Huawei Mate 20 Lite is official: Here are all the details

Huawei Mate 20 Lite is official: Here are all the details

Earlier this summer, we published the first specifications list and renders for the Huawei Mate 20. That device is powered by the HiSilicon Kirin 980 system-on-chip, a beast of a SoC that was just unveiled by Huawei at IFA. It’s certainly not going to be a cheap phone, so what does Huawei have in store for those who are looking for something new, but more affordable? The Huawei Mate 20 Lite is the answer to that question. Its specifications aren’t as impressive as the larger Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have a lot to offer.

Huawei Mate 20 Lite Design and Specifications

The Huawei Mate 20 Lite is made of metal and glass with a premium curved edge design. The main focus of the front is the display notch which houses two cameras, an earpiece, and other sensors. There is a chin on the bottom, but it’s not too big.


The rear of the phone also has two cameras along with a fingerprint scanner, all aligned vertically down the center. The primary camera is 20MP, while the secondary is 2MP. Similarly, the front is a 24MP+2MP setup.

Moving back to the front, the Mate 20 Lite has the same size display as the regular version. It’s 6.3-inches with 2340×1080 resolution. The device is powered by the HiSilicon Kirin 710, which is what makes it a “Lite” model. The Kirin 710 debuted on the Huawei Nova 3i. The Mate 20 Lite has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, however, so it’s not underpowered by any means. Furthermore, the battery capacity is an impressive 3,650 mAh. The device ships with Android 8.1 Oreo with EMUI 8.2.

Specification Huawei Mate 20 Lite
Dimensions and Weight 158.3 x 75.3 x 7.6 mm, 172 g
Display 6.3-inch (2340×1080) notched LCD, 19.5:9
CPU/GPU HiSilicon Kirin 710 with Mali-G51 MP4 GPU
Storage 64GB, microSD slot
Battery 3,750 mAh with Huawei Quick Charge
Rear Camera(s) 20MP + 2 MP, f/1.8, 480fps video recording, PDAF
Front Camera(s) 24MP + 2 MP, f/2.0
Software Android 8.1 Oreo with EMUI 8.2
Audio 3.5mm headphone jack
Connectivity GPS, GLONASS, LTE Cat. 12, NFC
Ports/Buttons USB Type-C
Security Fingerprint scanner (rear), Face Unlock
Price £379
Colors Gold, Black, Blue

The Huawei Mate 20 Lite’s rear camera will be equipped with HDR Pro technology, which should make for better colors in photos. And since “artificial intelligence” is the major buzzword these days, the camera features AI scene recognition. The front camera features Huawei’s own version of Apple’s Animojis called “Q Moji.”

Huawei Mate 20 Lite

Huawei’s Q Moji

Images via: Helpix

Huawei Mate 20 Lite Accessories

Huawei has a few nice looking cases for the Mate 20 Lite. The first is a simple “Protective” case made to reinforce the corners and offer some minimal protection. It’s only available in black. The second case is a little odd looking. It’s called “Smart View Flip” and it only covers half of the display. The other half is used to show the time, date, weather, and notifications. This case is available in black and blue. The last case is a simple wallet case with a single card slot.

Huawei Mate 20 Lite Pricing and Availability

The Huawei Mate 20 will be priced at £379 SIM-free. The device will be available starting on September 5th from Vodaphone and Carphone Warehouse. EE will also get the device in October. It will also be available to purchase from Tesco and Argos eventually. The phone is available in three colors: Black, Blue, and Gold.

Note: Huawei has stopped providing official bootloader unlock codes for its devices. Therefore, the bootloader of the Huawei Mate 20 Lite cannot be unlocked, which means that users cannot flash Magisk/TWRP/Project Treble Generic System Images/AOSP-based custom ROMs.

About author

Joe Fedewa
Joe Fedewa

Former Managing Editor at XDA-Developers. Lover of all things with displays.

We are reader supported. External links may earn us a commission.