Huawei P40 Lite 5G review

Huawei makes 5G connectivity affordable, and you get a 64MP camera too. What's not to like about the Huawei P40 Lite 5G?

Huawei P40 Lite 5G review
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Digital Camera World Verdict

The Huawei P40 Lite 5G is a good value camera phone if you must have a 5G handset, offering decent image quality from its main 64MP camera, and premium design/build for an accessible price. However, if you can do without 5G, other manufacturers will give you very similar camera hardware for a lot less money.


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    Good value for a 5G phone

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    Decent image quality from main camera

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    Premium feel


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    Disappointing ultrawide camera

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    Expensive next to equivalent 4G phones

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    Issues with Google Services

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Only a short while ago, 5G-capable phones were almost exclusively flagship handsets with formidable price tags. Now we're seeing 5G phones in the midrange and even bordering on budget phone territory, and the Huawei P40 Lite 5G is just such a device. Slightly confusingly for shoppers, the P40 Lite 5G sits above the regular (non-5G) P40 Lite, but below the standard P40 (which is also a 5G phone).

With an RRP of £380/€400, the P40 Lite 5G is certainly good value for a 5G-capable phone, and it's little more than half the price of a P40. Could this be the best 5G phone bargain of the year?

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Ben Andrews

Ben is the Imaging Labs manager, responsible for all the testing on Digital Camera World and across the entire photography portfolio at Future. Whether he's in the lab testing the sharpness of new lenses, the resolution of the latest image sensors, the zoom range of monster bridge cameras or even the latest camera phones, Ben is our go-to guy for technical insight. He's also the team's man-at-arms when it comes to camera bags, filters, memory cards, and all manner of camera accessories – his lab is a bit like the Batcave of photography! With years of experience trialling and testing kit, he's a human encyclopedia of benchmarks when it comes to recommending the best buys.