Huawei P40 Lite, touchdown and first impressions

The Huawei company has just officially announced the arrival of the first member of the P40 family to the market. It is the P40 Lite model that arrives as the most modest of the range at a price that starts at 299 euros along with the true-wireless Freebuds 3 headphones.

The big day came when Huawei introduced the first mobile of the next P40 family. The Huawei P40 Lite has just been announced, it is mobile that opens the range and presumably cheaper price of them all.

This mobile is a notable update from the P30 Lite with a new processor, Kirin 810 manufactured in 7nm, which will consume less and perform more than last year. The design has also been another differential point and this mobile is committed to an all-screen design with a hole for the front camera.

This model comes at a time when due to the political situation between the US and China cannot use Google Mobile Services so Huawei continues to bet on Android 10 and EMUI 10 with its services and applications. Let’s see how is this Huawei P40 Lite.

Glass finish and all screen with a hole

Huawei has just launched a very colorful terminal with green and white finishes with a very bright pink gradient and one in black for the more traditional ones. That rear part shows a glass finish from which the pack of four cameras comes out approximately one millimeter in the upper left and reminiscent of the size of the Mate 20.

This rear glass curves at the edges to gently embed in the central part of the body, in metal with the same color finish, in matt. In that metallic body, we have on the right side the power button that doubles as a capacitive fingerprint reader and the volume buttons.

At the bottom we find a pleasant surprise, there is the minijack, USB-C connector, microphone, and the main speaker, as we see, in down-firing format.

The left side is completely clean except for the upper part where the tray for double nanoSIM or nanoSIM plus NMCard is located to expand the internal memory. The top of the phone only integrates the noise-canceling microphone.

If you look at this matte metal part there is a small bezel that makes the black plastic support of the screen completely concealed. The sensations that the terminal has given us when it comes to picking it up are good: premium material, not very heavy, and quite compact for the screen size it mounts.

Let’s talk about the screen since we are facing a mobile that rushes the frames with 6.4 inches diagonally with rounded corners and a hole in the upper left where the camera for selfies is housed.

The impression that the screen has given us with the simple eye is that it does not offer all the brightness offered by mobiles of similar category. Do not think that we mean that it is not enough brightness to be used indoors or even with outdoor light, but it seems somewhat more muted.

Be that as it may, we will have to wait for our laboratory measurements to contrast that feeling.

EMUI 10 without a Google trace and a promising Kirin 810 chip

Something that stands out when it comes to touching the terminal for the first time is that you can’t find any Google applications. While it was expected due to the current situation between the US and the company, this means that we have to deal with the Huawei Mobile Services that are implementing more services every day, although still behind Google Mobile Services.

We find an implementation of EMUI 10 on Android 10, this coupled with 6 GB of RAM makes the use of the terminal in terms of multitasking is quite light, at least as we could see in our first contact. To install applications we will have to make use of the App Gallery, and things have not changed much since we tested the Mate 30 Pro.

There are missing applications that the great bulk of the public uses daily and Huawei, aware of that, has developed Phone Clone, an application that is integrated into the boot of the terminal and that you can also use later, which allows you to pass applications, contacts and multimedia content from your mobile to this new P40 Lite.

That way you can have WhatsApp or Instagram, among others. It is true that applications that are integrated with GMS will not work correctly, such as Cabify and that applications that Huawei has proven to not work either, but at least it is a start. There is a very fast method to install GMS, through an APK, and although it has limitations it will make the terminal a wearable Android mobile like any other.

It will be during the analysis when we go deeper into the subject of software what we can comment now is that it assembles a new processor, the Kirin 810, a cut-out version of the Kirin 980. It is manufactured in 7nm and although the GPU is less capable, a Mali G52 MP6, in terms of processor mounts two A76 cores and 6 more efficient processors, Cortex A55.

As we can see, two fast cores are lost and the GPU is somewhat more modest than in the Kirin 980 but in return, we see a notable improvement in CPU performance with the A76 vs. the A73 chips of the Kirin 710.

During the short time in which we have tested it, we have only been able to verify that the operating system behaves very fluidly and we will have to pass all the tests in our laboratory.

We have to check how much improvement there is in front of the Kirin 710 and if that GPU is capable of performing enough to run state-of-the-art games smoothly. What is clear is that it is a more energy-efficient chip.

5 sensors to cover almost any use and, finally, fast charging in the Lite range

This mobile mounts no less than 5 sensors, four sensors in the back and one in the front. We see how the camera software follows the line of unifying interface in EMUI 10 and is very similar to that of the Huawei P30 or that of the Mate 30 Pro, with the proviso that there are not some of the advanced functions of these.

A great update at a very content price

And Huawei is selling this terminal for 299 euros along with True Wireless headphones with active noise cancellation that we liked so much, the FreeBuds 3. These headphones have a sale price of around 150 euros.

That is, we are seeing how Huawei continues to take steps in a situation that is not comfortable and imposed by the US government. We are looking forward to thoroughly analyze the terminal and see how it performs, the quality of the screen and if we can deal with Huawei Mobile Services on a day-to-day basis or we will have to take a step towards GMS methods.

This mobile is a natural hardware update compared to last year’s Huawei P30 Lite with significant improvements in autonomy, camera, and design, being a mobile that gives better sensations. We look forward to offering you our full analysis next week.

 

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