The smartphone has a single speaker placed on the lower edge. Because of this it is easy to muffle it with our finger. But it works fine, the sound is loud and clear enough to be used for watching movies and series or while gaming. The presence of an FM radio and Huawei Histen effects, available after plugging in earphones, are advantages.
Photos and video
When it comes to the lower price shelf, cameras are usually one of the elements, on which the manufacturers decide to save money. But Huawei decided that P40 Lite E should not be deprived of a decent camera – the main one has 48 megapixels and a f/1.8 brightness lens. It is supported by an ultra-wide-angle lens with the 8-megapixel resolution (f/2.4) and a not very helpful camera for measuring depth (2 Mpx, f/2.4). And how does this set work in practice?
It mostly ensures a decent quality while taking photos in good lighting – it is best to shoot in the daylight. This is not a quality that would swipe you off your feet, but in the lower price shelf it is completely acceptable. The wide-angle camera work is worse – not only there is a decrees in the quality, visible distortions appear. And it is pointless to use it at night – especially that the night mode does not work in this camera. In the main sensor it really makes sense to use it, because it enhances the quality of photos taken in an insufficient lighting and at night.
Here are photos taken with particular cameras – you can clearly see the difference in the quality, colours and the light balance:
And here is a comparison of photos taken at night in the auto and night modes:
But what makes us realise that we are dealing with a lower price shelf? Mostly in close ups we can notice that the details levels is not the best one, and the noises-reduction algorithm blurs some areas of the photo. But if we do not want to crop photos and focus on uploading them on social media, then even the budget Huawei P40 Lite E will work. But I must add that when it comes to camera modules, the difference between Huawei P40 Lite and P40 Lite E is simply high – of course in the favour of the first one.
The camera app is the Huawei standard – I am curious when the manufacturer will refresh its interface. There are a lot of modes and settings, photos can be taken in the maximum resolution of 48-megapixel (though the default and the recommended resolution is 12-megapixel), there are colour effects, the AI mode and the support of the HiVision app for recognizing objects.
An 8-megapixel camera placed in a small notch at the front of the display is responsible for taking selfies. It takes satisfying shots only when we will provide an appropriate lighting. There is a problem with catching the focus – numerous shots viewed on a bigger display were simply out of focus.
When it comes to video recording, Huawei P40 Lite E leaves a bit to be desired. It provides photos in a maximum resolution of Full HD with 60 frames per second. The lack of optical image stabilization is bothersome, and recordings themselves, well, they do not astonish. Well, Huawei smartphones were never the best players on the field in this area, especially those from the lower shelf, and the reviewed model confirms this.