Huawei Mate 20 lite review


A Mate 20 preceding the genuine Mate 20s are out that is lighter on your wallet however not light on highlights – it’s the Huawei Mate 20 lite. While sitting tight for the huge young men, we figured we’d give this midrange a go.

Likewise with past Huawei Lites, the Mate 20 version packs one of the organization’s mid-level chipsets, yet this time it’s another one – rather than the omnipresent 659, it’s currently the 12nm Kirin 710 that swaps out 4 of the Cortex-A53 centers in its CPU for the greater A73 assortment; another GPU is additionally part of the 710 package.

The Mate 20 accompanies a 20MP f/1.8 essential cam rather than the 16MP f/2.2 unit found in the most recent Lite, the P20. On the front, we currently observe a 24MP f/2.0 camera for selfies, rather than the P20 lite’s 16MP f/2.2 module. Every one of the Mate’s high-res shooters is combined with an additional 2MP unit for profundity location as well.

Huawei Mate 20 lite unboxing

The Mate 20 lite arrives in a downplayed black box with the name of the telephone imprinted to finish everything and on the sides of the cover. The telephone’s to finish everything and underneath it, there’s a paper sleeve containing one of the thickest snappy begin guides we’ve seen of late (it’s in a considerable measure of dialects) yet in addition a screen defender.

Evacuate that and you’ll see the charger marked Huawei Quick Charge. That is not to be mistaken for the Huawei Super Charge connectors that you’ll discover packaged with the organization’s appropriate top of the line models, however, it’s still appraised at 9V/2A, so there is some type of quick charging included. There’s likewise a USB-A to USB-C link and in a different compartment, you’ll discover a couple of fundamental earbuds to kick yourself off.

Design and 360-degree spin

In a world where pretty much every smartphone has a tall notched display, it’s not easy for the Mate 20 lite to stand out. Reasonably thin sides, slightly meatier chin and the horns on top – they don’t make them any more standard than that, but it’s not really Huawei to blame.

There is, perhaps, a bit of an unusual symmetry to the Mate 20 lite’s notch, courtesy of the two cameras, one on each side of the earpiece. While waiting for the Pixel 3 XL, this Mate 20 lite remains the only phone with such an arrangement (alright, and a couple of other Huawei’s, too).

The tiny earpiece mesh also hides an LED notification/status light, while the ambient light and proximity sensors are to the left.

It’s on the back, where the Mate 20 lite shows a lot more character. We’re especially loving the Sapphire Blue color scheme that we’re lucky to have on our review unit that plays all kinds of tricks with light.

It’s a glass back, just like the Mate 10 generation, and we mean the proper Mate 10s – the 10 Lite had aluminum on its back. Inspired by the Mate 10s is also the accent strip that lines the camera due and the fingerprint sensor – sure, it was horizontal on last year’s flagships, but the resemblance is there.

The camera modules stick out quite a bit and have a somewhat sharpish feel to their edges, but also a nice technical look. Huawei has shown restraint with the text and only slapped a ‘Dual lens’ inscription plus the main specs of the primary camera’s lens. We remember complaining about the P20 Pro’s camera’s spec sheet stamped on its back, though there is, admittedly, a lot more to boast about on the flagship than there is with this modest setup.

Huawei doesn’t specify whether it’s Gorilla Glass or another type of hardened glass, which we suspect it has to be. In any case, it’s pretty prone to accumulating fingerprints, but that’s par for the course with glass-backed phones (unless you do something crazy like OnePlus and make a matte glass handset). There’s no waterproofing, at least not IP-rated.

The rounded aluminum frame feels especially nice in the hand and thanks to the glossy finish has an almost iPhone X look. Almost.

6.3-inch notched LCD

The first Huawei Mate with a notched display is the Mate 20 lite we have here, though there have been plenty of non-Mate phones in the company’s lineup with cutouts on top, plus a whole bunch of Honors. Anyway, this one measures 6.3 inches in diagonal and has a 1080x2340px resolution in a 19.5:9 ratio. Pixel density works out to 409ppi.

