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Huawei Mate 10 Lite review

Sajid Ayaz Editor Rating: 3.9 / 5

Huawei added the Mate 10 Lite in Mate 10 series smartphones to target the people who can afford mid-range smartphone. It is cheaper than original Mate 10. The handset is also known as the Honor 9i (India), Nova 2i (Malaysia) and Maimang 6 (China), depends on region. It is first Huawei smartphone to get four cameras. The gadget is capable to record amazing 4K videos. It is budget friendly smartphone and has 5.9-inch bigger bezel less display, Kirin 659 SoC and 3340mAh onboard battery.


  1. Built with aluminum unibody
  2. 18:9 ratio based taller display
  3. Four cameras (dual primary and dual selfie)
  4. Overall decent performance
  5. low price



  1. Weak display for outdoors
  2. Previous version of Android OS
  3. No fast charging support
  4. No USB C, NFC and FM Radio
  5. Poor GPU performance




The Mate 10 Lite is crafted with aluminum unibody. It has 2.5D curved glass design. It is offered in three colors including Graphite Black, Prestige Gold and Aurora Blue. It has 7.5 mm thickness and 164 grams weight. The smartphone brings a large 5.9 inches screen. A glass protects the display. On the upper side of screen, two selfie cameras are embedded nearby a LED flashlight. A speaker grille is there as well. On lower side of screen you will find some sensors which work as buttons.

A tray is available on left side of device for microSD card and Nano-SIM. On the right side of smartphone there are three buttons, one of them is a power button and the other two are volume controllers. A microphone is present on the top side while the bottom side is equipped with microUSB port, 3.5 mm audio jack and speaker grilles. At the back of the handset, dual camera lenses are mounted vertically below the LED flash. A fingerprint reader is present on rear that is reliable and works faster.




Huawei Mate 10 Lite has 5.9 inches IPS LCD display of 18:9 ratio. It is FullView display smartphone which gives a bright viewing experience. The minimum bezels look quite nice.

Its 1080 x 2160 pixels resolution proved helpful to get bright pictures in indoors but for outdoors especially under the sunlight it is some difficult to see and read the details of display.


Processor and Chipset Performance


Huawei Mate 10 Lite has latest 2nd level series chip, Kirin 659, which is superb for mid rangers. It is aided by an Octa core CPU in which Quad core clocks at 2.36GHz frequency and Quad core runs at 1.7GHz speed. There is Mali-T830 GPU for better graphics but it doesn’t support graphical views perfectly. The gaming and programming speed of device is super fast.

It runs smoothly. You can play heavy apps without any trouble.


Benchmark Report of Mate 10 Lite

  1. Geek Bench 4.1 gives 3251 score for multi core performance.
  2. Geek Bench 4.1 gives 916 score for single core performance.
  3. The Mate 10 Lite gets 7004 score in Basemark X test.
  4. It achieves 1309 score in Basemark OS 2.0 test.
  5. Antutu 6 grants 58068 score for its overall performance.




Huawei Mate 10 Lite houses a 4GB RAM which is brilliant for mutli-tasking. It also enables you to download and install more apps. You can enjoy games without restricting background applications. Basemark X gives 7004 scores to Mate 10 Lite. It means the better gaming performance you are getting in mid price range is quite nice. The handset has 64GB storage which is sufficient to collect pictures, wallpapers, videos, softwares, notes and much more. It packs a microSD slot to offer you to extend memory.


Camera Performance (dual Rear and dual Selfie)


Huawei Mate 10 Lite has four amazing camera shooters – dual rear and dual front. Primary snappers have 16MP + 2MP resolution. It can record sharp FHD videos. You can shoot bright images easily.

A back camera feature slightly disappointed us. The portrait mode captures the heavily blurred images in which focused object look like a cardboard cutout and the surroundings are not apparent. Another wide aperture mode makes it some better but the heavy blur issue is still there. Other camera features works very well.

There are dual 13MP + 2MP selfie camera lenses which capture bright and sharp selfies. It gives beautiful bokeh effect. Lets you do some more creativity and share your special moments with your friends.




The Smartphone is powered by old Android OS, 7.0 (Nougat) which is skinned with Emotion UI 5.1 that is a beautiful interface comes with Machine learning algorithm and Huawei ultra memory features. The Machine learning algorithm learns that how you use device, and then, the Huawei ultra memory anticipates app usage and manages RAM performance. In fact, the EMUI 5.1 focused for performance not only for polishing apps. This software is 30% faster than its previous version and has also Discover tab in photo gallery to recognize places.




The Mate 10 Lite is backed by a 3340mAh battery which is enough for a full day performance with normal usage but it doesn’t run for a long while with heavy usage. Further, it is not supported with fast charging which means the device takes a long time to recharge power.



Huawei Mate 10 Lite is really such a nice device in its price range. The smartphone is available for $280. And it is the first budget smartphone of its type to get dual camera, 4GB RAM and 64GB ROM.



Huawei Mate 10 Lite is built with aluminum unibody and having 5.9 inch bigger display based on 18:9 ratio. It is the 1st Huawei smartphone which comes with four cameras. In addition, it has Kirin 659 chipset, 4GB RAM, 64GB ROM and a low price tag. On the other hand, its resolution power is weak and the device doesn’t have fast charging support, USB C, FM radio and NFC. If you want to buy a smartphone under $300 then we recommend Huawei Mate 10 Lite which is extremely good in performance.

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