September 27, 2020

Best Huawei P40 Reviews

UNVEILING THE NEWLY RELEASED HUAWEI P40 FLAGSHIP PHONES SERIES

So far, the year 2020 has been an interesting year which is, in fact, an understatement. Even to the deepest corners of the world, the scourge of the novel COVID-19 is as palpable as the device on which you’re reading this article. Even so, various industries are pushing on regardless and one such case is undeniably Huawei’s release of a trio of its flagship P40 phone series late last month.

As a memory refresher, Huawei is one of the world’s top providers of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices. Huawei’s flagship P phone series is the best Huawei smartphone you can buy. The P30 Pro was Huawei’s tech-industry-corroborated best Huawei phone, that is, until the release of the much-anticipated P40 on the 26th of March this year. Released together with Huawei P40 is the P40 Pro, and the P40 Pro +, effectively leaving us salivating Huawei fans with a trio of powerful Ps to choose an overall winner.

In this article, we’re going to take a critical look at the trio of Huawei P40 phones, determine the strength and weaknesses of each model, peer at the innards of the hardware, and of course appraise the design of the casing. By the time you’re done reading this article, I guarantee you’ll know everything you need to know about Huawei’s P40 series’ newest release and you’ll be able to choose your pick as confidently as Gandalf waves his staff.

So, in a nutshell, this article is an in-depth review of Huawei’s newly released successors to the P models flagship phones namely; Huawei P40, Huawei P40 Pro, and Huawei P40 Pro Plus. For spoilers, there’s plenty of features to go round on the trio of Ps. Here is your perfect window into what makes each model tick. Go ahead and dive right in.

BUYING GUIDE

First of all, it has to be said that despite the serious (or not so serious, depending on who you ask) controversies concerning tech products from China’s Huawei, no one in the know can doubt that Huawei smartphones are quite good and at a reasonable price too. Huawei’s phones are a cut above most Chinese-made phones. Huawei has much more of a customer focus than their competition in China, Taiwan, and Korea. And now you’re about to see that the P40 series are probably some of the best phones you’ve seen so far.

Until 2018, Huawei phones were not that well-known outside of their native China. But after the storming rise of the company, thanks to its excellent P20 Pro with the premium design and amazingly good triple cameras, suddenly Huawei was a smartphone maker to contend with on a global scale.

The success of the P20 led to the subsequent success of the P30 which was, ahem, agreeably the best Huawei phone in the market. So what to expect from the P40 series? You should expect nothing less than the bells and whistles of top smartphones currently available to buyers today. We’re speaking of bells such as triple-sensor cameras, enhanced privacy protection, enhanced waterproof capacity, faster internet with 5G, tough Screens, etc.

Now that we have a pretty good idea of what to look out for (that is if we don’t already), it’s time to unveil Huawei’s trio of P40, P40 Pro, and P40 Pro Plus and see how many of feature boxes each model ticks.

HUAWEI MODEL FEATURES WHERE TO BUY

HUAWEI P40

Weight: 175 g (6.17 oz)

Display: OLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

Size: 6.1 inches, 91.3 cm2 (~86.3% screen-to-body ratio)

Platform: Android 10.0 (AOSP + HMS); EMUI 10.1

CPU: Octa-core (2×2.86 GHz Cortex-A76 & 2×2.36 GHz Cortex-A76 & 4×1.95 GHz Cortex-A55)

Memory: 128GB 6GB RAM, 128GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 8GB RAM UFS 3.0

Main Camera: 50 MP, f/1.9, 23mm (wide), 1/1.28″, 2.44µm, omnidirectional PDAF, OIS

8 MP, f/2.4, 80mm (telephoto), PDAF, OIS, 3x optical zoom

16 MP, f/2.2, 17mm (ultrawide), AF

Selfie Camera: 32 MP, f/2.0, 26mm (wide), 1/2.8″, 0.8µm

IR TOF 3D, (biometrics sensor only)

Battery: Non-removable Li-Po 3800 mAh battery

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HUAWEI P40 PRO

Weight: 226 g (7.97 oz)

Display: OLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

Size: 6.58 inches, 105.2 cm2 (~91.6% screen-to-body ratio)