It’s not the brightest of LCDs, but it still pumps out 460nits when cranked all the way to the max – almost as much as the Mate 10 Lite. There’s no boost when in auto brightness mode, just like the previous generation. The reasonably well-controlled blacks mean a contrast verging 1500:1, which is a little short of the Mate 10 Lite’s result, but still not half bad. We measured a minimum brightness of 0.9nits – so low, it’s almost completely off.

Sunlight legibility is decent, but not amazing. Contrast under direct light is marginally better on the Mate 20 lite than on the P20 lite, and a step up from the Mate 10 Lite, but there are LCDs in this class than are superior in this respect.

Sunlight contrast ratio

The Mate 20 lite exhibits a noticeable blue cast in its default display mode (Vivid/Default) with whites having a deltaE of 12, and an average deltaE of 7.2 when compared against a sRGB target. Normal/Warm is overall the most accurate of the preset display modes (average deltaE of 3.5), but in this case, the whites are shifted towards green, again visibly so (delta 7.2).

You do get the option to set a custom color profile, and we managed to obtain a good balance with the setting shown below, resulting in an average deltaE of 2.6, though whites remained slightly greenish.

Huawei Mate 20 lite battery life

The Mate 20 lite stays closer to the Mate mantra of having huge batteries with its 3,750mAh power pack – the Mate 10 lite from last year was a bit of an offender with just 3,340mAh.

Speaking of Lites, the P20 lite is the least well equipped with just a 3,000mAh cell (though, admittedly, with a smaller 5.84-inch display). The Honor Play, meanwhile, with the same 6.3-inch display, has the same 3,750mAh battery capacity, though it also packs a more powerful chipset (which all things being equal should be more power-hungry, the Kirin 970 is made on a 10nm process vs. the Kirin 710’s 12nm).

Anyway, the Mate 20 lite posted excellent scores in our battery test. Nearly 13 hours of looping videos and thirteen-and-a-half hours of browsing the web over Wi-Fi are plenty and a full day of voice calls on a 3G network isn’t too shabby either. Add to that the reasonably efficient standby performance and you get a 97h Endurance rating.

Charging speeds with the bundled charger is good too, though not Huawei SuperCharge level good. We clocked a full charge from flat at 1:57h, with 31% showing on the battery indicator at the half-hour mark.


The Mate 20 lite touches base in a made light of black box with the name of the phone engraved to get done with everything and on the sides of the cover. The phone’s to complete the process of everything and underneath it, there’s a paper sleeve containing one of the thickest smart start guides we’ve seen recently (it’s in a significant proportion of tongues), yet what’s more a screen safeguard.

Empty that and you’ll see the charger stamped Huawei Quick Charge. That isn’t to be confused for the Huawei Super Charge connectors that you’ll find bundled with the association’s fitting first-class models, anyway, it’s still assessed at 9V/2A, so there is some kind of speedy charging included. There’s in like manner a USB-A to USB-C interface and in an alternate compartment, you’ll find a few essential earbuds to kick yourself off.

Audio quality

The Huawei Mate 20 Lite’s yield with an outside speaker was generally awesome aside from the underneath normal stereo crosstalk perusing. Fortunately stopping earphones causes by no harm, which is an uncommon sight rarer still in the mid-go advertise.

The commotion wasn’t exactly so amazing with the Honor Play being underneath normal in the two sections of the test. So those with a couple of high-impedance earphones should need to stay away from that one. Whatever remains of you ought to be flawlessly content with its yield, however.

Android 8.1 Oreo and EMUI 8.2

The Huawei Mate 20 lite runs Android 8.1 under its completely custom EMUI launcher, v8.2 in this case, which Android perfectionists are ensured not to like. In the most recent adaptation of EMUI, you’d get enhanced the Face Unlock and Gallery with machine adapting, some new Gaming traps, and a fresh out of the plastic new Party Mode for music playback adjust crosswise over various gadgets (how’s that new, however).

