Tough times for smartphone manufacturers. Now that we are all groaning under the Corona crisis, it is also difficult for a smartphone giant like Huawei to sell handsets and bring new ones to the market. That’s what starts with the launch event itself: The days when you could decorate huge fancy stages with a CEO who could then downplay all the advantages of the new device seem to be over for the time being.
Like its competitors, Huawei currently has its smartphone presentations exclusively online. This has just happened and the Huawei P40, huawei P40 Pro and Huawei P40 Pro+ are official. Unlike the other models, the latter will not be available until later this year.
Huawei’s fight against plague and cholera
Huawei is currently waging an extremely unpleasant two-front war. There is the aforementioned Corona crisis, which ensures that you can only present products online, but for the time being only buy them online in many places. Worldwide, sales of smartphones are plummeting, and that’s what Huawei is doing.
Then there is the special situation caused by China’s trade dispute with the US. As with the Mate 30, Huawei has to forego Google services as it did with the Mate 30. There are several ways to help, for example through the App Gallery.
The press release states:
Working closely with developers around the world, HUAWEI offers a wide range of global and local apps on its AppGallery. Users also benefit from a comprehensive range of entertainment: the media selection of HUAWEI Video, HUAWEI Music and HUAWEI Reader is constantly supplemented by additional premium content. HUAWEI Music, which currently has 50 million songs, is free for all newly registered users for three months.
Is that enough to make Google services forget? Difficult, I think. Of course, it is said that the own AppGallery is growing fast — one points out that developers are encouraged and that the conditions in the own store are also fairer than with the competition.
In addition, the unpre-installed app “App Search” is supposed to help you search FOR APKs without GMS necessity, so that the Facebook services Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp, which are not yet available in the shop, can be found. Furthermore, you can transfer a good number of apps not yet offered via Phone Clone app from the old device to the new P40.
Let’s say what it’s like: it’s a hurdle the customer has to overcome. He may have to live with impairments and forgo some apps. Nevertheless, it gets a fully functional system and also the most important apps that you are used to from other devices. Here it will be exciting to see if Huawei can hurt the missing Google services and still sell off an otherwise outstandingly strong smartphone. In this case, one could even consider whether Trump would not have weakened even Google with his trade policy if one saw chinese phones selling well even without Google services.
Specifications Huawei P40 and P40 Pro
But this will only show the future — in contrast, we can already look at the technical data of the newcomers. Here you have the Specs for the P40 and the P40 Pro:
|Display||6.1 inch, OLED, 2340 x 1080 pixels||6.58 inch, OLED, 2640 x 1200 pixels
|Processor||Kirin 990 5G OctaCore CPU, 2x Cortex-A76 2.86 Ghz, 2x Cortex-A76 2.36 Ghz, 4x Cortex A55 1.95 Ghz|
|Memory||8 GB RAM||8 GB RAM|
|Memory||128 GB Flash, Nano Memory Card 2||256 GB Flash, Nano Memory Card 2|
|Main camera||50 megapixel UltraVision with RYYB, 4-in-1 pixel binning, f/1.9, 16 megapixel ultra-wide angle camera, f/2.2, 8 megapixel telephoto with OIS, f/ 2.4||50 megapixel UltraVision with RYYB, 4-in-1 pixel binning, f/1.9, OIS, 40 megapixel video and ultra-wide angle camera, f/1.8, 12 megapixel SuperSensing Telephoto, f/3.4, TOF sensor|
|Front camera||32 megapixels, f/2.0, depth sensor||32 megapixels, f/2.2, depth sensor, IR sensor, TOF sensor, autofocus|
|Operating system||EMUI 10.1 with Android 10 (No Google Services)|
|Sim||Dual SIM (Slot 1: NanoSIM, Slot 2: NanoSIM or NanoMemory), e-SIM|
|Battery||3800 mAh||4200 mAh|
|Connectivity||GSM, HSPA, LTE, 5G, Bluetooth 5.1, WiFi AX, NFC, e-SIM, GPS, AGPS, Glonass, Galileo, QZSS|
|Specifics||IP53 Certification, USB Type-C, Fingerprint Sensor||IP68 Certification, IR Blaster, USB Type-C, Fingerprint Sensor|
|Dimensions||148.9 x 71.06 x 8.5 mm||158.2 x 72.6 x 8.95 mm|
|Weight||175 grams||203 grams|
Hardware and design
If we talk about hardware at Huawei, then the camera probably comes to mind first. Again, Huawei relies on the cooperation with Leica and in this case installs an “Ultra Vision Leica 4-speed camera” in the P40 Pro, in the P40 it is a triple cam. SuperSensing camera, 3D depth sensor, 50x zoom and the RYYB color filter are the keywords Huawei mentions to ensure that this camera once again puts the competition in check.
