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The recipe for a successful mid-budget smartphone is simple: a pretty body with thin frames around the display, a fairly powerful processor, several cameras with different focal lengths, NFC and decent autonomy. Does the HONOR 20 LITE meet this set of requirements? Find out in the review.
Triple Camera, Advanced Selfies
The main camera is represented by three modules. The first received a resolution of 48 megapixels and an aperture of f / 1.8. The second is responsible for creating wide-angle photos, its resolution is 8 megapixels, and the aperture is f / 2.4. Finally, the last 2-megapixel lens is needed to accurately determine the depth of field.
In good lighting, the camera takes detailed pictures, there are no questions about clarity and color reproduction. With careful study, oversharp is sometimes noticeable, but if you do not crop photos, it is almost invisible. In the dark, the “Night” mode helps out when frames with different exposures are glued together: you can get a high-quality picture without using a tripod and manual settings.
The camera was equipped with a scene recognition algorithm that selects settings depending on the objects in the frame. The function is disabled, and this is good: often it too enhances the color saturation, which is why the photos look cartoonish. However, fans who share pictures on social networks will probably even like this.
Unfortunately, the shooting quality on the wide-angle module is noticeably lame: there is not enough photosensitivity, sharpness is lower, the dynamic range is small. It is advisable to use this camera only in good lighting conditions.
The front camera pleases with an abundance of settings. You can not only use decorations such as smoothing the skin, but also change the effects of the background, and for shooting in the dark there is the same night mode as on the main camera. Even with a noticeable lack of light, you can get a photo with high detail.
HONOR 20 LITE records video at a maximum resolution of 1080p, which is a bit strange: still, recording in 4K is now even in low-cost devices.
Customize the screen to your taste
HONOR 20 LITE equipped with a 6.15-inch display. By the standards of 2020, it can even be called compact: for many gadgets, screens have already reached 6.5 inches or have come close to the psychological mark of 7 inches. The display resolution is 2312×1080 pixels. At the same time, you can either set the value manually, or configure its automatic change for better energy saving.
For a week of testing, the screen of the device left a good impression on itself. The IPS-matrix has excellent viewing angles and a large margin of brightness, and color reproduction is easily adjusted to the taste of the owner. You can choose saturated or calm shades, change the white balance. The front-end cutout, which many do not like, is easy to mask: the areas along the edges of it are painted in dark color. Another nice feature is the eye protection function, which filters out UV radiation. It can be configured to be scheduled.
What about autonomy?
The 3340 mAh battery lasts for a full day if you don’t strain the smartphone too much with games. Online battles in World of Tanks at an average screen brightness using Wi-Fi took 21% of the charge per hour, and that’s a bit much. But when you browse the web and correspond in messengers, the battery charge melts moderately. A decent result was shown by the test of continuous viewing of video: at a display brightness of 50%, the smartphone played the movie in Full HD for almost 16 hours.
HONOR 20 LITE received support for fast charging at 18 watts. This is enough to replenish battery reserves by 39% in half an hour. It’s easy to recharge the device during lunch.
The familiar chip will not spoil the furrow
The eight-core Kirin 710 has already been studied along and across, because it is installed in a number of HONOR and HUAWEI models. The power of the chipset is enough so that there are no complaints about the operation of the interface and applications. Paired with it is 4 GB of RAM, and the built-in storage capacity is 128 GB. It can be easily expanded with a microSD card.
The speed of launching and switching applications is not as high as that of the flagship devices, but still the smartphone gives the impression of a smart one. In the same “Tanks” you can comfortably play at high graphics settings, and fps will be held at around 55-60. In this case, the heating of the case remains moderate, throttling is not noticed.
The fingerprint scanner, located on the back cover of the smartphone, pleased with its error-free operation: fingers are almost always recognized, even with careless touch. This sensor is also convenient to use for additional actions. For example, control the shooting of photos and videos by touching the scanner, answer calls or pull out the curtain of the notification panel. There is also an unlock function on the face, and it confidently works even in complete darkness.
Music lovers will be pleased when they encounter a 3.5 mm audio jack in the usual place, and lovers of wireless headphones will appreciate the support of the aptX HD codec. The sound quality is at a good level, there is no loss of low or high frequencies. Of course, there is an NFC chip, so that a smartphone can pay in the store, leaving a bank card at home, or charge a pass.
- IPS, 6.15 ”, 2312×1080, 415 ppi
- Octa-core Kirin 710, 4 cores Cortex A73 2.2 GHz + 4 cores Cortex A53 1.7 GHz
- 4 GB
- 3340 mAh
- main – 48 megapixels (f / 1.8) + 8 megapixels (f / 2.4) + 2 megapixels (f / 2.4), front – 24 megapixels (f / 2.0)
- NFC module, 3.5 mm audio jack, microSD support up to 512 GB, quick charge 18 W
- 162 413
- GEEKBENCH 5
- 323 single-core
- up to 16 hours of video playback
What we get in the end
HONOR 20 LITE – balanced middling at the right price. Its power is enough for most tasks, the built-in memory is easy to expand, the front camera pleases with pictures. A powerful trump card is the ability to pay using NFC. You can find fault with the quality of shooting on a wide-angle camera and the lack of video recording in 4K resolution. Autonomy is average, but fast charging allows you to quickly replenish the battery. This is a universal smartphone that does not stand out in its class, but is able to offer the buyer everything necessary.