Test Huawei Mate 20 Lite: a competition autonomy


Mise updated20/05/2019 at 14:20

Attention,Google has ended its collaboration with Huawei/Honor, the software future of the brand's mobiles is on hold. We cannot advise you to invest in this mobile for the moment, its rating could be revised downwards soon.

Huawei continues to expand its catalog with a maximum of references on a maximum number of price brackets. Today, the Mate 20 Lite completes the manufacturer's catalog alongside the recently released Smart+.


19.5:9 6.3 inch screen of the Mate 20 Lite.

Vendu €399, the Mate 20 Lite comes up against a bunch of competitors, such as thePocophone F1, theHonor Playor the Asus Zenfone 5.

Ergonomics and design

In Huawei's greatest tradition, the Mate 20 Lite borrows much of its aesthetic from another smartphone in the family, the P Smart+. At first glance, the two mobiles are indistinguishable from each other: a large glass panel with a 6.3-inch notched screen that occupies approximately 82% of the front panel.


Annotch that houses two photo sensors.

C 'it is by turning them over that the difference appears. Huawei centered the two cameras above the fingerprint reader and framed the whole thing with a few gray streaks. A rather elegant look that stands out a bit from the rest of the manufacturer's catalog. As for the rest, it's quite classic: a glass back that catches fingerprints, metal edges and thin borders around the 19.5:9 screen. The volume and ignition buttons fall under the fingers, as does the fingerprint reader, which also works well and quickly.


Les metal slices of the Mate 20 Lite.

Techniquement, the Mate 20 doesn't have much to be ashamed of either. It can accommodate two SIM cards or a microSD card and a SIM and offers a USB Type-C port, supports NFC . in short, it is fully compliant with the 2018 standards.


The 6.3-inch screen of the Mate 20 Lite is quite a nice surprise. By default, the phone displays bright colors and white too blue (the fault lies in a too high color temperature). Lovers of more natural colors will prefer the "Warm" profile and the "Normal" colors. With these settings, we find ourselves with impeccable colors since the delta E is at 2. But the color temperature remains a little high (7 339 K).

Question readability, no particular problem, the maximum luminosity at 570 cd/m² guarantees that the screen remains readable under all conditions and the minimum luminosity goes down low enough (1,1 cd/m²) not to blind the nocturnal mobinautes. Only reflectance spoils the party a little with 15% of light reflected.


La 6.3 inch slab in all its splendor.

Pas of concern to be made with the use, the remanence and the tactile delay are in the average (respectively 14 ms and 106 ms) and the full HD+ screen makes it possible to navigate with ease and to display a good density of information as well as clean and chiseled characters. All in all, while the Mate 20 Lite's display may not be flawless, it still offers quite good performance that will satisfy the majority of users.


Malheureusement, the Mate 20 Lite's headphone output is lacking power. The output is clean and the sound scene is well rendered - even though the channel separation could have been more pronounced. However, be careful not to pair them with headphones that consume too much power, otherwise the sound won't be very powerful. Please note that we've opted for "Natural" in the Huawei Listen audio settings, as the other profiles tend to be detrimental to dynamics or crosstalk.

The sound coming out of the only loudspeaker located on the lower edge is concentrated almost exclusively on the midrange and lacks bass. The signal is also very tight. In short, the voices are well reproduced and not much else.


Équipé of the all-new home-grown SoC, the Kirin 710, and 4GB of RAM, the Mate 20 Lite has no trouble running Android. Everything runs smoothly and you can juggle between different apps without ever slowing down or losing momentum.


Chauffe of the Huawei Mate 20 Lite after 10 minutes of photo/video capture.

Question heats up, don't worry, the phone knows how to behave and never makes the mercury rise too much. Whether it was after long minutes of playing or capturing photos and videos, we never recorded more than 38°C on the surface. So it's no reason to fry your fingers.

Côté video games, the Mate 20 Lite has no problem running most of the titles in the Play Store, even those with a little bit of greedy 3D, but you'll have to learn to deal with a few graphic concessions. This is still very correct though.


C' is the point put forward by Huawei on this Mate 20 Lite. The photo has received special attention, especially the photo processing since the camera embeds the famous "artificial intelligence" that the brand has been praising since the release of itsP20 Pro. As often, this feature tends to explode color saturation and contrast, for an "Instagram-friendly", but very artificial - and very smooth - result. Turning it off makes for more natural photos.

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Malheureusement, on the photo section, the Mate 20 Lite does not hold up against thePocophone F1 sold 40 € cheaper. The shot is smooth and lacks contrast, which produces a slightly flat rendering and lacks sharpness. On the other hand, the details are there and the colors are properly restored. No problem from this point of view. Moreover, the camera manages to focus and capture a picture quickly.

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By night, the Mate 20 Lite applies the same treatment, but a significant amount of grain settles. It succeeds in capturing enough light to present a legible scene, but one should not be too attached to the finest details. The white balance and color rendition, however, are still correct.

Mais what Huawei is most proud of is the integration of two cameras at the front for successful self-portraits, sublimated by this famous AI. In fact, most of the "effects" are of questionable quality. The "studio" lighting is exaggerated and the "bokeh" effect gives the impression of a smooth silhouette, pasted on Photoshop over a Gaussian blur. In short, disabling the effects and AI gives a more natural rendering.


around the periphery of the photo modules tends to grip dust too easily.

Enfin, a word about the application and the video. As usual, Huawei has embedded a Pro mode that allows you to take control of many aspects of the camera. The "portrait" mode of the backpack cameras suffers from the same problems as the front cameras. There's nothing wrong with capturing video, it's fluid, the autofocus is fast and the camera has no problems with light transitions.


Mate 20 Lite proves that software optimization is just as important as battery size when it comes to battery life. The mobile doesn't have the biggest battery on the market (3,750 mAh versus 4,000 mAh on thePocophone, for example), but its endurance is simply breathtaking. On our home autonomy test, the phone only gives up after fighting for 19h13. That doesn't translate into two big days of use. A score well above the competition and not far from the top of our comparison.


La recharging takes about 2 hours with the supplied block.