Huawei's very first P series handset was released in 2017, and the brand has continued to add to its popular smartphone range every year since. In 2020, we were introduced to the Huawei P40 range, with the Huawei P40 Lite being the most affordable choice out of the new handsets.
However, despite its lower price tag, you'll still find plenty of state-of-the-art specs on the Huawei P40 Lite, including an impressive 6.4-inch display and a quad-lens rear camera system.
Find out just what this impressive handset has in store, below.
Huawei P40 Lite Design and Display
With a slick, durable plastic frame, smooth curved edges and a Huawei Punch FullView display that completely covers the front of the device, the Huawei P40 Lite is a smartphone that not only looks great, but feels great too.
Not one for wasting space, Huawei has removed the need for a home button on the P40 Lite, and placed the fingerprint scanner inside the handset's power button to eliminate unnecessary interruptions, maximising the phone's screen-to-body ratio. The rear camera has been placed neatly on the back of the device too, inside a minimalistic square-shaped cut-out located at the top-left corner.
Delivering a truly seamless design, the Huawei P40 Lite's screen blends effortlessly with the device's frame. It measures 6.4 inches, and has been crafted with LCD technology. Offering a resolution of 2310 x 1080 pixels, and producing 16.7 million colours, you can be confident that it's geared up to produce a refined, true-to-life picture full of detail and vibrant hues. Whether it's mobile gaming you're into, or you prefer to stream videos from YouTube or scroll through Instagram, you can expect the handset's screen to perform brilliantly.
Huawei P40 Lite Camera
You might not expect to find a quad-lens camera on a handset that's deemed to have a low to mid-range price point, but that's exactly what you'll get with the Huawei P40 Lite. Huawei is renowned for loading up its handsets with next-level cameras, and the handset has a 48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP quad-lens camera system on board, designed in partnership with photography experts Leica, as well as a 16MP selfie camera.
The 48MP main lens is on hand to provide you with outstanding quality, championing the ability to even shoot clearly even when you're faced with difficult lighting conditions, like dark inside spaces or bright daylight. Activating the 48MP AI Ultra Clarity mode will take the phone's photo quality even further; when you hit the shutter button, multiple frames will be taken and then combined to produce one perfectly blended, high definition image. Thanks to the high number of pixels, you won't have to worry if you want to zoom in either - there'll be no loss to picture quality if you start to focus on one area and crop the image.
Meanwhile, the 8MP Ultra Wide lens extends the rear camera's field of view to 120-degrees, making it particularly perfect for landscape shots. The 2MP macro lens, on the other hand, works in the opposite way, and it's all about those close-up shots. You'll be able to take images from just 4cm away, meaning you can really focus in on the smallest details of whatever you're shooting. With both specialised lenses available, it really does give you the flexibility and freedom to explore your creativity via smartphone photography.
The final lens of the rear camera setup is the 2MP bokeh lens. Using AI depth perception, the bokeh lens is essential for taking a professional-looking portrait shot. The depth of field will become shallow with this lens, softening the background and helping you to really draw focus to the main person or object in your picture.
AI Image Stabilisation also ensures you'll never be left with blurry, shaky images again, while Huawei's Super Night mode enhances the camera's abilities to shoot in dark conditions, removing unwanted noise and increasing the available dynamic range to brighten and sharpen images taken during the evening.
Huawei P40 Lite Power and Battery
There's a strong core working away behind the scenes of the Huawei P40 Lite, ensuring an efficient and smooth performance day in, day out. Helping to keep the handset running quickly without any signs of lag, and powering the most demanding AI features, you'll find an octa-core CPU, and a Kirin 810 chipset built into the phone.
There's even Huawei's very own GPU Turbo included on the Huawei P40 Lite, which will be fantastic news for gamers. Handling the most graphics-heavy games with ease, you'll experience higher frame rates, no lag and amazing high definition graphics whenever you're gaming on this handset. GPU Turbo has been created to consume barely any power too, meaning you'll be able to game for longer with less drain on the battery.
Speaking of power, the Huawei P40 Lite comes fully equipped with a** 4,200 mAh battery** that's capable of providing a full day's worth of charge. If you do run out of charge, there's no need to wait around long. Created with 40W SuperCharge, it supports fast charging, and with the correct SuperCharge cable (sold separately), you can reach 70% battery in a mere 30 minutes.
Huawei P40 Lite EMUI 10.1 and Celia
While based on Android 10, the Huawei P40 range - including the Huawei P40 Lite - will run on Huawei's very own customised operating system: EMUI 10.1. Upon first glance, you'll instantly notice how streamlined and minimalistic the interface is, making it easier than ever to navigate.
Multi-Window, for example, makes multitasking a breeze. There'll be no need to switch in and out of apps when you need both: just swipe in from either the left or right of the screen, select an app to use simultaneously with the one you currently have open and that's it. Multi-Window mode will activate, and you can view two things at the same time. Huawei Share is all about ease of use too, via wireless sharing you will be able to send multiple photos and large files between compatible devices - no mobile network needed.
MeeTime is another of EMUI 10.1's standout features. You can take high-quality video calls with multiple contacts, share your screen at the touch of a button and even tap into conference call features if using your device for work purposes.
Another major addition that made its debut on the Huawei P40 range is Celia: Huawei's very own intelligent smart assistant. Activated by a simple 'Hey Celia' (or by holding down the power button for one second), Celia will respond to voice commands to help you with a huge range of tasks. The AI assistant can assist you with all the basics, from sending texts and making calls to scheduling in meetings, but it’s also capable of so much more. Celia can take a selfie for you, translate someone speaking in real-time or directly from a paragraph of text, calculate the calories in your meal when you point the camera at it or identify various objects, such as specific plants and flowers.