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Huawei P30 Lite: 48 megapixel camera phone for £329

Huawei P30 Lite

There is a new baby brother to the Huawei P30 Pro (opens in new tab) - a smartphone that currently gets our vote as the best camera phone (opens in new tab). But the new P30 Lite offers a lot more than you might imagine for what you might have thought for a budget version of the clan - and particularly so as far as photographers are concerned.

The Huawei P30 Lite does not have the four cameras of the P30 Pro - but it does have a very respectable triple-lens set-up on the rear.  But the surprising thing is that the main camera actually offers a higher resolution than the P30 Pro - offering a resolution of 48 megapixels (compared with 40MP on the Pro).

This main 48MP camera sports an f/1.8 wide-angle lens with a 2x optical zoom function.

Huawei P30 Lite

In addition there is a 120° ultra wide-angle lens with an 8 megapixel resolution.

Finally at the rear there is a 2MP 'bokeh lens' time-of-flight camera (opens in new tab) for better depth perception. 

A notched front camera offers a 32 megapixel sensor for selfie shooting – whilst causing minimal infringement on the 6.15 inch screen.

The Huawei P30 Lite will go on sale from 10 May and will cost £329 SIM free. It will be available in three color finishes - blue, white and black.

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Chris George has worked on Digital Camera World since its launch in 2017. He has been writing about photography, mobile phones, video making and technology for over 30 years – and has edited numerous magazines including PhotoPlus, N-Photo, Digital Camera, Video Camera, and Professional Photography. 


His first serious camera was the iconic Olympus OM10, with which he won the title of Young Photographer of the Year - long before the advent of autofocus and memory cards. Today he uses a Nikon D800, a Fujifilm X-T1, a Sony A7, and his iPhone 11 Pro.


He has written about technology for countless publications and websites including The Sunday Times Magazine, The Daily Telegraph, Dorling Kindersley, What Cellphone, T3 and Techradar.