Honor Play vs Mate20 lite

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During IFA this year we have seen a surprising number of phone releases with the two notable ones being the Huawei Mate 20 lite and Honor Play. While they are technically owned by the same company there seems to be a growing divide between the two brands and both of these phones make for an interesting comparison as they share some similar specifications while having some glaring differences. But which is the best phone?

The Honor Play is certainly the one that immediately seems like the most appealing, you get the flagship Kirin 970 from last year (now superseded by the Kirin 980) for an absolutely insane price of just £279.99. To put this into perspective, this is the same SoC found in the P20 which retails for over £470 or it is comparable to the SoC found in the Samsung Galaxy S9 which costs £700.

In comparison, the Huawei Mate 20 Lite costs quite a bit more at £379 though still affordable, the SoC is one level down but it is this years version. The octo-core A73 processor runs with almost the same specification as the CPU on the Kirin 970, but the main difference is the GPU with the Hisilicon Kirin 710 using the Mali-G51 MP4 and the 970 using the Mali-G72 MP12. So if you are a gamer then more affordable Honor Play may be the better option.

However, if you are more into photography then the Mate 20 Lite has a quad camera set-up with 20 MP, f/1.8, PDAF & 2 MP camera on the rear with a 24MP & 2MP camera on the front. This means this will be considerably better than the Honor Play for selfies.

Once you move away from the camera and SoC differences everything becomes largely the same. Both phones are 6.3 inches running at 1080 x 2340 pixel IPS display and a notch. They have the same memory and battery configuration with 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage upgradable with microSD and 3750mAh batteries.

Overall both phones make a great choice for anyone looking for an affordable phone with near flagship features and performance. I think it is quite difficult to overlook the price differences though, at £279 the Honor Play represents amazing value and I think there is a huge market of users wanting phones in the £250-300 price bracket. I regularly have friends asking for phone recommendations under £300.

Honor PlayHuawei Mate 20 lite
PerformanceOcta coreOcta core
Display6.3" (16 cm)6.3" (16 cm)
Storage64 GB64 GB
Camera16 MP20 MP
Battery3750 mAh3750 mAh
Ram4 GB4 GB
Fingerprint Sensor PositionRearRear
Other SensorsLight sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Compass, GyroscopeLight sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Compass, Gyroscope
Fingerprint SensorYesYes
Operating SystemAndroid v8.1 (Oreo)Android v8.1 (Oreo)
Fingerprint SensorYesYes
Audio Jack3.5 mm3.5 mm
ChipsetHiSilicon Kirin 970HiSilicon Kirin 710
GraphicsMali-G72 MP12Mali-G51 MP4
ProcessorOcta core (2.36 GHz, Quad core, Cortex A73 + 1.8 GHz, Quad core, Cortex A53)Octa core (2.2 GHz, Quad core, Cortex A73 + 1.7 GHz, Quad core, Cortex A53)
Architecture64 bit64 bit
Ram4 GB4 GB
Thickness7.4 mm7.6 mm
Width74.2 mm75.3 mm
Weight176 grams172 grams
Height157.9 mm158.3 mm
ColoursMagic Night Black, Navy BlueBlack, Blue
Aspect Ratio19.5:919.5:9
Screen To Body Ratio0.82980.8156
Pixel Density409 ppi409 ppi
Screen Size6.3 inches (16 cm)6.3 inches (16 cm)
Screen Resolution1080 x 2340 pixels1080 x 2340 pixels
Touch ScreenYes Capacitive Touchscreen, Multi-touchYes Capacitive Touchscreen, Multi-touch
Internal Memory64 GB64 GB
Expandable MemoryYes Up to 256 GBYes Up to 256 GB
SettingsExposure compensation, ISO controlExposure compensation, ISO control
Camera FeaturesDigital Zoom, Auto Flash, Face detection, Smile detection, Touch to focusDigital Zoom, Auto Flash, Face detection, Touch to focus
Image Resolution4616 x 3464 Pixels5160 x 3872 Pixels
AutofocusYes Phase Detection autofocus, Continuos autofocusYes Phase Detection autofocus
Shooting ModesContinuos Shooting, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR)Continuos Shooting, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR)
Resolution16 MP Front Camera24 MP + 2 MP Dual Front Cameras
Physical ApertureF2.0F2.0
FlashYes LED FlashYes LED Flash
Video Recording3840x2160 @ 30 fpsupto 480fps
User ReplaceableNoNo
Capacity3750 mAh3750 mAh
WifiYes Wi-Fi 802.11, a/ac/b/g/n/n 5GHzYes Wi-Fi 802.11, a/ac/b/g/n/n 5GHz
Wifi FeaturesMobile HotspotMobile Hotspot
BluetoothYes v4.2Yes v4.2
Usb ConnectivityMass storage device, USB chargingMass storage device, USB charging
GpsYes with A-GPS, GlonassYes with A-GPS, Glonass


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