Huawei introduced the new flagship P40. Should I buy it?

The launch of the Huawei P40 smartphone line has just finished. At any other time, we’d be glad to see the new phone, as this line is a breakthrough, not only for Huawei, but for the industry as a whole. This year, the smartphone will launch without – what many people value so much in Android – Google services. But the company is not at a disadvantage and is trying to overcome this situation. They are actively promoting their app store, trying to include more of what is really needed. There’s a feeling that soon they can do this. In the meantime, let’s talk about the phone’s innovative features, especially since the smartphone is very technically interesting.

Huawei P40 Pro in all its beauty
Huawei P40 Pro in all its beauty

 

The Huawei P40 family

The last launch showed not only Huawei P40 but also its variations. Now, despite the presence of a “Lite” version, the base model can be considered the Huawei P40. Next will be Huawei P40 Pro, and the elite version is Huawei P40 Pro Plus.

All models will support fifth-generation networks, but it’s difficult to say this will be implemented in Russia. Will they work if you’re not in the coverage area the network? Most likely, support will be blocked, but it will be unlocked after the official launch of the networks in Russia.

 

The first review of the Huawei P40 Pro

It’s worth noting the new smartphone from Huawei looks exactly as we were promised the leaks. Some details are reproduced with fantastic accuracy. This is especially true for the camera feature.

 

The appearance of Huawei P40 Pro

The pro looks very similar to the shape of a Samsung Galaxy S20 camera module. This doesn’t seem to be plagiarized, because there’s little time between the S20 launch and the P40 Pro, and these things are designed in advance. This is typical of a more modern trend. Last year, cameras began to stand out in an elevated block covered with dark glass. Now it’s expanded sideways, as there are more camera features.

The camera module "like everyone else", but it looks spectacular
The camera module “like everyone else”, but it looks spectacular

The exterior feature of the camera was the coating and it highlights the main feature, in that glare is diverted. I love this attention to detail.

You can tell by the color of the body that this model has changed. Huawei has made some of the best cases lately in terms of appearance. Now they’re more stringent and the light on the back panel glass is designed so it’s concave. It looks very original.

Also from the appearance, it is worth noting buttons that are missing in the Mate 30 Pro with its screen in the style of a waterfall. The screen itself isn’t that big in comparison and the buttons are in the correct place.

If you have any questions about the appearance you can choose from many original cases, including a special protective case for underwater shooting.

 

Huawei P40 Pro Screen

I’m going to use this smartphone for a couple of weeks so I can tell you more about its features. So far, I have positive impressions about the screen.

The screen is bright, clear and rich and all the fine adjustments that are inherent in Huawei’s signature shell are there. The only criticism I have so far is the camera, which I still can’t get used to. The button to activate the camera is large and stretched, but you can hide this in the settings. The phone itself feels quite sturdy and strong.

The bottom frame is twice as narrow as the iPhone 11 Pro, but wider than the top.
The bottom frame is twice as narrow as the iPhone 11 Pro, but wider than the top.

 

The screen seems frameless, although I can’t get away from the feeling that the bottom frame, although it’s the minimum size, is bigger than the top frame by some nanometers. It looks a little sloppy to me, but it is rounded on all sides, which makes the phone feel very unusual.

No more complaints from me about the screen. The refresh rate is not 120 Hz, which has become a must, but only 90 Hz, though there are no questions about the smoothness of the main menu. Let’s see how the applications work. The screen measures at 6.1 inches for the lite model and 6.58 inches for the standard and plus models. The resolution is 2340 by 1080 and 2640 by 1200, respectively.

 

Huawei P40 Pro Camera

  • The basic version of the Huawei P40 has three cameras;
  • the Pro has four cameras;
  • and the Pro Plus has five.

Below are their specifications.

Key Features of the Huawei P40 Camera
Key Features of the Huawei P40 Camera
Key Features of the Huawei P40 Pro Camera
Key Features of the Huawei P40 Pro Camera
Key Features of the Huawei P40 Pro Camera
Key Features of the Huawei P40 Pro Camera

First impressions are a bit mixed. The quality is not bad overall, but I have the feeling something is missing. If I’m right, then the updates will fix this.

The front of all models are similar in features, except for a slight difference in aperture. The resolution is 32 megapixels for all models, but only the two pro models have a depth sensor. Additionally, gesture control and face projection unlocking are featured.

The matrix size is MUCH bigger than the iPhone 11 Pro
The matrix size is MUCH bigger than the iPhone 11 Pro

There are many other functions with complex names that usually don’t mean much, but still, these make a little improvement for images. It’s worth noting the phones present only the combination of photos from the series with a possibility of choosing the best-combined option. In general, the camera has always been a strength of Huawei’s “P” series smartphones.

All camera specs on one slide
All camera specs on one slide

The performance of the Huawei P40 Pro series

All three models in the family will run the Kirin 990. The company is proud of this processor, emphasizing it is not only powerful and superior to some competitors, but also economical. Simultaneously, energy savings of up to 30 percent can be achieved.

Briefly about Kirin 990
Briefly about Kirin 990

This chip can already run on 5G networks. Considering Huawei’s position in the world of telecommunications, I dare say their 5G will be better than the others. It’s not for nothing they make the world’s best telecommunications equipment for cellular operators.

 

How is Huawei P40 different from Huawei P40 Pro?

The difference between the three models in the Huawei P40 range is not much, but they’re still worth discussing. In addition to the differences mentioned above, the lite version has no water protection. It’s only provided at the level of ip53, so only splash-proof. The pro models are ip68–certified, so they can be submerged to a depth of one and a half meters for 30 minutes.

The lite version also has a smaller battery – 3,800 mAh vs. 4,200 mAh. All versions do have a fast-charging Huawei SuperCharge (40W) and versions Pro and Pro Plus also have fast wireless charging.

Huawei P40 will only have one memory – 8/128GB. For the other models, there is 8/256GB in Huawei P40 Pro and 8/512GB in Huawei P40 Pro Plus.

The models will be available in blue, white, silver, gold, and black, however, not all colors will be available in all markets.

The Huawei P40 Pro Plus version is available in a ceramic case which means it will be less prone to scratching and generally more durable. At least, that’s what’s promised.

Naturally, no model will be supported by Google services. In this case, all of them will work on Android 10 with the branded shell EMUI 10.1. Apchiki will have to pump from AppGallery. It’s encouraging that Huawei has tried to make similarities to Google services. There is even music and video.

 

Is it worth buying Huawei P40?

If not knowing the problems of the P40, I would close my eyes and say “shut up and take my money.” I would have chosen the Huawei P40 Pro.

But you also have to understand that using a smartphone will not be easy. It’s cool, it works well, and it takes great pictures and looks great, but it won’t suit someone who’s used to using a smartphone out of the box. If suddenly the company’s sanctions are lifted, this smartphone is likely to have all services at once, but so far there’s not much hope for this.

If it is an interesting challenge, then this smartphone is likely to suit you. At least this is what first impressions tell us. We’ll discuss it in more detail in a couple of weeks.

And now the prices…

Price Huawei P40
Price Huawei P40
Price Huawei P40 Pro
Price Huawei P40 Pro
Price Huawei P40 Pro Plus
Price Huawei P40 Pro Plus

What do you think of the new Huawei P40 models? Share your opinion.

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