The cellphone incorporates a 2:1 display – one which’s taller than conventional 16:9 screens we used to see on just about each new cellphone till about final 12 months. It’s constructed of strong steel and it runs on Huawei’s personal Emotion UI interface on prime of Android 7.zero Nougat. The Mate 10 Lite additionally has a twin camera system on each the entrance and the again, with a 2-megapixel secondary digital camera on each side that enables taking pictures images with a blurred background – an impact that resembles the look you get with a devoted DSLR digital camera.
We spent a number of days utilizing the Mate 10 Lite to learn the way good of a cellphone it truly is. Learn on for our expertise with Huawei’s new mid-ranger.
Premium and durable, the Mate 10 Lite is constructed of strong aluminum and made to final.
The very first thing to note in regards to the Huawei Mate 10 Lite is that it actually doesn’t really feel as huge as you’ll anticipate a 5.9-inch cellphone to be. Actually, its bodily dimension is about the identical as that of the OnePlus 5 – a cellphone with a 5.5-inch display, however with a standard 16:9 side ratio. Huawei achieved this by placing a taller, 2:1 show on the Mate 10 Lite (extra on it later). That is nonetheless not a cellphone which you could conveniently function with one hand, in fact, however it’s manageably huge.
The Mate 10 Lite is constructed of aluminum and feels sturdy, substantial, and made to final. It’s barely curved round its sides, very very like an iPhone 6/7/8, and its again is flat. The bodily quantity and energy buttons are all on the fitting and really feel good and clicky.
On the again you have got a fingerprint scanner. It unlocks the cellphone with only a faucet even from stand-by, because it ought to, and it’s impressively quick. (Attention-grabbing reality: Huawei was the pioneer of this one-tap fingerprint log-in characteristic.)
Proper above the fingerprint reader you have got the twin primary digital camera system. Its place is a bit too near the finger sensor, and you might usually hit the decrease digital camera, by chance smudging it when attempting to unlock the cellphone. It’s not a giant deal, however it’s one little element that doesn’t really feel fully proper. The twin digital camera system itself stands proud fairly a bit, however it’s completely centered, and you’ll lay the cellphone on its again with out it wiggling.
Sadly, there is no such thing as a water-proofing on the Mate 10 Lite, so watch out to not get it moist.
On the underside there’s a single speaker (extra on audio high quality later), a headphone jack (fortunately), and a… microUSB port for charging. Sure, we’re as disenchanted as you in all probability are studying a few microUSB port in 2018, and we want Huawei didn’t low cost out right here. USB-C ought to positively be part of all telephones in 2018, aside from possibly the very least expensive ones.
Having a 2:1 display on an inexpensive cellphone is good, however colours could possibly be higher.
The Huawei Mate 10 Lite has an ample, 5.9-inch show with a 18:9 (2:1) side ratio making it taller than the 16:9 screens on telephones from the previous years. This display is about as large as a 16:9 5.5-inch show, which is nice since it isn’t too large within the hand whereas nonetheless becoming extra content material. Talking of dealing with, the display is barely curved in direction of the sides, which makes a giant distinction by way of how nice it’s to swipe on it.
However how good is it by way of coloration and high quality?
First, it’s an LCD display, so that you don’t have fairly the plush colours that you just get with AMOLED, however it nonetheless appears superb. One compromise it makes, nevertheless, is with coloration high quality. Essentially the most notable difficulty is that the display could be very bluish by default. You do have a coloration temperature slider which you could mess around with in settings to alleviate this a bit, however you’ll not have a whole repair.
Brightness will get to round 500 nits and with no extreme reflections, the display isn’t too laborious to see even open air on a sunny day.
Enjoyable reality: Huawei Mate 10 Lite has a show very, similar to that of the Honor 7X, and whereas we can’t confirm if it’s precisely the identical one, the each do look nearly an identical.
Interface and Performance
Huawei’s Emotion UI is without doubt one of the most closely modified Android interfaces round and it takes getting used to.
The Huawei Mate 10 Lite – like most inexpensive Android telephones – is a sufferer of the Android replace scenario from day one because it ships with the older Android 7.zero Nougat. It might take months till it will get the present Android 8 model, and it’s questionable whether or not it’s going to get any main future Android updates. It should absolutely get safety updates, although.
As soon as we get this out of the best way and take a look at the precise cellphone, we see that its customized Emotion UI on prime of Android makes it look very, very completely different from Google’s Materials Design. Emotion UI is a whole overhaul of the Android visible fashion in favor of an iPhone-esque interface. From the dearth of an app drawer, the design of the settings menu, the look of the icons, the swipe-down motion that brings native search and from many different cues, it’s not laborious to see that Huawei is clearly extra influenced by Apple in its design selections than by inventory Android.
Many interface components seem very dated and the entire interface is in dire want of a visible refresh. Emotion UI additionally helps themes, however whereas they provide some selection, none of them feels esthetically pleasing. This may matter extra to some than to others, however it’s one factor we ought to say.
