The Huawei P40 is the most budget-friendly model of the newly released P40-series line. The phone inherits some features from its older model and some from its predecessor, the Huawei P30. The first and most important is the photo section. The P40 has a camera configuration virtually identical to that of the P30, with angled, wide-angle and telephoto lenses for greater versatility. The rest of the features are a mix between the Huawei P40 Pro and P40 Pro Plus and last year’s P30 and P30 Pro.
Huawei P40 Specifications
|Screen||6.1 inches with OLED technology and Full HD + resolution (2,340 x 1,080 pixels)|
|Main camera||50-megapixel primary sensor with f / 1.9 focal aperture|
Secondary sensor with 16-megapixel wide-angle lens and f / 2.2 focal aperture
Tertiary sensor with an 8-megapixel telephoto lens, f / 2.4 focal aperture, and 3x optical zoom
|Front Camera||32 megapixel primary sensor and f / 2.0 focal aperture|
Secondary depth sensor
|Internal memory||128 GB|
|Extension||Via Huawei NM Card|
|Processor and RAM||Huawei Kirin 990|
GPU Mali G76
8 GB of RAM
|Battery||3,800 mAh with 40 W fast charge|
|OS||Android 10 under EMUI 10.1|
|Connectivities||5G SA and NSA (select markets only), 4G LTE, WiFi 802.11 b / g / n / ax, GPS, Bluetooth 5.1, NFC, and USB Type-C 3.1|
|Design||Glass and metal construction|
Brilliant colors: Ice White, Black and Deep Sea Blue (blue)
Matte colors: Silver frost (silver) and Blush Gold (rose gold)
|Dimensions and weight||148.9 x 71.06 x 8.5 millimeters and 175 grams|
|Featured Features||Fingerprint sensor on the screen, fast charge of 40 W, facial unlocking through software, photo processing with Artificial Intelligence, 3x optical zoom and 30 digital, IP53 protection…|
|Release date||Starting April 7|
|Price||From 799 euros ($880 when converted)|
Huawei P40 has no Curved Edges
What may be a disadvantage for some, for others is the great attraction of the phone. The Huawei P40 is the only one of the trio that has no curves in its design. It’s also the only one with a 60 Hz display. The good news is that it maintains the screen’s diagonal of its predecessor, 6.1 inches in an AMOLED matrix with Full HD+ resolution.
Another difference it has from its big brothers is that it only has three rear cameras. Shifting to the front, the device retains the island-shaped notch, a notch that houses two cameras, although it doesn’t have a hardware facial unlocking system. Unlike its brothers, the P40 has glass and metal as its main construction materials. No ceramic, vegan skin or other more exclusive materials. It also has IP53 protection, giving it some resistance to splashes and dust.
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The differences between the Huawei P40 and the P30 are rather small, at least as far as their cameras are concerned. Three 50, 16 and 8-megapixel cameras certified by Leica are available on the phone. The first one functions as the main camera. The rest uses wide-angle and telephoto lenses with up to 3 optical and 30 digital magnifications. However, the main innovation is not in the cameras, but in the software.
The new third-generation Artificial Intelligence engine is able to provide more defined and contrasting results thanks to the Huawei XD Fusion Engine system. This system interpolates several images captured at different exposure levels to obtain images with greater dynamic range and texture detail.
Night photography has also been improved thanks to the aforementioned engine. The phone is now able to deliver better results in freehand photography, which has a direct impact on color calibration, brightness level and the noise level in dark areas.
Returning to the front of the unit, the Huawei P40 has the same camera as the P40 Pro and P40 Pro Plus, a 32-megapixel camera that comes with a complementary sensor to enhance the image bokeh. Unfortunately, there is no ToF or infrared sensor, so the phone does not have a 3D map face unlocking system. In this case, the phone uses a software facial recognition system.
Powered by Kirin 990 Processor and 3,800 mAh Battery
In the technical section, Huawei has left nothing behind. Kirin 990 processor, 8 GB RAM, 128 GB internal storage and two versions with 4G and 5G connectivity. Its battery, of 3,800 mAh, has a 40 W fast charge system. The difference with the P30 is that it has a wireless charging system of no less than 27 W.
As for the P40’s software, Huawei has opted for Android 10 under EMUI 10.1. It is not Google-certified, which prevents it from using Google’s services. App Gallery, Huawei’s store, will be the entry point for downloading any application to the phone, at least for the time being. It will do so in conjunction with Huawei’s services (Huawei Mobile Services), Huawei’s ecosystem of applications that will replace some of Google’s applications.
Price and Availability
The Huawei P40 will be launched across the globe at a starting price of 799 euros (about $880 when converted) with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage. The phone will be available from April 7th onward. The version with 5G connectivity is also available.
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