You can either grasp the score, or you can select to cover it with a dark status bar that stretches out the distance down to the base edge of the indent.

Out of the container, there is no application cabinet on the EMUI 8 – it’s a solitary level interface like on the iPhone. Be that as it may, on the off chance that you miss Android’s standard format, you can empower it back in the Display settings

EMUI has Magazine bolt screen, obviously, which turns through a bundle of backdrops (covers), so you see an alternate one each time you start up the presentation.

Huawei’s EMUI offers a lot of customization and highlights like (not all that safe) confront open, shrewd revolution, and lift to wake. The face open has been upgraded with machine learning and will figure out how to perceive your face even with changes, for example, facial hair or shades.

Subjects are bolstered, as well, and there is a great deal to look over.

The notification shade is essentially a standard undertaking, with the typical Huawei go up against the illustrations. There are a splendor slider and a line of switches, and you pull down again for more flips. Performing various tasks is quite standard also. Tap-holding the Recent key will give you a chance to actuate split screen. You could have a video playing over the two windows if for reasons unknown you locate that valuable.

From the Phone Manager application, you can get to alternate routes to capacity cleanup, battery settings, blocked numbers, Virus filter controlled by Avast, and portable information use.

Huawei’s own Music application is here and offers an approach to tune in to put away MP3s. Huawei’s Health application is additionally pre-introduced. It offers Google Fit synchronizing and step checking. There’s a document supervisor application and a note-taking application. There is a plenitude of trades for these in the Play Store, be that as it may.

There is an enhanced AI-fueled display with EMUI 8.2. The application presently underpins programmed arranging with features. The machine learning chooses the arranging criteria – area, date, occasion, and so forth.

Synthetic benchmarks

The Mate 20 lite is the main telephone to use Huawei’s own midrange Kirin 710 chipset. It’s made on a 12nm procedure (its proficiency officially demonstrated in the battery section) and highlights an octa center CPU in a 4×2.2 GHz Cortex-A73 and 4×1.7 GHz Cortex-A53 design. The GPU is a Mali-G51 MP4. Our audit unit has 4GB of RAM, yet a higher spec 6GB adaptation will likewise be accessible in a few spots.

Concerning multi-center execution, the Mate 20 lite can’t exactly get up to speed with the Nokia 7 Plus, and the Mi 8 SE is again ahead as well. The Honors are typically considerably more intense. Once more, telephones with the lower-level 600-arrangement Snapdragons are behind the Mate.

20MP + 2MP rear shooter

The Mate 20 lite is outfitted with a 20MP essential cam on the back, in addition to an additional 2MP module for profundity discovery. So it’s in fact a redesign over the 16MP+2MP setup you’d find on both the Mate 10 Lite and the P20 lite, which seems, by all accounts, to be on the Honor Play too.

It has a f/1.8 opening focal point (versus the dimmer f/2.2 glass of those three), and a comparable central length of 27mm. Centering is done through stage recognition, and there’s a solitary LED streak for to a great degree low-light shooting. There’s no optical adjustment.

We should get the AI bit off the beaten path first – the calculation will perceive 22 classes of scenes and change picture parameters in like manner, however, the genuine impact, when in doubt, is pumped up differentiate and intensely supported hues. The good thing is that there’s an effectively available flip in the viewfinder so you can empower/incapacitate it without diving into settings.

Other than that, camera application would be well-known to any individual who’s grabbed an ongoing Huawei cell phone, which implies it’s chaotic and scattered not surprisingly. You have a mode selector on the base that you swipe left and appropriate to change modes, however, you can’t swipe on the viewfinder, just on the selector itself. Swiping all over doesn’t switch among front and back camera possibly, you have a catch for that (as a matter of fact, on the base inside simple reach). Essentially, you’re squandering the viewfinder by not having motions empowered on it, with the exception of the squeeze to zoom.