Functionally, Emotion UI is well-capable of working all the things simply superb. It has some loopy options like knuckle gestures: you should utilize your knuckles to attract letters to quick-start apps and take screenshots. It additionally has some not so loopy but nonetheless helpful options like twin apps the place you possibly can run two accounts of 1 app – useful in the event you handle two completely different social profiles, for instance.
Professional Tip: You’ll be able to swipe up from the underside a part of the lockscreen to get one thing like Apple’s Management Middle menu of fast toggles: you possibly can rapidly swap wallpapers, file an audio observe, open the calculator, flashlight, timer or scan a QR code.
Processor, Efficiency and Reminiscence
Clean in every day use, however not one to win benchmark testing information.
One factor we like about most Huawei telephones is that they run very easily within the every day grind. The Mate 10 Lite isn’t any exception because it strikes at a swift 60fps all through the house display, and opening apps is pretty swift, with very uncommon slowdowns. Different rather more costly telephones (cough, Samsung, cough) might be taught a number of methods from Huawei’s telephones.
Below the hood, the Mate 10 Lite is powered by Huawei’s personal Kirin 659 chip (a 64-bit octa-core chip with 8x Cortex-A53 cores and 16nm design) with 4GB of RAM. It is a mid-range chip with about the identical efficiency because the Snapdragon 625, which means that it’s a lengthy shot from the efficiency degree you get on flagships. Actually, in benchmarks it will get round half the rating of a 2017 Snapdragon 820 chip.
Avid gamers and specs geeks can check out the total benchmark testing outcomes beneath to have a greater thought of the cellphone’s efficiency.
The Huawei Mate 10 Lite we’ve up for assessment comes with a hybrid twin SIM card slot, so you possibly can select between utilizing two SIM playing cards or one SIM + one microSD card.
By way of storage, you get 64GB on board, however since system information occupy a few of it, solely round 48 gigs can be found in your apps and media. That is not ultimate, however it isn’t a foul quantity both since most telephones on this value vary solely have 32GB of native storage. Plus, the choice to develop through microSD playing cards is good having.
Web and Connectivity
Disclaimer: The Huawei Mate 10 Lite isn’t formally offered in america and it doesn’t assist US 4G LTE bands.
The Mate 10 Lite has 4G LTE connectivity with assist for the next bands:
- FDD LTE: Bands 1, 3, 7, 8, 20
In easy phrases, these bands will cowl virtually all European carriers and lots of worldwide ones. Earlier than shopping for one, verify together with your service to see if the Mate 10 Lite is totally LTE appropriate with its bands.
To entry the net on the cellphone, you have got Google Chrome on board in addition to a number of alternate options through the Google Play Retailer.
Different connectivity choices right here embody GPS, dual-channel Wi-Fi b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.2, however there is no such thing as a assist for NFC.
A digital camera app with helpful choices and good picture high quality.
In inexpensive telephones just like the Huawei Mate 10 Lite, digital camera and picture high quality are often the most important compromises made. Is the Mate 10 Lite a compromise like the remainder on this?
First, let’s take a look at its specs: the cellphone options twin cameras on the again and twin cameras up entrance. The secondary digital camera on each the entrance and the again is a 2-megapixel shooter that solely helps get depth info and obtain a blurred background (aka “Portrait Mode” impact).
The principle digital camera on the again is a 16-megapixel shooter, whereas up entrance there’s a 13-megapixel digital camera.
The digital camera app itself is utilitarian and will get the job performed. In contrast to most telephones, the shortcut to fast begin is a double press of the quantity down button, not the facility key.
The app has fairly a number of attention-grabbing choices (swipe left from the sting of the digital camera app to open the settings) and whereas most of them are commonplace – timer, grid, smile seize, mute possibility, object monitoring and so forth – proper on the backside is one which stands out: “Picture adjustment”. Right here you will discover which you could regulate the saturation, distinction, and brightness of pictures that come out of the digital camera.
Professional tip: Photograph fanatics will admire this selection and after taking pictures with the cellphone for some time, we might convey the saturation and distinction up by 1 cease.
To change to a distinct mode of taking pictures, you swipe proper from the left fringe of the digital camera app. You will notice an inventory the place you have got Professional Photograph (you possibly can shoot RAW on this cellphone) and Professional Video (you possibly can management metering, EV, use guide focus and set a guide white steadiness). Huawei additionally embody few cool choices like Mild Portray with which you will get inventive and photograph automobile gentle trails, paint gentle graffiti, shoot silky-looking water and even do primary astrophotography. You even have a time-lapse mode and slow-mo movies, in addition to picture panoramas and some different modes together with a helpful doc scanning possibility.
General, the app is properly performed and practical.
Picture High quality
How do images truly prove?
At night time, this digital camera exhibits its weak aspect. It’s laborious to get a pointy shot and most of our snaps turned out very blurry and underexposed. No settings will enable you to right here; that is simply the best way this cellphone is. You’ll be able to attempt to maintain it tremendous regular or put it on a tripod for higher pictures, however this isn’t one thing that may at all times be performed.
