Huawei is working hard to bring its premium A.I-powered technology to anyone, regardless of price range. It seems to be the idea behind the Huawei Mate 20 Lite, launched on IFA 2018. It is the first of the new Mate 20 series to be released, and it fits well with the release of Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro. [1
Design and Screen
Despite being a medium sized device, Mate 20 Lite is made from premium materials. There is glass on the front and back, and melts a metal frame. It is a similar design to previous Huawei devices – but we have not gotten sick of it yet. It comes in shiny black, sapphire blue and plating wool.
It's bad news for hackers, but Mate 20 Lite definitely has a notch. However, it's easy to forgive and forget when built into a massive 6.3-inch IPS LCD monitor. It runs a crisp 2,340 x 1,080 resolution in a super long 19.5: 9 ratio.
Specifications and Battery
Mate 20 Lite is a strict mid-range device, but it does not mean that it has no bite to back up the bark .
CPU: Kirin 710
MicroSD Card Slot: Yes, up to 512GB
Screen size: 3.350 mAh
This is the first time we have reviewed the revised Kirin 710, and while we do not expect it to be the battle for the Huawei Kirin 970 processor, we have high hopes for performance based on Huawei's fine pedigree. 4 GB of RAM should mean that the phone continues to tap whatever you throw it on. 64GB of internal storage and a MicroSD card slot will give most users more than enough space to breathe – and there's also a 3.5mm headphone jack.
Huawei's new GPU Turbo is included in this phone as well as an AI-driven Game Suite mode that prioritizes game performance. Despite the powerful processor, this combination will hopefully see solid performance from Mate 20 Lite.
It is a massive 3.750mAh battery that stores these specifications, and a battery of this size should keep the Mate 20 Lite powered for a good amount of time. We saw great battery operation from Mate 10 Pro and P20 Pro, and we expect that Mate 20 Lite will stick to this tradition. Huawei's 18W charger technology will also be included, so it will not keep you waiting for a long time when the battery needs refilling.
Software and Special Features
AI is at the center of almost all consumer-based technological advances, and Huawei is making a big effort to be ahead of it technology – and Mate 20 Lite apparently led the Chinese company's next big charge.
Huawei aims to make Mate 20 Lite's AI seamlessly merge into your life. A.I. Noise interrupts background noise during phone calls and ensures high quality phone calls. A.I. Smart Gallery uses A.I. to recognize and sort your photos in automatic albums. A.I. Shopping Assistant is perhaps the most interesting new feature, and it takes the stress of online shopping using A.I. to find the products you want. Mate 20 Lite users will be able to print on a photo of a product for a long time to extract an A.I. created list of stores that make that item.
Outside A.I. help, you'll find Huawei's regular EMUI 8.2 skin over Android 8.0 Oreo, along with Huawei's face-lock feature.
The Mate 20 Pro comes with no two, not three – but four AI-powered camera lenses. There is no P20 Pro-style trip camera, though – there are two on the front and two at the back.
You'll find a 20 megapixel lens that works with a 2 megapixel lens on the back of the phone, giving a professional-looking bokeh blur. The rear-facing cameras have also been injected with A.I. capabilities, and they are able to recognize over 500 scenarios across 22 categories – including portrait, blue sky, snow, ancient building and more. A.I. Then, the camera settings change to match the scenario it sees, hopefully giving you the best snap every time. A.I. also offers composition tips during your recording, suggesting framing and gradual teaching of the users' photography basics.
Self-contained lenses are even more impressive. It's a 24 megapixel lens that runs alongside a 2 megapixel lens here, and they work together to give Bokeh "Portrait Mode" selfies, as well as boost your own HDR Pro and Studio Lighting support. Like the rear camera, they can change settings to match what they're looking at – but there's a reduced number of over 200 scenarios across 8 categories. Although it's probably more than enough for everyone, but the most good ones.
Huawei also dives into the Animoji / AR Emoji game with its own version of Personal Emojis, called 3D QMoji. These can be easily exported as gifs or videos, which means they are very easy to share on social media.
Keen video users will also be able to record slow motion at a speed of 480 frames per second. It's not as impressive as 960 fps super-slow motion on the Galaxy S9 and Xperia XZ2 Premium, but it's still impressive for a medium-sized device.
Release date and price
Huawei Mate 20 Lite is available for purchase in the UK from Vodafone, EE and Carphone Warehouse from October. The prices will start at 380 pounds sterling. Unfortunately, there has been no word in an American release, so if you're American-based and want your hands on the new Mate 20 Lite, you'll probably need to import it.