Huawei P20 Lite Performance
Octa-Core, 2.36 GHz and 1.7 GHz GHz, Cortex-A53.
4 GB RAM
Huawei P20 Lite Display
|5.84 inches (14.83), 432 PPI IPS LCD|
Huawei P20 Lite Camera
16+24 MP Front Camera
Huawei P20 Lite Battery
3000 mAh, Fast Charging.
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Huawei P20 Lite comes with 16+2 MP Rear Camera and 24 MP Front Camera. The fingerprint sensor is located at the rear with a Notification LED at the top. Processer used in P20 Lite is Kirin 659 Octa-core with four cores at 2.36 GHz and four cores at 1.7 GHz. You get 4 GB RAM and 64 GB Storage. Battery Life of P20 Lite is 8-10 hours with the charging time of 1.5-2 Hours.
The first thing you’ll notice about P20 Lite is how closely it resembles the iPhone 10 design which is not a bad thing. It has an edge to edge design just like the latest iPhone flagship with a notch but a smaller one. Huawei has managed to pack all the essential sensor in such a compact space giving the phone a cleaner look. Turning to the back where this phone separates itself from other mid-range devices. It has all glass premium design with horizontal branding and some texts lining up with flash and dual camera. There are no visible antenna lines. The Notification LED is present in P20 Lite at the top. The fingerprint is located here at the back which works as fast as any other phone in this price bracket.
And if I had to pick a phone in today’s world. I’d any day go with a phone with good aesthetics and build quality and Huawei doesn’t disappoint with their P20 Lite. The phone doesn’t feel slippery like one would think with a complete glass design, though this glass back attracts fingerprints and smudges. The phone is light, compact and easy to wrap your hands around. The buttons on the sides are tacky and hard to press but we cannot complain much for the price, that provides a premium glass design. At the left, you get a hybrid dual sim tray. So, you have to choose between microSD Card and a Second sim card. It’s 2018 and I’m glad that we don’t have to compromise on the headphone jack. On the plus side, we also get the very 2018 USB Type-C port with fast charging support.
We’ll get back to battery life but lets first talk about this glorious Full HD+ 19:9 screen. The combination of the small screen with more pixel can never go wrong. And this is what we get in P20 Lite. The colors on the screen are very vibrant and sharp. For a moment one would confuse it with Samsung’s AMOLED screen. By default, you’ll get a cool tinge on the screen but you can tweak it in the setting to suit your preference. The plus in Full HD resolution is for the extra pixel which makes the screen taller. There is also an option to change the color from warm to cold and from HD Plus to Full HD plus Resolution. The corner of the screen is awfully rounded which can cause some trouble when viewing a full-screen picture. The poor software is to blame for that. And the ambient light sensor adjusts the screen brightness perfectly. So, you will not face any issue while reading anything under the sun. The bezels are in inconsistent proportion. Some bezels on the top, minimum bezels on the sides and thick bezels at the bottom. And just like the other manufacturers, Huawei has also provided a setting where you can hide this notch if you are not a fan in exchange for some screen real estate.
P20 Lite comes with 3000 mAh battery with a USB-Type C Port. It comes with 9V/2A Charger and there is no any support for quick charging. It has a battery life of 8-10 hours with moderate usage which is not that great. After heavy usage, like I was testing camera, processor, and used the internet, it ended up like for just 7-8 hours. Even though the phone comes with glass back, it is disappointing that Huawei P20 Lite does not support wireless charging. And charging this phone almost took 2 hours. So, in battery life and charging time, P20 Lite is quite average.
The phone comes with all the essential sensors and surprisingly with FM radio too, you know, if you are into Saturday night DJ hits 😉 Speaking of music, the loudspeaker will not impress you much, it’s not loud enough and the lows are absent on max volume but on the contrary the sound in earphones is amazing. Huawei is using an audio component to produce a rich sound. And we cannot fully appreciate how good the Huawei’s Histen sound is, with just a regular pair of earphones, the sound output was improved drastically. The 3D audio works flawlessly and you don’t have to struggle to notice the difference. The result will be in front of you, I mean inside your ear, and to know the 3D audio effect, you have to try it by yourself.
Enough of sound, let’s talk about the software experience and performance. The software, well, it’s not stock-ish good but the EMUI does provide a lot of features, including face unlock, quick calling, and many more which if you are interested, you can read the full review of EMUI 8.0 here. The performance is not the forte of this phone so don’t expect much, but it won’t disappoint you either. App switching and the opening is fast, unlocking with fingerprint takes a fraction of second. The same cannot be said for the face unlock as in my experience it didn’t impress me a lot, face unlock took nearly a full second and most of the time it didn’t work. The case was even worse in direct sunlight and low lighting conditions.
