Huawei P20 Lite review

GSMArena team, 25 May 2018.

Display

Huawei P20 Lite comes with the season's favorite notched screen featuring minimal bezels. The panel on the Lite is 5.84" big in diagonal and contains 1,080 x 2,280 pixels (432 ppi). That's probably the same unit found on the recently released Honor 10.

The screen on the flagship P20 might look identical to the Lite's, too, but it is not. The P20 has a bit smaller 5.8" display of 1,080 x 2,240 pixels and that 0.04" difference probably accounts for the missing 40 rows of pixels.

Huawei P20 Lite review

Our tools measured a maximum brightness of 480 nits for the Huawei P20 Lite display, which is a respectable number but not among the best we've seen. The black levels turned out quite impressive, though, and with the help of those the P20 Lite screen achieved an excellent contrast ratio of 1785:1.

Display test 100% brightness
Black, cd/m2 White, cd/m2 Contrast ratio
Huawei P20 Lite 0.27 482 1785
Huawei P20 0.328 477 1454
Huawei P20 (Max Auto) 0.481 695 1445
Huawei Mate 10 Lite 0.257 476 1852
Oppo R15 Pro 0 410
Oppo F7 0.228 446 1956
Nokia 7 plus 0.254 432 1701
Huawei P Smart 0.356 531 1492
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus 0.548 555 1013
Motorola Moto G6 Plus 0.418 610 1459
Motorola Moto G6 Plus (Max Auto) 0.564 776 1376
Nokia 6 (2018) 0.367 469 1278
Sony Xperia XA2 0.401 532 1327

The sunlight legibility is just average. If you don't mind some washed-out colors and loss of contrast, the screen should remain readable when you're out and about on a bright sunny day.

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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Huawei Mate 10 Pro (normal)
    4.096
  • Samsung Galaxy Note5
    4.09
  • Huawei P20 Pro
    4.087
  • Nokia 6 (2018)
    4.052
  • Google Pixel 2 (pre-update)
    4.023
  • LG V30
    4.022
  • Huawei Nexus 6P
    4.019
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro
    3.998
  • Vivo Xplay5 Elite
    3.983
  • OnePlus X
    3.983
  • Oppo R7s
    3.964
  • Apple iPhone 7
    3.964
  • Apple iPhone 8 (True Tone)
    3.957
  • Huawei P9 Plus
    3.956
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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)
    3.523
  • Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016) outdoor mode
    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
  • Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra
    3.445
  • Samsung Galaxy J7
    3.422
  • Motorola Moto G6 Play
    3.419
  • Meizu MX5
    3.416
  • LG V20
    3.402
  • Huawei P10
    3.379
  • Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016)
    3.378
  • Oppo R9s
    3.352
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Huawei Mate S
    3.073
  • Microsoft Lumia 640 XL
    3.065
  • Apple iPhone 6 Plus
    3.023
  • Asus Zenfone 4 ZE554KL
    3.019
  • Motorola Moto X4
    3.012
  • Sony Xperia XA1
    3.012
  • Sony Xperia L1
    2.994
  • 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
  • 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
  • HTC One S
    2.901
  • Huawei Honor View 10
    2.896
  • Xiaomi Redmi 3s Prime
    2.893
  • Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus
    2.884
  • Sony Xperia XZ Premium (sRGB)
    2.877
  • Sony Xperia XZ Premium
    2.877
  • Sony Xperia Z5
    2.876
  • Nokia 3
    2.871
  • Microsoft Lumia 550
    2.851
  • Lenovo Moto M
    2.813
  • Xiaomi Redmi 3 Pro
    2.803
  • Sony Xperia Z5 compact
    2.784
  • 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
  • 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
  • Xiaomi Mi 5X (Standard)
    2.616
  • Sony Xperia XA
    2.609
  • Motorola Moto G4 Plus
    2.582
  • Motorola Moto G4 Plus (max auto)
    2.582
  • Meizu M5s
    2.58
  • Xiaomi Mi 4c
    2.574
  • LeEco Le Max 2
    2.567
  • Huawei P Smart
    2.563
  • Asus Zenfone 3 ZE552KL
    2.563
  • Microsoft Lumia 640
    2.563
  • Xiaomi Mi Max 2
    2.561
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A (Y1)
    2.556
  • HTC U11+
    2.556
  • Lenovo K6 Note
    2.544
  • Lenovo Moto G4
    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
  • Lenovo Vibe K5
    2.459
  • Meizu m3 max
    2.447
  • Xiaomi Mi 4
    2.424
  • 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
  • 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
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (X20)
    2.145
  • LG Aka
    2.145
  • Archos 50 Diamond
    2.134
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note
    2.119
  • Xiaomi Mi 4S
    2.095
  • Acer Liquid X2
    2.084
  • Huawei P8lite
    2.078
  • vivo V5
    2.059
  • Moto G 3rd gen max manual
    2.026
  • Xiaomi Mi 3
    2.001
  • Xiaomi Mi Max
    1.996
  • Sony Xperia E4g
    1.972
  • OnePlus One
    1.961
  • Sony Xperia Z2
    1.944
  • Meizu m3 note
    1.923
  • Meizu m2 note
    1.892
  • BlackBerry Leap
    1.892
  • HTC Butterfly
    1.873
  • ZTE Nubia Z9 mini
    1.759
  • Sony Xperia U
    1.758
  • Asus Zenfone Selfie
    1.68
  • Motorola Moto E (2nd Gen)
    1.675
  • ZTE Nubia Z9
    1.659
  • Jolla Jolla
    1.605
  • Motorola Moto E
    1.545
  • Sony Xperia M
    1.473
  • Sony Xperia L
    1.351
  • Xiaomi Redmi 2
    1.311
  • HTC Desire C
    1.3
  • Nokia X
    1.291
  • Meizu MX
    1.221
  • Sony Xperia E
    1.215

