Huawei Mate 20 lite review

GSMArena team, 21 Sept 2018.

6.3-inch notched LCD

The first Huawei Mate with a notched display is the Mate 20 lite we have here, though there have been plenty of non-Mate phones in the company's lineup with cutouts on top, plus a whole bunch of Honors. Anyway, this one measures 6.3 inches in diagonal and has a 1080x2340px resolution in a 19.5:9 ratio. Pixel density works out to 409ppi.

Huawei Mate 20 lite review

It's not the brightest of LCDs, but it still pumps out 460nits when cranked all the way to the max - almost as much as the Mate 10 Lite. There's no boost when in auto brightness mode, just like the previous generation. The reasonably well controlled blacks mean a contrast verging 1500:1, which is a little short of the Mate 10 Lite's result, but still not half bad. We measured a minimum brightness of 0.9nits - so low, it's almost completely off.

Display test 100% brightness
Black, cd/m2 White, cd/m2 Contrast ratio
Huawei Mate 20 lite 0.313 460 1470
Huawei Mate 10 Lite 0.257 476 1852
Nokia 7 plus 0.254 432 1701
Nokia 6 (2018) 0.367 469 1278
Motorola Moto G6 Plus 0.418 610 1459
Motorola Moto G6 Plus (Max Auto) 0.564 776 1376
Huawei P20 lite 0.27 482 1785
Samsung Galaxy A6+ (2018) 0 387
Samsung Galaxy A6+ (2018) (Max Auto) 0 568
Xiaomi Mi 8 SE 0 455
Xiaomi Mi A2 0.277 420 1516
Xiaomi Pocophone F1 0.314 461 1468
Honor Play 0.414 470 1135
vivo V11 0 418
Oppo F9 0.29 526 1814
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus 0.341 519 1522

Sunlight legibility is decent, but not amazing. Contrast under direct light is marginally better on the Mate 20 lite than on the P20 lite, and a step up from the Mate 10 Lite, but there are LCDs in this class than are superior in this respect.

