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Huawei P30 Lite Review

The Huawei P30 Lite has arrived in the office and we've been putting it through its paces. Come see how the 48MP sensor performs.

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Quick Verdict

The Huawei P30 Lite might not have quite as many of the pro-quality features we see on the P30 Pro, and other flagships, but for those who don't want to spend a lot of money on a smartphone, the price of the P30 Lite could be an attractive pull. 

In a nutshell, if you're looking for a budget-friendly, modern-looking smartphone which will capture decent images for sharing online without too much effort on your part, the Huawei P30 Lite could be on your 'worth considering' list but don't be fooled by its premium looks as you'll have to spend much more cash to get the 'all-singing-all-dancing' features we've come to like on smartphones. 

Plus, with so much competition in this saturated area of the market, it's hard to say that the Huawei P30 Lite will be at the top of your list. 

+ Pros

  • Good selfies 
  • Decent storage/RAM
  • Good AI features
  • Smart design
  • Decent display 
  • Price

- Cons

  • Better results from the 12MP option than the 48MP
  • Oversaturates reds and greens
  • Can oversharpen shots 
  • Zoom isn't great 


Huawei's latest series of smartphones seems to have a smartphone for all types of customer with the Huawei P30 Pro serving up all of the bells and whistles you can imagine while the Huawei P30 Lite, on test here, gives those who don't really want to spend a huge amount of cash on a smartphone a good option. In the middle of the two is the P30 - a smartphone we'll be putting to the test shortly. 

Coming in at a very reasonable £329, the P30 Lite offers some of the better features we're used to seeing on more expensive handsets; giving those who don't want to spend over £700 on a new smartphone the chance to get a bit more bang for their buck. 


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On test, we have the Peacock Blue version with its cool light-bending patterns but the P30 Lite is also available in Pearl White and Midnight Black from 10 May 2019. 


Huawei P30 Lite Features

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The Huawei P30 Lite looks very similar to the other smartphones in the P30 range but under the shiny surface are money-saving specs that give the device its  'budget' label rather than 'flagship'.

On the back is, what Huawei call, a tri-lens set-up with a 48MP f/1.8 wide-angle lens, 8MP ultra-wide angle lens and a 2MP bokeh lens (is the depth sensor really a camera? Let us know your thoughts below). It's worth noting that you can only capture images at a 48MP resolution when using the wide-angle lens, not the zoom function or the ultra-wide-angle lens and the 24MP f/2.0 front-facing camera has a fixed focal length. 

Autofocus is supported and when shooting at a 12mp resolution, you have access to 1x/2x zoom but they're not technically optical zoom as the camera simply crops into the centre of the 48mp sensor. There's no optical image stabilisation but electronic image stabilisation is used when capturing 1080p video (no 4K built in) with the rear camera but it's not used when capturing video with the selfie camera.

As you'd expect from Huawei, plenty of shooting modes are built in, such as a dedicated night capture option, and there are beauty features available for those who like to smooth out their skin before pouting for their picture. 

Away from the cameras, you find a 6.15inch (2312 x 1080) display with a dewdrop front-facing camera and a screen-to-body ratio of 90%. 

4GB RAM + 128GB ROM is built in along with a 3340mAh battery and a headphone socket (a feature some still 'tut' at when it's not included on more premium smartphones). The Huawei P30 Lite features Android 9.0 but only runs the Kirin 710 chipset.


Key Features

  • Rear Camera: 48MP f/1.8 wide-angle lens, 8MP ultra-wide angle lens and a 2MP bokeh lens (supports AF)
  • Front Camera: 24MP, f/2.0, fixed focal length
  • Camera Features: AI, Pro Mode, Portrait and Aperture modes 
  • Video: Full HD
  • Display: 6.15-inch (1080x2312) 
  • ISO: 50 to 3200
  • RAM/Storage: 4GB RAM + 128GB ROM
  • Battery: 3440mAh 
  • Size: 72.7mmx152.9mmx7.4mm
  • Weight: 159g


Huawei P30 Lite Handling


As with all new Huawei smartphones, the Huawei P30 Lite looks great. It's available in a variety of colours and the curved edges, almost bezeless design, big screen and dewdrop camera make it look more expensive than it actually is. However, the plastic frame does allude to its slightly cheaper price but the back is made of curved 3D glass which makes it sit well in the hand. It also makes it slippy so do pop a case on it for extra reassurance. It will also protect the glass back from fingerprints and smudges, something modern smartphones are, annoyingly, prone to. 

There is a fingerprint sensor built into the back of the P30 Lite (another giveaway of its price point as more expensive smartphones now have fingerprint sensors built into the screen) and just up and left from this is the camera set-up which protrudes quite a bit so makes the smartphone unbalanced when placed on a surface. 

We do have to say that Huawei is brilliant at creating really eye-catching smartphones and the Peacock Blue colour we have on test is superb with its colour gradient and signature light-bending S. 

To the side are the volume/power buttons which feel plastic-y but do the job and on the bottom is a USB-C port, mono speaker and 3.5mm headphone jack - a feature you don't see very often any more but still a welcomed sight for many. 



On the front is a big 6,15-inch full-HD LCD display that Huawei says has a screen-to-body ratio of 90% and for a budget-friendly smartphone, the screen really is excellent. It's bright, sharp and colour accuracy is pretty spot on. Plus, the dewdrop front-facing camera design is much less distracting than a thick top bar that stretches across the screen. 

The camera app is no different to any other Huawei smartphone recently released with easy to navigate options, quick access to the gallery, zoom buttons and plenty of AI clever tricks to keep most photographers happy. You can scroll through the shooting modes at the bottom of the screen (above the shutter release button) and switch between playback, photo and selfie modes. In "Pro" mode, you can manually change camera settings and at the top of the screen, there are different shortcuts depending on what photo mode you're in and to the right is the zoom scale which you click to alter between wide, 1x and 2x. You can 'pinch zoom' on the screen to access the digital zoom which takes your reach to 6x. You can also use the screen to set the focus position, as well as adjust exposure, and if you hold the shutter button down, continuous shooting kicks in. 

As for modes, there are plenty to play with including Aperture, Night, Portrait (with bokeh, beauty and lighting controls), Photo, Video, Pro, Time-lapse, Panorama, HDR, Slow-mo, Light Painting and Document Scan built-in. 

The phone has an AnTuTu performance rating of 119982 and a Geekbench score of 1538 single-core and 5487 multi-core. 

Battery life - The battery is rated at 3340mAh which isn't the biggest out there but unless you hammer its usage, you shouldn't have too many problems. 


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