The Huawei P30 lite went on sale in India a few days ago. Around the same time, the Vivo V15 got a price cut to perhaps make it more competitive. Meanwhile, we have Samsung’s Galaxy A50 (review) that is a relatively new player in this market space. With the way the mid-range smartphone market has evolved recently, which of these three phones offers the most compelling proposition? Let’s find out.
Huawei P30 Lite vs Vivo V15 vs Samsung Galaxy A50: Price in India
Both the Huawei P30 Lite and Samsung Galaxy A50 start off at INR 19,990 for their 4GB RAM +64GB storage model. Both these phones get 6GB RAM models priced at INR 22,990. However, the P30 Lite gets 128GB of storage on this model, while the Galaxy A50 still offers 64GB of memory. The Vivo V15, on the other hand, comes only in a 6GB+64GB configuration that now costs INR 21,990.
Huawei P30 Lite vs Vivo V15 vs Samsung Galaxy A50: Design, Build
The Huawei P30 Lite is the only phone here to offer a 3D glass-clad rear panel. It gets a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and a front waterdrop notch. The Galaxy A50 also gets similar notch over its screen, but its fingerprint scanner has been tucked away underneath the screen. The Vivo V15, meanwhile, offers a complete obstruction-free viewing experience thanks to its selfie camera being moved to a pop-up unit.
Huawei P30 Lite vs Vivo V15 vs Samsung Galaxy A50: Display
The display on the Galaxy A50 is perhaps the best here as it makes use of a 6.4-inch screen AMOLED panel. The other two phones make use of LCD screens, where the P30 Lite’s display measures 6.1-inches and the Vivo V15’s measures 6.53-inches. If you absolutely hate display notches, then the Vivo V15 is the way to go.
Huawei P30 Lite vs Vivo V15 vs Samsung Galaxy A50: Camera
All three phones in this comparison offer triple rear camera setups. The primary sensors on the P30 Lite and Vivo V15 are 24MP resolution cameras, while the Galaxy A50 gets a 25MP camera. The secondary sensors on three phones are 8MP ultra-wide cameras. Finally, we have a 5MP depth sensor on the V15 and A50, while the P30 Lite makes do with a 2MP sensor.
As for selfies, the P30 Lite and V15 get 32MP shooters, while the A50 gets a 25MP sensor.
Huawei P30 Lite vs Vivo V15 vs Samsung Galaxy A50: Performance, Software
In both CPU and GPU benchmark tests, the P30 Lite’s Kirin 710, Galaxy A50’s Exynos 9610, and the Vivo V15’s Helio P70 post comparable results. And while all three devices run Android 9.0 Pie out of the box, there is a noticeable difference in their UI and with how the software has been optimized.
The most consistent package can be had with the P30 Lite and its EMUI 9.0. The Vivo V15 runs is Funtouch 9 which is relatively heavy with bloatware and takes a lot of its UI inspiration from Apple’s older iOS variant. While Samsung’s OneUI is one of the best skins over Android we have seen, its horrendous optimization issues on the Galaxy A50, in particular, leads to considerable lag and sluggishness. Also, the phone’s in-display fingerprint scanner is quite inconsistent and slow.
Huawei P30 Lite vs Vivo V15 vs Samsung Galaxy A50: Battery Life
Both the Vivo V15 and Galaxy A50 get 4000mAh batteries while the Huawei P30 Lite gets a 3340mAh battery. Then again, the P30 Lite and Galaxy A50 offer USB Type-C charging ports while the V15 still makes use of the outdated microUSB standard.
Huawei P30 Lite vs Vivo V15 vs Samsung Galaxy A50: Verdict
The best overall package offered here is with the Huawei P30 Lite. You get a great camera, powerful chipset, relatively clean software, and a decent battery. If a notch-less screen is what you are after, then the Vivo V15 is a good alternative as long as you are willing to live with its annoying software and old microUSB charging port. The Galaxy A50, on the other hand, is difficult to recommend because of its sluggish user experience and inconsistent in-screen fingerprint scanner.