Sunlight contrast ratio

  • Apple iPhone X
    5.013
  • OnePlus 5T
    4.789
  • Samsung Galaxy S8
    4.768
  • Samsung Galaxy S8+
    4.658
  • Samsung Galaxy S9
    4.63
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+
    4.615
  • Samsung Galaxy S9+
    4.537
  • Samsung Galaxy Note9
    4.531
  • Sony Xperia XZ3
    4.502
  • Motorola Moto Z2 Play
    4.459
  • Oppo R11
    4.454
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
    4.439
  • OnePlus 3
    4.424
  • Samsung Galaxy S7
    4.376
  • OnePlus 6
    4.321
  • HTC One A9
    4.274
  • Oppo R15 Pro
    4.251
  • Samsung Galaxy Note7
    4.247
  • Samsung Galaxy A3
    4.241
  • Nokia 8
    4.239
  • Google Pixel 2 XL (pre-update)
    4.234
  • OnePlus 3T
    4.232
  • Google Pixel XL
    4.164
  • ZTE Axon 7
    4.154
  • Samsung Galaxy Note8
    4.148
  • Meizu Pro 7 Plus
    4.147
  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017)
    4.124
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge
    4.124
  • vivo V11
    4.113
  • Huawei Mate 10 Pro (normal)
    4.096
  • Samsung Galaxy Note5
    4.09
  • Huawei P20 Pro
    4.087
  • Xiaomi Mi 8
    4.086
  • Meizu 15
    4.082
  • Nokia 6 (2018)
    4.052
  • Google Pixel 2 (pre-update)
    4.023
  • LG V30
    4.022
  • Huawei Nexus 6P
    4.019
  • vivo NEX S
    4.012
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro
    3.998
  • Vivo Xplay5 Elite
    3.983
  • OnePlus X
    3.983
  • LG G7 ThinQ (outdoor)
    3.978
  • Apple iPhone 7
    3.964
  • Oppo R7s
    3.964
  • Apple iPhone 8 (True Tone)
    3.957
  • Huawei P9 Plus
    3.956
  • Oppo Find X
    3.954
  • Meizu Pro 6 Plus
    3.935
  • Lenovo Moto Z
    3.931
  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016)
    3.918
  • OnePlus 5
    3.914
  • Samsung Galaxy C5
    3.911
  • Xiaomi Mi 8 SE
    3.901
  • Samsung Galaxy C7
    3.896
  • Samsung Galaxy A5
    3.895
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 outdoor
    3.879
  • Samsung Galaxy J2 outdoor
    3.873
  • Motorola Moto G6 Plus
    3.865
  • Samsung Galaxy A8
    3.859
  • Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018)
    3.842
  • Samsung Galaxy A6+ (2018)
    3.834
  • Sony Xperia XZs
    3.818
  • Samsung Galaxy A9 (2016)
    3.817
  • Motorola Moto X (2014)
    3.816
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017)
    3.812
  • Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)
    3.804
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) outdoor mode
    3.802
  • Xiaomi Redmi Pro
    3.798
  • LG V20 Max auto
    3.798
  • Sony Xperia XZ
    3.795
  • Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016)
    3.789
  • Apple iPhone 6s
    3.783
  • Meizu Pro 5
    3.781
  • Microsoft Lumia 650
    3.772
  • Xiaomi Mi 6
    3.767
  • Sony Xperia XZ1
    3.765
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016)
    3.756
  • Nokia 8 Sirocco
    3.745
  • Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact
    3.729
  • Apple iPhone 8 Plus (True Tone)
    3.725
  • Oppo F1 Plus
    3.709
  • Vivo X5Pro
    3.706
  • Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017)
    3.688
  • Huawei P20
    3.683
  • Apple iPhone SE
    3.681
  • Huawei Mate 9
    3.68
  • Samsung Galaxy A7
    3.679
  • Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact
    3.675
  • Meizu PRO 6
    3.659
  • BlackBerry Priv
    3.645
  • Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra
    3.597
  • Apple iPhone 7 Plus
    3.588
  • Sony Xperia XZ2
    3.58
  • LG G6
    3.556
  • Apple iPhone 6s Plus
    3.53
  • Motorola Moto Z Play
    3.526
  • Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016) outdoor mode
    3.523
  • Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016)
    3.523
  • Acer Jade Primo
    3.521
  • Microsoft Lumia 950
    3.512
  • Oppo R7 Plus
    3.499
  • Nokia 7 plus
    3.479
  • nubia Z11
    3.466
  • Huawei P10 Plus
    3.456
  • HTC U Ultra
    3.453
  • Motorola Moto G6
    3.448
  • Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra
    3.445
  • Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
    3.445
  • Samsung Galaxy J7
    3.422
  • Motorola Moto G6 Play
    3.419
  • Meizu MX5
    3.416
  • LG V20
    3.402
  • Samsung Galaxy A6 (2018)
    3.397
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 AI Dual Camera
    3.393
  • LG G7 ThinQ
    3.39
  • Huawei P10
    3.379
  • Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016)
    3.378
  • Oppo R9s
    3.352
  • Honor Play
    3.349
  • Honor 8 Pro
    3.341
  • Oppo F7
    3.333
  • Oppo R7
    3.32
  • Lenovo P2
    3.316
  • Archos Diamond Omega
    3.305
  • Honor 9
    3.289
  • Xiaomi Mi 5s
    3.276
  • Nokia 5
    3.261
  • Nokia 6 (Chinese version)
    3.244
