About Huawei P30 Lite - Review, Specs + more Huawei P30 Lite - the quick facts Intelligent camera assistant for realistic image results Lighter than Huawei P30 and P30 Pro: 159g including battery Slimmer case: 15.3 × 7.3 × 0.7 cm Much cheaper to buy, but with less features Looks almost exactly the same though The 'simpler' P30 Lite model follows the normal methodology we see across the smartphone sector - take away some of the more expensive functions, and reduce the price. They haven't changed the design much though, unlike say the Apple equivalent the iPhone Xr which looks kind of ugly next to the range-topping Xs. And we can see these changes everywhere, starting with the screen: the P30 Lite does away with the rounded display of the more expensive P30 versions and is instead equipped with a flat 6.15-inch display. P30 Lite Design Thankfully, Huawei has made very few cutbacks with the P30 Lite’s overall design. It looks just as fanciful as ever, and while it lacks the iPhone-like silver tinted edges of its siblings, the 3D curved glass rear is comfortable to hold and the iridescent, colour-gradient finish is stunning. The back of the phone I was sent to review, for instance, nicely fades from an ocean blue to a dark, orchid purple.I'm confident in saying that the P30 Lite looks equally as eye-catching as the rest of the P-series lineup and could easily be mistaken for a phone that costs maybe two, or even three, times the price. Although, as is often the case with these lavish-looking, glossy slabs of aluminium, the phone does pick up smudges rather easily. The triple camera array also manages to poke out far enough that the P30 Lite doesn’t sit particularly well on a flat surface. P30 Lite - Display Instead of the high-contrast OLED display with rich black levels, an ordinary LCD screen is used, which does not resolve to full HD plus, but in Full HD only (2312 × 1080 pixels). While the P30 and P30 Pro's fingerprint sensor is built into the display, the Lite version's unlock feature is now on the back. Neat camera system There is also the triple camera system, giving you wide-angle shots that are recorded with a 48-megapixel sensor, while photos with ultra-wide-angle optics have an 8-megapixel sensor. The third camera unit is responsible for the popular Instagram-style bokeh effect, which digitally simulates a shallow depth of field. Instead of the AI-supported image stabiliser you'll have to make do with a conventional electronic / robotic one, which isn't so bad. In addition, as said above no 4K here, only a full-HD video mode is available. For selfies, the front camera boasts a rather generous 24 megapixels. Under the bonnet In terms of computing power, the P30 lite is slightly shorter than its more premium brothers - it's sorely missing the fast Kirin 980 processor, instead coming with the middle-of-the-range chip called Kirin 710. The operating system is Android of course - version 9.0 Pie but newer models will come preloaded with Android 10. Gaming isn’t the P30 Lite’s strong suit. Despite Huawei’s marketing-driven waffle about enhanced gaming performance, the embedded Mali-G51 GPU isn’t really up to snuff and struggles to play some of the latest games on the Google Play Store at a decent frame rate. You won’t find any issues with older, simpler titles but don’t expect premium visual quality and silky smooth motion. For most everyday applications, 4GB of memory will be enough for most users - ultimately if you're considering this phone then you're probably not what Huawei called a power user. Alternative models to consider We really love this phone, but the sector is pretty crowded so you're spoilt for choice. A few suggestions of similar/related phones: iPhone Xr (more expensive) Galaxy S10e Galaxy A70 The internal memory provided for the software and personal data clocks in at 128 GB. In addition to 2x SIM slots for the dual SIM function, the conventional Bluetooth 4.2 standard and dual-band WLAN with NFC are also on board. You charge the battery via a conventional USB-C port. According to this review, you should be able to get 21 hours of usage on a full charge. Conclusion The cost of the P30 Lite is its biggest selling point - as we all know, the cost of ownership for high-end smartphones is going up and up, and the Samsung Galaxy Fold is about to set a record price when it launches in a few weeks...! In these days of pricey phones, Huawei has done well to keep the cost down. The P30 Pro, its premium big brother, costs almost double the price of the Lite. Battery life isn't amazing, the display is only average and performance, particularly in 3D games, is a bit lacking, so while £399 is still something of a bargain, there are rivals that come impressively close for even less cash. 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