Huawei announce P40, P40 Pro & P40 Pro+
Huawei has just unveiled their brand new range of P series smartphones and, to keep up with the competition, have also included an new ‘ultra’ flagship model in the form of the P40 Pro+. Announced via a virtual press conference with Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Technologies CBG, talking us through each of the 3 handsets specs, the new P40 models look to continue the incredible camera credentials of previous P series devices. Below is a breakdown of the key specs and features you can expect from each handset.
Not exactly the entry level model of the series (that’s the P40 lite) the Huawei P40 can almost be seen as a very slight step below what users can expect to get from its more feature-rich siblings, the P40 Pro and P40 Pro+. The P40 comes with a 6.1″ HD+ OLED display and pill-shaped Selfie camera punchhole at the top right of the display, more on this later.
Under the hood, you’ll find the Kirin 990 5G processor along with a 3800mAh battery, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.
Like all P series devices, (the ‘P’ stands for photography in fairness) its the camera credentials of these handsets that will help set them apart.
The rear camera setup on the P40 will pack a 50MP UltraVision cam, an 8MP telephoto lens, capable of 30x digital zoom and both modules will have OIS. There will also be an ultra wide lens with a 16MP sensor. The Selfie camera punchhole up front houses a 32MP sensor, thankfully with auto-focus this time, and a depth sensor for better bokeh effects in shots.
Huawei P40 Pro
The Huawei P40 Pro will have a larger 6.58″ Flex OLED display with 90Hz refresh rate and 1,200x 2,640 resolution and 441 PPI. Up front, the Selfie camera dual punch hole includes a 32MP sensor, depth sensor and a 3D sensor for secure face unlock, similar to the Mate 30 Pro. You’ll also be able to shoot 4K/60fps video with the front camera as well.
On the back of the device, Huawei has upped the ante by including 2 RYYB sensors with the first one being a new 50MP ‘UltraVision’ sensor with f/1.9 and OIS. This sensor is primarily used for photo capture and Huawei states that it’s the largest one to be found in a smartphone, coming in at 1/1.28″ in size.
They’ve also added a ‘Golden Snap’ mode which is an AI powered feature that captures photos in a 1.7 second period either side of you actually pressing the shutter button and will allow you to make edits such as removing passers-by in the background of the photo.
The second RYYB ‘Cine Camera’ sensor is 40MP and this will be mainly used for shooting video. You’ll be able to shoot 4K/60fps and 4K time-lapse videos and the super slow mo 7680fps mode makes its way to the P40 Pro as well. The ISO of this sensor for video capture is also 51,200 which should really help when capturing video in low light situations. They’ve also added ‘Audio Zoom’ for video as well which will use the rear facing microphone, located in the camera module, to ‘focus’ in on any audio in the direction you’re zooming in on.
Like the P30 Pro from last year, there’s a 5x optical telephoto lens offering 50x ‘Hybrid Zoom’ but Huawei has said they’ve improved the overall quality of both photos and videos captured with this lens with ‘SuperSensing Zoom’ and now there’s new and improved ‘Super Steady Telephoto’ video capture as well. They’ve also added object tracking to the telephoto lens for better clarity.
Under the hood, as expected, is Huawei’s Kirin 990 chipset with 5G support. There’s a 4200mAh battery capable of 40W superfast wired charging and 27W wireless charging. Reverse wireless charging also makes a return at a speed of 5W.
Huawei P40 Pro+
The most impressive announcement of the day would definitely be the P40 Pro+ which can be seen as a direct competitor to Samsung’s Galaxy S20 Ultra.
The P40+ Pro has the majority of the same features of the P40 Pro and similar dimensions but the key differences are, as expected, in the camera department. Gone is the 5x optical zoom lens and Huawei has instead included two telephoto lens, one with 3x optical zoom and the other with an industry-first 10x optical zoom. The device will also come with 12GB RAM but, surprisingly, the battery is the same size as the P40 Pro’s.
Unfortunately, there’s no confirmation if this handset will actually make its way to Europe as its a Mainland China exclusive device for now.
Without ignoring the elephant in the room, all three of these handsets will launch without support or Google Mobile Services so you won’t be able to use apps like Google Maps and Gmail. Huawei really are pushing for developers to support their own AppGallery with financial support so hopefully we see some good alternatives make their way to their app store, sooner rather than later.
The P40 will cost €799 SIM Free and the P40 Pro will cost €999 SIM Free and will be available April 7th.