- Good all-round camera experience with some creative options
- Battery life to spare
- Light, without feeling cheap
- No 4K video recording, poor quality 1080p/60fps (though not bad 1080p/30fps)
- Derivative design
- Expensive for the hardware
Huawei has come out with a new mid-range phone with a large screen and AI capabilities, but does it have what it takes to tackle the fierce competition, we are nasphones.com and this is our Huawei Mate 20 Lite Review .
the Huawei Mate 20 Lite ahead of the proper Huawei Mate 20 flagship, it has a glass build much like other recent Huawei phones, and just like on the Huawei P20 series the back design is quite interesting .
looking a bit like a metallic gradient when it catches the light, the size of the Huawei Mate 20 Lite lighter rounded with no taper some people prefer this sort of feel over a sharper edge .
one thing I like is that the Rays camera bumps are dead centre instead of in the corner, so the phone is balanced it won’t wobble much on the table . Read More : Huawei Mate 9
the downside is that the directly above the fingerprint scanner and close enough to accidentally touch, the reader is accurate but I didn’t feel like it’s as fast as what I’m used to from Huawei .
the Huawei Mate 20 Lite has 4 gigs of on-board storage and it is expandable through a hybrid slot, unlike the more expensive phones from Huawei there is no IP rated water assistance here .
but there’s also no need for a USBC dongle, since the Huawei Mate 20 Lite has a headphone jack, sound true headphones is nice and clear, but a little on the quiet side .
and you do have quali hits and sound options to enhance your audio, if you’re not using headphones you’ll be relying on the single bottom firing speaker, it’s quite loud, they’re not the loudest we’ve heard and there’s lacking a bit of bass .
the display is the tallest 6.3 inch IPS LCD with a 1080p resolution and a notch cut out at the top, the notch accommodates a front-facing dual camera setup and like on other Huawei phones you are able to hide the notch with a black bar if you don’t want to see it .
the screen itself looks pretty good, the contrast isn’t half bad with reasonably well controlled blacks, it’s not the brightest of LCDs but it’s okay, up to 416 nits at maximum, there is no brightness boost in auto mode though . Read More : Huawei Mate 10
some mug legibility is decent but not the best we’ve seen from an LCD in this price range, you can choose from different color modes based on your preference .
in this default display mode the colors are a bit on the bluer side the combination of normal color mode and warm color temperature is and most accurate, you also get the option to set a custom color profile .
the user interface of the Huawei Mate 20 Lite is the newest emui 8.2 / Android 8.1 Oreo, the same is on the recently released Honor Play, one of the new proprietary features is the AI driven image sorting in the gallery .
the AI can group photos by subjects, people certain objects or shared scenarios, we mentioned on our hands-on video that the Huawei Mate 20 Lite led allows you to multitask with three different apps at the same time .
though it is a little different than you’d imagine, it’s basically regular split-screen mode, but with a third window that acts as a floating video player . Read More : Huawei Mate X
ARQ emoji is a new feature, it allows the dual front cameras to track your face and project your movements onto a digital avatar, it does seem a bit gimmicky but if you’re into this sort of thing is one of the better implementations out there .
on top of that there are plenty of augmented reality options to play around with including animated backgrounds and 3d creatures, of course the dual cameras also enable face unlock, which is fast and accurate .
here’s a party mode which allows you to connect and play the same song across multiple phones, for a fun time and the game suite gives you a dedicated space for your games and options for acceleration and blocking interruptions .
the Huawei Mate 20 Lite runs on a new mid-range chipset from Huawei, the Hisilicon Kirin 710 (12 nm) along with either 4 or 6 gigs of RAM, it doesn’t include a neuro processing chip dedicated to AI driven tasks, so although the software is infused with these they have to rely on the main CPU instead . Read More : Huawei Mate 20
in benchmarks the Kirin 710 does quite well, about on par with the snapdragon 616 the Nokia 7 Plus, we’re not sure if it has Huawei’s GPU turbo technology on board to optimize the use of resources, but in our tests the framerate and PUBG look pretty stable .
with a 3750 mAh battery, battery life on the Huawei Mate 20 Lite is excellent, escorting an endurance rating of 97 hours and our proprietary tests, there is Huawei’s quick charging, but it’s not the fast as the company offers, we got from 0 to 31 percent charge in half an hour .
