Huawei Mate 20 Lite Appears on Geekbench a week after TENAA listing

The Huawei Mate 20 Lite is back in the news again thanks to a recent Geekbench listing

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It has been just a week since the Huawei Mate 20 Lite, an upcoming smartphone from Huawei appeared on Chinese certification website TENAA. As you might be probably aware, the Mate 20 Lite is likely to be launched alongside two other mate devices – the Mate 20 and the Mate 20 Pro. Anyway, the reason we are talking about the Mate 20 Lite again is that the handset has once again, made its appearance – this time on a Geekbench listing. While we still do not have a clue as to what the overall spec sheet of the Mate 20 Lite would look like, we can confirm a few things.

Read on to find out what these are.

Huawei Mate 20 Lite: What we know so far

As evident from the ‘Lite’ moniker, there is a good chance that the Mate 20 Lite would be positioned below both Mate 20 and the Mate 20 Pro devices. That said since the Mate series from Huawei are usually high-end devices, the Mate 20 Lite might still feature flagship grade or an upper mid-range hardware and only skimp upon the display size and probably the camera setup. Note that we are merely speculating at this point. From the TENAA leak last week, we were aware of the fact that the Mate 20 Lite will likely get a metallic unibody design, a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and a dual camera setup at the rear. We had also speculated that the bezels on the Mate 20 Lite would be a lot thinner and that the display might see a tall aspect ratio. We had also talked about the fact that the SoC that the Mate 20 Lite could get would most likely be the new Kirin 710 chipset that first made it to India on the Huawei Nova 3i. The schematics of the Mate 20 Lite had also leaked a few days ago that hinted at the design language this new handset would sport.

Huawei Mate 20 Lite: Hardware specifications

Thanks to the newest Geekbench listing, we can more or less confirm that the Mate 20 Lite will indeed use the Kirin 710 chipset. This is SoC houses an octa-core processor and is the first Huawei chipset based on the 12nm manufacturing process. The handset shows up with the model number HUAWEI SNE-LX1 on Geekbench.


The Kirin 710 gets four Cortex-A73 performance cores and four Cortex-A53 efficient cores. The GPU happens to be the ARM Mali-G51 MP4 GPU. The Kirin 710 also gets hardware level scene recognition capabilities and will come with a host of AI features as well. This is of course, apart from the fact that it will also get Huawei’s new GPU Turbo technology. The Kirin 710 SoC also boasts of a Cat.12/13 LTE cellular modem. The version of the Mate 20 Lite that appeared on Geekbench gets 4GB of RAM. There is also a possibility of the handset getting a pricier 6GB RAM version. This, again, is mere speculation at this point. The handset that appeared on Geekbench also ran Android 8.1.0.

As of now, the rest of the hardware spec-sheet of the Huawei Mate 20 Lite remain under wraps. We still do not know the expected launch date of these three new handsets. However, the launch is going to most definitely happen after August 31 since Huawei will officially launch the Kirin 980, the successor to the Kirin 970 on that day.

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Having spent the better part of the last decade writing about technology, Rahul is among the most experienced tech journalists in India. His writing career began back to 2006 when he started off as a member of the Microsoft PYPC (Protect Your PC) team. At Microsoft, most of his time was spent on creating and updating Microsoft’s Knowledge Base articles. In 2008, thanks to his proclivity for consumer technology, he joined Techtree, then India’s most popular consumer tech website. In his decade-long career, Rahul has contributed to several Indian and International publications including GQ Magazine, Onlygizmos, iPhoneHacks, and The Inquisitr.