Huawei Mate 20 Lite Hands-On Review

Huawei Mate 20 Lite

now while we did have an announcement today but they did not announce any new phones they announced the Kiran 980 CPU and they announced a couple of new home products the tracker and the AI cube .

they also announced some new color options for the Huawei P20 Pro, what they also did mention is that the Huawei Mate 20 series will be announced in London on October 16th, so definitely watch out for that ones that it does take place .

Huawei Mate 20 lite

Huawei Mate 20 lite

but Huawei did give us a chance to check out the Huawei Mate 20 Lite, not quite the Huawei Mate 20, but it does give us the opportunity to take a look at the design and some of the software features that we can expect once the Huawei Mate 20 does launch .

the style itself is very much glass sandwich vibes, it’s very similar to the Huawei Mate 10 and the Huawei P20, when we saw them with all glass on all sides however the Huawei Mate 20 Lite is not water resistant, but it does have a head phone jack .

Huawei Mate 20 Lite Review

so it’s safe to say that the Huawei Mate 20 and if they have a Huawei Mate 20 Pro probably will not have a headphone jack, just like the Huawei P20 .

now let’s talk about the notch, the Huawei Mate 10 did not have a notch but when the Huawei P20 came around they did include a notch that’s a little bit thinner than the iPhones was, but now the Huawei Mate 20 Lite has a wider notch to accommodate a second camera .

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now that is a 2 megapixel depth sensor that’s combined with a 24 megapixel camera for selfies, now that camera does unlock a couple of new features like 360 face unlock Huawei says, that you’ll be able to unlock your phone from any direction that you’re holding the device, which is it’s cool .

and it does all of that without using the infrared map 3d mapping that the iPhone uses, under that larger notch is a 6.3 inch display, on this device there is Huawei’s a art huemoji, and it’s exactly what you think it is, it’s an emoji look-alike that can mimic what your facial expression is onto some kind of cartoony character .

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I found that I did work well with mouth, nose, eyes including the direction of the Peoples, as well as my eyebrows, on the back is a main camera which is a 20 megapixel RGB sensor and a 2 megapixel depth sensor is next to it .

obviously this is not the same camera setup that we’re expecting on the Huawei Mate 20, it could be a triple camera, we don’t know what it is yet, so we’ll have to wait until October 16th to find that out . Read More : Huawei Honor Play Unboxing And Key Features

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and there is now also an AI toggle, so you can turn on and off the automated camera adjustments for scene detection, which some people like some people don’t like I personally didn’t like it because I thought it was too intrusive and it completely changed the way that I wanted my pictures to look .

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there is a new shooting mode called artistic mode and it’s very similar to Prisma, if you remember that app it basically takes any image that you’re shooting on the camera and converts it into a drawing of sorts of a stylistic drawing and they call this artistic mode .

of course keeping with the theme of AI Huawei has introduced AI Gallery, which is basically like google photos you can search for photos by location, by dates and now by thing .

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so you can say you know sunset photos it will show you the pictures of a sunset, now unlike Google photos this will work totally on device, so you don’t have to upload your photos as you would on Google photos for the AI to recognize what is in these photos .

the software that comes on the Huawei Mate 20 Lite will be emui 8.2 and that’s running on top of Android 8.1, one trick that they did show us was that the phone can do triple multitasking . Read More : Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro Hands-on Review

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so you can run three apps at a time and it was it was arranged this is not for Huawei Mate 20 Lite but it was arranged vertically and could adjust how big you wanted each window to be .

I mean I’m sure that someone will find a use case for this but do you really need to multitask with three apps at the same time if you do let us know in the comments what you would need to use this for I really want to know .

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now the Huawei Mate 20 Lite will have a new generation of Huawei hisilicon Kirin CPU’s called the Kirin 710 that’s the first mid-range processor from Huawei to include that npu chip in there for its AI features .

now an interesting point was brought up during the meeting where they mentioned that the mate series was always traditionally for the power user and business professional while the P series was a little bit smaller and more oriented towards the mass consumer .

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now that doesn’t seem to be the case anymore with the Huawei Mate 20 Lite, you know showing us the a arc emojis and showing us these new photography features is are they still gonna keep that you know mass consumer versus business professional kind of target market or you know are the lines now being blurred between the two .

so it’ll be interesting to see if perhaps the P series will maintain is the only device to maintain the triple camera, or if the Huawei Mate 20 will also have a triple camera . Read More : Honor Magic 2 Unboxing And Key Features

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so it’s yet to be seen what’s going to happen with the camera situation on the mate series, please let us know what you think of the Huawei Mate 20 Lite .

Update - 2019.03.17

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