Huawei’s Lite series has been one of the most popular in the mid-range in recent years. Now with Trump’s veto, things are complicated, but Huawei continues to renew it, and this year it has also done so with a model that brings 5G connectivity to the mid-range.
The Huawei P40 Lite 5G has a technical sheet very similar to that of its brother the P40 Lite, with the main difference that the processor is a Kirin 820 with a 5G modem. We have been testing the new mid-range with Huawei’s 5G and we tell you our experience.
Huawei P40 Lite 5G, technical specifications
|HUAWEI P40 LITE 5G|
|SCREEN||6.5-inch IPS LCD|
FullHD + resolution
2,400 x 1,080 pixels
Ratio 19.5: 9
|PROCESSOR||Kirin 820 7 nanometer|
GPU Mali G57
|VERSIONS||6GB / 128GB NMCard|
card up to 256GB
40W supercharge fast charge
|BIOMETRICS||Side fingerprint sensor|
|REAR CAMERAS||64 megapixels f / 1.8|
8 megapixels ultra wide angle f / 2.4
2 megapixels Macro f / 2.4
2 megapixels bokeh f / 2.4
|FRONTAL CAMERA||16 megapixels f / 2.0|
|DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT||162.31 x 75 x 8.58 mm|
WiFi Dual Band
USB Type C 2.0
Sober design and a correct multimedia experience
The Huawei P40 Lite 5G differs from the previous model in that it features a vertical camera module that is aligned to the upper left corner rather than a square camera module. It appears less rough, but it has the disadvantage of protruding significantly and causing the mobile to be crooked when placed on the table. The solution, as is almost always the case, could be to cover it with a protective cover, which is not included in the box in this case.
It is not a small mobile, but it is quite comfortable in hand thanks to its rounded edges
It is not a small mobile, but it is quite comfortable in hand thanks to its rounded edges and the glass on the back is not slippery. The unit we have tested is the black one with a glossy finish, which gives it a distinguished touch when we keep it clean because it is usually full of fingerprints. If we look at the front, we have a fairly clear front thanks to the hole in the screen, but it loses part of that infinite screen effect due to a lower frame much wider than the rest.
Since we are at the front, let’s talk about the screen. We have a 6.5-inch panel with FullHD + resolution and IPS technology, nothing AMOLED as we see in the high range. The experience with the screen is one of the weak points of this terminal and it is because the brightness level is quite fair; It is not necessary to be in direct sunlight so that the reflections make it difficult to see the content. Of course, the automatic brightness is quite fast.
Another point for improvement is that we have somewhat limited viewing angles and there is a lot of shading around the front camera hole. In its favor, the FullHD + gives us plenty of sharpness and the color palette is quite rich. It comes calibrated somewhat cold as standard, but we can configure it from settings to give it a slightly warmer touch.
We can’t talk about multimedia experiences without bringing up the subject of sound. We only have a single speaker at the bottom of the chassis, just to the right of the USB-C port, so we can’t discuss stereo. In its favor, we have more than enough volume to listen even in noisy environments, but the sound is somewhat metallic, sharp, and shrill when turned up to 11. The good news is that we have a minijack and headphones included in the box.
Smooth performance and satisfactory autonomy
As we said at the beginning, the 5G version of the P40 Lite has a Kirin 820 processor equipped with a modem to access next-generation networks. The performance of the chip is very good in day-to-day tasks, without us appreciating jerks in the animations.
However, when we demand more, we can see some fringes that indicate that we are not talking about a high-end range. It moves games with graphic load, but there are some frame drops and I have also encountered a certain lag when handling multitasking in a more demanding way, although it has been very punctual. It is not something that prevents the correct use of the terminal, but there it is. In benchmark tests it achieves a very good score, even when compared to its little brother.
On biometrics, the P40 Lite 5G has a side fingerprint reader and two-dimensional facial recognition. The fingerprint reader is fast and accurate, but the location is not the most comfortable depending on what moments, for example when having it resting on the table. For its part, facial unlocking is very fast, but it is not activated if there is little light or if we are wearing a mask.
|HUAWEI P40 LITE 5G||HUAWEI P40 LITE||XIAOMI REDMI NOTE 9S||REALME 6||SAMSUNG GALAXY A71||MOTOROLA ONE VISION|
|PROCESSOR||Kirin 820||Kirin 810||Snapdragon 720G||MediaTek Helio G90T||Snapdragon 730||Exynos 9609|
|RAM||6 GB||6 GB||4GB||8 GB||6 GB||4GB|
|PC MARK (WORK)||7,960||7,808||8,702||10,840||7,613||6,812|
|GEEKBENCH||3,002 / 9,314 (4.0)||–||546 / 1.607 (5.0)||512 / 1,670 (5.0)||–||1,507 / 4,934 (4.0)|
Software is Huawei’s Achilles heel since Trump’s veto became official. As we have seen in other models such as the Huawei P40 Pro, the Lite version does not include Google apps as standard. With Phone Clone I was able to copy many of the apps that I use every day (including some from Google like Maps) and clone WhatsApp to be able to configure it as the main mobile.
The device is usable, but there are shortcomings, especially if you depend a lot on Google apps. and installing them is not an easy task. In the end, I have made up for these deficiencies by accessing services such as YouTube or Google Drive from the browser.
Huawei P40 Lite 5G Battery
Regarding autonomy, the P40 Lite 5G performs quite well. We have a 4,000 mAh battery (slightly fairer than that of its little brother) that allows us to get through the whole day without visiting the plug without too much difficulty. In our tests, the total time has oscillated between 30 and 24 hours, with about 6 hours of screen, a correct figure that gives us a good experience, but we cannot say that it is exceptional either.
A quad camera that works well
Multiple cameras have flooded the mid-range and in this model we have a good example. Huawei bets on a 64-megapixel main sensor, an 8-megapixel angle sensor and two 2-megapixel sensors, one for the macro and the other to improve the bokeh. But even if we have many cameras, it is not as versatile as it may seem. It would have been more practical to include three and for the third to be a telephoto lens . However, it is in line with many brands that are prioritizing the macro lens over the zoom.
The arrival of 5G comes from the hand of an extra price.
The main novelty of the P40 Lite 5G is, as its name suggests, the arrival of 5G in the mid-range. However, we are already used to this coming from the hand of a price increase and in this case, it is not little. From the 299 euros of the normal version (it can already be obtained for 259 euros) we go to 399 euros, a figure that is already close to what we could call premium mid-range. It is clear that 5G is an extra cost, the question is whether today it is worth paying for it, and more so in this case that it is a mid-range with a lack as clear as that of software.