Huawei P30 lite
Does the Huawei look like a P30, feel like a P30, snap like a P30, and still be cheap and light? By the way, Huawei believes that it is the Huawei P30 Lite. At first glance, it’s got an equally stunning design, promising gaming capabilities, but above all – it comes with an efficient triple-camera on the back.
Huawei’s light models have often been left out of the headlines in favor of the P and Mate headliners. But while the cogs of a well-crafted PR machine are no longer required to spin for larger guns, they are put to good use in the marketing of the Lite model, a short time previously noted by the manufacturer Was.
And now, it’s Huawei P30 Lite’s turn to take center stage – and this is our chance to complete the review series for the Huawei P30 family.
The Huawei P30 Lite features all the bells and whistles, shiny frames, breathtaking rear with the more expensive P30 models. And on the rear, there’s a triple-camera on the rear, though not as advanced on the regular P30 – it can snap regular and ultra-wide photos and night mode is available, but optical zoom is missing.
Ed. pay attention. We are reviewing the EU version of this model, which has a 48 MP main camera instead of 24 MP found in other regions.
Finally, the Kirin 710 chipset designed and manufactured by Huawei has already proven itself to be a gaming-friendly handler and we can’t wait to try it once again. But before that, a quick eyeglass inspection follows.
Therefore, the Light is not as powerful as the P30, but none are weaker. And while it can do lossless zoom, it should still ace night shots. There is much to explore and so far only the lack of waterproofing that comes to the mind of the Caviate.
Unboxing Huawei P30 Lite
The retail bundle of the P30 Lite has the usual – a USB-C cable, an 18W charger and a cheaper looking headset.
The phone should be packed with a transparent case in some markets, but you will need to confirm it with your local Huawei website.
Finally, the P30 Lite has a factory-applied screen protector, which is not of top quality, but we’re glad it is anyway.
Our Huawei P30 collection is finally complete now that Lite has joined the Regular and Pro models. All three model them separately, but on the outside, it is difficult to tell them apart. Are you?
In fact, the P30 phones share a similar design language – a dual-glass body, edge-to-edge display with a décorz-like notch, a dazzling paint job, and a perpendicular-triangular-eyed camera deck.
However, the regular P30 is on the left, the Pro is in the middle, and the light is on the right. However, is it a beautiful family photo?
We are delighted that Huawei is sticking to its breathtaking color choices, although recently these have gained momentum on a large scale and even the cheapest Chinese phones already offer such eye-catching paint jobs. are doing.
And the family resemblance is obvious when living outside, there are some differences of light that you can feel after taking it in your hand.
For starters, Light’s frame is made of plastic. It’s shiny, it’s shiny, and Huawei matched its paint with the main theme of Gradient Back. But it can be more prone to scratches as if it is a metal.
Then there is the screen. It looks just as big on the P30 and with the same small rung, but is actually a slight difference in size – the Lite has a 6.15 “panel while the P30 has a 6.1”. This is fine if you can see the difference in size, but in real life, you can tell them differently because the light has an LCD screen, while the P30 uses an OLED.
The cutout at the top is a 24MP selfie shooter, while at the top it is a very thin earpiece grille. And around the left corner of that grill is a green notification LED.
The back of the P30 Lite can be stunning, and even if you wish, it will still mesmerize when you are in the Signature Peak Blue option.
Or if you do not want such a beautiful paint job, then Uniform Pearl White or Midnight Black are excellent choices.
The triple camera is on the back and is a little lukewarm. First it has a 2MP depth sensor on top, followed by an 8MP ultra-wide-angle snapper, and the final camera is a 48MP primary. There is LED flash under the deck of this camera.
And in the back, the glass panel is folded towards the long sides, while the whole thing has a 2.5D finish. This is a fairly common trend, but while it may cause slight damage to the grip, it increases the illusion of looks and a similarly slimmer profile.
Huawei P30 Lite does not have any security. But it can brag with standards connectors – there’s a USB-C port at the bottom, and a 3.5mm audio jack, while its hybrid SIM slot supports a regular microSD card.
The Huawei P30 Lite measures 152.9 x 72.7 x 7.4 mm, which is about 4 mm more than the regular P30. Its weight is 159 grams, 6g less than P30.
Handling the P30 Lite is exactly what you’d expect from a dual-glass design. It can be slippery, but it is not slippery like some other demanding audiences. If this bothers you, a case is always an option, Huawei can bundle one with Lite in your market.
