The Huawei P30 Lite is among the many smartphones from the Chinese company currently available in the Nigerian market. The device is the lite version of their 2019 flagship – Huawei P30.
In the Nigerian market, one of its direct competitors is the Tecno Phantom 9. Both devices will be the focus of this article as we compare their overall specs and features. Let’s see which one of these two budget phones is worth your money.
Huawei P30 Lite vs TECNO Phantom 9-Design
Not that much of a difference in terms of design here. Both devices come with front glass and polycarbonate unibody.
The body of the Tecno Phantom 9 features aurora gradient finish which makes it more attractive. The fingerprint reader of the Phantom 9 is embedded under its display. While for the Huawei P30 Lite, it is positioned at the back.
Body colour options of the P30 Lite is Peacock Blue, Midnight Black, and Pearl White. While the Tecno Phantom 9 is only available in a Lapland Aurora body colour.
The rear camera module is arranged the same way for both phones. It is placed at the top left corner vertically. Though, you’ll notice the LED flash of the P30 Lite is featured inside the module. Whereas that of the Phantom 9 is outside of the module, just underneath it.
The Huawei P30 Lite is lighter and compact to hold. It measures 152.9 x 72.7 x 7.4 mm in dimensions and weighs just 159 grams. The Phantom 9 weighs 164.4 grams with 158.5 x 75.3 x 7.9 mm in dimensions.
Huawei P30 Lite vs TECNO Phantom 9-Display
The Tecno Phantom 9 features better display specs on paper. It comes with AMOLED panel which measures 6.39 inches. The display features 1080 x 2340 pixels, 403 PPI density and 19.5:9 aspect ratio.
Whereas, the Huawei P30 Lite comes with an LTPS IPS LCD display panel that measures 6.15 inch in size and features 1080 x 2312 pixels and 415 PPI density. AMOLED display provides better viewing angles compared to the IPS LCD display.
The Huawei P30 has one of the best cameras in a smartphone for 2019, so we are not surprised to see the Lite version packed with a good camera spec.
The P30 Lite has two different camera setup which is market dependent. The first one comes with a 48MP main sensor, an 8MP ultrawide sensor and 2MP depth sensor. The second one just replaces the 48MP main sensor with a 24MP main sensor.
Both cameras of the P30 Lite is still better than the one featured on the Tecno Phantom 9 at least on paper.
The Phantom 9 comes with a 16MP main sensor, an 8MP ultrawide sensor and a 2MP depth sensor. Neither of the devices can shoot 4K videos. They both have a 32MP selfie camera. While the second camera variant of the P30 Lite comes with a 24MP selfie camera.
Hardware and Software
The Huawei P30 Lite is powered by HiSilicon Kirin 710 SoC while the Tecno Phantom 9 is powered by MediaTek Helio P35.
Both chipsets are built on 12nm manufacturing process but the Kirin 710 chip is a more capable chipset compared to the one on the Phantom. It features 4 cores of Cortex-A73 and 4 cores of Cortex-A53. While the Helio P35 chip comes with 8 cores of Cortex-A53.
The P30 Lite has three variants; 4GB/128GB, 6GB/128GB and 8GB/128GB. While the Tecno Phantom 9 is only available in 6GB/128GB memory.
Both phones run on Android 9 Pie with their respective custom skin. The P30 Lite features EMUI skin while Phantom 9 features HiOS skin.
The Huawei P30 Lite packs a non-removable Li-Po 3,340 mAh battery. Whereas, the Phantom 9 comes with a slightly bigger 3,500 mAh battery. The main difference about them here is the 18W fast charging support of the P30 Lite. While nothing is said about fast charging for the Phantom 9.
Phantom 9 Vs Huawei P30 Lite Specs Comparison
|Specs Details||Phantom 9||Galaxy A50|
|Screen Type||AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors||LTPS IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Display||6.39-inch (~84.0% screen-to-body ratio)||6.15-inch, (~84.2% screen-to-body ratio), 1080 x 2312 pixels resolution (~415 ppi density)|
|Design||Polycarbonate unibody design||Polycarbonate unibody design|
|Dimension||158.5 x 75.3 x 7.9 mm||152.9 x 72.7 x 7.4 mm|
|Operating System||Android 9.0 Pie with HiOS V5.0||Android 9.0 pie EMUI 9.1|
|CPU||2.0GHz Octa-core Mediatek MT6765 Helio P35 (12nm)||2.2GHz Octa-core Hisilicon Kirin 710 (12 nm)|
|GPU||PowerVR GE8320 GPU||Mali-G51 MP4|
|Storage||128GB expandable to 128GB||128GB expandable to 128GB|
|Rear Camera||Triple camera 16MP main + 8MP Ultra-wide +2MP depth sensor (Quad-LED)||Triple camera 48MP main + 8MP Ultra-wide +2MP depth sensor (LED)|
|Front Camera||32MP (Single-LED)||32MP (Single-LED)|
|Internet Connection||2G/3G/4G LTE Connection, support Glo 4G||2G/3G/4G LTE-4G LTE Connection with support for Glo 4G|
|Battery||3500mAh battery with no fast charge support||Non-removable Li-Po 3340 mAh battery with Fast battery charging 18W|
Phantom 9 and Huawei P30 Lite Video review
Price & Verdict
The Tecno Phantom 9 goes for approximately N77,000. The same 6GB/128GB on the Huawei P30 Lite retails for around N99,000.
Looking at the specs of both devices, the two phones have a lot in common. If your budget is around N80,000 and you have narrowed down your search to these two devices, I will advise you pick the Phantom 9.
Also, factor in, the Phantom 9 has the better display thanks to the AMOLED panel. It’s a no brainer that the Phantom 9 offers better value for money.
However, if you have up to N100,000 to spend on a phone, you can go for the Huawei P30 Lite. Huawei is one of the top phone makers in the world and they sure have enough experience in this regard.