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Huawei P30 Lite New Edition: A new memory era

Huawei P30 Lite New Edition
Huawei P30 Lite New Edition
This large of a storage capacity is almost unheard of in the mid-range sector: 256 GB of fast UFS 2.1 storage makes the Huawei P30 Lite New Edition almost unique. The summary of our tests reveals whether or not this comes at the cost of something else.
Florian Schmitt (translated by Marius S.), 🇩🇪

Regardless of your stance towards Huawei, the spying accusations and the US sanctions: The Chinese manufacturer is building good and perhaps more importantly, very popular phones. For example, the 2019 Huawei P30 Lite was a big success in the mid-range sector.

Although now, a successor would be the logical next step, the manufacturer has to improvise, since Huawei currently cannot certify new smartphone designs for the Google services. The result is the Huawei P30 Lite New Edition, which features a significant memory upgrade and a slightly improved front camera.

The memory configuration is the real highlight of the smartphone, since it is not easy to find a smartphone for around 350 Euros (~$388) that offers 256 GB storage space and 6 GB of RAM. Moreover, the P30 Lite New Edition integrates fast UFS 2.1 memory, which puts it far ahead of other smartphones.

Fortunately, Huawei has already invested into the P30 Lite's modern design last year and the P30 Lite New Edition's waterdrop style notch, slim bezels and if desired, color gradient on the back are still timely.

The cameras still hold up as well, even though barely anything has changed compared to last year's model: The slightly higher resolution of the front camera is the only change in terms of the optics.

We were less satisfied with the Wi-Fi, since here, the Huawei phone is significantly slower than the competition due to the lack of MIMO antennas. Similarly, there is only Bluetooth 4.2, which while not a tragedy, still translates to less range and slower transfer speeds compared to the more modern Bluetooth 5.0 standrard.

The processor cannot quite keep up with other smartphones anymore and to make matters worse, throttles under load, which is disappointing.

While the P30 Lite New Edition could have benefitted from a more modern SoC, it is still a good mid-range smartphone with great cameras and an almost unmatched memory configuration at an affordable price.

To find out more about the device, read our detailed review of the Huawei P30 Lite New Edition.

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Florian Schmitt
Editor of the original article: Florian Schmitt - Managing Editor Mobile - 923 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2009
I initially wrote about gaming laptops when I joined Notebookcheck in 2009. I was then involved with the setup of the comparison portal Notebookinfo and worked with social media concepts for large companies like BMW and Adidas, while also returning to work for Notebookcheck in 2012. Nowadays, I focus on smartphones, tablets, and future technologies. Since 2018 I have been Managing Editor for mobile device reviews, working alongside my colleague Daniel Schmidt.
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Marius Schell
Translator: Marius Schell - Tech Writer - 319 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2020
Even in my youth I was already very enthusiastic about technology, and as a result I started building PCs, optimizing them, and writing programs while I was still in school. When dealing with the inevitable hardware and software problems associated with computers, I was always relentless in my search for the necessary solutions. The compact forms of laptops and smartphones introduced further challenges in this regard. In my reviews for Notebookcheck I try to communicate as objectively as possible how well a device copes with these hurdles.
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Florian Schmitt, 2020-02- 4 (Update: 2020-02- 3)