Huawei P30 Lite First Impressions: the dark horse of the P30 line-up

Huawei announced its latest flagships in the form of the  P30 and P30 Pro last month in Paris. However, there was another smartphone in the line-up called the P30 Lite, which was dealt with in a rather step-brotherly fashion. So much so that the company didn’t even announce it at the global event, as it was intended for developing markets with a budget-conscious customer base. Therefore, it came as no surprise when the company skipped the P30 in favour of the P30 Lite at the launch event in India today. We managed to get our hands on the device, and here’s what we think of it.

Right off the bat, unlike the P30 Pro, the Lite variant looks like every other smartphone in the mid-range at the moment. The company is offering the device in two colourways – Midnight Black and Peacock Blue. Of these, the Midnight Black is a staid option for those who like their smartphones to be lowkey. However, the fashion brigade are sure to be enchanted by the Peacock Blue variant. This hue is close to the Aurora colour being offered with the P30 Pro, but with a blue and purple gradient.

The glossy finish of the smartphone feels sturdy in the hand but is a smudge magnet as you can expect. The rear is home to the triple camera module in the top left corner and a capacitive fingerprint scanner towards the centre. As for the sides, the volume and power buttons are located on the right edge, USB Type-C port with loudspeaker grille at the bottom and the SIM tray on the top. Lest we forget, the gradient hue from the rear panel also overflows onto the sides to give it a more uniform look.

Let’s move on to P30 Lite’s window to the world. The smartphone ships with a dewdrop notch display measuring 6.15 inches across the diagonal. The IPS LCD panel offers a screen resolution of 1,080 x 2,312 pixels and is pretty bright and vivid. What we liked about the display panel is that it gets the same waterdrop notch as the P30 Pro, which along with minimal bezels, ensures an immersive viewing experience, which is ideal for multimedia consumption and gaming.

As for the performance, the Huawei P30 Lite is equipped with a HiSilicon Kirin 710 SoC, which is a a 12nm octa-core chipset backed with either 4GB or 6GB RAM depending on the variant. During our short stint with the smartphone, the processor was able to handle multitasking and basic processes without lag, though we will reserve our judgement for the complete review of the smartphone. On the software front, the smartphone boots proprietary the EMUI 9.0 interface running atop the Android 9 Pie. The smartphone is backed by a 3,340mAh battery with support for 18W fast charging.

The star of the package, however, is the triple camera module situated on the back of the P30 Lite. The setup consists of a 24-megapixel wide-angle lens with f/1.8 aperture, 8-megapixel ultra-wide angle secondary sensor and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. There is a powerful 32-megapixel snapper on the front for selfies and video calling. Huawei has equipped the camera app with features like 3D panorama, slow motion video, light painting, pro mode, bokeh, time lapse and live filters. The initial shots taken using the rear camera were pretty good, and the selfie snapper shines through as well.

While it’s pretty evident that the Huawei P30 Lite is a loaded offering in the sub – Rs 20k price segment, it goes up against the POCO F1. The POCO offering is currently the cheapest smartphone to offer the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC, which makes it a performance powerhouse. The Samsung Galaxy A50, which also offers triple rear cameras and is priced in the same range as the P30 Lite, will pose strong competition as well.

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