Huawei P40 Pro perfectly refines the P30 Pro from last year. Take the main focus of the P series, the camera, and innovate big, literally. With a massive camera sensor, a 90 Hz display, and updated internal components, the P40 Pro has a lot to like. It is a pity that the lack of Google services affects it in such a negative way.

Huawei P40 Pro

If you look at the numbers, Huawei was the only major Chinese smartphone brand to grow in sales in the first part of 2020 in China, though Chinese smartphone sales dropped by an unprecedented 22% during the same time due to Covid-19 outbreak. Amazingly Huawei saw a 6% rise to 28.7 million phones, capturing a 39% share of total phone sales.

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So it’s clear that Huawei wants to fight back and its latest smartphone, the Huawei P40 Pro is going to be a powerful weapon in this fight. So, let’s take a deeper look at the Huawei P40 Pro and what it brings to the table. The phone has numerous USPs to take on the big players in the sale and is currently the greatest camera phone on DxOMark.

HUAWEI P40 PRO PLUS SPECIFICATIONS

SUMMARY

PerformanceHiSilicon Kirin
Storage512 GB
Camera50+40+8+8 MP
Battery4200 mAh
Display6.58″ (16.71 cm)
Ram8 GB
Launch Date In IndiaJune 18, 2020 (Expected)
PerformanceHiSilicon Kirin
Storage512 GB
Camera50+40+8+8 MP
Battery4200 mAh
Display6.58″ (16.71 cm)
Ram8 GB
Launch Date In IndiaJune 18, 2020 (Expected)

KEY SPECS

Front Camera32 MP
Battery4200 mAh
ProcessorHiSilicon Kirin 990 5G
Display6.58 inches
Ram8 GB
Rear Camera50 MP + 40 MP + 8 MP + 8 MP

SPECIAL FEATURES

Fingerprint Sensor PositionOn-screen
Fingerprint Sensor TypeOptical
Other SensorsLight sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Compass, Gyroscope
Fingerprint SensorYes

GENERAL

Quick ChargingYes
Operating SystemAndroid v10 (Q)
Sim SlotsDual SIM, GSM+GSM
ModelP40 Pro Plus
Launch DateJune 18, 2020 (Expected)
Custom UiEMUI
BrandHuawei
Sim SizeSIM1: Nano SIM2: Nano (Hybrid)
Network5G: Supported by device (network not rolled-out in India), 4G: Available (supports Indian bands), 3G: Available, 2G: Available
Fingerprint SensorYes

MULTIMEDIA

Fm RadioNo
Audio JackUSB Type-C
LoudspeakerYes

PERFORMANCE

ChipsetHiSilicon Kirin 990 5G
GraphicsMali-G76 MP16
ProcessorOcta core (2.86 GHz, Dual core, Cortex A76 + 2.36 GHz, Dual core, Cortex A76 + 1.95 GHz, Quad core, Cortex A55)
Architecture64 bit
Ram8 GB

DESIGN

Thickness9 mm
Width72.6 mm
Weight226 grams
WaterproofYes Water resistant (up to 30 minutes in a depth of 1.5 meter), IP68
RuggednessDust proof
Height158.2 mm
ColoursWhite Ceramic, Black Ceramic

DISPLAY

Display TypeOLED
Bezelless DisplayYes with punch-hole display
Pixel Density441 ppi
Screen To Body Ratio Calculated91.01 %
Screen Size6.58 inches (16.71 cm)
Refresh Rate90 Hz
Screen Resolution1200 x 2640 pixels
Touch ScreenYes Capacitive Touchscreen, Multi-touch

STORAGE

Internal Memory512 GB
Expandable MemoryYes Up to 256 GB

CAMERA

Camera SetupSingle
SettingsExposure compensation, ISO control
Camera FeaturesDigital Zoom, Auto Flash, Face detection, Touch to focus
Image Resolution8200 x 6100 Pixels
AutofocusYes Phase Detection autofocus
Shooting ModesContinuos Shooting, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR)
Resolution32 MP Primary Camera
Physical ApertureF1.9
Optical Image StabilisationYes
FlashYes Dual LED Flash
Video Recording3840×2160 @ 60 fps

BATTERY

User ReplaceableNo
TypeLi-ion
Quick ChargingYes Super, 40W
Usb TypecYes
Wireless ChargingYes
Capacity4200 mAh

NETWORK CONNECTIVITY

WifiYes Wi-Fi 802.11, a/ac/ax/b/g/n/n 5GHz, MIMO
Wifi FeaturesMobile Hotspot
BluetoothYes v5.1
VolteYes
Usb ConnectivityMass storage device, USB charging
NfcYes
Network Support5G supported by device (network not rolled-out in India), 4G (supports Indian bands), 3G, 2G
GpsYes with A-GPS, Glonass
Sim 14G Bands:TD-LTE 2600(band 38) / 2300(band 40) / 2500(band 41) / 2100(band 34) / 1900(band 39) FD-LTE 2100(band 1) / 1800(band 3) / 2600(band 7) / 900(band 8) / 700(band 28) / 1900(band 2) / 1700(band 4) / 850(band 5) / 1800(band 9) / 700(band 17) / 850(band 18) / 850(band 19) / 800(band 20) / 850(band 26)3G Bands: UMTS 1900 / 2100 / 850 / 900 MHz2G Bands: GSM 1800 / 1900 / 850 / 900 MHz GPRS:Available EDGE:Available
Sim SizeSIM1: Nano, SIM2: Nano (Hybrid)
Sim 24G Bands: TD-LTE 2600(band 38) / 2300(band 40) / 2500(band 41) / 2100(band 34) / 1900(band 39) FD-LTE 2100(band 1) / 1800(band 3) / 900(band 8) / 700(band 28) / 1900(band 2) / 1700(band 4) / 850(band 5) / 1800(band 9) / 700(band 17) / 850(band 18) / 850(band 19) / 800(band 20) / 850(band 26)3G Bands: UMTS 1900 / 2100 / 850 / 900 MHz 2G Bands: GSM 1800 / 1900 / 850 / 900 MHz GPRS:Available EDGE:Available

Huawei P40 Pro Display

The screen of the P40 Pro is incredible from the start. Huawei architects have redesigned the curved edges for maximum screen coverage. They call it the Quad Curve Overflow Design. But if we look at it closely, even if it reaches a satisfactory visual reality, the perforation of the dual cameras always leads to an imperfection that we must accept. Without the hole, the screen was perfect for viewing.

