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Huawei P20 Lite

Colours:
Memory:
64GB
RAM:
4GB
Features:
  • Supports Indian bands
  • VoLTE
  • 64 GB + 256 GB Expandable
  • Dual SIM: Nano + Nano (Hybr...
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • USB OTG Support

Highlights from Expert Review

Pros
  • Face unlock feature
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • 16MP+2MP rear camera
  • 16MP front camera
  • Android Oreo with Huawei EMUI skin on top
  • Premium design
Cons
  • Old Kirin 659 processor
  • No dedicated micro-SD card slot
  • Oleophobic body
  • Low-light shots are muddy

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Specifications

General
Launch DateMay 3, 2018 (Official)
BrandHuawei
ModelP20 Lite
Operating SystemAndroid v8.0 (Oreo)
Custom UIEMUI
SIM Slot(s)Dual SIM, GSM+GSM
SIM SizeSIM1: Nano
Network4G: Available (supports Indian bands)
Fingerprint Sensoryes
Quick Chargingyes
Design
Height148.6 mm
Width71.2 mm
Thickness7.4 mm
Weight145 grams
ColoursKlein Blue, Midnight Black
Display
Screen Size5.84 inches (14.83 cm)
Screen Resolution1080 x 2280 pixels
Aspect Ratio19:9
Bezel-less displayyes
Pixel Density432 ppi
Display TypeIPS LCD
Touch Screenyes
Screen to Body Ratio (calculated)80.06 %
Performance
ChipsetHiSilicon Kirin 659
ProcessorOcta core (2.36 GHz, Quad core, Cortex A53 + 1.7 GHz, Quad core, Cortex A53)
Architecture64 bit
GraphicsMali-T830 MP2
RAM4 GB
Storage
Internal Memory64 GB
Expandable Memoryyes
User Available StorageUp to 51.3 GB
USB OTG Supportyes
Camera
Resolution24 MP Front Camera
Autofocusyes
Physical ApertureF2.0
Flashyes
Image Resolution4616 x 3464 Pixels
SettingsExposure compensation, ISO control
Shooting ModesContinuos Shooting, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR)
Camera FeaturesDigital Zoom, Auto Flash, Face detection, Touch to focus
Video Recording1920x1080 @ 30 fps
Battery
Capacity3000 mAh
TypeLi-Polymer
User Replaceable
Quick Chargingyes
Network & Connectivity
SIM SizeSIM1: Nano, SIM2: Nano (Hybrid)
Network Support4G (supports Indian bands), 3G, 2G
VoLTEyes
SIM 1
SIM 2
Wi-Fiyes
Wi-Fi FeaturesMobile Hotspot
Bluetoothyes
GPSyes
USB ConnectivityMass storage device, USB charging
USB Type-Cyes
Multimedia
Loudspeakeryes
Audio Jack3.5 mm
Special Features
Fingerprint Sensoryes
Fingerprint Sensor PositionRear
Other SensorsLight sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Compass
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Expert Review

Cameras:

The rear side has dual camera lenses of 16MP and 2MP with aperture f/2.2 and f/2.4 respectively. The 2MP is intended for bokeh effect in portrait mode which works very well. Daylight shots capture nice pictures with well exposure, color balance though there isn’t much color saturation and depth to be noticed. As dusk approached the camera struggles to get well exposed shots and the details starts getting muddy and losing vitality.

The 16MP front camera takes impressive selfies with details and color vibrancy. The front camera also serves for the face unlock feature which is good to see in a mid-range phone. The interface of face unlock is smooth and snappy. The camera app has plethora of modes and features to play with. Pro modes, AR Lens (stickers), HDR, Panorama, Light painting, Moving Picture, Time lapse, Slo-mo are some of the features you will find in this phone. The wide-aperture feature is interesting to explore. While using the front camera one will get options of beauty mode, filter, watermark and bokeh mode though the wide-aperture is absent. The filters and effects create funny results which surprisingly are not tacky. In well-lit conditions most, shots are sharp and vibrant.

Video shooting with P20 Lite is easy and fuss-free. The highest range of its videos are of resolution 1080p with 30 frames per second. The videos are of nice vibrant colors but since there is no image stabilization int his phone shots could be shaky. The video sound clarity is decent too.

Conclusion:

P20 Lite has the same Kirin 659 processor, storage and RAM like Nova 2i but with a classy and modern design. The camera takes decent shots and the phone is good to watch videos and perform basic tasks as well as handle multi-tasking with good battery life. It is lightweight and easy to use with no heating issues. The mid-range phone as quite a lot going on its favor and if you want an upgrade from a budget phone this could be well your choice. If you are looking for options other than Samsung or Xiaomi Huawei P20 Lite is worth going for.

Performance:

The Huawei P20 Lite is fueled by 3,000 mAH Li-ion battery. The phone has Smart Power Management and can be used for 5.5 hours of gaming, 19 hours of video playback, 160 hours of music playback, and 21 hours of 4G browsing. The battery does a good job of powering the phone efficiently and if you use throughout the day the phone is left with a decent amount of charge by night.

