Huawei Announces The Launch of the Much-Awaited P40 Series
The Huawei P40 series was launched by the Chinese smartphone giant in an online-only event. The series includes three phones – the Huawei P40 5G, Huawei P40 Pro 5G, and the Huawei P40 Pro+ 5G. All the three phones support Wi-Fi 6 and 5G, thanks to the Kirin 990 5G chipset. The Huawei P40 Pro 5G and the Huawei P40 Pro+ 5G have a Quad-Curve Overflow Display. The Huawei P40 comes with a triple rear camera setup, the Huawei P40 Pro has a quad rear camera setup, and the Huawei P40 Pro+ has a penta rear camera setup. And all three phones have dual front cameras.
After the blacklisting of Huawei by US authorities early last year, the Chinese company was barred from doing business with Google and many other American companies. Because of this development, Huawei had to move ahead without the use of any Google services on its Android phones.
First seen in the Huawei Mate 30 series last year, the recently released P40 series also comes without any Google software. The Huawei P40 series sold in France, Germany, and Italy will get a European search engine called Qwant. The phones also come with the company’s new search assistant ‘Celia’. The Google Play Store has been replaced by Huawei’s own AppGallery. Will the formidable Huawei hardware be able to pull through? We’ll have to wait to find out.
Price and availability
The Huawei P40 5G comes in an 8GB RAM/ 128GB storage model, priced at EUR 799 (roughly Rs. 66,300). The Huawei P40 5G comes in three glossy colour variants – Black, Deep Sea Blue, and Ice White, as well as two matte variants – Blush Gold and Silver Frost. It will go on sale starting April 7.
The Huawei P40 Pro 5G is also available in a single 8GB + 256GB model, priced at EUR 999 (roughly Rs. 82,900). Storage is expandable via the Nano Memory 2 card. It’s available in the same colours as the Huawei P40 5G, and will go on sale from April 7.
The Huawei P40 Pro+ 5G comes in a single 8GB RAM + 512GB model, priced at EUR 1,399 (roughly Rs. 1,16,000). The device comes in two colours, Black Ceramic and White Ceramic, and will go on sale starting June.
Specifications of the Huawei P40 5G
The dual-SIM (Nano) Huawei P40 5G runs Android 10 with EMUI 10.1 on top. It has a 6.1-inch (1,080×2,340 pixels) OLED panel with a 60Hz refresh rate. The phone is powered by the octa-core Kirin 990 5G SoC, Mali-G76 MC16 GPU.
The device has three cameras on the back. The primary is a 50-megapixel camera with f/1.9 aperture, a 16-megapixel ultra-wide-angle shooter with f/2.2 aperture, and an 8-megapixel telephoto f/2.4 lens. On the front, there is a 32-megapixel selfie shooter with f/2.0 aperture as well as an infrared sensor. The cameras are housed in a pill-shaped hole-punch design.
As far as storage is concerned, the Huawei P40 5G has 128GB of inbuilt storage, expandable via Huawei’s Nano Memory 2 card. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 6, 5G, Bluetooth v5.1, GPS, USB Type-C, NFC. The Huawei P40 5G comes with a 3,800mAh battery and SuperCharge 22.5W fast charging support. The phone is 148.9×71.06×8.5 mm in size and weighs 175 grams.
Specifications of the Huawei P40 Pro 5G
The dual-SIM (Nano) Huawei P40 Pro 5G runs Android 10 with EMUI 10.1 on top. It has a larger 6.58-inch (1,200×2,640 pixels) OLED panel with a 90Hz display refresh rate. The phone is also powered by the same octa-core Kirin 990 5G SoC, the Mali-G76 MC16 GPU, and comes with 8GB of RAM.
Coming to the optics, the Huawei P40 Pro 5G has four cameras on the back with the primary being a 50-megapixel camera with f/1.9 aperture and OIS, a 40-megapixel ultra-wide-angle shooter with f/1.8 aperture, a 12-megapixel telephoto lens with SuperSensing, and a 3D depth sensing camera. On the front, there’s a 32-megapixel f/2.2 lens and a depth sensor.
The latest device comes with 256GB storage, expandable via Nano Memory 2 card. It shares the same connectivity options. In terms of battery, the Huawei P40 Pro has a larger 4,200mAh which supports SuperCharge 40W fast charging and Wireless SuperCharge 27W fast charging. The phone is 158.2×72.6×8.95mm in size and weighs 209 grams, quite a bit heavier than the P40 5G.
Specifications of the Huawei P40 Pro+ 5G
The Huawei P40 Pro+ 5G is almost identical to the Huawei P40 Pro 5G, with a few differences. It has more inbuilt storage – 512GB. It features a penta camera setup – a 50-megapixel primary camera with f/1.9 aperture and OIS, a 40-megapixel ultra-wide-angle shooter with f/1.8 aperture, an 8-megapixel SuperZoom periscope lens (125mm) camera with 10x optical zoom and an f/4.4 aperture, another 8-megapixel telephoto lens (80mm) camera with 3x optical zoom, and a 3D depth sensing camera.
It has almost the same dimensions, at 158.2×72.6x9mm and weighs a little more, at 226 grams. The 4,200mAh battery features SuperCharge 40W fast charging, and Wireless SuperCharge 40W charging – said to be world’s fastest commercialised 40W wireless charging.
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