- Analysis by KJ David
Though calling itself a Lite model, the Huawei Mate 20 Lite packs some pretty heavy artillery on the imaging front, seeking to join Phonerated's list of the best photography-driven smartphones on the market. Before we jump into its pros, however, take note of these cons, which we caught along the way.
For starters, its large display would have been a good venue for a 2K-1440p definition , although its 6.3-inch FHD+ (2340 x 1080) 19.5:9 interface is not too shabby. Another slight drawback is its 3750mAh raw battery capacity , if only because a lot of other 2018 flagships with tantamount pros and cons offer at least 4000mAh on that front.
As for its compelling specs, the Mate 20 Lite rocks a high-resolution dual selfie camera that's composed of a 24-megapixel main lens and a 2-megapixel sub-lens , bringing to mind some of the most-advanced smartphones for selfies available around the time of this review. Sadly, though, its dual front cam is marred by a fixed focal length , while in comparison, some of its closest competitors rig their selfie shooters with autofocus technologies. Nevertheless, perks like AI Selfie Master put it alongside several other high-tier 2018 releases.
On the opposite end, this Mate model boasts a 20- plus 2-megapixel dual rear camera decked out with its own AI-aided features, HDR Pro, and the combination of phase-detection and contrast autofocus. It also delivers 3D Qmojis, which is Huawei's version of an AI-powered avatar/emoji builder.
Under the hood, the Mate 20 Lite packs a respectable, though not quite premium-class, Kirin 710 split-octa-core processor, consisting of a 2.2GHz quad-core performance cluster and a 1.7GHz efficiency cluster (also with four cores). It also comes with an i7 microprocessor and a Mali-G51 graphics engine clocked at 1GHz , the latter being among the fastest GPUs available as we were checking out this phone's pros and cons. That said, we think it could have done better than a 4GB RAM , considering that 6GB- and 8GB-RAM smartphones were starting to take over the flagship market when it came out -- get to know some premium 8GB-RAM phones here.
Joining in is a tolerable 64GB internal memory expandable by up to 256GB as well as a 7.6mm-slim shell coated in either Sapphire Blue, Platinum Gold, or Black, which top it off as a high-caliber large-screen Android for photography enthusiasts.
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