05:27AM EST - We're in the depths of the East End of London for the next Honor smartphone launch. With Honor recently releasing the Honor 9 Lite in China and India, a similar equivalent is expected for the rest of the world.

05:29AM EST - We're sat in a small room of about 30-40 press. The event should start in a minute or two

05:37AM EST - OK, we're being told the presentation starts at 11, because that's when the livestream starts

06:00AM EST - The speaker is ready to get on stage

06:00AM EST - Starting with the logo, the two dual camera logos

06:01AM EST - two plus two equals four

06:01AM EST - The music has stopped

06:02AM EST - Apparently the live stream will be held at https://www.facebook.com/events/143183203155744/

06:02AM EST - Honor's PR team look to be using a tethered smartphone for the stream?

06:03AM EST - The press person next to me (never met him before) is randomly browsing AnandTech

06:04AM EST - Wilkin Lee to the stage, Sales/Marketing Director UK for Honor

06:04AM EST - Announcing the Honor 9 Lite

06:04AM EST - 5.65-inch fullview display

06:04AM EST - 13MP + 2MP quad camera

06:04AM EST - customized beauty algorithm

06:05AM EST - 'be the master of photography' with #beyourselfie

06:05AM EST - four lenses, 13MP HD dual-lens front camera

06:05AM EST - 16 levels of wide aperture

06:05AM EST - Portrait mode

06:05AM EST - updated software - making eyes pop and cheeks glow

06:06AM EST - Aperture from f/0.95 to f/16

06:06AM EST - hardware level Depth-of-FIeld

06:06AM EST - snap first, focus later

06:06AM EST - Gesture control

06:07AM EST - 'bring your selfie to life'

06:07AM EST - on the rear is 13MP+2MP

06:07AM EST - HDR mode

06:07AM EST - updated

06:07AM EST - faster phase detection autofocus

06:08AM EST - Added a Good Food mode for pictures

06:08AM EST - The goal with the 9 Lite is 'to be a master of photography'

06:08AM EST - Mirror like effect finish on the phone

06:09AM EST - Dual 2.5D Glass Design

06:09AM EST - FullView Display

06:09AM EST - FHD+ screen, 5.65-inch screen in 5.2 inch device

06:10AM EST - Front of the phone will have metal flake details

06:10AM EST - Gloss finish, laser-etched design

06:10AM EST - New set of colors compared to previous launches

06:10AM EST - over 1000 color prototypes tested

06:10AM EST - Final colors will be a 'new' Sapphire Blue, Glacier Grey, and Midnight Black

06:11AM EST - 'New Generation of Affordable Premium' with the hardware

06:11AM EST - EMUI 8, based on Android 8.0

06:11AM EST - Kirin 659

06:12AM EST - 2.36 GHz, 3GB DRAM and 32GB Storage

06:12AM EST - 3000mAh battery

06:12AM EST - Eye comfort mode, good for 3 nits

06:12AM EST - Added in Histen technology - 3D immersive audio

06:12AM EST - Real-time headset monitoring

06:13AM EST - apparently this is a future software release, the headset monitoring stuff

06:13AM EST - updated pre-production quality testing

06:14AM EST - e.g. 10000 on/off cycles, 200k power button presses

06:14AM EST - 199 GBP

06:14AM EST - that's around 229 EUR

06:14AM EST - Available from Feb 9th

06:15AM EST - with select retailers

06:15AM EST - That was a super quick press event - looks like we're set for hands-on testing now

06:16AM EST - Andrei got the information early on the full specifications, which you can find here: https://www.anandtech.com/show/12400/honor-launches-the-honor-9-lite

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  • damianrobertjones - Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - link

    What are fotos?
  • xype - Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - link

    As if putting badly designed slides on a huge screen will somehow make them good? Look at the big ass slide type here and tell me whether that’s easy to read: https://twitter.com/GizmoManiacs/status/9535346046...
  • WorldWithoutMadness - Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - link

    Err... you're commenting a photo of a glossy reflective screen being bad? Right...

    You should ask why they can't afford to use projector, the space should be enough, judging by the 2nd photo
  • xype - Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - link

    I’m not complaining about the photo quality but the bad design of the slides. The slides suck on a projector as well, that narrow font is hell to read: https://twitter.com/GizmoManiacs/status/9535346046... or the following tweets.
  • asfletch - Tuesday, February 6, 2018 - link

    They should make a special HonoUr edition for the UK...
  • Ian Cutress - Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - link

    For a launch in the UK, it's always amusing that we spell it differently here :)
  • beginner99 - Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - link

    Lite, wow sounds interesting...5.65 inch. WTF?
  • Hurr Durr - Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - link

    In 21st century you no longer compensate with your car.
  • Magnus101 - Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - link

    Just 3 Gb of RAM is something that will hamper this phone. 4 Gb is standard minimum now with new not top-of-the-price-range phones from the likes of Huewei, Honor and PlusOne releasing models with 6 and even 8 Gb.
    It is always a story that has been told time after time with limited RAM being something that is the ting that is really weakening an older phone as newer Android versions and "meatier" apps and background services is eating up more RAM as time goes by...
    Amount of RAM is often the first thing I look for when upgrading to a new Android phone.
  • jabber - Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - link

    For those of us that just run the usual core apps, 3GB is plenty. A lot of us don't play games on our phones.

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