Huawei P40: a classy camera in a ceramic suit
Huawei has today unveiled the P40, the P40 Pro and the P40 Pro+.
The three phones boast even better cameras, a brand new case material (this time ceramic) and a quad-curve display, that sees its flexible OLED display flow over not just the sides, but also the top and bottom.
That quad-curve display means if you look at the phone directly, it’s almost impossible to see any bezels at all (just a little bit at the corners of the device).
All three come with an in-screen fingerprint reader (that is being touted as quicker than the last P-model) and both the P40 and P40 Pro+ come with proper waterproofing capabilities.
Each model comes in either white, blue or black – including a new matte finish that is fingerprint resistant as well as reflective in the light (available in silver or gold). The P40 comes with an additional silver and gold version, as does the P40 Pro.
Then there are those ceramic options, which are available for the P40+. The ceramic cases are supposedly scratch resistant (far more than traditional steel or glass) and look pretty slick.
Now for the cameras: the P40 comes with three sensors and a light sensor. Those being an 8mp telephoto, a 5mp ultra vision wide (what we would call a regular camera) and a 16mp ultra-wide.
The P40 Pro has a 4mp wide angle, 5mp ultra wide (with optical image stabilisation) and a 16mp ultra wide, as well as that temperature sensor.
While the P40 Pro+ boasts a whopping 5 sensor array – including a 10x and 3x telephoto lens (both at 8mp), a 5mp ultra vision wide and a 40mp ultra wide camera.
Huawei says that the P40 Pro+ can handle 100x hybrid zoom (which they demonstrated here in Dubai):
According to Huawei, each main camera sensor can take in 40 per cent more light than the previous model – meaning they should be excellent in low light. Each phone also comes with what Huawei is saying is the smartest camera AI in existence.
The front-facing cameras have also been upgraded with a 32mp sensor with depth sensor. That depth sensor gives each phone class-leading face unlock capabilities, 4K selfie videos and selfie photos with that blurry bokeh effect.
Under the hood you get a Kirin 990 5G processor – which Huawei touts as being faster and better than any previous model (as well as most other flagship smartphones, especially when it comes to network speeds).
Each P40 model comes with a dual SIM slot. You can either use both those slots or trade one in for an eSIM. And Huawei says each has Wi-Fi 6 (for speedier streaming).
The brand also says that the P40 Pro+ comes with the world’s fastest wireless charging, and fortunately each phone still comes with dual wireless charging (meaning you can use it to charge other wireless devices).
The P40-series runs Huawei’s latest version of EMUI 10.0 which gives you lower power consumption, new themes, and some truly unique multitasking capabilities that utilize that quad-curve display (you can swipe up, down, left, right for additional windows).
Of course, Huawei has been banned from working with Google by the US government, so once again these phones will not come with Google services. That means no Google Maps or YouTube.
However, the brand was keen to say that its version of the app store – AppGallery – is now the third largest in the world, and more apps are being added everyday.
The Huawei P40, P40 Pro and P40 Pro+ are available on April X. They cost US$875, US$1,100 and US$ 1,500 respectively.
Stay tuned for a full review very soon.
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