Updated on 2019-05-05 by Sylvester Avijit Gomes
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Every year Huawei launches its flagship P series of smartphone. The P series packs the latest optics that rivals the likes of Google, best in class processor and a price tag that’s pretty difficult to beat. As these flagships are kind of expensive, from 2015 Huawei has also been releasing skimmed down version of the P series aka the ‘lite’ series of the flagship counterpart. This year follows the suit and comes with it the release of the P30 lite. The younger sibling to the Huawei P30 and P30 pro lineup. Want to know more about it? Like always friends read on to find out our opinion on the new Huawei P30 Lite.
So, we would be dividing the review into the following parts that we like calling the boxes of a smartphone. Namely, Build and Design, Display, Battery life, Camera and finally Performance.
Huawei has always been on point with build and design. This is very evident in the design language of the P30 Lite. Huawei has used its famous gradient back glass design in here. In one word it simply looks beautiful. This beauty is also accompanied by brawls as the glass is no ordinary one and comes with an aluminosilicate one. If I were to speak simple English this basically means that the glass is well protected. Apart from the very attention-grabbing gradient back when you hold the phone you will be greeted by the following things. Great tactile Power and volume buttons to the right hand of the device. Hybrid SIM card slot to the top. Nothing to the left. While the bottom of the device wraps it up with Headphone jack, USB type C port, Huawei, primary microphone and the speaker grill to the bottom. The rear of phone houses a tri-camera setup and the fingerprint scanner.
We would have appreciated the use of a textured power button but one can’t really complain due to the low price tag of the phone. All in all, Huawei has done a great job with the build and design of the phone. We, on the other hand, get to choose between 2 color variants that the P30 lite comes in. Peacock blue and Midnight black. Huawei has also maintained the phone to be lightweight and weighs about only 159 gm and thickness of 7.4 mm making it sleek to easily hold in your hand.
Now we know how Huawei goes about their displays. They always don’t really go for the highest for QHD resolution. Yeah, they do it once in a blue moon as they did with the Mate 20 pro. But almost every other time they mainly focus on delivering great FHD+ displays. Fortunately, this displays grade choice cue follows up with the P30 lite too. When you lift the P30 lite you will be greeted with a beautiful 6.15-inch LCD U-notched display. The resolution at FHD+ gives the users a 2312 x 1080P resulting in 415 PPI display. Colors are great and accurate making it a great media consumption device. The use of a U-notch gives the phone a 90% screen to body ratio. However, this would have been even better if an OLED panel were used as the Samsung provides one with their Galaxy A50 in the similar price range of under 20000. The display quality overall is great considering the price.
Now, coming to the battery life of the P30 lite. Huawei’s packed in a pretty decent sized battery in here. The P30 lite comes with a 3340mAh battery. Now, don’t be upset if you don’t see a 4000mAh one. This is because Huawei’s packed in treat bundled inside the box. The treat comes in the form of an 18W fast charger which can charge the phone in about100 minutes. All in all, When the 3340mAh battery is packed in the P30 lite couple with the FHD+ display and the Low-powered Kirin 710, more on that in a moment, gives the P30 lite an easy 1-day battery life. Even if you do end up killing the phone before bedtime you can quickly top it up with the included fast charger. The battery is not the best but you can live with it if you are not a very heavy user.
Now, probably why many of you are actually reading this review is to know how the cameras on the phone fair. Simple, on paper, this setup looks really promising. The rear of the camera as mentioned above is a tri-camera setup. A main primary shooter of 24MP at F1.8, an Ultra-wide lens at 8MP and a depth sensor of 2MP. This is assisted with a single LED flash. The selfie department is handled by a 32MP F2.0 shooter. Now please don’t expect Huawei’s flagship grade photography out of this setup. However, that does not mean that the cameras on the P30 lite are not up to the mark. In fact, they are great especially considering the price tag.
The main 24MP primary shooter captures rich details and is good for lowlight photography considering the F1.8 low aperture of the lens. The wide-angle lens also pretty decent one as it covers 120 degrees of view. Finally comes the 3rd lens which is a 2MP depth sensor and all it does is what a depth sensor does. Separates the foreground from the background. Last but not the least we have the 32MP selfie shooter on the front. Selfies come out with great details and detect more than 8 categories in real-time. All in all, Huawei’s done a great job with the camera department here. Nothing to complain about.
We finally come to the last box that a smartphone should check in order to be a good smartphone. Now the performance department is kind of a let down here. The P30 lite boasts a Kirin 710 on the hardware front and is backed by 4GB RAM and 128GB storage. This is the only variant available. This storage choice if a kind of confusing as usually we find that a 4GB RAM is coupled with a 64GB storage and a 6GB RAM is coupled with a 128GB one. However, coming back to the processor when we hear the number 710 are brain directly thinks of the Snapdragon 710.
However, that is not the case as in reality the Kirin 710 actually competes with the Snapdragon 710. The Kirin 710 is built on the 12nm manufacturing process. It has 4 A-73 cores clocked at 2.2GHz and 4 A-53 cores clocked at 1.7GHz. Mali G51 handles the GPU front. Now on paper, the Kirin 710 just barely beast the Snapdragon 660. However, when it comes to the GPU, the Adreno 512 on the 660 thrashes the pretty old Mali G51 on the Kirin 710. The only real advantage here is the smaller manufacturing process at 12nm that will give a better energy efficiency vs the 14nm on the Snapdragon counterpart.
Then we come to the 2nd part of the performance which is the software running phone. The good news is that its Android 9 Pie. The bad one is that EMUI is running atop it. The version is EMUI 9 and even if this version of EMUI is lighter and faster than the previous versions it is nowhere near to the like of per se One UI, let alone stock android. With a processor like the Kirin 710 and a heavy UI like EMUI 9, only time will tell how many miles will the phone last before bogging down on performance. The Kirin 710 scores around 138000 on the AnTuTu which is substandard for a smartphone under 20000 given what the competition is offering. For security, P30 Lite supports fingerprint and face unlocking. Both security methods work fast and are accurate so you will not face any issues here.
So, if we were to wrap this up. The Huawei P30 Lite checks 4 of the 5 boxes that were mentioned. It gets the Build and design right. It has a great display if not the best. The battery is pretty good too considering the 18W fast charger comes in the box. The display is great too, I mean yes, it’s not as good as an AMOLED one but definitely daily driver material. It has one on the best cameras its price segment. Thus, it’s only the performance that's a slight let down. If you can live with what sort of performance lies underneath, then the device below it is a solid one. We would have loved to see a 6GB RAM instead of a 4GB one but again for 70% of what anybody would need the phone to do it will do just fine. Currently, the P30 lite retails for rupees 19990 through Amazon only. We are pretty impressed with the phone and we are pretty sure that you’ll love it too.
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Huawei P30 Lite has a beautiful display and design but it lacks on the performance front because of a subdued Kirin 710 processor in under 20000 smartphone. Battery provides a one day backup with a fast charger in the box. Overall it is not a good value for money phone but if you need a great looking smartphone with good camera capabilities then you can look into P30 Lite