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Huawei unveils the P40 Lite and P40 Lite E in Europe, and they look very familiar

By Ng Chong Seng - on 5 Mar 2020, 5:07pm

Huawei unveils the P40 Lite and P40 Lite E in Europe

Huawei P40 Lite. (Image: Huawei Poland.)

In case you missed it: while Huawei’s new flagship P40 phone is only slated to be announced end of March, the Chinese company has a week ago unveiled the P40 Lite in Europe. And now, another low-cost Lite variant is added to the series and it’s called the P40 Lite E.

Huawei P40 Lite

Let’s talk about the P40 Lite first. In a nutshell, this 6.4-inch (2,310 x 1,080-pixel LCD) phone is powered by the 7nm Kirin 810 chip, has 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage and packs a 4,200mAh battery that supports 40W SuperCharge over its USB-C port.

Going for 999 zloty (~S$359) in Poland, the P40 Lite also sports a quad-sensor setup on the back: a 48MP main shooter (f/1.8), an 8MP ultra-wide-angle (f/2.4), a 2MP macro camera (f/2.4) and another 2MP sensor for depth sensing. And under the punch-hole in front sits a 16MP (f/2.0) selfie camera.

In the software department, the P40 Lite runs EMUI 10 that’s based on Android 10. But like recent Huawei phones, it doesn’t come with Google Mobile Services — instead, it uses Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) to power several Huawei apps and services, such as the Huawei AppGallery.

If all this sounds familiar to you, that's because the P40 Lite is essentially our Nova 7i, which is going on sale March 14 for S$388.

Huawei P40 Lite E

Huawei P40 Lite E. (Image: Huawei Poland.)

Then there’s the P40 Lite E, which has just gone up for pre-order in Poland for 699 zloty (~S$250). Needless to say, Huawei has to remove a few things from the Lite to make this phone.

For one, you’re looking at a 6.39-inch IPS LCD with a lower 1,560 x 720-pixel resolution. RAM and storage are also reduced to 4GB and 64GB respectively.

In the camera department, it looks like the Lite E has kept the Lite’s 48MP main camera, 8MP ultra-wide-angle camera and 2MP depth camera, but not the macro camera. The selfie camera is also different: 8MP instead of 16MP. And oh, the Lite E runs EMUI 9.1 out of the box.

Even the SoC is different: the Lite E uses the 12nm Kirin 710F, which is made up of 4 x Cortex-A73 (2.2GHz) + 4 x Cortex-A53 (1.7GHz) cores. For comparison, the Lite’s 7nm Kirin 810 has 2 x Cortex-A76 (2.6GHz) + 6 x Cortex-A55 (1.8GHz) cores.

Finally, the Lite E still has a fairly big 4,000mAh battery. It doesn’t support SuperCharge though — 5V @ 2A (10W) is the most it can handle over its micro-USB port.

So, is the P40 Lite E also a rebadge of another phone? Well, yes — the P40 Lite E in Europe is basically the Y7p that Huawei launched in Thailand last month. For what it's worth, the Y7p is going for 5,000 THB, which works out to be about S$220.

Source: Huawei Poland (via Huawei Central).