Huawei continues to live without Google and develop its own replacement for the services of this corporation. The branded app store is gradually filling up with content, users are getting used to it a bit, and, in general, “war is war, and pipe production is scheduled.” In terms of hardware, Huawei is still doing fine. Today we are testing the P40 lite – the new affordable smartphone with four cameras
Huawei likes to release the same smartphones under different names in different markets. What is currently on sale in Russia under the name Huawei P40 lite is already known as Huawei Nova 7i (in Malaysia and other countries of Southeast Asia), as well as Huawei Nova 6 SE (in China and Hong Kong). There are small regional differences between them, like the different supported LTE bands, plus in some versions there may not be an NFC module, but from a purely “iron” point of view, the same device is hidden under different names.
The name P40 lite as it alludes to the fact that this is a lite version of the company’s flagship smartphone, which has not yet been officially unveiled. Well, now we will have a rather interesting experience – getting to know the “lightweight” flagship without any idea of what this flagship will be like.
⇡ # Specifications
|Huawei P40 lite||Huawei P smart Z||Realme 3 Pro||TCL Plex||Realme XT|
|Display||6.4 inches IPS
2310 × 1080 pixels (19: 9), 398 ppi, capacitive multitouch
|6.59 inches IPS
2340 × 1080 pixels (19.5: 9), 391 ppi, capacitive multitouch
|6.3 inches, IPS,
2340 × 1080 pixels (19.5: 9), 409 ppi, capacitive multitouch
|6.53 inches, IPS, 1080 × 2340 (19.5: 9), 395 ppi; capacitive multitouch||6.4 inches, Super AMOLED, 1080 × 2340 (19.5: 9), 402 ppi; capacitive multitouch|
|Protective glass||No data||No data||Corning Gorilla Glass 5||nNo data||Corning Gorilla Glass 5|
|CPU||HiSilicon Kirin 810: eight cores (2 × Cortex-A76, frequency 2.27 GHz + 6 × Cortex-A55, frequency 1.88 GHz)||HiSilicon Kirin 710F: eight cores (4 × ARM Cortex A73, frequency 2.2 GHz + 4 × ARM Cortex A53, frequency 1.7 GHz)||Qualcomm Snapdragon 710: eight cores (2 × Kryo 360 Gold, 2.2 GHz and 6 × Kryo 360 Silver, 1.7 GHz)||Qualcomm Snapdragon 675: eight cores (2 × Kryo 460 Gold, 2.2 GHz and 6 × Kryo 460 Silver, 1.7 GHz)||Qualcomm Snapdragon 712: eight cores (2 × Kryo 360 Gold, 2.3 GHz and 6 × Kryo 360 Silver, 1.7 GHz)|
|Graphics controller||Mali-G52 MP6||Mali-G51 MP4||Adreno 616||Adreno 612||Adreno 616|
|RAM||6/8 GB||4 GB||4/6 GB||6 GB||4/6/8 GB|
|Flash memory||128 GB||64 GB||64/128 GB||128 GB||64/128 GB|
|Memory card support||Yes (NV up to 256 GB)||Yes (microSD up to 512 GB)||Yes (microSD up to 512 GB)||microSD||microSD|
|Connectors||USB Type-C||USB Type-C||microUSB 2.0||USB Type-C, 3.5 mm minijack||USB Type-C, 3.5 mm minijack|
|SIM cards||Two nano-SIM||Two nano-SIM||Two nano-SIM||Two nano-SIM||Two nano-SIM|
|2G Cellular||GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz||GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz||GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz||GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz||GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz|
|3G Cellular||HSDPA 800/850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz||HSDPA 800/850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz||HSDPA 800/850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz||HSDPA 800/850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz||HSDPA 800/850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz|
