Huawei has officially announced the P30 Lite and is, therefore, releasing a new device in the popular Lite series. At which points does the smartphone ‘cut back’ compared to the P30 and P30 Pro, which cost hundreds of euros more? We list the most important differences.
This is the Huawei P30 Lite
When Huawei presented the P30 and P30 Pro last month, everyone wondered why the P30 Lite was not shown immediately. However, the Chinese manufacturer decided to wait a while with the announcement and now announces that the P30 Lite will be available in United States stores on 10 May.
The Lite phones are generally very popular and sell quite well in the Benelux. This is mainly due to the excellent price-quality ratio and the fact that the smartphones fall in price fairly quickly or are combined with an attractive subscription.
1. Three cameras, but no optical zoom
The big innovation of the P30 Pro (and ‘normal’ P30) is the fact that the device can zoom up to 5x optically. This puts Huawei ahead of the competition, which usually offers optical zooming up to 2x. It is important to know that the cheaper P30 Lite has no optical zoom at all and uses the three rear cameras for other purposes.
There is a primary camera of 24 megapixels, but more interesting is the 8-megapixel wide-angle lens. This allows you to make very wide shots, which creates unique photos with a great effect. Finally, there is a 2-megapixel depth sensor, which is used when taking portrait photos. With that sensor, the Huawei P30 Lite can better separate the foreground from the background, which should ensure a better effect.
2. Hardware from Huawei P30 Lite is less powerful
With a suggested retail price of 369 euros, the P30 Lite is twice as cheap as the P30 ( 750 euros) and almost three times as cheap as the P30 Pro ( 999 euros ). This is partly because the hardware is less powerful and the processor is a bit slower. The P30 Lite is nevertheless a smooth device, thanks to the excellent Kirin 710 chip that is also included in the Huawei P Smart (2019).
The processor is assisted by 4GB of memory and with 128GB there is a striking amount of storage space. Ideal for storing a lot of music and Netflix movies and series for offline use. If you need more storage, you can expand this further via a micro-SD memory card.
3. A less good screen with thicker edges
The screen of the Huawei P30 Lite has also been cut. The phone has an LCD panel and that offers fewer beautiful colors and fewer deep blacks than an OLED screen. However, the screen with 6.15 inch is nice and big and that is nice when watching videos or playing games.
In addition, the resolution is high (2312 by 1080 pixels) and the notch – which contains the 24-megapixel selfie camera – very small. The edges around the screen are somewhat thicker than those of the regular P30 and P30 Pro, but that is not necessarily very disturbing.
4. The smaller battery and slower charging
Finally, the battery of the Huawei P30 Lite is smaller: 3340 mAh compared to 3650 mAh (Huawei P30) and 4200 mAh (P30 Pro). The super fast charging is also not available, although a standard fast charger is included. This allows the device to recharge fairly quickly. Incidentally, charging is via the USB-C port, which is an advantage compared to the P Smart (2019), which has to do with an outdated micro-USB connection.