The P30 Lite looks great, but does it perform as well as it looks? We think so! We’ve covered everything you need to know below, so read ahead.
The P30 Lite’s price range is huge. This depends entirely on the memory variant, and the warranty you get. If you didn’t know, the company warranties are more expensive.
The P30 Lite looks a lot like Huawei’s other mid-rangers. It shares the same rainbow, ombre effect that the brand likes using so much. We don’t love it, but it wasn’t very surprising.
The effect is only seen in the blue version of the device. There are black and white variants which come with pretty plain backs.
You should probably know that the phone’s noticeably light, at 159 grams. Other than that, the Lite has a glass back, but a plastic frame. What’s interesting about the glass is that it’s 3D Curved. This lets it fit snugly in your palm. Moreover, if you have smaller hands, the P30 Lite isn’t too much to handle as its dimensions are 152.9 x 72.7 x 7.4 mm.
We love Gorilla Glass, which is why we were disappointed that the glass on the front and back are regular glass. The glass can take a beating but is nothing compared to the former.
There are 3 cameras on the phone’s rear. They’re towards the edge, on the left side of the phone. Although we love a triple camera, we were iffy about the Lite’s; it protrudes quite a bit.
Towards the center of its back is the fingerprint sensor. It’s placed adequately, and we had no issues reaching it. Some users may be disappointed as built-in sensors have become quite the trend. Let me remind you that the P30 Lite is a budget device.
There’s a USB-C port on it. We would’ve been shocked if it didn’t have this as micro USB are a thing of the past.
So, how big is it? The P30 Lite’s screen is 6.15 inches. This easily puts it in the phablet category.
Like us, you may have been disappointed that the phone doesn’t come with Gorilla Glass on its front and back. Thankfully, Huawei makes up for it, to an extent, by having a preinstalled screen protector in place.
Its screen is an IPS LCD, with FHD+. This means the colours pop and details are there but are nowhere as vibrant as in AMOLED screens. You could say that its display is adequate for its price tag, which is true, but phones like the Samsung A30 come with Super AMOLEDs.
You’re probably wondering what its screen resolution is. Well, the Huawei device has a resolution that’s 2,312 x 1,080 pixels.
That’s great, but now for the kicker:
The P30 Lite has a better PPI than some iPhones, like the XR (415 vs 326). This means pixels are less evident in the Huawei device, shockingly.
If you ever find yourself unhappy with its colour accuracy, there is a range of colour modes for you to choose from. And overall, the phone has some adequate viewing angles. If that wasn’t enough, the P30 Lite has a great screen to body ratio. The ratio is 84.2% which means it has very little bezel action going on.
The phone’s battery isn’t the most impressive. The Huawei device has a 3340 mAh battery, that has an endurance rating of 94 h. As you can imagine, this isn’t the best.
This doesn’t mean that the phone is impossible to use. With moderate use, expect half a day, to a day from it.
The P30 Lite has an 18 W fast charger that takes around 2 hours to get fully charged. If you’re used to phones taking hours to charge, this may seem impressive. Sorry to burst your bubble, but it’s pretty normal for mid-rangers to take this long.
The device comes with a chipset that isn’t as powerful as the P30’s. After all, it’s a budget version, so what would you expect?
You’ll see the Kirin 710 in it. The CPU’s not slow, in fact, it’s noticeably fast, and is known for its responsiveness.
You get Android 9 out of the box. You won’t be stuck with Android Pie as the phone is getting the Android 10 update, which you’re probably excited for.
Like the majority of devices on the market, the P30 Lite has memory variants. Whatever version of the P30 Lite you get, it’ll come with 128 gigs of space. This is an enormous amount for a phone that’s so cheap. Huawei’s spoiling you as you can use a microSD card on the device too.
When it comes to RAM, you’ll have to choose between 4,6 and 8 gigs of RAM. For a phone at this price point, 4 gigs are really good. This is one of the reasons why the P30 Lite is so snappy.
Let’s talk about gaming:
The phone doesn’t hide that it’s a mid-ranger. The Mali G51 MP4 is nothing special. It handles games with adequate frame rates decently but once things get extensive, its GPU begins to act up.
As mentioned, the Huawei device comes with 3 cameras on its rear. The primary sensor is 48 MP, while the secondary one is 8 MP (Ultrawide) and the tertiary one is 2 MP (Depth). The cameras don’t capture too much noise, which is great. Colours are vivid, but certainly not the best.
Like its mid-range counterparts, the P30 Lite loves to overexpose its shots. This seems to mostly happen in the Auto shooting mode.
As it’s a Huawei device, seeing a multitude of camera modes wasn’t a surprise. They’re pretty fun to play with if you ask me.
The thing is, there’s a variant of the P30 Lite that comes with a different camera set up. You’ll get a 24 MP primary sensor, an 8 MP ultrawide sensor and a 2 MP depth sensor. As you can imagine, it doesn’t perform as well.
Similarly, depending on the variant of the P30 Lite you get, you get different selfie cameras. One of them has a 24 MP front camera, while the other has a 32 MP one. Overall, we have no complaints but the cameras like softening details out.
If you’re looking for a mid-ranger that’s more than worth it, the P30 Lite is your best bet. This doesn’t mean that there aren’t equally great phones out there. Keep reading as we run through them.
The phone’s not as light as the P30 Lite. It’s a 166 g so it feels more premium in your hand, but the device has a plastic back and frame.
Unlike the P30 Lite, the A50 has Gorilla Glass 3 on its front. This makes it more durable. This isn’t the only way it does better. The Samsung device has a Super AMOLED display which means you get an impeccable viewing experience.
If size matters to you, the A50 won’t disappoint as it’s 6.5 inches. They have a similar screen to body ratios. The Huawei’s is 84.2%, while the A50’s is 84.9%.
The phone doesn’t come with a Snapdragon processor either. It has the Exynos 9610 in it, which easily beats the Kirin 710.
There are multiple storage variants of the A50 as well. They come with 64 and 128 gigs of storage, with either 4 or 6 GBs of RAM.
When it comes to battery power, the A50 beats the P30 Lite. After all, it has a 4000 mAh battery, with a 98-hour endurance rating.
The device also has a triple camera set up. The primary one is 28 MP, along with an 8 MP (ultra wide) and 5 MP depth sensor. If you get the P30 Lite variant that has a 48 MP primary camera, it obliterates the A50’s camera. When it comes to the selfie camera, the A50 has a 25 MP sensor.
The phone is not as light as its Huawei counterpart. It’s 169 g, so it feels more premium. However, it has a plastic back and frame, so this isn’t by much.
Once again, we see a Super AMOLED display. The A30s’ screen is 6.4 inches, so there’s a large canvas for colours to pop.
It doesn’t come with a Snapdragon chip either. It has the Exynos 7904, which doesn’t do as great of a job as the Kirin 710.
Out of the box, the A30s have Android Pie. Unfortunately, it won’t be getting the Android 10 update.
There are multiple memory variants of the device. These are either 32, 64 or 128 gigs. When it comes to RAM, it’s either 3 or 4 GBs. This means that the P30 Lite wins this round.
The device has a better battery though. After all, the A30s’ battery is 4000 mAh.
So, what’s the verdict? We think that the P30 Lite looks as good as it performs. It’s a mid-ranger that packs a punch, but it’s certainly not the best phone out there. After all, it doesn’t come with the largest battery or best display.