Alongside pleasing the audience with its advanced Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro, Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei on Monday silently expanded its mid-range smartphone lineup by launching the Huawei Mate 10 Lite. The new Mate 10 model is the European variant of the previously launched Honor 9i (India), Huawei Maimang 6 (China), and Huawei Nova 2i (Malaysia), all three of which included four camera sensors and are powered by Huawei's in-house HiSilicon Kirin 659 chipset. It comes at a price of EUR 399 (approximately Rs. 30,500). Huawei is set to sell the Mate 10 Lite in Germany starting November. The smartphone comes in multiple color options, including Prestige Gold, Graphite Black and Aurora Blue.
As first reported by German site MobiFlip, the Mate 10 Lite is specifically designed for the European region. The smartphone features a 5.9-inch display with full-HD+ (1080x2160 pixels) resolution and 18:9 aspect ratio. The display has minimal bezels on the left and right sides, though its top shows two camera sensors -- a 13-megapixel standard RGB sensor and a 2-megapixel monochrome one. Under the hood, there is a HiSilicon Kirin 659 system-on-chip (SoC) that comes with eight ARM Cortex-A53 cores (four clocked at 2.36GHz and four at 1.7GHz).
The Kirin chip accompanies 4GB of RAM and 64GB onboard storage that can be expanded with a microSD card through the available hybrid SIM card slot. Notably, the processor lacks artificial intelligence (AI) features that are available on Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro to rival top-notch offerings like the Apple iPhone X.
Huawei has provided Android 7.0 Nougat on the Mate 10 Lite with its proprietary EMUI 5.1 on top. There is no word on an update to Android 8.0 Oreo. Nevertheless, it is likely to be pushed sometime in the coming months.
Just like the front, the back of the Mate 10 Lite also has a dual-camera setup. There is a 16-megapixel standard sensor and a 2-megapixel monochrome sensor. An LED flash is also available to capture low-light shots. The back of the smartphone gets completed with a circular fingerprint sensor.
Despite the advancements through the four-camera setup and the almost bezel-less display, the Mate 10 Lite downgrades the experience with a Micro-USB port that would support as high-speed data transfer as a normal USB Type-C port.
Lastly, the Huawei Mate 10 Lite packs a 3340mAh battery that would last for a day on a single charge.