The Huawei P30 Lite has the style of its bigger siblings, but not much else to recommend it.
- Design looks nice in blue.
- Range of camera lenses
- Headphone jack
- MicroSD expansion
- Poor battery performance
- No NFC
- EMUI is messy
- Huawei's Android future is still unclear
Amidst its ongoing fight with the US government, Huawei Australia launched the low-cost Huawei P30 Lite into the country. As the name suggests, it's a lower-cost alternative to the company's excellent Huawei P30 and Huawei P30 phones, with much of the style but toned-down camera and processor features.
Within the mid-range space, it's a fair phone, but its lacklustre battery life is a real problem.
- Available in black or blue finishes
- Plastic body, but comfortable to hold
- LCD screen is a step down from the P30's OLED
- Headphone jack, but weirdly offset at the base
- Triple lenses are good for this price bracket
- Good range of shooting modes
- Video quality is still a weak point for Huawei
- Kirin 710 is resolutely mid-range
- 128GB of memory and microSD support returns
- Lacks NFC support
- Android 9, but the upgrade path is anything but clear
- 3,340mAh battery delivers way lower battery endurance than expected
- Fast wired charging
- Reasonable value but not a standout the way Huawei's other P-series handsets have been
- Worth waiting until the Google situation becomes more apparent
Pricing and availability
Huawei P30 Lite
Huawei's cheaper P-series phone
The Huawei P30 Lite combines triple cameras and its own stylish P-series design in a highly affordable phone.
The Huawei P30 Lite sells outright for $499 in Australia in Peacock Blue or Midnight Black finishes.
Huawei P30 Lite specifications
Power, storage and battery
|Display size||6.15 inches|
|Pixels per inch (PPI)||415|
|Rear camera megapixels||24MP + 8MP + 2MP|
|Rear camera aperture size||f/1.8|
|Front camera megapixels||32MP|
|Front camera aperture size||f/2.0|
|Dimensions||152.9mm x 72.7mm x 7.4mm|
|Network category speed||Category 12|
|Operating system||Android 9|
|External storage support||Up to 128GB|
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