April 7, 2020
The Huawei P40 Pro present as the best-looking smartphone the Chinese telecoms giant Huawei has ever released, but sadly buying it means cutting off your ties with Google and trying something different.
Despite offering a luxurious design, long lasting battery life and one of the best cameras we’ve ever seen on a smartphone so far, but the Google-sized hole in the entire package makes it a very difficult to recommend.
Design and Display
The Huawei P40 Pro nonetheless offers luxurious premium design that exceeds what we saw on it predecessor, Huawei P30 Pro.
It’s build got a glass upfront and an aluminum frame sandwiching it together with a frosted, matte-finish glass on the back like what we saw OnePlus 8 and Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro.
The elegance of this smartphone is ruined by the monster camera bump with a Leica logo on the rear while the Huawei brand name reflects deep into the glass back.
The front bears is an excellent curved display that subtly curves on all four sides, instead of just the left and right edges which Huawei describes as a “Quad-curve Overflow Display”.
The screen looks good with it’s 6.58-inch OLED screen with a lozenge-shaped punch hole sitting on the top left.
It’s chunky 158.2 x 72.6 x 9mm is a bit shorter and narrower than the Galaxy S20 Plus and it’s 209g is also lighter than the Galaxy S20 Ultra and the iPhone 11 Pro Max.
The P40 is Huawei first smartphone with a high refresh rate display, at 90Hz, it still trail behind Galaxy S20 and Oppo Find X2 Pro, which offer a 120Hz refresh rate.
Also in the kitty is an in-display fingerprint sensor, face unlock, IP68 rating for dust and water resistance, 441ppi screen denstiy and 1200 x 2640 screen resolution.
The Huawei P40 pro is available in Silver Frost, Blush Gold, Deep Sea Blue, Ice White, Black colour options.
The standout feature of the P-series is it’s camera spec sheet. The P40 Pro further raised the bar with an array of four rear Cameras and a dual front shooter.
The Leica-branded rear camera setup packs a 50MP main shooter, accompanied by 40MP ultra-wide lens, and a 12MP telephoto camera that feature lossless 5x optical zoom and a 10x hybrid zoom, and a 50x digital zoom and lastly, a 3D time-of-flight (ToF) depth sensor.
Huawei still retains to use an RYYB spectrum filter while the main camera adopts it pixel-binning technology.
Extras features includes dual phase-detection autofocus on it’s sensors, optical and artificial intelligence-driven image stabilization and can record up to 4K videos at 60 fps as well as in slow-mo.
On the front is a lozenge-shaped cutout enclosing a dual camera setup of 32MP main camera, along with an IR depth sensor that’s used for portrait mode shots as well as face unlocking.
Hardware and Software
The Huawei P40 Pro shares same spec sheet with last year’s Huawei Mate 30 Pro 5G. It is octa-core based Hi-Silicon 990 Processor incorporated with 5G modem and Mali-G76 MP16 GPU handles the hardware sheet.
Since it lacks Google Mobile Services (GMS) installed, which implies no Google Play or any other Google-backed app or service, instead Huawei uses Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) and the Huawei App Gallery app store, all built on Android 10 with Huawei’s own EMUI 10.1 user interface over the top.
Task are handled by 8GB of RAM with an in-built storage options starting from 128GB and maxing at 512GB. It boasts of an additional storage support via dedicated card slot.
The smartphone is packed with 5G connectivity along with a 3.5mm headphone jack, a USB Type C port (3.1), dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.1 and NFC.
It 4200 mAh Li-Po battery perform extremely well, thanks to it’s optimized power chipset, lasting two days depending on it usage. In the box is 40W wired fast charge, 27W wireless fast charge, and 27W fast reverse wireless charge.
Huawei P40 Pro Price and Availability
The Huawei P40 Pro is available and it price starts at $1,080, which is about 396,360 Naira, 114,312 Kenyan shillings, and 6,291 Ghana Cedi.