Let’s take a look at the brand new Huawei P40 Pro. This is the company’s latest flagship smartphone which is equipped with the latest hardware, updated design, and an upgraded camera system. So, let’s see what’s new.
The Huawei P40 Pro did go through an online launch, so you might want to check out our initial coverage to know more about it.
The Huawei P40 Pro comes in rather simple packaging. Huawei also made sure to highlight that it’s Huawei the company’s own Huawei App Gallery instead of Google’s. For more info about that, click here.
Digging out all of the contents, we have:
- The Huawei P40 Pro itself
- USB-A to USB-C cable
- Huawei SuperCharge charger (40W max)
- USB-C earphones
- Clear TPU case
In terms of the overall looks, Huawei didn’t change much in terms of the design language. It’s pretty much still the same as before, though the Deep Sea Blue color that we have here looks magnificent. I’m a sucker for colors like cyan, turquoise, and emerald.
Once I told the phone on my hands, I immediately realized how solid this phone is. The Huawei P40 Pro feels dense, causing the phone to feel extra premium with fantastic build quality, thanks to the heft.
This new Huawei P40 Pro design also comes with a new camera bump design. It’s larger than before but they manage to integrate the retro camera’s two-tone color in that bump. A nice touch.
Connectivity & ports
It’s the usual with the flagships of 2020. We have the usual ports and the lack of a 3.5mm audio jack.
Like any flagship Huawei phones, there is no microSD card slot. Huawei is fully in favor of its proprietary NM card, which only Huawei themselves produce and sell. Of course, it’s only needed if you want more storage.
The new Huawei P40 Pro also has full 5G capability and eSIM support, just like the Galaxy S20 Ultra.
When I was caressing the phone, I realized that the screen’s curvature at the top is unobstructed – then I realized that the Huawei P40 Pro is using an under-display earpiece like the Mate 30 Pro. It sounds rather soft in volume and even the back of the phone vibrates. This will take some time to get used to it, honestly.
I have to say, what Huawei did with the screen feels magnificent. It wraps from the front and into the frame. It creates a nice, natural-looking curve from the front to the back although it is not seamless.
Underneath the front glass is a 6.58-inch OLED display, 2640×1200 pixels in resolution with HDR10 support and also 90Hz refresh rate. It’s a nice display and I truly enjoyed my time using it… if I can find and watch or stream HDR content, that is.
This time around, the Huawei P40 Pro has a rather huge notch at the top left corner. This is a rather large notch… and I fully recommend using Dark Mode all the time just to conceal as much as possible.
Huawei’s P-series of smartphones have always focused on photography – and the new P40 series is not different. Particularly for the Pro variant, we have these:
- Rear-facing cameras
- Main: 50MP f/1.9 with OIS; omnidirectional PDAF
- Ultra-wide angle: 40MP f/1.8; PDAF
- Periscope: 12MP f/3.4 with OIS; PDAF; 5x optical zoom
- 3D TOF camera
- White balance sensor
- Selfie camera
- 32MP f/2.2 with autofocus
- 3D TOF camera
Huawei made heavy emphasis on the cameras of the P40 Pro. Specs alone can’t describe the full camera prowess of the P40 Pro – and the movement control order prohibits us from going out and taking pictures with the P40 Pro. So, we make do with what we have.
To see all the pictures taken with the Huawei P40 Pro, pelase watch the video at the top of this review.
Software – Android 10 with EMUI 10.1
As the orange man banned Huawei from using Google services, Huawei set out to create their own set of mobile services. So far, the Huawei App Gallery has a growing list of apps. Some apps are not particularly easy to find, and we’ll constantly have to rely on 3rd party app stores.
But, Huawei is moving in another direction now – integration with its ecosystem of products. If you have a tablet or laptop from either Huawei or HONOR, you can use the feature called “multi-screen collaboration”. It takes the phone and “mirror” it to your desktop or tablet wirelessly.
We have both the Huawei MatePad Pro and the HONOR MagicBook with us – and the P40 Pro seamlessly connects with either devices with just one tap.
That way, you can control two devices with the same keyboard and mouse. Once again, I highly suggest you watch our video at the top of this review to have a clearer picture of how it works.
Performance & gaming
The Huawei P40 Pro is a flagship smartphone and there’s no surprise that its performance will top benchmark charts. Here is the spec list for the Huawei P40 Pro:
- 6.58-inch OLED display
- 2640×1080 pixels in resolution
- 90Hz refresh rate
- HiSilicon Kirin 990 chipset
- 8GB LPDDR4X RAM
- 256GB UFS 3.0 storage
- 4,200mAh battery
- Supports Huawei SuperCharge 40W charging
Like usual, the Kirin 990 chipset isn’t the best among the likes of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon or Samsung’s Exynos, but the differences will only be visible in benchmark charts. Throughout day-to-day usage, all flagship chipsets are going to provide the smoothest experience that we can have today.
We redid all of the benchmarks again with 90Hz and performance mode turned on.
Particularly with VRMark’s average frame rate, it did not scale according to the system frame rate. So we tried out some games and confirmed that the Huawei P40 Pro can have games running at 90Hz – if supported.
Battery & charger
The new Huawei P40 series, in general, is pretty disappointing when it comes to the battery life. The P40 Pro only comes with a 4,200mAh battery – which is fine considering that the efficiency is pretty good. Take a look at the battery life here.
Once we turned it up to 90Hz, the battery life takes quite a big hit.
The Huawei’s SuperCharge is going to charge the P40 Pro to 100% in about an hour. Nothing spectacular in terms of its charging time, but good to see that many flagships these days can charge to 100% in about an hour.
Still, I’m not really liking the proprietary fast charging standard that Huawei is using – especially that proprietary cable.
Wrapping up the Huawei P40 Pro review
Here’s the thing – the Huawei P40 Pro is a good phone. The color looks amazing, the main camera is superb, and the build quality is also mindblowingly good.
I can only recommend the Huawei P40 Pro only if you know exactly what you’re getting into. For me personally, there are many apps that I am using on a daily basis which is not available on Huawei App Gallery. And I use my phone to do a lot of work – so I need those apps.
So, if the apps you use are available on Huawei App Gallery, then congratulations – you can go and get the Huawei P40 Pro.