Towards the end of last year Honor, once a sub-brand for Huawei’s younger audience was sold to Shenzhen Zhixin New Information Technology Co and became an independent brand. The Honor View40 is the first smartphone that the company launches after getting into this adventure and, how could it be otherwise, it is a high-end smartphone with a handful of interesting implementations.
Let’s get to know it better below, but first, it is worth noting that the mobile has been launched in China, where they do not have Google applications. It is not known if the device will leave its home market, nor if it will do so with the Google Mobiles Services that its former parent company, Huawei, does not have. If it does, we will update this article to reflect that.
Honor View40 Technical Specifications
|Dimensions and Weight||163.07 x 74.26 x 8.04 mm189 grams|
|Screen||6.72-inch curved OLEDResolution 2,676 x 1,236 pixels440 dpi120/60 HzHDR10|
|Processor||MediaTek Dimensity 1000+|
|RAM||8 GB LPDDR4x|
|Internal Storage||128/256 GB UFS 2.1|
|Main Camera||50 MP f / 1.9Wide angle 8 MP f / 2.4Macro 2 MP f / 2.4Laser focus|
|Front Camera||32 + 16 MP|
|Battery||4,000 mAh66W fast charge50W wireless fast charging|
|OS||Android 10 with Magic UI 4.0|
|Connectivity||5G NSA / SANFCDual simWifiUSB type C|
|Others||Infrared sensorFingerprint reader under the screen|
|Price||From 3,599 yuan, about EUR 456, $555|
Big and Full hertz
The Honor View40 is a pretty, pretty big device. It measures 163 millimeters tall and has a thickness of 8.04 millimeters, as well as a weight of 189 grams. It is available in black, silver and rose gold. On the back, there is nothing beyond a huge module that contains the rear cameras (and protrudes a little) and the name of the company in the lower area. The corners seem quite square and the edges are slightly curved, something designed to improve grip.
The fingerprint reader has not been mentioned because, as expected, Honor has taken it under the screen. It is clear from this that this is an OLED panel. Its official name is Waterfall Curved OLED Display and is a way of referring to the 80º curvature it has on the sides. It’s a huge, elongated 6.72-inch display with 2,676 x 1,236-pixel resolution. That translates to 440 pixels per inch.
Also interesting is its refresh rate, which amounts to 120 Hz, although it can be set to 60 Hz, probably to improve battery consumption in certain situations. It has a sample rate of 300 Hz (so it detects touches on the screen fast), reproduces 100% of the DCI-P3 color space, and supports HDR10. At least on paper, everything points to the Honor View40 delivering a good experience.
Goodbye Kirin, hello Mediatek
Honor phones, being siblings of Huawei, used to mount Kirin processors, but in the Honor View40, that seems to be over. The Honor View40 mounts the MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ processor, one of MediaTek’s high-end 5G SoCs. This features eight cores, four at 2.6 GHz and four at 2 GHz. It is accompanied by 8 GB of LPDDR4x RAM and up to 256 GB of UFS 2.1 internal storage.
To this powerhouse of a battery of 4,000 mAh. Although the figure may not seem too high for mobile of this performance, Honor compensates for the amperage with 66W fast charging (SuperCharge) and 50W wireless fast charging. According to Honor, this fast charging is capable of charging 60% of the battery in 15 minutes. The operating system is Android 10 with Magic UI 4.0 and, as we said before, it is not known if it will come to the international market with Google applications.
As for the camera, Honor retains the RYYB sensor that Huawei implements in its smartphones. The main sensor is 50-megapixel f/1.9 and next to it there is a wide-angle 8-megapixel f/2.4, a 2-megapixel f/2.4 macro lens, and a laser focus. The front camera consists of two sensors, a 32-megapixel, and a 16-megapixel sensor.
Price and Availability of the Honor View40
The Honor View40 goes on sale on January 22 in China, but there is no news about its availability in other markets. In China, it will be available for purchase in two versions, both with 8 GB of RAM but with 128 or 256 GB of internal storage, respectively. Their prices are as follows:
- Honor View40 8/128 GB: 3,599 yuan, about EUR 456, $555 at the exchange rate.
- Honor View40 8/256 GB: 3,999 yuan, about EUR 507, $617 at the exchange rate.
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