Review Huawei P40 Lite — spectacular smartphone for 20 thousand rubles

Обзор Huawei P40 Lite — эффектного смартфона за 20 тысяч рублей

The novelty has many advantages and one important drawback: lack of Google services.

Huawei have not been associated with the budget segment, but struggles to buyer a‑brands such as Apple and Samsung. More interesting to know what happened P40 Huawei Lite — new for the price of 20 thousand rubles. Did the Chinese an attractive balance of price and features or model was released just to fill a hole in the product line? Let’s find out.

Table of contents

  • Specifications
  • Design and ergonomics
  • Screen
  • And performance
  • Sound
  • Camera
  • Autonomy
  • The results

Specifications

Platform Android 10, firmware EMUI 10
Display 6.4 inch, 2 310 × 1080 pixels, LCD, 60 Hz, 398 ppi
Chipset Kirin 810, a graphics accelerator Mali‑MP6 G52
Memory RAM — 6 GB memory — 128 GB; support for NM to 256 GB
Link Hybrid slot NanoSIM, wifi 5, GPS, GLONASS, Bluetooth 5.0 LE, NFC, GSM / GPRS / EDGE / LTE
Sound 3.5 mm audio Jack
Battery 4 200 mAh, fast charging at 40 watts
Dimensions 159,2 × 76,3 × 8.7 mm
Weight 183 grams

Design and ergonomics

You can quibble over the details like a fairly thick frame or plastic bead between the front glass and the aluminum frame, but the overall impression of the build and materials are Huawei P40 Lite excellent. We tested the smartphone in a bright green color, also for fans of rigor is the black version.

Обзор Huawei P40 Lite — эффектного смартфона за 20 тысяч рублей

Photo: Artem Bagdasarov

The screen has rounded corners and a round cutout for the front camera. The lower indent is wider than the rest, under it is the display ribbon cable. Contrary to fashion, the edges of the screen is not curved, that positively affects reliability.

Обзор Huawei P40 Lite — эффектного смартфона за 20 тысяч рублей

Photo: Artem Bagdasarov

And here is the back side of the designers still curved, but this decision is dictated by ergonomics: the smartphone lies comfortably in the palm of your hand. The back is made of plastic, although it looks and feels almost like glass. It is non-slip, but very easily soiled — scrub fingerprints and dust easy.

A square block with cameras may inspire thoughts about iPhone 11, but actually the thing about Huawei: the company first used this solution in a model Mate 20. However, now the lenses are moved from the centre into the top corner, what a similarity with smartphones Apple there.

Обзор Huawei P40 Lite — эффектного смартфона за 20 тысяч рублей

Photo: Artem Bagdasarov

The right side has “rocker” volume button and the power button with an integrated fingerprint scanner. The thumb of the right hand rests directly on the pad sensor, but left-handers will have to relearn.

Below are multimedia speaker, USB Type‑C and — o miracle! — 3.5 mm audio Jack. On the left side sheltered hybrid slot for SIM cards and memory cards NM (the native format Huawei).

Screen

Almost the entire front panel is a display with a diagonal of 6.4 inches and a resolution of Full HD+. The matrix is made by technology LCD, the pixel density is 398 ppi — enough to see the “ladders” on a small text.

Обзор Huawei P40 Lite — эффектного смартфона за 20 тысяч рублей

Обзор Huawei P40 Lite — эффектного смартфона за 20 тысяч рублей

Enabled by default bright color mode, and the picture is a bit “Shinichi”. For accurate color you can select normal palette, also there is a RGB range for fine tuning to suit your tastes.

The viewing angles and black depth is good, although the contrast level of the screen is far to modern AMOLED. The same applies to maximum brightness under direct sunlight the readability drops significantly.

And performance

Huawei P40 Lite running Android 10 shell EMUI 10. Because of the American sanctions on the smartphone is not installed Google services, and if they can add on their own, now the loophole is closed, and the new has not yet found.

Обзор Huawei P40 Lite — эффектного смартфона за 20 тысяч рублей

Обзор Huawei P40 Lite — эффектного смартфона за 20 тысяч рублей

This creates certain difficulties: at least you have to look for alternatives to the popular services, such as navigation applications. Client YouTube on your phone no need to open the video sharing website via the browser.

Huawei offers its own analog of Google Pay, but so far it only works with UnionPay card and is not supported by many online stores and services.

Instead of Google Play in smartphones, the company store AppGallery. It has almost all popular apps and games, and those that are not, you can install from APK files. That’s just not all of them will work fine.

Обзор Huawei P40 Lite — эффектного смартфона за 20 тысяч рублей

Обзор Huawei P40 Lite — эффектного смартфона за 20 тысяч рублей

For example, presented in AppGallery game World of Tanks: Blitz first notifies Google Play services, and then crashes. With due diligence it can still be run, however, there is a likelihood of problems with the authorization, if you went in through “Google Play Games”.