The screen displays fairly accurate colors by default with an average deltaE of 5.7 and a maximum of 10.3 at point white. The whites and grays have a bluish tint, but other than that, the default mode offers pretty accurate colors, with just a little extra punch. You can opt for the Warm Color mode from Settings, which will reduce the blue tint and will lower the average deltaE down to 4.2.

Battery life

The Huawei P20 Lite is powered by a 3,000mAh battery (Li-Po) sealed inside its body. The Lite lacks support for Huawei's fast 22.5W Super Charging - the best it can do is 18W, which is not that bad. In our tests, it reached a 30% charge (from flat) in half an hour, and a full charge - in about two hours and twenty minutes. That's not what we expected from an 18W plug, but we found out that phone charges mostly at 10W, and the current rarely goes beyond that. The worst part about the charging is that on a few occasions we got much slower charging (19% in 30min and 100% in 3h) though we couldn't quite put our proverbial finger on what the reson for this might be.

The Huawei P20 Lite posted a good battery score of 77 hours in our standardized test - better than the Mate 10 Lite (with a larger battery) and P10 Lite (same battery). Given that all three devices feature the same Kirin chipset, it seems EMUI 8 is indeed more power-efficient than v5 and v5.1.

The Lite scored good numbers on the individual tests, in line with the old Lites, but it has an improved standby endurance.

Huawei P20 Lite review

Our endurance rating denotes how long a single battery charge will last you if you use the Huawei P20 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.

Loudspeaker

There is one speaker on the P20 Lite, and it's at the bottom. It scored a Very Good mark in our loudness test. The sound quality is very good, too, but not as impressive as on the bigger P20 models. The sound is a bit shallow, but we've heard a lot worse, so for the mid-range class we'd say the P20 Lite does just great.

Speakerphone testVoice, dB Pink noise/ Music, dB Ringing phone, dB Overall score
Huawei P8 66.7 66.0 68.5 Average
Huawei P8lite 66.5 66.6 75.7 Good
Huawei P10 Plus 64.8 69.8 82.5 Good
Sony Xperia XA2 68.7 72.7 78.3 Very Good
Huawei P10 Lite 68.5 72.5 80.1 Very Good
Huawei P10 67.7 70.0 83.6 Very Good
Huawei P Smart 65.9 70.8 85.8 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
Huawei P20 66.6 69.8 90.0 Very Good
Oppo F7 68.0 73.8 84.8 Very Good
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus 71.1 72.7 87.7 Excellent
Huawei P20 Pro 71.8 69.2 91.0 Excellent

Audio quality

When we plugged in a cable in the phone's 3.5mm audio jack, Huawei P20 lite did reasonably well in the active external amplifier part of our audio quality test. Its audio output was as accurate as we expect from any decent smartphone these days, but its loudness was well below average.

Volume wasn't any better with headphones, but at least the additional load they introduce didn't affect the clarity negatively. Stereo crosstalk remained impressively low, and a tiny bit of intermodulation distortion crept in, but overall the output is among the cleanest we've seen. A solid performance all in all, but if you own high impedance headphones, you might find the P20 lite a bit too quiet.

TestFrequency responseNoise levelDynamic rangeTHDIMD + NoiseStereo crosstalk
Huawei P20 lite+0.03, -0.03-87.987.80.0110.022-82.1
Huawei P20 lite (headphones)+0.16, -0.03-87.687.60.0200.102-77.5
Motorola Moto G6 Plus+0.00, -0.03-93.693.50.00500.011-94.6
Motorola Moto G6 Plus (headphones)+0.02, -0.02-93.593.40.00670.033-81.0
Oppo F7+0.01, -0.10-92.592.70.00190.0077-91.2
Oppo F7 (headphones)+0.50, -0.20-91.491.80.00790.402-51.5
Nokia 6 (2018)+0.10, -0.20 -37.580.40.00184.735-93.3
Nokia 6 (2018) (headphones)+0.05, -0.03-94.390.20.00270.019-58.6
Nokia 7 Plus+0.02, -0.31 -38.881.70.00134.690-95.9
Nokia 7 Plus (headphones)+0.25, -0.23-93.390.40.00450.227-53.9
Honor View 10+0.02, -0.01 -92.692.60.00210.012-94.4
Honor View 10 (headphones)+0.17, -0.03-92.092.10.00230.092-52.8

Huawei P20 lite frequency response
Huawei P20 lite frequency response

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

Reader comments

  • Goncas

So i have this phone like about a year and a half and two tiny purple bubbles appear on my screen when the same is turning on and off probably about the heating of the same and some days ago I noticed a giant yellow mark near the battery but the same...

  • dapper

This phone is now upgradable to 9.1 pie as at July 2019.

  • Die zaza

How do i do it if i want it to show at the bottom of my photo Huawei P20 lite? B'coz i want it to show