Huawei’s P series are reputed for its innovative designs and powerful camera features, making it one of the most exciting launches from the brand. We got our hands on the HUAWEI P40 Pro and here is what we think:
A power packed device in an attractive body with a robust 5G performance and an Ultra Vision Leica camera system with Huawei’s largest CMOS sensor to date, every ground breaking innovation of the HUAWEI P40 Pro is designed to impress and expand the capabilities of modern smartphones. In addition to continuing the photography excellence the series is known for, this time the HUAWEI P40 Pro also benefits from Huawei’s developments in the 5G sector, bring to users a device that they can always rely on.
Immersive ID Design
First things first, the HUAWEI P40 Pro will definitely stand out thanks to its borderless and immersive HUAWEI Quad-curve Overflow Display. Continuing in the footsteps of its trend-setting predecessors, the HUAWEI P40 Pro has its own unique and elegant style complete with the highest levels of aesthetics.
The HUAWEI Quad-curve Overflow Display, which is inspired by the art of motion, brings a curved edge to all four sides of the display which gives it a look that is reminiscent of water overflowing from the rim of a cup. In addition to being aesthetically pleasing, this also paves the way for narrow bezels and streamlined round corners for a more ergonomic hold and near borderless look adding to the immersive qualities of the display. The display also has a fluid 90Hz refresh rate and TÜV Rheinland screen certification, giving it a more comfortable viewing experience. The hole-punch display upfront houses the front cameras and sensors for gesture support as well, which can also be used for the all-day Face Unlock.
On the back however, the HUAWEI P40 Pro comes in a glossy finish of Black and an innovative refractive matte glass finish of Silver Frost, both of them flush with elegance.
An all-round 5G experience Ultra 5G performance
With the huge strides Huawei has been making in the 5G sector, it’s no surprise that at the heart of the HUAWEI P40 Pro lies the Kirin 990 5G, Huawei’s first dedicated 5G chipset and most sophisticated yet simple SoC to deliver integrated 5G connectivity. Manufactured with a cutting edge 7nm process, the chipset provides highly competitive performance, energy efficiency and transistor density, while also ensuring efficient power management.
This means, you can enjoy long sessions of streaming or browsing at 5G speeds, while also high-performance gaming without draining the phone out!
The unique architecture also allows to support 2G/3G/4G and 5G networks in both 5G Non-Standalone (NSA) and Standalone (SA) modes. Non Standalone (NSA) networks are the first wave of 5G networks, which uses existing 4G infrastructure. However, moving forward there will be a transition to the 5G Standalone (SA) network which provides users with much faster speeds, wider bandwidth and lower latency. Support for both NSA and SA networks is therefore crucial if you plan on getting the most out of your 5G smartphone.
The HUAWEI P40 Pro also supports WiFi 6 Plus for 160MHz bandwidth and advanced 1024-QAM modulation to achieve the industry-leading peak theoretical transmission speed of 2400Mbps.
Ultra-Vision Leica Quad Camera for every imaginable scenario
The Huawei P series is known for its photography prowess, always taking smartphone photography and videography to the next level. Embedded in the HUAWEI P40 Pro is the Ultra Vision Leica Quad Camera, which includes a 50MP Ultra Vision Wide Camera, a 40MP Ultra-Wide Cine Camera, a 12MP 5x Optical Telephoto Camera and a ToF Camera.
The HUAWEI P40 Pro breathes new life into sensor innovation with a new sensor embedded in the Ultra Vision Wide Camera. This revolutionary Quad Bayer sensor to simultaneously supports 4-in-1 pixel binning and Full Pixel Octa PD AutoFocus technology. It is the definition of what it means to shoot in Super Definition.
The Huawei Ultra Vision Wide Camera sensor measures 1/1.28-inch. It is not only the largest sensor embedded in Huawei’s smartphones to date, but it’s also one of the largest sensors in the smartphone industry. Every shot taken with the Huawei Ultra Vision Sensor retains exquisite detail. It also supports mesmerising shallow depth-of-field effects and a dynamic range that accommodates both bright and dark scenes. Particularly in dimly lit environments, the sensor can deliver outstanding photographic results that are crisp and free of image noise
Placed horizontally inside the HUAWEI P40 Pro, the SuperSensing SuperZoom lens is a system of prism and precision-engineered zoom components that support 5x optical zoom and 50X digital zoom. HUAWEI P40 Pro brings excellent zoom performance.
At the same time, The HUAWEI P40 Pro is equipped with a front dual camera, which includes a 32MP AF Camera and the depth sensing camera. From close-up selfies to groupfies, the camera can focus perfectly on the subjects’ faces.
The HUAWEI P40 Pro not only supports OIS with the telephoto lenses, but also AI Image Stabilisation. Powered by AI, the stabilisation enhancement solution leverages the synergy between software and hardware to vastly improve the stability of zoom shots.
The HUAWEI P40 Pro makes 7680fps video filming possible. It can record Ultra Slow-motion Video at 7680fps, which when played back, the action plays out at 1/256 the actual speed. The Ultra Wide Cine Camera can also make time go faster and 4K Ultra HD quality for time-lapse videos, with a choice of video duration and rate
The HUAWEI P40 Pro supports HUAWEI Golden Snap, which uses AI algorithms to pick the best postures and facial expressions before selecting one to three frames for the user. This feature fits for capturing fast-moving moments such as skiing, basketball and golf, enabling users take sports photos like a pro as well as removing unwanted glares and passers-by in the photos.
Long lasting 4200mAh battery for all day performance
Huawei has taken into account those of you who worry about running out of charge, building into the HUAWEI P40 Pro a battery capacity of 4200mAh. The large battery is also charged back up quite quickly with the TÜV Rheinland safety-certified HUAWEI Wired 40W SuperCharge along with support for HUAWEI’s wireless SuperCharge technology, so you can be back on the go faster than ever! The HUAWEI P40 Pro also incorporates an improved generation of reverse wireless charging capabilities that can charge other compatible devices more quickly and more efficiently.
The HUAWEI P40 Pro packs some interesting camera features that can truly revolutionize smartphone photography and videography. For example, the Audio Zoom feature. While using this feature, zooming into a subject during video recording will also amplify their audio, basically bringing the sound closer with the video.
50x SuperZoom to get closer
The HUAWEI P40 Pro also improves on the zooming capabilities, bringing even the furthest objects closer. With 5x optical zoom, 10x hybrid zoom and 50x digital zoom along with AIS and OIS stabilization features, you can zoom into long distances while not having to worry about any kind of blurs or shakes.
Pre-installed into the HUAWEI P40 Pro is the HUAWEI AppGallery, Huawei’s official app marketplace. One of the top 3 app marketplaces globally, the HUAWEI AppGallery packs a wide range of global and local apps that users can enjoy. It also provides users with full-cycle security and protection system. As of now, the HUAWEI AppGallery, is available in more than 170 countries/ regions with 400 million monthly active users globally
HUAWEI P40 Pro continues in the footsteps of its older brethren, bringing into one stunning device 5G performance, powerful Ultra Vision Leica Quad Camera setup perfect for low light photography and unprecedented videography, and high performance levels. If you are in the market for a new phone that brings the best of Huawei’s developments, then the HUAWEI P40 Pro is the perfect one for you.