Chinese telecommunications and smartphones major Huawei has just announced the launch of its much-awaited P40 series of camera-centric smartphones. The refreshed P40 series consists of three new smartphones — the Huawei P40, the Huawei P40 Pro, and the Huawei P40 Pro+. The lineup boasts of several upgrades over their predecessors. Along with the new phones, the company also announced the launch of a new wireless AI speaker called the Huawei Sound X, as well as the refreshed Huawei Watch GT 2 lineup with a new color variant and launched the new Huawei Watch GT 2e.
In this article, however, we take a detailed look at the Huawei P40 Series of smartphones.
Huawei P40: Specifications, Features, and Price
We start with the lowest-priced of the three models, the Huawei P40. Unlike previous editions where the lowest tier P-series handset came with a mid-range SoC, this time around Huawei has ensured that even the entry-level P40 series handset gets the same flagship-grade chipset as its more expensive siblings. The Huawei P40, therefore, comes powered by Huawei’s own Kirin 990 SoC. The phone is offered in a single RAM/Storage configuration – 8GB + 128GB.
The P40 is also smaller in size when compared to its siblings and gets a 6.1-inch AMOLED panel with FHD+ resolution. The display only gets the standard 60 Hz refresh rate, unlike the Pro variants that have things dialed up to 90 Hz.
The camera setup on the Huawei P40 consists of the primary 50MP “Ultra Vision” primary sensor, an 8MP telephoto camera with OIS, and a 16MP ultra-wide camera. In fact, if you look closely, the Huawei P40 now has the same specs as the telephoto and wide-angle cameras of the Mate 30 Pro and the P30 Pro from 2019 — which is not a bad thing to have. At the front, the P40 gets 32MP camera — albeit without support for autofocus. This camera is housed inside a ‘punch-hole’ that is encompassed by the display. The Huawei P40 also lacks an IR sensor at the front but does get an in-display fingerprint scanner.
The battery capacity on the Huawei P40 stands at 3,800mAh, which is a marginal upgrade over its predecessor. The phone also supports 22.5W fast charging — but does not support wireless charging. It is also IP53 rated for water and dust resistance.
The Huawei P40 will be available in select markets across the globe starting April 7 with a price tag of EUR 799.
Huawei P40 Pro, P40 Pro Plus: Specifications, Features, and Price
As you might have seen, there are two models of the Huawei P40 Pro — the standard P40 Pro and the Huawei P40 Pro Plus. Both these handsets have near-identical specifications. The ‘Plus’ variant, however, does get a few extra features about which we will talk in detail later. In the paragraphs below, we take a look at the features common to both these handsets.
The Huawei P40 Pro might be the direct successor to the P30 Pro from 2019. But the phone does take quite a bit of stuff from the Mate 30 Pro as well. As expected of a flagship-grade P-Series device from Huawei, the P40 Pro boasts of several upgrades to the camera, among others. But first, let us talk about the rest of the specs.
The Huawei P40 Pro gets what Huawei refers to as a Quad Curve display with four curved edges sweeping down to the frame on the handset. The display is quite large and measures 6.58-inches across and boasts of a non-standard resolution of 1200 x 2640 pixels in the 19.8:9 aspect ratio. The display supports the DCI-P3 color space as well as HDR 10 content. It also boasts of 90Hz refresh rate, which is a significant upgrade from last year. The display also gets a punch hole where the front camera hardware and other apparatus find a pride of place. This panel also houses the in-display fingerprint scanner, which is now 30% larger than the one used on the P30 Pro.
The camera hardware on the Huawei P40 Pro includes a large 50MP primary camera sensor, a 12 MP telephoto camera with OIS support, a 40MP ultra-wide-angle camera, and a ToF sensor for depth sensing purposes. The P40 Pro Plus differentiates itself from the P40 Pro with a better telephoto camera setup. In place of the single 12MP sensor on the P40 Pro, the P40 Pro Plus gets two periscope cameras with an 8MP f/2.4 3x periscope optical lens and an 8MP f/4.4 10X periscope lens. The primary 50MP sensor retains the RYYB color filter from the P30 Pro but is now larger in size. In fact, the1/1.28″ sensor on the P40 Pro is even larger than the huge 1/1.33″ sensor on the Galaxy S20 Ultra. The P40 Pro can also capture 4K videos at 60fps and also gets the Super Steady Telephoto Video feature along with OIS. At the front, the P40 Pro gets a 32MP, f/2.2 camera with support for autofocus as well.
The Huawei P40 Pro is powered by a 4,200mAh battery and supports 40W fast charging as well. Wireless charging is supported at 27W. The handset is IP68 rated for dust and water resistance.
All three handsets announced today run Android 10 underneath EMUI 10. The phones do not get support for Google Services and runs Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) instead, which does feature its own app store and related services.
The Huawei P40 Pro will be available from April 7, starting at EUR 1,000 with 8GB of RAM and 256GB storage. As for the P40 Pro Plus, it will be on sale beginning June 2020 and will retail for around EUR 1399.
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