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The Honor 20 Lite fights to bring high-megapixel cameras for cheap.

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Google is expected to unveil a pair of cheaper Pixel 3As on Tuesday, but today, Huawei’s Honor brand is all about its affordable Honor 20 Lite. Already on sale for £249 in the UK, Europe, India and select countries in Southeast Asia, the Honor 20 Lite is all about multiple cameras that won’t break the bank.

You get a 32-megapixel front-facing camera (f/2.0) with AI beautification mode, and three more lenses on the back: a 24-megapixel main camera, an 8-megapixel super-wide-angle and a 2-megapixel depth-assist sensor. There’s also 480fps super-slow-motion video.

During my brief hands-on with the Honor 20 Lite, it was the finish that stood out most. Honor, which is a Huawei sub-brand aimed at young people with limited budgets, has poured a lot of energy into making its design stand out.

The Honor 20 Lite comes in phantom blue and midnight black. The blue, which I held, has an eye-catching gradient that runs from deep blue at the top to a rich purple hue — in the right light. From another angle, it looks deep blue all around, the spines nearly glowing as they reflect the light.  It’s a highly reflective surface, so taking a photo dead on is basically you taking a self-portrait. Like all glossy phones, it’s a fingerprint magnet.

Check out that gradient finish.

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Honor 20 Lite specs:

  • 6.21 display with central camera cutout (2,340×1,080 FHD display resolution)
  • 415ppi
  • 4GB RAM
  • 128GB onboard storage
  • 3,400mAh battery
  • Kirin 710 chipset, octa-core
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Nano-SIM or microSD
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Midnight black and phantom blue
  • EMUI 9.0 (not Magic UI), based on Android 9

Huawei will launch the full Honor 20 series in London on May 21.


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