Huawei P30 Lite Hands-on, Quick Review: Most Affordable P30 You Can Buy

by John Nieves  April 9, 2019

We take a look at the P30 Lite!

Want the feel of Huawei’s new P30 line without paying flagship prices? Then the new P30 Lite may just be for you. This new mid-range phone from Huawei has many of the same design cues as its more expensive brothers, though gets by without the power of Leica’s branding. Is this your new mid-range phone?

Packaging and contents:

The P30 Lite comes in a plain white box with the phone’s name on the front which is pretty standard for a phone from Huawei.

Inside the box is the phone, USB Type-C cable, charger, documentation, headphones and a soft silicone case to keep the back of the phone protected from scratches that come from regular use.

Design that’s fit for a flagship

The P30 Lite shares some design similarities with its more expensive brothers, namely that curved rear, vibrant colorways, and triple camera layout.

While our P30 Lite review unit came in elegant and understated Midnight Black, the P30 Lite comes in two other colors: Pearl White and Peacock Blue.

The blue variant has a nice iridescent gradient color finish to it that’s similar to the Twilight coloration on the P20 Pro from last year.

The phone shares a ton of similarities to the Nova 4e, which was previously released in China.

The rear of the phone holds a triple camera module just like the more expensive P30, though the cameras no longer bear the Leica branding.

The P30 Lite also sheds the in-screen scanning solution present in its more expensive brothers, opting instead for a physical fingerprint scanner on the rear.

The top of the phone holds the hybrid dual-SIM tray, while the bottom holds the USB Type-C connector, 3.5mm jack, and single audio jack. The right side holds the volume and power keys.

The P30 Lite sports a 6.15-inch FHD+ IPS display, with 3D curved glass on it. There’s a small notch at the top, and Huawei has hidden the earpiece near the top bezel to give the phone as much screen real-estate as possible.

Just like the P30, the P30 Lite has a triple camera set up on the rear: a 24-megapixel f/1.8 wide camera, 8-megapixel ultrawide camera (13mm equivalent) and a 2-megapixel f/2.4 depth sensor. While you don’t get a zoom lens like the P30, you’d be better served with the ultra-wide camera anyway, since it’s usually the camera we switch to when we’re out and about.

Powering the P30 Lite is Huawei’s Kirin 710 mid-range processor, paired with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. Huawei’s Kirin 710 is a solid mid-range workhorse and is capable of powering most apps and games without any problems. Android 9 Pie is the OS of choice for the P30 Lite, topped with Huawei’s EMUI 9.0.1.

Keeping the lights on is a 3340mAh battery. From the looks of things, the P30 Lite should have pretty good battery endurance, though we’ll have to run our standard PCMark battery benchmark to see just how well the phone does.

That’s it for this unboxing and quick review. The P30 Lite is priced at Php 16,990.

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