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Review Huawei P40 lite: a breakthrough in apps and good price

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Review Huawei P40 lite: a breakthrough in apps and a good price

“Huwei P40 lite stands out in performance for its price and compensates for the absence of some apps popular with other similar.”

  • Excellent autonomy and fast charging
  • Price
  • Attractive design
  • Versatile camera
  • Without apps, Google
  • Without apps, popular
  • Without superzoom

Huawei cell phones p smart raging in the mid-range, but in 2020 the chinese firm has opted to launch for that same purpose, the model P40 lite. And the formula for that is maintained: good performance with an affordable price, but with one major difference, since they do not have the apps of Google and other popular. Passed through our hands on its release, and now we analyse it in detail.

Effect degraded youth

When you want to attract young people, used to the trends. This strategy has been followed by Huawei with the finish in gradient of two colors on its back. This effect we have seen a lot on clothes and walls. In the P40 lite combines a very light pink at the top and a grayish-white at the bottom. A mixture of very original, different and very attractive. This rear two-tone gloss attracts fingerprints, but not as much as the phones with a mirror effect.

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In this smartphone we find more trends. A consolidated already, which is that of the camera arranged in a square at the top left, as Google Pixel 4 and iPhone 11. The other is the fingerprint reader on the right side, the button is also designed to turn on the phone and located just below the that adjusts the volume. It is a convenient location if you are right handed, of course. On the left side is the slot for the Nano-SIM and the NM Card. For those who want to use a headset with a cable, incorporates input jack of 3.5 mm at the bottom.

Without the side curved, it’s not a phone slim, but not thick (8.7 mm/0.87 inch). Fits nicely in the hand and feels lightweight (183 grams/0.40 lbs).

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The screen of 6.4-inch displays bright and rich colors, with enough quality to enjoy movies and videos, although you have the camera, perforated at the top left.

A single configuration

Huawei P40 lite competes in the mid-range pure with features commensurate with its price: processor Kirin 810, 6 GB RAM, 128 Gb of memory (expandable up to 256 GB with memory card own Huawei, NM Card). In Spain, it is only sold with these specifications, for a price of 299 euros ($323 dollars to change).

With everything that you need in a camera

The module rear camera includes four lenses, a wide-angle lens with aperture f/1.8 of 48 megapixels, the other ultra-wide-angle 8 megapixel camera, an objective for effect bokeh 2-megapixel and one for macro photography 2 megapixel. The only thing that is missing is a superzoom, but it is likely that you can live without him. The of selfies is not one of the best in the mid-range, but neither is anything wrong with 16 megapixels and aperture f/2.0.

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Youth-oriented, could not miss the filter of beauty to come out better in the photos before you capture them. It is possible to apply it in all camera modes, included in the video and the selfies until night, but not what you’ll find in the normal mode. For photos fun and creative, mode Lens AR proposes to add pictures, effects, and 3D Qmoji.

A breakthrough in apps popular

Because of the restrictions imposed with the apps of Google, you will not see the classic folder with all the services of the search giant. If you want to access them, you will have to be made through the internet with the browser itself from Huawei (what you open, you type, for example, Google Maps, you’ll see the link and click on it to start using it). This also means that you can’t download apps from the App Store, of course.

There are a few methods that do, such as installing an APK or app AppSearch, but the alternative of Huawei to this restriction is to download them to your AppGallery. The company is signing agreements to be able to install the most popular and increasingly. Since we have analyzed the Nova-5T, Huawei has introduced some very well-known. You will not find WhatsApp application, but you have the option of Telegram. And Netflix supplies with Netflix, a service of streaming Spanish with good content to moviegoers. In addition, it includes Snapchat, Tik Tok, and Tidal and Deezer, the two services of music streaming as an alternative to Spotify.

The personalization layer EMUI 10.0.1 is based on Android 10. The phone brings the Open-Source version Android 10 (AOSP).

Fast load very fast

In the section on autonomy and fast charging, the Huawei P40 lite is the height of some high-end. The battery of 4,200 mAh ensures the autonomy for the entire day. But where he really excels is in the fast charge. In our tests, the battery has been filled up to the half in 18 minutes and full in 75 minutes, this means, just, five minutes more than the Samsung Galaxy S20+. This speed is due to that the technology SuperCharge and an adapter 40 W, the same as that of the Huawei P30 Pro.

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The phone’s most affordable family P40 will fit you if you are looking for a device with a camera versatile thanks to the four lenses, and applications to personalize and improve photos that are fun or nice to share them on social networks. Its size and appearance make it manageable and attractive. What most of us have been convinced, especially taking into account its price, are the battery and fast charging (especially this last one for that money).

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With this smartphone , we check that Huawei has enhanced its app store AppGallery as an alternative to the Google Play Store, as said, to provide users with apps very popular or proposals similar to these that the to replace. If your priority are not the Google apps, and other very used, but a good camera, performance, autonomy and fast charging, then this mobile might be for you.

What other options with a similar price and characteristics? The models realme x2, Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro and Honor to 8X.

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