After months of rumors and speculation, the P40 series from Huawei is finally here, consisting of three models. Once again, Huawei's goal is to push the boundaries of mobile photography, this time with three models: the P40, the P40 Pro, and the P40 Pro +. The P40 Pro + in particular may have the craziest camera system ever built into a phone.
The star of the show is an absolutely massive 1 / 1.28-inch primary sensor with 50 MP F1.9. Increasing the sensor size is one of the most beneficial changes you can make to improve a camera system. The P40 family has the largest sensor ever built into a modern smartphone. It even intervenes in sensors that are used in dedicated cameras (the now defunct Nikon 1 system uses 1-inch sensors, for example).
The only sensor that comes close is the 1 / 1.33-inch sensor used in the Samsung S20 Ultra. However, it is not available on the cheaper S20 models. Huawei uses the same primary sensor across the P40 family to ensure you get similar picture quality regardless of model.
The phones differ in their additional sensors:
- The P40 has three cameras: wide, ultra-wide, and 3x telephoto.
- The P40 Pro has four: Wide, Ultra Wide, 5x Tele and ToF.
- Finally, the Pro + has five: Wide, Ultra Wide, 3x Tele, 10x Tele and ToF.
- On On the front, all three phones share a 32-megapixel selfie camera, although only the Pro models have auto focus.
Huawei has also made improvements to camera processing and software. With the new hardware, Pro + can reach 100x hybrid zoom, and the company claims that depth detection has been improved for better bokeh. With the new AI functions, you can remove passers-by and reflections from photos. On the video front, the cameras now support slow motion at 7,680 frames per second and an audio zoom function for honing certain sounds.
camera aside, the P40 Pro and Pro + uses a new "overflow" display that resembles the curved edges of Samsung, except that it also has the top and bottom edges of the phone contains. On the back, Huawei offers both glass and ceramic materials with a new matt surface that rejects fingerprints.
Inside you will find the expected bumps. The phones use Huawei's new Kirin 990 5G chipset, which, according to the company, uses significantly less power in 5G networks than the Qualcomm alternative. The screen now supports 90 Hz refresh rates, and the phones continue to support Huawei technology's proprietary NM memory card.
The P40 has a 3,800 mAh battery, while the P40 Pro and Pro + have 4,200 mAh batteries. Everyone supports 40W charging, while the Pro + also offers the ability to charge wirelessly at the same speed.
The elephant in the room is Huawei's continued ban on Google services. including the Google Play Store. Huawei has done everything it can to get more apps on its own AppGallery marketplace, but Android just doesn't look like that in much of the world outside of China without Google services. There is still no end in sight to the Trump administration's Huawei ban that was implemented in May last year, and the president doubled the anti-China rhetoric during the coronavirus pandemic I wouldn't expect things to change soon.
Still, Huawei hopes that it can lure users to its system with the promise of its hardware, and there's no denying that the P40 family has some of the most impressive camera specs ever packaged in smartphones. The P40 costs from 799 euros for 8 GB + 128 GB, the Pro 999 euros for 8 + 256 GB and the Pro + 1,399 euros for 8 GB + 512 GB. The first two will be available from April 7th, while Pro + will be released in June.
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Published on March 26, 2020 – 15:12 UTC