The most disappointing thing about this phone is its processor. Huawei P20 Lite scores 86636 in AnTuTu Benchmark test. The phone comes with Kirin 659 which is the same processor used in Honor 9 Lite and Honor 7x which are Honor’s low budget smartphones. So, if we get Kirin 659 at the price of Rs. 20,000, then I don’t think that is really a great deal Huawei. Though it works well in our daily usage. Gaming Performance on this device is quite good. There were no any lags I faced while playing Asphalt 8. And the phone doesn’t get much warm while playing games. But still, there are many processors out there which are much better than 659. We will surely do the gaming test of P20 Lite and see how 659 performs.
So coming to the USP of this phone, the 24 MP selfie camera, yes you heard that right, twenty-four megapixel on the front camera. The front camera supports portrait mode and beauty mode which can capture really good selfies at times. And other times it just captures selfies like a water paint portrait. Without beauty mode, the pictures come out sharp with enough details. The portrait mode is also hit and miss, the edge detection on object works perfectly well but on something as complex as a human face, it doesn’t work as expected but I think this can be improved in future software updates. The low light selfies were not that great and for some obvious reason, portrait mode doesn’t work in low-light. Here are some more Camera samples.
The default camera app comes with a lot of modes and features, It has a snapchat like AR filters which is a nice addition but I don’t find myself using it much. There is no 2x optic zoom or wide angle photos but you do get a wide aperture which also captures photos like portrait mode.
There is a dual camera setup at the back with 16MP f2.2 aperture and 2MP of the depth sensor with LED Flash. And if you are expecting the image quality to be similar to P20 Pro then that is so not the case here. Yeah, pictures are quite sharp and hold the detailing. The color accuracy is great and it has a good dynamic range. The portrait mode works well but not better than other phones in this price segment. Edge detection is average and could have been better. Low light images are not that great. There is noise in the image and picture is slightly over sharpened.
Coming to the video recording, max resolution in P20 lite is 1080 at 30 fps. And it is sharp with good dynamic range and decent color but you will not get any stabilization so the camera is not going to help you with shaky videos. So overall camera quality is fine but still, there are much better cameras out there in the same price range.
So, at Rs. 20000, you get a phone with great design and built quality and also an average battery life. But not so good processor and camera quality. So, if you are one of those who likes attractive bezels and notch you should totally go for this phone. But if performance is something which matters to you then there are definitely better phones out there in the market.
So, that was our review of Huawei P20 lite. Let me know your thoughts and opinions on this phone in the comment section below. Also, don’t forget to share it with you geeks friends.
|Launch Date||May 3, 2018 (official)|
|Operating System||Android 8.0 Oreo (EMUI 8.0)|
|SIM Slot(s)||Dual SIM|
SIM 1 : Nano (Hybrid)
SIM 2 : Nano (Hybrid)
|Network||4G: Available (supports Indian bands)|
|Screen Size||5.84 inches (14.834 cm)|
|Screen Resolution||(1080 x 2280 pixels)|
|Pixel Density||432 ppi|
|Display Type||IPS LCD|
|Touch Screen||Capacitive Touchscreen - Multitouch Supported|
|Screen to Body Ratio||80.5 %|
|Screen Protection||Gorilla Glass|
|Chipset||HiSilicon Kirin 659|
|Processor||Octa-Core, 2.36 GHz and 1.7 GHz GHz, Cortex-A53|
Front : Glass
Back : Aluminium
|Colors||Klein Blue, Sakura Pink, Midnight Black|
|Internal Memory||256 GB|
|USB OTG Support|
|Resolution||16+2 MP Primary Camera|
|Optical Image Stabilisation|
|Shooting Modes||High Dynamic Range mode (HDR)|
|Camera Features||Face detection, Touch to focus|
|Resolution||16+24 MP Front Camera|
|SIM Size||SIM 1 : Nano (Hybrid), SIM 2 : Nano (Hybrid)|
|Network Support||4G (supports Indian bands)|
|Same as SIM 1|
|Wi-Fi||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n|
|Wi-Fi Features||Mobile Hotspot|
|Location||Yes, with A-GPS, with Glonass|
|Cable Type||USB Type-C|
|Audio Jack||3.5 mm|
|Other Sensors||Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor, Compass|