HANDS ON PREVIEW: Huawei unveil the Mate 20 Lite @ IFA 2018
At IFA 2018, Huawei decided to unveil their newest entry into their Mate smartphone line in the form of the Huawei Mate 20 Lite. Packing 4 AI-enabled cameras, 2 on the back and 2 on the front, a huge 3750mAh battery and 6.3″ 19.5:9 super wide LCD display, the new handset will certainly tick a lot of boxes for most users out there. Below are some of the other key specs of the device:
Kirin 710 SoC
24MP + 2MP front camera set up
20MP + 2MP rear camera set up
480p Super Slow Mo video
6.3″ 1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~409 ppi density)
Packing the ubiquitous notch many other smartphones are fashioning these days, the new Mate 20 Lite is using its notched space to fit 2 front facing ‘AI-powered’ cameras to help you take your selfie game to the next level. We were shown how the new selfie cameras can recognise more than 200 different scenarios from eight individual categories like Blue Sky, Beach, Plant, Night etc.
They also support real time HDR preview and video recording when taking selfies where the background is brightly lit but you’re in the shadows. We’ve got the return of Studio Lighting which appears to have been improved from its unveiling on the P20 range earlier this year as well as the ability to generate a personalised 3D Qmoji (in GIF or video formats), which are similar to Apple’s Animoji and Samsung’s ARemoji.
Anson Zhang, UK & Ireland Managing Director, Huawei Consumer Business Group commented: “At Huawei, we are committed to launching devices that disrupt the status quo. Combining pioneering AI innovation, cutting edge power and performance, all at an affordable price point, the Mate 20 lite signifies our global leadership in the smartphone category and we look forward to launching the device here in the UK and Ireland.”
The device itself felt quite heavy but well constructed in the hand, similar to the P20 and P20 Pro. We liked the fact the fingerprint sensor was moved around to the back also, giving the screen more space on the front to reach as far down to the bottom of the device as possible.
We also expect the battery life the be fantastic given that its a huge 3750mAh battery. We were told that the average user can expect almost 2 and a half days use which we are slightly skeptical about but happy to test out once we get our hands on a review unit.
The Huawei Mate 20 lite is available to purchase from €429 sim free from October and we’ll be sure to have our full review live on the site as soon as possible.