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
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:
- P30 Lite: 6.15 inches FHD + (90% of the front) with mini notch.
- 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.
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.
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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:
- P30 Lite: 152.9 x 72.7 x 7.4 mm and 159 g.
- P40 Lite: 159.2 x 76.3 x 8.7 mm and 183 g.
Jump from 3 to 4 cameras
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:
- P30 Lite: 48 MP f / 1.8 (main) + 8 MP (ultra wide angle) + 2 MP (bokeh).
- 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.
As already mentioned, the front camera goes from being located in a mini notch to being embedded in a small hole in the upper left area of ??the terminal.
But it is not the only thing that attracts attention in the design of Huawei cameras. The P30 Lite has the rear sensors in a row, while the P40 Lite places them in a kind of square lift, much like the iPhone 11.
Processor, memory and connectivity
The purely technical section of smartphones always evolves in each generation, especially since Huawei develops its Kirin own processors.
While we continue with 8-core chips, change your configuration and skip to a more compact manufacturing process, which allows you to increase performance and reduce chip consumption:
- P30 Lite: Kirin 710 (12 nm) with 8 cores (4 x A73 at 2.2 GHz + 4 x A53 at 1.7 GHz) and Mali-G51 GPU.
- P40 Lite: Kirin 810 (7 nm) with 8 cores (2 x A76 at 2.27 GHz + 6 x A55 at 1.88 GHz) and Mali-G52 MP6 GPU.
At the memory level, Huawei has Increased RAM, while maintaining 128 GB of storage, a more than enough figure for the mid-range.
There will be differences if we want to expand the internal space, as we will have to buy Huawei NM Cards for the P40 Lite, instead of the usual microSD.
- P30 Lite: 4 GB of RAM + 128 GB of storage (optional microSD card).
- P40 Lite: 6 GB of RAM + 128 GB of storage (optional SD NM card).
According to the connectivity, we continue with 4G networks, since 5G is still far from the mid-range. We see improvements in Bluetooth, and compatible geolocation networks are expanded, but it is not a section where Huawei has made many changes:
- P30 Lite: 4G / LTE, WiFi ac dual band, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC and positioning (GPS and GLONASS).
- P40 Lite: 4G / LTE, WiFi dual band ac, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC and positioning (GPS, GLONASS, QZSS and Galileo).
Battery and fast charge
Huawei has chosen to make the successor of the P30 Lite bigger, so it is logical that inside it fits a major battery. While it should feed a larger screen, in principle it should provide us with a greater autonomy.
These are the differences between mobiles:
- P30 Lite: 3,340 mAh with load at 18 W.
- P40 Lite: 4,200 mAh with load at 40 W.
The key: Android with Google or without l
The most delicate point of the comparison is the operating system. The Huawei P30 Lite has Android 9 Pie, in its standard version, including the Play Store, Google Play Services and the other applications of the search engine brand (YouTube, Gmail, Maps, Drive …)
In addition, the update to Android 10 is already available for some users, and Spanish units (and other countries) should receive it shortly.
For its part, the Huawei P40 Lite is one of those harmed by the US trade veto to Huawei, so It has not been certified by Google. In it we will use the AppGallery store, Google services are replaced by Huawei Mobile Services and the company's applications must be installed on our own.
That's right, the P40 Lite includes Android 10 under the EMUI 10 customization layerWell, thanks to Android Open Source Project (AOSP) the Chinese firm has access to most of the operating system code.
These limitations may involve a problem for less advanced usersWell, popular apps like WhatsApp or Facebook must be downloaded externally. Of course, the same case happened with the last high-end brand, and we saw that the Huawei Mate 30 Pro can be installed Google Play Services.
Purchase: Huawei P30 Lite (Amazon)
Purchase: Huawei P40 Lite (Amazon)
In the end, the key differences between both phones are that the Huawei P40 Lite offers superior hardware, but the P30 Lite has an Android version with Google apps, something important if the user does not have much knowledge of technology.
Choosing one model or another also depends on the price, the P30 Lite has already been lowered, while the P40 Lite is more current, so its cost is higher. While both the Huawei P30 Lite and the P40 Lite are good phones, the decision depends on our budget and if we need Google services to come preinstalled.
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What do you think of these smartphones? Are you convinced by Huawei's bet in the mid-range?