Huawei Mate 20 Lite announced: Four cameras, Kirin 710, AI everywhere

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  • Huawei has revealed the Mate 20 Lite at IFA, complete with four cameras.
  • Huawei’s latest smartphone also offers a Kirin 710 chipset and 4GB of RAM.
  • The phone continues Huawei’s trend of using AI branding for various features.

The Huawei Mate 20 isn’t officially launching at IFA 2018, but the Chinese company has revealed the cheaper Mate 20 Lite in Berlin instead.

True to the TENAA filing, we’ve got a phone with a vertically stacked dual camera setup and fingerprint scanner, all located in a distinctive strip. As for core specs, expect a Kirin 710 chipset, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of expandable storage, a 6.3-inch notched full HD+ display (2,340 x 1,080), and a 3,750mAh battery with 18 watt charging.

Read: Huawei Mate 20 could set new standard for super fast wireless charging

Moving to the photography field, Huawei‘s latest phone offers a 20MP+2MP pairing on the back, and a 24MP+2MP combination for selfies. The company is pushing AI branding here as usual, claiming support for 200 different scenarios in eight categories via the front cameras, and 500 scenarios in 22 categories via the rear cameras.

Huawei is also touting real-time HDR previews, QMoji (Huawei’s shameless take on Animoji), and Apple-style studio lighting via the front cameras. The rear cameras have a few standout features too, namely smart composition (helping users frame their shots) and 480fps slow-motion. In the case of the smart composition feature, it’s unclear if this is just a camera grid or something more interactive and helpful.

AI here, there, and everywhere

  Huawei Mate 20 Lite
Display 6.3-inch, 19.5:9, FHD+ (2340×1080), FullView, 2.5D, LCD display ( 409ppi)
SoC Kirin 710 SoC ( (4 x 2.2 GHz Cortex A73 + 4 x 1.7 GHz Cortex A53)
GPU ARM Mali G51 GPU
RAM 4GB
Storage 64GB + microSD support up to 256GB
Cameras 20MP+2MP dual rear cameras (f/1.8), with PDAF, AI-Enhanced Bokeh, Super Slo-Mo, Smart Composition, Intelligent Shooting.
24MP+2MP dual front cameras with HDR Pro Support, Studio Lighting, 3D Qmoji
Battery 3,750mAh + 18W quick-charge support
IP Rating TBC
Sensors Fingerprint sensor, proximity sensor, accelerometer, compass
Network Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Connectivity USB Type-C, NFC, 3.5mm headphone jack
Software Android 8.1 Oreo, EMUI 8.2
Dimensions and weight 158.3 x 75.3 x 7.6mm, 172g
Colors Gold, Black, Blue.

The company’s AI push doesn’t stop at the camera, as we have an AI shopping assistant, AI Game Suite, and AI noise cancellation. The shopping assistant seems like the same AR-enabled shopping experience on other phones, and the AI Game Suite simply prioritizes gaming-related processes and blocks notifications while gaming.

Editor’s Pick

The AI noise cancellation feature seems like your run-of-the-mill noise cancellation at first glance. But the feature also puts your call on hold instead of dropping it when connectivity is lacking. And once the network signal improves, Huawei says the phone will automatically reconnect the call.

Other Mate 20 Lite features include USB Type-C connectivity, NFC, a headphone jack, and EMUI 8.2 atop Android 8.1.

Expect the phone to go on sale in the U.K. at Carphone Warehouse, Vodafone, and EE for 379 pounds (~$493). We’ve asked for details regarding pricing and availability in other countries, and will update the article accordingly.

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