The single speaker is placed on the lower edge. I would describe its sound as a pure, though we cannot count on a high volume or bass – it completely lacks them. It fulfils its role, but it does not impress in any aspect. For a smartphone that does not have any musical aspirations – it sounds good while listening through earphones.
The manufacturer has preinstalled its own app for playing music, which offers a lot of options when it comes to managing tracks or previewing the lyrics for the song (if such is present in the file) and the possibility to configure sound parameters, that is Huawei Histen, with equalizer or 3D effect simulation. There is an FM radio as well.
Photos and video
The 20-megapixel with f/1.8 aperture camera is responsible for taking photos. It is supported with an additional, 2-megapixel unit which provides information about the depth of field. In addition there is an AI mode, which is supposed to help with recognizing the scene and adjusting photos’ parameters. And it turns out that in some cases it comes in handy, but sometimes it underlines some colours in photos too much. Fortunately, the smartphone saves two versions of the shot – both with and without AI – and in the gallery, using a comfortable switch, we can compare effects and select the photo that we enjoy the most.
I have no major concerns towards photos taken outside in the day light. They have a good level of details, contrast and colours. If they are to be used for printing in smaller formats or placed in social media – the camera in Mate 20 Lite will be enough. However, in close ups we can details, which show that the camera is in fact an average one – the details level drops drastically, and we can see noises reduction and focusing algorithms in work – sometimes the smartphone worked pretty well and managed to control point light sources. Still, it is more often that photos came out poorer, they lack colours and details.
The camera app was slightly changed when it comes to older Huawei or Honor models. And I think that it did not turn out well. The camera app in models like Huawei P Smart or Honor View 10 had a set of all modes placed on a single screen – we just need to move a finger right in order to show it – but in this one all modes are on a bar in the lower part of the screen. It is easy to switch from the auto mode to the portrait or to the video mode, but in order to see them all – or, for example, run the HDR mode – we need to make more work. In addition, there is no HDR in the auto mode. But there are advantages of this app, for example an enhanced pro mode, in which we can save files in the RAW format or in the Shutter mode, in which the user has a full control over the shutter that is – the level of the background blurring (though then the resolution is decreased to 8 megapixels.
The camera at the front is a dual one as well. The main one has 24 megapixels and an f/2.0 brightness – it is responsible for the photos’ quality. And the additional, 2-megapixel one is responsible for the background blurring. And just like the main camera this one works well in the day light and much weaker after dark, we will find here the AI support as well. It offers adding different AR and 3D Qmoji, but I do not think that this interests any adult owner of this smartphone.
The camera enables recording videos in FullHD resolution with 60 frames per second, but if we care about optical image stabilization (unfortunately only an electronic one), than we need to switch to FullHD but with 30 frames per second. When it comes to the quality and smoothness of recordings Huawei will not impress. Every aspect of a video – both in day light and after dark, can be ascribed only as average. I will add that there are Slow Motion and Super Slow Motion modes (16x slowdown of image). Here are video recording results:
|Huawei Mate 20 Lite - sample videos
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