|4G Cellular||LTE Cat. 13 (up to 400/75 Mbps), ranges 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 18, 19, 20, 28, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41||LTE Cat. 12 (up to 600/50 Mbps), ranges 1, 3, 7, 8, 20||LTE Cat. 6 (up to 300/75 Mbps), ranges 1, 3, 5, 8, 38, 40, 41||LTE Cat. 6 (400/75 Mbps), ranges 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38, 40||LTE Cat. 12 (600/50 Mbps), ranges 1, 3, 5, 8, 38, 40, 41|
|Wifi||802.11a / b / g / n / ac||802.11a / b / g / n / ac||802.11a / b / g / n||802.11a / b / g / n / ac 2.4 / 5 GHz||802.11a / b / g / n / ac 2.4 / 5 GHz|
|Nfc||there is||there is||there is||there is||there is|
|Navigation||GPS (Dual Band), A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo, QZSS||GPS (Dual Band), A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou||GPS (Dual Band), A-GPS, GLONASS||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS|
|Sensors||Illumination, proximity, accelerometer / gyroscope, barometer, magnetometer (digital compass), color spectrum sensor||Light, proximity, accelerometer / gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)||Light, proximity, accelerometer / gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)||Light, proximity, accelerometer / gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)||Light, proximity, accelerometer / gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)|
|The fingerprint scanner||Yes, on the right side||Yes, back||Yes, back||Yes, back||Yes, built-in to the screen|
|Main camera||Quad module, 48 + 8 + 2 + 2 MP, ƒ / 1.8 + ƒ / 2.4 + ƒ / 2.4 + ƒ / 2.4, phase detection autofocus in the main module, LED flash||Dual module, 16 MP ƒ / 1.8 + 2 MP ƒ / 2.4, phase detection autofocus, LED flash||Dual module, 25 MP ƒ / 1.7 + 5 MP ƒ / 2.4, phase detection autofocus, LED flash||Triple module: 48 MP, ƒ / 1.8 + 16 MP, ƒ / 2.4 + 2 MP, ƒ / 1.8 + 2 MP, ƒ / 2.4, phase detection autofocus, LED flash||Fourth module: 64 MP, ƒ / 1.8 + 8 MP, ƒ / 2.3 + 2 MP, ƒ / 2.4 + 2 MP, ƒ / 2.4, phase detection autofocus, LED flash|
|Front-camera||16 MP, ƒ / 2.0, fixed focus, no flash||16 MP, ƒ / 2.0, extendable design, fixed focus, no flash||35 MP, ƒ / 2.0, fixed focus, extendable design||24 MP, ƒ / 2.0, no autofocus, no flash||16 MP, ƒ / 2.0, no autofocus, no flash|
|Nutrition||Non-removable battery: 15.96 Wh (4200 mAh, 3.8 V)||Non-removable battery: 15.2 Wh (4000 mAh, 3.8 V)||Non-removable battery: 15.39 Wh (4045 mAh, 3.8 V)||Non-removable battery: 14.52 Wh (3820 mAh, 3.8 V)||Non-removable battery: 15.2 Wh (4000 mAh, 3.8 V)|
|The size||159 × 76 × 8.7 mm||163.5 × 77.3 × 8.8 mm||156.8 × 74.2 × 8.3 mm||162.2 × 76.6 × 8 mm||158.7 × 75.2 × 8.6 mm|
|Weight||183 grams||197 grams||172 grams||192 grams||183 grams|
|operating system||Android 10.0 + EMUI 10||Android 9.0 Pie + EMUI 9||Android 9.0 Pie, ColorOS 6 Shell||Android 9.0 Pie, ColorOS 6 Shell||Android 9.0 Pie, ColorOS 6 Shell|
|Current price||from 19 999 rubles||from 13 500 rubles||from 15 990 rubles for the 4/64 GB version||19 990 rubles||20 990 rubles|
⇡ # Design, ergonomics, software
Even before the official announcement, I came across a photo of the P40 lite in the mother-of-pearl color of the case – such, you know, heterogeneous, with beautiful tints and a slight “warp” towards purple. In general, a beautiful color, in full accordance with fashion trends. But it turned out that in Russia at the start of sales, the Huawei P40 lite smartphone will be available only in black and bright green. The latter just came to us for a test – I would rather call this color emerald. It looks pretty nice, but my favorite is still mother-of-pearl.
