Huawei – the Chinese tech giant has further strengthened its partnership with Leica and formally unveiled the most awaited Huawei P40 series; taking inspiration from the P30 and Mate 30 series. The new series comprises of three smartphones – Huawei P40, Huawei P40 Pro and Huawei P40 Pro+.
The Chinese brand has not only upgraded the camera specifications (as generally supposed) but users may experience a lot more improvement in the display features as well. However, the P40 is a slightly toned-down model whereas the other two make the real difference; the P40+ in particular.
Huawei P40 Series – Design and Features
As seen from the exteriors, the only difference between the three siblings lies in the rear camera sensors – the Huawei P40 comes with a triple sensor camera while the P40 Pro and P40 Pro+ come with quad-sensor and Penta-sensor camera setups, respectively.
Likewise, the P40, being the smallest of the series, is built around a 6.1-inch dual punch hole flat OLED panel with 1080p+ resolution and standard 60Hz refresh rate. The P40 Pro and Pro+, on the other hand, come with a larger 6.58-inch dual punch hole OLED display panel with support for 90Hz refresh rate and 1200 x 2640 pixels resolution.
Huawei has also introduced a new feature moniker with “Overflow Display” for both Huawei P40 Pro and Pro+ devices that is meant to have four curved edges giving an illusion of all sides sweeping down to the frame of the phone.
The Huawei P40 and P40 Pro will be available in White, Gold, Black and Silver colors, while the maxed-up Huawei P40 Pro+ will be available in Ceramic Black and Ceramic White shades.
Huawei has powered all the three members of the Huawei P40 series by Kirin 990 5G chipset topped with 8GB RAM. However, the native storage differs as the P40 features 128GB, the P40 Pro houses 256GB and P40 Pro+ come with 512GB onboard storage.
The smartphones will launch with Android 10 and rely on Huawei’s AppGallery for applications. At the launch event, the Chinese tech giant also announced new features and partnerships to expand its software platform.
Huawei has also integrated a new voice assistant – Celia that supports English, French and Spanish. The Chinese manufacturer has also added a new voice and video call app – MeeTime that can also be used for screen-sharing all around.
Where the base model sports basic protection from dust ingress and water splashes (IP53). The other models of the series feature dust and water-resistant IP68 and 4-layer SuperCool system.
As mentioned earlier, the photography is the main attraction of the Huawei P40 series. Let us now explore more in deep. The Huawei P40 features a triple sensor rear camera with a primary 50MP “Ultra Vision” module joined by an 8MP OIS sensor and a 16MP ultra-wide sensor similar to the Huawei P30.
On the other hand, the Huawei P40 Pro boasts a quad-sensor rear camera with a 1/1.28″ 50 MP primary sensor featuring RYYB color filter, Octa Phase Detection AF and OIS. Joining the primary lens is a 125mm 12MP RYYB sensor that retains the periscope zoom from the P30, a 40 MP ultrawide angle Cine Lens camera and a 3D ToF sensor along with a color temperature sensor.
However, the Huawei P40 Pro+ model comes with an additional 80 mm telephoto camera bridging the gap between extreme telephoto and the regular camera. Moreover, the periscope lens is replaced with a longer 240mm periscope sensor. The rest of the specifications are similar to the P40 Pro.
As far as the selfie camera is concerned, the P40 Pro and P40 Pro+ sport a 32MP selfie camera with autofocus joined by a secure IR face scanner. The camera is capable of shooting 4K 60 fps videos. However, the basic P40 has a similar system but loses the autofocus and IR scanner.
The Huawei P40 packs a 3,800mAh battery that supports for 22.5W fast charging but lacks fast wireless charging. The Pro version, in contrast, comes with a 4,200mAh battery supporting 27W wireless charging speeds and 40W wired charging. The maxed-up P40 Pro+ boasts the same battery capacity as P40 Pro but comes with support for 40W wired and wireless charging.
Pricing and Availability
Huawei has announced availability of Huawei P40 and P40 Pro starting from April 7th carrying a price tag of €800 and €1000 respectively. However, if you are looking for the Huawei P40 Pro+, you’ll have to wait till June this year and spare a sum of €1,399.
Huawei P40 vs Huawei P40 Pro vs Huawei P40 Pro+
|Specifications||Huawei P40||Huawei P40 Pro||Huawei P40 Pro+|
|CPU||Octa-core (2×2.86 GHz Cortex-A76 & 2×2.36 GHz Cortex-A76 & 4×1.95 GHz Cortex-A55)||Octa-core (2×2.86 GHz Cortex-A76 & 2×2.36 GHz Cortex-A76 & 4×1.95 GHz Cortex-A55)||Octa-core (2×2.86 GHz Cortex-A76 & 2×2.36 GHz Cortex-A76 & 4×1.95 GHz Cortex-A55)|
|GPU||Mali-G76 MP16||Mali-G76 MP16||Mali-G76 MP16|
|Chipset||HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G (7 nm+)||HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G (7 nm+)||HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G (7 nm+)|
|OS||Android 10.0 (AOSP + HMS); EMUI 10.1||Android 10.0 (AOSP + HMS); EMUI 10.1||Android 10.0 (AOSP + HMS); EMUI 10.1|
|Networks||2G, 3G, 4G LTE, 5G||2G, 3G, 4G LTE, 5G||2G, 3G, 4G LTE, 5G|
|Display||OLED Capacitive Touchscreen, 16M Colors, Multitouch, 6.1 inches, 1080p pixels resolution, 60 Hz refresh rate||OLED Capacitive Touchscreen, 16M Colors, Multitouch, 6.58 inches, 1200 x 2640 pixels resolution, 90 Hz refresh rate||OLED Capacitive Touchscreen, 16M Colors, Multitouch, 6.58 inches, 1200 x 2640 pixels resolution, 90 Hz refresh rate|
|Primary Camera||50 MP + 8 MP + 16 MP||50 MP + 12 MP + 40 MP + 3D ToF||50 MP + 12 MP + 40 MP + 3D ToF + Telephoto|
|Secondary Camera||32 MP + ToF||32 MP + ToF + IR scanner||32 MP + ToF + IR scanner|
|Connectivity||LTE, USB type-C, GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0||LTE, USB Type-C, GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0||LTE, USB Type-C, GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0|
|Fingerprint Scanner||Yes (in-display)||Yes (in-display)||Yes (in-display)|
|Battery||3800 mAh (22.5W charging)||4200 mAh (27W wireless, 40W wired charging)||4200 mAh (40W wireless, 40W wired charging)|
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