Larger Display, faster processor and other camera-apart from the 5G wireless standard, these are the biggest differences from the P40 Lite. Is that enough against the competition even without Google services?
The P40 Lite 5G is Huawei’s cheapest Smartphone with 5G, just at the Start of the new mobile technology it is massively advertised. But as with the Huawei P40 (review) it comes without Google services. We test the Smartphone, which can score points on paper.
The Huawei P40 Lite 5G with its 162 × 75 × 8.5 mm is not a small Smartphone, even the weight of 189 grams is anything but low. Thanks to the strongly rounded edges on the back, it nestles well in the palm. The transition to the frame is noticeable, but does not interfere. However, the profile of the frame to the Front is somewhat sharp-edged, but this is mainly due to the protective film applied at the factory. If the user removes them, there is nothing to complain about in the haptics except the typical slipperiness and susceptibility to fingerprints from Smartphones with shiny surfaces.
The slipperiness of the P40 Lite 5G is almost as high as on models with glass back, but it is made of plastic like the frame. This slightly reduces the impression of value, but overall the Huawei model still makes a sufficiently high-quality impression. The one on the Front is supported by comparatively little edge around the Display and the modern Punchhole Notch, through which the front camera peeps. Only a few details reveal the relatively low price of the 5G smartphone, including the wider edge below the display, which gives the device a slightly asymmetrical appearance. Another note is the fingerprint sensor, which is not installed in the Panel, but in the power button on the right side. All in all, the back offers the higher quality view with its slightly protruding camera unit equipped with four lenses.
Small – as already indicated – the Huawei P40 Lite 5G can not be at all, because on its Front flaunts a proud 6.5 inch LTPS Display. The P40 Lite without 5G comes here only 6.4 inches. The Screen of the 5G can not keep up with a decent OLED Screen as with the more expensive P40 models in terms of Black value and color intensity, but still performs well overall in view of the price range.
This is due, on the one hand, to the resolution of 2400 × 1080 pixels, which ensures image sharpness of just over 400 pixels per inch, and, on the other hand, to the sufficiently high brightness of around 550 cd/m2. This is a good average for an LCD and, together with suitable viewing angle stability, ensures that everything can be read comfortably even outdoors in most cases. A notification LED is missing, because of the renunciation of OLED also an Always-On Display. Even at the refresh rate there is no surprise, the P40 Lite 5G comes with 60 Hz standard food.
The eye-catching presentation of the four camera lenses on the back of the Huawei P40 Lite 5G unfortunately only shows up on closer inspection as a typical cheat pack, which many Chinese manufacturers currently use. Usable only in the main camera, now with 64-Megapixel (f/1.8 aperture) instead of 48-megapixels in the non-5G model and the wide-angle optic with significantly lower 8 megapixels and an aperture of f/2.4 are, in fact. The other two lenses set to only 2 megapixels and f/2.4 for Macro and Bokeh shots are used, both of which experience is dispensable. These eternally identical statements about macro cameras with such low resolution and depth sensors per se are annoying in the long run, but so far no manufacturer has been able to convince through quality despite or perhaps because of such a combination. Therefore very clearly, dear Huawei out there: save such alibi lenses and put the money in higher quality other technology!
In the wide-angle camera. Although the P40 Lite 5G is not bad at image sharpness, it could have tolerated a few more megapixels and, above all, more saturated colors as well as better image dynamics. This is the main difference of the main camera to higher priced models. During the day, the Pixel Binning makes 16 Megapixel images appealing in terms of sharpness and level of detail, and the natural colour scheme is also a plus . This can otherwise be intensified with the help of the artificial intelligence of the P40 Lite 5G. However, in most cases, images with strong differences in brightness within a single image do not show such a homogeneous and natural image as, for example, the much more expensive Pro model (test report).
Photos with full 64 Megapixel resolution are possible, but in most cases are not worthwhile. If so, then this should only be attempted in good lighting conditions, but the increase in image sharpness and Details in Relation to the clearly increased memory requirement (about Factor 3) of corresponding images is not worthwhile. In low light conditions the image quality drops quickly below the Level of the otherwise Huawei typical good shots in night mode. Especially in Relation to the price of the P40 Lite 5G they are quite sharp and low noise.
Portrait shots are generally fine, the demarcation of foreground and background works properly. Google impressively shows with its Pixel Phones that this does not necessarily require a special depth sensor. Even pictures of the macro camera can not really convince, but it simply lacks sharpness. Compared to some other competing products with the same technical data, it is even slightly better with regard to sharpness and noise behavior, but macro shots live mainly from sharpness, Details and again sharpness – but this is not enough with the P40 Lite 5G again.
Selfies with the 16-Megapixel camera are sufficiently clear and offer good color reproduction – provided that the correct focus point is met due to a lack of autofocus. For Videos that are sufficiently stabilized with both selfie and main camera in the 300-euro class, the results up to 4K/30 shots are neat. In contrast to sometimes much more expensive Xiaomi models such as the Mi 10 (test report), users are allowed to switch between the main and wide-angle camera during shots.
Instead of the Kirin 810, which is in the Huawei P40 Lite, the 5G variant of the P40 Lite has the newer Kirin 820. it has four Cortex-A76 cores and four A55 cores (instead of 2/6) and, together with the more powerful Mali-57 MP6 GPU, is not far below the performance level of the Kirin 880 in last year’s top model, the Huawei P30 Pro (review). With its 6 GB RAM, the P40 Lite 5G scores 360,000 points in the Antutu Test, making it a good 20 percent stronger than the non-5G product. This makes itself felt positively in everyday life. Inputs are followed quickly and directly in most cases, there are usually no jerkers. Thanks to the large memory, Multitasking is not a Problem and even many open browser tabs are hardly noticeable negatively. Normal game fans get no problems in terms of performance with the P40 Lite 5G, only in exceptional cases a reduction of the graphics may be necessary. For hard-Core gamers, there is still no way around a smartphone with Snapdragon 865.
The power dispenser of the P40 Lite 5G offers 4000 mAh. This does not make the Huawei model a long-term runner, but in the battery Test from PCmark, the Smartphone reaches around 11 hours thanks to a modern chipset. With an OLED Screen there would probably have been more in it. Even so, however, the mid-range Smartphone comes easily over the day, with moderate use also over two. The battery is full again thanks to fast 40 Watt charge in not quite 1.5 hours, that’s fine. After 30 minutes, it is almost 70 percent of the Maximum-strong. There is no wireless charging.
At review date, the Huawei P40 Lite 5G is available in three colors: black, silver and green. Striking is the high price difference between the individual color variants, which are otherwise technically identical.
Actually, the Huawei P40 Lite 5G is a great Smartphone. A bit of a shame is the lack of an OLED screen, but the biggest Problem is probably the absence of Google services with at the same time still not adequate replacement by the App Gallery. Advantageous in contrast to the P40 Lite without 5G is above all the more modern chipset. The minimally larger Display, however, makes little difference and at least in Germany 5G is currently only a real advantage for very few people.
Despite a great camera, high working speed and plenty of memory, all this leads to the fact that unfortunately – if it is supposed to be an affordable P40 model-we can recommend the significantly cheaper Huawei P40 Lite as an Alternative – or a completely different model. Our favorites in this case are the not much more expensive models Xiaomi Poco F2 Pro (review) and OnePlus Nord (review).