Last year, Huawei surprised the smartphone world with the P30 Pro, which had the best camera you could find on a smartphone, along with other commanding specs. Much has changed since then. more importantly, Huawei lost the privilege of sending new phones to Google services because of a US trade ban.
On Thursday, the company launched the Huawei P40, P40 Pro and P40 Plus, but these phones come with no Google services, which unfortunately is the most vital thing you need to know about them.
It's a shame, because Huawei's new smartphones are gorgeous and very commanding. The Huawei P40 Pro comes with a "quad curved" OLED 6.58 spectacle, which means that the screen "spills" on all four sides of the rectangular shape of the phone. This makes the phone accurate to bezel-free, though interrupted by a dual, 32-megapixel camera selfie, combined with a depth feeler that gives the phone unlock capabilities.
The P40 Pro curves sideways but also upwards and downwards.
The spectacle has a 2,640×1,200 pixel resolution and 90Hz refresh rate, which Huawei claims is an ideal compromise (Samsung's Galaxy S20 has 120Hz refresh but only works at lower resolutions).
At the back, the P40 Pro features a quad-core camera with a 50-megapixel main feeler, a 40-megapixel infrared feeler, a 12-megapixel telephoto lens with a 5x optical zoom and depth feeler. The cameras are in for a huge hit, but it's hard to complain about the fact that nearly all modern flagship brands today have a similar size surprise on the back.
The company claims that the phone gets very excellent shooting in low-light scenarios and in less time than the camera on the iPhone 11. The hybrid zoom goes to 50x, which is not as long as the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, but it's still for more common uses.
The phone is powered by Huawei's Kirin 990 5G chip and has 8GB of RAM and 128/256 / 512GB of storage. The 4.200mAh batter supports 40W charging with cable charging and 27W wireless charging
It is worth noting that the P40 Pro defines most of the P30 Pro's pain points: It has a higher resolution spectacle and improved face unlock capabilities. Without a earphone jack, but, this ship has traveled for most smartphone makers.
Huawei's P40 Plus features a 50-megapixel main camera and a 12-megapixel telephoto lens with 5x optical zoom.
On the software side, the UI is Huawei's EMUI 10.1 and – in place of Google Play – the phone comes with Huawei's App Gallery app store. Huawei has been ridiculing its app store all year long, but it's still far from Google Play.
The Huawei P40 Pro is just part of the tale. The company also launched the Huawei P40, which has the same chip but smaller, 6.1-inch screen with no depth feeler at the front and a rear camera. It has 6 / 8GB of RAM and 128 / 256GB of memory.
There's also the Huawei P40 Pro Plus, which has a similar curved 6.7-inch spectacle, a five-megapixel 50-megapixel camera, a 10x optical zoom periscope camera, an 8-megapixel 3x optical zoom telephoto and an ultra feeler -wide 40-megapixel. It has a larger, 5.500mAh battery, 8GB of RAM and 256 / 512GB of storage.
Overall, the Huawei P40, P40 Pro and P40 Pro Plus appear to be very commanding smartphones and I have no doubt that Huawei's cameras will be one of the best. But without Google services – which means no Google Play, Maps, no Gmail etc. – none of this will matter to most US customers. and in Europe.
Huawei's new phones will be available on April 7 in select markets. The P40 starts at 799 euros ($ 877), the P40 Pro starts at 999 euros ($ 1,096) and the P40 Pro Plus starts at 1399 euros ($ 1,535).