REDEMPTION-HUAWEI’S P40 SERIES

FINALLY TWO OF THE THREE OF HUAWEI’S P40 SERIES PHONES ARE HERE!

Huawei P30 pro

First Samsung with the release of their S20 Series-which did impress indeed, now its another mobile giant’s turn- Huawei! Despite the trade battle between the US and China, we think Huawei still has what it takes to be one of the best and its infact one of the best in the mobile phone business.

If we look back to 2019 Huawei’ P30 pro was one of the best Smartphones of the year in almost every aspect- whether it was its gorgeous design of a body, captivating cameras, top-end specs or its powerhouse of a battery. It was an all-rounder of a smartphone.

Here we are now in 2020 and we expect no less from what Huawei had for us last year, we infact expect much more this time around. Seeing as Huawei will not feature GMS (Google Mobile Services) anymore on its latest devices, we would like to see how Huawei will handle this situation.

With big shoes to fill for itself, Huawei assures itself that it has a proper successor on its hands with the P40 series. Huawei cannot let up now, it has a lot to prove to its consumers.


SIMILARITIES BETWEEN THE P40 SERIES:

Huawei announced its P40 series on Thursday, March 26, in an online-only event. The trio of phones includes the Huawei P40, Huawei P40 Pro, and the Huawei P40 Pro+.

The Huawei P40 series is the brand’s 2020 flagship series, so before we can take you through the details of each device here are some similarities between these three gorgeous gems-of-devices.

  • They all have a metal and glass design(except the pro plus will have a ceramic finish)
  • Three base colors available across the full range: Ice White, Black, DeepSea Blue.
  • All have 8GB of RAM (though the P40 will have a 6GB RAM variant)
  • All have under-display fingerprint sensor
  • None of them will feature a headphone jack
  • OLED capacitive screens
  • Same Chipset/SoC, CPU and GPU
  • All have expandable storage capability
  • All are 5G compatible
  • Same dual selfie camera setup 32 MP, f/2.0, 26mm (wide), 1/2.8″, 0.8µm.
  • All feature the 50MP primary camera

Those are some major similarities. Now we take a look at each other the P40 series devices.


The Huawei P40 (Available. released 2020, April 7)

Huawei P40

 

This is the baby of the trio, the last born of the P40 series. This is the phone to get if you want that P40 experience without completely leave a huge hole in your wallet and pocket, and at first glance, the phone has all the makings to do just that. Here are some of its specs & Features:

  • Body, Display & Resolution: this is the smallest of the three measuring 148.9 x 71.1 x 8.5 mm (5.86 x 2.80 x 0.33 inches) and weighs 175 g (6.17 oz), has IP53 dust and splash protection. A 6.1 inch (~86.3% screen-to-body ratio) OLED Display with 1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~422 ppi density).
  • OS, Chipset, CPU, & GPU: comes launched with Huawei’ own OS Android 10.0 (AOSP + HMS); EMUI 10.1. Powered by Huawei’s in-house, top-of-the-line HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G (7 nm+) with clock speeds of Octa-core (2×2.86 GHz Cortex-A76 & 2×2.36 GHz Cortex-A76 & 4×1.95 GHz Cortex-A55) and has its Graphics powered by Mali-G76 MP16.
  • Memory & Storage: Features a memory card slot for expandable storage of up to 256GB. It comes with 128GB of storage and 8GB RAM. And also features UFS 3.0 for fast file transfer.
  • Rear Camera: has a triple camera array;

-50 MP, f/1.9, 23mm (wide), 1/1.28″, 2.44µm, omnidirectional PDAF, OIS

-8 MP, f/2.4, 80mm (telephoto), PDAF, OIS, 3x optical zoom

-16 MP, f/2.2, 17mm (ultrawide), AF

which features Leica optics, LED flash, panorama, HDR and shoots videos at 2160p@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60fps, 720p@960fps.

  • Selfie Camera: has a single 32 MP, f/2.0, 26mm (wide), 1/2.8″, 0.8µm

IR TOF 3D, (biometrics sensor only) and shoots videos at 2160p@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60fps.

