Huawei may be banned in the US and couldn’t use the Google Services, but that hasn’t stopped the company launch smartphones. The Huawei P40 Series is now official & once again Huawei has shown the camera prowess of its premium flagships.
There are three flagships under the P40 series this time named Huawei P40, Huawei P40 Pro & P40 Pro+. In this article, we will talk about the first two, i.e., P40 & the P40 Pro, the successors to the last year’s Huawei P30 & P30 Pro.
While the P30 series of last year featured notched displays, the Huawei P40 series comes with a punch-hole design. The Huawei P40 features a punch-hole display where the punch-hole has dual selfie cameras in it. There are almost no bezels all around & the chin looks impressively thin in the renders. There is a flat display which is something you won’t get on the P40 Pro & P40 Pro+.
On the rear, there is a rectangular camera module housing three cameras in it, the LED flash & the LEICA branding. The USB Type-C port is present on the bottom & to no surprise, there is no headphone jack. Talking about IP rating, the Huawei P40 features IP53 rating so splashes of water won’t be much of an issue for the device. Just don’t take it for a dip.
The display on the front is a 6.1-inch Full-HD+ (2340 x 1080) OLED with the fingerprint scanner underneath it. Unlike most of the flagships launched this year, there is no high-refresh-rate on the vanilla P40. It is a normal 60Hz panel. Under the hood, there is the Kirin 990 5G SOC that features an octa-core SOC & Mali-G76 GPU.
The phone comes in one storage option i.e., 8GB RAM + 128GB storage. Yes, you can expand the storage, but for that, you have to go for a NanoMemory card.
Talking about the camera setup, the Huawei P40 features a triple camera setup on the rear that includes a primary 50 Megapixel Ultra Vision Wide camera with an RYYB sensor & f/1.9 aperture lens. There is a secondary 16 Megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera with f/2.2 aperture lens & finally an 8 Megapixel telephoto unit with 3X Optical Zoom & OIS.
There is a dual-camera setup on the front that includes a primary 32 Megapixel camera paired with an Infrared camera (For faster & more secure Face Unlock). Both the rear as well as the front camera can shoot up to 4K 60fps videos.
Finally, the Huawei P40 comes with a 3,800mAh battery & 22.5W Huawei SuperCharge. While the phone doesn’t support Wireless Charging, you can use the Wireless Charging case on the phone to charge it wirelessly. Android 10 runs out of the box with no Google Services. There is Huawei’s AppGallery similar to the Play Store & the phone comes with Celia AI Assistant similar to the Google Assistant.
HUAWEI P40 PRO – DESIGN & SPECIFICATIONS
The Huawei P40 Pro is an absolute beauty when it comes to the design. The biggest difference between the Huawei P40 & P40 Pro is the display. While the Huawei P40 has a flat-screen, the P40 Pro comes with a Quad-Curve Overflow Display which Huawei says is inspired by the beauty and form of flowing water.
On the rear, there is a huge rectangular camera module that has Quad cameras in it & the LEICA branding.
Talking about this camera setup first, there is a primary 50 Megapixel Ultra Vision camera with a 1//1.28 inch RYYB sensor with RYYB colour filter array, Octa PD AutoFocus, OIS, and f/1.9 aperture lens. This is one of the biggest camera sensors on any smartphone, bigger than the one on Galaxy S20 Ultra.
There is a secondary 12 Megapixel periscope-style telephoto camera with 5X Optical Zoom & OIS. The third camera is a 40 Megapixel Ultra-Wide-Angle Cine camera with a 1/1.54-inch sensor. Finally, there is a 3D Depth Sensing Camera (ToF sensor).
On the front, there are dual cameras that include a primary 32 Megapixel unit paired with an IR Depth sensor. The punch-hole also has the Ambient & Proximity Sensor. Thanks to the IR Sensor, the Face Unlock works even in the dark.
The Huawei P40 Pro comes with a gorgeous 6.58-inch 2640 x 1200 pixels OLED panel and 90Hz refresh rate. So, this is the first Huawei flagship to feature a high-refresh-rate screen. The SOC is the same as the vanilla P40, i.e., the Kirin 990 5G. It comes in 8GB + 256GB configuration.
There is a big 4,200mAh battery & 40W Huawei SuperCharge + 27W Fast Wireless Charging. Unlike the Huawei P40, the P40 Pro has an IP68 rating for protection against dust & water. Android 10 runs out of the box without Google services.
HUAWEI P40 & HUAWEI P40 PRO – PRICING & AVAILABILITY
The Huawei P40 comes in Five gorgeous colours named Black, Blush Gold, Deep Sea Blue, Ice White, and Silver Frost. It is priced at €799 and would be available from April 7th.
The Huawei P40 Pro also comes in the same five colours & it is priced at €999. Like the P40, the P40 Pro would be available from April 7th.