So far, the Honor 9 Lite seems to be plagued by few of the compromises you'd usually get when buying a budget phone. It looks good, it's got plenty of power, and a big screen. It even goes a step beyond with a total of four cameras to capture the moment.

Huawei Honor 9 Lite

Huawei announced that the Honor 9 Lite is coming to Western Europe. In fact, launch is today, so if you’ve been looking for a decent budget device, you might want to consider this one. Obviously, the Honor 9 Lite is going to feel a little underpowered compared to other Huawei flagships, but there are still some features worth calling out.

The Honor 9 Lite improves on the Honor 9 is 5.15in Full HD screen with a larger 5.65in 18:9 FullView HD Display that reaches the edges of the glass chassis. This casing, which comes with a 'nano-scale optical coating', gives the handset a mirror-like reflective surface, similar to that seen on the Xiaomi Mi MIX 2.

Underneath this shiny chassis, you'll find Huawei's 16nm octa-core Kirin 659 chipset, alongside 3GB RAM, a 3,000mAh battery and 32GB built-in storage. Thankfully, there's a microSD card onboard, so memory can be expanded up to 256GB.

I spent a few days with the Honor 9 Lite, and was able to run CNET's usual battery of performance benchmark tests. In those results, it performed well, beating many similarly priced phones, such as the iPhone 8. As you'd expect, it's not a match for premium phones like the Galaxy S8 or, indeed, Huawei's own Mate 10 Pro. What I don't know yet is how well it performs in everyday life. That's something I'll be able to evaluate after we've given the phone the full review treatment.