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The HONOR 20 Lite brings three rear cameras and a budget-friendly price

HUAWEI sub-brand HONOR took the wraps off the HONOR 20 Lite. Let's see what it has to work with.

Published onMay 6, 2019

Picture of the HONOR 20 Lite 1

With the HONOR 20 and HONOR 20 Pro still under wraps until May 21, it’s the HONOR 20 Lite that gets first dibs in the limelight. The good news is that the phone brings flagship-like features and a budget-friendly price.

Starting with the front, the HONOR 20 Lite features a 6.21-inch display with Full HD+ (2,340 x 1,080) resolution and a 32-megapixel selfie camera. The selfie camera lives in the waterdrop notch up top.

The HONOR 20 Lite loses some luster when you notice the Micro-USB port at the bottom. The presence of a headphone jack is greatly appreciated, but the aging Micro-USB port (in this case) means that the phone lacks fast charging. Be prepared to wait quite a bit longer to juice up the HONOR 20 Lite’s 3,400mAh battery.

Around back is where things pick up, with the device featuring either a Midnight Black or Phantom Blue colorway. The two color gradients are stunning and look even better in person, though you’ll need a case on the back to protect against scratches and scuffs.

There’s also a Phantom Red colorway. Phantom Red is quite a bit louder than the other two options and is seemingly restricted to specific regions, at least for now.

Picture of the HONOR 20 Lite 2

Also around back is a triple-camera setup — the primary 24MP sensor, ultra wide-angle 8MP sensor, and 2MP depth sensor. That’s a decent arrangement, particularly with the ultra-wide-angle camera capable of 120-degree shots.

Under the hood, the HONOR 20 Lite features HUAWEI’s homegrown Kirin 710 chipset, 4GB of RAM, and 128GB of expandable storage. The phone runs EMUI 9.0 on top of Android 9 Pie out of the box, with EMUI 9.1 hopefully in the cards.

You can check out the HONOR 20 Lite’s full specifications in the table below.

HONOR 20 Lite
6.21-inch IPS
2,340 x 1,080 resolution
19.5:9 aspect ratio
Dewdrop-style notch
HUAWEI Kirin 710
4x Cortex A73 2.2GHz + 4x Cortex A53 1.7GHz
GPU Turbo 2.0
Yes (up to 512GB)
No fast charge
Primary: 24MP, f/1.8 aperture, 480fps super slow-motion video, 1.8µm ISO enhancement, AI scene recognition
Ultra wide-angle: 8MP, f/2.4 aperture, 17mm sensor, 120-degree field-of-view
Depth: 2MP, f/2.4 aperture

32MP, f/2.0 aperture, AI Beautification, 2.3 x 1.7m poster size selfie
IP rating
Headphone jack
Rear fingerprint sensor
Facial recognition
EMUI 9.0
Android 9 Pie
Midnight Black
Phantom Blue

The HONOR 20 Lite goes on sale May 15 in the U.K. for 249 euros (~$279). We will provide purchase links and additional availability information at a later date.

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