Huawei beats its own phone to the punch with the Mate 20 Lite
It's unveiled the Lite version of its Mate 20 handset before the actual Mate 20 proper. Go figure.
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Never one to shy away from baffling decisions,
has launched pared-back Lite version of its Mate 20 phone -- before it's actually unveiled the proper Mate 20.
The Mate 20 Lite has a decent lineup of specs for a midrange handset. Beyond the 2,340x1,080-pixel 6.3-inch display, the phone packs a 20-megapixel rear camera paired with a secondary 2-megapixel camera to capture depth information for portrait shots. There's an impressive 24-megapixel front camera too, and that one also has a second 2-megapixel depth camera. Lovely stuff!
Huawei says that the decision to launch the Lite version before the actual Mate 20 proper (expected sometime in October) will excite people, making them think "If this is the Lite, the full-fat Mate 20 must be brilliant!" And therein lies the problem -- why would anybody want to buy a phone that they know is about to be usurped by a much better model?
Feast your eyes on the Huawei Mate 20 Lite's four cameras
The Mate 20 Lite goes on sale in the UK in early October, and I suspect you won't need any encouragement from me to at least wait and see what the Mate 20 has to offer.
The Lite will cost £379 when it hits shelves, which isn't a bad price for the spec sheet. It is, however, not much less than the
, which at £469 comes with more RAM and a splash-resistant design. I'm looking forward to seeing how these two
compare in the full review.