Despite the U.S. ban and its huge effects, Huawei did not stop releasing smartphones and it will soon launch the P20 Lite 2019, a revival of the old-gen Lite version of the P20. The handset will belong to the midrange segment and it will have a lot of competitive rivals. Its most important rivals from the best Android smartphones manufacturers released this month are the new Galaxy M40 by Samsung announced a few days ago, and the Xiaomi Mi 9T, that is the global version of the Redmi K20. This comparison will let you discover which of these competitive mid-rangers has the highest value for money in 2019.
Huawei P20 Lite (2019) vs Samsung Galaxy M40 vs Xiaomi Mi 9T
|Huawei P20 Lite 2019||Samsung Galaxy M40||Xiaomi Mi 9T|
|DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT||159.1 x 75.9 x 8.3 mm, 178 grams||155.3 x 73.9 x 7.9 mm, 168 grams||156.7 x 74.3 x 8.8 mm, 191 grams|
|DISPLAY||6.4 inches, 1080 x 2310p (Full HD+), 398 ppi, LTPS IPS LCD||6.3 inches, 1080 x 2340p (Full HD+), 409 ppi, PLS TFT||6.39 inches, 1080 x 2340p (Full HD+), 403 ppi, AMOLED|
|PROCESSOR||Huawei Hisilicon Kirin 710, octa-core 2.2 GHz||Qualcomm Snapdragon 675, octa-core 2 GHz||Qualcomm Snapdragon 730, octa-core 2.2 GHz|
|MEMORY||4 GB RAM, 64 GB – 6 GB RAM, 128 GB – micro SD slot||4 GB RAM, 64 GB – 6 GB RAM, 128 GB – micro SD slot||6 GB RAM, 64 GB – 6 GB RAM, 128 GB – 8 GB RAM, 256 GB|
|SOFTWARE||Android 9 Pie, EMUI||Android 9 Pie, One UI||Android 9 Pie, MIUI|
|CONNECTIVITY||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS|
|CAMERA||Quad 16 + 8 + 2 + 2 MP f/1.8
16 MP f/2.2 front camera
|Triple 32 + 8 + 5 MP f/1.7 and f/2.2 and f/2.2
16 MP f/2.0 front camera
|Triple 48 + 13 + 8 MP f/1.8 and f/2.4 and f/2.4
20 MP f/2.2 front camera
|BATTERY||4000 mAh, fast charging 18W||3500 mAh, fast charging 15W||4000 mAh, fast charging 18W|
|ADDITIONAL FEATURES||Hybrid Dual SIM slot||Hybrid Dual SIM slot||Dual SIM slot|
Not only flagships: now, even midrange devices come with innovative aesthetics. While Huawei P20 Lite 2019 and Samsung Galaxy M40 rock an awesome punch-hole display with a front camera embedded, the Xiaomi Mi 9T has a pop-up camera design. I would personally go for the Xiaomi Mi 9T because of its more stunning glass back, as well as its under-display fingerprint reader which allows the back cover to be cleaner. Further, the motorized slider allows having narrow bezels and no holes or notches in the display. However, note that the Xiaomi Mi 9T is thicker and also heavier than its two rivals.
Even if we talk about displays, Xiaomi Mi 9T takes the first place in this comparison. While both Huawei P20 Lite 2019 and Samsung Galaxy M20 sport a classic LCD panel, Xiaomi Mi 9T has a wonderful AMOLED display with deeper blacks and vivid colors. It is even HDR compliant, a standard which furtherly improves its color reproduction, especially with multimedia content. And, unlike Samsung Galaxy M40 and Huawei P20 Lite 2019, it is protected by the strong Gorilla Glass 5.
Specs & Software
On the hardware side, it is again a victory for the Xiaomi Mi 9T. Under the hood, the handset sports an amazing Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 chipset. Not the best Qualcomm’s chipset as this device is just a mid-ranger, but it rocks the most incredible Qualcomm’s SoC in the midrange sector with the best midrange GPU. Right behind it, we got the Samsung Galaxy M40 with its Snapdragon 675 which is more or less at the same level as the Snapdragon 710 (worse GPU, better CPU). Huawei P20 Lite 2019 still comes with the old Kirin 710 chipset (comparable to the Snapdragon 660). All of them come with Android 9 Pie out of the box and a customized user interface.
You may call me a Xiaomi fan, but we tested Xiaomi Mi 9T’s camera and we found it amazing, can not deny it. On the paper, it is way better than the camera departments from both the Galaxy M40 and the Huawei P20 Lite 2019, despite the latter sports a quad camera setup. Xiaomi Mi 9T has a similar setup to the vanilla Mi 9 with a 48 MP Sony main sensor, an ultrawide 13 MP lens and a telephoto sensor with 2x optical zoom.
Thanks to their big 4000 mAh batteries, Huawei P20 Lite 2019 and Xiaomi Mi 9T will most likely provide a longer battery life than Galaxy M40. We believe that Xiaomi Mi 9T will last more than Huawei P20 Lite 2019 due to its AMOLED display and its efficient Snapdragon 730 chipset.
The prices of these handsets strictly depend on the markets. Samsung Galaxy M40 starts from about €260/$292, Huawei P20 Lite 2019 costs €280/$315, while Xiaomi Mi 9T comes with a €300/$337 initial price. Overall, we suggest you spend a bit more to grab a unit of the Xiaomi Mi 9T as it is a way better handset than the others in this trio.
Huawei P20 Lite (2019) vs Samsung Galaxy M40 vs Xiaomi Mi 9T: PROs and CONS
Xiaomi Mi 9T
- Amazing cameras
- Good hardware
- Big battery
- HDR display
- Faster charging
Samsung Galaxy M40
- Good price
- Nice cameras
- Micro SD slot up to 1 TB
- Punch-hole display
Huawei P20 Lite 2019
- Big battery
- Punch-hole display
- Faster charging technology
- Quad cameras