Huawei Mate 20 Lite certification listing reveals glass build, updated camera layout

Huawei Mate 20 Lite certification listing reveals glass build, updated camera layout
The notch of the Huawei P20 and P20 Pro

If Huawei’s previous release timelines are anything to go by, the Mate 20 series should make its official debut towards the middle of October. Just like last year, there will be a regular model, a Pro offering, and a Lite variant. At this point in time, not too much is known about the three devices but images of the cheaper model have seemingly shown up in a new listing on the website of China's certification agency, TENAA.

Taking a look at the front of the device, the lighting in the image makes it hard to tell which aspect ratio the display utilizes – even when the image is brightened it’s still unclear. However, the layout of sensors does point towards a tall 19:9 display complete with a notch. After all, the brand seems to have equipped the smartphone with the same small in-ear speaker and dual-camera layout seen on the P20 Lite. Thus, from the front, the Mate 20 Lite may look very similar to Huawei’s other budget offering.

Moving over to the rear, a new glass build replaces the aluminum construction seen on last year’s smartphone. Moreover, the compact vertical module that was featured on the Mate 10 Lite has been replaced by a much more prominent design that actually resembles the layout seen on the Mate 10 Porsche Design thanks to the different-colored strip that is featured. Speaking of which the area is home to two cameras and a rear-facing fingerprint scanner.

Aside from these design details, not much else is known about the smartphone. Currently, though, it’s expected to ship with the Kirin 710 on the inside along with 4GB and either 64GB or 128GB of internal storage. Moreover, an updated version EMUI is to be expected alongside Android 9.0 P straight out of the box. 

For those who may be interested in Huawei’s next budget offering, shipments are expected to begin within the first two weeks of November if the device is announced in October like last year’s offering.

source: TENAA via: Slashleaks

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Mate 20 lite
  • Display 6.3" 1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Camera 20 MP / 24 MP front
  • Processor HiSilicon Kirin, Octa-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3750 mAh



1. Ghost04

Posts: 522; Member since: May 03, 2014

If it looks like the Mate 10 PD of last year , it will be extremely good looking midrage budget phone with acceptable specs . Very good for people with low bidget or a great backup phone.

7. ZombieHunter

Posts: 266; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

The Mate 10 PD was hardly a budget phone, it was $1200 flagship. I don't think you know what you are talking about.

2. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Why a brittle glass back on phone with no wireless charging?? So useless.

4. joshuaswingle

Posts: 641; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

Probably because glass is now seen as more premium than aluminum by most consumers. Metal builds are used on a ton of budget smartphones.

6. ZombieHunter

Posts: 266; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

It's not a thin glass window, it's gorilla glass. Pretty much as tough as aluminum. And wireless charging is stupid, and slow. I'd rather plug my phone in and get a full battery in 20 minutes, instead of 3 hours. Pay attention man....

9. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

(My previous long reply didn't get posted so I had to retype it again) I guess you are the one who needs to pay attention. Non-laminated glass such as Gorilla Glass is nowhere as tough as aluminium. It is very brittle similar to normal glass and will break on impact. It IS A THIN glass panel. You got easily fooled by Qualcomm's marketing when you should've "paid attention" and tried to understand how glass works. And you are also stupidly giving brands leverage to not include wireless charging in glass-back phones. What's the point of having glass then? To make the phone more prone to shattering?? Sad to see you got fooled so easily by Qualcomm....

3. Joosty

Posts: 482; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

Mate 20 Pro coming soon!


Posts: 196; Member since: May 28, 2018

I hope they bring back the headphone jack on the Pro version

8. Bondurant

Posts: 784; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

November is too late. Mate 20 should be released early October to have more time before the next snapdragon chipset is released and more time before release of Samsung S10.

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