- Analysis by KJ David
The Mate 10 Lite, you've guessed it, is a lightest variant of Huawei's 2017 Mate 10 flagship when it comes to technical specs. That said, its offering of pros and cons, with an emphasis on imaging, still earns it a spot among other high-caliber wide-screen smartphones.
Its biggest claim to fame is being one of only a few (as of November 2017) smartphones with effectively four cameras. At the back, it sports a 16-megapixel + 2-megapixel camera setup , one for standard image rendering and the other for depth-of-field analysis. In a similar manner, its 13-megapixel selfie camera is accompanied by a 2-megapixel secondary cam -- dual selfie cameras were quite rare around the time of its market entry. 4K video-recording is nowhere to be found, though, etching a slight con on its otherwise promising imaging department.
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As for its screen, the Mate 10 Lite mimics its base model's large 5.9-inch interface, but replaces the 2K (2560 x 1440) definition with a less-appealing FHD+ (2160 x 1080) quality . Another big con is its almost deal-breaking lack of NFC (Near Field Communication) support , which was an all but standard facet as of 2017.
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Adding to its downgrades is the Lite's drop from the Mate 10's 4000mAh power capacity to only 3340mAh this time -- obviously pretty questionable, given its expansive screen real estate. At the very least, it retains the original model's 64GB internal memory (128GB maximum memory expansion support), though that's hardly a pro, seeing that several premium contenders start off with 128GB of inbuilt storage.
Trying to make up for its cost-cutting on the display and power aspects is its hardware setup. It runs on a 16nm HUAWEI Kirin 659 processor, which, although not quite the AI-powered engine that the other Mate 10 variants boast , still operates on two quad-core clusters clocked at 2.36GHz and 1.7GHz correspondingly . It also comes with 4GB's worth of RAM , which is just the right capacity, given its other pros and cons. Holding everything in place is a shell coated in either Aurora Blue, Graphite Black, or Prestige Gold, with the Android 7.0 Nougat skinned with EMUI 5.1 topping everything off.
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Compared to the Mate 10 and its other variants, the Huawei Mate 10 Lite is pretty low-key, but it manages to carve its own niche, in the form of phablet seekers who go crazy over rarely-seen camera setups.
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