Huawei has put together very attractive hardware this spring – which makes the absence of GMS particularly painful.
Huawei is launching new flagship models that are no longer a member of the Google ecosystem, but rather a rival to it. As we've mentioned many times, the Chinese manufacturer was forced to cut its ax by building a rival service platform – backed up by very attractive hardware – it was the latest flagship model, the first to be pushed out of the GMS ecosystem, and nothing else the newly introduced P40 series, too.
DRAWED FRONT PANEL
The series is about to debut with three models, the P40, P40 Pro and the absolute top P40 Pro +. Just like last year's Huawei P-series fighters – and almost every top model these days – the new devices place a strong emphasis on the camera, which is based on a heavily-fleshed back platform compared to previous models. But there is also a change in the front cover in this regard, as there are already two sensors in the camera opening on the display.
The display itself is especially impressive with the P40 Pro variants, as the 6.58-inch panel is slightly curved on both sides of the phone, and the glass cover above it abnormally extends slightly below and below the bezel surrounding the device – here the display itself does not bend a. In practical use, this design does not bring any significant advantage or disadvantage, and at most, dropping the phone increases the chances of the phone falling off the edges, quickly resulting in a web pattern display. In return, we get a unique look that we haven't really seen on the market, even if it's not aggressive innovation.
Huawei nowadays seems to be more bold in touching the top-of-the-line displays, with the P40 Pro enough to think of the Mate 30 Pro, which pulled the panel all the way to the side of the phone and cut off the volume buttons. This is not the case here, the lateral curvature still leaves room for physical volume controls. The Field P40 comes with a more restrained, flat panel with a slightly smaller 6.1-inch diagonal. In all three cases, there is an AMOLED display, with Pro editions having a resolution of 2640×1200 pixels and a pixel density of 441 PPI, while the P40 panel has 2340×1080 pixels, representing 422 PPI. Larger displays come with a 90-hertz refresh rate, which promises a smooth display experience even with fast scrolling. Behind the panel you will find the fingerprint reader and, like the P30, the top speaker used for telephone conversations, this year's role is played by the vibrations generated by the display itself.
All three phones feature the current Huawei top-of-the-line processor, the Kirin 990 5G, which runs on two Cortex-A76 2.86 GHz, two Cortex-A76 at 2.36 Gigas and four Cortex-A55 1.95 Gigabytes, 8 Gigabytes of RAM- with mal. Storage is 128 gigabytes for the P40, 256 gigabytes for the P40 Pro and 512 gigabytes for the P40 Pro +, which can be expanded with the manufacturer's own standard nanoSD cards, up to 256 gigabytes. As the SoC name on the phones suggests, it comes with an integrated 5G modem, so it's ready for next-generation networks. In addition, the integrated modem, as the manufacturer is in a hurry to highlight, promises much lower power consumption than stand-alone solutions. The P40 series also supports Wifi 6.
Even more muscular periscope
The most prominent feature on the back is clearly the massive, rectangular camera platform that strongly resembles the design seen in rival Samsung Galaxy S20 series. The main sensor in each model is Huawei's new 1 / 1.28-inch, 50-megapixel sensor. The sensor is slightly larger than the 108 megapixel sensor known from the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultras, albeit at less than half the resolution – which means that Huawei's sensor has much larger pixels, which can be particularly beneficial in low light conditions. Above the sensor is a f / 1.9 lens, and optical image stabilization is not missed.
To do this, the P40 Pro + combines a completely brutal telephoto camera with at least 10x optical zoom. For this stunt, the company twisted the periscope lens system known last year and added 178% to the path of the light to the sensor with additional mirrors. Optical image stabilization is present here, and the resolution of the telephoto camera is 8 megapixels.
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The P40 Pro's 12-megapixel telephoto camera has “only” 5x optical zoom, which also uses a periscope layout, while the P40 produces 3x optical zoom at 8 megapixels – here you will find a traditional lens system. The back panels also lack ultra-wide-angle lenses at 40 megapixels for the two Pro models and 16 megapixels for the P40. The Pro also comes with a ToF depth sensor, and the Pro + features an additional 8 megapixel telephoto sensor, plus 3x optical zoom. On the front of the devices is a 32 megapixel selfie camera, also equipped with a ToF 3D sensor for secure face recognition.
The battery is no regret for Huawei, the smallest phone has a 3,800mAh battery, while the two Pro editions come with 4,200mAh battery. For the latter two devices, the battery can be pumped with the manufacturer's 40-watt fast charger, support for fast wireless charging, and reverse wireless charging is included. For the time being, the P40 seems to be reaching 22.5 watts fast charging.
The devices will come with Android 10 sparkling EMUI 10.1, as expected, without Google's services, Huawei's proprietary HMS service package will replace GMS, and apps from the company's App Gallery app and other third-party interfaces, for example, from the Amazon Appstore. As Huawei points out, more than 1.3 million developers worldwide are developing the App Gallery app offering – which, of course, is still below the Google Play Store repertoire. In any case, anyone who is not afraid to look around a bit, as with the Mate 30 Pro, will probably find a way to get GMS on the devices unofficially. Of course, here too, the question arises whether expensive top models can accommodate similar detours.
The Huawei P40 with 8 gigabytes of RAM and 128 GB of storage will be priced at 287,900 gross, while the 8/256 gigabyte P40 Pro will be available at 394,900 gross. Both models are now available for pre-order online and are expected to be available at retailers starting April 6. The recommended retail price of the P40 Pro + is not yet known and will be available in Hungary at the end of June.