With the Redmi Note 8T, Xiaomi has launched a real box office hit. The mid-range smartphone with the entry-level price has blossomed into one of the most popular models in recent months. With the P30 Lite, Huawei also has an affordable device on offer, which was recently reissued as a “New Edition”. We compare all three devices with each other.
Despite their comparatively low price, all three smartphones are good devices. As mentioned at the beginning, the Redmi Note 8T from Xiaomi is currently one of the most frequently purchased smartphones worldwide – and there is a reason for that. In our CURVED test of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T, we couldn’t see any gross blunders either. The permanent reservation in current price-performance hit lists is justified. It looked very similar in the test of the Huawei P30 Lite and in the P30 Lite New Edition test.
The basic features of the Huawei P30-Lite models are very similar to the Redmi Note 8T. They also offer a lot of equipment for their comparatively low price – and more importantly, there are no major weak points here either. An example: The triple camera cannot record 4K videos, but the photos are quite good for this price range. So let’s start comparing the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T with the Huawei P30 Lite and the Huawei P30 Lite New Edition.
Prices: The smartphones cost
The Redmi Note 8T and the Huawei P30 Lite are comparable in price. With 128 GB of internal storage, both cost around 200 euros. The former is also available with 64 GB of storage for just under 160 euros. The P30 Lite New Edition costs significantly more at around 270 euros, but the new edition also comes with 256 GB of memory. That’s a whole lot, even for users who take a lot of photos and videos.
The cost of Note 8T, P30 Lite and P30 Lite New Edition in the CURVED range
Even if you buy the smartphones together with mobile phone contracts, their market price is reflected in the monthly costs. Differences can, however, arise through special promotions, during which you can also receive headphones or similar additions to the bundle of cell phone and contract.
As of May 22, 2020, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T is available as a top deal in the CURVED shop, for example. For this reason, you pay here for the 64 GB version of the Redmi Note 8T during the action only 10.99 euros per month and once 1 euro. In this case, the 5 GB LTE Allnet Flat is included. You will also receive the Xiaomi AirDots wireless headphones.
There are also (as of May 22, 2020) offers for the Huawei P30 Lite and the P30 Lite New Edition. The P30 Lite is available with 128 GB storage and the same Allnet-L tariff with 5 GB data volume for 13.99 euros per month plus one-time costs of 13 euros. The New Edition costs in the CURVED offeraccording to their higher market price 16.99 euros per month plus one-off costs of 1 euro. In addition to the Allnet-L tariff with 5 GB of monthly data volume, you also get 2 mini speakers from Huawei for free.
Sufficient performance for apps and Co.
The performance of a smartphone mainly depends on two factors: the chipset installed and the amount of available RAM. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T, like the two P30-Lite models, belongs to the smartphone middle class. Accordingly, there are mid-range chipsets in the devices that offer comparable performance.
You can open most apps both with the Kirin 710 (P30 Lite and NE) and with the Snapdragon 665 (Redmi Note 8T). WhatsApp, Netflix, Internet browser and Co. are a matter of course and work flawlessly and quickly. Likewise, even complex games should run smoothly on the devices if you reduce the graphics settings a bit. With at least 4 GB RAM (in the New Edition there is even 6 GB), all three smartphones have enough memory.
Redmi Note 8T and P30 Lite (NE) in the display comparison
The LCD displays of the three devices are also very similar. The Xiaomi smartphone has a resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels, while the P30-Lite models have 2312 x 1080 pixels. With the Redmi Note 8T, however, the screen with 6.3 inches is a little bit larger than with the Huawei devices that have displays with 6.15-inch diagonals. The good price-performance ratio of the three smartphones is also evident here. Devices in this price range often have displays with a lower 720p resolution.
The cameras in comparison
As just mentioned, the Huawei P30 Lite takes beautiful photos. This is due to a triple camera consisting of a main lens with 48 megapixels, which is supported by two further modules with 8 MP (ultra wide angle) and 2 MP (depth sensor). The P30 Lite records videos in full HD at 30 frames per second. Huawei has installed the same main camera in the P30 Lite New Edition.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T, even though it is the cheapest smartphone among the three, even has a quad camera. A 48-megapixel main camera is also used here. It is supported by an 8 MP ultra-wide-angle module, a 2 MP module for depth perception and another 2 MP module that helps with macro shots, i.e. close-up pictures. In contrast to the P30-Lite models, the Redmi Note 8T can also record video in 4K resolution with 30 frames per second and Full HD video with up to 120 frames per second.
The highest-resolution front camera is in the Huawei P30 Lite New Edition. Here, the manufacturer has upgraded a 32 megapixel camera. In the original P30-Lite from 2019, a module with 24 megapixels is still working. The front camera of the Xiaomi smartphone has a resolution of 13 megapixels. All three smartphones deliver clean selfies.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T and Huawei P30 Lite (NE) in battery comparison
In terms of battery, Xiaomi is ahead of the pack despite the lower price. The built-in battery has a capacity of 4000 mAh. It will get you through the day without any problems – and even a few hours further, unless you continuously record in 4K videos.
Even if Huawei P30 Lite and Lite New Edition only have batteries with 3340 mAh, you do not have to worry about early charging breaks. The display is a bit smaller and accordingly consumes less power. With normal use, these two smartphones can easily make it through the day. By the way, all three smartphones can be charged with up to 18 watts thanks to fast charging technology. If the battery is empty, you can quickly refill it.
What about the operation?
In Germany, the manufacturer’s name “Xiaomi” occasionally causes quizzical faces. The Chinese manufacturer has now arrived in Europe as well as Huawei. In fact, the MIUI user interface, which Xiaomi places on the Android framework, is currently one of the most popular variants of the Google operating system. Where translation errors were still found in menus years ago, there is now intuitive user guidance with nice additional functions such as an integrated dark mode.
Huawei has been one of the three largest smartphone manufacturers in Germany alongside Samsung and Apple for a while. The Chinese manufacturer’s EMUI interface is easy to understand, as is Samsung’s One UI or Xiaomi’s MIUI. Anyone who has had any Android device in hand can usually find their way around the menus of Xiaomi and Huawei smartphones within a very short time. The fingerprint sensor is located on the back of all three devices.
What about Google apps and updates?
As a large and international manufacturer, Xiaomi and Huawei release software updates relatively quickly and at regular intervals. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T is the international version of the Redmi Note 8 offered in China and, like most Android smartphones, comes with pre-installed Google apps.
Although Huawei may not yet deliver new smartphones with Google apps and services due to a trade embargo on the part of the USA, they are available on both the P30 Lite and the P30 Lite New Edition. The explanation for this: The P30 Lite appeared before the ban and even the New Edition only counts as a new edition, but not as a new smartphone. The model series successor looks different, as you can also read in our comparison P40 Lite vs P30 Lite.
The facts in summary:
- The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T is available from around 160 euros.
- The Huawei P30 Lite is available with 128 GB memory for around 200 euros.
- The Huawei P30 Lite New Edition with 256 GB of storage costs around 270 euros.
- The screens of the three devices are very similar. The Redmi Note 8T is slightly larger.
- The cameras of the three smartphones offer a lot for the relatively low price.
- The Note 8T’s quad camera can also record 4K video.
- The selfie camera of the P30 Lite New Edition has the highest resolution in comparison.
- The battery of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T is a good deal larger.
- However, all three smartphones should get through the day well with their battery.
- The user interfaces of all three devices are sophisticated and intuitive to use.
- Despite the problems between Huawei and the United States, Google Apps and Services are pre-installed on the P30 Lite and the P30 Lite New Edition.