  • Xiaomi Mi 5
    3.24
  • Nokia 6 (Global version)
    3.238
  • Samsung Galaxy J2
    3.235
  • Sony Xperia X Performance
    3.234
  • Xiaomi Mi Note 2
    3.228
  • Motorola Moto X Play
    3.222
  • Oppo F3 Plus
    3.218
  • BlackBerry KEY2
    3.212
  • Huawei Mate 9 Pro
    3.206
  • Huawei P9
    3.195
  • Xiaomi Mi Mix 2
    3.19
  • ZTE Nubia Z17
    3.159
  • Oppo R11s
    3.153
  • Lenovo Vibe Shot
    3.113
  • HTC U11 Life
    3.108
  • Motorola Moto X Force
    3.105
  • LG Nexus 5X
    3.092
  • HTC U11
    3.089
  • Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite
    3.087
  • HTC U12+
    3.085
  • Xiaomi Redmi S2 (Y2)
    3.077
  • Huawei Mate S
    3.073
  • Oppo F9
    3.069
  • Microsoft Lumia 640 XL
    3.065
  • Xiaomi Mi Max 3
    3.061
  • Xiaomi Pocophone F1
    3.059
  • Huawei Mate 20 lite
    3.051
  • Apple iPhone 6 Plus
    3.023
  • Asus Zenfone 4 ZE554KL
    3.019
  • Sony Xperia XA1
    3.012
  • Motorola Moto X4
    3.012
  • Oppo Realme 2
    3.006
  • Sony Xperia L1
    2.994
  • Sony Xperia X
    2.989
  • LG Q6
    2.987
  • Huawei P10 Lite
    2.974
  • Samsung Galaxy Note
    2.97
  • Huawei P20 lite
    2.952
  • Xiaomi Redmi 5
    2.951
  • Huawei Mate 8
    2.949
  • Sony Xperia XA2
    2.938
  • Oppo Realme 1
    2.932
  • Xiaomi Redmi 4
    2.92
  • Xiaomi Redmi 3S
    2.913
  • Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
    2.913
  • Sony Xperia XA Ultra
    2.906
  • LG G5
    2.905
  • Huawei Honor View 10
    2.896
  • Xiaomi Redmi 3s Prime
    2.893
  • Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus
    2.884
  • Sony Xperia XZ Premium
    2.877
  • Sony Xperia XZ Premium (sRGB)
    2.877
  • Sony Xperia Z5
    2.876
  • Nokia 3
    2.871
  • Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium
    2.867
  • Microsoft Lumia 550
    2.851
  • Nokia 3.1
    2.837
  • Lenovo Moto M
    2.813
  • Xiaomi Redmi 3 Pro
    2.803
  • Sony Xperia Z5 compact
    2.784
  • Honor 10 (Vivid)
    2.757
  • Nokia 2
    2.752
  • Meizu MX6
    2.751
  • LG V10
    2.744
  • Huawei Mate 10 (normal)
    2.742
  • Motorola Moto G5S Plus
    2.737
  • Xiaomi Redmi 3
    2.735
  • Huawei Honor 7X
    2.734
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (S625)
    2.714
  • Meizu M5
    2.71
  • Xiaomi Mi A2
    2.696
  • Sony Xperia M5
    2.69
  • Xiaomi Mi A1
    2.689
  • Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime
    2.679
  • Huawei P9 Lite
    2.679
  • vivo V7+
    2.671
  • Vivo V3Max
    2.659
  • Xiaomi Mi Mix
    2.658
  • Huawei Mate 10 Lite
    2.654
  • Oppo F5
    2.653
  • Doogee Mix
    2.642
  • Xiaomi Mi 4i
    2.641
  • Xiaomi Redmi 4a
    2.635
  • Sony Xperia Z3
    2.618
  • Xiaomi Mi 5X (Standard)
    2.616
  • Sony Xperia XA
    2.609
  • Motorola Moto G4 Plus (max auto)
    2.582
  • Motorola Moto G4 Plus
    2.582
  • Meizu M5s
    2.58
  • Xiaomi Mi 4c
    2.574
  • LeEco Le Max 2
    2.567
  • Asus Zenfone 3 ZE552KL
    2.563
  • Huawei P Smart
    2.563
  • Microsoft Lumia 640
    2.563
  • Xiaomi Mi Max 2
    2.561
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A (Y1)
    2.556
  • HTC U11+
    2.556
  • Motorola Moto G 4G
    2.546
  • Lenovo Moto G4
    2.544
  • Lenovo K6 Note
    2.544
  • Oppo F1
    2.528
  • Sony Xperia Z5 Premium
    2.525
  • Huawei Honor 7 Lite / Honor 5c
    2.506
  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua
    2.503
  • BlackBerry Motion
    2.494
  • Oppo F1s
    2.481
  • Motorola Moto G
    2.477
  • Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus
    2.473
  • Huawei G8
    2.471
  • Huawei nova
    2.467
  • Sony Xperia Z
    2.462
  • Lenovo Vibe K5
    2.459
  • Meizu m3 max
    2.447
  • Xiaomi Mi 5X (Auto)
    2.417
  • HTC 10 evo
    2.407
  • Huawei Honor 7
    2.406
  • Vivo V7
    2.404
  • Sony Xperia E5
    2.386
  • ZUK Z1 by Lenovo
    2.382
  • HTC 10
    2.378
  • Oppo F3
    2.376
  • vivo V5 Plus
    2.371
  • Meizu m1 note
    2.362
  • Huawei nova plus
    2.329
  • Razer Phone
    2.328
  • HTC One E9+
    2.305
  • Alcatel One Touch Hero
    2.272
  • Apple iPhone 4S
    2.269
  • Sony Xperia L2
    2.266
  • Lenovo Vibe K4 Note
    2.254
  • HTC U11+ (EU)
    2.253
  • Sony Xperia C5 Ultra
    2.253
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (MediaTek)
    2.249
  • Sony Xperia C4 Dual
    2.235
  • Xiaomi Mi Note
    2.234
  • Motorola Moto G (2014)
    2.233
  • LG Nexus 5
    2.228
  • Huawei P8
    2.196
  • Meizu M5 Note
    2.189
  • Huawei Honor 6
    2.169
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 2
    2.166
  • OnePlus Two
    2.165
  • HTC One X
    2.158
  • LG Aka
    2.145
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (X20)
    2.145
  • Archos 50 Diamond
    2.134

