Huawei P20 Lite goes official, launches as the Nova 3e in China

The Huawei P20 Lite. (Source: GSMArena)
The Huawei P20 Lite. (Source: GSMArena)
Huawei has launched the first of the P20 smartphones, the P20 Lite, in Europe and China with the Chinese variant being christened the Nova 3e. With a midrange Kirin 659 at the helm of affairs, the P20 Lite features a notched 19:9 display and retails from Euro 369.

Huawei has made the P20 Lite official — a full week before the slated March 27 launch. That date is probably reserved for the P20 and the P20 Pro. The P20 Lite was on pre-order in Poland and China over the past week and will be available for shipments starting March 26. The Chinese version of the handset is named the Nova 3e. 

We've seen many leaks of Huawei's upcoming P20 range over the past month and the P20 Lite springs no surprises. The smartphone runs on the in-house HiSilicon Kirin 659 SoC, comprised of an 8-core Cortex A53 CPU and a Mali-T830 MP3 GPU pushing pixels on the 19:9 (read notched) 5.84-inch 1080 x 2280 display. The SoC is coupled to 4 GB of RAM. The back consists of a vertically arranged dual-camera setup (no Leica branding) consisting of a 16 MP f/2.2 main sensor and 2 MP secondary sensor to enable bokeh shots. A 24 MP f/2.0 front shooter should help with getting that perfect selfie. There is a fingerprint sensor on the back and the phone (luckily) houses a 3.5 mm headphone jack. A 3,000 mAh battery with support for fast-charging provides the juice. EMUI 8 layered on top of Android 8.0 Oreo makes the device tick.

The predecessor P10 Lite scored well in our review and we did not have too many complaints — save for the inability to install apps onto microSD and bloated firmware. Hopefull, the P20 Lite addresses these concerns. 

The European P20 Lite will be available in retail stores by end of March for Euro 369 in Klein Blue, Sakura Pink, and Midnight Black colors. The Chinese variant, the Nova 3e, will retail for CNY 1,999 (US$316) for the 64 GB model and CNY 2,199 (US$348) for the 128 GB model. Color options include Blue, Black, Gold, and Rose Gold.

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Huawei P20 Lite front. (Source: GSMArena)
Huawei P20 Lite front. (Source: GSMArena)
Huawei P20 Lite back. (Source: GSMArena)
Huawei P20 Lite back. (Source: GSMArena)
The Huawei P20 Lite goes under the Nova 3e moniker in China. (Source: GSMArena)
The Huawei P20 Lite goes under the Nova 3e moniker in China. (Source: GSMArena)


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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2018-03-21 (Update: 2018-03-21)
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam - News Editor
I am a cell and molecular biologist and computers have been an integral part of my life ever since I laid my hands on my first PC which was based on an Intel Celeron 266 MHz processor, 16 MB RAM and a modest 2 GB hard disk. Since then, I’ve seen my passion for technology evolve with the times. From traditional floppy based storage and running DOS commands for every other task, to the connected cloud and shared social experiences we take for granted today, I consider myself fortunate to have witnessed a sea change in the technology landscape. I honestly feel that the best is yet to come, when things like AI and cloud computing mature further. When I am not out finding the next big cure for cancer, I read and write about a lot of technology related stuff or go about ripping and re-assembling PCs and laptops.