Huawei recently unveiled the P40 series in an online-only event amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. The premium series includes three smartphones, namely Huawei P40 5G, Huawei P40 Pro, and Huawei P40 Pro+ 5G. All of the three phones are powered by the HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G chipset, which provides the latest Wi-Fi 6 and 5G support to the handsets. Out of the three premium smartphones, the Huawei P40 Pro 5G and the Huawei P40 Pro+ 5G flaunt a Quad-Curve Overflow Display, furnishing a stunning bezel-less look to the devices. The base variant of the new Huawei series, the Huawei P40 sports a triple rear camera setup, while the Huawei P40 Pro packs a quad rear camera setup and the Huawei P40 Pro+ brings a Penta rear camera setup to the back.
US Ban Controversy and Future of Huawei Smartphones
To recall, Huawei was blacklisted by the US authorities last year that barred the Chinese conglomerate from continuing business with Google and several other American organizations. Huawei is, thus, moving forward with producing Android phones without using any of the Google services. The recently released Huawei P40 series also comes without any software from Google including Google Search, similar to last year’s Huawei Mate 30 series that was the first to do so. This means the Huawei P40 series sold in European countries including France, Italy, and Germany will come with Qwant, a European search engine. The series will also have Huawei’s new search assistant ‘Celia’ that may rely on search results from Qwant in Europe, as reported by Android Authority. Like the previous Huawei smartphones, the company’s own AppGallery has replaced the Google Play Store on the devices. With such a bold step, Huawei is prepping and completely relying on the impressive hardware that it has to offer, while every user knows the efficiency and importance of Google services.
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Huawei P40 5G Specifications
Huawei P40 5G is the base variant in the series, flaunting a 6.1-inch OLED panel with a 60Hz refresh rate and a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels. The smartphone comes powered by an Octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G chipset along with Mali-G76 MC16 GPU for gaming and other graphics-intensive tasks. The optics department on the Huawei P40 5G relies on the triple camera sensors at the rear – a 50-megapixel primary sensor, a 16-megapixel ultra-wide-angle shooter, and an 8-megapixel telephoto lens. At the front, the 5G phone sports a 32-megapixel selfie camera along with an infrared sensor, both housed in a pill-shaped hole-punch module.
The Huawei P40 5G packs 8GB of RAM along with 128GB of inbuilt storage, which can be expanded via Huawei Nano Memory card. Connectivity alternatives on the smartphone include 5G, Wi-Fi 6, NFC, Bluetooth v5.1, and USB Type-C. The Huawei P40 5G debuts with a 3,800mAh battery and comes with a 22.5W SuperCharge fast charging support. The smartphone runs EMUI 10.1 on top of Android 10.
Huawei P40 Pro 5G Specifications
The bigger sibling to the P40 5G is the Huawei P40 Pro 5G which flaunts a larger 6.58-inch OLED panel with a 90Hz refresh rate and a resolution of 1200 x 2640 pixels. The phone is also equipped with the same Octa-core Kirin 990 5G SoC coupled with the Mali-G76 MC16 GPU. On the camera department, the Huawei P40 Pro 5G sports a quad camera setup on the back with a 50-megapixel primary sensory supporting OIS, a 40-megapixel ultra-wide-angle snapper, a 12-megapixel telephoto lens with SuperSensing support, and the last being a 3D depth sensor. Over at the front, the pill-shaped punch-hole module houses a 32-megapixel sensor along with a depth sensor for portrait selfies.
On the storage front, the Huawei P40 Pro 5G comes with 8GB of RAM coupled with 256GB of onboard storage, expandable via Nano Memory card. Juicing up the Pro smartphone is a larger 4,200mAh battery that supports 40W Huawei SuperCharge and 27W Wireless SuperCharge capabilities. Similar to the P40 5G, the Huawei P40 Pro 5G also supports the same connectivity options and runs the same EMUI 10.1 OS based on Android 10.
Huawei P40 Pro+ 5G Specifications
The last in the series, Huawei P40 Pro+ 5G, is almost identical to the P40 Pro 5G smartphone with a few tweaks here and there. It packs more onboard storage – 512GB – with no expandability alternative. The smartphone features a penta rear camera setup with a 50-megapixel primary sensor that supports OIS, a 40-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens, an 8-megapixel SuperZoom periscope lens with 10x optical zoom, another 8-megapixel telephoto lens camera with 3x optical zoom, and the last one being a 3D depth sensor.
Similar to the P40 Pro 5G, a 4,200mAh battery juices up the Huawei P40 Pro+ 5G. The smartphone comes with 40W Huawei SuperCharge and 40W Wireless SuperCharge fast charging capabilities, the latter being the world’s fastest commercialised wireless charging.
Huawei P40 Series Price and Availability
The Huawei P40 5G price has been set at EUR 799 (roughly ₹66,700) for the lone 8GB RAM and 128GB storage variant. The smartphone is available in three glossy colour options – Deep Sea Blue, Ice White, and Black, as well as two matte colours – Silver Frost and Blush Gold. The Huawei P40 5G sale starts on April 7 in Europe.
The Huawei P40 Pro 5G price has been set for EUR 999 (around ₹83,400) for the lone 8GB RAM + 256GB variant. The smartphone is available in the same colours as seen on the P40 5G. The Huawei P40 Pro 5G sale also starts on April 7.
The most premium smartphone in the series, Huawei P40 Pro+ 5G price has been set at a whopping EUR 1,399 (roughly ₹1,16,800) for the single 8GB RAM and 512GB model. The smartphone is available in just two colours – White Ceramic and Black Ceramic. The flagship Huawei P40 Pro+ 5G sale starts in June for the European market.
The Huawei P40 series has just been released amidst the coronavirus pandemic and the situation might affect its sale in the global markets. However, it would be interesting to see if the new Huawei P40 series will make it to the Indian market, given the bumpy track that the P30 series has wandered to in the country.