A few days ago word got out (along with leaked press renders) that Huawei is working on a P20 lite (2019), which at the time seemed like a pretty minor update to the original phone that launched in 2018. A new screen with smaller bezels and a punch-hole camera was seemingly the only big change.
According to a new report from the same source, some of the originally leaked specs were off, and the P20 lite (2019) is actually shaping up to be a much bigger upgrade than initially thought. Its display will grow from 5.84″ to 6.4″, the aspect ratio is taller too with the 2019 model sporting 1080×2310 resolution. The camera in that punch-hole is a 16 MP unit with f/2.2 aperture.
Furthermore, the new phone will have a huge 4,000 mAh battery, 33% larger than the one in the original, though wireless charging support isn’t built-in. On the back there are four cameras: a 24 MP main sensor with f/1.8 aperture, an 8 MP shooter, and two 2 MP snappers – though it’s unclear what purpose each of these three has. One of the 2 MP units is clearly a depth sensor, we’ll have to wait for more info to be leaked to find out about the others.
The Huawei P20 lite (2019) will run Android 9 Pie with EMUI 9.1 on top, and it’s going to have 4GB of RAM and 64 or 128GB of eMMC 5.1 flash storage. At the helm sits HiSilicon’s mid-range chipset, the Kirin 710. The phone also packs a fingerprint reader on the back, NFC, Bluetooth 4.2, dual-band Wi-Fi, a USB-C port, and a hybrid dual SIM slot that can also take a microSD card. A headphone jack is present too.
The handset will be offered in Midnight Black, Crush Blue, and Charming Red, and its body is made of plastic. Its dimensions are 159.1 x 75.9 x 8.3 mm, and it weighs 178g. In Europe it will be sold for €280 with 64GB of storage, and €330 with 128GB. It should be in stores in the next few weeks.