It has a nice heft to it, avoiding the cheap, plastic touch of many other inexpensive phones. The 5.9-inch, 2:1 screen is also a highlight, accentuated by the phone's small bezels. As with Samsung's, you'll have the option to lengthen most apps to fit this extra space. I never found this to cause any distortion problems, and the 2,160x1,080-pixel screen is sharp and vibrant.
Powered by Huawei's estate-made Kirin 659 CPU, the phone came up short on benchmark tests as compared to its pricier competitors, but using the phone to browse Facebook, send emails and texts doesn't even feel slightly sluggish. The same can be said about its rear fingerprint sensor, which is super snappy, though the camera can lag a little.
There's enough graphical grunt for 3D gaming too. Sonic Dash wasn't quite as smooth on the Mate Lite as it was on my, but it was only when comparing the two that the Mate 10 Lite performance felt jittery.
The Mate Lite lasted around 11 hours in our lab tests, which isn't enough to net it top marks, but is enough to get you through the average day. I browse extensively, including some video watching, during my two hours of commuting each day, but I was never worried the Mate Lite wouldn't make it.
Finally, it comes with 64GB of storage, making it more spacious than other budget phones, which often offer 32GB or 16GB.
Unlike the OnePlus 5T, the Huawei Mate 10 Lite isn't a true midrange-priced flagship phone replacement: It'd need better cameras, some extra features and more battery life for that. But then again, the 5T isn't as cheap as OnePlus' phones once were. The phone's official retail price of AU$499 ($380 and £280) makes it a good deal, though it's outclassed by the newly released, which comes with NFC, water resistance and a better battery life. But being able to snag it from online retailers for less (AU$350, $270, £200) makes it a very worthwhile sell.
Motorola Moto X4 spec comparison
||Huawei Mate 10 Lite||Motorola Moto X4||Alcatel Idol 5S||HTC U11 Life|
|Display size, resolution||5.9-inch; 2,160x1,080 pixels||5.2-inch; 1,920x1,080 pixels||5.2-inch; 1,920x1,080 pixels||5.2-inch; 1,920x1,080 pixels|
|Dimensions (Inches)||6.15x2.96x0.30 in.||5.8x2.9x0.31 in.||5.9x2.79x0.29 in.||5.9x2.9x0.32 in.|
|Weight (Ounces, Grams)||5.78 oz; 164g||5.7 oz; 153g||5.25 oz; 149g||5 oz; 142g|
|Mobile software||Android 7.0 Nougat||Android 7.1.1 Nougat||Android 7.1 Nougat||Android 7.1 Nougat|
|Camera||Dual 16-megapixel, 2-megapixel||Dual 12-megapixel, 8-megapixel||12-megapixel||16-megapixel|
|Front-facing camera||Dual 13-megapixel, 2-megapixel||16-megapixel||8-megapixel||16-megapixel|
|Processor||HiSilicon octa-core Kirin 659||2.2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 630||2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625||2.2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 630|
|RAM||4GB||3GB or 4GB||3GB||3GB|
|Expandable storage||Up to 256GB||Up to 2TB||Up to 512GB||Up to 2TB|
|Fingerprint sensor||Back cover||Beneath screen||Back cover||Beneath screen|
|Special features||Dual rear cameras, dual front cameras, 18:9 screen ratio||Water-resistant (IP68), selfie-flash, dual rear cameras||Dual 3.6-watt speakers||Water-resistant (IP67)|
|Price off-contract (USD)||Converts to $380||$399 (Motorola and Google); $330 (Amazon with Prime ads)||$280||$349 (HTC)|
|Price (GBP)||£280||£349 (32GB)||Converts to £210||Converts to £265|
|Price (AUD)||AU$499||AU$699||Converts to AU$350||Converts to AU$455|