Chinese smartphone maker Huawei is expected to announce its Mate 20 series smartphones sometime in the fourth quarter of the year. The ‘Lite’ version, however, might be made official at IFA 2018 in Berlin later this month. While we haven’t seen many Mate 20 leaks surface online yet, the Mate 20 Lite has now made an appearance in a hands-on video that shows the smartphone in all its glory.
Huawei Mate 20 Lite: Hands-On Video Surfaces Online
The hands-on video shows the Huawei Mate 20 Lite will feature a dual-camera setup at the rear with both the sensors stacked vertically. Below the dual rear cameras is a circular fingerprint sensor. The front of the smartphone is covered almost entirely by the FullView display featuring a notch at the top. Houses within the notch appear to be two selfie cameras. At the bottom, we see a speaker grille, a USB Type-C port, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
Huawei Mate 20 Lite: Specifications, Features
In addition to giving us a clear look at the design of the Mate 20 Lite, the hands-on video also reveals some key specifications of the smartphone. The Mate 20 Lite will be running on a HiSilicon Kirin 710 octa-core processor clocked at up to 2.2 GHz with an ARM Mali-G51 MP4 GPU. Huawei has coupled the 12nm octa-core processor with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage on the Mate 20 Lite. While we cannot be completely sure, there is a good chance that the smartphone will have a microSD card slot for further expansion. However, you shouldn’t expect to see a dedicated microSD card slot on the Mate 20 Lite. Instead, the smartphone could feature Hybrid Dual-SIM slots.
Based on previous leaks, we expect the Huawei Mate 20 Lite is expected to feature a 6.3-inch FullView display with Full HD+ resolution and a 19:9 aspect ratio. The previous leak had also suggested that the Mate 20 Lite will only be available in a single memory configuration – 4GB RAM + 64GB storage. In the camera department, Huawei Mate 20 Lite is expected to feature a 20MP + 2MP dual-camera setup on the back. For selfies, the smartphone will have a 24MP + 2MP setup. Both the front and rear cameras will come with a Portrait Mode, thanks to the 2MP secondary depth-sensing module. The Mate 20 Lite is rumored to pack a 3650mAh capacity battery, a decent upgrade over the 3340mAh unit fueling its predecessor. However, it remains to be seen if the Mate 20 Lite will come with fast charging support.
Connectivity options on the Mate 20 Lite could include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2 Low Energy, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, FM radio, and 4G VoLTE. As seen in the hands-on video above, the Mate 20 Lite will come with a fingerprint sensor at the rear. In terms of software, the Mate 20 Lite prototype seen in the hands-on video above is running on the Android 8.1 Oreo operating system. Since the Mate 20 Lite will not be the company’s flagship offering, it will likely launch with the same version of Android out of the box. The Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro, on the other hand, are expected to ship with the Android 9 Pie operating system out of the box.
Huawei Mate 20 Lite: Expected Price in India
The Mate 10 Lite was not launched in India last year. However, Huawei has increased its focus on the Indian market significantly in the past few months, which leads us to believe that its successor might arrive in the country soon after its global debut. The Mate 20 Lite is rumored to be priced at $400 globally, which suggests the smartphone may be priced around Rs.25,000 in India.