Huawei P20 Lite full review:
If you like the look and feel of some of the features of Huawei’s new flagship line, the P20, and the P20 Pro, but find that its price is a bit out of reach, the P20 Lite might be the right thing to do.
A lower price comes with the reduction of costs and the commitments are due. The P20 Lite is, in fact, a fairly thin version of the most iconic models, but it fits perfectly into the mid-range segment.
The quality of construction has not suffered since the body still incorporates top quality materials such as aluminum for the frame, but it has not yet been decided whether the back is made of plastic or glass. It definitely feels solid in the hand, nonetheless.
Unfortunately, the edges where the front and back panels meet the aluminum frame form slightly sharp lines that make it a little uncomfortable to hold, especially when you try to reach the other side of the screen with your thumb.
Fortunately, the 3.5 mm audio jack is still here, which is a feature that the standard P20 and P20 do not have. And although we refer to the missing features, the P20 Lite surprises with the compatibility with microSD cards, while the more expensive phones also lack this. Offset, of course, with 128 GB of internal storage.
Regarding the screen, the P20 Lite has a standard 5.84-inch IPS LCD panel with a notch that houses the front snap and headset, similar to the P20. So, if AMOLED is your thing, the P20 Pro is the only version of the P20 family that has it.
With a resolution of 1080 x 2280 pixels, the sharpness of the screen is not a problem and, in fact, it has a pixel density a little higher than its more powerful siblings.
The configuration of the camera and the chipset have been hardest hit by the price cut. While the P20 and the P20 Pro feature the HiSilicon Kirin 970 SoC from Huawei, the P20 Lite is installed for the mid-range Kirin 659, which is the launch of last year. This means that it goes against the Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 found in the Motorola Moto G6 Plus, for example, but loses the race when it comes to efficiency and overall processing and graphics power. Still, in normal daily use, it should be fine.
And as for the configuration of the camera, it uses a 16MP sensor on the back with aperture f / 2.2 coupled with the secondary 2MP camera, which is used to obtain depth information. The camera is only capable of recording 1080p videos at 30 fps. Obviously, there’s nothing fancy like the Leica optics or optical zoom available here, unlike flagships.
Finally, the front camera has a 16MP sensor with aperture f / 2.0 (yes, an aperture wider than the main one) but still offers a 1080p video recording.
The battery of this thing has a power of 3,000 mAh and is the smallest in the group. We hope it offers decent execution times despite the small capacity. We will also know with certainty how the device works in the use of real life in our next full review.
Huawei P20 Specifications:
- Chipset: HiSilicon Kirin 659 – Octa-core (4×2.36 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4×1.7 GHz Cortex-A53)
- OS: Android 8.0 Oreo, EMUI 8.0
- Display: 5.84″ FHD+ 1080 x 2280 pixels, 19:9 ratio (~432 ppi density)
- RAM: 4 GB
- Internal: 64 GB
- Card slot: Yes
- Primary: Dual: 16 MP (f/2.2, 1.0µm) + 2 MP, phase detection autofocus, LED flash
- Secondary: 16 MP (f/2.0, 1.12µm), 1080p
- Connectivity: USB Type-C, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, headphone jack
- Fingerprint scanner
- Battery: 3,000 mAh
- Price: €369.99