Huawei introduced us this year to the Huawei P40 Lite, one of its bets to try to conquer the mid-range Android smartphone market.
In the last few days we analyzed this equipment and now we tell how our experience was.
Huawei remains strong in the smartphone market, and is preparing to launch the P40 series as early as March 26.
If we all know models like the P30 or Mate 30 that stand out in the high range, the truth is that the Chinese brand also has a lot of market in the mid range. Certainly many remember the P8 Lite, which has become one of Huawei's best-selling and best-known models in our country and which has been renewed year after year.
For this year, Huawei launched the P40 Lite, a model redesigned with new market trends. However, taking into account the divergences that the Chinese brand maintains with the American government, this is also the first mid-range model launched without Google services. Is it possible to survive without the Play Store? Let's find out.
General features of Huawei P40 Lite
This new smartphone then comes to us with a 6.4 ″ IPS LCD screen with a 19.5: 9 ratio and FullHD + resolution (2310 × 1080 pixels). Accompanying it will be a Kirin 810 processor, built in 7nm, and a GPU Mali G52.
At the level of RAM and ROM there will be only one option, being available with 6 Gb + 128 Gb, which can be expanded with an NMCard up to 256 Gb.
For photography we have a set of four cameras led by a 48 MP sensor with f / 1.8 aperture and wide angle lens. To this is added a sensor with 8 MP with aperture f / 2.4 and super wide angle lens, a sensor of 2 MP with aperture f / 2.4 and bokeh lens and, finally, a sensor of 2 MP with aperture f / 2.4 with macro lens. The front camera is inserted in the screen, in the style of Punch-hole, with 16 MP and f / 2.0 aperture.
At the battery level we find a capacity of 4200 mAh with fast charging of 40W. In addition, we will also have 4G, WiFi 5, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, USB Type C and 3.5mm jack. The fingerprint reader is located on the side of the equipment and in relation to the software we will have the EMUI 10, based on Android 10.
The P40 Lite will be available in Midnight Black, Crush Green and Sakura Pink.
- 6.4 ″ IPS LCD (1080 x 2310 pixels), density ~ 398 dpi
- Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5
- HiSilicon Kirin 810 Octa-core (2 × 2.27 GHz Cortex-A76 and 6 × 1.88 GHz Cortex-A55)
- GPU: Mali-G52 MP6
- Android 10 with EMUI 10 interface
- 128 GB of internal storage with expansion up to 256 GB per NM card and 6 GB RAM
- Main (rear): Quadcamera 48 MP f / 1.8 Wide Angle + 8 MP f / 2.4 Ultra Wide Angle + 2 MP f / 2.4 Bokeh + 2 MP f / 2.4 Macro
- Secondary (front): 16 MP f / 2.0
Dimensions and weight
- 159.2 x 76.3 x 8.7 mm, 183 g
- Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac
- GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS, QZSS
- Bluetooth 5.0
- USB v2.0 Type-C 1.0
- Li-Po 4200 mAh, non-removable with 40W fast charge
- Midnight Black, Crush Green and Sakura Pink
- Price: 299 € (Recommended price for Portugal)
In the box
- Huawei P40 Lite
- Screen protector (already installed)
- Type-C cable
- Wall charger
Mid-range equipment with a renewed appearance
With the P40 Lite, Huawei has slightly revamped the look of this range, giving it a slightly more premium look. At the rear it introduced a set of 4 cameras with a slight projection, which started to cohabit in the rear with only the brand logo. The fingerprint sensor, which has always been placed at the rear, has moved to the side of the equipment, a place that I personally like a lot, but that should only be useful for right-handed people.
At the construction level we find a robust equipment, with glass in the front, a premium plastic in the rear that looks like glass and a plastic on the sides that looks like aluminum. In terms of dimensions, they are not at all exaggerated, since it fits well in the hand and is easy to handle. However, the 8.7 mm thickness can be considered a bit exaggerated, although the curvature of the rear helps to reduce the impact on handling.
