Powering Honor 9 Lite is Huawei’s HiSilicon Kirin 659 octa-core chip coupled with 4GB RAM and Mali-T860 GPU for graphics. The chip aims at mid-range smartphones with 8 ARM Cortex-A53 cores. Thanks to 4 power-saving cores clocked at 1.7GHz and 4 performance cores clocked at 2.3GHz. I ran it through some of our standard benchmark tests and it managed an AnTuTu score of 88535. Meanwhile, on Geekbench, it managed a single-core score of 936 and multi-core score of 3703.
The gaming performance was kind of average, though. Anyway, I wasn’t even expecting a top-notch performance, but a rendering of graphics was poor beyond my expectations. Frame drop was noticeable and overall experience was somewhat sluggish. Some 15 minutes into Asphalt 8 at the highest visual configuration and the device started to heat up. I could feel a mild warm sensation on my palms but that was all. The moment I toned the graphics down to ‘Medium,’ it all became a lot better.
Multitasking experience was no different. Sometimes, switching between the apps would throw stutters and expectedly terminate the process on its own. Similar was the case with a multi-browser test. Pages would necessarily take longer to load, which was a frustrating experience. But apart from that, the overall experience was far better while having fewer apps running in the background. Overall, Honor 9 Lite has the average performance to offer. Casual games and tasks would run absolutely fine.