This feature ensured that the colors were vibrant. Whether I was scrolling through photos, streaming movies, or engaging in some gaming, the display elevated my visual experience.

Additionally, the display offers an adaptive refresh rate of up to 90Hz, a feature that adds to the overall smoothness of the user experience. This made interactions with the device feel fluid and responsive, contributing to an even more enjoyable experience.

HONOR 90 Lite 5G

While the HONOR 90 Lite offers an excellent overall display, users who prioritize superior contrast and color vibrancy may find the LTPS LCD display to be a slight disadvantage compared to the technology found in AMOLED displays in smartphones.

Performance and Software
The HONOR 90 Lite 5G is a reliable smartphone, it's powered by a MediaTek Dimensity 6020 chipset, and with 8GB of RAM plus 4GB HONOR RAM Turbo, along with a generous 256GB of storage, this smartphone can handle the latest games from Google Play easily.

HONOR 90 Lite 5G

In terms of gaming, from intense shooting games to MMORPG games, and even casual games, the device's hardware ensured that my gameplay experience was smooth and responsive.

In action-packed shooting games like Call of Duty Mobile, visuals and graphics can be set to medium for better gameplay, which allows me to react quickly to opponents and make precise shots. 

HONOR 90 Lite 5G

The 8GB of RAM ensured that the game loaded swiftly, and the ample storage space meant I could install multiple games without worrying about running out of room. Even in MMORPGs with complex worlds and graphics, the device delivered an immersive gaming experience. The responsive touch controls and fluid graphics made exploring virtual realms a joy.

For casual gaming, the HONOR 90 Lite 5G handled titles like 8-Ball, Fall Guys, and other titles effortlessly as well. Whether it was solving puzzles or racing against the clock, the device provided a lag-free and enjoyable gaming session.

What's more, it runs on MagicOS 7.1, a user-friendly system built on Android 13. It not only offers a seamless gaming experience but also provides customization options to tailor your device to your preferences. Whether you're a serious gamer or just enjoy the occasional game, the HONOR 90 Lite 5G proves to be a capable device.

100MP Camera
The HONOR 90 Lite 5G sports a triple-camera system. It includes a 100-megapixel main sensor with a wide f/1.9 aperture, a 5-megapixel wide and depth camera, and a 2-megapixel macro camera for close-up shots. Additionally, there's a 16-megapixel selfie camera on the front, perfect for taking self-portraits and group selfies.

HONOR 90 Lite 5G

I enjoyed shooting with the HONOR 90 Lite 5G's triple-camera setup. It proved to be a good combination for this device. Whether I was shooting landscapes, portraits, or just everyday scenes, the level of detail and clarity in the photos was above average.

The colors were vibrant, and the camera's dynamic range was commendable, allowing me to capture photos even in tricky lighting conditions. Furthermore, the main camera performed admirably in low-light situations, and thanks to its large aperture, my nighttime shots remained usable and ready to share on social media.

The 5-megapixel wide-angle and depth camera is good for shooting landscapes and group shots. Additionally, the depth-sensing capabilities came in handy for creating bokeh effects in portrait mode. When it came to close-up photography, the 2-megapixel macro camera did not disappoint. While it may not match the resolution of the main camera, it delivered surprisingly good-quality macro shots.

On the front side, the 16MP selfie camera proved to be ideal for taking self-portraits and group selfies. Its f/2.45 aperture ensured that even in less-than-ideal lighting conditions, selfies remained Instagram-ready. The camera app offered a range of beauty and enhancement features, allowing me to fine-tune my selfies.

The HONOR 90 Lite 5G offers support for Full HD video shooting, allowing you to record videos at a resolution of up to 1080p (up to 1920x1080). This ensures that videos are of high quality and suitable for any purpose, including sharing on social media or enjoying them on larger screens.

Additionally, while the camera performs admirably in many aspects, a potential limitation is the lack of optical image stabilization (OIS). OIS plays a crucial role in stabilizing both photos and videos, especially in low-light situations or when capturing images while in motion. The absence of OIS may occasionally lead to slightly less steady shots in specific scenarios.

One noticeable absence in the camera setup is an ultra-wide-angle lens. The inclusion of an ultra-wide lens would have added even more versatility to the camera's capabilities, allowing for wider perspectives and creative shots.

Battery Life
When it comes to everyday use, the HONOR 90 Lite stands out. Its 4500mAh Li-ion Polymer Battery can last up to 2 days of moderate usage. Even during intense usage, the device maintains its performance, which ensures that I can remain connected and entertained without worrying about running out of battery.

HONOR 90 Lite 5G

The HONOR 90 Lite 5G's 4500mAh battery can be charged using the 22.5W HONOR SuperCharge. Within just thirty minutes, the battery can reach a 53% charge. While it may not be the absolute fastest, it certainly isn't sluggish either. 

HONOR 90 Lite 5G

However, for those looking for a faster and more efficient charging solution, the Ugreen Nexode 65W RoboGaN Fast Charger is worth considering. With its cute design and the ability for faster and safer battery charging, it combines style and performance seamlessly.

Stylish Design
Impressive Camera System
Good Performance
Long battery life
Customizable OS
Vibrant Display

Plastic built
Lack of an Ultra-Wide Lens
No Optical Image Stabilization (OIS)
Not really a fast charger

The HONOR 90 Lite 5G is a nice smartphone with a good camera system, a stylish design, a vibrant display, a capable chipset, and generous storage. It also has a long battery life. Overall, it offers a well-rounded experience that is compelling for those looking for a balance of style, performance, and photography capabilities at an affordable price point.

Pricing and Availability
The HONOR 90 Lite 5G is available in two elegant and shimmering colors Cyan Lake and Midnight Black, it's available for only ₱12,990. Pre-orders start from September 27 to 30, 2023 where you can get a FREE HONOR Gift Earbuds worth ₱1,590 at HONOR Experience and Partner Stores or online via Lazada (, Shopee (, and TikTok Shop ( HONOR fans can also avail of HONOR 90 Lite 5G via Home Credit for as low as ₱521 per month.
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