The high-end P20 and P20 Pro handsets are not due to be unveiled for another week, but the mid-range Huawei P20 Lite is already out. Well, kind of, as various European retailers have kicked off early pre-orders and even put physical inventory up for grabs in brick and mortar stores over the past week or so.

Meanwhile, the Chinese smartphone market-leading OEM took the wraps off the nova 3e earlier today, and as expected, that’s pretty much an exact replica of the P20 Lite aimed exclusively at the company’s homeland.

Priced at 1,999 yuan ($315) with 64GB internal storage space, and CNY 2,199 ($347) in a 128 gig version, the Huawei nova 3e packs a respectable 4GB RAM and middling in-house Kirin 659 processor.

Thanks to an iPhone X-style notch, the 5.8-incher manages to squeeze all that FHD+ screen real estate into a very compact body, which still accommodates a frontal company logo. The fingerprint scanner is located at the back, alongside a dual camera setup with 16 and 2MP lenses.

The backplate, by the way, is extremely shiny and eye-catching in blue, although it doesn’t look half bad in black, gold or rose gold either. The single 24MP selfie shooter is without a doubt the highlight of the Huawei nova 3e spec sheet, which also includes Android 8.0 Oreo with EMUI 8.0 on top, a fast-charging 3,000mAh battery, microSD card slot, and headphone jack. Actual sales in China are slated to begin on March 27, which just so happens to be the European announcement date of the P20 trio.

Adrian has had an insatiable passion for writing since he was in school and found himself writing philosophical essays about the meaning of life and the differences between light and dark beer. Later, he realized this was pretty much his only marketable skill, so he first created a personal blog (in Romanian) and then discovered his true calling, which is writing about all things tech (in English).

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