  • Battery: Non-removable Li-Po 3800 mAh battery with Fast charging 22.5W.
  • Colors Available: Silver Frost, Blush Gold, Deep Sea Blue, Ice White, Black.

This is the more compact device of the trio as it’s much smaller than the other pair. It Measures 148.9 x 71.1 x 8.5 mm (5.86 x 2.80 x 0.33 inches) with an non-curved OLED display of 6.1 inches, which features a capsule-shaped punch-hole that is home to the 32MP selfie camera and an IF TOF 3D sensor, note that there’s no autofocus for the selfie camera on the P40. The screen resolution is 1080 x 2340 pixels, when 19.5:9 aspect ratio (~422 ppi density). Unlike it’s bigger siblings that feature 90Hz displays, the P40 only has a refresh rate of 60Hz. Similarly like on the P30 pro and P40 pro, the display doubles as an earpiece. It vibrates to produce sound in voice calls. Unfortunately, it can’t double as a speaker. The back of the phone is home to the triple cameras and a dual-tone flash, the 16MP ultrawide, the 50MP primary, and the 8MP telephoto snappers.

The Huawei P40 is powered by the Kirin 990 5G chipset which has an octa-core processor with a familiar set of Cortex CPUs – 2xA76 + 2xA76 + 4xA55. In this 5G version of the SoC the maximum clock rates at 2.86GHz, 2.36GHz and 1.95GHz for the three respective clusters. The GPU is a 16-core Mali-G76. The Huawei P40 features the 16MP ultrawide, the 50MP primary, and the 8MP telephoto cameras. The primary/main 50MP has an all pixel omnidirectional phase detection autofocus meaning that, not only are there autofocus detectors on each pixel, but they are 8 of them per pixel. Thus, the camera’s autofocus sensing has improved response to horizontal details whereas conventional dual pixel autofocus systems have a hard time with those. This also means autofocusing is improved in low-light situations.The 16MP ultra-wide camera is behind a 17mm f/2.2 lens. It also has autofocus. The 8MP telephoto camera is behind an 80mm f/2.4 lens for 3x optical zoom and features optical stabilization and autofocusautofocus. Finally the selfie camera, it’s a 32MP imager behind 26mm f/2.0 lens and with fixed focus.

The device packs a 3800 mAh Li-Po battery and supports Huawei’s first-gen Super Charge rated at 22.5W. This can replenish the P40’s battery from 0% to 60% in just 30 minutes, and 90% in just an hour’s charging. The phone doesn’t, unfortunately, support wireless charging.

This is a well-rounded compact phone that has good things going for it. Similarly it had its imperfections such as no wireless charging, no complete IP rating, no autofocus for selfie camera and the fact that it doesn’t feature GMS it’s €800 pricetag isn’t as appealing.

Get it at Amazon US and Amazon UK.  


The Huawei P40 Pro (Available. Released 2020, April 7)

Huawei P40 pro

The sweet-spot of the trio, the second but if the P40 series. Which I believe will be the most popular among consumers as it will feature some features of the best (if not all) of its little sibling the P40, and some features of its elder sibling the P40 pro plus. Here are the specs and features it houses:

  • Body & Display: This measures the same with the P40 pro plus, 158.2 x 72.6 x 9 mm (6.23 x 2.86 x 0.35 in) and has a Glass front, glass back, aluminum frame built. It features an IP68 dust/water resistant (up to 1.5m for 30 mins). Has 6.58 inch 90Hz OLED display as the P40 pro plus, with a resolution of 1200 x 2640 pixels (~441 ppi density).
  • OS, Chipset/SoC, CPU, & GPU: Android 10.0 (AOSP + HMS); EMUI 10.1. Housing Huawei’s own HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G (7 nm+), processor with Octa-core (2×2.86 GHz Cortex-A76 & 2×2.36 GHz Cortex-A76 & 4×1.95 GHz Cortex-A55) and a Mali-G76 MP16 GPU.
  • Memory & Storage: Has provision of a memory card slot for expansion of storage up to 256GB. It has 256GB of storage and 8GB of RAM with UFS 3.0.
  • Rear Camera: Has a Quad camera array; 50 MP, f/1.9, 23mm (wide), 1/1.28″, 2.44µm, omnidirectional PDAF, OIS