The LED flash does the job, however not notably gracefully. It’s not completely managed and infrequently creates horrible “laser-eye” images.
The entrance digital camera shoots very detailed selfies, however, as most entrance cameras, burns the highlights of a picture fairly badly. Nonetheless, we like the standard. One factor that we discover is that pores and skin tone at all times seems manner too pinkish and never completely correct, although.
Portrait and Vast Aperture Mode
You could have a portrait mode with each the rear and entrance cameras, so that you candigitally blur the background to realize a extra inventive impact. All of it works very properly, particularly contemplating that this was once a characteristic solely accessible on costlier telephones. In fact, don’t anticipate skilled outcomes, however for its small sensor, the Mate 10 Lite does nice.
We took some great-looking portrait-style images with zero effort, and we like that we will regulate the quantity of blur in an image. We are able to go all the best way to f/zero.95 (simulation) that may convey true bokeh blur rings or go for a extra natural-looking f/3.5 or f/4 setting. These final two optionsseem just like the golden imply.
And sure, you will get equally good outcomes with selfies. Check out the images we shot beneath.
Video high quality
Video recording high quality is essentially the most disappointing a part of the Mate 10 Lite.
First, the cellphone doesn’t assist 4K video decision, however even the 1080p movies don’t look nice: they lack element sorely, and highlights are very overblown. There appears to be some primary stabilization on board, however it’s the high quality of the footage that leaves rather a lot to be desired.
Sound high quality
You could have a single bottom-firing loudspeaker on the Mate 10 Lite. It’s a bit on the quiet aspect and simply common by way of high quality, with no depth to it and a barely squeaky tonality.
Fortunately, there’s a headphone jack on board, so you do not want to spend greater than $100 on wi-fi headphones simply to benefit from the sound. For those who do have wi-fi headphones, although, the cellphone does assist Bluetooth 4.2, so it’s going to work superb (despite the fact that it lacks the newest 5.zero specification).
Name High quality
Name high quality is nice on the Mate 10 Lite. Voices within the earpiece sound pure and with adequate high quality, as a way to acknowledge who is asking simply. On the opposite finish of the road, we should not have any complaints in regards to the microphone outputeither.
It should final you a day, however not rather more.
The Huawei Mate 10 Lite comes with a 3,340 mAh battery, which is about common for a tool of its dimension.
We didn’t have any issues getting by means of a full day, however not rather more. Extra intense use may drain the battery even earlier than the tip of an extended day. In contrast to another telephones at the same value from final 12 months (largely Snapdragon 625 telephones), the Mate 10 Lite doesn’t break any battery life information.
We additionally ran our battery life check on the cellphone, and it scored beneath 8 hours, a outcome that falls beneath the typical by a slight, however noticeable margin.
One other necessary side of the battery expertise is charging instances. Typically you want that further battery increase throughout the day and also you want it quick – throughout the lunch break, for example. Sadly, the Mate 10 Lite is without doubt one of the slowest-charging telephones we’ve examined. It has a 10-watt (5V, 2A) charger within the field and it takes a whopping 2 hours and 37 minutes to get totally charged.
Right here is how briskly it recharged utilizing the charger included within the field:
- 11% in 10 minutes
- 29% in 30 minutes
- 100% in 2 hours and 37 minutes
There isn’t any assist for wi-fi charging.
Value and alternate options
The Huawei Mate 10 Lite is a mid-range cellphone. Extra particularly, it’s priced at round €335 in Europe, making it costlier than low-end telephones just like the Moto G5s Plus and Moto E4 Plus, but additionally cheaper than telephones just like the OnePlus 5T, Nokia 8 and Honor 9.
What are its direct rivals you ask? Listed below are some:
Some older top-tier telephones have additionally now fallen in value and might be bought for about the identical value because the Mate 10 Lite: two such choices are the HTC U Ultra (€330) and the Samsung Galaxy S7 (€400).
The cellphone has an incredible value. It’s construct very solidly, it has a cool 2:1 display with tiny bezels, and we’re notably impressed with the premium really feel of the show glass. It runs easily within the every day grind, and with a number of tweaks, its digital camera captures good pictures in daylight. The portrait mode additionally works surprisingly properly, and the fingerprint scanner is blazingly quick and correct.
On the identical time, the Mate 10 Lite does have some points, the most important ones being the relatively poor video recording and low-light picture high quality.
The remainder are annoyances relatively than huge points: the outdated microUSB port used as a substitute of the newer USB-C, the marginally clunky appears of the Emotion UI interface, the dearth of the newest Android model and certainty about future updates, the just-okay battery life and the sluggish charging, and the dearth of extras like water-proofing and wi-fi charging. If a few of these sound a bit nit-picky for an inexpensive cellphone, it’s as a result of… properly, the Mate 10 Lite is definitely fairly cellphone. Finally, it’s a secure advice if you’re on the lookout for a well-rounded cellphone that doesn’t break the financial institution.