Purely from a visual point of view, the smartphone is good. I would call its design unobtrusive, without explicit borrowing. In it, you can catch the similarities with the Mate 20 Pro and the iPhone 11 (the square camera block on the back), with the Huawei P smart Z (body shape, color), but it will be very distant. A smartphone costs only 20 thousand rubles, and devices in this price group rarely have any refinements in appearance. But it should be noted that the apparatus is quite complex. It has a rather compact case for a device with a diagonal of 6.4 inches, it is very convenient to hold a smartphone. This is facilitated by rounding around the perimeter of the rear panel. True, the case is completely glossy and very slippery, I would recommend using a case immediately.
Almost the entire front side of the case is occupied by the display, there are still frames, but small ones – the screen occupies 83.5% of the total surface area. There was no cut-out in the form of a “bang”, instead of it – a small round cut-out under the front camera in the upper left corner. The voice speaker grill is a narrow strip above the screen. The speaker under it is very small, so the sound quality during the conversation will be slightly worse than, for example, the iPhone X.
As usual, the front and back sides of the case are made of tempered glass with an oleophobic coating. True, Huawei does not specify which glass is used. Most likely, not Gorilla Glass, but the screen passed the basic test for scratch resistance without any problems. But the frame around the perimeter of the case is made of plastic and is scratched very easily.
In terms of controls and connectors, the Huawei P40 Lite offers nothing new. At the bottom end in the center is the USB Type-C port, which connects a data cable and charger, as well as a mini-jack for headphones. A wired headset, by the way, is included – however, the simplest and cheapest, like those that are provided for free on airplanes on long flights.
The fingerprint scanner is located on the right side and is combined with the power button. This, in my opinion, is a very controversial decision. To unlock the smartphone, just put your finger on the sensor, it works instantly. But this often happens that the power button is accidentally pressed and this is what happens: the device unlocks by touching it, and then it is blocked again by pressing the button. I think that the pressing mechanism in this case should be more tight. Well, or you can get used to this with the long use of the smartphone.
Face recognition is also available, a front camera is used for this. It works well, neither glasses nor a hood put on the system confuse, we assume that the test for use in Russia has been successfully passed.
The operating system is Android 10.0 with the EMUI 10 shell. The most important feature is the lack of Google services such as Google Play, Google Pay, GMail and Google Maps. Much of this in Russia can be replaced by Yandex services, which are available in the Huawei AppGallery store. But some (really needed) applications are not there. Instagram, Telegram, Facebook – all this can be installed by downloading the APK-files. However, if you wish, you can also install Google services, but you should be prepared for the fact that with the next firmware update they will disappear, and the old way of installing them will stop working.
In terms of standard applications, the Huawei P40 lite is in full order. There is a calendar, calculator, notes, voice recorder, application with weather forecasts, contacts and so on. Moreover, the data from all this is synchronized through the cloud, so the transition from one Huawei smartphone to another without Google services should not be so painful.
⇡ # Display and sound
The P40 lite display uses an LTPS IPS matrix with a resolution of 2310 × 1080 pixels, which with a diagonal of 6.4 inches gives a density of 398 ppi. This is quite a good result within this price category. Flagship tubes, of course, offer a higher image density, although the difference with the naked eye is practically invisible.
Both the brightness and contrast of the Huawei P40 lite LCD are small: 450 cd / m22 and 1027: 1, respectively. You can use a smartphone on a sunny day, but I would not say that it is as comfortable as possible. Unfortunately, you won’t get a really deep black from this IPS-matrix.
Display settings are standard for EMUI 10. You can adjust the font size, activate a dark theme and choose your own color reproduction: either bright (default), or standard. The first differs by colder shades and expanded color gamut, the second is close to sRGB and noticeably warmer. In terms of color accuracy, they are approximately the same, here we give screen measurements only in bright mode, in which it is proposed to use a smartphone by the manufacturer.
The color gamut of the Huawei P40 lite display is extremely close to the DCI-P3 standard. The average gamma is 2.26 with smooth curves, in this regard, the screen works perfectly. The temperature curve is also ideally even, but the colors are cold, 8,500 K. The average deviation of the Delta E on the Color Checker scale (shades of gray + advanced color gamut) is 6.17 at a rate of 3.00. The level is average, but in general we can’t say that the P40 Lite display is poorly configured. This is a deliberate bet on cold shades.
