Test Huawei P40 Lite: always more affordable, always without Google

Presentation

After the P40 Pro and P40, Huawei is back with a much more affordable P40 Lite. A smartphone that relies on a simpler technical package, namely a 6.4-inch (1080 x 2310 px) LCD screen, a Kirin 810 SoC with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, a backside photo module with four sensors including one wide-angle and one ultra-wide-angle, and a 4200 mAh battery. All this at an output price of €299.

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Ergonomics and design

In In the absence of a dedicated sub-note, we decided to reflect the absence of Google services on the sub-note "Ergonomics and design". Despite all its technical qualities, we cannot recommend this smartphone as it stands.

La Huawei P series impressed in the first half of 2020 thanks to the very well thought-out design of the two references available at the time: theP40andP40 Pro. The finishes and coating of the P40 and P40 Pro make them easy to use and pleasant to hold. With this P40 Lite, you can obviously expect a less elaborate design, as the brand is looking to reduce costs.

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Exit so the frosted glass, and place to a plastic shell less shimmering. Fortunately, despite its visual glossy appearance, this surface clings well under the fingers, even a little too much since the traces are legion.

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Les edges are also curved to facilitate the grip, which is not the case for the slab which is flat. Still at the back, the photo block is in the upper left corner, in the format of a baking tray and therefore comprising four modules. There is also no aluminium strapping, which gives way to a matt polycarbonate. However, the fingerprint reader is integrated in the right-hand edge under the volume keys. It also acts as an ignition button since it is clickable. This fingerprint reader is reliable and extremely fast.

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À On the front, the 16MP photo sensor is slid in the left corner, in punch format. The manufacturer also slides this 6.4-inch screen into a 159.2 x 76.3 x 8.7 mm frame. The weight of the terminal is 183 grams.

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Côté connection, the mobile relies on USB-C and has a mini-jack socket on the bottom edge. As always, Huawei does not provide a microSD port, but a slot for an NM card, the brand's proprietary format.

Audio

Huawei P40 Lite offers a rather good mini jack socket. Its power is correct (91 mVrms) and its distortion contained at 0.003%. The dynamic range is in the middle (92 dB).

Screen

In As far as the screen is concerned, this Huawei P40 Lite offers a fairly classic IPS LCD panel, which has the same defect as the other recent IPS panels of the brand, i.e. a fairly low contrast ratio (972:1). The maximum brightness is correct (402 cd/m²), and the minimum brightness is excellent (1.1 cd/m²) for a very comfortable use in the dark.

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Ces results are obtained with the most balanced display mode for this screen (Normal, Warm), which provides a color temperature of 6321 K and an excellent delta E of 1.6. In addition, there is an average reflection rate of 48.7%, a remanence time of 14 ms and a touch delay of 98 ms. All this was highly anticipated.

Performances

Évidemment, the P40 Lite does not offer the same SoC as the P40 and P40 Pro, which are based on a Kirin 990. Here the manufacturer offers a Kirin 810 SoC supported by 6 GB RAM. The results are frankly correct, the mobile ranks among the best performing mobiles in this price range.

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P40 Lite has an overall index score of 95, which puts it almost on par withOppo Find X2 Neo,Realme 3 Pro,Samsing Galaxy Note 10+orXiaomi Mi 10 Pro, and above its natural competitorsXiaomi Redmi Note 9 ProouGoogle Pixel 4a. The results are also balanced since the terminal does very well in multitasking (99), but also in game (91).

Nos performance tests are carried out with viSer, the application developed by SmartViser.

Photo

Huawei P40 Lite is therefore equipped with a photo block composed of four modules, including a 48 MP wide-angle and an 8 MP ultra-wide-angle. The two other lenses are dedicated to depth (2 MP) and macro (2 MP).

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Module main (wide-angle)

On feels in this P40 Lite a little bit of the DNA of its prestigious lineage, like excellent colorimetry or night-time dispositions a little above the norm, but without that little something that allows a mobile to rise among the best photophones of the moment.

By day, the images obtained with this model are rather attractive, with many details visible in the center. The corners are a little less convincing, and this lack of homogeneity makes the phone lose precious points.

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By night, we observe a well exposed and rather sharp scene on the whole. Obviously, we lose details and it is once again at the edge of the image that the textures fade too quickly. It is all the more a pity that the image is convincing in the center, which will suit most situations.

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Mode 48 Mpx

Comme often, the 48MP mode does not bring much more than the classic mode, which makes its use very accessory. All the more so since it is necessary to access the High Resolution mode of the Plus menu to use it, and most users will abandon it after three or four tries. The image is in any case a little brighter and a little more detailed in the center. At night, there is little difference.

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Ultra wide-angle

Étonnamment, this ultra-wide-angle module doesn't offer distortion correction, so you'll have to stick to photos with fish-eye effect. The quality is rather good for an ultra-wide-angle module, and even night shots are not a mess of pixels, as we are sometimes used to.

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Module front, video and fashion portrait

À At the front, Huawei opted for a 16-megapixel sensor with f/2 aperture, which offers good results with detailed and correctly exposed images. The portrait mode also shows itself to be well done, with a rather relevant trimming of the subjects. Finally, the mobile is able to shoot in 1080p and we appreciate the tracking of faces.

Autonomy

Huawei P40 Lite is equipped with a rather large 4200 mAh battery. Surfing on a proven know-how in energy efficiency, it can last 18 h 39 min. This autonomy ranks it among the very good terminals of the moment, even if a host of other references pass the 20-hour mark. In practice, it will be able to withstand 2 full days of standard use.

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C' is also the fast 40 W charge that allows this terminal to get an excellent note in autonomy, since it takes just 1 hour on the mains to get a new lease of life.

Nos battery tests are automated by viSer, the application developed by the SmartViser company. The results obtained with viSer come from measurements taken in real conditions of use (calls, SMS, videos, application launches, web browsing...).