There’s a huge amount of exceptional modes in the ‘More’ segment on the selector, including Panorama, Light painting, HDR and Pro. It’s both odd that there’s a committed HDR mode when AI ought to do that for you, but at the same time, it’s pleasant to have, since AI isn’t very I in perceiving every one of the cases when you may need the additional powerful range.

In the Pro mode, you can change parameters yourself – ISO (50 to 3200), shade speed (1/4000s to 30s), introduction remuneration (- 4 to +4EV in 1/3 stop additions), and white equalization (presets and light temperature). You can likewise pick the metering mode (grid, focus weighted and spot), and the center mode (single, nonstop and manual). On the off chance that the telephone supposes you fouled up the presentation, a symbol will fly up to caution you.

Since misleadingly defocused foundations turned into extremely popular, Huawei and Honor telephones have had both a Portrait mode and an Aperture mode. In Aperture, you can pick the recreated gap in the range from f/0.95 to f/16. Post shot, you can change the gap and the center point inside the Gallery.

In Portrait mode, you can empower and impair the foundation obscure (why to incapacitate it, however?), you can change the recreated lighting, and you can likewise include some beautification a scale from 0 to 10.

In the not so photographic, but rather fun area, there’s the AR focal point mode with Huawei’s Qmoji in there. You can pick between various diverse characters and make a gif of yourself making interesting countenances. The acknowledgment is quite great, however, it’s amazingly, one more usage that declines to do anything on the off chance that you put your tongue out (not that you essentially should, but rather in case you’re messing about with Qmoji, it appears the most normal activity).

On the other hand, you could put yourself in front a point of interest with a channel connected to coordinate the vibe of the specific spot (and furthermore veil the way that you’re not by any stretch of the imagination there). At that point, there’s the 3D objects alternative which enables you to superimpose stuff on your environment.

Image quality

With AI empowered, you’ll escape this-world photographs with immersion and differentiation dialed as far as possible up to 11. While we’re fine with some additional pop, regardless we favor a more limited methodology, in addition to you can simply apply a channel post shot. Assuming, notwithstanding, you’re into that preposterous look, you realize what state to keep the flip in.

Presently, turn it off, and we can talk. In brilliant light, the Mate’s pictures are nitty-gritty, however maybe not by any stretch of the imagination 20MP point by point – pixel-level sharpness isn’t marvelous. There’s likewise a lot of commotion even at base ISO, which you couldn’t miss when zoomed in, yet you’re probably not going to be exasperated by at typical amplifications. Dynamic range is okay, however, in high-differentiate scenes, you’re probably going to wind up with lost detail in the boundaries.

In low light, then again, we rather lean toward the AI on pictures. Sharpness and detail are practically identical between shots taken with AI on and off, and keeping in mind that not staggering, they’re very okay. Be that as it may, hues are more washed out than we’d like in the AI off examples, while the AI on ones is significantly more agreeable. There’s likewise a devoted Night mode, which we trusted would be as mystical as on the P20 Pros of this world, however no – we couldn’t generally get a sharp shot at these long exposures.

Video recording

The Mate 20 lite records video at up to 1080p goals and it comes in standard 30fps flavor, yet additionally a smoother 60fps. Electronic adjustment isn’t accessible in 60fps, however.

Video is encoded utilizing the h.264 codec as a matter of course with a flip to change to h.265 in the event that you so wish. So, the bit rates with h.264 are more in accordance with what you’d get with the more productive h.265 from different telephones – 1080p/30fps recordings get around 10.8Mbps, while 1080p/60fps is dealt with to around 17Mbps. Sound is constantly stereo, recorded at 192kbps.

1080p/30fps film is decent and point by point, however it has a lot of associating (jaggies) that more skillful handling tends to evacuate. There’s presumably a lot differentiate – maybe a somewhat extraordinary tone bend that would have brought about a little more splendid shadows could have been something more. Hues are truly pleasant, however.

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