Huawei P20 Lite review

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Huawei P20 Lite review

The Huawei p20 lite smartphone is positioned as a worthy successor to the flagship P20, offering with the maximum possible parameters within a more affordable price. The user gets FullHD+ resolution, 19:9 aspect ratio, dual cameras, NFC chip, processor with optimal tech process, Wi-Fi standard, Bluetooth and a bunch of other stuff. Moreover, we can't help but note the attractive look with glass back surface!

Is this model worth buying? There are definitely several reasons to do so!

Huawei P20 Lite Specifications

  • Release date: 2018, March
  • Colors: Klein Blue, Sakura Pink, Midnight Black
  • Dimensions: 148.6 x 71.2 x 7.4 mm.
  • Weight: 145 g.
  • Screen: 5.84" in, 1080 x 2280, LTPS IPS LCD
  • Camera : Dual, 16MP
  • Chipset: HiSilicon Kirin 659 (16 nm)
  • CPU: Octa-core (4x2.36 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4x1.7 GHz Cortex-A53)
  • Memory: 32/64 GB, 4 GB RAM 128 GB (China, Malaysia)
  • Battery: 3000,  Non-removable Li-Po
  • Network: GSM / HSPA / LTE
  • Operating system: Android 8.0 (Oreo); EMUI 8
  • Sensors: Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro (except LX2, AL00), proximity, compass

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Like the p10 lite, the design of the p20 lite is slightly reminiscent of the look that Honor devices feature. For example, in the p20, the back surface is completely mirrored, while in the lite version it has several layers reflecting light in an interesting way. The p20 has a fingerprint scanner that is located on the front, while on the p20 lite it is on the back. This is the point to note that there are similarities - the shape of the bodies and rear cameras are similar.

Tactilely, the Huawei p20 lite will win you over. Interacting with it is comfortable. This, of course, is no reason to give up the protective case. With the latter, you'll be more confident in the device's survival if you accidentally drop it. Or keep it in your bag next to your keys and a bunch of other dangerous stuff.

We have to hand it to Huawei, they've tried to make the outside of the smartphone pretty nice. The Huawei p20 lite looks expensive and quality made. It's a pleasure to have it.

Glass has been used on both sides of the Huawei p20 lite, which creates a nice effect. Talk about style. However, Huawei does not specify who its manufacturer is.

As for the dimensions of the device, they are 148 x 71 x 7.4 mm.


The screen design of the Huawei p20 lite smartphone is just like that of the P20 Pro and P20. At the top, the corners are rounded equally on the left and right, but they do not match the rounding radius at the bottom. The board thickness on the bottom and top is different. Visually, the effect is similar to the look of Apple iPhone X or ASUS Zenfone 5.

The display diagonal of the Huawei p20 lite is 5.84 inches. The resolution is FullHD+ (2280x1080 pixels), the pixel density - 432 ppi, the aspect ratio is 19:9. The matrix is implemented on LTPS TFT technology.

A great advantage of this model is the maximum brightness. It allows to use the device comfortably even in the sun. The minimum brightness in turn does not strain the eyes when reading at night. The user also has a blue light filter available.

Performance and memory

At Huawei, they have decided to play hard and therefore in the Huawei p20 lite, the user gets 4 GB (LPDDR3 933 MHz) of RAM. The internal storage is 64 GB and the smartphone also supports microSD memory card up to 256 GB.

As a processor, we see a chipset of its own production - Kirin 659. It was created relatively long ago - in 2016. The octa-core processor consists of two ARM Cortex-A53 clusters with different frequencies, 16 nm techprocess, and as a graphics accelerator enters ARM Mali-T830 MP3.

As a result, the chipset of Huawei p20 lite is enough to provide the user with a smooth operation. The animation is smooth, there are no stutters and jams, no microlags. The smartphone runs on Google Android version 8.0 operating system and EMUI 8.0 proprietary interface.


As far as cameras in mobile devices already play a serious role in choosing a smartphone, manufacturers are focusing their efforts on improving these features as much as possible. Technology development in photography and video shooting is boiling.

Here is the time to recall that the P20 Pro was the first unique model with three cameras. In the P20, the user only got two. In the lite version, again the cameras are two, much simpler and without optical stabilizer.

The main two modules are a 16-megapixel (f/2.2 aperture, 1.12 µm pixel size) and a 2-megapixel. The additional module performs the function of creating a bokeh effect. In handling the main camera of Huawei p20 lite, you will be amazed. During the daylight hours, the photos are at the level of the P20 Pro and P20.

The front camera is the usual - 8-megapixel, f/2.0 aperture. The photo quality is average. For the money you'll give, decently high and at that you won't have any hesitation to post them on social networks.

With the Huawei p20 lite in hand, you'll be shooting FullHD videos at a maximum resolution of 30 fps (AVC, 17 Mbps).

Fingerprint scanner and facial recognition

The Huawei p20 lite offers a fingerprint sensor and facial recognition. Unlike the flagships in the family, here the scanner, as we have already said, is on the back of the device. Its position is convenient and the user easily gets used to where to place his finger. In most cases, the technology works quickly and flawlessly.

With the help of the front camera, the smartphone can "recognise" the owner. This way of unlocking is a bit slower and imprecise. At the same time, it is convenient

Autonomous operation

The Huawei p20 lite smartphone is equipped with a built-in lithium polymer battery with a capacity of 3000 mAh. This indicator can be described as typical for many modern mobile devices. The user will end up with about 17-20 hours of autonomous operation with approximately 4 hours of screen glow and active 3G/4G usage.

Huawei p20 lite will need recharging if you watch 7 hours of uninterrupted video. Love gaming? Prepare the charger after 5 hours. Watching YouTube videos will melt the charge in about 6 hours.

Huawei has provided the Huawei p20 lite with fast charging technology support. So in just 30 minutes you will restore the charge to 30% level and after 1 hour and 40 minutes - to 100%.


Taking the Huawei p20 lite in hand, you can be sure that it combines some of the most desirable features of modern mid-range devices. Its technical parameters make it relevant for at least several years. Like every smartphone on the market, it has its cons and pros.

Compared to the previous model, many features have been added in the Huawei p20 lite and the biggest flaws have been corrected. The changes are visible in the design. The manufacturer has skillfully updated the appearance.


  • Cute design;
  • Missed call indicator;
  • Bright and contrast screen;
  • Fast memory;
  • NFC;
  • Good level of autonomous operation;
  • Type-C port availability;
  • Excellent cameras for this class of phones.


  • Low performance.

Huawei P20 Lite video review

Disclaimer: The information presented in this article is based on our team's personal experience with the Huawei P20 Lite and third-party sources. While every effort has been made to provide accurate and reliable information, readers should keep in mind that this is a subjective assessment. The writing of this article was not paid for or sponsored by Huawei.

Richard Taylor

Richard Taylor

Hello, I am Richard Taylor, a technology expert and journalist from the UK. I have a degree in Computer Science from the University of Birmingham. My passion is the latest technology, especially smartphones. That's why I chose to test, analyze, and write expert reviews about them. My technical expertise, combined with a deep passion for technology and years of experience, has made me a trusted source of information. Over the years, I have written reviews for various sites, but for quite some time now, I have been writing exclusively for PhonesData. You can see more about me here or read all my smartphone reviews here.

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