The only thing we found about the build is a small gap between the frame and the rear glass, which over time can accumulate some dust particles. We cannot be sure because we had the phone for a week, but it is a legitimate concern and we have expressed it so that you can keep this in mind.
6.15 “LTPS IPS LCD Display
The Huawei P30 Lite is equipped with a 6.15-inch IPS display with a Desorn Notch in the middle. This matches the size and even the cutout of the P30’s display, although the flagship is of the kind OLED. Okay, if we really need punctuality, Light’s performance is slightly larger.
Light brings another long screen with an aspect ratio of 19.5: 9, which has become somewhat of a standard these days. The resolution is 2312 x 1080 px which makes for a pixel density of 415ppi – a very good number these days.
In our testing, the P30 Lite posted good numbers for brightness and contrast, although we have seen better in this category as well. There is a small boost in auto mode, which you can get in the manual but adds 20-something NITs.
The minimum brightness we measured turned out to be excellent at just 1 nut.
Now let’s talk about color accuracy. The Huawei P30 Lite can effectively be accurate in representing the sRGB color space. In the normal + default display setting it achieves an average delta of 1.4 with a maximum deviation of 2.8. If you prefer, you can tweak it further with manual options.
However, this is not the default mode, as people prefer vibrant colors. The Vivid + default setting (the actual out-of-the-box state) saves those, but also features fairly bluish whites and top blues. Vivid mode covers the DCI-P3 color space and we measured an average delta of 6.3 with a maximum deviation of 11.7.
One issue we noticed is less than the ideal backlight uniformity of the panel. On the bright screen you’ll be able to see some dimming around the edges – it’s not a deal breaker, but it’s there. Also, it’s quick to start a reverse shift to see the performance even at a slight angle, but it may or may not bother you.
Huawei P30 Lite has a battery of 3,340mAh, which is 3,000mAh of last year’s P20 Lite model. It has a larger display area for lighting, however, the battery life score is not clear by just looking at the numbers.
The Kirin 710 chip is newer and more efficient, which ultimately turned out better for the P30 Lite and posted a better battery score than the P20 Lite. This year’s model significantly improved standby, 3G voice calls, and Wi-Fi web browsing, and also benefited from a slight increase in video playback longevity.
Overall, the Huawei P30 Lite Endurance Rating works out to 94 hours – a tangible 17-hour improvement over the predecessor.
The P30 Lite supports 18W fast charging and the bundled charger compensates for 35% of a dead battery in half an hour.
The Huawei P30 Lite has a single bottom-firing speaker just like the lights to fall under it. A stereo setup may be out of the question, but the speaker can still put on a good show and make an excellent score in our tests. Unfortunately, when music is played on YouTube or the default music player the speaker finds it absolutely quiet. Worse, the output is mediocre and is lacking in high and low frequencies.
The Huawei P30 Lite had mostly excellent readings in active external amplifier testing, save for stereo crostle, which was slightly higher than what it is used to seeing from a smartphone these days. Still, this is nothing to lose sleep in as the stereo quality remains solid. More disturbing is the below average thrust, which is present in both here and when we plug in a pair of headphones.
Conversely, plugging in hadadphones did little to reduce output accuracy and did well. Whether the force of sub parity in your daily use really depends on the impedance of your headphones. If it is not too much, then you should be very happy with the P30 Lite, otherwise, you may struggle to maintain it.
Android 9 and EMUI 9.0.1
The Huawei P30 Lite features Android 9 Pie with Huawei’s own EMUI on top, as well as the version 9 itself. A new version 9.1 is available on the high-end P30 model, which has a brand-new file system called EROFS, but is not on Lite.
The P30 Lite has a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and is one of the best in terms of speed and accuracy. Face unlock is available, but it only uses the front camera, meaning it is less secure and can possibly be fooled by a photo. Therefore, if privacy is extremely important, you may want to avoid this option.
Like all EMUI-powered devices, you can set a magazine lockscreen style that changes the picture every time you wake up the screen. Slipping down will reveal quick shortcuts for some common utilities. As always, we found it useful and a bit annoying at the same time because there were times when we wanted to unlock the phone, but we brought out the menu instead.
On the homescreen you’ll find all the install and system apps, but the settings menu has a toggle that lets you choose between a standard layout or a homescreen with an app drawer. It is a personal preference and it is good to be able to choose.
