Huawei P40 Lite Review: So Close to be a Good Plan

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Like its big brothers, the Huawei P40 Lite is also not entitled to Google services. However, it has the ambition to establish itself as a good quality/price ratio by relying on the alternative of Huawei Mobile Services. Let’s find out what’s in his stomach with this comprehensive test.

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Is an accessible price enough to make people forget the absence of Google services? This is the question we will try to answer in this comprehensive test of the Huawei P40 Lite. Indeed, this issue sums up the whole challenge of this smartphone.

HUAWEI P40 LITE DATA SHEET

ModelHuawei P40 Lite
OS versionAndroid 10 Q
Manufacturer interfaceEMUI
Screen size6.4 inches
Definition2310 x 1080 pixels
Pixel density398 PPP
TechnologyLCD
SoCKirin 810
Graphics chip (GPU)Mali G52 MP6
Random-access memory (RAM)6 G
Internal memory (flash)128 G
Camera (back)Sensor 1: 48 MP
Sensor 2: 8 MP
Sensor 3: 2 MP
Sensor 4: 2 MP
Camera (front)16 Mpx
Video recording1080p
Wi-FiWi-Fi 5 (ac)
Bluetooth5.0
Supported bands2100 MHz (B1), 800 MHz (B20), 1800 MHz (B3), 2600 MHz (B7), 700 MHz (B28)
NFCYes
Fingerprint sensorYes
Ports (inputs / outputs)USB Type-C
Battery4200 mAh
Dimensions76.3 x 159.2 x 8.7mm
Weight183 grams
ColorBlack, Green, Rose
Price200$+

 

Simple But Pleasant Design

The Huawei P40 Lite does not take advantage of the licked finishes of its high-end brothers. The feeling in hand is significantly less delicate, less licked. It’s not unpleasant, it’s just more classic. An impression reinforced by the flat screen of the device framed by fairly visible borders. Again, this is not a flaw, but simply proof that the phone is more about value for money than excellence.

The screen is precisely pierced in the upper left corner to make room for the front photosensor. The punch is not the most discreet, but it does not hinder immersion too much.

The back of Huawei P40 Lite The front of Huawei P40 Lite

On the back, the plastic surface tries to imitate a glass effect. You can’t be deceived, but it’s still well done. The square photo module in the top left housing four sensors hardly protrudes in relief: a very good point for the Huawei P40 Lite when it is placed flat.

The fingerprint reader is positioned on the right side of the phone, well in the middle of the edge, and also acts as an unlock button. Just above, there are the volume keys found. On the bottom, the 3.5 mm jack plug is next to the USB-C port.

It has a jack plug Huawei P40 Lite's pierced screen The fingerprint reader also acts as an unlock button

Overall, therefore this is a very classic design that we are dealing with. We especially welcome the lightweight of the P40 Lite: 183 grams on the scale. In addition, without being compact, the phone offers fairly contained dimensions.

Lighter Screen

The 6.4-inch IPS LCD screen of the Huawei P40 Lite is quite decent with its Full HD + definition, even if its brightness is struggling to reach new heights. With a maximum evaluated at 411 cd/m², the slab can indeed be a little fair in certain situations where the sun is beating very hard. Fortunately, we can count on a very satisfactory contrast of 1317:1.

The lower border of the Huawei P40 Lite

In addition, the Huawei P40 Lite shows itself capable of displaying a fairly wide palette of colors which is always an interesting quality for those who want to watch video content comfortably.

Our colorimetric probe and Calman software from Portrait Displays measure the coverage of the RGB space at 143%. The DCI-P3 space, which is larger and therefore more complicated to fill is 96% covered. It’s far from being ridiculous for a smartphone at this price.

By default, the phone is set to mode displaying bright colors. We thus end up with a temperature drawing a lot on blue – 8180 K when the ideal is at 6500 K – and tones which lack a little fidelity to reality. We measure an average Delta E at 5.21 on the DCI-P3 when this index should tend towards 3 instead.

The average Delta E of the Huawei P40 Lite is 5.21 on the DCI-P3 with the default color mode

To counterbalance this, you can opt for “normal” colors which change the temperature to around 6700 K. Alas, we lose in the plurality of colors by doing so. So the idea seems to keep the tones lively while adjusting the slider of the palette towards the shades of red to find a good balance.

Note that the screen refresh of the Huawei P40 Lite does not vary from conventional 60 Hz.

Difficult to Forget Google Services

EMUI 10 is in action on the Huawei P40 Lite. The home interface is based on Android 10 but is not eligible for Google services or the Play Store due to the US embargo. We have already spoken at length about the constraints that this poses to users in the P40 Pro test and we invite you to go and check it for more information.

The default P40 Lite home screen The P40 Lite shortcuts panel Huawei P40 Lite takes advantage of a dark mode The AppGallery store

Broadly speaking, Huawei has made frankly notable efforts to improve the viability of its ecosystem without Google, but there is still a very long way to go before it can recommend the experience to you.

It should be noted that a few weeks before the publication of this test, Huawei deployed the Petal Search application grouping together three functionalities: the search for applications from several sources (AppGallery, third-party stores or official developer sites), a news feed and the Qwant search engine which has allied with the Chinese manufacturers.

