Huawei P40 Lite, first impressions: the approach of characteristics of the flagships of the brand now for a more competitive price
They already said it in Huawei before knowing everything that was going to happen with the MWC and they kept their word: there would be a special launch with a scoop for Spain (before the rest of the markets) and finally this has been the first of the P40. The line of the most powerful Huawei terminals that is usually presented first is already official and we will tell you in the first impressions of the Huawei P40 Lite how we thought about the premiere.
It is again the most basic of the P40, which although they like to talk about top of the range it is a mobile embedded in the mid-range. It includes a processor from the house and also the software, with EMUI 10 as the protagonist and that store of apps that they intend to promote.
A slightly inconspicuous and characteristic first P40
The design of the P40 Lite fits in with what we've been seeing in high-end Huawei for a few years now, taking advantage of the pull of the bold and gradient colors that the brand is proud of after its hue. Twillight for the Huawei P20 Pro. Thus, the P40 Lite is presented in a striking green, with a gloss finish and rather with a casual and youthful tone.
The camera module is shifted aside as we have been seeing in the P and unlike the Mate 30, which is due to the location and size of its battery. It is a square module that integrates the four cameras and stands out a lot, leaving out the flash and the inscription that indicates that there are four lenses and the intervention of artificial intelligence.Although it may seem at first, it is not a mobile that tires in hand and the curvature of the edges allows a comfortable grip
What is striking in the first moments of holding it is that it is quite thick, but at the same time light. In this way, although it may seem at first it is not a mobile that tires in hand and the curvature of the edges allows a comfortable grip. Although yes, it slides a lot and the tracks are as easy as we usually see.
At the bottom is the USB Type-C and the 3.5 mm audio jack, and all the physical buttons are on the same side. Here we see the volume ones, above, and then the physical fingerprint reader that is inserted into the edge very correctly at the level of location and discretion. We weren't able to prove its effectiveness on the tracks, but previously good performance can be expected and the lateral location is aesthetically more convenient to leave the rear clear.
In general it shows well finished, reminding the Honor a lot for that colorful touch with the color and the hole for the screen, something that we had not yet seen in this line of Huawei and that the brand had only tested on the Huawei Nova 5T , being thus more habitual in those of Honor. It seems that this perforation leaves less use of the screen by the interface than a notch in the form of a drop and, as we say, the sensation is very close to what we saw recently in the Honor View30 Pro at the level of the interface on the screen, but on the other hand the gestures of EMUI allow that below it does gain use with Regarding the solutions that we see in Android stock or in One UI, among others.
The bet for the hole in the screen and the IPS
Huawei's ways with screens are inscrutable and its decisions are curious, but in this case we are not talking about diagonals or resolution. The Huawei P30 Lite was the only P30 that still integrated an IPS panel and not AMOLED, and that is what we are seeing for now in the P40 Lite, with little probability that we will not see AMOLEDs in the coming ones.
In this way, the screen we see in this terminal is a 6.4-inch IPS panel, somewhat larger than the P30 Lite without having increased its height or resolution, so the pixel density is lower. It is a FullHD + that is not bad for a mid-range and that translates into a good display, which is what is important.
The touch sensitivity is correct and we have not experienced phantom touches. This is helped by the fact that the edges are not as thin as in other terminals of the brand but also above all that it is a flat panel, something that is always appreciated when speaking of user-interface interaction although it may seem perhaps less attractive to us than the curve that the brand's flagships have outlined.
In the absence of taking it to the street, in well-lit interiors (even with direct lighting at times) the maximum brightness level was more than enough, without missing any nit. The contrast is also adequate as well as the color spectrum covered, in fact in relation to this we found that it had that extra touch of saturation almost more usual in AMOLED, although it can be adjusted if we wish. Similar to how it happened to us with the Huawei MatePad Pro, also with this display technology.
Speaking of this battlemate, we can spin with performance because there were fluid differences between one device and another. The Huawei P40 Lite integrates the in-house Kirin 810 processor (7 nanometers) with 6 GB of RAM, something that on paper is enough to move all kinds of tasks.
Not being connected to the network and not having games we could not squeeze it as desired, but we did not see sudden closings or other obvious problems in addition to preliminary and unfinished software. We can't talk about a lag Annoying or too manifest, but this one was more evident seeing how the transitions and openings happened in the tablet that we mentioned, which integrates the Kirin 990, a higher-end processor.We did not see sudden closings or other obvious problems despite being preliminary software
Despite this, the performance was correct and within what was expected, although perhaps that RAM could shine more with a somewhat more powerful processor or more optimized software. Looking among all the installed we could also play some music, and it must be said that the sound it emits is really powerful, and in the absence of trying it in a more favorable environment, it gives the feeling that it can be a good multimedia center (although it does not have stereo sound).
Four cameras, no telephoto but macro
Little could we prove of those four cameras that this P40 Lite integrates. They have not resorted to the combination par excellence, but have integrated a wide angle, a depth sensor and a macro lens together with the main camera, which integrates a 48 megapixel sensor.
We hope to be able to expand our comments with an in-depth analysis, especially in this section and in that of autonomy, but what we saw is that the change between one lens and the other happens fluently also in this device and that the video also allows us to do said jump. The wide angle did not seem to distort the images too much in the contours and they did not seem to show in general too much noise or a dramatic loss of detail, with good performance also of the macro lens.
The camera app did not show changes with respect to the latest terminals that we have tested with EMUI, being a tabbed navigation and having extra modes in one more tab. In the settings we will have to select if we want the "ultra-sharpness" mode so that it shoots at 48 megapixels, although it is a much slower shot (style night mode).
The front camera also seemed to perform correctly, with a little less detail and a slightly less natural result than expected. As for the video, the stabilization seemed to give an acceptable result and in general they seemed to be shots with a good interpretation of highlights, shadows and colors, although the mobile screen itself is never the best place to check these parameters.
The attempt to maintain sales when the situation is more complicated
Huawei spoke of the P Lite as the best-selling model globally and they want this to continue. Somewhat more complicated by the blocking situation that they live with in the United States, with which their mobiles reach the market without Google services. Something that may affect them more outside the borders of China, not in vain, they show that they are making a great effort to vitaminize and energize the App Gallery so that users do not notice any lack talking about software using their terminals.
The trick in this case is a fairly attractive price considering that we are talking about the base model of the P Lite: 299 euros, more than 100 euros below the starting price of its predecessors. And all more or less maintaining the characteristics of a mobile phone that has always played the role of bringing functions and components of ranges higher than average, in this case a quad camera or 40-watt fast charge.
We will see how the play turns out. To us it has seemed that the mobile works very well and that it gives enough possibilities only for the hardware, we will see how the own software influences and what changes there are in it with a more detailed analysis.