After the introduction of Huawei P30, the company didn’t wait too much until impressing customers with its new Huawei P40. But it’s not a single smartphone, it’s a lineup consisting of 3 powerful smartphones, the P40, the P40 pro, and the P40 Pro Plus. This model is expected to be a strong competitor to Samsung Galaxy S20, OnePlus 8, and iPhone 12. But for those who are familiar with Huawei phones and the P series particularly know that the company needs to improve more on Huawei P40 specifications to outstand its predecessor in addition to finding a solution to the Google ban. So, how did Huawei solve this issue and what is new in its new smartphone?
What is new in Huawei P40?
In order to outstand in the competition, Huawei involved top-end specifications on its 3 handsets, the P40, the P40 Pro, and the P40 Pro Plus.
Design and Display
The design of the Huawei P40 lineup is didn’t change a lot from its predecessor, but there are some few changes such as the curved top and bottom and the way cameras are grouped in a big bump. It’s important to know that the 3 versions of the lineup have some changes regarding their design and display. The P40 has a glass rear while the P40 Pro Plus has a ceramic rear to be more scratch-resistance. Both P40 pro and P40 Pro Plus are more dust resistance than the base version thanks to their IP68 water and dust resistance while the P40 is IP53-rated.
Regarding the screen size, it is 6.1 inches for the Huawei P40 with a 2340x1080 resolution while it is 6.58 inches for both Huawei P40 Pro and Huawei P40 Pro Plus with a 2640x1200 resolution. The only note about display is the refresh rate, while it is 120Hz on some new top-end smartphones, its only 90Hz on Huawei P40 but it’s better than its predecessor the Huawei P30. One more improvement is on the fingerprint, its 30% bigger than P30. So, it will be easier and faster to open the phone using your fingerprint.
Huawei P40 series is operated by the latest Kirin 990 processor and supported by 8GB RAM which are enough for the lineup to be 5G capable. The Kirin 990 chipset was used also in Huawei Mate 30 and scored a great success that make Huawei return to use it again in Huawei P40. Furthermore supporting 5G, this chipset controls the mobile use of power. So, it will not drain much power. Regarding the initial storage, it’s different in the 3 versions. The Huawei P40 has 128GB of storage, the Huawei P40 Pro has 256GB of storage, and the Huawei P40 Pro Plus has 512GB of storage.
The battery life and charging speed are different in the 3 versions of Huawei P40. The P40 comes with a 3,800 mAh battery and this battery life is extended to 4,200 mAh in the P40 Pro and the P40 Pro Plus. Regarding the charging speed, the 3 versions support fast-charging but with differences. Huawei P40 offers 22.5W fast-charging while the other 2 versions offer 40W fast-charging and this will charge your smartphone in approximately an hour. Furthermore cable charging, the Huawei P40 Pro Plus supports wireless charging at 40W which is the fastest wireless charging solution till now but the standard model doesn’t support wireless charging.
Huawei P40 version could be the best smartphonesthat provide a high-end camera experience especially in the Huawei P40 Pro Plus. Even cameras of the standard version are great, it comes with a 16MP ultra-wide-angle camera with f/2.2, an 8MP telephoto camera for zoom, and 50PM main camera with f/1.9.
The Huawei P40 Pro comes with a better experience, it has a 40MP ultra-wide-angle camera, a 12MP telephoto camera, and a 50MP main camera. Regarding the Huawei P40 Pro Plus, you will have unbelievable zoom experience. It has the same cameras as the P40 Pro but it has an 8MP periscope lens with f/4.4 and an 8MP telephoto camera with f/2.4 and a ToF sensor, with these dual lenses you will be able to have up to 20x hybrid zoom and 100x maximum zoom.
Those cameras are the rear cameras. The front camera is 32MP for all the 3 versions. With such camera quality, you will be able to record 4K 60fps videos but unfortunately it doesn’t support 8K video recording like some few competitors do such as Samsung Galaxy S20.
How did Huawei solve software issue in Huawei P40?
As a result from the Trade war that took place between USA and Chine, Huawei was deprived from using Google services in its new Huawei P40. The only Google element you will find on the P40 is Google’s Android 10 operating system. But, this doesn’t stop the company from finding a solution. It used some other Huawei services like the Huawei App gallery as a substitution to Google Play and TomTom as a substitution to Google Maps. In fact, these apps are not as much as those in the Google Play, but Huawei is working to develop more and more apps to solve the lack of essential apps like Gmail and WhatsApp. So, we hope and expect a speedy recovery from Huawei regarding the software issue.
Is it 5G ready?
According to TENAA listing which is regulating mobile technology in China, the Huawei P40 will be based on 5G technology. You may think that only P40 pro and P40 Pro Plus will be 5G ready but fortunately the base version is also supported by 5G. This may be because even Huawei P40 is powered by the latest Kirin 990 processor which is working well with 5G technology.
A 5G smartphone with pre described specifications was expected to be released at a high price especially its Pro Plus version. Before revealing the price of each version in the lineup, you should know that Huawei P40 may not be available in some countries like Huawei P30. But we expect the same to happen with P40, it will be available in UK and it’s not expected to be sold in USA.
In UK, the base version will be sold at about £699, the P40 Pro at £899, and the P40 Pro Plus at £1300 which is a very high price for most customers. Both Huawei P40 and P40 Pro are available in April, 2020 but the release date of the Pro Plus version is expected to be delayed to June.