The Huawei P20 Lite is the most affordable of the brand’s newest series of photography-centered devices. And while it does not bear the Leica branding for its optics, this phone still has quite a note-worthy spec-sheet for a mid-range device.

Known as the Nova 3e in other regions, most of the P20 Lite’s internals are similar to the very popular Nova 2i, and that’s both good and odd. You get the same Kirin 659 octa-core processor, 4GB o RAM, and 64GB of storage, expandable with a microSD card. The P20 Lite also has dual rear cameras, but retains a single sensor at the front.  

Design and Build Quality

Huawei P20 Lite vs ASUS Zenfone 5Of course, the P20 Lite also carries the same design language that you’ll get from the P20 and P20 Pro – a display that makes use of a notch to house the front camera, the notification LED and other sensors, along with the shiny glass back panel that can get a bit slippery, so investing in a clear case might be a good idea. Using the phone with one hand is a breeze, thanks to its relatively compact form factor.

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The back panel also houses a dual rear camera system, minus the Leica branding, which is expected at this price range. If you’re a fan of the 3.5mm jack, it’s here, along with a single speaker and a USB-C port. It also uses a hybrid SIM Tray, which means you can’t have 2 SIM cards in conjunction with your microSD card.

Huawei P20 Lite 19 - Huawei P20 Lite ReviewOne notable change from the 2i is the 19:9 display, which gives more room for content. It’s still on FHD+ resolution, though it has slightly more pixels than the 2i. It’s also very bright and vibrant, as colors are well emphasized and you also get sharp text.


The P20 Lite is powered by the same chip on the Nova 2i, which is a bit disappointing, since of all areas, this is where one would expect a major upgrade, especially when you’re offering it as part of a new series.

p20 litep20 liteThe P20 Lite can take care of daily tasks such as web browsing, social media, music, and video without any major issues. As with games, you can play Asphalt 8 at High Settings, and Rules of Survival in High Settings.


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At the back of the P20 Lite is also the same dual camera system on the 2i, composed of a 16MP main shooter plus a 2MP sensor for adding a depth of field effect to your shots. With ample lighting, the main camera can take gorgeous looking shots with good detail, sharpness and accurate colors.

p20 litep20 liteThe depth of field effect can be applied at the tap of an icon on the camera app UI, and looks refined with minimal pixelation and good accuracy. My only qualm would be that the subject tends to lose some detail, but it’s not that noticeable when viewing the photos from the phone itself.

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Low light shots are surprisingly better than expected. Details are satisfactory, and noise is managed well.

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The front camera also takes decent selfies with great detail, but tends to overexpose the background just a bit too much. Low light selfies aren’t any better, but would pass as casual snaps. Strangely, there’s no option to have a depth of field effect for selfies.


The device runs on Huawei’s EMUI 8.0, which in my opinion, is one of the more polished takes on Android. It does have some pre-installed apps that you probably won’t use, but it looks so sleek and formal, that it compliments the phone nicely. It’s also very smooth and fluid in terms of navigation.

There are a number of notable features. The display resolution for instance, can be automatically adjusted to save battery. You can also set the color temperature of the display. There’s also screen recording, and  it can create a “twin” for certain apps such as Facebook and Messenger, so you can manage multiple accounts at the same time. Guess what, you can actually “hide” the notch with a black bar.

It also brings facial recognition to the device, which does works even in slightly less than ideal lighting. The fingerprint sensor’s a bit of a hit and miss though. You can also set the screen to automatically activate when the phone is raised to eye-level.


p20 liteThe Nova 2i was able to churn out around 7 hours of up time, and that’s with a 3,340mAh battery. On the other hand, the P20 Lite has a smaller 3,000mAh battery, and was also able to yield the same number of hours. Unfortunately, that number is still just average, but if you know some tricks, like turning off your mobile data when not in use, or regularly closing running apps in the background, it’ll probably last a bit longer.


Huawei P20 Lite vs ASUS Zenfone 5The Huawei P20 Lite is one of the most beautiful looking devices i’ve seen this year. The display is eye candy, daily performance is more than decent, and its cameras are probably among the better ones in its price range. EMUI 8.0 is also more optimized and refined, having features that are actually useful, and not just for showing off.

On the downside, the choice of processor is quite odd, it still uses a hybrid SIM tray, fingerprint scanning is a hit and miss, and battery life is just average.

