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Apple iPhone XR vs Huawei Mate 20 Lite: How they differ?

22 November 2018 5

This autumn Cupertino giant announced three variants of iPhones. As expected Apple didn't bring refreshing change this year with the S variants instead focused on the under the hood upgrades to enhance performance. The iPhone XS is the successor variant of iPhone X whereas the iPhone 8 Plus is succeeded by the iPhone XS Max with a similar design like the regular model and larger footprint.

The good thing is Apple not only brought the edge-to-edge design for the standard and premium variant but also for the entry-level offering iPhone XR. This device shares the design aesthetics with the premium models but there are few luxuries which are exclusive for the premium variants only. It is understandable considering the iPhone XR is significantly cheaper than the premium variants. In terms of color options, the iPhone XR is quite rich.

Being the new entry-level option from Apple the iPhone XR will have to face competition from Lite variants of latest flagships. This year Huawei announced five variants of Mate 20 series including the entry-level Mate 20 Lite to attract buyers who are not willing to spend hefty amounts on the premium phones. The Mate 20 Lite has toned down hardware and design as opposed to standard Mate 20 or the ultra-premium Mate 20 Pro. So if you are amongst those who are looking forward to grabbing new upper mid-range phone the iPhone XR and Mate 20 Lite are the new offerings from respective companies.

Today we will put the latest iPhone XR against the Mate 20 Lite to know the differences between the two budget-friendly options. It is important to mention that Mate 20 Lite is available at a fraction of iPhone XR price tag. This comparison will help you better decide which smartphone is a better option.

75.7 x 150.9 x 8.3 mm
6.1 inches - 1792x828 px
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This year instead of bringing a new design language Apple sticks with what they introduced last year an edge-to-edge display with a notch at the top of the display. Apple opted the same design for the iPhone XR but there are few changes to make it a budget-friendly option. The first prominent change on the front is bezels are slightly thicker as opposed to the premium variants. The frame is made up of aluminum instead of stainless steel.

On the rear side, you will get single snapper on the top left corner with LED flashlight. Like the other two, it also lacks physical home button and Touch ID instead it comes with Face ID as the only biometric verification option. The iPhone XR is an IP67 certified phone which means it can resist under 1-meter deep water for 30 minutes without any damage. It lacks the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack instead it comes with a lightning port for connectivity and headphone jack.

The device is available in six different colors including Black, White, Blue, Red, Coral, and Yellow. Despite being an upper mid-range phone the Mate 20 Lite is featuring a stylish design. On the front, you will find a notch at the top of the display and prominent bezel on the bottom. The notch has dual selfie snappers. The chassis is made up of aluminum. Unlike its predecessor, it has a glass rear which looks quite attractive. The Mate 20 Lite is available in three colors including Sapphire Blue, Black and Platinum Gold.

Last year Huawei introduces accent strip line on the Mate 10s camera setup. This year Huawei opted somewhat similar finish for the Mate 20 Lite. The strip lines differentiate the rear sensors and fingerprint scanner from the rest of the body. The new Mate 20 Lite looks futuristic and stylish as opposed to its predecessor. Although the Mate 20 Lite is a good looking phone but lacks the ravishing look what iPhone XR is offering.


Despite being the iPhone 8 successor, the iPhone XR features a fairly large 6.1-inches display panel. It's an LCD display with a screen resolution of 828 x 1792 pixels. The display pixels density is 326 pixels-per-inch, it is exactly the same as the predecessor iPhone 8.

On the other hand, the Mate 20 Lite has a slightly larger 6.3-inches display with Full HD+ screen resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels. The display aspect ratio is 19.5:9 and the pixels density is 409 pixels-per-inch. In terms of contrast ratio and colors, accuracy both the phones are on the same level as both lacks OLED panel. The display panel on both the phones is pretty much solid like most of the latest mid-rangers. Due to better pixels density, the Mate 20 Lite has an edge in the display department.


Under the hood, the iPhone XR is packed with the company's latest A12 Bionic chipset. The same chipset is powering the XS and XS Max as well. Its a Hexa-core chipset built on the 7nm process. All benchmarks indicate the latest A12 Bionic is a powerhouse which not only crushes the predecessor but also the Snapdragon 845. The A12 Bionic is accompanied with 3GB RAM and built-in native storage is 64GB. The top of the line variant has 256GB and it lacks support for memory expansion via MicroSD.

Being the upper mid-range phone the Mate 20 Lite doesn't have the Huawei's latest Kirin 980 chipset. It is powered up by the Huawei's Octa-core Kirin 710 SoC (Huawei's response to Snapdragon 710)with 4GB RAM. The built-in storage is 64GB and it can be further expanded using MicroSD. As daily driver both the phones is equally good in handling everyday tasks.

