I’m excited for the new Huawei P20 Lite because it offers the gorgeous design of the company’s flagship P20 phones in a more affordable package.

Let’s unbox this smartphone and see if it really looks good and performs smoothly. We’ll take a look at the contents inside the box, the phone’s design, initial performance and a few sample pictures.

 

Unboxing the Huawei P20 Lite

These are the contents of the pre-release Huawei P20 Lite box.

These are the contents of the pre-release Huawei P20 Lite box.

Take note that I’m unboxing a pre-release unit of the Huawei P20 Lite. Hence, the accessories inside the box isn’t complete.

The box itself comes in white with gold prints. Lifting one part of the box immediately reveals the phone while an inner box lies below it. Presumably, this will contain the SIM ejector tool, warranty certificate and quick start guide.

Underneath, there’s the free earphones, charger and USB Type-C cord. The charger has a rated output of 9V/2A which means it’s a fast charger.

 

Hands on with the Huawei P20 Lite

The Huawei P20 Lite is a compact smartphone.

The Huawei P20 Lite is a compact smartphone.

The first word that comes to mind upon holding the Huawei P20 Lite for the first time is COMPACT. It’s a handy smartphone that will only require one hand to operate most of the time.

It has a metal and glass sandwich design with stunning glimmers on the back thanks to some ‘glitter cover film’. The main ports are at the bottom while the buttons are on the right side.

Audio jack, USB Type-C port, microphone and loudspeaker.

Audio jack, USB Type-C port, microphone and loudspeaker.

Of course, you can’t miss the 5.84-inch notched display with rounded corners, curved edges and a tall 19:9 aspect ratio. The bezels on the sides and at the top are all narrow with the notch necessary to house the selfie camera, earpiece and proximity sensors.

The notch is not that distracting since the screen itself is already pretty tall. It’s not that wide too since it doesn’t have the extra sensors of the iPhone X and Android apps have already started supporting the feature.

A closer look at the notch...

A closer look at the notch…

In terms of performance, the Huawei P20 Lite performs smoothly out of the box. EMUI 8 looks neat and clean while swiping across apps and scrolling down websites are free of hiccups.

I’ll test the phone further to get a better picture of its performance. If you have any questions, write them in the comments section below.

Meanwhile, here are some initial sample pictures I took using the Huawei P20 Lite:

Huawei P20 Lite sample selfie.

Huawei P20 Lite sample selfie.

Huawei P20 Lite sample picture (macro shot).

Huawei P20 Lite sample picture (macro shot).

Huawei P20 Lite sample picture (normal shot).

Huawei P20 Lite sample picture (normal shot).

Huawei P20 Lite sample picture (landscape shot).

Huawei P20 Lite sample picture (landscape shot).

All photos were resized to a width of 800 pixels using Microsoft Paint. Reach us on Facebook for the full resolution files.


Huawei P20 Lite specs:

Average rating of 3.6 stars from 5 users.
  • 5.84-inch FHD+ IPS LCD Display (1080 x 2280 Pixels), 432 ppi
  • Android 8.0 Oreo Operating System
  • Kirin 659 Chipset
  • 4 GB
  • 16 + 2 Megapixel Rear Camera with LED Flash
  • 16 Megapixel Front Camera
  • Dual SIM
  • 64GB Internal Storage
  • Expandable Up to 256 via microSD
  • 4G LTE, 3G HSPA+, 2G EDGE & GPRS Networks
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac (Dual Band)
  • Bluetooth 4.2
  • USB Type-C
  • 3.5mm Audio Jack
  • Fingerprint Sensor
  • 3000mAh Battery
  • HUAWEI Quick Charge 2.0 (9V/2A)
  • 15,990.00 Official Price in the Philippines
  • ₱12,990.00 - Price drop on September 18, 2018