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About Huawei Mate 20 Lite - Review, Specs + more

Huawei offers he Mate 20 Lite in the UK now - and it's a visually striking and very extensively-equipped smartphone for high demand users. It's an often overlooked smartphone compared to the other Huawei models, but is it worth considering? Let's find out...

Summary of contents:
  1. What you need to know:
  2. Mate 20 Lite: Design
  3. Mate 20 Lite: camera
  4. Verdict

What you need to know:

  • Kirin 710 2.2GHz 8-core processor
  • Hybrid slot for 2nd SIM or memory card
  • 3750 mAh battery

With the Mate 20 Lite, the Chinese continue to build on the strengths of their predecessors and show what is possible in terms of features in this price segment. The battery life is just an outstanding feature. This model is available in full Mate 20 guise i..e none of that Lite business - but what's the difference? Read on to find out.

Firstly, the pros: that camera and operation were optimised and extended by interesting AI elements. This is joined by a current operating system and a fast processor. Many reviews praise the huge display, the excellent battery life and the intuitive, AI-based user guidance.

Mate 20 Lite: Design

Does it feel premium? You betcha. Would you pay extra for it? Depends on your priorities, I guess. It's manageable in one hand, at least - the screen is long and thin, and the bezels are skinny, so the phone doesn't feel its size. With the screen filling the whole front of the phone, the fingerprint sensor has been shunted to the back. It's perfectly placed for your digits to rest on, but with face unlock built-in as well, you might not even need to register your prints in the first place.

The system is quick to recognise faces, despite the tech behind the recognition not being as advanced as the iPhone X or Galaxy S9, so it's a handy alternative to a more secure password.

The one surprise is found at the bottom of the phone: a 3.5mm headphone port. With most manufacturers copying Apple's move to ditch it, Huawei included, this is becoming something of a unicorn. Got some decent headphones? You won't need a single to go with 'em with one of these in your pocket.

Mate 20 Lite: camera

  • AI-powered dual-lens rear camera
  • Dual-lens camera on the front too
  • Iffy AR effects

Huawei’s big push with the Mate 20 Lite is the fact that it’s an "AI powered smartphone" like the full-fat Huawei P20 and Huawei P20 Pro, but with a significantly lower price tag. It's also available as the Mate 20

Before you start imagining a next-level Alexa-like assistant attending to your every whim, the company’s modest AI push mainly operates in conjunction with the camera. We’ll get into the nitty-gritty of camera performance in the relevant section, but the AI enhancements are worth focusing on up front.

Opening the camera app and pointing at a subject, the Huawei Mate 20 Lite will read the scene and adjust to the appropriate setting automatically. If it’s an overcast day, it will decipher this and inform you that it has made the necessary changes. The same applies if you’re indoors, or taking a photo of your dog.

There is criticism of some of features. In the LTE and GSM network, the Mate 20 Lite showed weaknesses. . Workmanship and appearance are very well received by both testers. The hottest competitor is probably the Samsung Galaxy S8, which is a bit more expensive.

Verdict

Overall it's obvious that the Chinese manufacturers are no longer playing catch-up, and actually innovating. If I were Apple I would be very afraid - the way that these companies have come on in leaps-and-bounds in a very short space of time, should worry them deeply. It is a bit like the Korean car manufacturers - only 10 years ago, nobody wanted a KIA, and now they're everywhere.

So should you buy a Mate 20 Lite? Our gut feeling is perhaps, because if you want newer features then wait for the Mate 30. Opt for one of the bigger models like the Mate 20 Pro, as these are not that much more expensive, and they blow the equivalent Apple or Samsung out of the water in terms of price.

Huawei Mate 20 Lite: Specifications

  • Case
  • Dimensions: 158.3 x 75.3 x 7.6 mm
  • Weight: 172 g
  • Operating System
  • Platform: Android
  • Operating System: Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Display
  • Resolution: 1080 x 2340
  • Performance
  • Memory Card:
  • Processor: 2.2 Ghz
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • Autonomy
  • Battery Capacity: 3750
  • Camera
  • Front Camera: 24 MP
  • Back Camera: 20 MP
  • Connection
  • Connection Type: 4G
  • GPS:
  • SIM Capacity: 2
  • Network
  • WIFI:
  • WIFI Hotspot:
  • Bluetooth:
  • USB: