Huawei has decided to skip over Mobile World Congress this year to hold an event of their own, and as previously announced, the Chinese giant is preparing to launch their P20 line of devices on March 27, in Paris, France. Leaks for these devices have been making appearances despite Huawei’s absence at MWC, to the point where we already know almost everything about the 3-device lineup—the P20 Pro, with a triple rear camera mount, will be joined by the P20 and the smaller P20 Lite. We’ve seen the regular P20 already, and we’re now getting to know more about its smaller sibling, the Huawei P20 Lite.
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The P20 Lite is decidedly a mid-range device, at least specifications-wise: It will allegedly be powered by the octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 659 SoC with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage; the same formula that has already been tried-and-tested with the Honor 7X. On the outside, though, it looks much more premium that your average mid-range device. Huawei is going all in with the iPhone X/Essential Phone notch trend, for better or worse. The display is also being upgraded to welcome the aforementioned notch. The 2250 x 1080 FHD+ panel is not quite 18:9, as the resolution actually translates to 18.72:9—way closer to 19:9, and slightly taller than the Galaxy S9/S9+ panel.
Turning over to the back, we have a glass back with a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and a vertically-mounted dual lens setup resembling the trend initiated by the iPhone X. The Leica co-developed camera setup with 16 MP sensors should provide more than decent camera performance, especially given the mid-range specifications. Other hardware specifications include a 3,520 mAh battery that, given the switch from a metal build to a glass back, could be aided by wireless charging.
All in all, the P20 Lite is looking up to be pretty similar to its flagship siblings while cutting the right corners. No information regarding pricing has been provided yet, but we should know more about that during the announcement event on March.