The sound capabilities of the Huawei P40 lite can be called typical for a smartphone at a price of 20 thousand rubles. The sound is reproduced through one speaker, which is located on the lower end of the case (and the sound may be muffled a little if you hold the device in a horizontal orientation), the upper speaker is too weak, it works only during a conversation. It is very pleasing that the manufacturer did not give up the mini-jack, which means that you can still use high-quality wired headphones. However, sooner or later, a massive rejection of this connector will reach both medium and budget smartphones.
⇡ # Iron and performance
Huawei P40 lite is built on the HiSilicon Kirin 810 platform, made according to the 7-nanometer process technology. The central processor contains eight cores: two Cortex-A76 with a maximum frequency of 2.27 GHz and 6 Cortex-A55 cores with a maximum frequency of 1.88 GHz. The graphics accelerator is the Mali-G52 MP6 chip. The performance of the platform is sufficient not only for all kinds of Internet, office and messenger tasks, but also for most games. At least in the next year or two, the owner of the P40 Lite will not feel left out. But let’s look at the results of synthetic tests.
In the eighth version of AnTuTu, the Huawei P40 Lite scores almost 300 thousand points, and in 3DMark Sling Shot and GFX Benchmark it has good indicators, this additionally reinforces what I said above about the ability to play games. In tests using neural network computing (AiMark) by the standards of smartphones without a dedicated chip, the result is also good, and the performance in the browser (WebXPRT) is excellent.
And with all this, the processor practically does not reduce the frequency under load. The throttling test showed that the processor under load loses only 5% of the maximum clock speed. This is also a very good indicator.
The test instance had 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage. However, the official website of Huawei says that in Russia there will also be sold a version with 8 GB of RAM. With a small difference in price, it is probably worth giving preference to it. No options are provided for the built-in storage, and you can only increase the amount of data storage using the NV card and only 256 GB.
⇡ # Communication and wireless communications
Interestingly, just ten years ago, the support of two SIM-cards gave out Chinese origin in any device. The joke about the “Chinese iPhone with two SIM cards and a TV” was actually not a joke at all. But now any self-respecting smartphone has a SIM card slot. Even Apple at some point stopped resisting and added the same thing to its smartphones, albeit with some reservations. In general, I mean, the presence of a dual SIM tray in the Huawei P40 Lite should not surprise you. True, they work in Dual Standby mode, since there is only one communication module in the smartphone. The second slot for the SIM card is combined with an expansion slot – yes, not the most convenient option.
The P40 Lite’s built-in LTE modem supports a maximum incoming speed of 400 Mbps and an outgoing speed of 75 Mbps. The presence of the NFC-module in the smartphone depends on the region, it will be in the Russian version of the smartphone, however, you can use it only for quick pairing of devices via Bluetooth. Google Pay will not work even if you find a way to install the Google Play app store and other Google services on your smartphone.
⇡ # Cameras
Huawei P40 Lite, like its twin brother in the face of Huawei Nova 7i, uses a system of four built-in cameras, which are located in the upper left corner of the rear panel. Purely visually, the camera unit resembles the iPhone 11 Pro, although in reality it will be more appropriate to compare it with the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, since it was this smartphone that first proposed such a design. But from the point of view of technical characteristics, I want to compare the P40 Lite more likely with vivo V17, it really hurts a lot in common in terms of technical characteristics.
So, the main camera is a module with a 48-megapixel sensor using the Quad Bayer filter, a lens with an equivalent focal length of 26 millimeters and an aperture of ƒ / 1.8. It should be noted right away that phase autofocus is used only in this camera, in others it is not. And there is no optical stabilization at all in any of the cameras. Again, by default, the main (we will call it that) camera takes photos in a resolution of 12 megapixels (4000 × 3000 pixels), for shooting with maximum resolution you need to activate the corresponding item in the menu. Well, let’s immediately look at the pictures taken by the main camera in the default resolution.
