Despite the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, the Chinese giant launch schedule of it’s new flagships remained unchanged. The Huawei P40, P40 Pro and P40 Pro+ are the latest flagship phones from the manufacturer. The three share design aesthetics on the front and back with minor increments in features from one to the other maximizing out all features in the P40 Pro+.
These three rival Samsung’s recently unveiled S20 phones with promises of identical high performance with emission of Google Play Services in Huawei’s phones as Huawei is still restricted from using some of the products produced in the US as a result of the manufacturer allegedly violating security laws with relation to how it uses software and manages data. Therefore, for a near-stock Android user who relies on Google services a lot, these phones may be a tough sell. But for whoever needs a powerful device with great camera, any of these three is a worthy upgrade.
The phones feature a near bezel-less screen — an OLED capacitive screen rich in color saturation measuring in at 6.1 inches for the P40 with an 86.3% screen-to-body ratio, and 6.5 inches with a 91.6% screen-to-body ratio for both the P40 Plus and P40 Pro+. They all have a similar selfie camera cut-out in the top left side of the display that houses a 32 mega-pixel camera sensor along with a Time-of-Flight 3D sensor and an Infra-red sensor mainly for unlocking the phone using facial recognition technology, with this sensor being more secure compared to Face Unlock in many Android phones that relies on the selfie camera.
The display is rounded towards the edges with a seamless aesthetic that transition from glass to metallic frame all the way to the back of the phone.
Talking about the back, the phones come with a pronounced camera bump with three camera sensors on the P40, four on the P40 Pro and five sensors on the P40 Pro+
The Huawei P40 features a 50 mega-pixel main shooter which is a wide sensor with f/1.9 aperture with Optical Image Stabilization, an 8 mega-pixel telephoto lens at f/2.4 aperture with 3x Optical Zoom and a 16 mega-pixel ultrawide sensor with f/2.2 aperture.
The Huawei P40 Pro also features a main 50 mega-pixel main camera as the P40, but with a Periscope 12 mega-pixel telephoto shooter with f/3.4 aperture with 5x optical zoom and Optical Image Stabilization and a 40 mega-pixel ultrawide sensor with f/1.8 aperture. It also includes a 3D Time-of-Flight sensor for added detail when taking photos.
The Huawei P40 Pro+ has a similar 50 mega-pixel main camera as the rest, a Periscope 8 mega-pixel telephoto lens with with f/4.4 aperture and Optical Image Stabilization and 10x optical zoom, another 8 mega-pixel telephoto lens with f/2.4 aperture and a 3x optical zoom, a 40 mega-pixel ultrawide sensor as the P40 Pro and finally a Time-of-Flight 3D depth sensor.
Under the hood, they are all powered by Huawei’s latest most powerful HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G SoC staring at 6GB RAM for the 128GB storage model for the P40 all the way to the 8GB RAM for the 512GB model only with the Huawei P40 Pro+. They all ship with Huawei’s EMUI 10.1 on top of Android 10.
The Huawei P40 comes packed with a 3800mAh battery with a 3.1 USB Type-C port and supports up to 22.5 Watt fast charging. The rest of the two phones ship with a 4200mAh battery, 3.1 USB Type-C port and support wireless charging up to 40 Watt.
The P40 and P40 Pro come in colors Silver Frost, Blush Gold, Deep Sea Blue, Ice White and Black, whereas the P40 Pro+ only comes in White Ceramic and Black Ceramic. The P40 is expected to cost from around 800 EUR, 1000 EUR for the P40 Plus and 1400 EUR for the P40 Pro+.