Huawei has just released three phones, the Huawei p40, Huawei p40 pro and the Huawei p40 pro plus. We’re gonna talk today about the p40 pro which we’ve already had for a while, although it isn’t the highest tier model in the roster, the pro still brings a bunch of high-end features.
Huawei P40 Pro specs
- Body: Glass front and back, aluminium frame; IP68-rated for dust and water resistance.
- Screen: 6.58″ quad-curved OLED, 1,200×2,640px resolution (440ppi); HDR10.
- Chipset: Kirin 990 5G, octa-core processor (2xA76 @2.86GHz + 2xA76 @2.36GHz +4xA55 @1.95GHz), Mali-G76 MP16 GPU, tri-core NPU.
- Memory: 8GB RAM, 256GB UFS3.0 storage (expandable via Nano Memory – hybrid slot).
- OS/Software: Android 10, EMUI 10.1.
- Rear camera: Primary: 50MP (RYYB filter), 1/1.28″ sensor size, 23mm f/1.8 lens, OIS, PDAF; Telephoto: 8MP (RYYB filter) 1/4.0″ with periscope 125mm f/3.4 OIS lens, 5x optical and 10x hybrid zoom, PDAF; Ultra wide angle: 40MP (RGGB filter), 1/1.54″, 18mm, f/1.8, PDAF; ToF camera; 4K@60fps video capture, 720@7680fps slow-mo; Leica co-developed.
- Front camera: 32MP, f/2.2, 26mm; ToF camera.
- Battery: 4,200mAh; Super Charge 40W; 27W wireless charging; reverse wireless charging.
- Security: Fingerprint reader (under display, optical), 3D face recognition.
- Connectivity: 5G/4G/3G/GSM; Dual SIM, Wi-Fi 6+, Dual-band GPS, Bluetooth 5.1 + LE, NFC, USB Type-C.
- Misc: IR blaster, the acoustic display acts as an earpiece, bottom-firing loudspeaker.
Let’s, see what it has to offer in our for review. looks-wise, the p40 pro doesn’t break the mold. What is quite fitting for a modern flagship? It’s, made from glass with a frame of aluminum and the squared off corners help it to stand out a bit from competitors.
The back is curved and although the finish is a bit, conservative is quite sleek and elegant. Looking the major feature here is, of course, the quad camera setup, which takes up a decent amount of real estate.
Of course, even though the p40 pro is made of glass, you should expect it to be relatively durable and the phone has full ip68 water and dust protection to flipping over to the front. We have the p40 pros 6.
6 inch curved OLED screen it’s. Resolution is in between Full HD and q HD at 1200 by 20 640 pixels and the display wraps around the edges of the phone up at the top there’s. A wide punch-hole cutout for the selfie cam and of sensor also note that there isn’t a traditional earpiece for calls.
Instead, the sound is generated by vibrations of the screen. The p40 pro is hallways first smartphone, with a high refresh rate display at 90. Hertz is not as fast as the 120 Hertz you see in the galaxy s 20, but it’s enough to make moving elements on the screen appear much smoother.
Unlike the s 20, you don’t have to turn down the resolution to enable the high refresh rate content looks great with deep blacks, great contrast and accurate colors max brightness is decent at around 413.
It’s. You don’t, get much of a boost in the Sun. However, with auto mode on you’ll get up to about 500 minutes. The display supports hdr+, however, because of software limitations, you won’t, be able to get that content via the popular streaming services.
Unlocking the phone is done through an optical under display fingerprint reader. It’s larger than before and among the fastest and most reliable. You can get right now. There’s, also the face unlock option, which is quite secure.
Thanks to the 3d scan provided by the tof camera, it works even in the dark for audio. The p40 pro has a single bottom firing loudspeaker. We would have preferred a stereo setup, but seeing as how there’s, no traditional earpiece, maybe it isn’t possible here.
As far as quality goes, this speaker’s. Loudness is good and mids and highs sound decent, but the those are a little lacking. Of course, if you want to plug in regular 3.5 millimeter headphones, you & # 39.
We need to use a USBC adapter here now let’s, get into the p40 pros software limitations. Since that’s, the main caveat to worry about when getting this phone. As you might know, us, sanctions on huawei mean that this phone is missing.
