Check out Android on a notch in this leaked P20 Lite hands-on video preview

Yesterday, the upcoming Huawei 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, complete with a notch at the top. Lo and behold, today a hands-on video with the device has leaked out of Italy, and, judging from the tethered phone, it's probably from a carrier or a retailer presentation. We won't spoil the fun, but just say that this is one of the clearest ideas you can get about how Android phones with a notch will behave interface-wise, love it or leave it.

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. Do you like what you see, and what is awaiting you on Android phones with a notch-y cutout at the screen's top?

Thanks for the tip, Nicola!

source: AndroidWorld (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)




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2. adecvat

Posts: 647; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Soon all android will be like this.

4. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Not all, but you will see more of these fugly notch phones. Making my choice a lot harder, I refuse to buy one with a notch.

20. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Makes the choice easier, because it's a hard no. There is no maybe to a fugly notch.

24. Onespot

Posts: 54; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

If two top players in android google pixel's or samsung implements this .. i will never buy their phone

3. Cat97

Posts: 1936; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

You could have checked out the Android notch looks on the Essential PH-1 since way before iPhone X was released.

7. nodes

Posts: 1160; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

Essential's is more like a hole than a notch.

18. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

Define "hole", as the very concept of the notch on the Essential and the Iphone X is exactly the same, as they're both notches. Essential just managed to reduce the size of the notch, by putting the sensors and speakers into a very thin bar at the top. So yes, Essential's implementation is smaller, because it's better. If that's what you mean when you say "hole", then i agree.

21. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

But by that logic the iPhone X is more of a ditch than a notch.

5. c.m.s

Posts: 239; Member since: Dec 10, 2017

"Do you like what you see, and what is awaiting you on Android phones with a notch-y cutout at the screen's top" PhoneArena, are you reading comments on your own site? If you do you should not have to ask that question. You guys are really obsessed by "the notch", every other article have the word in it. Let it go...

6. haikallp

Posts: 319; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

While I would prefer a phone without a notch, I think it just needs some getting used to. But for certain manufacturers, it seems like they add the notch just so that they can be like Apple. Looking at you Huawei.

25. Onespot

Posts: 54; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Apple implemented it for a reason for the multiple sensors and face id ...and They have notches just because they want to copy apple ... That's just disgusting ... How their board even approve such type of copy and paste design ....

8. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

These phone manufacturers shouldn't be allowed to have a top notch unless they get rid of the bottom bezel. Why have a notch when you can just move the bottom bezel to the top of the phone?

16. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

True that. Makes absolute no sense to have a notch just for the sake of it.

19. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

Companies like that are just trying to copy what Apple does. I think that's partially why I like Samsung's direction of innovating rather than copying. Yes Samsung has copied Apple, just like Apple has copied Samsung, but this P20 is just blindly following what Apple does.

9. cmdacos

Posts: 4267; Member since: Nov 01, 2016


10. TerryD

Posts: 554; Member since: May 09, 2017

What camera is this video taken with because its rubbish. Make sure I dont get one of those.

11. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Looks beautiful to me..

17. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Looks more beautiful than your black face lmao

12. AdeelSoomro

Posts: 61; Member since: Oct 26, 2017

Kirin 659 is a downside. Anyway welcome to the Notch world Android. Apple always a trend setter

13. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Looks ridiculous to use. Not the notch, the size of it. Hoping the notch or the bezeless design was going to bring phones back to one handed size? Nope, they keep it gigantic and shove an even bigger screen.

14. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

it's a mate10 lite with a notch


Posts: 445; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

Will the pro have capacitive buttons on the button or on screen buttons?

26. S4NDY

Posts: 256; Member since: Mar 14, 2016

fingerprint gestures or on screen gesture button or on screen navbar.

22. kevin007in

Posts: 327; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

hope p20 does not have this ugly notch

27. S4NDY

Posts: 256; Member since: Mar 14, 2016

all those P20 series have a notches

23. Onespot

Posts: 54; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Its a shame that a multi billion dollar company cannot innovate and just copies the bulls**t notch design without any solid reason. Thats why they never stay on top and apple does ...note : Not an isheep am using s8 plus

28. S4NDY

Posts: 256; Member since: Mar 14, 2016

you forgot the Mate series, P-series follow Apples design and Mate is their "real" flagship using unique hyawei designs

29. Donforreal

Posts: 60; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

this notch things is so stupid i cannot believe anyone even talks about it/emulates it/wants it/needs it.. its not a gimmick or feature.. im confused.

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