Huawei announces its new budget P40 Lite smartphone

Huawei’s upcoming P40 series smartphones will be announced towards the end of next month, but that hasn’t stopped the company showing off its cheaper option first.

The P40 Lite is a rebrand of the Huawei’s existing Nova 6 SE, meaning it can get around the US trade ban.

The key hardware includes a 6.4-inch IPS display with a holepunch camera, and the phone is powered by Huawei’s Kirin 810 chipset. 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage are inside, and the cameras include a 48MP main lens, 8MP wide lens and 2MP macro and depth sensors. The battery is a 4200mAh unit for all-day power.

Of course, the handset won’t come with Google Services, so it’s a bit of a hard sell for the average punter. Out of the box, it won’t include the Google Play store, let alone apps like YouTube or Gmail.

Pricing is set at EUR€299, or just about $500 converted. There will be a presale event from the 2nd of March to the 16th, during which Huawei will give away a pair of its true wireless Freebuds headphones and a screen protector.

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