Обзор Huawei P40 Lite — эффектного смартфона за 20 тысяч рублей

With Asphalt 9 the situation is better: the game is fully available on maximum graphics settings.

Обзор Huawei P40 Lite — эффектного смартфона за 20 тысяч рублей

The hardware platform is the chipset of its own design Huawei — Kirin 810 with eight cores (2 × Cortex‑A76, 2.27 GHz; 6 × Cortex‑A55, of 1.88 GHz) and a graphics accelerator Mali‑MP6 G52. RAM — 6 GB internal storage is 128 GB.

The system interface is lightning fast and smooth, apps launch quickly, problems with the network connection also does not arise. Also pleased with the speed of biometric input: fingerprint scanner on the right side is triggered instantly and infallibly, the same applies to unlocking a face. However, the latter uses the front camera and can’t work in complete darkness.

Sound

Huawei did not give the user stereo speakers. Multimedia speaker plays; mono and no different quality: at maximum volume audible overload, the sound becomes sharp and unpleasant.

Обзор Huawei P40 Lite — эффектного смартфона за 20 тысяч рублей

Photo: Artem Bagdasarov

The earpiece is decent, the microphone also cope with the voice capture during calls. That frankly did not like is the vibration motor. Tactile response is weak, quavering, and gives budget-level device.

But for the presence of a 3.5 mm audio Jack put fat plus. So you can connect wired headphones without the adapter, and the AUX in the car. In conjunction with the headphones Beyerdynamic DT 1350 is the volume capacity is sufficient, and the quality is typical for smartphones.

Camera

In Huawei P40 Lite installed four cameras on the back side: standard 48 Megapixels, wide angle at 8 megapixels, 2‑megapixel lens for macro photography and depth sensor. Frontally resolution is 16 MP.

Обзор Huawei P40 Lite — эффектного смартфона за 20 тысяч рублей

Photo: Artem Bagdasarov

Smartphone copes with shooting in different scenarios, however, this set of cameras is puzzling. Why you need a dedicated depth sensor, when neural networks are so well separated objects from the background (think the Google Pixel)? A macro lens is also quite useless thing as it resembles a mobile camera 15 years ago. It would be better for these purposes was supplied with “shirik” autofocus.

Обзор Huawei P40 Lite — эффектного смартфона за 20 тысяч рублей

Обзор Huawei P40 Lite — эффектного смартфона за 20 тысяч рублей

Обзор Huawei P40 Lite — эффектного смартфона за 20 тысяч рублей

Обзор Huawei P40 Lite — эффектного смартфона за 20 тысяч рублей

Обзор Huawei P40 Lite — эффектного смартфона за 20 тысяч рублей

Обзор Huawei P40 Lite — эффектного смартфона за 20 тысяч рублей

Обзор Huawei P40 Lite — эффектного смартфона за 20 тысяч рублей

Обзор Huawei P40 Lite — эффектного смартфона за 20 тысяч рублей

Обзор Huawei P40 Lite — эффектного смартфона за 20 тысяч рублей

Обзор Huawei P40 Lite — эффектного смартфона за 20 тысяч рублей

Обзор Huawei P40 Lite — эффектного смартфона за 20 тысяч рублей

Обзор Huawei P40 Lite — эффектного смартфона за 20 тысяч рублей

Обзор Huawei P40 Lite — эффектного смартфона за 20 тысяч рублей

Обзор Huawei P40 Lite — эффектного смартфона за 20 тысяч рублей

Обзор Huawei P40 Lite — эффектного смартфона за 20 тысяч рублей

Обзор Huawei P40 Lite — эффектного смартфона за 20 тысяч рублей

Обзор Huawei P40 Lite — эффектного смартфона за 20 тысяч рублей

Обзор Huawei P40 Lite — эффектного смартфона за 20 тысяч рублей

Обзор Huawei P40 Lite — эффектного смартфона за 20 тысяч рублей

Обзор Huawei P40 Lite — эффектного смартфона за 20 тысяч рублей

Обзор Huawei P40 Lite — эффектного смартфона за 20 тысяч рублей

Videos are recorded in resolution of 1080p with a frame rate of 30 FPS. No stabilization, stereo sound track.

Autonomy

Inside Huawei P40 Lite installed battery 4 200 mAh. taking into account the efficiency of the processor such capacity is enough for a day of active use (calls, surfing the web, watching videos, some photos and games), while charging the smartphone is asked only in the late evening.

Обзор Huawei P40 Lite — эффектного смартфона за 20 тысяч рублей

Photo: Artem Bagdasarov

The kit includes an adapter Huawei SuperCharge 40 watts. Half an hour from the outlet up the charge by 70%, and the maximum feeding takes about an hour.

The results

At a cost of 20 thousand rubles Huawei P40 Lite offers us a good screen, fast performance, good camera and excellent battery life. All the disadvantages boil down to lack of Google services. If for you this moment is not critical, the smartphone deserves some attention.

The author is grateful to Huawei for giving to test the device. The company had no opportunity to influence the test result.

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