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Huawei P20 Lite review: Cheap and gorgeous Moto G6 alternative

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More bothersome is the so-so battery life. You'll get a full day of use out of its 3,000 mAh battery but not much more. It lasted just under 11 hours in our video-loop battery testing, which is just OK. The Moto X4, which costs roughly the same, lasted 12 and a half hours. It fared better than the Moto G6's 9-ish hours, though.

The P20 Lite's camera is good for the price

The P20 family is a house built by cameras. The Pro is the first phone with a triple camera setup on the back, which offers an impressive 3x optical zoom. It also had insane low-light capabilities, which it shared with the regular P20 phone. The P20 Lite isn't quite cut from the same cloth.

It's good, sometimes very good for its price, but not great like the rest of the family.

There's a 16-megapixel, 2-megapixel dual camera setup on the back that shoots bright, crisp pictures. Recent Huawei phones have had AI integrated cameras, which can tell what you're trying to take a picture of and optimise settings accordingly, but that's absent here. Not a huge letdown, but it would've been nice. Beautify, as always, is here.

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Photos look great in ideal light.

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Sometimes the depth-of-field effect works really well.

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And other times it's not as seamless. 

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I was impressed by the vibrancy of colours in night photos. But otherwise, it's average in low light.

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The P20 Lite comes with bokeh-style Portrait mode, a depth-of-field feature that's spread to many midrange and budget phones but is nonetheless appreciated. It's not perfect, as you'll notice it struggles to distinguish between what's meant to be foreground and background, but it's a luxury at this price.

The phone is fine at night -- not good, but far from terrible -- which is about what you can hope for. Selfie-wise, the 16-megapixel front shooter is more decent, but it wouldn't be fair to expect much more.

Huawei P20 Lite spec comparison


Huawei P20 Lite Motorola Moto G6 Motorola Moto X4 Nokia 6.1
Display size, resolution 5.84-inch; 2,280x1,080 pixels 5.7-inch; 2,160x1,080 pixels 5.2-inch; 1,920x1,080 pixels 5.5-inch; 1,920x1,080 pixels
Pixel density 432 ppi 424 ppi 424 ppi 403 ppi
Dimensions (Inches) 5.85x2.80x0.29 in
6.06x2.85x0.33 in 5.8X2.9X0.31 in 5.86x2.98x0.32 in
Dimensions (Millimeters) 148.6x71.2x7.4 mm
153.8x72.3x8.3 mm 148.4x73.4x8 mm 148.8x75.8x8.2 mm
Weight (Ounces, Grams) 5.11 oz; 145g 5.89 oz; 167g 5.7 oz; 163g 6.01 oz; 172g
Mobile software Android 8.0 Oreo Android 8.0 Oreo Android 7.1.1 Nougat Android 8.1 Orea
Camera Dual 16-megapixel, 2-megapixel Dual 12-megapixel, 5-megapixel Dual 12-megapixel, 8-megapixel 16-megapixel
Front-facing camera 16-megapixel 12-megapixel 16-megapixel 8-megapixel
Video capture 1080p 1080p 4K 2160p
Processor Octa-core Kirin 659 1.8GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 450  2.2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 2.2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 630
Storage 32GB, 64GB 32GB, 64GB 32GB, 64GB 32GB, 64GB
RAM 4GB 3GB, 4GB 3GB or 4GB 4GB
Expandable storage Up to 256GB Up to 128GB Up to 2TB Up to 256GB
Battery 3,000mAh 3,000mAh 3,000mAh 3,000mAh
Fingerprint sensor Back Beneath screen Beneath screen Back
Connector USB-C USB-C USB-C USB-C
Headphone jack Yes Yes Yes Yes
Special features Dual rear cameras, facial recognition, dual-SIM Dual-SIM, Splash-proof, time lapse video, Turbo Charger Water-resistant (IP68), selfie-flash, dual rear cameras Android One, NFC
Price off-contract (US) Converts to $295 $249 $399 (Motorola and Google); $330 (Amazon with Prime ads) $269
Price (UK) £329 £219 (32GB); £239 (64GB) £349 £229
Price (Australia) AU$399 AU$399 AU$699 AU$399

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