Huawei P40 Pro

That said, having two selfie sessions in advance has its advantages. Selfie cameras have excellent f / 2.2 aperture and support autofocus even in 4K video. So if you’re looking for a smart vlogger with great selfie cameras, the quality of the front cameras should make up for the slight flaw in their appearance for most people.

Another feature of the front cameras is that it supports facial ID IR unlock which is very secure.   

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In terms of screen quality, the P40 Pro has a 6.58-inch OLED screen with a resolution of 2640 x 1200, which is close to 2K resolution and much better than 1080P smartphones. Compared to the latest P30 Pro model, clarity and color accuracy have also been significantly improved. But beware here, the most accurate color mode is standard color mode. In standard mode, the average delta E is only 1.0 and the coverage of range P3 reaches 99%. In addition, the screen of the P40 Pro has a refresh rate of 90 Hz. So far, with the Kirin 990 Soc, the P40 Pro is one of the smoothest Android phones I have ever tested.

Returning to its back cover, Huawei has updated the phone with a new industrial design that includes anti-glazing glass technology and a new quad camera configuration. The P40 Pro in our hand is not the silver version with anti-glazing glass, but I like the silver version that I tried in the Huawei store in China. The silver variant has a very comfortable tactile sensation and a surprising reflection effect in all lighting scenarios. It looked like the back material of the OnePlus 8 Pro, which also uses anti-glazing glass technology.

So over this Deep Sea Blue colour, I prefer the silver pattern. That said, the Blue color model I have will satisfy the majority of users looking for a dark shade.

Huawei P40 Pro Hardware

The Huawei P40 Pro runs on Huawei ‘s latest Soc, the Kirin 990 5G. Although Kirin 990 can’t beat Snapdragon 865 in most benchmark apps, it’s hard to see the gap between these two chips in everyday use. And thanks to hardware and software optimization, the P40 Pro can make full use of the 90Hz display in some games.

For example, it supports 90fps in a PUBG Mobile China version and has run an average framerate of 89.5 without obvious jank problems in our gaming test.

And then we go to 3D brand tests to check the performance of its GPU. The results showed that the P40 Pro can beat 98% of all phones tested. According to our tests, the P40 Pro met our expectations for a flagship product in 2020. Although it is not a gaming phone, Huawei still designed a case for gaming phone for the P40 Pro. Once the case is activated, it will have two buttons. more shoulder for a more comfortable playing operation. However, the gaming experience will not be the P40 Pro’s USP. Because the best part of the Huawei P40 Pro is its cameras.

Huawei P40 Pro Cameras

The most important point of sale of the P40 Pro remains the cameras. And this time, the configuration of the camera is a little aggressive. This means that the phone has an oversized lens, a larger CMOS sensor for the main camera, and a feature-rich camera setup. All of these changes made it one of our most anticipated camera phones in 2020.

Huawei P40 Pro
(Image credit: TechRadar)

The first is the custom 50MP main camera with a 1 / 1.28-inch sensor, which corresponds to the RYYB CFA, allowing the sensor to absorb 40% of light. The new sensor can offer not only better sensitivity, but also better light capture, which means it can handle even low light conditions.

But it’s not just the main camera, the 40MP ultra-wide cinema camera is another major update. It is designed not only for wide angle photography but also for shooting movies. Like the main camera, it can also record videos up to 4K at 60 frames per second to simulate the production of a cinema camera.

And then, to cover a wider focus range, the P40 Pro is equipped with a 12MP and 5X optical telephoto lens, using the RYYB periscope frame and OIS anti-vibration technology. So these three cameras are really trying to simulate a practical zoom camera. If we consider a more practical camera movement, the OIS anti-shake system of the telephoto camera and the main camera helps a lot when panning or tilting, but due to the lack of smooth switching between the cameras, the zoom camera on the P40 Pro It does not get the same result as professional cameras.

If you want to zoom in, just make sure the zoom range stays between 0.8 and 8.5 times, or stays more than 8.5 times. Because you will notice a resolution change when you switch between these zoom ranges.

And the last camera is a ToF camera, which helps other cameras calculate the depth of information. This will help to improve the speed of focus and optimize the bokeh effect.

Huawei P40 Pro Battery Life

When it comes to battery and charging, the P40 Pro is also at the flagship level. Charging for 25 minutes with the included 40W charger can restore 50 percent of the power and only took an hour to fully charge it. It also supports wireless charging of up to 27W.

When it comes to software, the Huawei AppGallery has several alternatives for Google apps such as Here Maps. But there may still be missing some apps that can be downloaded through alternative app stores like Amazon’s App Store and even APK Pure. By using these three app stores together, we could use most of the popular apps from the Play Store.

So this is the end of our review of the Huawei P40 Pro. There is no doubt that the P40 Pro is the best camera phone we’ve seen so far in 2020, and taking pictures on the P40 Pro is easy and satisfying. The phone has everything you need from a flagship of 2020 and if you agree with the use of alternatives to the Google app, we would definitely recommend this device to anyone looking for a smartphone with powerful camera.

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