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Huawei P40 Lite vs Huawei P30 Lite: differences

The Huawei P40 Lite it is the natural evolution of the previous one Huawei P30 Lite, and in this comparative We will review what differences exist, what has been improved and what remains the same, to see if it is worth taking the leap.

We have already presented the specifications of the Huawei P40 Lite in depth and we have also given the details of the Huawei P30 Lite, but among them there are some important differences in which it is worth deepening.

Especially since the P30 Lite, launched in 2019, can be found discounted against the P40 Lite (from 2020), and in the mid-range it is very important value the specifications in relation to what we pay for them.

Evolved screen and design

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At the external level, the first thing that attracts attention is that the P30 Lite places the selfie camera in a mini notch, which was the standard at the time of its release, while the P40 Lite carries the camera embedded in the screen, through a small hole in the panel that Huawei increasingly uses in more models.

The two phones choose IPS screens, with the same resolution, but different dimensions. These are the differences:

  1. P30 Lite: 6.15 inches FHD + (90% of the front) with mini notch.
  2. P40 Lite: 6.4 inches FHD + (90.6% of the front) with embedded selfie camera.

On a physical level, smartphones have many similarities. The two include USB C port, 3.5mm jack and bottom speaker, so the physical connectivity is identical.

In addition, its construction is similar. Huawei opts for glass finishes and a metal side frame. The P30 Lite can be obtained in black, white, blue and ncar colors, while the P40 Lite is marketed in black, green and pink.

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In the biometric identification we find key differences: P30 Lite carries a rear fingerprint reader, quite usual, while the P40 Lite uses a side fingerprint reader, located on the right edge.

Perhaps it is the most controversial change of Huawei, because the side fingerprint readers have never been very popular, and in the middle of 2020 it would not have been more to mount an ultrasonic sensor under the screen, increasingly common in the mid-range.

16 phones with fingerprint reader under the screen

Any of the terminals offers facial recognition, using the selfie camera and without specific depth sensors, so the security is simply correct, but does not reach the level of the dedicated sensors.

On the other hand, Huawei increased the screen size of its most recent mid-range, and that has resulted in some larger dimensions and weight, that here we can see:

  1. P30 Lite: 152.9 x 72.7 x 7.4 mm and 159 g.
  2. P40 Lite: 159.2 x 76.3 x 8.7 mm and 183 g.

Jump from 3 to 4 cameras

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In the rear cameras we discover one of the key differences between both smartphones. Three of the sensors offer the same features, but Huawei has added a fourth camera for macro mode, that is, for photos a few centimeters from the lens.

So are the camera settings:

  1. P30 Lite: 48 MP f / 1.8 (main) + 8 MP (ultra wide angle) + 2 MP (bokeh).
  2. P40 Lite: 48 MP f / 1.8 (main) + 8 MP (ultra wide angle) + 2 MP (macro) + 2 MP (bokeh).

Regarding selfies, the P30 Lite has a 24 MP f / 2.0 front camerawhile in the new Huawei P40 Lite the selfie camera is 16 MP f / 2.0.