This phone has excellent gaming experience when it comes to graphics intense games like PUBG and Asphalt. There is hardly any lag time or heating issues after you play,or multitask for hours with P20 Lite.

Introduction:

Huawei launched a whole new range of P20 series smartphones this summer priced at various ranges to target customers at different levels. The P20 Lite is the cheapest in the lot and is priced at INR 19,973 and is available online. The top-notch version of P20 Lite is the P20 Pro which created a lot of buzz for its almost iPhone like top notch in the front face and the triple-camera setup on the back unlike the dual-camera frenzy of smartphones these days. Coming back to the P20 Lite, the mid-range smartphone stands out for its design appeal and sleekness with an impressive screen to body ratio of 80 percent. It has a facial recognition feature too though we still have to determine how effective and secure it is like iPhone’s. The price of P20 Lite makes it a competitive choice along with Motorola Moto X4 and HTC U11 Life.

Software & Ui:

Huawei P20 Lite runs on Android 8.0 with a skin of Huawei Emotion-UI (EMUI) on top. EMUI has its own set of terms to operate and for first timers it could be staggering. EMUI has been criticized in the past but it is only a matter of time before you start liking the interface. EMUI offers lot of interesting features above stock Android. Let’s take the case of Face Unlock feature. After iPhone X Face Unlock is the in thing that we all care about. But there is a flipside. The Face Unlock in Huawei P20 Lite is less secure and sophisticated than Face ID of iPhone X. It is only as good as unlocking your phone but not as good as making a purchase. For that you have to authenticate by using the password option.

EMUI has another feature, one of that is PrivateSpace which is fun to explore. It lets you create your private space which is accessible through a unique password and fingerprint. But PrivateSpace does not work with face unlock. There is also App Lock feature if you prefer to lock down few apps instead of using PrivateSpace. Through this feature you list the apps which only you would like to access, and here again you need a password or fingerprint to access App Lock. For social media users with multiple accounts App Twin can be of great use. This app will let you create social media app clones and access your accounts smoothly. There is Voice Control feature which lets you make calls, unlock your phone and also locate your phone through voice commands.

You can choose if you prefer an app drawer over traditional Android app display. Or choose which theme to go with and do note that with each theme EMUI alters every appearance of your phone. EMUI has evolved into a stable UI that adds more fun to your smartphone experience.

Design & Display:

The Huawei P20 Lite is a handsome looking phone. The glass design on back and near to edge screen will arrest anyone. The iPhone like top notch could be attractive to many. The compact design measures 71.2 x 7.4 x 148.6 mm and weighs just 145 grams. It is a light beautifully designed sleek phone and is easily operable with one hand. The back of the phone is glass and sadly oleophobic. It will leave traces of fingerprints in no time and Huawei could have provided with a guard for all the price this phone is priced at. The back houses the usual protruding dual camera lenses and LED flash on the top left with the fingerprint scanner in the middle. In the front the top notch has the 16MP front camera along with light and proximity sensors and the LED notifications light. The P20 Lite does not have any dedicated microSD card slot and it is a downside considering its mid-range price. The left edge has the dual sim card tray while also serves as the microSD card slot. On the right edge are located the volume rocker lock button which even though are made of plastic but feels every bit solid. On the top edge one can find the secondary microphone and, on the bottom, the primary microphone, 3.5 mm audio jack, USB Type-C port and the loudspeaker. Huawei has kept alive the tradition of audio jack unlike iPhone. Talking about its hardware the P20 Lite runs on Kirin 659 processor which also is the beating heart for Huawei Nova 2 and Honor 9 Lite. The processor is coupled with 4GB RAM which will provide a powerful performance as deserved by a mid-range phone.

Huawei P20 Lite comes with 64GB of internal storage which is expandable up to 256GB. The Geekbench benchmark proved that this phone is pretty similar in performance to other mid-range phones. When it comes to graphics benchmark the P20 Lite is similar to Honor 9 Lite though at much cheaper price. Huawei does not mention nay IP rating for dust and water resistance and I think there isn’t any.

Overall, the P20 Lite has a premium touch and feel with its metal and streamlined glass body and feels sturdy and wonderful to hold because of its matte grip and use. The phone is available in four colors, Sakura Pink, Champagne Gold, Black and Klein Blue.

The 5.84 inch IPS LCD display has a resolution of 1080x2280 at 432 pixels per inch. The screen is a delight to look at with optimum color saturation. You can also customize displays as you wish and save more energy. The phone has a light sensor which automatically adjusts screen brightness according to its surrounding. So, when you are outside under the sun the screen is not reflective, or even in darkness for that matter the screen shifts color and alters brightness which is eye soothing. Again, the phone has got good viewing angles from all directions. The phone has an aspect ration of 19:9 unlike Huawei P20 Pro’s 18:7:9. You can switch between different color modes, like default, warm and cold and also adjust screen resolution or let just your phone do the job for you. There is also option to hide the top notch if that isn’t your thing. The screen is one of the most attractive points of P20 Lite. Its crispy and vibrant colors together with good viewing angles serves as its sweet points.

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