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Huawei P40 Pro Review: New Flagship That Surprised!

Huawei P40 Pro Review: New Flagship That Surprised!

Just a few hours ago, the Chinese manufacturer from Huawei introduced the new generation of the flagship Huawei P40 Pro and let’s test it in a full review.

Huawei produces excellent flagships, especially if you recall last year’s Huawei P30 Pro. The manufacturer has proven that it is necessary to produce flagships. 

The official price of the Huawei P40 Pro starts at $ 1,000. Of course, the price tag will depend on your region, so the price may be slightly higher, especially at the start of sales.

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Huawei P40 Pro Review: New Flagship That Surprised!
Huawei P40 Pro 5G: 6.58 AMOLED display, Kirin 990, 4200mAh(40W)
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Naturally, the P40 Pro smartphone received a chic flagship appearance with a rectangular island of the main camera. Also an unusual oval top-notch with two selfie cameras, a large AMOLED screen with 90 Hz, a HiSilicon Kirin 990 processor with support for 5G networks and a 4200 mAh battery with fast 40W charging.

As usual, I would like to share my first opinion about the main advantages and disadvantages. Will Huawei be able to demonstrate the upper class this time?

Huawei P40 Pro: Specifications

Huawei P40 Pro:Specs
Display:6.58 inches Super AMOLED with 1200 x 2640 pixels, 90Hz
CPU:HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G Octa Core 2.86GHz
GPU:Mali-G76 MP16
RAM:8GB
Internal memory:256GB
Memory extension:up to 256GB
Cameras:50MP + 12MP + 40MP + TOF 3D main camera and 32MP + TOF 3D front camera
Connectivity:Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, dual-band,3G, 4G,5G Bluetooth 5.1, NFC and GPS
Battery:4200mAh (40W)
OS:Android 10
Connections:Type-C
Weight:209 grams
Dimensions:158.2 x 72.6 x 9 mm
Price:$1000

Huawei P40 Pro: Design

The new flagship from Huawei does not lag behind the modern trends of the smart world. The appearance is very similar to the recently introduced Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra.

Huawei P40 Pro Review: New Flagship That Surprised!

For example, a back panel with the same large form of the main camera. Only now, the model Huawei P40 Pro received four camera modules, like other flagships in 2020. The smartphone also uses optics from Leica and has a dual-LED flash. I’ll tell you about the quality of the photos a bit later in the camera section.

The front side received a rather large 6.58 inch AMOLED screen with a resolution of 1200 x 2640 pixels. The main features of the screen include the 90 Hz refresh rate and support for DCI-P3 and HDR10.

Huawei P40 Pro Review: New Flagship That Surprised!

In the settings menu, the user can choose two resolution modes – this is the native 1200 x 2640 and 1760 x 800 pixels. The latter refers to HD resolution, so it will rarely be used on an ongoing basis.

When choosing a resolution of 1760 x 800 pixels, the text quality deteriorates and you can see individual pixels. But in rare cases, for example, when saving battery level, this will be a useful feature.

Huawei P40 Pro Review: New Flagship That Surprised!

In terms of pixel density, the Huawei P40 Pro screen got about 441 PPI, and the screen-to-body ratio was 91.6%. The sides of the screen are slightly rounded, but not as much as the Mate 30 Pro.

The frames around the screen are very small. But during use with one hand, the screen did not cause any accidental taps or irritations.

Huawei P40 Pro Review: New Flagship That Surprised!

The screen colors of the P40 Pro are very bright, saturated and contrasting. Also, the 90 Hz screen allows you to use it with maximum comfort, not only during games but also during normal use.

Huawei’s specific solution has become a rather large oval top-notch in the upper left corner. While watching movies, it does not look very harmonious, but I think over time you can get used to it.

Huawei P40 Pro Review: New Flagship That Surprised!

This notch includes two cameras and between these sensors, there is an infrared sensor for face recognition. This sensor works on the principle of an iPhone, but the screen space of the P40 Pro is less than that of Apple.

The face recognition is quite accurate, I checked the work with glasses for vision, in the sun, and in the dark, and the sensor always recognized my face quickly and accurately. But through the photo, the infrared sensor did not work, which is good.

Huawei P40 Pro Review: New Flagship That Surprised!

It is also worth noting that the fingerprint scanner is located on the screen, as in the last generation P30 Pro. It works quickly and accurately, although I do not see the point of it if there is an infrared face recognition scanner.

The bottom end of the smartphone received a hybrid slot for nano-SIM or eSIM cards, a microphone, a Type-C port, speaker. At the top, there is an infrared sensor for controlling household appliances.

Huawei P40 Pro Review: New Flagship That Surprised!

The control buttons are located on the right side – this is the volume rocker and the power button. The left side is empty.

The disadvantages include the lack of a 3.5 mm audio jack for headphones and stereo speakers. The device has only one speaker, and as for the flagship – it is a little shameful. Although the sound quality is not bad, there is good bass and the sound is quite clear and loud.

Huawei P40 Pro Review: New Flagship That Surprised!

The positive side of the Huawei P40 Pro is the availability of water and dust protection standard IP68. The smartphone can be safely immersed to a depth of 1.5 meters for up to 30 minutes. Water protection will be useful for shooting videos underwater, but not at great depths.

