Huawei’s P40 lite is the first device in the P40 series to launch in South Africa and the second Huawei device in the country that runs on the Huawei Mobile Service (HMS) ecosystem.
The HMS ecosystem is also integrated with Huawei’s EMUI10 operating system which runs on Android 10. It’s described as Huawei’s best interface to date, complete with an intuitive and easy-to-use layout.
HMS and the Huawei App Gallery
What sets the Huawei P40 lite apart from other Android devices is the inclusion of the Huawei Mobile Service (HMS) ecosystem, which replaced the Google Mobile Service (GMS).
While many smartphone users may feel hesitant to invest in a phone that doesn’t support GMS, the truth of the matter is that the P40 series is engineered to deliver a superb and unrivalled entertainment experience. And, Google services will still be accessible via the web browser.
Huawei also made improvements to the AppGallery; it will be easier than ever to set up the P40 lite and download the apps that you love. The App Gallery has exclusive content, region-specific activities and special offers.
The biggest difference is that you will be logging in with your Huawei ID credentials; not your Google account. You will also have the option of migrating the data from your previous Android device, which just makes it so much easier to set up.
Which apps are available?
The App Gallery has everything a South African could possibly need: banking apps (Absa, Standard Bank, Nedbank Money) to fast food joints (Steers, Nando’s, McDonald’s, Fishaways, etc.), Telegram, Snapchat, TikTok, and more.
There are several different navigation apps to choose from, as well as the Gautrain app. Shopping will be a breeze with Takealot, Zando, Clicks, Zapper and Woolworths. Stream your favourite shows and films with DSTv Now, Viu, and Showmax, or listen to Radio FM, 947 or Jacaranda FM.
Furthermore, you will be provided with recommendations on how to install an app from the official developer if that app isn’t listed in the gallery. The gallery will also recommend alternative apps for you to try.
Working with local developers
Speaking at the Global Analyst Summit earlier this week, Huawei’s head of consumer cloud service, Eric Tan, explained that Huawei wants to “join with partners and developers to provide the apps that customers demand”.
Back in November 2019, when Huawei hosted its first Developer Day (HDD2019ZA), the team expressed their hopes to welcome local developers into the HMS ecosystem to create local, immersive apps.
Huawei P40 lite highlights
The P40 lite, which is best described as a “flagship lite smartphone”, combines elegant design with powerful performance to keep you connected and entertained for longer and “take you beyond the beauty”.
Let’s start with the most important and interesting aspect of any smartphone, in my opinion: the camera. The Huawei P40 lite will take your mobile photography to the next level.
The P40 lite sports a stylish 48MP quad-camera system that will enable you to capture high-resolution, ultra-wide, macro and portrait photos with the snap of a button, for the ultimate photography and videography experience.
The camera system also includes an 8MP Ultra Wide Angle Lens, a 2MP Macro Lens and a 2MP Bokeh Lens. In addition, it comes equipped with Super Night Mode 2.0 for taking the best photos even in low-light conditions.
Display and design
The Huawei P40 lite packs a punch in its four-sided curved body. Apart from the camera system, the device also features a 6.4-inch FHD+ Punch FullView Display; along with a side-mounted fingerprint power button for easy access with a single touch.
The front camera is located in the upper left corner. Huawei has also done away with the notch; the result is a smooth display that is both beautiful and practical. The phone is perfectly balanced with a big screen-to-body ratio of 90.6%,
Performance and battery
The Huawei P40 lite is equipped with the Kirin 810 chipset to bring your graphics and games to life. The high-end 7nm chipset is also integrated with a Mali G52 customised GPU that will take your gaming to the next level, literally!
The P40 lite’s powerful 4 200 mAh battery coupled with the 40W Huawei SuperCharge support feature will keep you connected for longer. Game, stream and browse to your heart’s content.