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First steps with the Huawei P40 Pro: the big king that Google doesn’t crown

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The Huawei P40 Pro has just been announced and we have already had the opportunity to take it in hand to give you some initial impressions while you wait for the test of this smartphone that focuses on the photo with no services available are google.


First steps with the Huawei P40 Pro

Huawei P40 Pro

Here is the new champion of smartphone photography. At least that’s how its builder presents it. I’m talking about the Huawei P40 Pro that has just been formalized with the P40 and P40 Pro +. We had the opportunity to take it in hand and share with you our first impressions on this phone.

Technical information sheet of Huawei P40 Pro

modelHuawei P40 Pro
Operating system versionAndroid 10 Q.
Manufacturer interfaceEmotion UI
Screen size6.58 inches
definition2640 x 1200 pixels
Pixel density441 ppi
technologyOLED
SoCKirin 990
Graphics chip (GPU)ARM Mali G76
Random Access Memory (RAM)8 GB
Internal memory (flash)256 GB
Camera (back)Sensor 1: 50 MP
Sensor 2: 40 MP
Sensor 3: 12 MP
Camera (front)32 MP
Video recording4K @ 60 IPS
Wi-fiWi-Fi 6 (display)
Bluetooth5.1
Supported bands2100 MHz (B1), 800 MHz (B20), 1800 MHz (B3), 2600 MHz (B7), 700 MHz (B28)
NFCYes
Fingerprint sensorUnder the screen
Ports (inputs / outputs)USB Type C.
battery4200 mAh
Dimensions72.6 x 158.2 x 8.95 mm
Weight203 grams
ColoursBlack, gold, blue
Price€ 949

Get started with a P40 Pro that Huawei borrowed the day before the official announcement.

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Neat design

Mastered design. This is the very good first impression that the Huawei P40 Pro leaves in hand. The surfaces are neat and the corners well rounded for great comfort. However, some details can annoy some people. Before proceeding, note that the phone is quite large at the top of its 158.2 mm. So it’s not an exaggeration, but still good to know if you prefer small formats.

Another point: the 203 grams that appear on the scale. Again, the Huawei P40 Pro isn’t over the top, but it can’t really be called a lightweight smartphone. Finally, on a more aesthetic level, it is noted that despite the curvature of the screen at the edges, the black outline around the display area remains visible – especially above and below – which, however, never hinders immersion. I once again emphasize the very good sensations that the phone provides.

At the top left, the screen has a hole for the front photo sensor and a depth ToF sensor. So the bubble is quite large and does not go unnoticed. However, this is far from unaffordable and we are betting that this element will be forgotten over time.

When admiring the front panel, note the integration of the fingerprint reader into the screen. Huawei promises a larger, more responsive sensor. In addition: the component is placed high enough to be easily accessible with the thumb when unlocking the device.

Now return the Huawei P40 Pro to look at the back. The color Silver frost that we received is particularly successful. It is the only model with the golden version that offers a slightly matt and satin surface that barely records fingerprints. We already have good quality there, but that’s not all: the subtle reflections are also very nice.

The rear photo module is embedded in the top left. The big black rectangle houses four sensors and an LED flash, which is a little easier. It’s not a mountain either, but it sticks out so far that there is a slight imbalance when the phone is laid flat on its back.

Some will certainly compare this module with that of the Galaxy S20 Ultra. It has to be admitted that Huawei, although imposing, is less invasive. Finally, note that there is no socket, only a USB-C 3.1 connection. The phone comes with compatible headphones. Finally, the P40 Pro is IP68 certified for water and dust resistance.

Huawei tries 90 Hz

6.58-inch OLED with Full HD + definition of 2640 x 1200 pixels. In addition to an aspect ratio of 19.8: 9 and a resolution of 441 pixels per inch, the Huawei P40 Pro offers the following.

It is very attractive on paper and the first few minutes confirm that the smartphone actually offers a very good display quality. By default, very bright colors are displayed. However, you can adjust this detail in the smartphone settings by changing the temperature as needed.


Enjoy a 90 Hz screen on the Huawei P30 Pro

The Huawei P40 Pro benefits from a 90 Hz screen

It is not the only interesting thing that is hidden in this menu. In fact, you can activate a 90 Hz mode to display 90 frames per second. This refresh rate offers better fluidity than traditional 60 Hz. It’s very comfortable under the eyes and fingers, but we feel like we’re not in a 120 Hz mode that we find on the Samsung Galaxy S20. Don’t sulk our pleasure that said.

Large photo sensor

We will address the problem that bothers shortly afterwards in the software part of these first steps. Let us focus on the big point that the brand brings up for this product range: the photo, which has always been certified by the Leica specialist.

The Huawei P40 Pro has four photo sensors on the back:

  • 50 megapixel main sensor (1: 1.9)
  • Ultra wide angle 40 megapixels (1: 1.8)
  • 12 megapixel x5 telephoto lens (f / 3.4)
  • TOF sensor

Let us first concentrate on the main sensor. In addition to its large definition, the sensor itself is particularly wide with a size of 1 / 1.28 inches. It is the largest sensor that has ever been built into a smartphone.