the Huawei Mate 20 Lite’s main camera is 20 megapixels with a bright F/1.8 lens and phase detection autofocus, there’s no OAS though, but there is a secondary 2 megapixel def sensor .
like on other Huawei phones the camera uses AI to boost photos, when toggled on the algorithm will recognize scenes and adjust image settings accordingly, the result is usually pumped-up contrast in heavily boosted colors .
the saturation and contrast are dialed all the way up to 11, while we’re fun with a some extra pop, we do prefer a more restrained approach, but some people are into that over-the-top look . Read More : Huawei Mate 20 Pro
normal daylight photos look good, they’re detailed, but we did expect more sharpness out of a 20 megapixel camera, dynamic range is alright, though you may lose some detail in higher contrast scenes .
in low-light sharpness and detail are comparable between shots taken over the AI on and off and while not stunning they’re quite alright, but when it comes to colors the AR shots are more pleasant than the non AI which are a bit washed out looking .
for your artificially defocused backgrounds there’s both a portrait mode in an aperture mode, aperture shots are capped at 8 megapixels, you can choose the simulated aperture in the range from F/2.5 to f-16 and you can also change it in the gallery afterwards .
in contrast portraits are taken up for resolution, they’re nice and detailed and subject isolation is quite good, but on occasion we found the background blur didn’t kick in ending up with a regular shot instead . Read More : Huawei Mate 20 X
the dual selfie setup consists of a 24 megapixel F/2.0 main cam with fixed focus and a 2 megapixel depth sensor, we were a bit disappointed with the results, selfies aren’t all that sharp and there doesn’t seem to be 24 megapixels with a detail here .
this extensive a selfie portrait mode too, the depth sensor might make separation more accurate but sharpness and detail on too impressive .
for video recording the Huawei Mate 20 Lite records video only up to 1080p, 4K technology is not available as many competitors .
1080p@30fps are nice and detailed, though there are some noticeable jagged edges on objects, there’s a bit too much contrast, colors are pretty nice though .
there is eis@30fps too, which does a great job of smoothing out hand shake and panning, 1080p@60fps videos are disappointing though, they’re really quite soft, similar to what we saw on the honor play . Read More : Huawei P smart 2019
so the Huawei Mate 20 Lite, you get a shine design of the large screen, good battery life a decent camera and a solid mid-range chipset .
we can’t help but compare it to the honor play though, which comes with a flagship kirin 970, also the selfie cam is a bit disappointing, so even selfie enthusiasts won’t be impressed by this dual camera .
and we’re missing 4k video recording, which you pretty much expect for over 400 euros, overall it’s a decent phone, but for this kind of price there’s plenty of strong competition with attractive features, so unless you find the Huawei Mate 20 Lite at a discount it’s sort of tough to recommend this one .
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Specification: Huawei Mate 20 Lite
GSM / HSPA / LTE
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2 (SNE-LX1 DS, SNE-LX3 DS, INE-LX2)
HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100 – SNE-LX1, SNE-LX3, HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 – SNE-LX2
LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 7(2600), 8(900), 20(800) – SNE-LX1
HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (3CA) Cat12 600/150 Mbps
Available. Released 2018, September
158.3 x 75.3 x 7.6 mm (6.23 x 2.96 x 0.30 in)
172 g (6.07 oz)
Front glass, aluminum body
Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
LTPS IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
6.3 inches, 97.4 cm2 (~81.7% screen-to-body ratio)
1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~409 ppi density)
Android 8.1 (Oreo), upgradable to Android 9.0 (Pie); EMUI 9.0
Hisilicon Kirin 710 (12 nm)
Octa-core (4×2.2 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×1.7 GHz Cortex-A53)
|Memory Card Slot||
microSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
64 GB, 4/6 GB RAM
2 MP, depth sensor, 20 MP, f/1.8, 27mm (wide), PDAF, Dual
LED flash, panorama, HDR
2 MP, depth sensor, 24 MP, f/2.0, 26mm (wide), Dual
|Selfie Camera Features||
|Selfie Camera Video||
Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
4.2, A2DP, LE
Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
Yes (SNE-LX1 only)
2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Fast battery charging 9V/2A 18W, Non-removable Li-Ion 3750 mAh battery
Sapphire Blue, Black, Platinum gold
About 250 EUR