Huawei's cheap P20 Lite has a notch, is up for preorder

Huawei's cheap P20 Lite has a notch, is up for preorder
Huawei already invited us to a March 27th event, where it is expected to unveil its next flagship - the P20 - and its P20 Pro and P20 Lite sidekicks, as has become its habit in the last few years. What piqued our interest in the first leaked renders and images of the devices, is that one of them, dubbed to be a prototype, showed a very iPhone X-esque cutout at the top bezel, and a vertical dual camera set on the back, again resembling Apple's finest handset so far.

Well, that notch-y presence has bee confirmed by official renders that leaked not long ago, and today, the P20 Lite went for preorder in the country of Poland with all of its specs and features listed, pegging it squarely as Huawei's affordable alternative to the iPhone X. At the equivalent of $440, the phone hosts a 5.84" LCD (yes, LCD) screen with 1080 x 2280 pixels resolution, returning the robust 423ppi pixel density - well, apart from the top screen cutout, of course. The notch has allowed Huawei to keep the dimensions of the P20 Lite very, very compact at 5.85 x 2.80 x 0.29 inches (148.6 x 71.2 x 7.4 mm), with a rather bearable 5.11 oz (145 g) of weight.

It also houses the 16MP selfie snapper and sensors that allow Huawei to implement a Face Unlock feature of sorts, logging in 96 face points. The company claims that the its face-detection system sports anti-cheating algorithms, and will probably blame some sort of AI for this. The selfie wonders don't stop here, though, as Huawei also offers Studio Light Effects, similar to Apple's feature that is still in beta, and it even made a reference to its studio-level portraits in this teaser video below.

There is a 16MP main camera at the back as well, which is paired with depth-sensing 2MP shooter for "bokeh". Unfortunately, the middling Kirin 659 processor gets confirmed, which is a midrange 8 x Cortex-A53 2.4 GHz endeavor, but the phone had to earn its price somehow, too. There are no compromises with the memory situation, though, as the phone will ship in a 4GB/64GB setup, or with the software level, as it comes with the latest Android 8.0 Oreo.

The fingerprint scanner is slapped conveniently at the back of the handset, and a decent 3000mAh battery capacity with fast 2A charging make the P20 Lite a very well-rounded midranger for its price, notchwithstanding. Do you like what you see with Huawei's newest P-line entrant, or are you miffed it is going the copycat way designwise?

source: RTV & X-Kom via (translated)

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P20 Lite
  • Display 5.8" 1080 x 2280 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 16 MP front
  • Processor HiSilicon Kirin, Octa-core, 2360 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(17h 3G talk time)



1. Lenny86

Posts: 301; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

Has almost the same price like the asus zenfone 5 with sd845... Bwahhhh.

2. Cat97

Posts: 1934; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

What are you smoking ? This costs 370 EUR.

4. Lenny86

Posts: 301; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

£440 the asus. I rather pay extra £70 for sd845.€479 and €390.

6. Cat97

Posts: 1934; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Are you aware that £440 means 500 EUR ?

7. Lenny86

Posts: 301; Member since: Sep 20, 2012


10. dcwt2010

Posts: 74; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

Are those official prices? I doubt it's that low in the UK. On a separate note, I'm glad that Huawei have moved the FP sensor back to its optimal place. Silly that in P10 they squashed at the front! This phone again, shows that Apple should and could have put an FP sensor at the back instead of implementing just the face sensor.

3. Cat97

Posts: 1934; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

This is the cheapest iPhone copycat from a reputable brand, with similar screen to body ratio but with better battery life. It will sell like hot cakes at this price.

5. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Ah! Notch and yet a relatively big bottom bezel... Tell you what; I'm feeling a HUGE itch to give Huawei a classic, timeless verbal abuse for this so called 'design' but I shall refrain myself... "And I'll take my clothes off and it will be shameless 'Cause everyone knows that's how you get famous." [The Fear] Go... Get famous, Huawei.

8. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 926; Member since: May 07, 2014

You are absolutely right. I am a big fan of Huawei, Predicted the rise of Huawei back in 2014, my coworkers would laugh at me. But, seeing this, they look like a cheap Chinese copycat company. You see a great feature in a phone from another brand, you copy it, great, no big deal. But you copy a controversial thing from another brand, why? It's beyond my thinking level. They let me down in front of all my iPhone fanboys cousins. I won't even be able to buy the P20 Pro though I am really excited about the camera hardware it packs. F*** You Huawei.

9. matistight

Posts: 997; Member since: May 13, 2009

Can we talk in USD please. Thanks

11. fastfreddy123

Posts: 67; Member since: Mar 25, 2017

CAT 97 just curious how you even think a Kirin 659 compares to a Qualcomm 845? but whatever .. Huawei better hope they sell ALOT in Europe in ASIA in THE USA not many will buy them when there is better choices and the chance that the Govt MAY black list them. You can get an Essential phone for 300.00 or an HTC U11 for 400.00 the 835 maybe last years high end but its still better then a Kirin 659.

12. fastfreddy123

Posts: 67; Member since: Mar 25, 2017 i bought the HTC U11 last month for 420.00 and got a two year warranty from Assurion for 57.00 Purchase Price (incl. sales tax where applicable): $57.99 Deductible Amount: $0.00 Coverage Start Date: 02/27/2018 Coverage End Date: 02/27/2020 I guess they are more money now. Lol

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