Huawei’s P40 Lite 5G: The most affordable 5G phone in South Africa

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As the global need for connectivity grows, next-gen network speeds have to be accessible across a range of devices. Though flagship devices launched with 5G capability in the infancy of the network, we’re now seeing mid-range options launch in countries like South Africa. 

The launch of the Huawei P40 Lite 5G into South Africa marks the next step in this revolution. It takes the great smarts of the Huawei P40 Lite, and adds additional features, including a powerful 64MP AI quad-camera system that provides users with all the creative tools needed for pro-level photographs. Additionally, the advanced 7nm Kirin 820 5G SoC delivers 5G connectivity, increases overall performance and improves energy efficiency.

At just R9,499, the Huawei P40 Lite 5G features Huawei’s Punch FullView Display, measuring at 6.5in. The device is enclosed in an iconic 3D glass design for a comfortable hold. Offering impressive all-day battery life and supporting 40W SuperCharge to minimise downtime between charges, the Huawei P40 lite 5G offers all of this, for less than other mid-range devices in the market.

5G for everyone

The Huawei P40 Lite 5G is powered by an advanced 7nm Kirin 820 5G SoC (system-on-chip). The octa-core CPU enables the SoC to optimise resources based on different user scenarios for the best balance between performance and power. 

Its AI capabilities are powered by an NPU, and the integrated Mali-G57 GPU is more powerful, with GPU Turbo delivering optimised gaming performance across popular mobile gaming titles. Keeping the device powered over extended gaming periods is the massive 4000mAh battery, while 40W SuperCharge support lets users charge it up safely and quickly.

The innovative eBook Mode transforms the Huawei P40 Lite 5G into a virtual book that offers a paper-like reading experience. It also introduces an upgraded AppAssistant, including features like Smart Brightness Lock, that temporarily blocks auto-brightness when a game is launched, and Floating Window, which lets users quickly respond to messages without exiting a game or app.

Take a shot

The Huawei P40 Lite 5G features an AI quad-camera system with a 64MP high-resolution main camera that works alongside ultra-wide, macro and bokeh sensors to support a wide range of everyday photography scenarios. 

The 64MP main camera supports 4-in-1 pixel binning, combining four pixels into one super pixel on the sensor for vastly improved light sensing capability. The ultra-wide-angle lens captures wonderful group photos and landscape scenes, while the macro lens and bokeh lens adds versatility to the Huawei P40 Lite 5G by making extreme close-ups and pro-grade progressive bokeh achievable on the smartphone.

The quad-camera system also supports unique Huawei video features such as Huawei Dual-View Video Mode, which lets users produce creative videos featuring two different cameras, 960fps slow-motion video capture for slowing down the action to 1/32 the speed of real-time, and brilliant time-lapse creation options.

Fitted with an f/2.0 wide-aperture front lens, the Huawei P40 Lite 5G incorporates an advanced Super Night Selfie mode. This optimises the subject with advanced portrait algorithms and uses Multi-Frame Fusion to boost colour and details in the background. 

We know that Huawei’s trademark in mobile photography is the ability to capture brilliant images in low-light. And that’s also the case with this mid-ranger. Thanks to the Kirin 820 5G SoC, noise is controlled with BM3D algorithms, allowing it to produce clean shots effortlessly even in darker spaces.

Pricing and Availability

The Huawei P40 Lite 5G is available in South Africa at a recommended retail price of R9,499. This makes it the cheapest 5G device available in South Africa at the moment, and while it’s more expensive than the base P40 Lite, it boasts a host of additional features. 

You can buy it now on the Huawei Store online. If you purchase the Huawei P40 Lite 5G through the online store, you’ll get a pair of Freelace Headphones free, as well as a 40W SuperCharge charging block.

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