Huawei’s Mate 20 Lite launches with 6.3-inch display, Quad AI cameras, and Kirin 710 processor

While we wait to find out when Huawei will officially announce the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro, the Chinese handset maker has taken the wraps off of the other member of the series, the Mate 20 Lite. As you might expect, the Mate 20 Lite isn’t going to blow you away with flagship specifications such as the recently announced Kirin 980 processor, but it does feature Huawei’s Kirin 710 chip and quad-cameras with AI. Join us after the break for more details.

The Mate 20 Lite has a glass rear panel although Huawei has declined to equip the phone with wireless charging, which is a feature that is rumored to be present on the Mate 20/20 Pro. There’s a big 6.3-inch display with FHD+ resolution and an aspect ratio of 19:5:9 which naturally means that the Mate 20 Lite sports the dreaded notch. Under the hood is the afore-mentioned HiSilicon Kirin 710 octa-core processor along with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of built-in storage.

There are dual camera setups front and rear consisting of 20MP+2MP and 24MP+2MP respectively. There is AI assistance for all four cameras by way of the NPU, with the rear sensors able to recognize more than 500 scenarios in 22 categories while the front cameras can recognize over 200 scenarios in 8 categories.

The phone is running version 8.2 of Huawei’s EMUI custom overlay that is running on top of Android 8.1 Oreo. Providing the power for the Mate 20 Lite is a 3,750mAh non-removable battery with fast-charging ability, which is fast enough but I would have like to have seen Huawei’s SuperCharge technology filter down to this model. You can check out the full specification of the Mate 20 Lite in the table below:

AnnouncedAugust 2018
ReleasedSeptember 2018
SoftwareEMUI 8.2, Android Oreo 8.1
Display6.3-Inch LTPS display, 2340 x 1080 resolution (FHD+), 19:5:9 aspect ratio, 409ppi
ProcessorHiSilicon Kirin 710 Octa-core processor 4 x A73@2.2GHz + 4 x A53@1.7GHz
Memory4GB
Gaming FeaturesGPU Turbo, Game Suite, Game Acceleration Mode
Storage64GB, MicroSD card support
Primary rear camera20MP F/1.8, AI, AI assisted composition, Super Slow-Mo
Secondary rear camera2MP, Depth of Field,
Primary Front Camera24MP Fusion Pixel, F/2.0 +2MP Secondary front camera
SecondryFront Camera2MP Depth of Field
ConnectivityBluetooth 4.2, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n (2.4GHz), 802.11 a/n/ac (5GHz), USB 2.0, GPS/AGPS/Glonass
Audio JackYes
SensorsFingerprint (rear), Digital Compass, Ambient light sensor, Gyroscope, Gravity sensor
Battery3,750mAh (non-removable), USB Type-C, Fast Charging
Dimensions158.3 x 75.3 x 7.6mm
ColorsSapphire Blue, Black, Platinum Gold

The Mate 20 Lite goes on sale in the UK on September 5th at UK retailers such as Carphone Warehouse for £379,  it’s unclear when or if it will be available in other regions for the moment. £379 is pretty reasonable for a phone with this level of features and specifications, although you may also want to take a look at the Honor Play that is priced at £279 in the UK with similar hardware before you splash the cash.

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About the Author: Peter Holden

He's been an Android fan ever since owning an HTC Hero, with the Dell Streak being his first phablet. He currently carries a Pixel 2 XL, Huawei P20 Pro, and a Huawei MediaPad M5 (8.4) around in his pockets. When not immersed in the world of Android and gadgets, he's an avid sports fan, and like all South Africans, he loves a good Braai (BBQ).