For more details, I would like to refer you to the contribution of Ümit, who has already been able to deal with the cameras in detail and explains the “camera miracle” in his article.
Huawei P40 Pro – Detailed first impression of the camera
Huawei was involved in the AI for optimizing photos very early on with its smartphones and has been expanding this continuously since then. Even now, the Chinese are delivering new features that should make it even easier for us to snap. For example, the “Golden Snap” feature, which selects the best scenes from a moving image sequence and, if desired, can also remove objects from the background.
Both smartphones are powered by the Kirin 990 5G, which is manufactured using the 7nm process and aims to impress not only with its energy efficiency and AI but also with its 5G connectivity. In addition, 160 MHz WiFi 6 Plus is supported with a data transfer of up to 2.4 Gbps.
The 4,200 mAh battery of the P40 Pro offers you 40 W SuperCharge, wirelessly with the appropriate charging station 27 watts are possible. Both models have a hybrid slot that can be used for two NanoSIM cards or for a NanoSIM and a nano memory card. E-SIM is also supported.
The in-screen fingerprint scanner, which already works well in the P30 Pro, has not only grown by a third, but also enables biometric authentication in both smartphones, which is up to 30 percent faster. This would also mean that we would also be able to use the screen and perhaps also with a possible weakness: While (not only) Samsung is now relying on 120 Hz technology, the P40 Pro 90 Hz must be sufficient, while the P40 has to be 60 Hz.
Otherwise, the P40’s 6.1-inch display offers an FHD+ resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels and a pixel density of 422 ppi, the P40 Pro with its screen diagonal of 6.58 inches brings it to 2640 x 1200 pixels and a pixel density of 441 ppi.
The hardware is rounded off by 8 GB of RAM and the P40 is available in Germany with 128 GB of storage, the P40 Pro with 256 GB. Both models are expandable by memory card as mentioned above.
When it comes to design, Huawei again doesn’t give itself any nakedness and delivers a once again beautiful handset (if you don’t look at the main camera section, which seems a bit chunky for my feelings).
You can choose from different glass surfaces on the back of the two models, Huawei offers us its handsets in the colors black (high gloss) or alternatively Blush Gold and Silver Frost (matt glass). Ümit was particularly impressed by the frost look during his hands-on.
Huawei P40 Pro+
If we are already talking about design, now is probably the right time to point out that there is also a third new model. The P40 Pro+ puts another qualitatively on it, but will not be released until later. This is where Huawei is aiming for the second half of the year. It is said that the device is “probably” to be released in the second half of the year. To be honest, this is a bit of a pity when a smartphone is announced here, for which you have to wait at least another three months, which may not even be available this year.
But be that as it may: The P40 Pro+ is supposed to be the premium model from the current chinese smartphone range and comes with a back made of polished ceramic (in the colours white or black) and therefore particularly durable. According to its own announcement, this ceramic is more resistant than sapphire crystal. Huawei is also aiming for a new level with the Pro+ for the camera. The press release states:
For this purpose, HUAWEI with the HUAWEI P40 Pro+ with two tele-cameras and SuperZoom-Technolosuch as 10x optical zoom and 100x digital zoom, the bar of mobile photography is even higher. Its new periscope design can reflect incoming light five times, extending the light path by 178 percent.
Price and availability
Both the P40 and the P40 Pro will be pre-sold from 26 March. However, both handsets will not be available until May, more precisely from May 2nd — so you will have to wait a bit longer. From 799 euros you are there for the P40, with the P40 Pro you have to invest two hundred euros more.
RRP: EUR 799
8 GB RAM, 128 GB ROME
Colors: Black, Blush Gold, Silver Frost
HUAWEI P40 Pro
RRP: EUR 999
8 GB RAM, 256 GB ROME
Colors: Black, Blush Gold, Silver Frost
Huawei wants to make the purchase decision even easier and offers you a bundle if you order before May 1st: Both the Huawei FreeBuds 3 (RRP of 179 Euro) and the new Huawei Watch GT2e (worth 169 Euro) get pre-orders free of charge!
Of course, it is far too early for a preliminary conclusion after such a short time with the new phones, but with the hardware Huawei hardly gives itself a nakedness and delivers again neatly, even with all models already 5G on board. When it comes to software, you try to get out of the affair as much as possible. The AI features have been re-drilled — from this point on, the buyer has to decide whether this in total makes the missing Google support hurt. Be sure to take a look at Ümit’s video: