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Huawei’s Mate 30 Lite looks like a Nova 5 disguised as a Mate 20 Pro

TENAA, a Chinese regulatory agency, has released the specifications of several new smartphones, including the upcoming Lite version of the Huawei Mate 30. First things first, and you’ll notice from the released images that the Mate 30 Lite looks remarkably similar to the Mate 20 Pro, 2018’s flagship offering from the Chinese tech giant.

You get a similar square-shaped camera bump at the rear, while even the glossy blue colour that the Mate 30 Lite is decked out in is reminiscent of the Mate 20 Pro in a similar sheen of blue.

But that’s just about where the comparisons end. The Mate 30 Lite is actually more alike, at least under the hood, to the midrange Huawei Nova 5. You get the same Kirin 810 (Mate 20 Pro sports a flagship-level Kirin 980), although a 4,000mAh battery is an upgrade from the Nova 5’s 3,500mAh battery.

As for cameras, the Mate 30 Lite will feature a 48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP quad-camera setup for its main set of cameras, while it has a selfie camera that packs 32MP. This is quite a similar set up to the one on the Nova 5, although the Nova’s wide angle lens is a 16MP shooter, as opposed to the possible 8MP one on the Mate 30 Lite.

The display on the Mate 30 Pro will be a 6.26″ IPS display, a significantly worse screen than the OLED display on the Nova 5. According to the listing, you can also opt between 6/8GB for RAM and 128/256GB of storage, although pricing details aren’t available right now.

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A few more details can be deduced from the images, which seem to suggest that the Mate 30 Lite will feature a punch-hole display, like many smartphones in the market today. There won’t be an in-display fingerprint reader, unfortunately. Instead, you have the scanner on the back of the device, a fairly conventional location.

Pricing and release dates are yet to be confirmed, but with the limited availability of Mate Lite smartphones in the Malaysian market in recent times, it’s entirely possible that the device won’t be officially released in Malaysia. You can still opt to get these devices through parallel importers, but do so at your own risk, and after ensuring the retailer is one that can be trusted.


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