If you want a premium looking device with good cameras, decent performance, and you don’t mind not having the bokeh effect on your selfies, or having to charge before the day even ends, PhP15,990 is a very good price to pay.


  • Premium design, compact form factor
  • Uses a Type-C port
  • Vibrant display
  • Gaming performance
  • Camera performance
  • Polished software


  • Uses a Hybrid SIM Tray
  • Choice of CPU
  • Fingerprint scanning is a hit and miss
  • No depth of field mode in front camera


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Emman has been writing technical and feature articles since 2010. Prior to this, he became one of the instructors at Asia Pacific College in 2008, and eventually landed a job as Business Analyst and Technical Writer at Integrated Open Source Solutions for almost 3 years.


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Tokyo Game Show Special Coverage

Tokyo Game Show 2018

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Witness this year’s biggest gaming convention in Asia, the Tokyo Game Show 2018. This September 19, our team will fly to Tokyo, Japan, to be part to TGS 2018. Special thanks to our brand partners Huawei Mobile, PLDT Home, Smart Communications and Cherry Mobile for making this coverage possible.

The Gadget Pilipinas Team was given access to a press briefing with Hidetaka Miyazaki, Director from From Software and a bit of hands-on gameplay. Here’s our take on the hands-on gameplay and the insights from the press interview. We also  figured a listicle is in order to rundown why this game will match the hype surrounding it.

Here’s our Top 5 reasons why “Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice” is to die for.

1) The game is Tenchu-inspired

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2) Casual or hardcore can play

sn1rmqcvrwomyuttaoyq 770x433 - Top 5 reasons "Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice" is to die forFrom Software is notorious for challenging games and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is no exception. However, Hidetaka Miyazaki, Director of From Software, revealed that he himself is a casual gamer and has made it clear that the game should be accessible to beginners and experienced players alike.

3) Upgradeable prosthetic arm

jjn6e6ivua5u142iukql 770x433 - Top 5 reasons "Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice" is to die forThat prosthetic arm that Sekiro has isn’t just for looks. It can launch a grappling hook and is upgradeable too. No details were revealed but its good to know that a skill-tree based system is in place. Think Horizon Zero Dawn or Spiderman on the way skill and gadgets are upgraded. Tech upgrades set in feudal Japan? What’s not to like?

4) Play the style that suits you

jo1pi5md3myj0pxynz9p 770x433 - Top 5 reasons "Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice" is to die forStealth like Tenchu or head-on like Dark Souls? It’s up to you. What’s clear is that you can’t use stealth for the whole campaign since the game wasn’t designed that way. Stealth can be used to thin enemy numbers and to preserve your health before confronting the big boss. The mix of stealth and hack and slash is always a good mix to change-up the pace and should suit any gameplay style.

5) Single-player only campaign can last 20 to 30 hours 

ocxemodvr6oa72argpyo 770x433 - Top 5 reasons "Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice" is to die forThat’s the length of the campaign as per Miyazaki. The game is focused-solely on the single-player experience. No more wayward players who can just jump-in and help or derail your campaign. From Software also focused on the story-telling. Given that no resources were spent in developing the multiplayer aspect, expect the campaign to take it up a notch.

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice will be released on March 22, 2019 on PC, Xbox One and the Playstation 4.

Our Tokyo Game Show 2018 Coverage is brought to you by our brand partners: Huawei Mobile Philippines, PLDT Home Fibr, Smart and Cherry Mobile. Access our coverage here.

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Heads-up, Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) players. The PES game you’re playing on your phone is going to get a major upgrade.

For starters, the visuals will get a major overhaul and will be using Unreal Engine 4 – the same graphics engine used in triple A games for consoles and PCs. With the use of Unreal Engine 4, PES will be inching closer to how it looks versus its console port. It

Next, over 3,000 new animations, improved player AI with every playstyle accounted for, and realistic ball movements has been optimized for fans to enjoy the ultimate soccer game.

And lastly, 10 new league licenses from Europe, South America and Asia have been added, including Japan’s J. League.

The best part? Despite these updates,  Winning Eleven 2019 is still free-to-play (with in-game purchases).

PES 2019 promises to give a life-like behavior of the beautiful game and should take competitive mobile sports gaming to new heights.

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More about the game and new features, here.

Our Tokyo Game Show 2018 Coverage is brought to you by our brand partners: Huawei Mobile Philippines, PLDT Home Fibr, Smart and Cherry Mobile. Access our coverage here.

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