There are still several weeks until Huawei formally announces its upcoming P40 and P40 Pro flagship smartphones. As a taste of what's to come, the embattled Chinese tech giant has quietly revealed the first device in the lineup: the P40 Lite.
As the name implies, the P40 Lite (as was the case with the P30 Lite, and so on) is a cheaper, less potent version of the big daddy. While they've proven to be excellent phones, they fall comparatively short when it comes to performance and photography finesse.
In this case, the P40 Lite packs the 7nm-process Kirin 810 platform – rather than the beefier Kirin 990 5G that the full-fat P40 is expected to ship with. This is broadly analogous to the power-sipping Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 platform, which is more than adequate for day-to-day tasks.
Under the hood, there's a reasonably large 4,200 mAh battery, accompanied with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The display is a 6.4-inch IPS LCD affair with a punch-hole for the 16MP selfie camera.
Flip the phone over and you'll spot the P40 Lite's constellation of four cameras arranged in a way that cheekily resembles the iPhone 11 Pro Max. The main sensor is 48MP, and it's accompanied by an 8MP wide-angle lens, a 2MP macro-camera for close-ups, and a 2MP depth sensor for those bokeh-filled portrait shots.
As you might expect by now, this handset doesn't come with Google's app bazaar, the Play Store. Instead, there's the comparatively barren Huawei AppGallery (although Huawei is ploughing an ungodly amount of money into developing it, with 3,000 engineers alone working on the app ecosystem).
If that doesn't do it for you, there's always the Amazon Appstore, which is significantly beefier, and has most of the big-name apps people are likely to care about.
The P40 Lite has already been slipped out on Huawei's Spanish online store, where it retails at €299. Pre-orders come with Huawei's Freebuds 3 wireless earphones, which typically retail north of £100. El Reg wouldn't be surprised to see the device roll out to other European territories, including the UK, in the coming weeks. ®