-Periscope 12 MP, f/3.4, 125mm (telephoto), PDAF, OIS, 5x optical zoom

-40 MP, f/1.8, 18mm (ultrawide), 1/1.54″, PDAF

-TOF 3D, (depth)

  • Selfie Camera: dual 32 MP, f/2.2, 26mm (wide), 1/2.8″, 0.8µm, AF

IR TOF 3D, (depth/biometrics sensor).

  • Battery: Non-removable Li-Po 4200 mAh battery with Fast charging 40W

-Fast wireless charging 27W

-Fast reverse wireless charging 27W

  • Available Colors: Silver Frost, Blush Gold, Deep Sea Blue, Ice White, Black.

 

The Huawei P40 Pro is a much larger device as compared to it’s younger sibling the P40, measuring 158.2 x 72.6 x 9 mm (6.23 x 2.86 x 0.35 in). The screen is an edge-to-edge panel that wraps around all four sides. The 6.58 inch display is a new generation OLED with high-resolution (1,200 x 2,640) and 90Hz refresh rate. On the screen you’ll notice a capsule-shaped punch-hole notch housing the new 32MP selfie camera with autofocus, a ToF camera, the IR flood illuminator, and the ambient light sensor (there is no notification LED on the P40 Pro).

On the rear of the phone you’ll find the 50MP primary camera, the 40MP ultrawide shooter, and you can see the end of the periscopic lens on top of the hidden 12MP sensor. Around are also a ToF camera, an IR sensor, a multi-spectrum color temperature sensor, a mic for video capturing and its audio zoom feature, and the dual-tone LED flash.

The Huawei P40 Pro boots the EMUI 10.1. The latest version of Huawei’s skin and it’s based on Android 10, with no GMS. Same as with the Huawei P40, the P40 Pro is powered by the Kirin 990 5G which has an octa-core processor with a familiar set of Cortex CPUs – 2xA76 + 2xA76 + 4xA55. In this 5G version of the SoC the maximum clock rates at 2.86GHz, 2.36GHz and 1.95GHz for the three respective clusters. The non-5G lowers the mid-cluster to 2.09GHz and the little one to 1.86GHz. The GPU is a 16-core Mali-G76.

The Huawei P40 Pro features the Ultra Vision Leica Quad Camera, it has a regular wide camera, an ultra-wide snapper, a 5x zoom shooter with periscope lens, and a ToF sensor. The primary/main 50MP has an all pixel omnidirectional phase detection autofocus meaning that, not only are there autofocus detectors on each pixel, but they are 8 of them per pixel. Thus, the camera’s autofocus sensing has improved response to horizontal details whereas conventional dual pixel autofocus systems have a hard time with those. This also means autofocusing is improved in low-light situations. The ultra-wide camera is a 1/1.54″ 40MP imager with a Quad-Bayer RGGB filter. And because of the Quad-Bayer nature, this snapper outputs 10MP images.

The telephoto camera has a new sensor – it’s a 12MP imager that’s not visible on the back, you can see only the end of its periscope lens. The refracted light passes through a set of additional optical elements inside until it reaches the sensor, which sits perpendicular to the phone’s plane. The system also provides optical image stabilization.
The ToF (time of flight) camera speeds up the autofocus, and it also improves the subject separation and provides a more convincing background defocusing in portrait mode. And Finally the selfie camera, the camera uses a 32MP sensor behind an f/2.2 26mm lens. Autofocus is available for the first time – an improvement that is way overdue. Second, comes another ToF camera, which will help for superb bokeh selfies.

