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Huawei P20 Lite Review

The Huawei P20 is generally praised for its elegance, premium, and build quality. I actually fell in love with the Huawei P20 as I saw it because of its sexy design. But if you’re into midrange smartphones then the Huawei P20 Lite is for you. Interested? Check out our review of the smartphone below.

Design and Construction

The Huawei P20 Lite shares the DNA of the Huawei P20. It has a glass back and front with a very premium feel when you hold the smartphone. On the front, you get the sleek FullView 2.0 Display with a little notch at the top and a small chin below and at the back, you can find the dual lens camera in vertical along with the round fingerprint scanner in the middle.

The review unit that we got was the black one but the blue really is dazzling and attractive. Actually, the Huawei P20 Lite is one of the stylish and probably has the best looks in its price range. There’s the USB Type-C below along with the 3.5mm audio jack and also the speaker grill. The quality of the speaker of the Huawei P20 Lite is good but not great. I’m just satisfied with it.

Unfortunately, the Huawei P20 Lite doesn’t have a triple sim card tray but most of you will be just fine with its 64GB Internal Storage. The smartphone’s fingerprint scanner is fast and I really had no problems with and if you’re not into that, the face unlock of the Huawei P20 Lite will work fine and fast. Actually, you won’t even see the lock screen of the smartphone anymore because it’s really fast.


The Huawei P20 Lite features a 5.84-inch Full HD+ display with a 19:9 display aspect ratio. It looks really good especially with its rounded corners and despite having that display size on a smartphone, the Huawei P20 Lite does feel handy because of thin bezel and a small chin.

The display of the smartphone does really look good, the colors were great and the viewing angles of the smartphone is really fine. I didn’t have any problems with the notch of the smartphone as most apps won’t use the notch and it just blackens out when you open the apps and games. But if you’re really annoyed with that, you can turn off the notch of the smartphone at the settings.


The Huawei P20 Lite runs on Android 8.0 Oreo with EMUI 8.0. It’s a heavily customized UI and most of the elements in its UI are from Huawei. As expected, the smartphone will come with a lot of apps and you won’t actually use some of them. But don’t worry as you can uninstall most of the applications that are pre-installed on the smartphone.

There’s no app drawer on the smartphone too but if you’re used to that then there will be no problems. Personally, I’m just fine with its UI but if you don’t really like the non-vanilla look of the interface then you better download some launchers at the Play Store.


The Huawei P20 Lite is running on Kirin 659 chipset and unfortunately, there’s no AI on this one but that’s already expected. This isn’t a new chipset as this one was already seen in the Huawei Nova 2i but despite its age, the performance of the Huawei P20 Lite doesn’t disappoint as the smartphone can run most games without problems.

This might not be the most powerful chipset at its price range but it is able enough to run games at medium settings and low settings at more demanding ones. But don’t worry because this smartphone can run the most popular Battle Royale games like PUBG Mobile without problems. Actually, I was even able to play NBA 2k18 on the smartphone on medium settings.

On Antutu, I got a score of 88361 which is pretty fair for its hardware. Not complaining about it as it was my expected Antutu score for the smartphone.

Battery life

The Huawei P20 Lite performed well in the battery department. I was able to use the smartphone the whole day without asking for a charger. Yes, if you’re just a casual gamer then the Huawei P20 Lite will be just enough for you. When it comes to charging, you could also have a faster charging time because the Huawei P20 Lite supports fast charging. But of course, you have to use the included fast charger to utilize that. In PC Mark, I got a score of 6 hours and 47 minutes. Weirdly enough, I got a better real-life battery life better than the benchmark


The Huawei P20 Lite doesn’t have a Leica lens on this one but I was really happy with the results that I got with this smartphone. The Huawei P20 Lite features a 16-megapixel rear camera with 2-megapixel for depth sensing. Again, there’s no AI in here so there’s no amazing scene detection on this smartphone, unlike the Huawei P20.

Most of the shots that I took using the smartphone were good and even at lowlight, the shots that I took were better than I expected. I’m quite happy with what I got with the Huawei P20 Lite. Check out some of my shots below.

The front camera doesn’t disappoint too as my selfies on this smartphone looks really well and it has really good details and colors.


The Huawei P20 Lite is a pretty good midrange smartphone. The Kirin 659 Processor inside the may not be as powerful as the Helio P60 or the Snapdragon 636 processor but it’s able to run most games without problems. I’m pretty happy with the results that I got with its battery life as the smartphone can a last a day of use.

The Huawei P20 Lite might not have the Leica branding but the camera of the smartphone is really well and it can take really good shots under any conditions.

The Huawei P20 Lite will be available this April 28, 2018, for Php15,990.

Jam Ancheta
Jam Ancheta
Jam Ancheta likes to create content about tech. But he also hates tech.


  1. Thorn between P20 Lite, Asus Zenfone 5, Zenfone 5Q. Not much of a gamer here… I’m more into photography, which one would you recommend… or perhaps a comparison review 🙂


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