Huawei – as scheduled – today at an online-only event officially announced the P40 and P40 Pro flagship smartphone. The new devices will create a new chapter in smartphone photography.
Huawei P40 Pro
Every year when Huawei unveils the new smartphone, everybody talks about the camera department but this year the company did much to improve the screen as well.
As you can see in the depicted pictures the unit has a display with four curved edges, as the company calls it, an “Overflow Display” (all sides sweeping down the frame). The front panel also houses for the pill-shaped punch-hole selfie sensor. The 32-MP sensor lives there, which not only has the autofocus but is also capable of 4K @ 60fps video capture.
The size of the panel is 6.58″, it’s an OLED display with a refresh rate of 90Hz. For security, the company has embedded an in-display fingerprint reader which is said to be 30 percent larger than the predecessor. The famous infrared face scanner is also there.
There’s a lot to talk about this beast device, let’s start with one of the best features of the unit – the camera hardware. The primary sensor features a 1/1.28″ sensor – which is even larger than the Galaxy S20 Ultra’s sensor (1/1.33″). We are talking about the 50MP sensor and the RYYB color filter here. Its features include Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) and an f/1.9 aperture.
The quad-camera rear setup also houses for the 12MP 5x Optical Telephoto with 125mm focal length and OIS. Then there’s one ultrawide angle Cine lens with a 40MP sensor (18mm f/1.8 lens). ToF camera sensor can also be seen along with a color temperature sensor.
You can shoot easily shoot 4K video @60fps. The phone can easily shoot 7680fps slow-motion and 4K time-lapse videos.
The Huawei P40 Pro is embedded with a 4,200mAh battery which comes with 27W wireless charging support. It can also charge at 40W over USB-C port as well.
The phone is IP68 certified – means dust and water-resistant. Black, White, Silver, and Gold are the color options to choose from.
Price & Availability
Starting April 7 the Huawei P40 Pro will be available for purchase. As far as the pricing goes the 8GB RAM/256GB storage variant will set you back at €1,000. You can expand the storage – if that’s not enough for you – but you’ll need to use the company’s new NanoMemory 2 cards.
This is a bit scaled-down variant, the flat OLED panel with a screen size of 6.1 inches. It has 1080p+ resolution, so its sharpness level is up to the pro’s level. But the refresh rate is the standard 60Hz.
The camera department of this unit comprises a triple camera setup on the rear side. The main sensor is the 50MP “Ultra Vision” one with the large 1/1.28″ sensor. The selfie sensor is the 32MP one which can record 4K video at 60fps.
There’s no IR face scanner but it does have that larger in-display fingerprint reader.
There’s one 8MP 3x optical telephoto sensor with an 80mm lens with OIS and the 16MP ultrawide sensor with a 17mm lens.
The unit gets the power from the Kirin 990 5G chipset. The memory section for this standard variant includes 8GB RAM and 128GB onboard storage. Likewise, you can add more storage with NanoMemory 2 card.
The phone is IP53 certified. To keep the lights of the device on, the company has embedded a bit smaller 3,800mAh of battery which has the standard 22.5W wired charging.
Price & Availability
The sale of this standard variant will also commence on April 7. As far as pricing goes it will cost around €800.
Both the newly launched smartphones come with Android 10 and its AppGallery. The company also announced a slew of new features – MeeTime and Celia.
MeeTime is the newly introduced voice and video call app (with screen-sharing support) from the company. You can also use it as a video streaming platform for products including drones and action cameras.
Huawei today also introduced the “Celia“, which is basically the new voice assistant that supports English, French, and Spanish languages.