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    Huawei Mate 20 Lite

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    Release Date
    5-Aug-18
    Market Status
    Not Released in India
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    Specs at a Glance
    Battery Capacity
    3750 mAh
    Battery Capacity
    Operating System
    Android v8.1 (Oreo)
    Operating System
    Screen Size
    6.3 inches
    Screen Size
    Variants Available
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    General
    Announced On5-Aug-18
    Market StatusNot Released in India
    BrandHuawei
    Price StatusExpected
    PriceRs. 22,990
    Design
    Weight172 grams
    ColorsBlack, Sapphire Blue
    BuildFront glass, aluminum body
    Dimensions158.3 x 75.3 x 7.6 mm
    Display
    Screen Size6.3 inches
    Screen TypeIPS LCD
    Screen Resolution1080 x 2340 pixels
    Pixel Density409 ppi
    Aspect Ratio19.5:9
    Screen to Body Ratio81.56%
    Screen DesignRegular notch
    Screen QualityFHD
    Performance
    GPUMali-G51 MP4
    Operating SystemAndroid v8.1 (Oreo)
    ChipsetHiSilicon Kirin 710
    CPUOcta core (2.2 GHz, Quad core, Cortex A73 + 1.7 GHz, Quad core, Cortex A53)
    Custom User InterfaceEMUI
    Clock Speed2.2 GHz
    Architecture64 bit
    Memory & Storage
    Phone Variants4GB 64GB
    Expandable StorageYes
    Expandable Storage CapacityYes, 256 GB
    Front Camera
    Front Video Recording1080p30fps
    Front Camera FeaturesHDR
    Front Camera SetupDual, 24MP + 2MP
    Front Camera 1 Resolution24 MP
    Front Camera 1 Typef/2.0 Primary Camera
    Front Camera 2 Resolution2 MP
    Front Aperturef/2.0
    Battery
    Battery Capacity3750 mAh
    Battery RemovableNo
    Battery TypeLi-ion
    USB Type-CYes
    Miscellaneous Features
    SensorsLight sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Compass, Gyroscope
    Network & Connectivity
    GPSYes A-GPS, Glonass
    Audio FeaturesActive noise cancellation with dedicated mic
    NFCYes
    BluetoothYes
    3.5mm Audio JackYes
    Bluetooth Typev4.2
    Audio Jack3.5 mm
    Rear Camera
    Rear FlashYes, LED Flash
    Rear Camera FeaturesDigital Zoom, Auto Flash, Face detection, Touch to focus
    Rear Camera SetupDual, 20MP + 2MP
    Rear Camera 1 Resolution20 MP
    Rear Camera 1 Typef/1.8 Primary Camera
    Rear Camera 2 Resolution2 MP
    Rear Aperturef/1.8
    Network
    Network Support4G
    Wi-FiYes, Wi-Fi 802.11, a/ac/b/g/n
    SIM Slot(s)Dual SIM, GSM+GSM
    Wi-Fi FeaturesMobile Hotspot
    VoLTEYes
    SIM 1 Bands4G Bands: FD-LTE 2100(band 1) / 1800(band 3) / 2600(band 7) / 900(band 8) / 800(band 20), 3G Bands: UMTS 1900 / 2100 / 850 / 900 MHz, 2G Bands: GSM 1800 / 1900 / 850 / 900 MHz, GPRS: Available, EDGE: Available...
    SIM 2 Bands4G Bands: FD-LTE 2100(band 1) / 1800(band 3) / 2600(band 7) / 900(band 8) / 800(band 20), 3G Bands: UMTS 1900 / 2100 / 850 / 900 MHz, 2G Bands: GSM 1800 / 1900 / 850 / 900 MHz, GPRS: Available, EDGE: Available...
    Sensors
    Fingerprint ScannerYes
    Fingerprint Scanner PositionRear

    About the Phone

    Moving on to the big question of should you buy it or not, the short answer is yes you should buy it but let’s just have look at the pros and the cons

    Pros

     

    • Octa-core (2.2 GHz, Quad Core + 1.7 GHz, Quad-core) HiSilicon Kirin processor
    • 4 GB of RAM
    • 1080×2340 px, 409 PPI IPS LCD display
    • 3750 mAh battery

     

    Cons

     

    • Lacks 4G support for Indian Bands at the moment
    • Excessive Bloatware
    • Glass back might not appeal to everyone

     

     

    Huawei has been receiving a lot of media coverage over the last few months and not all of it is positive. The world’s biggest smartphone manufacturer has been receiving a lot of heat surrounding a major controversy that is casting a shadow over every tech innovating it has been trying to showcase. 

    From allegations of theft of intellectual property to obstruction of justice, Huawei has been in hot water with the most powerful country in the world since January which is just creating a mess for the company all over the world.

    While all of this doesn’t have much to do with a review of the Huawei Mate 20 Lite, if you are going to give a company nearly Rs 30,000, you should at least be informed about the company’s reputation and standing on the world stage—something which isn’t great at the moment, which is a damn shame because the Huawei Mate 20 Lite is a really solid phone.

    Shoving aside all the controversy surrounding the company, it is hard to argue against the fact that it has been making amazing phones one after another for a long time now and that is one habit it seems to have kept going into 2019.

    The overall body is really solid and the glass back gives it a really nice feel when held in the palm of your hand.  It has a type-c USB charging port which is great for fast charging. Overall the design is quite excellent and the decision to give this phone a type-C port is proving to be a smart one.

    This phone comes with 1080×2340 px, 409 PPI IPS LCD display that is perfect for playing games or watching high-quality videos.

    Running on 4GB of ram and an Octa-core (2.2 GHz, Quad Core + 1.7 GHz, Quad-core) HiSilicon Kirin processor the phone does not lack at all when it comes pure performance as most high-tier games run smoothly on it with minimal to no lag most of the time.

     

    • The 4G issue

     

    Yeah, it doesn’t support 4G—not yet anyway. Well, it does support 4G just not the Indian Bands. This means that if you buy this phone and use it as your primary phone in India you will get great performance and wonderful pictures but you’re gonna have to wait for a for a lot of time to send them to anyone over your cellular network.

    Hopefully, this issue will be fixed before it gets launched in India because most smartphone users have gotten used to 4G a little too much at this point to stand for anything less that doesn’t support it. This means that once this major issue gets fixed, the Huawei Mate 20 Lite will be a near-perfect smartphone.

     

    • The Bloatware

     

    The only other major complain most people have had with this phone is the abundance of excessive bloatware that is more annoying than actually harmful but it does make the user experience somewhat less satisfactory.

    The cameras are amazing. Huawei Mate 20 Lite boasts a dual-primary camera of 20 MP + 2 MP and a front camera of 24 MP + 2 MP which is wonderful for taking fantastic selfies.

     

    Overall it’s a great phone that would be the perfect fit for anyone looking to buy a smartphone with a great camera and good performance if it wasn’t for one major issue.

    The high performance of the phone is backed by an equally powerful battery. A 3750 mAh battery should prove to be good enough for prolonged usage but it might start to drain quite quickly once you turn on the 4G and start playing your favourite high-graphic and high-resolution game. Other than that, however, a full charge in the morning should easily last you the whole day.

    Once the major 4G issue is resolved, the Huawei Mate 20 Lite would be a great choice for anyone looking to buy a new smartphone this year. Another win for Huawei and right now they need as many of those as they can get.

    And yes, once it’s launched in India with the 4G fix, you can definitely go for this phone.