Huawei Mate 10 Lite Review: Phone And Loudspeaker, Apps, Media, Audio Quality

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The Mate 10 Lite dialer has a shared interface with the contacts app. There are no groundbreaking features here, but there is nothing missing either.

Smart dialing • contacts • a contact

The dual-SIM settings menu (where available) lets you rename the SIM cards, disable them, and select which one does calls or data by default.


There is one speaker on the Mate 10 Lite and it's at the bottom. It scored a Very Good imprint in our loudness test. The sound quality is very good, too, but not as impressive as on the Mate 10. The sound is a bit shallow, but we've heard a lot worse, so for the mid-range class we'd say the Mate 10 Lite does just great.

Speakerphone testVoice, dB Pink noise/ Music, dB Ringing phone, dB Overall score

Huawei Mate S 66.0 65.8 66.6 Below Average

Oppo F5 63.5 70.8 71.5 Average

Oppo R11s 67.8 72.9 73.3 Good

Motorola Moto X4 67.2 71.1 80.7 Good

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (S625) 67.3 70.3 81.5 Very Good

Huawei P10 Lite 68.5 72.5 80.1 Very Good

Huawei Mate 10 Lite 67.8 71.0 84.5 Very Good

HTC U11 Life 70.9 75.3 88.0 Excellent

Xiaomi Mi A1 74.0 73.9 90.4 Excellent

Huawei Mate 10 90.6 73.7 84.0 Excellent

Sony Xperia XA1 Plus 88.9 77.8 84.6 Excellent

Pre-installed apps

There are a few apps pre-installed on the Mate 10 Lite. Among the more notable ones is the Health app, which tracks steps and calculates calories, but can also supposedly count the number of floors you've climbed.

Health app

You also have a ton of basic tools preloaded, including a proper file manager, calendar app, notes, weather, compass, sound recorder, and flashlight.

Very fine file manager • Files • voice recorder • calendar

Pictures, video, and music

The Huawei Mate 10 Lite comes with the familiar EMUI gallery on board. In addition to your capturing camera roll, it offers sorting by albums, or smart sorting by subject, places, events, among others.

The EMUI gallery has its own image editor, if needed, and it also works with variable aperture shots for adjusting the bokeh effects post factum.

The EMUI gallery

The Mate 10 Lite also comes with a pre-installed Video app, which offers basic controls but supports pop-up play.

Video app

The EMUI's Music app is very nice. Its background changes dynamically to match the album art, which is a nice small touch. Lyrics are available and downloaded automatically. Finally, Huawei's Histen sound effects are available on the Mate 10 and include equalizers and simulated 3D audio.

Music app • Now Playing • Lyrics • Sound settings • Equalizer

Audio output is quiet but clear

The Huawei Mate 10 Lite did well in our audio quality test as far as the accuracy of its output is concerned. The phablet had no weak points to its performance with an active external amplifier and plugging in a pair of headphones caused very small damage.

Loudness wasn’t nearly as impressive though and the Mate 10 Lite was well below average in both runs. That might be worth keeping in mind in case you have high-impedance headphones as the smartphone might be unable to produce loud enough output.

TestFrequency responseNoise levelDynamic rangeTHDIMD + NoiseStereo crosstalk

Huawei Mate 10 Lite+0.03, -0.03-

Huawei Mate 10 Lite (headphones)+0.13, -0.24-88.688.60.00500.148-61.2

Huawei P10 Lite+0.04, -0.02-

Huawei P10 Lite (headphones)+0.13, -0.05-87.487.70.0140.084-75.9

Oppo F5+0.06, -0.08-93.593.30.00200.0071-93.2

Oppo F5 (headphones)+0.64, -0.07-89.391.30.00930.361-52.0

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017)+0.05, -0.28-91.992.20.00370.051-90.3

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) (headphones attached)+0.18, -0.05-

Huawei Mate 10 Lite frequency response

You can learn more about the tested parameters and the whole testing process here.



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