The Mate 20 lite exhibits a noticeable blue cast in its default display mode (Vivid/Default) with whites having a deltaE of 12, and an average deltaE of 7.2 when compared against an sRGB target. Normal/Warm is overall the most accurate of the preset display modes (average deltaE of 3.5), but in this case the whites are shifted towards green, again visibly so (deltaE 7.2).

You do get the option to set a custom color profile, and we managed to obtain a good balance with the setting shown below, resulting in an average deltaE of 2.6, though whites remained slightly greenish.

Custom color setting - Huawei Mate 20 lite review
Custom color setting

Huawei Mate 20 lite battery life

The Mate 20 lite stays closer to the Mate mantra of having huge batteries with its 3,750mAh power pack - the Mate 10 lite from last year was a bit of an offender with just 3,340mAh.

Speaking of Lites, the P20 lite is the least well equipped with just a 3,000mAh cell (though, admittedly, with a smaller 5.84-inch display). The Honor Play, meanwhile, with the same 6.3-inch display, has the same 3,750mAh battery capacity, though it also packs a more powerful chipset (which all things being equal should be more power-hungry, but the Kirin 970 is made on a 10nm process vs. the Kirin 710's 12nm).

Anyway, the Mate 20 lite posted excellent scores in our battery test. Nearly 13 hours of looping videos and thirteen-and-a-half hours of browsing the web over Wi-Fi are plenty and a full day of voice calls on a 3G network isn't too shabby either. Add to that the reasonably efficient standby performance and you get a 97h Endurance rating.

