27 March 2020
The much-awaited Huawei P40 series is finally official and it is as good as you would have expected. There are three smartphones named Huawei P40, Huawei P40 Pro, and Huawei P40 Pro Plus. The series brings a completely stunning design with powerful camera performance that has been its signature feature since inception. As we knew already, the series has a major roadblock and that is the lack of Google apps and services but Huawei is hopeful that its own alternatives will enough to attract customers.
The Huawei P40 Pro Plus is undoubtedly the best P-series phone company has to offer. It sports a 6.58-inch Quad HD+ (2640 x 1200 pixels) OLED quad-curved "Overflow" display with a 90Hz refresh rate and 19.8:9 aspect ratio. It is a display panel that has curves on all four sides and gives a feeling that you are holding a slab of glass.
Under the hood, it has an octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G processor with Dual NPU and Mali-G76 MP16 GPU. The highlight of the smartphone is its Penta-lens camera setup that features dual optical zoom cameras. The exact setup details are 50-megapixel RYYB sensor with f/1.9 aperture, 40-megapixel ultra-wide sensor with f/1.8 aperture, 8-megapixel periscope sensor with f/4.4 aperture (10x zoom), 8-megapixel telephoto sensor with f/2.4 aperture (3x zoom), and a 3D ToF sensor. It has a 32-megapixel front camera housed within a punch-hole.
The whole package is powered by a 4,200mAh battery with 40W fast charging and 40W wireless charging support. It is IP68 rated for dust and water resistance and also features an in-display fingerprint scanner. It will run EMUI 10.1 based on Android 10 out of the box but as mentioned in the beginning, it will not have Google apps or services. Instead, it will come with the AppGallery app store and Huawei Mobile Services (HMS).
Huawei has priced the P40 Pro Plus at EUR 1,399 for the 8GB/512GB configuration variant. It will be available in Ceramic Black and Ceramic White color variants starting June 2020.
As you would expect, the Huawei P40 Pro is essentially a toned-down version of the "Plus" model. It has exactly the same specifications and features except for the camera department. There are only four rear cameras that include a 50-megapixel RYYB sensor with f/1.9 aperture, 40-megapixel ultra-wide sensor with f/1.8 aperture, a 12-megapixel periscope sensor with f/3.4 aperture (5x zoom), and a 3D ToF sensor.
The Huawei P40 Pro will cost EUR 999 for 8GB/256GB configuration. It will go on sale starting April 7th with an option to choose from Black, Deep Sea Blue, Ice White, Silver Frost, and Brush Gold color variants.
The Huawei P40 is the most affordable offering in the lineup which is also evident from what it brings to the table. It is also an Android flagship but in comparison to the "Pro" models, it appears to be a "lite" version. It sports a 6.1-inch Full HD+ (2340 x 1080 pixels) OLED quad-curved "Overflow" display with the standard 60Hz refresh rate.
It has a triple camera setup featuring a 50-megapixel RYYB sensor with f/1.9 aperture, a 16-megapixel ultra-wide sensor with f/2.2 aperture, and an 8-megapixel telephoto sensor with f/2.4 aperture (3x zoom). There is a smaller 3,800mAh battery with 22.5W fast charging support. It is also IP53 certified for dust and water resistance.
If interested, you will be able to buy Huawei P40 for EUR 799 (8GB/128GB) starting April 7th. The available color options include Black, Deep Sea Blue, Ice White, Silver Frost, and Brush Gold.