Huawei P40, P40 Pro, and P40 Pro+ Officially Launched; Is Robust Hardware Enough to Make the Cut?

Faisal Rasool

The long-awaited Huawei P40 series has been officially unveiled, and it brings a game-changing design and stellar-than-ever camera performance.

Huawei P40 Pro

The 'Pro' edition features a 'Quad-Curve Overflow Display,' which is supposedly inspired by flowing water. The screen curves and 'flows' into all four sides, which means next to no bezels. The OLED panel stretches 6.58 inches across and houses a pill-style dual selfie camera and a 30% bigger in-display fingerprint scanner. It delivers a resolution of 2640 x 1200 pixels and a 90Hz refresh rate. The rear shell has a refractive finish and is offered in solid Deep Sea Blue, Ice White, Blush Gold, and Silver Frost colors.

The Leica-manufactured quad-camera uses what Huawei is calling a 50MP Ultra Vision camera, a 40MP 'Cine Camera' which allows for wide-angle shots, a 12MP SuperSensing Telephoto lens, and a 3D depth-assist sensor. The entire ensemble supports 4K shooting, OIS + AIS image stabilization, and up to 5x optical zoom + 10x hybrid zoom + 50x Max Zoom (thanks to the dedicated SuperZoom periscope camera).

Two of the cameras use RYYB filter arrays and produce a large 2.44 μm individual pixel size, high dynamic range, and lesser noise. In simpler words, your shots are going to be more detailed and life-like. For snapping selfies, the P40 Pro has a 32MP front camera, combined with a depth sensor and IR blaster for advanced face unlocking.

The Kirin 990 chipset that powers the device has an integrated 5G modem and a 7nm manufacturing process. An intelligent image engine, in combination with the Mali-G76 MC16 GPU, handles the graphics performance.

the internals run on a 4,200 mAh battery, with support for 40W wired and 27W wireless charging. There's only one variant with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, and it'll hit the international stores on April 7 carrying a Huawei price tag of 999 Euros or 177,000 PKR without taxes.

Huawei P40 Pro+

The ultra-premium edition shares its front panel design and dimensions with the 'Pro' variant but adds a fifth camera on the back, and a comes in a different color palette. Instead of the gradient look, you get a solid ceramic finish in Black Ceramic and White Ceramic options.

The additional fifth module is a secondary 3X 8MP telephoto camera that works in tandem with the main 10X 8MP periscope sensor. Collectively, they can produce 20x hybrid zoom and a whopping 100x SuperZoom. The rest of the camera setup remains more or less the same.

HUAWEI P40 Pro+ features an exquisite nano-tech ceramic back panel that is kilned and polished to ensure it stands the test of time with incredible durability and timeless style. This unique design comes in two iconic colours: Ceramic White and Ceramic Black. 

The SoC and battery (and the fast charging support that goes with it) are the same as Huawei P40 Pro, but instead of the 8GB/256GB combo, the Pro+ edition comes with up to 8GB/512GB of storage. Huawei prices it around €1400 or some 250,000 PKR without taxes.

Huawei P40

The base version carries over the Kirin 990 5G platform from its siblings but, rocks a triple camera. The display measures 6.1 inches, but it doesn't curve around the edges. Not only is the display flat, but the bezels are also more noticeable. It delivers an FHD+ resolution at a standard 60Hz refresh rate. The pill-style hole in the display is less wide, but the design language on the back is almost identical to that of P40 Pro, down to the five colors.

Huawei has coupled the aforementioned 50MP Ultra Vision camera with a 16MP ultra wide-angle camera and an 8MP telephoto module that allows for 3x optical zoom, 5x hybrid zoom, and 30x Max Zoom.

The battery is toned down from 4,200 mAh to 3,800 mAh, and you only get support for 22.5W wireless and wired fast charging. The memory goes up to 8 GB, but the onboard storage is limited to 128GB – although it can be expanded with a NanoMemory 2 card. It'll be going for €799 or 142,000 PKR without taxes.

The trio ships with Android 10 and Huawei's AppGallery. Huawei has introduced Celia with these flagships, which it hopes can fill the gap that the Google Assistant left. The handsets are expected to arrive in Pakistan soon, well update you as soon as we hear anything in this regard.


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