Swiping right from the homescreen will bring your Google feed up while swiping down from the empty area allows you to search across your applications and contacts. On launchers from other manufacturers, which may bring down the final action notification shadow, but not here.
However, you can drag the shade down by swiping on the fingerprint reader, then double tap to dismiss all notifications and swipe up to hide the shade – the top bezel when using this long 19.5: 9 screen. No more should reach for. This is a setting you need to enable in the Fingerprint ID section of the Settings menu, it is not by default.
The notification shade itself is nothing out of the ordinary. It can fit three lines with five quick launch icons for each row and just below the icon, you’ll find the screen brightness slider.
The notch on the P30 Lite may be minimal, but you still get the option to hide it by painting the entire status bar black.
Multitasking is a familiar matter. You can activate split screen mode by holding the recent key. If you find it useful for some reason, you can also play a video above two windows.
As we’ve seen on other recent Huawei / Honor devices, on the P30 Lite you can opt for gesture-based navigation if the classic boatbar is 2018 for you. It goes like this – swipe to home, swipe and pause in the middle for the task switcher, or swipe from the left or right edge of the screen to back up.
From the Phone Manager application, you can get to easy routes to capacity cleanup, battery settings, blocked numbers, infection sweeps controlled by Avast, and portable information utilization.
Huawei’s own music app is a way to listen to stored MP3, while Huawei’s health app offers Google Fit syncing and step counting. The gallery is also a completely custom job, but has a general chronological and album view plus a selection of AI powered highlights. There is a file manager app and a note-taking app. And if you don’t like any of these – the Play Store has an abundance of options.
FM radio support is available on the P30 Lite and you also get a Proper app.
Performance and Benchmark
The P30 Lite is powered by Huawei’s own midrange Kirin 710 chipset. It is built on a 12 nm process (its efficiency is already proven in the Battery chapter) and has an octa-core CPU in 4×2.2 GHz Cortex-A73 and 4×1.7 GHz Cortex-A53 configurations. The GPU is a Mali-G51 MP4. The P30 Lite is available with 4GB (our) or 6GB RAM.
Huawei has made its display mode available to anyone and you can find the switch in the battery settings of the P30 Lite. The display mode provides a small speed boost in some instances (mostly raw CPU power), but not for long until the phone heats up quickly and it is automatically protected until it cools down. Depends on the settings.
The net result is modest, if any, promoting all benchmark tests for the first run. Yes, that’s it. You can get a 5% increase from regular mode over time, while a 10% bump is only for a few minutes. So, we’re not sure if the extra heat and battery drain is worth the trouble.
When it comes to single-core CPU performance, the Huawei P30 Lite is outperforming, which is best accomplished by the fast core itself inside the Galaxy A50.
When all the cores work together the P30 Lite is a match for the Snapdragon 660 (Realme 2 Pro) and is not far behind the Snapdragon 710 (Realme 3 Pro) and Helio P70 (Realme U1).
In the graphics department, the Huawei P30 Lite matches or matches its rivals, but the Realme 3 Pro with its Adreno 616 GPU as part of the upper-tier Snapdragon 710 chip.
The 3DMark Unlimited test score did not turn out to be as good as the GFX guys, but it is in the same ballpark as its rivals.
In the compound AnTuTu test, the Huawei P30 Lite shows some real muscle and is on par with its peers.
Kirin’s latest cost-efficient chipsets are a close match to the Snapdragon 660, Exynos 9610, and Helio P70, while not far behind the Snapdragon 710. Heat load-up is not very high on the P30 Lite, even at peak loads and it rarely throttles, if at all. The phone handles gaming very well with balanced and consistent performance, and we don’t experience any major hiccups in day-to-day OS operation.
Triple camera on the back
The Huawei P30 Lite has a triple camera on the rear – the main 48MP PDAF f / 1.8 snapper connected to 8MP fixed-focus, f / 2.4 ultra-wide and 2MP, fixed-focus, f / 2.4 depth sensors. There is also a single LED flash all around.
The main camera uses a 48MP sensor, probably the Sony IMX586 or similar, and has a quad-bare array for pixel binding. The resulting image is in 12MP resolution but with less noise. You can shoot at full 48MP, however and under the right conditions, you can also get that image at native resolution. But more on that in a bit.