Google’s apps and services, which we’re accustomed to here in the West. Instead of Google Maps, you will need to use an alternative, at least until wale comes up with its own maps, which is developing with TomTom, replacing the Google assistant on this phone as Huawei Celia, which will arrive with an OTA update down the line.
For now saying, hey, Celia, merely activates high voice, which provides a few voice-activated functions to get extra apps you’ll need to use Huawei’s. Proprietary app gallery browsing through it. You’ll see that it still has a long way to go with the App Catalog, but at least they prioritize getting the popular local apps onboard.
What apps are missing can often be found on third-party app stores such as Amazon or apk pure. You may have to check multiple places for a specific app, though this makes for somewhat of a fragmented experience, it’s, something you can learn to live with, especially if you’re, more tech-savvy.
There are other options out there too, for example, you can get most of the apps off of your old phone using the phone clone app, but since Google services aren’t supported some might not even work properly and for those that do work to keep them updated, you & # 39, ll still need to rely on the third-party stores.
Besides all that, though, the phone’s, interface works. Well, it’s, hallways emui 10.1 based on Android 10, and everything feels smooth and snappy there. Aren’t really any surprises here. One feature we do like to see is an IR blaster, which allows the p40 pro to control certain appliances.
Pretty convenient storage on the p40 pro is pretty generous with 256 gigs onboard. It is expandable too, but you’d, have to use one of hallways proprietary. Nano memory cards under the hood of the p40 Pro is a flagship-grade care in 995 G chipset compared to the regular Karin 990.
This one has a bit faster processor and well that faster 5g connectivity in CPU benchmarks, the p40 pro, does an excellent job scoring at the top of the charts. As far as Android phones go GPU wise, it’s, not quite at the top, but still flagship worthy.
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You should expect awesome gaming performance here, especially since the phone does a great job in managing his thermals. As far as battery life goes, the p40 probe doesn’t disappoint either it packs a 42 hundred million power battery and scored an endurance rating of 94 hours and a proprietary battery tests, regardless of screen refresh rate charging speed is quite impressive.
The phone comes bundled with a 40 watt charger and with it we were able to charge the battery from 0 to 80 percent in just half an hour there’s, also support for 27 watt, fast wireless charging and reverse wireless charging, through which the Phone can charge another device.
Now let’s, move on to the cameras. The p40 pro’s. Quad camera setup consists of a 50 megapixel main camera of 40 megapixel, ultra webcam at 12 megapixel five times periscope zoom lens and a tof camera.
We’re gonna do a short overview of the p40 pros camera quality here in this video, and we’ll have a separate camera review. If you want to learn even more shots from the main camp come out in 12.5 megapixels.
As four pixels are combined into one in daylight, these look excellent every bit as flagship grade as you’d, expect. In fact, during the day, this high quality is preserved across the main telephoto and ultra wide cameras.
We’re, really impressed, especially by the ultra wide camera, another category in which the p40 pro excels is portraits thanks to the tof camera. These are among the best we’ve, seen from a smartphone in low-light.
The p40 pro continues to impress from both the main and the ultra wide cameras, even without night mode, on these shots really set the bar for what’s achievable by a phone at night, in fact, enabling night mode for these actually results in a Lower quality, though brighter result, photos taken with the five times.
Nighttime zoom are good in quality too, but if you’re able to keep the phone stable enough for a few seconds night mode works wonders and improving the output. Let’s, not forget selfies. They have excellent quality and are quite consistent thanks to autofocus.
As far as video goes 4k at 30fps is great from all three rear cameras. Detail leaves a bit more to be desired, and maybe that’s due to the always-on stabilisation. This stabilisation does work quite well, though, and it achieves the smoothness not through just a is, but some AI processing as well, so that’s.
The Huawei P 40 Pro it really brings. Basically, everything you’d, want from a flagship devices, is a good-looking waterproof, build a high refresh rate OLED screen an awesome, chipset good battery life with fast charging and some of the best cameras around the only features I really miss here are stereo speakers And, of course, Google services it is possible to get most of the apps.
You want up and running, but it’s, a hassle and keeping them updated. Isn’t so straightforward, and there are some apps which will never run on this device at all, since they rely on Google services in order to work.
If you don’t mind making those trade-offs, though, then the Pew 40 pro is worth recommending. It’s. Basically everything else about it is awesome. Let’s, hope that as Huawei sab gallery expands the software situation for the new Huawei phones is a bit easier to live with.