Well if you are looking for a powerhouse the iPhone XR is certainly a better option which is way faster than the Mate 20 Lite in handling multi-tasking tasks and HIFI games.

Specs iPhone XR Mate 20 Lite
Display 6.1-inches 6.3-inches
Screen resolution 828 x 1792 pixels 1080 x 2340 pixels
Chipset A12 Bionic Kirin 710
Storage 64,256GB Non-Expandable 64GB Expandable via MicroSD
Rear camera 12MP 20MP with f/1.8 aperture+2MP
Front camera 7MP 24MP with f/2.0 aperture+2MP
USB Lightning port Type-C
Battery 2,942mAh 3,750mAh
OS iOS 12 Android Oreo 8.1 with EMUI 8.2
IP67 Yes No

Due to budget-friendly option, Apple keeps single rear snapper for the iPhone XR. The single rear snapper is 12MP with f/1.8 aperture. The iPhone XR results are pretty awesome in both daylight and low-light scenarios. Apple introduced a new Smart HDR feature which merges several shots to produce the one final stunning shot. Although it can capture portrait shots but not as amazing as iPhone XS due to lack of secondary sensory.

On the other hand, the Mate 20 Lite has dual sensors on the rear side, the primary sensor is a 24MP module with f/1.8 aperture whereas the secondary sensor is a depth-sensing 2MP module to capture portrait shots. The sensors are AI tuned which enhances the device capturing capability after detecting the scenes. This certainly helps to improve the shots capturing capabilities but sometimes AI over process the images.

Up front the iPhone XR has a 7MP sensor whereas the Mate 20 Lite has dual selfie sensors, the primary sensor is 24MP with f/2.0 aperture and the secondary sensor is a 2MP telephoto sensor. The iPhone XR has a number of sensors on the front for the 3D facial recognition AKA Face ID. The Mate 20 Lite also has facial recognition capabilities but not as good and accurate like the iPhone XR.


The iPhone XR is an entry-level offering but still, it has a larger battery cell than the iPhone XS. Its lights are kept on by a 2,942mAh battery which is more than enough to last one day on a single charge. It also supports wireless and fast charging. However, you have to purchase a fast charger and wireless charging pad as an extra accessory.

The Mate 20 Lite has a gigantic 3,750mAh battery cell. On normal usage, it can last more than one day and even on hefty usage, you can end the day with some juice left. It comes with Huawei QuickCharge tech for fast charging. Although the battery cell on the Mate 20 Lite isn't as large as the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro still it is significantly larger than its counterpart.


As OS the Mate 20 Lite is pre-installed with the Android Oreo 8.1 with EMUI 8.2 skin over it. Huawei introduces new Mate 20 flagships with the latest Android Pie but didn't introduce Mate 20 Lite with the Pie flavor considering its a budget-friendly option. Eventually, it will also receive the Android Pie update but the exact time is still in dark.

On the other hand, the iPhone XR is pre-installed with the iOS 12 straight out of the box. The iPhone XR has an advantage of receiving new updates much quicker and also it will receive major OS updates for a longer period.


As far as pricing is a concern the iPhone XR can be purchased at $749 whereas the Mate 20 Lite is announced at £379. In terms of availability, the iPhone XR is more widely available whereas the Mate 20 Lite is initially available in the UK and European market. Later on, the company announced the device as Miamang 7 for the Chinese market.


Both the phones fall in different niches and it is evident right from the start. Despite the fact, the iPhone XR is an entry-level device from Apple but still, it has enough goodies to stand amongst the flagships in the market. The iPhone XR design is more striking and good looking despite being a year older. In the display department, both the devices are on par to each other as both have notch display and LCD display panel. Under the hood, the iPhone XR has the latest best hardware which is certainly way more powerful than the Kirin 710 chipset.

The Mate 20 Lite cameras provide solid performance but the single snapper on the iPhone XR takes lead here. In the battery department, the Mate 20 Lite has longer battery life but it lacks wireless charging support. In the end, we would like to hear our readers thoughts regarding iPhone XR vs Mate 20 Lite in the comments section below. Stay tuned.

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Apple iPhone XR vs Huawei Mate 20 Lite: How they differ?
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Even on an affordable price bracket, Apple's offering features like LCD display, with a camera on par with industry standards as well as the day-long battery life.


Ever since the Huawei P20 Pro came out with a stunning camera setup, the Mate 20 series has also started to look awesome. And this Lite version, even if it's Lite, promises heavy-duty performance.


It's only after going through the specs sheet above that I recalled that the iPhone XR comes with only one back camera. And that too with a smaller lens. Something that's quite opposite to the Mate 20 Lite in this case.


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