Huawei P40 Lite: Another Win for Huawei
Moe from Mondo / 27-01-2021 / Reviews
Huawei had their work cut out for them launching the P40 Lite as part of their first major smartphone range from the tech giants without Google Mobile Services. There was no room for error and the company more than made up for it with this strong mid-tier smartphone from their flagship P range, featuring the all-new AppGallery app store and Huawei’s own version of the Android OS.
Under the Hood
Processing power is where the P40 Lite smashes its rivals. Sporting a home-grown HiSilicon Kirin 810 Octa-Core processor, it’s a massive step up from the previous Kirin 710. Huawei paired the processor with 6GB of RAM which makes for a speedy, responsive experience. You can take on HD gaming or play multiple HD videos without any lag.
On the storage front, you get 128GB of onboard capacity with the possibility of adding a microSD card up to 256GB. Since there’s no Google Android, you get the EMUI operating system, which is similar to the Android 10 experience.
Screen and Body
The P40 Lite has a distinct appearance and stands out from the rest of the P40 range. This version has more rounded corners which makes it user-friendly and comfortable to use. The front-facing camera is situated in the left corner which disappears under the phone’s black status bar. The device feels sturdy in the hand and is available in Sakura Pink and Midnight Black.
In terms of the display, you can expect a 6.4-inch FHD+ LCD screen which produces striking colours with sharp clarity.
Quad Camera Setup
The Huawei P40 Lite sports four rear camera lenses which are perfect for the budding photographer. Users have become accustomed to Huawei’s quality cameras and won’t be disappointed with the primary 48MP camera that handles most of the heavy lifting. The 8MP Ultra Wide Angle lens offers a 120-degree view while the 2MP Macro lens allows you to snap clear close-ups. You can take cinematic portraits with the 2MP Bokeh lens while the selfie camera is a 16MP lens that offers a fantastic Night Mode.
Huawei paired the P40 Lite with a 4,200mAh battery which can run two full days with normal use. You get the benefit of fast charging with a 40W fast charger included in the box. According to the company, they estimate a full charge from zero within an hour.
You’ll be pleased to know that Huawei has kept the 3.5-millimetre headphone jack and have included a fingerprint sensor on the side power button.
The Huawei P40 Lite is a strong mid-tier competitor that offers you a fantastic camera experience on a budget. It will take some getting used to not having Google services but the device punches above its weight and is well worth a look.