Huawei unveils an all-new P40 Lite with 5G, new camera, and upgraded processor

Huawei has added yet another product to its lineup under the P40 umbrella. The latest device, the P40 Lite 5G, differs from its non-5G predecessor in quite a few aspects, which isn’t that surprising considering it’s a rebranded Huawei Nova 7 SE, and not just an older P40 Lite with added 5G.

The first (and biggest) change, of course, is the addition of 5G, which also necessitated a processor upgrade, from the HiSilicon Kirin 810 to the Kirin 820. The newer processor doesn’t just pack in a 5G modem, but it also adds a lot more punch – more A76 cores and a more powerful GPU means 27% higher multi-core performance and an 18% higher AnTuTu score. Camera capabilities should also be improved thanks to the newer ISP 5.0 image processing. Huawei also claims the Kirin 820 offers 73% faster AI processing thanks to a newer implementation of its Da Vinci NPU.

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Also new is the main camera sensor, which is now a 64MP part (the 4G P40 Lite has a 48MP main camera). The other cameras of the quad-cam setup stay the same (8MP ultra-wide, 2MP macro, MP ‘bokeh sensor’). The hole-punch display differs slightly, at 6.5 inches and a resolution of 2400×1080 compared to the 6.4 inch, 2310×1080 resolution of its 4G cousin. What stays unchanged is the EMUI 10.1 OS, which is based on Android 10, and like Huawei’s newer devices, lacks Google’s apps and services. Like its predecessor, the 5G P40 Lite comes with 40W fast charging, although, at 4000mAh, the battery has been downsized slightly (versus 4200mAh), although the more efficient processor might be enough to make up the difference.

The P40 Lite 5G has a retail price of €399.99, and is available in the EU region as of now.

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