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Huawei P20 Lite First Impressions: Great camera and decent pricing

The Huawei P20 Lite is going to give rivals a tough time courtesy of a good camera, and an aggressive price tag.

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Huawei today launched the P20 Lite and P20 Pro smartphones in India. The P20 Pro has had the spotlight on it owing to the triple camera setup on its rear that has a massive score on DxOMark, and better processor. The Huawei P20 Lite is no bench-warmer either. I had my chance to take a good look at the device at the launch event, and here are my first impressions of the Huawei P20 Lite.

Design

In terms of the design, there is not much differentiating the Huawei P20 Pro from the P20 Lite. One of the differences is the camera setup at the back. Where the Pro variant features a triple-camera setup, the Lite variant comes with a dual-camera setup. Another difference is the placement of the fingerprint sensor – below the screen on the Pro, and on the back panel on the Lite.

The device has power button and volume rockers on the right hand panel next to each other. These, as well as the fingerprint sensor at the back, are rather easy to reach even when using the phone with one hand. The device feels rather light despite the 3,000mAh battery that is powering it, and a non-metallic body attributes to that. Though I could only have a look at the Midnight Black color variant of the phone, the Klein Blue color seemed nice in the photos.

Coming to the UI, Huawei has decided to stick with EMUI over Android 8.1 Oreo, instead of going for a stock Android experience. EMUI does away with the app drawer, and sticks all the app icons on the home and adjacent screens which I am not too fond of.

Performance

The Huawei P20 Lite runs on the company’s own Kirin 659 processor, which was launched last year. With 4GB RAM to boot, the device runs pretty well and has some smooth transitions and low launch time for apps opened in succession. Point to be noted that none of these apps were that heavy as I was trying out a sample device at the launch event.

Watch: Huawei P20 Pro review

The rear camera did a good job of capturing some photos even in the low light of the demo area. The noise levels were pretty low, and the details captured were quite good. The front camera did a great job of capturing details with the 24-megapixel camera sensor and the filters tended to exaggerate things a tad bit. We will however reserve our judgements till we have extensively reviewed the smartphone.

Apart from this it is left to be seen how the other features of the phone holds out, like the audio and battery aspects and we will be sure to cover that in out main review of the Huawei P20 Lite.

Verdict

The Huawei P20 Lite will be a strong competitor in the sub-Rs 20,000 segment that has phones like the Oppo F7, Vivo V9 and Moto X4. The pricing of the device at Rs 19,999 is extremely competitive, and the cameras are excellent. It remains to be seen how long the phone lasts in our rigorous tests.

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  • Published Date: April 24, 2018 3:17 PM IST