Test Huawei P30 Lite: a mid-range with exemplary finishes

Presentation

After excellentP30andP30 Pro, Huawei returns with a lighter version. Less ambitious, this P30 Lite is distinguished by a solid technical data sheet supported by a premium design. This makes it a particularly interesting terminal on paper. All the more so since it seems to display some pretensions on the photo side with its triple rear module, driven by the famous 48MP sensor.

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La good handling of the P30 Lite.

Lancé at €369, this P30 Lite is compatible with Samsung'sGalaxy A50 and Xiaomi'sMi 9 SE, but also with the F1 Pocophone. Three strong competitors.

Ergonomics and design

Avec its P30 Lite, Huawei refused to make aesthetic concessions. The terminal thus benefits from a finish that is as exemplary as it is pleasing to the eye. Its back is of the most beautiful effect. At the front, the 6.15-inch LTPS slab occupies 84% of the slab. On the top edge, the teardrop notch is slightly smaller, allowing the screen to gain a few square millimeters.

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La very aesthetic finish of the P30 Lite.

Anonce in hand, the P30 Lite offers a completely satisfying experience. The side buttons, located on the right side of the smartphone are easily accessible, whether you are left- or right-handed. The same applies to the fingerprint sensor on the back. If it is as reliable as on the other P30s, it may be a bit slower.

Sur The P30 Lite has a USB-C connector at the bottom, but also a 3.5 mm mini-jack. This is an appreciable presence because these plugs tend to disappear in favor of USB-C. The terminal offers 128 GB of internal memory. Note that it is possible to give a little more space to all this, thanks to the port that can accommodate microSD cards up to 512 GB. Dual SIM, the P30 Lite is compatible with NFC, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2 and 4G+ (cat. 13).

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narrowed notch of the P30 Lite.

Malheureusement, the P30 Lite is not waterproof, but it's hard to blame it, few of its competitors in its price range are.

Screen

P30 Lite offers a 6.15-inch LTPS panel in 19:9 format, displaying 2,312 x 1,080 px at 415 dpi resolution. The quality is good. However, it is necessary to make a small turn in the parameters to get the best out of it. Once inside, click on "Display", then "Mode & Color Temperature" before choosing the "Normal" profile and position yourself the cursor in the yellow.

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La how to get a better colorimetry on the P30 Lite.

Ceci done, the slab of the P30 Lite offers an irreproachable colorimetry. Thanks to uniformly controlled shades, its average delta E is excellent (2.3) while the color temperature is positioned at 6,546 K flirting with the 6,500 K video standard. Unfortunately, this beautiful picture is spoiled by a rather low contrast ratio (997:1), which IPS forces.

In As far as pure performance is concerned, the screen of the P30 Lite is one of the good students, with a maximum brightness of 472 cd/m² and a minimum brightness of 1 cd/m². This ensures that the display remains legible under all circumstances. A comfort well helped by the low reflectance of the slab (8%). Finally, its remanence time (18 ms) is satisfactory while its tactile delay (77 ms) places it slightly above average.

Performances

C' is a Kirin 710 SoC based on eight ARM cores (4 x A73 at 2.73 GHz and 4 x A53 at 1.7 GHz) that powers the P30 Lite. One chip is more than enough to run Android Pie. Enough also to juggle between applications without too many problems. In any situation, the smartphone manages to keep its cool and barely reaches 36.3 °C after intensive use.

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P30 Lite after filming in FHD for 10 minutes.

Au When you launch a game, the Mali-G51 MP4 iGPU chip takes over. It manages, in front of the greedy 3D games, to keep a correct fluidity, without being transcendent on the graphics side.

Audio

Concernant audio, the P30 Lite comes with good news and bad news. The good news is that it has a 3.5mm mini-jack. The bad news is that it turns out to be very average. While it benefits from a fairly wide dynamic range and keeps its distortion to a minimum, this is unfortunately not the case with crosstalk. The stereo scene is therefore poor on the P30 Lite side. On top of that, the output power of the plug is quite low, and it will be put in trouble by any headphones that use a little bit of power.

Situé on the bottom edge, the P30 Lite's speaker is just about average. Its output power is low, while the sound is tight.

Photo

Comme his brothers, the P30 Lite carries a triple photo module on its back. It is however arranged in a different way. Exit the 8 MP telephoto lens, instead, a module dedicated to depth of field (2 MP), for portrait mode, makes its appearance. The sensors are also different. There is a main sensor of 48 MP and a sensor of 8 MP for the very wide angle. A slightly less hybrid configuration, but carried by an application still as fluid. This module combo makes it a direct competitor to theMi 9 SE.

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Triple P30 Lite rear photo module.

Module main: 48 Mpx, 27 mm, f/1.8

Avec the default settings of the smartphone, the main module and its 48 Mpx sensor take 12 Mpx shots thanks to the Pixel Binning technique. The goal is to combine pixels in order to capture more light. A process that we have already crossed on the Mi 9 SE of Xiaomi or on the View 20 of Honor. Huawei's photo application allows you to take pictures directly in 48 Mpx. This allows for a slight increase in detail and offers some latitude when it comes to cropping a photo.

By day, the main module of the P30 Lite takes slightly too limited pictures. It lacks sharpness, but above all contrast. Luckily, there is no deterioration in the periphery.

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C 'is at night that the problem hurts. Clichés are drowned in electronic noise and colors, already dull by day, disappear. We thus find ourselves with a photo that is certainly readable, but not very usable, with areas that are completely blocked. We note however that it reaches a ceiling at ISO 3,200, where theMi 9 SEde Xiaomi hovers at ISO 11,569. In any case, under these conditions, the Galaxy A50 or the F1 phone do better.

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Module very wide-angle: 8 Mpx, 17 mm, f/2.4

C The very wide-angle module comes in handy when the landscape is out of the frame. With its 17 mm equivalent focal length, its f/2.4 opening lens and its 8 Mpx sensor, it unfortunately offers pictures of very average quality. In daylight, the amount of detail and the contrast ratio are further reduced. There is also a real loss of quality on the periphery. That's why it is positioned well below aMi 9 SE.

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By night, the result is this time close to catastrophic. Facing only 3 lux, the very wide angle of the P30 Lite loosens and offers a rendering buried under the electronic noise, with a total loss of details. It's simple, you won't have to rely on its wide-angle lens in candlelight.

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Mode portrait, front module and vidéo

An portrait mode is available on the P30 Lite's photo application. Unfortunately, it is rather limited. Its impact is mainly felt on the dorsal APN where the 2 MP module dedicated to depth of field allows to obtain a progressive bokeh quite successful. On the other hand, this famous blur effect that highlights the subject is almost non-existent on the front module. Too bad since this one, with its 24 Mpx sensor and its lens opening at f/2.0, is rather good. Exposure is often well controlled and backlighting is quite well managed.

Autonomy

Avec its 3,340 mAh battery, the P30 Lite has average performance in autonomy. During our in-house battery life test, which simulates normal smartphone use, the Chinese terminal lasted 15 hours and 48 minutes. In real conditions, this corresponds to just over two days of use. A good score in itself, but tarnished by those of the direct competition. The P30 Lite looks very pale compared to Galaxy A50, Mi 9 SE or Pocophone F1 which offer a much better autonomy.

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À Please note that it takes only 1 hr 30 min to fully charge the P30 Lite.