Outside of the design, there are some key differences between these phones. The Mate 20 Lite has the higher-resolution screen and larger battery, while the iPhone XR packs in more power and likely has the better camera of the two.
And it’s a mixed initial result, given all of that. These phones are worth comparing as the lesser siblings of full-bodied flagships, but in key ways, they’re not directly comparable. The iPhone XR is still a flagship at heart, albeit one diminished by some trimmed features and specs. The Mate 20 Lite, on the other hand, is clearly an upper mid-range Android phone.
But at the end of the day, the Mate 20 Lite is about half the price at £379, while the iPhone XR will sell for £749+. Right now, we’re not convinced that the iPhone XR will be considered a good value for what it offers. But if you want a high-quality, lower-cost handset, the OnePlus 6, Honor 9 Lite, and Moto G6 Plus land higher on our list of alternatives.
In any case, we can’t make a definitive verdict here until we review the Apple iPhone XR later this month, so stay tuned.