The Huawei P40 Pro is fueled by a 4,200 mAh Li-Po battery and It supports Huawei’s 40W SuperCharge. In 30 minutes it will refill 80% of the P40 Pro’s empty battery, while a full charge is achieved in 50 minutes. The Huawei P40 Pro(like the P40) supports smart battery charging – meaning if you hook the P40 for an overnight charge, it will eventually lower the speed and complete the full charge just before sunrise. Finally unlike the P40, the P40 Pro also supports 27W wireless charging, and even reverse wireless charging. After activating the reverse charging from the battery options, you can charge your smartwatch or wireless earbuds off the phone or another phone.

The Huawei P40 Pro is an amazing device, from design to performance it excels in both. Yes there’s that Google issue but it goes without saying that this is a great phone regardless of that issue and besides that the future looks really bright for Huawei starting off on such a note. The P40 Pro has an excellent screen with top-notch resolution and high refresh rate. Huawei’s new Kirin 990 5G is one of the best on the market, with solid thermal properties. One way or another, the third-party stores are getting better and stronger, and you are never  leftwithout options. The Amazon AppStore and APKPure are perfectly capable to keep most of your favorite apps up to date.

Get it at Amazon US and Amazon UK.


The Huawei P40 Pro Plus (Exp. Release 2020, June)

Huawei P40 Pro Plus

The elder sibling of the trio, though this is essentially the exact same phone as the P40 Pro, but with 512GB of storage, an extra telephoto camera, and a sleek ceramic finish to wrap the entire package together. Flashy but not worth the dollar if you ask me. For formality’s sake we’ll list down its specs and features like we did the previous two devices i.e. The P40 and P40 Pro:

  • Body & Display: same size as the P40 pro, measuring 158.2 x 72.6 x 9 mm (6.23 x 2.86 x 0.35 in) and weighing a little more than the P40 pro at 226 g (7.97 oz). Has a Glass front, ceramic back, ceramic frame built and an IP68 dust/water resistant (up to 1.5m for 30 min). A 6.58 inch 90Hz OLED display and a resolution of 1200 x 2640 pixels (~441 ppi density).
  • OS, Chipset/SoC, CPU, & GPU: Android 10.0 (AOSP + HMS); EMUI 10.1. Powered by the HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G (7 nm+). Processor Octa-core (2×2.86 GHz Cortex-A76 & 2×2.36 GHz Cortex-A76 & 4×1.95 GHz Cortex-A55) and Mali-G76 MP16 as the GPU.
  • Memory and Storage: Has provision of a memory card slot for expansion of storage up to 256GB. It has 512GB of storage and 8GB of RAM with UFS 3.0.
  • Rear Camera: It has a Penta camera array;

-50 MP, f/1.9, 23mm (wide), 1/1.28″, 2.44µm, omnidirectional PDAF, OIS

-Periscope 8 MP, f/4.4, 240mm (telephoto), PDAF, OIS, 10x optical zoom

-8 MP, f/2.4, 80mm (telephoto), PDAF, OIS, 3x optical zoom

-40 MP, f/1.8, 18mm (ultrawide), 1/1.54″, PDAF

-TOF 3D, (depth)

  • Selfie Camera: dual 32 MP, f/2.2, 26mm (wide), 1/2.8″, 0.8µm, AF

IR TOF 3D, (depth/biometrics sensor).

  • Battery: Non-removable Li-Po 4200 mAh battery with Fast charging 40W

Fast wireless charging 40W

Fast reverse wireless charging 27W.

  • Colors Available: White Ceramic, Black Ceramic.

 

The Huawei P40 series has a pretty great design, but While the P30 series had a notch for the front camera, the P40 series instead opts for a pill-shaped punch-hole to cater for its double front-facing camera setup. It’s not pleasant at all, given its large size.

There’s simply no getting around the massive hole punch cutout for the dual front-facing cameras. This is a similar punch hole design as that which is on Samsung’s S10 Plus phone, though on the opposite side and in all honesty, its an eyesore. However, if you’re one for taking selfies, perhaps it could be worth the added space.

The Huawei P40 Pro Plus will retail at €1,399. Huawei seems to be making strides with their latest P40 flagship series release. Lets hear your experience and/views with the released Huawei P40 and P40 Pro in the comments below. Also, the yet to be released P40 Pro Plus.

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