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Huawei P20 Lite Overall Review: My New Daily Driver

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Huawei P20 Lite is the younger sibling of Huawei P20 and P20 Pro. While the P20 and P20 fall under high-end price segment, the P20 Lite flaunting itself under mid-range segment. The company calls this smartphones “The New Superstar”. So what do you think, is it really a superstar? Well, we are going to find out in this Huawei P20 Lite Overall Review.

Huawei P20 Price and Availablity

The smartphone is exclusively available at Amazon and thankfully, through open sale. I still remember how it feels when you fail to acquire a phone despite of trying many times. And each time you fail, you will need to wait one more week. Yes, I am talking about Redmi Note 5 Pro. It has been really hard to acquire that phone.

The Huawei P20 Lite comes in two storage variants: 32GB and 64GB. As of now, the 32GB storage variant isn’t available in India. At Amazon, the 64GB variant is priced at ₹19,999. The handset is available in two colors: Black and Blue.

Anyway, coming back to the subject, we have already made a quick unboxing and hands-on video of Huawei P20 Lite. So, if you want to have a look on the handset, click here to watch.

Huawei P20 Lite Full Specifications and Features

Display 5.84 LTPS IPS LCD, 1080x2280px, 19:9 Aspect Ratio
Processor & GPU Octa-Core HiSilicon Kirin 659 | Mali-T830 MP2
OS & RAM Android 8.1 Oreo (MIUI 9.5) | 4GB RAM
Storage 32GB or 64GB | Expandable up to 256GB
Primary Camera Dual 16MP (f/2.2) + 2MP, PDAF, LED Flash
Secondary Camera 24MP (f/2.0)
Battery Li-Po 3,000 mAh Battery, Fast Charging 9V/2A

 

Design and Build Quality

  • The Huawei P20 Lite design is similar to its elder brothers.
  • The front and back panel is entirely made of glass which makes it a premium looking handset however, it is fragile too.
  • The Huawei P20 Lite is really compact and lightweight. It easily fits in hands and people with small palm can also reach to any corner of the screen easily.
  • The camera placement is horizontal on the rear whereas front camera, ambient light sensor and earpiece are placed right in the middle of the notch at the front.
  • With very thin bezels and 19:9 aspect ratio display, the company has utilized nearly entire front panel.

Display, UI and OS

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  • Huawei P20 Lite’s display is really bright, sharp and vibrant.
  • As it has LTPS IPS LCD panel, it eats less power than regular LCDs.
  • The handset has full HD+ resolution, thus seeing photos or watching videos is really enjoyable.
  • 19:9 aspect ratio assures more content on a single page.
  • As the handset has front glass, it does reflect under direct sunlight.
  • Talking about UI and OS, the handset has Huawei’s in-house developed EMUI 8.0 UI based on Android 8.0 Oreo.
  • The EMUI comes with several features, much like Xiaomi’s MIUI. You can tweak the settings or themes to completely change the look and feel of this device.

Gaming and Performance

  • Starting with Benchmark scores, it has been often seen that Kirin processors aren’t well optimized and the Huawei P20 Lite is no exception. Each time when I ran the benchmark test on 3D, the result was different than the previous one. The result was consistent on Geekbench where it scored 938 points on single core and 3706 points on multi-core.
  • The Huawei P20 Lite is very good at multi-tasking. I didn’t see any lag while switching between heavy or normal apps.
  • I played several heavy games on the smartphone including Shadow Fight 3, PUBG Mobile, Asphalt Nitro and FZ9: Timeshift – Legacy of War. I am happy that none of them was lagging.
  • I played for 30 minutes and the handset took 14% percent.
  • But yes, I wasn’t satisfied with the graphics performance. Graphics rendering is just average and I often saw frame drops, especially in FZ9: Timeshift – Legacy of War and Asphalt Nitro.
  • As the handset is made of glass, it starts heating very quickly. The temperature rose several degrees up while 30 minutes of gaming.

Camera

  • Samples taken from this phone during daylight condition will win your heart. Photos have rich and accurate colors, very good sharpness and details.
  • HDR mode is also fine. It effectively works on the dark part of image in order to produce a bright photo with good details capturing from light as well as dark parts.
  • Its auto bokeh is more than good. It autofocus is really fast and recognizes edges of the object and keep them sharp while blurring the background.
  • The handset comes with dedicated “Wide Aperture” mode allowing you to adjust the blur level even after a photo has been taken, much like Galaxy J7 Duo’s “Live Focus” feature.
  • Photos taken in lowlight condition might disappoint you but hey, they are still better than those on Redmi Note 5 or Note 5 Pro.
  • Lowlight photos lack details and look dark.
  • Turning on HDR mode during lowlight photography will help you. It brings brightness and better details however, the light part gets overexposed.
  • And now comes the dedicated “Low Light” mode. In my entire career, I haven’t seen any feature like this. Turning on this feature changes the scenario upside down. It takes 20 seconds to click a photo but when it’s done, you won’t believe that it is taken from this phone. With accurate colors, sharpness and details, it often seems that either the photo has been taken during daylight or from a DSLR.

Battery

  • The handset is backed by a 3,000 mAh battery that supports fast charging. However, I don’t think it is using latest fast charging tech.
  • It took me few minutes over 2 hours to completely charge the battery.
  • During normal or average usage, the handset easily lasts a day.
  • During moderate usage, I don’t think this would last more than 14-15 hours.
  • Heavy usage or constant gaming would require you to charge the device after 5-6 hours.

Our Verdict

With an elegant design and decent specifications, I think the smartphone will do well in the market. Though, I think it is a bit overpriced. Anyway, the smartphone has very good display and decent camera which is better than some of the popular smartphones like Redmi Note 5 Pro. I think that the company could have given a better processor for this price.

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