In other words, it captures more light and provides theoretically more detailed images. This sensor also benefits from a RYYB filter (red, yellow, yellow, blue). The latter has been integrated into the Huawei P30 Pro and promises better colorimetry, optimized dynamic management and better performance in low light conditions.


Photo quality certified by Leica

A Leica stamped photo module

This main sensor benefits from pxiel binning, but you can take full-frame images of 50 megapixels if you want. This gives you more details, but takes up more space on your storage. Note that the dynamics in this mode are not managed in the same way with less illuminated images and therefore shadow areas that can easily be underexposed. You can see some examples by clicking here.

The periscopic telephoto lens also benefits from a RYYB filter, but above all from an optical zoom up to x5. In a number of situations, you can even use up to 10x magnification to get an image that stays good – even if you still feel the loss of information compared to x5. Also note that you can go digitally up to x50.


Huawei P40 Pro x50 digital zoom

The Huawei P40 Pro offers a 50x digital zoom

This is mainly an a priori gadget function. Below are five photos ranging from ultra wide angle to zoom 50 to wide angle, X5 zoom and X10 zoom.

In addition, the Huawei P40 Pro promises ultra-fast auto focus thanks to a technology called Octa PD that uses all sensors at the same time to perform this process.

Good to know: Huawei has many functions related to ” artificial intelligence “” In particular you benefit from a ” dynamic picture ”Can be activated via an icon in the top left of the camera overview. Thanks to this, the P40 Pro algorithms record images before and after the photo is taken.

Thanks to this function, you can access various editing options in the gallery, made possible by the large amount of recorded data. The phone also suggests the scenes it considers most relevant.

Particularly noteworthy is the ability to remove an unwanted passerby who ran in the background of the immortal scene. Our first tests with this anti-function Photo bomb I haven’t given much, but we’ll try to test it in good situations and not just from the top of my window.


Selfie on Huawei P40 Pro

32 megapixel camera for the front sensor of the Huawei P40 Pro

For selfies, rely on a front sensor with 32 megapixels (1: 2.2), which is assigned to a TOF sensor for depth management.

EMUI without Google

The EMUI 10.1 interface is based on Android 10, but is excluded from Google services and the Play Store due to the American embargo. Instead of the Mountain View company ecosystem, you get Huawei Mobile Services and the in-house App Store AppGallery.


Huawei AppGallery

The AppGallery App Store

We regretted a catalog for the Huawei Mate 30 Pro that was still too thin. The Chinese brand has of course criticized and promised to expand the experience offered. We must of course see during the full test of the P40 Pro whether these are not empty words. We’re a bit skeptical, but basically we still want a company to be able to offer a viable alternative to Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS.

Huawei is still a long way from achieving this goal, but at least the brand is well established. In addition, the P40 Pro offers a fairly dark mode at software level, navigation through easy-to-use gestures, and a number of adjustments.

Note that a three month subscription to the platform Streaming Huawei Music is offered to anyone who buys the phone. Huawei also highlights the MeeTime feature, which allows you to seamlessly make video calls from the phone to a Huawei PC.

Huawei P40 Pro performance and battery life

We have already seen the Kirin 990 in action on the Huawei Mate 30 Pro. The chip is very powerful and does not frighten the raw power it can provide on this new phone. In addition, the SoC has 8 GB of RAM and a storage space of 256 GB, which can be expanded via a nano memory card, the proprietary format of the brand that the microSD wants to replace.

For autonomy, we are entitled to a 4200 mAh battery that is supplied with a 40 W quick charger. Huawei has got us used to very autonomous smartphones, we don’t have any concerns at this level either, and we keep our fingers crossed to avoid unpleasant surprises.

5G and eSIM at the rendezvous

The Huawei P40 Pro is compatible with the 5G network and in this regard the manufacturer ensures compatibility with maximum frequencies – the same promise for 4G.

The smartphone is also compatible with Wi-Fi 6. Finally, you can integrate two nano SIMs (or a nano SIM card and a nano memory card), but it is also possible to use one eSIM.

A young kingdom

In short, this Huawei P40 Pro seems to be full of qualities of all kinds, especially in terms of photography, which looks very promising. So he wants to establish himself as the king of the smartphone market and frankly has the technical potential to strive for this title.

Unfortunately, it does not develop in the conquered area without Google services and its kingdom, which was built on Huawei Mobile Services and AppGallery, is still too young to be able to predict its developments at the moment.

Price and availability of the Huawei P40 Pro

The Huawei P40 Pro is announced in France at the recommended price of 1099 euros. Until April 20, you can place a pre-order with an immediate discount, which increases the price to 949 euros. This way you get a Huawei Watch GT 2.

The smartphone will be available online from April 21st and in stores from May 4th. Marketing the product also entitles you to a special offer as you can take advantage of a discount that lowers the price to 949 until May 31, and you’ll get Freebud’s 3 headphones.

Note that there is a P40 Pro + version. The main difference is to offer two zoom lenses for even greater magnification. Do not hesitate to get the classic Huawei P40 under control.

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