Huawei Mate 20 lite

Our endurance rating denotes how long a single battery charge will last you if you use the Huawei Mate 20 lite for an hour each of telephony, web browsing, and video playback daily. We've established this usage pattern so our battery results are comparable across devices in the most common day-to-day tasks. The battery testing procedure is described in detail in case you're interested in the nitty-gritties. You can also check out our complete battery test table, where you can see how all of the smartphones we've tested will compare under your own typical use.

Charging speeds with the bundled charger are good too, though not Huawei SuperCharge level good. We clocked a full charge from flat at 1:57h, with 31% showing on the battery indicator at the half-hour mark.

Loudspeaker

The Mate 20 lite has a single bottom-firing speaker - the Lites don't get Huawei's stereo setup that reuses the earpiece as an extra channel. It's quite loud, though, falling in the Very Good bracket in our three-pronged test posting very similar results as the P20 lite and the Mate 10 Lite. We would have liked a bit more boom in the lower regions, but it is what it is.

Speakerphone testVoice, dB Pink noise/ Music, dB Ringing phone, dB Overall score
Motorola Moto G6 Play 62.6 68.0 71.0 Average
Huawei Y7 Prime (2018) 64.9 70.5 71.9 Average
OnePlus 6 70.2 74.7 70.0 Good
Huawei Honor View 10 68.6 69.9 77.8 Good
Honor Play 68.3 73.8 75.8 Good
Nokia 7 plus 67.5 71.3 79.7 Good
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus 66.4 73.4 79.3 Very Good
Huawei Mate 20 lite 67.8 70.0 84.2 Very Good
Huawei P20 Lite 66.3 71.5 84.9 Very Good
Huawei Mate 10 Lite 67.8 71.0 84.5 Very Good
vivo V11 70.7 73.8 80.7 Very Good
Nokia 6 (2018) 67.1 74.0 85.3 Very Good
Oppo F9 71.7 74.4 81.6 Very Good
Xiaomi Mi 8 SE 70.5 74.1 85.2 Excellent
Meizu 15 77.6 74.5 80.7 Excellent
Xiaomi Pocophone F1 72.8 74.7 86.6 Excellent
Motorola Moto G6 Plus 82.2 76.1 86.8 Excellent
Xiaomi Mi A2 89.5 72.2 89.8 Excellent

Audio quality

The Huawei Mate 20 Lite's output with an external amplifier was mostly great except for the below average stereo crosstalk reading. The good news is that plugging headphones causes next to no damage, which is a rare sight and rarer still in the mid-range market.

Loudness wasn’t quite so impressive with the Honor Play being below average in both parts of the test. So those with a pair of high-impedance headphones might want to steer clear from that one. The rest of you should be perfectly happy with its output, though.

TestFrequency responseNoise levelDynamic rangeTHDIMD + NoiseStereo crosstalk
Huawei Mate 20 lite+0.01, -0.02-94.794.70.00130.0086-73.1
Huawei Mate 20 lite (headphones)+0.12, -0.09-93.893.80.00350.115-71.7
Honor Play+0.01, -0.03-93.093.10.00370.0093-92.9
Honor Play (headphones)+0.12, -0.06-92.392.50.00270.088-65.7
Pocophone F1+0.01, -0.02-93.693.60.00100.0069-93.8
Pocophone F1 (headphones)+0.65, -0.08-91.292.50.00820.359-50.3

Huawei Mate 20 lite frequency response
Huawei Mate 20 lite frequency response

You can learn more about the tested parameters and the whole testing process here.

Reader comments

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Need updates with smart charging service.

Mate 20 has poor camera.Moto is a no buy at any standards.iPhone 7 and Huawei P10 are amazing.But for price,P10 is around 280$ and iPhone 7 is still rocking 500$ mark.If you find ip7 for a cheap price i would definetly go for it.Otherwise P10 makes a...

Huawei honor play/Poco phone are 350 euroes.This phone as well.Way worse chipset and worse camera.Not even a metal unibody for heat dispersion or heat sink/water cooling.Total failure price for a mid ranger.