Huawei P20 Lite: Pricing, specs and availability

Huawei's P20 Lite, aka the Huawei Nova 3e, combines playful style with dual cameras at what should be a highly competitive price.

Huawei P20 Lite at a glance

When does the Huawei P20 Lite come out? Set to be announced on 27 March 2018, expected availability in April 2018.
What’s new about the Huawei P20 Lite? Dual cameras, notch display, Kirin 659 processor.
How much will the Huawei P20 Lite cost? Expected around $600.

What is the Huawei P20 Lite?

Huawei's P-series phones are all about style, and that's often an expensive exercise, right? Well, maybe not unless you're after all the bells and whistles. Alongside the Huawei P20 and Huawei P20 Pro, Huawei's also got the Huawei P20 Lite to launch at its 27 March 2018 event in Paris.

However, "launch" isn't quite the right word to use for the Huawei P20 Lite, as it's already launched in China as the Huawei Nova 3e, as well as in selected European markets.

Where the P20 Pro and P20 are expected to run on Huawei's fastest in-house silicon, the Kirin 970, the P20 Lite uses the more moderate Kirin 659 processor, matched up with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, which can be expanded with a microSD card.

The P20 Lite shares much of what's already known about the P20 and P20 Pro's design, which means that for a mid-range phone, it's a bit of a looker. The models already launched come in Black, Blue, Gold and Rose Gold finishes, although it's entirely likely that here in Australia we'll only see a single hue, or maybe two at best.

The Huawei P20 Lite features a 5.84 inch 1080 x 2280 pixel 18:9 LCD display, a little smaller than that of the P20 or P20 Pro. There's a fingerprint sensor on the back, and it'll be an Android 8.0 device with Huawei's EMUI overlay on top.

Will the Huawei P20 Lite have a good camera?

The Huawei P20 Lite won't quite reach the heights of the P20 or P20 Pro in photographic terms, but that's the other primary concession that you have to deal with.

That being said, for a mid-range phone, it should be a solid competitor, with a dual lens array on the back that pairs a 16MP primary sensor with a 2MP secondary sensor for portrait/bokeh style effects, similar to that of the existing Huawei Nova 2i handset already available in Australia. Around the front, you'll find a 16MP camera, and it's all but inevitable that Huawei will include a "beauty" mode in its camera software, for smoothing out your selfies.

Will the Huawei P20 Lite be water resistant?

There's no stated water resistance for the Huawei P20 Lite, so dropping it in water would be a bad idea. Huawei certainly has the equipment to test for water resistance, which we've seen in Huawei's Beijing R&D labs, but so far, only its most premium handsets have come with specified water resistance features.

When will the Huawei P20 Lite be available in Australia?

It's a very open question as to when the Huawei P20 Lite will launch in Australia. It's already on sale in China and selected parts of Europe, so it's clearly in mass production, but as yet, Huawei hasn't committed to a timeframe for local availability of the Huawei P20 Lite. We'll update you as soon as we have any further information.

How much will the Huawei P20 Lite cost?

With no confirmed release date, there's no concrete pricing, but we can make an informed guess based on its pricing in other markets. The Huawei P20 Lite's European pricing sits at €369, which after conversion comes to around $600. That's a reasonable price for those specifications, and we'd expect it to arrive here somewhere between $500 and $700 as a result.

Huawei has had numerous phones placed with carriers, so it's also feasible we'll see the Huawei P20 Lite available on contract terms.

Huawei P20 Lite specifications

Product name
Huawei P20 Lite
Display size
5.84 inches
Kirin 659
Operating system
Android 8.0
Front camera
16MP f/2.0
Rear camera
Dual 16MP/2MP

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