I have no complaints about the build quality, but the materials are really flagship – this is a protective glass on both sides with an aluminum frame. Huawei P40 Pro conveniently lies in the hand thanks to its dimensions – it is 158.2 x 72.6 x 9 mm and weighs 209 grams.

Huawei P40 Pro: Performance and Software

The new flagship received an updated proprietary chipset – this is HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G. It works on 7+ nanometer technology and has eight cores in its execution. Where are two Cortex-A76 cores with a frequency of 2.86 GHz, two Cortex-A76 cores with a frequency of 2.36 GHz and four more Cortex-A55 cores with a clock frequency of 1.95 GHz.

As a graphic chip, the Mali-G76 MP16 is used. During the games, the maximum refresh rate was about 60 frames, I did not observe strong frame failures. Therefore, game application manufacturers should optimize their games to 90 Hz for even more stable and smooth operation. The device did not overheat, even after a half-hour session of playing heavy games.

There is only one memory configuration – it is 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal memory. The good news is the availability of a slot for a Nano memory card up to 256 GB.

Huawei P40 Pro Review: New Flagship That Surprised!

If you look at the benchmark test results, the new Kirin 990 5G processor showed slightly worse results than the flagship Snapdragon 865+. Below I will leave a table of various benchmarks from the new flagship Huawei P40 Pro.

Huawei P40 ProScores:
AnTuTu 8:496452
GeekBench 5.1 (single-core):782
GeekBench 5.1 (multi-core):3201
GeekBench 4.4 (single-core):3945
GeekBench 4.4 (multi-core):12850
GFX 3.1 Car scene (onscreen):31
GFX 3.1 Manhattan (onscreen):53

Naturally, the P40 Pro smartphone received a new operating system – Android 10.0 and the user interface EMUI 10.1.

Huawei P40 Pro Review: New Flagship That Surprised!

As you know, the device is not supported by Google services. This means that here you will not find the Play Store, YouTube and most of the applications from Google.

This may seem like a big problem for many users, but don’t panic right away. Huawei offers its own app store called AppGallery. This store does not have most applications from American developers, such as Facebook and others. The same applies to games, some of which can be found, but some will not.

Huawei P40 Pro Review: New Flagship That Surprised!

An alternative solution is to install another application store, for example, Aptoide. In this store, you can almost any application, including from Google. I found here, Instagram, Uber, PUBG Mobile and more.

An interesting point for me was that I started the Youtube application, which I installed through Aptoide. Besides the fact that it started, it works stably and it didn’t throw me out of the application.

Huawei P40 Pro Review: New Flagship That Surprised!

Another of the shortcomings in the way of Huawei was contactless payment Google Pay, which is currently unavailable. Therefore, the NFC module will not be used for its intended purpose. The manufacturer is already fixing the problem and plans to launch Huawei Pay for its customers around the world.

Let’s go over wireless networks. The flagship Huawei P40 Pro received support for 5G networks, Bluetooth 5.1 and Wi-Fi sixth version with the presence of ax networks.

Huawei P40 Pro: Camera

The main feature of the new flagship is a completely new main camera. This is a 50-megapixel module with an f/1.9 aperture with 1/1.28″ size. The second module has a 40-megapixel resolution with an f/1.8 aperture for ultra-wide shots.

The third sensor is a 12-megapixel camera with f/3.4 aperture for telephoto shots and 5x optical zoom. The last fourth sensor is TOF 3D for blurring the background of photos.

The front camera received two modules. The first module received a 32-megapixel resolution with f/2.2 aperture and the second IR TOF 3D module designed for bokeh images and for a biometric sensor.

Huawei P40 Pro Review: New Flagship That Surprised!

The main camera uses optics from Leica and you can see examples of photos below. The video on both cameras is recorded with a resolution of 4K with 60 frames per second.

Huawei P40 Pro: Battery

The built-in battery capacity of the Huawei P40 Pro is similar to last year’s flagship – it is 4200 mAh. After several days of use, the battery life of one full charge was enough for about a day and a half.

Huawei P40 Pro Review: New Flagship That Surprised!

Even if you use the smartphone actively, then in the evening the charge level remained in the region of 30%.

Another bonus is the availability of fast charging with a power of 40 watts. At the same time, from 0 to 100% in about 50 minutes. In addition, the flagship received wireless charging with a power of 27 watts and the charging time was half an hour more than through a wire.

Huawei P40 Pro: Conclusion and Reviews

The first impression of the Huawei P40 Pro remained quite positive, but the flagship was not without drawbacks.

Huawei P40 Pro Review: New Flagship That Surprised!

The main disadvantages I can attribute are the lack of Google services. You will not be able to habitually install most applications through the Play Store and use Google Pay to pay for the NFC module. Also, the smartphone decided to get rid of stereo speakers, and as for the flagship device – this is a strange solution.

Of course, performance, design, the quality of sample photos and battery life are all the positive aspects of the new Huawei P40 Pro. A screen with a 90 Hz refresh rate is very smooth and stable in everyday life. I was also pleased to see water protection under IP68 standards.

Huawei P40 Pro: Price and where to buy cheaper?

The official price of the Huawei P40 Pro was about $978.39. As for the flagship device, this is a typical price tag, but slightly lower than that of the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra.

In general, a smartphone is worth the money, given its main features and minor flaws.

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