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, 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. 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.
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|
||6.06x2.85x0.33 in||5.8X2.9X0.31 in||5.86x2.98x0.32 in|
||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|
|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|
|Fingerprint sensor||Back||Beneath screen||Beneath screen||Back|
|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|