The Huawei P40 still looks set to release despite the Huawei ban, and as always it's expected to be preceded by a Lite version. However leaked images of this Huawei P40 Lite show a device that looks a little familiar – both to iPhone fans and people who know their Huawei phones.
This image comes from Slashleaks contributor and occasional leaker @RODENT950, who posted a front-and-back render of the anticipated Huawei P40 Lite on Twitter.
In the leaked render you can see the front of the device, with a 'punch-hole' camera in the screen, and a quad camera rear array on the back. This rear array is housed in a square block, very similar to the iPhone 11 and Google Pixel 4, except those have three and two snappers respectively.
We don't know the specs of these cameras, or the device at all – but it's possible we actually know more than we think we do.
Could the Huawei P40 Lite already exist?
As the leaker points out, the Huawei P40 Lite bears more than a passing resemblance to the Huawei Nova 6 SE, a budget smartphone announced for China. The theory is that Huawei will re-brand this device as the P40 Lite for a Western release.
If this is true, then we already know all about the Huawei P40 Lite. The Nova 6 SE is set to have a 6.4-inch LCD screen, Kirin 810 chipset, and 4,200mAh battery. That iPhone 11-esque rear camera array consists of a 48MP main snappper joined with 8MP ultrawide, 2MP macro and 2MP depth-assist cameras, with a 16MP selfie-cam on the front.
That makes it a fine budget device, with a price point expected around that of the Huawei P30 Lite at £329 (about $300, AU$415). While the specs are decidedly 'okay', we'll have to test the device to be sure, as we've yet to find a 2MP depth-assist camera that actually felt useful, and a 2MP macro lens doesn't sound too useful either.
Saying that, this leak could be incorrect, so be cautious before assuming these specs will be an accurate reflection of the Huawei P40 Lite. We'll know for sure in early 2020, as we'd expect the Huawei P40 range to come out then.