Audio: A Powerful But Classic Speaker

It’s not a surprise for a phone at this price: the quality of the speaker is nothing exceptional, nor is it disappointing. You can forget about the stereo experience and settle for a powerful sound that transcribes the different tones quite well, despite some difficulties on the treble which saturates from time to time, when the bass could be a little more emphasized.

Nothing to report on the audio quality with wired headphones.

A Versatile Photo Smartphone

The Huawei P40 Lite follows fashion and has a quadruple-camera on the back. The 48-megapixel (f/1.8) main sensor comes with an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens with a 120-degree (f/2.4) field of view. The other two sensors each have a definition of 2 megapixels and a lens opening to f/2.4 and are used to manage the depth for portraits and macro shots.

The camera of the Huawei P40 Lite

The phone is capable of taking very nice daytime photos with detailed images and colors that stand out well, with a contrast that highlights them well, without doing too much overall.

The dynamics are also very good. Some areas may be very slightly underexposed when another area of the scene is very bright, but that’s nothing shocking.

At night, the quality of the photos is greatly deteriorated due to the blurring that permeates all the shots that are taken under these conditions. There is a rather unpleasant grain that appears in the image.

Mode Night Mode Night

Fortunately, activating the night mode largely makes up for it. The quality in itself is not necessarily better, but the better lit scene becomes more pleasant to look at.

 

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Regarding the ultra-wide-angle, it is very effective overall and it will ultimately be criticized for offering shots a little fair in terms of brightness.
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Portrait mode is very successful, even if the background can quickly be overexposed depending on the situation. But overall, the face is always well put forward with a fairly precise cutout compared to the blur.
Finally, macro mode is not bad at all, but, even if it is redundant from one smartphone test to another, remember that this function is not really essential. The low definition of the images thus generated makes it irrelevant.
Macro Mode
On the front, the 16-megapixel front sensor makes it possible to take very good selfies with details that are very well saved on the face. Perfect for narcissists.
In the video, you can shoot up to 1080p at 30 fps.

GOOD KIRIN 810

On paper, the Huawei P40 Lite is far from lacking in performance. With his Kirin 810, it indeed has the capacity to make certain gourmet 3D video games run very well. Unfortunately, Fortnite does not include the phone in its list of compatible devices and a popular game like Call of Duty Mobile also refuses to launch, this time for reasons that seem related to the absence of the Google Play Store – the game still works on the P40 Pro.

Huawei P40 LiteXiaomi Redmi Note 9 ProRealme 6 ProXiaomi Redmi Note 9S
SoCKirin 810Snapdragon 720GSnapdragon 720GSnapdragon 720G
AnTuTu 8.x305 151276 347279 164272 446
PCMark 2.07 8477 70410 3037 847
3DMark Sling Shot Extreme2 8232 5182 5232 519
3DMark Slingshot Extreme Graphics2 7062 3712 3802 366
3DMark Slingshot Extreme Physics3 3243 2143 19_3 253
GFXBench Aztec Vulkan High (onscreen / offscreen)8,5 / 6,4 FPS10 / 6,7 FPS11 / 7 FPS10 / 6,6 FPS
GFX Bench Car Chase (onscreen/offscreen)18 / 21 FPS16 / 18 FPS16 / 18 FPS15 / 17 FPS
GFX Bench Manhattan (onscreen/offscreen)48 / 53 FPS38 / 42 FPS37 / 41 FPS37 / 40 FPS
Sequential read / write897 / 174 Mo/s500 / 205 Mo/s513 / 204 Mo/s489 / 171 Mo/s
Random read / write40,4k / 44k IOPS34,4k / 29k IOPS40,3k / 31,8k IOPS31,3k / 29,1k IOPS

PUBG, however, runs smoothly with HD quality and a high display frequency. In other words, once you find a title compatible with the Huawei P40 Lite, you can enjoy an almost flawless and always fluid gaming experience. But there you have to find it …

A Well-enduring Smartphone

The Huawei P40 Lite is really very good in terms of battery life. It’s not the most enduring device on the planet, but it clearly knows how to be reassuring. The fall in the percentage of battery is very slow throughout the day, even by launching several applications in succession and by multiplying the uses (taking a photo, watching videos, web browsing…).

Nothing too surprising given its 4200 mAh battery. The phone does not dishonor its big brothers in the high-end who also rank among the good students in this area. Thus, the Huawei P40 Lite holds up well for a day and a half on a charge with active use. The two full days are still a little harder to fetch but do not panic, the charger delivered with the device offers a power of 40 W for a fast charge.

Huawei P40 Lite Network And Communication

The Huawei P40 Lite is compatible with 4G frequency bands. I encountered no problem in the region to hook up Orange’s 4G network.

In addition, the phone has no problem telling you your location accurately – just remember in this regard that the Google Maps application is not available to avoid unpleasant surprises.

When it comes to calls, the Huawei P40 Lite is excellent at effectively filtering out noises around you. The too-frequent engine roaring on a Parisian boulevard will not interfere with the intelligibility of your voice which, moreover, is not too compressed.

Huawei P40 Lite Price And Availability

The Huawei P40 Lite is available at the recommended price of 200 dollars.

 

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