Huawei’s AI is available, and can be turned on or off quickly via a toggle on the viewfinder. It will recognize 22 categories of scenes and adjust the image parameters accordingly, although real-life effects are, as a general rule, pumped out contrast and enhanced colors.
There is also the Huawei Night Mode – it will produce usable images, even if it has limitations. This creates a pseudo-tall exposure by stacking several planks that collect light along the way. We’re talking about a six-second-long hand-held exposure that would otherwise result in a foggy mess. They are not always keepers and you still need to keep a steady hand, but you will get usable photos in situations you would not otherwise get. The mode also does a remarkable job of maintaining color where others will lose saturation.
In addition, the camera app will be familiar to anyone who has recently picked up a Huawei smartphone, which means that it is messy and scattered as always. Pro mode is available through the mode selector and there you can adjust the parameters yourself – ISO (50 to 3200), shutter speed (1/4000 to 30s), exposure compensation (1/3 -4 in stop increments Se + 4 eV), and white balance (preset and mild temperatures).
Ever since the artificially defaced backgrounds have become all the rage, Huawei phones have been offering both portrait mode and aperture mode. In Aperture, you can choose simulated apertures in the range from f / 0.95 to f / 16. After the shot, you can change the aperture and focus point within the gallery.
In portrait mode you can enable and disable background blur, you can change fake lighting, and you can also add some beautification on a scale of 0 to 10.
The Huawei P30 Lite is great when it comes to photo quality and we are not disappointed. We’ve seen consistent performance during the day with impressive dynamic range, good colors, and excellent sharpness, even if the default photos are less contrasting than ideal. We can say with certainty that the quad buyer technology works as advertised so that you stay on the better 12 MP mode – the level of detail is very prominent-grade.
In addition, you can leave AI around this time as it does not ruin photos as previously seen on some other Huawei devices. If the colors are a bit dull for you on regular photos (as they were for us), AI will saturate them slightly, but not over the top.
The phone also has a toggle for 2X zoomed shots, but the zoom is completely digital and further ruined by excessive sharpening.
Switching to 48 MP mode will result in lighter viewing and noisier photos – which is only expected. This sensor is used for pixel binning in 12 MP. However, if you insist on shooting at full 48 MP, then you should brace yourself with patience as it takes longer to capture and save a photo in full resolution. The pictures are good and if you manually down them to 12 MP, you’ll get a slightly sharper picture with slight improvements in areas with higher frequency details, but no major differences. But if you feel that it is still eligible to use 48 MP mode, then we will stop you right there.
Since this mode takes longer to take photos and requires a lot of processing power of the phone, you should wait a few seconds between each shot. And even if you do, it doesn’t guarantee that the phone will save native 48 MP photos. A notification, a sudden movement that will change the viewfinder and engage the GPU more than expected, or kill the shutter before the photo is successfully saved (no sign of that happening), and you’ll get a digitally advanced The version will get 12 MP photos instead of the full 48 MP sensor readout. And that’s not good at all. We were careful and survived 5 of 9 test shots this way.
The ultra-wide camera produces a good 8 MP image with applied distortion correction. The pixel level quality is far from great, and the dynamic range on regular photos is not as excellent, but the colors and contrast are excellent. Overall, the images should be enjoyed for what they are – exaggerated perspective shots on the cheap.
Moving on to low-light photo quality. The 12 MP shots have good color saturation and exposure, even if the highlights will be clipped. Upon closer inspection, the level of detail is not as good and some noticeable noise remains even after some noise reduction is applied. Those images are among the best we have seen in the mid-range category, but one can ask for social networks to do once, say, 5 MP.
Night mode is only available on regular cameras and its images are great with ample detail, even exposure, tolerable noise levels and accurate colors, although it also imposes some extreme sharpness. This brings us back to detail in the highlights we mentioned earlier. If you can keep the P30 Lite still enough for those 6-second shots, you can use this mode more often.
There is no night mode for ultra-wide-angle cameras. Sadly, as this camera needs all the help its regular low-light images are concise without any software enhancements.
Once you are done with real-world samples, compare our photos with the tool to see how the P30 Lite stacks up against other smartphones.
The Huawei P30 Lite has a standalone 2 MP camera to help capture visual depth information and should produce some nice portrait shots. Which have been saved at 12 MP and are really impressive. The separation is excellent, there are no sudden transitions, and the algorithm is smart enough not to be fooled by objects close to the face. Sure, the photos are not perfect, but we’ve shown the flags and it’s worse and we really expect more from a mid-ranger.
