- Analysis by KJ David
Despite failing to live up to the flagship-caliber pros and cons of its P20 base model (lite editions often offer toned-down specs, after all), the Huawei P20 lite still manages to hit some high-end marks. Still, we were a tad disappointed that its 16-megapixel front-facing camera is stuck with a fixed focus capacity and lacks a dedicated front-firing LED flash , although its relatively-high raw pixel resolution could still earn it a spot among the best selfie smartphones out there, especially with things like 3D retouching on board.
Another drawback (although an unsurprising one, given its lite moniker) is the absence of the AI imaging technologies delivered by its P20 and P20 Pro big brothers. That said, its dual rear camera , which is made up of a 16-megapixel primary lens and a 2-megapixel Bokeh lens for depth-sensing and refocusing, winds up as a selling point nevertheless. It also comes with AR stickers , just like several of the top camera smartphones as we were reviewing its pros and cons.
Up front, the P20 lite sports a 5.9-inch (5.84-inch, to be exact) 2280 x 1080 FHD+ FullView LTPS display that possibly holds its own versus those of the best phablets of its time, while a Kirin 659 eight-core 2.36GHz + 1.7GHz processor and a tolerable 4GB RAM take care of the processing end from inside the engine room.
Sitting alongside its CPU and RAM is a 3000mAh battery that although fails to turn heads in terms of raw power capacity, boasts several above-average stress test scores, including a a 30-hour talk time (1800 minutes) and a 471-hour maximum 2G standby time .
A couple more of its features include Dual Bluetooth , allowing the phone to connect to two distinct Bluetooth devices concurrently, and a hardened glass body coupled with a metal frame that hits the design bulls-eye for a high-caliber smartphone that entered the market in 2018. Sadly, its 64GB-only (or 32GB, depending on the variant) internal memory is a slight con, since its higher-specked siblings both lug 128GB of on-board storage, but it does make up for this setback by coming with a microSD card slot for up to 256GB of top-up storage -- the P20 and P20 Pro both lack microSD card trays.
Topped off by the Android 8.0 Oreo OS infused with Huawei's EMUI 8.0, the P20 lite sounds like an alternative for upscale shoppers who still want a taste of high-end imaging and performance, but don't want to commit to a full-fledged flagship Android just yet.
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