Platform: Android 10.0 (AOSP + HMS); EMUI 10.1

CPU: Octa-core (2×2.86 GHz Cortex-A76 & 2×2.36 GHz Cortex-A76 & 4×1.95 GHz Cortex-A55)

Memory: 256GB 8GB RAM, 512GB 8GB RAM

Main Camera: 50 MP, f/1.9, 23mm (wide), 1/1.28″, 2.44µm, omnidirectional PDAF, OIS

Periscope 8 MP, f/4.4, 240mm (telephoto), PDAF, OIS, 10x optical zoom

8 MP, f/2.4, 80mm (telephoto), PDAF, OIS, 3x optical zoom

40 MP, f/1.8, 18mm (ultrawide), 1/1.54″, PDAF

TOF 3D, (depth)

Selfie Camera: 32 MP, f/2.2, 26mm (wide), 1/2.8″, 0.8µm, AF

IR TOF 3D, (depth/biometrics sensor)

Battery: Non-removable Li-Po 4200 mAh battery

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HUAWEI P40 PRO PLUS

Weight: 226 g (7.97 oz)

Display: OLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

Size: 6.58 inches, 105.2 cm2 (~91.6% screen-to-body ratio)

Platform: Android 10.0 (AOSP + HMS); EMUI 10.1

CPU: Octa-core (2×2.86 GHz Cortex-A76 & 2×2.36 GHz Cortex-A76 & 4×1.95 GHz Cortex-A55)

Memory: 256GB 8GB RAM, 512GB 8GB RAM UFS 3.0

Main Camera: 50 MP, f/1.9, 23mm (wide), 1/1.28″, 2.44µm, omnidirectional PDAF, OIS

Periscope 8 MP, f/4.4, 240mm (telephoto), PDAF, OIS, 10x optical zoom

8 MP, f/2.4, 80mm (telephoto), PDAF, OIS, 3x optical zoom

40 MP, f/1.8, 18mm (ultrawide), 1/1.54″, PDAF

TOF 3D, (depth)

Selfie Camera: 32 MP, f/2.2, 26mm (wide), 1/2.8″, 0.8µm, AF IR TOF 3D, (depth/biometrics sensor)

Battery: Non-removable Li-Po 4200 mAh battery

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DIGGING DEEPER INTO THE HUAWEI P40 SERIES

Huawei P40 expectedly has more bells and whistles befitting a high-end phone of its time than can be jammed into the table above. That’s simply to say that there are even more features of this new release than has been accounted for in our comparison table. The P40 comes in eye-catching silver frost, blush gold, deep-sea blue, ice white, and black colors.

As per the battery of the Huawei P40 model, the non-removable Li-Po 3800 mAh battery is backed with 22.5W fast charging. Oh and yes, expect Infrared face recognition, fingerprint (under display, optical), an accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, and color spectrum. The video capacity of the front (selfie) camera almost matches that of the rear with 2160p@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60fps, while the rear video punches 2160p@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60fps, 720p@960fps; gyro-EIS. In other words, both photography and videography buffs are bound to be excited over Huawei’s P40 device.

While the large internal memory tops the completion of most high-end phones today, there’s also room for even more with an SD card slot with the option of up to up to 256GB (uses shared SIM slot) NM (Nano Memory). As you can expect, a device with this much features needs fitting processing power to boot. The Huawei P40 does not fail in this, not with an Octa-core (2×2.86 GHz Cortex-A76 & 2×2.36 GHz Cortex-A76 & 4×1.95 GHz Cortex-A55) CPU.

The 16M colors OLED capacitive touchscreen makes for a sweet and engaging finger-tappy coupled with a screen resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~422 PPI density). Seriously, even Apple and Windows fans should be blown away by the P40, and as a matter of fact, the two other Huawei P40 series.

PROS CONS
Compact body, stunning colors

Large and punchy display

Top-notch battery life, blazing-fast charging

Class-leading performance

Latest Android 10 and EMUI 10

Great photography skills day and night

No splash resistance

Memory expansion only via NM cards

No Google Services though alternative app sources are available

No 4K video recording, 1080p footage isn’t that good

No video stabilization

Huawei P40 Pro, as the ‘pro’ bit implies, sports a bit extra of what the P40 offers. Expect a premium build with a glass front-glass back-aluminum frame with an IP68 dust/water resistant (up to 1.5m for 30 minutes).