You will have to activate the shooting mode in the resolution of 48 megapixels each time you start the camera, which, in truth, is a little annoying. But this is a common practice for all multi-megapixel smartphones with few exceptions. I think the main reason is saving space. One 48-megapixel photo (8000 × 6000 pixels) takes an average of 2 to 4 MB, and a picture in the maximum resolution can easily “weigh” 8-14 MB. Yes, in the settings there are two shooting modes at the maximum resolution at once, but there is not much difference between them, I suggest you independently determine where which one.
The second camera is ultra-wide, with a resolution of 8 megapixels, a 13 mm EFR lens and и / 2.4 aperture. As often happens, there is no autofocus, the camera is forced to infinity, but thanks to the large depth of field, the pictures come out sharp, at least if you don’t shoot completely. Examples of shooting with a wide-angle camera you see below.
A separate camera is provided for macro photography, although its technical characteristics are very modest: the resolution is only 2 megapixels (1600 × 1200 pixels), ƒ / 2.4 aperture, and also no autofocus, so the only way to get sharp pictures is to keep the lens on a distance of about 4 cm from the subject. The shooting quality is satisfactory, a more or less decent result can be obtained only in good lighting.
The fourth camera is not used separately, it plays the role of a depth sensor in portrait mode. But if this is important to someone, its characteristics are exactly the same as those of the macro camera – 2 megapixels, ƒ / 2.4. The front camera, as you already know, is located in a circular cutout on the screen in the upper left corner. It has a very moderate resolution – 16 megapixels – and ƒ / 2.0 aperture. She does not have autofocus, and the screen backlight is used as a flash. From an arm’s length, self-portraits come out quite fit, even at dusk.
The only thing that I don’t like about P40 Lite and almost all smartphones originally from China is merciless, obsessive and senseless beauty. Of course, you can turn it off, but I’m still not sure that this can be done completely.
⇡ # Battery life
The Huawei P40 Lite has a capacious lithium-ion battery at 15.96 Wh (4200 mAh), but the capacity itself tells us almost nothing. A smartphone with the top Qualcomm Snapdragon platform and an AMOLED screen could give out 15 hours of work in our test. But the P40 Lite uses the Kirin 810 platform, and its screen uses the IPS matrix, so in theory we should expect a little more modest results.
However, in fact, the smartphone proved to be better than expected. In the standard test, which implies looping playback of FullHD video at maximum screen brightness, with an active Wi-Fi connection, the Huawei P40 Lite worked for 12 hours with a little. In real life, a single battery charge is enough for a full day of work, from early morning until late evening, even if you like to watch videos on the way to work or play games. Можно даже не брать с собой зарядное устройство или внешний аккумулятор. Ну и не стоит забывать, что P40 Lite поддерживает быструю зарядку, а соответствующий адаптер (40 Вт) входит в базовый комплект поставки. Всего за полчаса батарея заряжается до 70%, а полная зарядка занимает около часа.
У Huawei получился еще один неплохо сбалансированный смартфон-середнячок. За 20 тысяч рублей он предлагает большой и качественный экран, на котором удобно смотреть фильмы в дороге, играть в игры и читать книги, а также неплохой набор камер с полноценным ночным режимом, сверхшироким углом обзора и выделенной камерой для макросъемки. Дизайн приятный, не отталкивающий, перед и задняя часть защищены закаленным стеклом. Производительности достаточно для большинства задач, включая игры, а аккумулятор на 4200 мА·ч дает полный день работы, с утра до вечера. Адаптер для быстрой зарядки в комплекте и наличие мини-джека воспринимаются уже как приятные бонусы, хотя без них смартфон не стал бы хуже.
Ну а если вы беспокоитесь по поводу отсутствия сервисов Google, то в случае с Россией (да и, пожалуй, со всеми странами СНГ) их вполне можно заменить «Яндексом». Единственное, с чем так или иначе придется смириться, так это отсутствие бесконтактной оплаты Google Pay.
- симпатичный дизайн, смелые цвета;
- достаточно высокая производительность;
- хорошая автономность;
- неплохой набор камер;
- adequate price.
- карты памяти формата NV;
- отсутствие сервисов Google;
- нет защиты от пыли и влаги.
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