The sound of the speaker has good quality and the volume is also well leveled, presenting a good performance both when listening to a video on Youtube, while playing or on call. As we only have one column at the base, it is important to be careful not to drown it out.
At the front we have a 6.4 ″ LCD IPS screen with a camera cut out on the Punch-Hole screen. Above, taking advantage of a thin frame, we find the handset and, below, we find a somewhat larger frame, but without the presence of the logo of the brand that passed back.
At the top there is only one microphone, while at the base is the USB type-C connector, the speaker, the 3.5mm jack and another microphone.
On the left side is the slot for two microSIM cards, if you want to use in Dual Sim mode, you can also choose to use 1 microSIM card plus an NM card. On the right side are the volume control buttons and the on / off button that integrates the fingerprint sensor.
Finally, at the rear we find the quadruple camera system, placed in a space with a slight projection, and the LED flash.
Huawei P40 Lite – The attack on the mid-range without Play Store
The Huawei P40 Lite is Huawei's big bet for the mid-range. In this equipment we find strong arguments to compete with the competition of this range, although it starts with a disadvantage. Google app store failure to support may be a problem, which the brand tries to overcome with its own app store and its backup app.
EMUI 10 interface
As is already common in Huawei equipment, the P40 Lite brings Android 10 with an interface customized by the brand, the EMUI 10.
Here we find a beautiful and easy to use system, with plenty of customizable options for the user to adapt their experience. When starting the first time, we will run the traditional initial configuration area, without ever requiring a Google account, since this smartphone does not integrate the services and applications of the American company.
Upon entering the smartphone, we find a home screen populated with all apps, divided by tabs and folders. If you prefer to have everything stored in a single zone, it is possible to activate the application drawer.
In the leftmost tab, we can find Huawei Assistant, a personalized zone for the user with shortcuts, news, information, the number of steps, a search zone and other modules that can be defined for quick access.
For day-to-day, Huawei offers several applications (calendar, music, file manager, themes, health, etc.) that reduce the need for third-party applications. In addition, we highlight the Support application, where you can report problems, perform diagnostics and ask for technical assistance. We also find the Manager application that allows you to optimize or clean the system, manage the use of the data connection, access the antivirus, among other tools.
In the definitions, in addition to the traditional options, we can also find the following options:
- Dark mode – The EMUI 10 features a dark mode option to help save battery and make the system less aggressive to the eyes.
- Smart resolution – In order to save battery, you can choose a high resolution (2310 x 1080) or low resolution (1540 x 720). Alternatively, we can activate intelligent resolution, letting the system automatically opt for the one most appropriate for the moment.
- Notch – The P40 Lite features a Punch Hole camera cut out on the screen. If you don't like to see the camera isolated in the upper left corner, you can choose to hide the notch, which will fill the top bar with black in order to hide the camera circle.
- Huawei Histen – In order to improve sound reproduction with headphones, Huawei has included an option that allows you to customize the sound effects when listening to music with this accessory.
- Game Center and App Assistant – In order to improve the gaming experience and launch an alternative to Google Play Games, Huawei launched the Game Center and App assistant, which allow you to combine the different games on a single platform (soon), speed up the game performance, limit notifications and add peripherals.
- Digital balance – In view of the growing concern of brands to help control the prolonged use of smartphones and applications, Huawei offers the function of digital balance, configurable for the user or for a child (with support for parental control). Here you can monitor the time of use of the equipment and each application and define time limitations or rest periods.
- One-hand mode – With the screens getting bigger and bigger, Huawei offers a one-hand mode that allows, through gestures, to reduce the useful screen area, making it easier to access all corners.
- Easy mode – In order to adapt to people with less practice when using touch or Android devices, EMUI has an easy mode, to simplify all interaction with the P40 Lite.
- System navigation – Since we have a full view screen, EMUI 10 allows the user to choose how they want to navigate. As options there are gestures, three button navigation and the floating button. In the day-to-day I used the gesture option which, after a slight acclimation curve, is easy to use. However, the backward movement (movement from the left margin to the center of the screen) can sometimes be difficult to do due to the size of the screen.