Huawei reveals a surprise smartphone ahead of P40 Pro release

Huawei has just taken the wraps off the first member of its brand-new P40 series – the Huawei P40 Lite. The handset will launch in Spain with a budget price tag of €299. Better still, those that pre-order the device will be treated to a pair of Huawei’s noise-cancelling FreeBuds 3 headphones.

Huawei has a tradition of releasing two main smartphone series’ every year – the Mate and P-series which usually launch six months apart. New Mate and P-series smartphones typically come in three flavours: budget, mid-tier and flagship. Last year’s Mate 30 series followed this exact model with the Mate 30 Lite, Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro.

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As you’d expect, the P40 Lite will likely be the most affordable entry in Huawei’s upcoming P40 series …it’s just a little strange that it has been announced weeks before a hardware event for the P40 series. As noted by blog GSMArena, the device appears to essentially be a re-branded version of the Huawei Nova 6 SE which launched in China at the tail-end of last year.

The P40 Lite comes with a 6.4-inch LCD 1080p display complete with a hole punch for a single front-facing camera. As new smartphone series’ from Huawei usually share similar design characteristics – is this a hint the regular P40 and P40 Pro could also ditch a notch in favour of an in-screen cutout?

On its rear, the P40 Lite comes equipped with a new square camera module that houses four sensors. Huawei’s new handset boasts a 48-megapixel standard, 8-megapixel ultra wide-angle, macro and a time-of-flight (ToF) lens.

Powering the Chinese handset is Huawei’s in-house Kirin 810 processor that should keep it ticking along nicely. The silicon is accompanied by 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. Huawei devices are renowned for their stonking battery life and it seems like the P40 Lite will be no different. The device packs a 4,200mAh battery that should easily get you through a full day of use.

By far one of the most unique parts of the P40 Lite is the fact it retains the headphone jack – remember when those were a thing? In terms of software, the P40 Lite runs Huawei’s EMUI 10 software based on Android 10.

Because of a US ban on the Chinese tech giant, you won’t find any Google apps or services preinstalled. The P40 Lite will start shipping on March 7. It’s currently unclear if the device will launch in the UK.

It’s also unknown why Huawei decided to unveil the P40 Lite before the regular P40 and P40 Pro, which will be unleashed on March 26 at an event in Paris. Of course, Express.co.uk will be bringing you all the latest announcements from Huawei’s hardware showcase next month.

In the meantime, why don’t you read about all the new products the Shenzhen firm announced earlier this week:

• Huawei Mate Xs is the most ambitious foldable phone yet – here’s why

• Windows 10 supercharged by Huawei for its all-new MateBook laptop

• Huawei MatePad Pro is the 5G iPad you’ve been waiting for… literally

• Huawei Sound X is the powerful HomePod and Devialet Phantom hybrid you shouldn’t ignore

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