Huawei P40 Series Announced With Kirin 990 5G SoC And 50MP Camera
Huawei and its partner Leica has decided to take smartphone photography to the next level. With improved hardware on the front of the P40 flagships, it hits a new milestone in wireless charging speeds and a piece of good news, it’s official.
Huawei has unveiled the P40 flagship range and this might be the bangers that might set Huawei to the number 1 spot for its flagship. Although the Google ban is still ongoing, Huawei has its app setup that compliments the phone. So, with that upper hand let’s take a look at the P40 flagship that is to hit the store.
The Huawei P40 supposedly serves as an alternative that costs less to boot. It’s more compact due to its 6.1″ screen, the OLED panel is all flat and comes with a 1080p+ resolution, so it’s close to the Pro in terms of sharpness. However, it misses out on the high refresh rate and offers only the standard 60Hz.
On the back, the main camera is the same 50MP “Ultra Vision” module with the extra-large 1/1.28″ sensor. Even though the selfie camera has a 32MP sensor and it loses the autofocus feature (it is still capable of recording 4K video at 60fps). Also, there’s no IR face scanner on the front, but the phone does have that larger in-display fingerprint reader. The zoom camera has an 80mm lens with OIS and an 8MP sensor, the ultrawide camera uses a 16MP sensor and 17mm lens.
Resembling the Pro, the Huawei P40 is powered by a Kirin 990 5G chipset. Besides the integrated 5G modem, this chip, besides has the advantage of the 7nm+ EUV process (the 990 4G is built on an older 7nm process). More to that, the Pro model has a 4 layer Super Cool system (graphene film + vapour chamber), which the vanilla P40 lacks. The P40 vanilla model has basic protection from dust ingress and water splashes, IP53.
For battery, it is somewhat smaller with 3,800mAh capacity and relies only on 22.5W wired charging.
Huawei P40 Pro
With some impressive changes, Huawei’s usual drive to perfect the camera is as strong as ever, also for the screen, it scooped in the “Overflow Display” with four curved edges, all sides sweeping down to the frame of the phone. Another notable change is moving away from the wide notch and towards a smaller (if not really “small”) pill-shaped punch hole. It houses the 32MP front camera (capable of 4K @ 60fps video capture), which finally has autofocus.
Huawei P40 pro with a 6.58″ OLED panel supports 90Hz refresh rate. Its resolution is 1,200 x 2,640px.On the front, it comes with dual selfie camera 32 MP, f/2.2, (wide), 1/2.8″, 0.8µm, AF and an IR TOF 3D, (depth/biometrics sensor). While on the inside it comes with Android 10.0 (AOSP + HMS) and runs on a HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G (7 nm+) Octa-core processor.
In terms of snappers, it contains a quad-camera setup that has a 50 MP, f/1.9, 23mm (wide), 40 MP, f/1.8, 18mm (ultrawide), 1/1.54″, PDAF, TOF 3D, (depth) sensor camera. Along with that P40 Pro’s videography skills include 4K @ 60fps video capture. The Super Steady Telephoto Video feature is available to enhance the OIS. The ultrawide camera can shoot HDR videos and can boost ISO up to 51,200 in the dark. The phone can go slow with 4K time-lapses and fast with 7,680fps slow-motion videos.
The Huawei P40 Pro comes with a 4,200mAh battery out of the box. It matches the 27W wireless charging speeds of the Mate 30 Pro and the phone can charge at 40W over USB-C as well.P40 Pro’s other notable features contain dust and water-resistant (IP68) and will offer four colour variants: Black, White, Silver, and Gold.
Huawei P40 Pro+
The P40 Pro+ has the identical 6.58″ OLED panel with 90Hz refresh rate as the regular Pro along with the 32MP selfie cam (4К/60fps video) is joined by a secure IR face scanner, which can be used as an alternative. There’s also an in-display fingerprint reader (that is 30% larger than on the previous generation) and that brings a lot of similarities.
The Huawei P40 Pro+ is the Pro model is the biggest improvement to the zoom cameras (yes, plural), but Huawei also hit a new benchmark in wireless charging. The plus model uses a periscope lens with a focal length of 240mm, roughly twice as long as the one on the P40 Pro (125mm).
It’s backed by an 8MP image sensor and feature OIS which is the longest lens on mobile yet, but Huawei had to craft a unique design to achieve it. The Pro+ has an additional telephoto camera – 80mm lens – to viaduct the space between the extreme telephoto and the regular camera. This provides more flexibility and allows the capture of high-quality photos at various distances.
The P40 Pro+ supports 40W wireless charging and is the first smartphone to make it official. Wired charging for the 4,200mAh battery is 40W. Reverse wireless charging is supported, of course, and the phone uses the same Kirin 990 5G chipset with 8GB of RAM as its siblings but comes with more storage – 512GB is the only option.
While the rest is unchanged, including perks like the largest image sensor in modern smartphones – the 1/1.28″ 50MP sensor with RYYB filter and 100% phase-detection coverage. There’s also the 40MP ultra wide-angle cam, the colour temperature sensor and 3D ToF sensor on the back. It’s available in Black and White and is still IP68 water and dust resistant
Price and Availability:
Huawei has price Huawei P40 (8+128GB) at €799 (~NPR 105,619), Huawei P40 Pro (8+256GB) at €999 (~NPR 132,057) and Huawei P40 Pro+ (8+512GB) at €1,399 (~NPR 184,933). Huawei P40 and P40 Pro will be available on April 7 whereas Huawei P40 Pro+ will be available in June.
Now, these prices and availability dates are for the Europian region, we don’t have any official info when Huawei Nepal will make it available for the Nepalese market at the moment. Mobile companies have canceled the launch of their new smartphone here in Nepal due to the Corona Virus outbreak. But we will definitely share info once we hear from Huawei officials.