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Huawei P40 Specs, review, opinions, comparisons

Huawei P40 Specs, review, opinions, comparisons
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Huawei P40 Top Specs

  • Release Date: 2020, March 26
  • Dimensions: 148.9 x 71.1 x 8.5 mm
  • Weight: 175 g
  • Screen: 6.1", OLED
  • Main Camera: Triple, 50 MP
  • Selfi Camera: Dual, 32 MP
  • Memory: 128GB 6GB RAM, 128GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 8GB RAM
  • CPU:
  • Battery: 3800 mAh
  • Sensors: Infrared face recognition, fingerprint (under display, optical), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass

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Technical specifications

General specs
Brand and model Huawei P40
Release date 2020, March 26
Dimensions (HxWxD) 148.9 x 71.1 x 8.5 mm | 5.86 x 2.8 x 0.33 in
Weight 175 g | 6.17 oz
Body build Glass front, glass back, aluminum frame
Colors Silver Frost, Blush Gold, Deep Sea Blue, Ice White, Black
Battery 3800 mAh,  Non-removable Li-Po
Approximate price400 EUR
Screen
Technology OLED
Touchscreen capacitive touchscreen
Display colors 16M
Screen size 6.1" inc
Screen area 91.3 cm2
Screen format 19.5:9 (height:width)
Screen to body ratio86.3%
Screen resolution 1080 x 2340 px
PPI /points per inch/ 422 PPI
Screen protection Corning Gorilla Glass 6
Other - DCI-P3
-HDR10
-90Hz
Camera and Video
Rear camera, main 50 MP, Triple
Camera specs
-50 MP, f/1.9, 23mm (wide), 1/1.28'', 2.44µm, omnidirectional PDAF, OIS
-8 MP, f/2.4, 80mm (telephoto), PDAF, OIS, 3x optical zoom
-16 MP, f/2.2, 17mm (ultrawide), AF
Functions Leica optics, LED flash, panorama, HDR
Video 2160p@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60fps, 720p@960fps; gyro-EIS
Front camera, selfie 32 MP, Dual
Specifications 32 MP, f/2.0, 26mm (wide), 1/2.8", 0.8µm
IR TOF 3D, (biometrics sensor only)
Functions HDR
Video 2160p@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60fps
Performance
Operating system OS Android 10.0 (AOSP + HMS); EMUI 10.1
Chipset - HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G (7 nm+)
Processor CPU
- Octa-core (2x2.86 GHz Cortex-A76 & 2x2.36 GHz Cortex-A76 & 4x1.95 GHz Cortex-A55)
Graphics processor GPU - Mali-G76 MP16
External memory NM (Nano Memory), up to 256GB (uses shared SIM slot)
Internal memory 128GB 6GB RAM, 128GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 8GB RAM
Antutu 8 score496357
GeekBench 5 Single Core774
GeekBench 5 Multi-Core3181
Communication and Connectivity
SIM card Single SIM (Nano-SIM/eSIM)Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
Network GSM / HSPA / LTE / 5G
Show all network frequencies:
Speed HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A, 5G
GPRS Yes
Edge Yes
Wi-Fi Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
GPS Yes, with dual-band A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, QZSS, NavIC
NFC Yes
USB 3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go
Bluetooth 5.1, A2DP, LE
Music and Audio
Radio No
Headphone jack No
Others
- 32-bit/384kHz audio
Other features
- Sensors - Infrared face recognition, fingerprint (under display, optical), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass , Infrared port
- Fast charging 22.5W
- IP53 dust and splash protection

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Huawei P40 Review

Huawei's flagship P-series is one of the most popular worldwide. The devices have been winning more and more fans for a generation now, and there's a reason why. The models are excellent camera phones with maximum performance. Although Google services are absent in the Huawei P40, the latter can be compensated by downloading identical ones from Huawei's own App Gallery store. 

Design

In 2020, Huawei's designers have gone with the recently popular massive black rectangle that houses the main camera unit. We see a similar solution here. However, that's not all. Now the front cameras are cut into the screen. Forget about the 2019 "drop". 

The housing of the Huawei P40 is executed according to a scheme - glass, metal, glass. The device weighs only 175 grams - just a little heavier than its predecessor, but lighter than most other smartphones in this price category. Thanks to the ergonomic design, the device fits well in the palm. Due to its relatively compact size, it is suitable even for people with smaller hands. Its dimensions are 148.9 x 71.1 x 8.5 mm. 

The P40 version features splash protection to IP53 standard. In comparison, the P40 Pro is IP68 certified. 

Display

The Huawei P40 impresses with a comfortably large 6.1-inch panel with a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels. The matrix is implemented OLED technology and is capable of 90 Hz picture refresh. An optical fingerprint scanner is embedded in the screen, which Huawei assures now works three times faster and the scanning area is also three times larger. 

The display brightness of the Huawei P40 is slightly lower compared to that of the flagship models of OnePlus and Samsung, which negatively affects the readability of the screen when working with the phone under the open sky. At the same time, the picture is superb - juicy colors, clear picture. 

