If the coronavirus outbreak allows, the Huawei P40 Pro could be announced in March. This Android mobile would become Huawei’s flagship for 2020 and would arrive to upgrade the Huawei P30 Pro, one of the most powerful mobiles we can find today. Leaks have already revealed many features, as well as very interesting information about this version. These are all the new features we are waiting for.
A Model with 5G Connectivity
Huawei already has a range of devices with 5G connectivity. The Huawei P40 Pro will also arrive with a 5G version. The device has already been listed with TENAA, a company that certifies devices before they go on sale. In the basic specification list, you can read (if you know Chinese) 5G as connectivity. We don’t know if this will be the only variant. That is, whether there will be a standard version with 5G. Or, there will be an option to buy a standard version or the model with this connectivity.
The Kirin 990 chip, that will come with the Huawei P40, has an integrated component that allows the activation of 5G connection
More Version will be Released?
Huawei usually launches three P series models. One is the P Lite, with lower technical specifications. Also a standard Huawei P (the P30) and the Pro version, which is the most powerful. However, this year we could see four models, an even more powerful variant of the Huawei P40 Pro. This model would be called Huawei P40 Pro PE; meaning “Premium Edition” or Huawei P40 Premium, and the main changes would be in the screen size and camera configuration: with a total of 7 lenses between the front and the back.
The Huawei P40 Pro’s Camera
The Huawei P40 Pro would have a quadruple-camera configuration, while the Huawei P40 Premium would have five cameras in the rear. The camera configuration would be very similar. Both models will have a 52-megapixel main camera, which is intended for night photography, something we already see in the Huawei P30 Pro. Both models will also have an ultra-wide-angle lens, as well as a telephoto sensor. For the telephoto or periscope camera, the Huawei P40 Premium would come with a 10X zoom lens and the Huawei P40 Pro with a 5X optical zoom. The fourth sensor is a ToF lens for field depth. The fifth camera of the Premium model would have a framing lens for close-up photography.
The front camera would be dual in both cases. The first lens is expected to have a resolution of 32 megapixels. The second front camera would be a wide-angle, perfect for group shots.
A Smoother Screen
The first rumors were that the Huawei P40 Pro would arrive with a curved screen on all four sides. The latest leaks did not disprove this, but it looks like the curvature of the upper and lower areas will not be as pronounced as expected. Also, the handset will have a 120 Hz refresh rate, something we’ve already seen on the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra. Since this frequency can make the battery drain quickly, it will be possible to select a lower rate from the system settings.
While Huawei will use the open-source version of Android, the phone will not be able to rely on Google applications and services, but Huawei will incorporate its ecosystem of apps. The company has already announced a mapping app with TomTom technology, and with the launch of this new series, we could also see new options for Huawei’s services, as well as a much larger list of applications in its App Gallery. While the main Google apps, such as YouTube or Gmail, can be used from the browser, to download WhatsApp, Instagram and other main apps that are not in Huawei’s app store, we need to download an APK through different portals, and it’s a bit more complicated.
Android 11 has already been released, but the version is still in the first beta phase. Therefore, we don’t expect the Huawei P40 Pro to arrive under Android 11 and EMUI 11. We might see a new version of EMUI 10 with new features. At the moment there is nothing leaked.
Lower Prices and Coronavirus Delay?
The latest rumors claim that the Huawei P40 Pro will come to market at a lower price, to compensate for the lack of Google applications and services. Considering the specifications, we could expect it for about 880 dollars (The Huawei Mate 30 Pro can be bought for 1140 dollars). Also, the coronavirus outbreak could cause its release to be delayed, something that also hurts other companies, such as Apple, since production is practically stopped due to lack of personnel in the factories.