Huawei P40 Lite Review: A Mid-Range Phone Worth the Money



Mid-range smartphones are becoming more affordable yet come with fewer premium features, but manage to pull it off with great phone design. The Huawei P40 Lite is one such, yet with so many limitations, is it worth the money. To help you decide, let's look at the Huawei P40 Lite review and see if it's one worth having.



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The alternative mid-range, P40 Lite, Huawei P40 Lite Review

6.4-inch LPS IPS FHD (1080 x 2310)  |  Kirin 810 processor  |  Mali-G52 MP6 GPU  |  6GB RAM  |  128GB storage (NanoM SD, up to 256 GB)  |  Quad-lens cam: 48MP (f/1.8) main, 8MP (f/2.4) ultra-wide, 2MP (f/2.4) macro, 2MP depth  |  16MP selfie cam  |  4200mAh battery, 40Whr fast charge  |  EMUI 10 base on Android 10 OS  |  183g



If you cannot afford one of the main flagship smartphones, from Huawei P40 series, then consider the mid-range and the more affordable Huawei P40 Lite, also known as the Huawei Nova 6 SE, also known as the Huawei Nova 7i in other markets and countries.

As mentioned earlier, the Huawei P40 Lite is a mid-range smartphone catered for the budget market. It's compact, more affordable, and comes with premium features.

To start off, it comes with a large 6.4-inch full HD display, with a single-lens selfie placed on the top-left, and a quad-camera set at the back. Secondly, inside includes a Kirin processor, with 6GB memory, 128GB of internal storage, and lastly, it includes a 4200mAh battery. Overall, it's a mid-range phone that comes with good inner and outer specs. 




Display & Design

The phone comes with a large display and a premium look design. To begin, the 6.4-inch full HD LCD display supports 1080p screen resolution and the standard 60Hz refresh rate.

The phone is made of plastic, making it lightweight, comfortable to hold, and comes with curved edges. Sadly, it's not water-resistant.

Lastly, it comes with a fingerprint sensor side-mounted on the right. It's fast and responds well to touch.

To sum up, good looking screen at normal refresh rate, and a well-designed frame. Sadly, it's less durable due to no water resistance.  



With audio, the phone comes with a single audio speaker at the bottom. It produces average sound quality than the P40, comes with a headphone jack and earphones included. 



The P40 Lite comes with 128GB internal storage with an option to expand storage. To expand storage, the smartphone only accepts nano SD memory cards from Huawei however, instead of normal micro SD cards.


The emerald green P40 Lite, Huawei P40 Lite Review



Sadly, no Google services and no access to Google apps here, but Huawei has its own app store called AppGallery. For now, it's has limited apps but will grow in time. For even more apps, you would need to install other third-party app stores like Amazon and APK Pure.

The EMUI 10 OS runs smoothly with a pretty responsive GUI. Performance is great here with good-looking gaming graphics and great gameplay.


Battery Life

Battery life is great. The P40 Lite comes with a 4200mAh battery that will last several hours to a whole days use. Charging is fast too, with 0-70% in half an hour. No wireless charging is supported.


Camera & Video

The overall camera is decent. The quad main camera takes good quality pictures, ultra-wide photos look decent and the selfie cam takes good photos at night. Video quality got up to 1080p which is acceptable at this price range. 



Overall, the P40 Lite is a great alternative mid-ranger. It comes with a good display, great performance on both normal and gaming, good battery life with fast charging, and a decent camera set.

On the downside, video recording from the main camera lacks detail and the lack of Google services are the main drawbacks here, yet it's a great smartphone and a great affordable alternative. 

Thank you for being part of my Huawei P40 Lite review. If you have any comments, you are more than welcome to leave them below.

By the way, click here to check out my overview of the Huawei P40 series smartphones.

That's all for me, stay safe and take care.


Huawei P40 Lite

US$ 369.00

Display & Design


System Performance


Gaming Performance


Battery Life, Sound & Audio


Good points

  • Premium design & nice glossy colour
  • Fast & responsive side-mounted fingerprint scanner
  • Great quality display
  • Great performance
  • Good battery life with fast charging
  • Good photo quality & video

Bad points

  • No water resistance
  • Standard 4G network
  • No wireless charging
  • No Google services nor access to Google apps
  • Uses nano SD instead of normal micro SD
  • No AI video stabilizer
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Huawei P40 Lite
USD 369.00
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