Honor 9 Lite has a bigger 5.65-inch IPS display with 2560 x 1080 pixels Full HD+ resolution, which results in 427 ppi pixel density. On top of the display, there’s a layer of 2.5D curved glass. However, it seems to lack Corning Gorilla Glass or any kind of screen protection for that matter, which is disappointing. I feel such a beautiful looking display shouldn’t be left wandering without the presence of any additional protection.
Interaction with the ‘FullView display’ was a pleasant experience, except for smudges and fingerprints. Because it lacks an oleophobic coating. Given the fact that the screen has 18:9 aspect ratio, there’s an ample amount of extra real estate for more content visibility on the front. Honor seems to have done a good job on that front by reducing the size of bezels. However, those bezels were pretty much visible up front.
Viewing angles and colour reproduction are top-notch, thanks to the IPS display. However, it oversharpens text or image, which is both noticeable and cringe-worthy at the same time. It provides a high brightness, resulting in pretty good sunlight legibility. So, interacting with the display under direct sunlight wasn’t much of an issue as such. But I often kept it minimum to avoid eye fatigue.
Honor 9 Lite supports adaptive brightness that automatically determines the ideal brightness depending on surroundings. It also offers a mode called ‘eye comfort’ to filter out blue light, which is helpful while reading or interacting with the display in dark conditions. There was also a screen saver option that automatically shows pictures while the handset is charging, which isn’t that useful.
Overall, I found Honor 9 Lite’s display a slight above average. It could have been much better had it offered an oleophobic coating if not a Corning Gorilla Glass protection. The brightness level is optimum whereas viewing angles and colour reproduction are nothing to complain about. Sharpness could have ideally been reduced to some extent because here it did manage to impact my reading as well as a viewing experience.