Huawei P30 Lite vs P20 Lite: What's Changed?

Huawei P30 Lite vs P20 Lite: What’s Changed?

The Huawei P30 series launched in the Philippines a few weeks ago and one of its smartphones, the P30 Lite, is the most affordable in the bunch. Is it worth the upgrade if, let’s say, you have last year’s Huawei P20 Lite? What benefits are you going to get? Read on to find out!

Here are their detailed specs:

SpecificationHuawei P30 LiteHuawei P20 Lite
Display6.15-inch FHD+ IPS display @ 2312 x 1080px5.84-inches 19:9 LTPS IPS LCD display @ 2280 x 1080px
CPUHuawei Kirin 710 2.2GHz octa-coreHiSilicon Kirin 659 2.36GHz octa-core
GPUMali-G51Mali-T830 MP2
Storage128GB storage64GB, 128GB internal storage
MicroSDexpandable up to microSD up to 512GB (uses SIM2)expandable via microSD up to 256GB (uses SIM2)
Rear Camera24MP f/1.8 (main) + 8MP f/2.4 (wide-angle) + 2MP f/2.4 depth rear cameras16MP+2MP rear cameras, f/2.2 with LED Flash
Front Camera32MP f/2.0 front camera16MP front camera, f/2.0
SIMHybrid Dual-SIM (nano+nano/microSD)Hybrid Dual-SIM (nano+nano/microSD)
WiFiWiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/acWiFi 802.11 b/g/n
BluetoothBluetooth 4.2Bluetooth 4.2
Biometrics- Fingerprint Scanner
- Face Unlock
- Fingerprint Scanner
- Face Unlock
PortUSB 2.0 Type-CUSB Type-C
OSEMUI 9.0.1 (Android 9.0 Pie)EMUI 8 (Android 8 Oreo)
Battery3,340mAh battery3,000mAh Li-P battery

Here are their benchmark scores:

SpecificationHuawei P30 LiteHuawei P20 Lite
AnTuTu v7101,11287,639
PC Mark5,433 (Work 2.0)4,808 (Work 2.)0)
Geekebench 41,518 (Single-Core)
5,084 (Multi-Core)
925 (Single-Core)
3,675 (Multi-Core)
PC Mark Battery Test13 Hours and 3 Minutes8 Hours and 29 Minutes
Video Loop Test13 Hours and 7 Minutes10 Hours and 20 Minutes

So what’s changed between the P30 Lite and the P20 Lite?


  • Larger display
  • 3D curved glass
  • Better performing CPU
  • Better performing GPU
  • Larger RAM
  • Larger maximum expandable storage
  • Higher main rear camera resolution
  • Wider main rear camera aperture
  • Wide-angle lens
  • Higher front camera resolution
  • Wi-Fi ac
  • Android 9 Pie out-of-the-box
  • Longer-lasting battery life

The advantages are looking good overall. Not only that the P30 Lite has a larger screen, but its aspect ratio is taller than the P20 Lite. This kind of set up is better if you are fond of watching or streaming videos.

For performance, the P30 Lite got a significant boost as compared to the P20 Lite in terms of both CPU speed and gaming. In the AnTuTu benchmark score, the former received a 101K rating while the latter only got 87K. If the Kirin 659 can handle moderate to heavy graphics games, how much more with the Kirin 710? Not to mention, the 6GB RAM is way better than just 4GB.

The most significant change here would be the cameras, as the P30 Lite sports a triple rear lens setup that comes with a higher main resolution while the front shooter is twice the P20 Lite’s megapixel value. Since both of them come from Huawei, we can safely assume that the image quality of the former is better than the latter. Check out our sample shots here for the P30 Lite and the P20 Lite.

Lastly, the P30 Lite carries a larger battery capacity and thanks to the PC Mark battery test and our very own video loop test; we found that it lasts longer than the P20 Lite by a significant amount of time.

If you are a P20 Lite user and you are planning on upgrading to the P30 Lite, then I’d recommend that you do it. Not only it provides a better viewing experience, but increased performance as well. Aside from that, its cameras are more impressive which provides better photos.

The Huawei P30 Lite is priced at PHP 16,990 while the P20 Lite has a price of PHP 9,990. What do you guys think? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

Vaughn is your go-to person when it comes to comparing gadgets especially smartphones. He's also a gamer by heart and the "Hackerman" of the team.

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