The Huawei P30 Lite features a high-res 24 MP selfie camera behind the f / 2.0 lens. As usual the focus is fixed. If you get the distance right, and if very light – you can get some wide shots. Colors are also present.
If you are shooting with AI, sometimes HDR will be triggered and it will boost the dynamic range, but the level of detail will drop significantly.
There is also a portrait mode. In fact, the mode selfie camera is the default when switching from the main camera – a bit strange. You can turn the blur on and off, there is also beautification (setting 0-10). Subject separation is mostly hit and miss, and we cannot recommend it.
Portrait lighting is also available for selfies, but you have to trust us on this – the photos are even more disappointing.
The Huawei P30 Lite records video at 1080p resolution and comes in standard 30 fps flavors, but is also smooth at 60 fps. Electronic stabilization is available in 30 fps mode and is always on.
If you wish, the video is encoded using the h.264 codec by default, with a toggle to switch to h.265. That said, the bit rate with h.264 is more efficient than other phones with what you would get with h.265 – 1080p / 30 fps video gets around 11 Mbps, while 1080p / 60 fps is considered around 17 Mbps. Audio is always stereo, recorded at 192 kbps.
1080p / 30 fps footage is quite good with good contrast, vibrant colors, and impressive dynamic range, although the settled detail is the best. Opting for 60 fps will give you even less expansion.
You can also shoot 1080p @ 30 fps clips with an ultra-wide-angle camera and while they lack big-time detail, they still come with good color, excellent contrast and dynamic range.
Huawei P30 Lite deserves P30 branding and you can tell. It has an eye-catching design of the P30, and the triple camera can hold its own in its class.
The cuts were to be made though, and we cannot safely expect the flagship Kirin Lite model to be. Fortunately, Huawei’s Kirin 710 is very capable of handling heavy duties and intensive gaming and it will not disappoint.
Unfortunately, the rear-facing diagonal camera does not have P30 quality. It has a high-ridge main sensor (at least our 48 MP review unit), and then an ultra-wide-angle snapper, but no telephoto cam. But the lack of optical zoom is understandable and no one really expected the light to be at this price point.
It’s just that the Light’s camera can portray well on paper, but it can’t live up to expectations and in the end, it’s the best of your average regular + wide mid-range camera. The video recording was then very spoiled across the board. The excellent pictures are perhaps the only remembrance of the top-end P30 snappers.
Finally, the Huawei P30 Lite is not expensive at about € 380 (at the time of writing), but it is also not a cheap phone.
Samsung is offering the Galaxy A70 at the same price, and has more capability to show. The A70 has a super-AMOLED screen with an under-display fingerprint reader, a faster chipset, a larger battery, and a more promising triple-camera, especially when it comes to video capturing.
The Galaxy A50 is then around € 100 cheaper, and yet it topped the Lite with a Super AMOLED screen and larger battery, offering similar processing power and camera capabilities.
There is also the fact that Huawei is actually a similar phone at half the cost of the Lite – the Honor 10 Lite. It has a screen of light, similar chipset, and an equally capable wide-angle snapper camera. If you qualify 180 € of a mediocre ultra-wide snapper, then certainly, if not – it will make you think twice before opting for light.
And finally, Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 has already been established as one of the ultimate price / performance devices in this category and we cannot mention it. It also offers an equally large and notched screen, has the Snapdragon 660 to behave well with pressure, and lacks an ultra-wide-angle snapper, it is good and of low light quality. In the case 48 MP matches the main one. Oh, and it costs half the P30 Lite money.
The Huawei P30 Lite has some prominent P30 Magic, but those small sparkles are not enough to dampen the fire of excitement. It has a good screen, but it is not OLED. There’s a triple-camera on the back, but it’s not even close to what the P30 and Pro can do.
The lack of enthusiasm doesn’t make the P30 Lite a bad phone, on the contrary – there’s a lot going on, including game-ready hardware. But it is far from being competitive until its price goes down. It is not that Lite is expensive, but there are cheap phones that are simply better.
Huawei P30 Lite Price in India
The price of Huawei P30 Lite in India starts at Rs 17,990. Lowest Price of Huawei P30 Lite Rs. 17,990 at amazon.in. It is the 4 GB RAM / 128 GB internal storage base variant of Huawei P30 Lite which is available in Midnight Black, Pearl White, Peacock Blue color.