The display of the P40 Pro is an OLED capacitive touchscreen 16M colors. Together with the already huge internal memory is an expandable memory card slot- a Nano Memory (NM) of up to 256GB- sweet. And the chipset? HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, and an Octa-core (2×2.86 GHz Cortex- A76 & 2×2.36 GHz Cortex- A76 & 4×1.95 GHz Cortex- A55) CPU.

Now let’s take an even closer look at the camera capabilities of the Huawei P40 Pro. The impressive 50/8/8/40MP camera is supported by a Leica Optics, LED flash, and panorama HDR. Also, the main camera video specifics is as follows; 2160p@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60fps, 720@7680fps, 1080p@960fps, HDR, gyro-EIS. The selfie camera is just as smooth as 2160p@30/60fps, 1080@30/60fps.

Sure, I won’t fail to mention that, yeah, there’s fast charging too. A 27W fast charging is sure to keep your Huawei P40 Pro always juiced up and ready to go. There are five colors of these beauties to choose from; blush gold, silver frost, deep-sea blue, ice white, and of course, black.

PROS CONS
Eye-catchy curved design, water-proof body.

Excellent high-res 90Hz OLED screen.

Flagship-grade sustained performance.

Dependable battery life, blazing-fast charging.

Excellent photo quality day and night across all cameras.

Top-notch selfies.

Great video quality at 30fps across the board, excellent stabilization.

All-round connectivity, though no 3.5mm jack

It only takes NV cards for memory expansion.

No Google Mobile Services means some apps and games will never work no matter what.

The photo Night Mode is not a big leap forward.

4K60 videos are disappointing.

The P40 Pro Plus comes in White Ceramic, Black Ceramic colors. The model also has Fast Charging capacity of 40W; fast wireless charging 40W and Fast Reverse wireless charging 27W. It would be a disservice both to you and to the Huawei P40 Pro + not to mention the infrared face recognition, fingerprint (under display, optical), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, and color spectrum.

And yeah, the main camera of the Huawei P40 Pro Plus has even more going for it than is appropriate to be crammed in the comparison table above.  There’s the impressive Leica optics, LED flash, panorama, and HDR. And of course the video capacity; 2160p@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60fps, 720@7680fps, 1080p@960fps, HDR; gyro-EIS. Honestly, the features of the P40s are hard to beat even by the top ten smartphones of 2021.

Other honorable features mentions of the Huawei P40 Pro Plus include Expandable memory card slot- NM (Nano Memory), up to 256GB (uses shared SIM slot). A display resolution of 1200 x 2640 pixels (~441 PPI density) DCI-P3, HDR10, 90Hz. And YES- it’s 5G! This model runs on GSM / HSPA / LTE / 5G technology which is more than you can say for all the other latest high-end phones available today.

And of course, you want to know more about the build, I know you do.  The P40 Pro + sports a glass front, ceramic back and ceramic frame that gives it the premium look and feel that it really is inside-out. Speaking of honorable mentions, can’t fail to mention the IP68 dust/water resistant of this phone (up to 1.5m for 30 mins). What more can you possibly want?

PROS CONS
Fastest wireless charging

Fastest reverse wireless charging

Most impressive cameras

3D facial recognition

Inferior display

FAQS

Question: What Are The Design Differences of the Huawei P40 Series?

Answer: Below are the design similarities and differences of the P40, P40 Pro, and P40 Pro Plus at a glance;

All models: Metal and glass design, Pro+ only has ceramic finish offering

P40 Pro & Pro+ only: Curved screen edges, to both sides, top & bottom

P40 Pro & Pro+ only: Silver Frost, Blush Gold with matte-touch

P40 Pro+ only: Black Ceramic, White ceramic

All models: Ice White, Black, Deep-sea Blue

All models: In-display fingerprint scanner

All models: No 3.5mm headphone jack

CONCLUSION

Huawei’s P series are flagship phones that go the extra mile where high-end phones are concerned at a price that is comparatively less than the usual. Both P40, P40 Pro, and P40 Pro Plus are 5G mobile devices which are as scarce as scarcity goes these days. Not one of Huawei’s newest P40 series will fail to make you happy, but if you ask me which I would buy right now, I’d gladly tell you, the Huawei P40 Pro does it for me. This mobile device will still be packing a punch for years to come.