December 17, 2020
Huawei P40 Specs
The Huawei P40 is the latest addition to the P- series and these phones have been released without any Google apps after a a complicated launch of the Huawei Mate 30.
Was wondering if this phone could really work outside of China?
The Huawei P40 series is the successor of the Huawei P30 device that was announced last year packs a good performance, battery life and nice design.
Design and Display
In terms of body design, it look similar to that of the P40 Pro design. The body is built with premium soft matte finish.
The smartphone is relatively compact with a dimensions of 148.9 x 71.06 x 8.5 mm combined with a weight of 175 grams make the Huawei P40 really pleasant to hold.
On the rear is the triple photo module arranged in a rectangular island at the top left bulges out a bit too much for my taste.
This makes the handset a compact flagship device and it weight just 175 gram while the bigger model weight 209 gram. On the waterproof, the device is equipped the phone with an IP53 rating which is both dust and splash resistant.
On the front, the Huawei P40 flaunts a curved display that brings a flat 6.1-inch Full HD+ OLED display with a screen resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio and 422 PPI density (pixels per inch) is worthy of a Samsung slab (which Huawei uses) and is more than enough for visual comfort.
It comes in five color options namely Silver Frost, Ice White, Blush Gold, Black, and Deep Sea Blue.
The Huawei P40 incorporates the best photo sensor from the Huawei P40 Pro (the 50MP main lens), and added some technical concessions on the rest of the photo module.
The pretty triple camera configuration consist of a 50MP f/1.9 UltraVision wide angle main camera along with a 16MP UltraWide Angle shooter and lastly is the 8MP f/2.4 telephoto lens with the excellent 3x optical magnification that Huawei is known for.
The 8 MP lens also has a lens supports 5x hybrid zoom and 30x digital zoom. Unlike iPhone 11, the night mode on the ultra-wide-angle sensor is simply unusable. It also features OIS and AIS for image stabilization and can record 4K 60fps videos.
Upfront is a 32MP selfie camera with an IR depth sensor for bokeh.
Hardware and Software
The Huawei P40 smartphone features the same Kirin 990 processor as the Pro version, coupled with 8GB of RAM.
The Octa-core processor processes at a speed of 2.86 GHz and it has Mali-G76 MP16 for graphics. The graphics are top notch without any problem or slowing down.
The device runs on Android 10 Operating system with HMS services and EMUI 10.1 user interface.
The user experience offered by EMUI 10.1 is very satisfactory allowing fluid navigation and offers several customizations, like the ability to switch to dark mode, configure gestures navigation or activate or deactivate the application drawer.
The P40 comes with 128 GB of internal flash storage, which is plenty, to be honest.
It can expand the storage using Nano card.
It features Dual-SIM with 5G LTE enabled support, NFC, HSPA, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1, GPS, AGPS, Glonass, BeiDouand and in addition NaIC.
The grid is a 3,800 mAh non-renewable battery which can last a day and a half or even two full days with moderate use.
Backed by a 22.5W SuperCharge charging technology allows 100 percent juice in the tank in a little less than an hour.
Unfortunately like OnePlus 8, it doesn’t support wireless charging but is available on the pro model.
Huawei P40 Price and Availability
The price of this smart device will cost $880 and officially released on April 21.
In Nigeria, it will sell around 322,000 Naira, while in Ghana, it wiill sell at 5,000 Ghs and 93,000 Ksh in Kenya.
The Smartphone is a genuinely beautiful piece of tech, with excellent display and superb camera, especially on the zoom.
It 3800mAh battery, which is quite a lot less than the P40 Pro’s 4200 mAh battery wasn’t disappointing either.
The Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro was already overshadowing Huawei with Snapdragon 865 instead of Huawei’s Kirin 990 5G, which is super fast (yes, this is a 5G phone, so future-proofed) too.
The vanilla Huawei P40 is under par when compared with Samsung Galaxy S20, despite packing more megapixels and a mightier zoom.
The absence of wireless charging, 90 Hz for the display and IP68 certification (the P40 only has the IP53) are also small ‘minuses’ that doesn’t add up to it’s price worth.
And more importantly, it doesnt support of Google services which means no Google Play Store, so no Gmail, no Google Maps, no Google Pay, no access to Google Docs, Sheets…
The AppGallery is the alternative to the Google Play Store or Apple’s App Store and the Huawei’s Email app is also the alternative to Gmail, and you can have access to all your Google email accounts through that app.
I think with time their AppGallery will be on par with the Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store.
The question is…….can you use a phone without Google Apps?
Ofcourse you can, but it will be really annoying at first.