After testing the P20 and its Pro version, only the Lite version was missing. The P20 Lite is not as strong as its big brothers, but is still a solid mid-range model that is very pleasant to use on a daily basis, as you will see from the test.
The P20 Lite features a large 19:9 aspect ratio IPS (5.84-inch) screen that occupies nearly 80% of the front surface. A very good score, even if we regret the presence of the lower border where the Huawei logo is applied. This is the only truly distinctive feature at the front compared to the other P20s. The notch so 2018 is also part of the game. We may or may not appreciate its presence, but it has the merit of taking up less space than on some smartphones, such as the iPhone X. Note that it remains visible when the screen is off.
If the front side convinced us, so did the back side. Huawei decided to dress the P20 Lite with the same dress as the Honor 9 Lite previously tested. We find the famous back made of ultra-reflective glass, allowing you to contemplate yourself without embarrassment, like a modern-day narcissus. To do this, however, you will need to take the time to wipe the back, as the back is a fingerprint magnet. The two models are differentiated by the position of the photo sensors, horizontally for the Honor 9 Lite and vertically for our P20 Lite.
The design is very similar to the Honor 9 Lite
The elongated formats are rather pleasant to hold, and the same goes for the P20 Lite. The forefinger naturally falls on the fingerprint sensor while the right thumb has easy access to the volume and release buttons. A very good point about its featherweight of 145 grams, as on the Honor 9 Lite. However, its large dimensions (148.6 x 71.2 x 7.4 mm) will cause some users to handle it with their ten fingers.
The beast is home to Huawei’s in-house processor, the Kirin 659 (it equips the Honor 9 Lite and the P Smart in particular). It is supported by 4 GB of RAM. Perfect to use Android 8.0 and EMUI seamlessly. The smartphone reacted well to our requests (without being a war lightning bolt), except for the overly greedy games. With Shadowgun Legends for example, the framerate drops quickly and the top of the unit starts to heat up. On the video side, it is always possible to stretch the image to reduce black borders. However, the IPS slab has the drawback of letting the notch appear because the black is not deep enough (a feature allows to hide the notification bar in passing). Nevertheless, the screen has a resolution of 2280 x 1080 pixels (434 ppi), a good point.
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Huawei has missed out on IP68 certification, but is making up for it elsewhere. The lower part houses a USB-C socket as well as a jack socket, which has disappeared on the P20 and P20 Pro. There is also a double slot that can accommodate two SIM cards or an SD card to increase the storage space (64 GB basic, which is already very comfortable). The smartphone comes with a 3000 mAh battery, allowing it to get through a good day.
Two photo sensors (slightly protruding) appear on the back: 16 megapixels and 2 megapixels – to apply the bokeheffect -. On the whole, the shots captured are rather pretty, except in places with very dominant colours, such as in the forest, or in low light. The front camera is 16 megapixels.
For a Lite version, this P20 does not demerit. It follows the aesthetic codes of the Honor 9 Lite and its faster brothers, which makes it a rather nice device. The possibility of masking the notch is a plus for refractory to this trend… but why then move towards this model? The rest of the features confirm that it’s a good product, but sold for 369 euros on the day it was released in April, it finds itself in direct confrontation with the Honor 9 Lite, which offers just as good a performance for less money.