Huawei P30 Lite – Introduction
As the name suggests, the P30 Lite rejects several key features of the high-end P30 phones but aims to retain the spirit of the P30 series by offering outstanding high-end design as well as adept camera configuration. Apart from the drop-shaped notch and colorful patterns on the back, the P30 Lite has little in common with its siblings.
Specifications are reduced from the P30 and P30 Pro to include lower internal components such as the Huawei Kirin 710 mid-range chipset and a modest three-camera configuration. But the competition, especially thanks to Huawei, is tough on the budget market. That’s about how Huawei has given us the P30 Lite, a resounding ringtone for the P30 and P30 Probut models, which will leave you a much happier bank balance. But what features made it possible to reduce costs, and what did not work?
Huawei P30 Lite – Design
There is not much to say in the front of the phone – the P30 Lite looks like its big brothers. OK, the screen frame is a little beefier, but you still get the same teardrop notch at the top, the same USB-C port, the speaker grill, and the 3.5mm headphone jack at the bottom, the same triple network). The only major gift is the physical fingerprint sensor.
Scanning on the screen will not fly at this price, but the alternative is well placed at the back of the phone and (whispered) even faster than the more expensive P30. The materials do not feel as upscale, though. There is no Gorilla glass that protects the screen, it is not water resistant and the glossy back is a real magnet for fingerprints, even if the peacock blue color is a stunning product.
Huawei P30 Lite – Display
Turning around, you’ll find a large 6.15-inch Full HD LCD that takes up just over 84% of the front panel. The borders are thin on the sides and the corners are elegantly rounded, although there is a little chin at the bottom. Watching videos and watching content on this screen has been a good experience so far.
The display is superb for a budget phone with abundant brightness, clear quality but not too sharp and superb color reproduction. The dewdrop notch is much less intrusive than the wider notches we’ve seen on other phones and usually stays out of the way. While the IPS LCD is perhaps not as powerful as the QHD displays on Samsung’s higher-end smartphones or AMOLED displays on its Galaxy A budget line, it’s way beyond its weight compared to most phones of this price.
Huawei P30 Lite – Camera
It was inevitable that photography would be the place where the P30 Lite would be most successful. The goals of the Leica brand on the P30 are not cheap after all. However, you still have a three-camera configuration, and on paper they all seem very useful. The main snapper is a huge 48MP, with f / 1.8 lens and phase detection autofocus. The secondary ultrafine sensor drops to 8 MPa, while the 2 MP depth sensor is really only there to simulate a bokeh blur a little better than with software alone.
All of these pixels do a great job of capturing light, with pixel-binning software snaps your shots up to 12MP for optimal image quality. Scene recognition also adjusts your shots according to the lens of the camera. There is a noticeable drop when switching to the wide-angle lens, but it is convenient to further adjust the frame at a time.
Huawei P30 Lite – Battery & Performance
The P30 Lite is powered by Huawei’s own Kirin 710 mobile processor; a little lower than the Kirin 980 nippy chip found in both the classic P30 and P30 Pro models. This octa-core processor uses a longer 12-nm manufacturing process and includes four 2.2 GHz cores, as well as four 1.7 GHz cores. It works with 4GB of RAM for multitasking and 128GB of internal storage, which can be expanded via microSD.
As a result, the P30 Lite runs Android 9 immediately with Huawei’s cleaned EMUI 9 skin. It includes many features that you can enable to make your life easier, such as gesture support, performance and battery optimization, and a simpler settings menu that you can access easily.
The battery of the P30 Lite is rather small, at 3,340 mAh, but with modest internal equipment, it will probably not be taxed as much. We anticipate that the phone’s tank will last a day of moderate use, including video streaming and social media scrolling.
Huawei P30 Lite – Specification
- Display – 6.15in, 2312×1080 LCD w/ 19.3:9 aspect ratio
- CPU – HiSilicon Kirin 710 octa-core
- Memory – 4GB RAM
- Camera – 48MP, f/1.8 main, 8MP ultrawide & 2MP depth sensor triple rear w/ phase detect autofocus, LED flash. 24MP, f/2.0 front
- Storage – 128GB on-board, microSD expansion
- OS – Android 9 Pie w/ EMUI 9.0
- Battery – 3340mAh non-removable
- Dimensions – 153x73x7.4mm, 159g
Huawei P30 Lite – Conclusion
Huawei has so confused the distinctions between budget phones and consumer phones that we are rarely surprised when the company publishes a competent phone at great prices that exceeds expectations. This P30 Lite pushes this envelope a little further by offering a very neat design, a superb screen and a powerful camera configuration with intelligent intelligence to boot.
Performance and games on the phone will probably hold you back, but the phone can handle most tasks pretty well for casual users. You can easily get moderate use for several days with conservative battery capacity and, if you run out of stock, the phone can recharge fast enough with the supplied quick charger.