Color temperature can be adjusted manually, but ready-made modes are also provided: Warm, Cool and Standard. 

Performance

At the heart of the Huawei P40 is Huawei's highest-performing chipset for the first half of 2019. It's the HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G. The 8-core processor provides support for 5th-generation mobile network operation. 

According to experts, the manufacturer has shown stinginess and provided only 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of permanent memory. There is an option to insert a memory card, but it is in the exotic NM format. Depending on the distribution market, Huawei P40 can be supported single or dual SIM card operation. 

We should mention the presence of a flagship set - Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1, infrared port for controlling household appliances, NFC chip for contactless payments, etc. Huawei P40 runs Android 10 operating system with EMUI 10.1 interface.

Cameras 

If you're a fan of the brand, then you know that the P-series is among those recognized as a leader in mobile photography. The Huawei P40 is a continuation of that tradition. It's got a three-sensor main camera with 50 MP (f/1.9, optical stabilization), 16 MP (ultra-wide-angle lens, f/2.2) and 8 MP (telephoto, triple optical zoom, optical stabilization, f/2.4) sensors. 

The main 50 MP module is implemented using Quad Bayer technology. Here, four "small" pixels can be merged into a 12.5 MP image. The sensor size has been increased to 1/1.28 inch. This means that in insufficient light, the smartphone will do even better. 

The sharpness of the photos is high. Auto mode successfully recognizes scenes in most cases. In short, the camera is versatile, providing high quality in both panoramic and macro shots. In insufficient light, the photos are detailed. 

The front camera of the Huawei P40 is dual. If with the 32-megapixel selfie sensor (f/2.0), capable of recording 4K video, everything is clear, the use of IR TOF 3D arouses more interest. In addition to blurring the background, it acts as an IR sensor for reliable face unlocking even in complete darkness. The front camera is equipped with autofocus. 

In the smartphone, we notice an interesting mode - Best Photo. This feature takes several photos before and after the shutter is released. It then provides the user with a choice of several shots. This mode is already familiar to us in the iPhone 11 Pro and Galaxy S20 series. 

Another valuable feature is Audio Zoom. It zooms in not only on the image, but also on the sound source. 

Video recording is supported at a maximum of 4K at 60 frames per second. In such a mode, most effects are unavailable. Zoom during recording is digital only. 

The manufacturer assures that users can now count on higher quality videos. The excellent results are due to improved algorithms in the work of artificial intelligence. 

Autonomous operation 
The battery of the compact Huawei P40 has a capacity of 3800 mAh. The smartphone has received 22.5W fast charging technology, but not wireless or reversible. 

At an average level of workload, you can expect two days of autonomous work from the Huawei P40 battery. Recharging the battery to 100% takes just 2 hours. These figures are not record-breaking by today's standard, but are worthy of a phone in this class.

Conclusion

The Huawei P40 is without a doubt a powerful flagship phone that will delight users with an excellent camera, decent autonomous performance and fast Wi-Fi. The manufacturer has chosen for it the most simple and relaxed design approach. The device is available in three colors, with the golden one making the strongest impression. The grey and black in turn look restrained. 

The Huawei P40's glass back is coated in gloss and curves on all four sides, flowing seamlessly into the frame. Thanks to this construction, the smartphone looks superb. Any user with a taste for luxury will be happy to have this particular model by their side. 

The main drawback of the Huawei P40 is the absence of the Google Play store. This means that the usual and convenient apps that many are used to will be absent. In the App Gallery you will find some of them. You can seamlessly download apps from other sources. Huawei has tried to solve the problem by providing built-in app search in the smartphone. 

Pros:

  • High performance;
  • Excellent photos;
  • Good zoom; 
  • Quality microphone;
  • Excellent autonomy;
  • Quality sound;
  • Fast Wi-Fi;
  • 5G and eSIM support;
  • Face recognition with infrared camera.

Cons:

  • Only digital zoom is available when shooting video; 
  • Google services are absent;
  • Memory card is NM format; 
  • Wireless charging is absent.

 


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Frequently Asked Questions

The base approximate price of the Huawei P40 was around 400 EUR after it was officially announced. At this point, the price may be lower.
The official release date is 2020, March 26.
The weight of the Huawei P40 is 175 g.
The screen size of the Huawei P40 is 6.1" inches.
The size of the Huawei P40 is 148.9 x 71.1 x 8.5 mm (HxWxD).
Yes, it supports 5G
No, it is not waterproof.
Yes, it supports fast charging.
No, it does not support wireless charging.
Yes, it supports the services of Google Play store, gmail, youtube, etc.
There is Triple main camera and Dual selfi camera.
To turn on the phone, press and hold the power key until the logo appears on the screen, then release the key. If the phone does not turn on after a few seconds, connect the charger and try again in a minute.
To turn off the phone, press and hold the power button until the power icon appears, then tap the power icon.
To restart the phone, press and hold the volume down key and the power key at the same time until the logo appears on the screen, then release them. This may take up to 30 seconds.
To take a screenshot, press and release the volume down button and the power button at the same time. A thumbnail of the screenshot will appear immediately after that.