Packaging and accessories
Huawei has placed in the box, along with the smartphone, a charger (9V 2A), USB-USB-C cable, needle for opening the SIM cards tray and earphones with a remote (only a button for receiving calls and the microphone’s hole). The manufacturer adds a protective foil to the set – it is a pity that there is no transparent etui, then the protection from mechanical damage would have been more complete.
Housing and display
As we all know, assessing the external looks depends on one’s personal preferences – I consider it as a definitely positive one. At the front the smartphone cannot be distinguished with anything in particular. It has a display with prolonged proportions (19.5:9) surrounded with a rather narrow bezels, there is of course the notch as well – basically it looks just like many contemporary smartphones (it is basically as identical as Huawei P Smart+). But when you look at the back of Mate 20 Lite you will change your mind right away. Because from this perspective, the described smartphone looks great. There is a shiny glass panel, on which (on a slightly accented strap) there are centrally placed dual camera and a fingerprint scanner. The whole looks neat and lies in hands comfortably (of course for a 6.3-inch display device). There are of course some disadvantages, characteristic for all glass smartphones – the device is slippery, there can be some fingerprints on the housing (though oleophobic layers work rather well), the whole can scratch as well. I consider the device as a handy one, though of course with an over 6-inch display using it with one hand is slightly difficult.
6.3-inch display deserves to be praised. Mainly it has a high diagonal – it is great for watching videos, reading e-books and working in the divided screen mode. It has great colours, high sharpness (the resolution is 1080x2340 pixels, which gives around 400 ppi) and good brightness levels, both the minimal and the maximum one. In addition the user can change the colours mode and temperature, set a blue light filter, change the resolution and hide the notch. There can be some problems with glasses with polarizing filter – in the vertical orientation there are problems with reading the display – in horizontal orientation this problem does not occur.
The display is surrounded with rather narrow bezels – in addition, the upper one “goes into” the surface of the display, creating the controversial notch. In it we can find the speaker for calls, dual camera for selfies, sensors and a small notifications LED (under the speaker’s grill). It is hidden in such a way that it is easy to miss notifications and we can basically see it only when we are looking at the phone straight from above – but it is good that it is at all.
The front camera is responsible for one of the biometric security – the facial recognition function. I have no concerns towards it, it works rather good and cannot be deceived. It works with the “Pick up device to wake up” feature, thanks to which we just need to raise the phone to unlock it – the rest will be done by itself.
The back of the smartphone will be liked by fans of glass surfaces – here the shiny panel in the black colour ensures that the device looks elegant. Our attention is drawn mainly to the upper part of the panel, in which there is the camera and the fingerprint scanner. The camera is a dual one and is placed in two separate “eyes” that stand slightly above the housing. The dirt likes to gather around it. Under these eyes there is the fingerprint scanner, placed slightly under the surface of the phone. It is easy to feel it, it is fast and precise (and a multifunctional one, it can be used not only for unlocking the display, but for securing access to files or using the system as well). Even lower we have information about the camera. There is of course a LED flash as well – it can be found on the left side of cameras.
Glass panels are connected by an aluminium frame. It is arced and highly polished, sometimes intersected with antennas’ straps – and it adds to the smartphone’s handiness. There are additional elements on it, thanks to which the smartphone can work properly. On the right edge there are two physical buttons – for volume control, in the form of a single bar and for turning on/locking the display in a slightly smaller button. They are made out of plastic, but it is easy to feel them and have a good “click”. On the lower edge there is a universal jack, USB-C socket, microphone’s hole and holes suggesting the presence of an external speaker. On the upper edge the only element is the small hole of the additional microphone. There is only the right side left, on which there is a tray for SIM and microSD cards. This is a hybrid solution, so we can either place two nanoSIM cards, or a SIM card and a memory drive.
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