Huawei P20 Lite 2018
The P20 Range is one the best selling Smartphones of 2018 & the P20 Lite is certainly a great Smartphone at a Great Price. At a glance, you’d be hard-pressed to tell the Lite apart from its more distinguished and capable sibling.
By eye they’re around the same size (although the full-fat P20 is marginally taller, narrower and thicker), sport a similar glass and metal construction, and the front of each phone is dominated by an expansive, elongated display.
Hauwei P20 Lite Great Design
That said, there are some cues that hint at the Lite’s more affordable nature. Unlike the P20’s body, where the curved cover glass flows into the metal banding around the phone’s edge, the Lite has a more distinct seam line where the two materials meet. Arguably, it isn’t as elegant to the eye, but in the hand it provides an extra groove under-finger for improved grip.
A hybrid SIM tray can be found on the phone’s left side, depending on the region in which you pick up the P20 Lite. It will accommodate a nano-SIM and a microSD card, or grant you the ability to trade the microSD card out for a secondary nano-SIM.
As with most of Huawei’s 2018 handset lineup, the P20 Lite makes the jump to a USB-C connection at its base for added convenience, most notably thanks to its reversible design.
Unlike the standard P20’s microphone and speaker grilles, the Lite retains a standard 3.5mm headphone jack along its bottom edge, too. This is great news for those who haven’t yet made the jump to wireless Bluetooth headphones or those who don’t subscribe to a dongle-filled future.
One of the first things that you might find surprising when picking the P20 Lite up is how, in a way, it lives up to its name. At 145g, this is a surprisingly lightweight handset, especially considering the liberal use of glass across its back.
Huawei P20 Lite – Screen
In the smartphone world, 2018 has come to be considered as ‘the year of the notch’. The Essential Phone and iPhone X popularised this design quirk last year, and we’ve subsequently seen more and more handsets adopting a notched screen in order to push the boundaries of just how much of a phone’s frontage can be occupied by display.
In the case of the Lite, Huawei is actually giving you an imperceptibly larger panel than the one used by the vanilla P20. It actually makes for one of the best screen-to-body ratios out there (80.5%) when compared against other devices around the Lite’s price point.
The notch itself is about half the width of the one found on the iPhone X, leaving plenty of space within the UI for various indicators and notification icons on either side. If you don’t like staring at the notch.
Huawei has included a software solution to hide it– this colours the notification bar black to match it, where possible. It’s a smart inclusion, if you’re not notch-inclined and prefer the slim-bezelled look of devices such as Samsung’s Galaxy S9.
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