Just when you thought that Huawei is done launching and hyping the upcoming P20, we got surprised when we received news (and also a unit for our review) about the Huawei P20 Lite.

Dubbed as Huawei Nova 3e in China, this worthy successor to the Nova line or a lighter but still premium version of the P20 is going to be a huge treat to Huawei fans in the Philippines. The device boasts impressive cast of specifications and features that will delight the fans of the brand and even mobile photography lovers.

Huawei P20 Lite Specifications:

  • 5.84″ HUAWEI Full View (with notch)
  • 19:9 display ratio
  • 2.5D double-sided curved glass with solid metal frame
  • Kirin 659 Octa-core
  • Mali-T830 MP2
  • Android 8.0
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB Internal Storage
  • 16MP + 2MP dual camera and 1.75 μm Rear Camera
  • 16MP camera, f/2.0 Front Camera
  • HUAWEI Histen 4.0 Audio
  • 3000 mAh (typical)
  • USB Type-C
  • Midnight Black, Klein Blue, Sakura Pink, Platinum Gold

April is a tough month for consumers!Huawei P20 Lite Philippines 3

A couple of things to note before we post our first impressions and eventually our full review. The phone is a direct competitor to this month’s hottest smartphones: OPPO F7, VIVO V9 and ASUS Zenfone 5Q. The latter phones are launching this month, and with P20 Lite creeping in, this will give consumers a tough job of choosing among all these midrange smartphones. Well, this is where we – tech bloggers – come in. And don’t worry, we at Gadget Pilipinas are going to give you our fairest take on the device.


This or Notch?

The upcoming smartphone by Huawei has a notched 5.94″ display with 19:9 aspect ratio. Just like its more senior variants, P20 Lite’s notch may be hidden by sandwiching it with overlay black bars. This may be done at will via the phones settings menu. This is something that – at the moment – Huawei can do with their smartphones with notched displays. I have a feeling that we are going to be using this term (notched display) quite often this year. We don’t have any problems with that.

Kirin 659, again?


Huawei P20 Lite Philippines 2Another thing to point out is the Kirin 659 that sits at the core of the smartphone. This is the same processor that powers the Nova 2i, and that’s something worth looking at.  Performance bump may not be as significant when compared to Nova 2i, but we’re still taking everything with a grain of salt as it’s still very early to give a verdict. We’ll post dedicated articles comparing P20 Lite vs other smartphones that match with similar caliber. For now, take a look at the table we prepared below, which compares P20 Lite vs Nova 2i.

 Huawei P20 LiteHuawei Nova 2i
Size148.6 mm x 71.2 mm x 7.45 mm (H x W x D)158 mm x 77 mm x 7.8 mm (H x W x D)
WeightApprox. 145g (including the battery)Approx. 155g (including the battery)
ColorsMidnight Black, Klein Blue, Sakura Pink, Platinum Gold Black, Blue, Gold
Display5.84" HUAWEI FullView, 2.0 display, 3.85 mm edges, 2280 x 1080 FHD+ with wide color gamut, 19:9 display ratio5.99" HUAWEI FullView, 2.0 display, IPS LCD with 18:9 Aspect Ratio
CPUKirin 659 Octa-core (4 x Cortex-A53 2.36GHz + 4 x Cortex-A53 1.7GHz)Kirin 659 Octa-core (4 x Cortex-A53 2.36GHz + 4 x Cortex-A53 1.7GHz)
GPUMali-T830 MP2Mali-T830 MP2
Operating SystemAndroid 8.0Android 8.0
Emotion UIEMUI 8.0EMUI 8.0
Dual SIMDual-SIMDual-SIM
NFCNFC supportedNFC supported
CameraRear: 16MP + 2MP dual camera; Front: 16MP camera, f/2.0 Rear: 16MP + 2MP dual camera; Front: 13 + 2MP camera
Battery3000mAh (Typical Value)3340mAh (Typical Value)

Huawei’s P series is known for having excellent camera performance. Nova series, on the other hand, give smartphones a youthful vibe that enables users to enjoy and capture life as it happens. Since P20 Lite is obviously categorized as P-series, we expect the phone to produce photos that make it worthy of its monicker desipite only having 3 cameras in total (compared to Vivo V9’s and Nova 2i’s quad-camera systems).

Huawei P20 Lite Philippines 1Available soon!

As we wait for its upcoming release in a few weeks (probably around end of April), watch out for our Huawei P20 Lite series of contents starting today. Our unboxing video, article, comparisons, first impressions and review are on the way, so stay tuned.

What do you guys think? If this becomes available, will you be among the people who will line up for the Huawei P20 Lite? Share us your thoughts.

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Giancarlo Viterbo is a Filipino Technology Journalist, blogger and Editor of, He is also a Geek, Dad and a Husband. He knows a lot about washing the dishes, doing some errands and following instructions from his boss on his day job. Follow him on twitter: @gianviterbo and @gadgetpilipinas.