The Huawei P40 series is official. As expected, everything revolves around the cameras. Unexpectedly, Huawei takes it a step further by launching not one, not two, but three new phones – the P40, P40 Pro and P40 Pro Plus. To be clear, the P40 Pro and P40 Pro Plus are literally the same phones, just that the Plus would give you an extra camera and faster wireless charging. All three phones are powered by Huawei’s internal Kirin 990 processor, support 5G connectivity (there will be no 4G option at all) and guarantee life beyond Google apps and services – we’ll talk about that. later.
Since Huawei’s new phones are, as always, about cameras, let’s start with that. All three phones have the same main rear camera with an impressive 50MP resolution. Huawei outshines Samsung here with the size of the sensor. The main camera of the P40, P40 Pro and P40 Plus uses a 1 / 2.28 “sensor – larger than the 1 / 1.33” of the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra. Huawei also uses a custom RYYB color filter, something we’ve seen in last year’s P30 Pro for “enhanced” low-light photos. The main 50MP sensor sits behind an f / 1.9 lens. There’s optical image stabilization plus something Huawei calls “Octa Phase Detection AF” which should result in even faster focusing.
The P40 Pro Plus has five cameras, the P40 Pro has four, and the vanilla P40 makes it easy with three shooters on the back.
The P40 Pro Plus and P40 Pro both come with a 40MP ultra-wide-angle camera sensor sitting behind an f / 1.8 lens. Both phones also share a Time-of-Flight or ToF sensor for portrait photography. Both phones also come with a periscope-style zoom camera – like the P30 Pro – but with different capabilities. While the P40 Pro Plus has an 8MP telephoto lens capable of 10x optical zoom, the P40 Pro has a 12MP telephoto lens for up to 5x optical zoom – both have OIS but the P40 Pro also gets a filter. RYYB. The P40 Pro Plus will also give you another 8MP telephoto lens with OIS for 3x optical zoom (not periscope style).
The vanilla P40 meanwhile comes with an 8MP telephoto lens with OIS for 3x optical zoom (not periscope style) and another 16MP ultra-wide angle camera – in addition to the 40MP main camera.
All three phones have a 32MP front camera – but only the P40 Pro and P40 Pro Plus have autofocus. The P40 Pro and P40 Pro Plus also have an infrared sensor for advanced Apple Face ID-like unlocking. Speaking of which, all three phones have a built-in fingerprint scanner for biometrics. Huawei says they’re faster and occupy a larger area (up to 30% more) than that of the P30 Pro.
The P40 Pro and P40 Pro Plus boast of an “spillover” screen, which basically means the screen is curved on four sides to blend in with the side frame and there is minimal bezels all around. – Huawei uses a pill-shaped punch hole cutout. The P40 Pro Plus and the P40 Pro both come with a large 6.58 inch OLED display with a resolution of 2640 x 1200 pixels and a refresh rate of 90 Hz. The vanilla P40 has an OLED display of 6, 1 inch relatively flatter with a resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels and a refresh rate of 60 Hz.
The P40 Pro and P40 Pro Plus are both backed by a 4,200mAh battery with support for 40W fast charging. The P40 Pro Plus also supports 40W fast wireless charging – the P40 Pro supports 27W fast wireless charging. The vanilla P40 meanwhile has a smaller 3800mAh battery and supports 22.5W fast charging – there is no charging. wireless on this one. Additionally, while the P40 Pro and P40 Pro Plus are IP68 certified, the P40 is IP53 certified.
Let’s talk about software now. All three phones run Android 10 (based on EMUI), but they will ship without Google apps and services due to Huawei’s current situation with the US government. Huawei has been placed on an “entity list” by the Trump administration, which means U.S. tech companies can’t do business with it without proper authorization. Huawei is not allowed to use the full commercial version of Android which includes Google apps and services, including the Google Play Store. It can only use the open source version, this is how these phones work on Android. To counter this, Huawei will ship the P40 series phones with its own AppGallery, an alternative to the Google Play Store, with relevant apps. However, the list does not include the likes of WhatsApp.
Now let’s talk about the price. Huawei launched the P40 Pro Plus with 8GB of RAM and 512GB of storage for $ 1,399 (around Rs 1,15,600) – available in June 2020. The P40 Pro launched with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage for 999 euros (around Rs 82,600), while the P40 was launched with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage for 799 euros (around Rs 66,000). The P40 Pro and P40 will be available from April 7, 2020. Availability and pricing in India is not yet known.