HUAWEI P40 Pro 5G Preview : Visionary Photography!

The new HUAWEI P40 Pro smartphone promises Visionary Photography, thanks to its 50MP Leica quad camera system!

We got our hands on the Deep Sea Blue model, and here is our hands-on preview of HUAWEI’s latest photography-centric smartphone!

HUAWEI P40 Pro 5G Preview : Visionary Photography!

 

HUAWEI P40 Pro : Hands-On Experience!

The HUAWEI P40 Pro is the middle brother of the new P40 family of smartphones, and is only available as 5G variants. It has a 6.58-inch OLED display, with a resolution of 1200 x 2640 pixels, and a 90 Hz refresh rate.

The only buttons you will find on the HUAWEI P40 Pro are the Power and Volume control buttons on the right side.

HUAWEI P40 Pro right side

The SIM and NM hybrid tray is located at the bottom, next to the USB Type C data and charging port.

HUAWEI P40 Pro bottom

At the top, you will find a second microphone (for noise cancellation), next to the infra-red emitter (which enables its Smart Remote feature).

HUAWEI P40 Pro top

 

HUAWEI P40 Pro : Key Features

New 5G Mobile Platform

The HUAWEI P40 Pro uses the new Kirin 990 5G mobile SoC, with a triple-tier architecture :

  • two ARM Cortex-A76 high-performance cores at 2.86 GHz
  • two ARM Cortex-A76 sustained performance cores at 2.36 GHz
  • four ARM Cortex-A55 low-power cores at 1.95 GHz

It also comes with a powerful 16-core ARM Mali-G76 GPU, and a new Da Vinci neural architecture with 2 big NPUs and 1 small NPU.

HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G

Improved Cooling

Keeping the Kirin 990 5G cool is a new SuperCool system of 3D graphene film paired with ultra-thin VC to efficiently conduct heat away.

It comes only in 5G variants, powered by the Kirin 990 5G. HUAWEI will offer it with 8 GB of memory, and storage options of 128 GB, 256 GB and 512 GB.

Dual Front Cameras

The HUAWEI P40 Pro comes with a 32 MP front camera, which is paired with an IR depth camera. The depth camera does not take any photos but helps the 32 MP front camera add accurate software bokeh effects.

HUAWEI P40 Pro front cameras

Ultra Vision Leica Quad Camera System

The HUAWEI P40 Pro’s marquee feature is its rear Leica quad-camera system, which consists of :

50MP Ultra Vision Main Camera

  • 1/1.28-inch Ultra Vision Sensor with 2.44 μm pixel size
  • RYYB colour filter array, with 4-in-1 pixel binning capability
  • Octa Photodiode Autofocus
  • f/1.9 aperture with OIS support

40 MP Ultra Wide Cine Camera

  • 1/1.54-inch sensor with RYYB colour filter array
  • f/1.8 aperture
  • Supports ultra low-light and ultra slow-motion video

HUAWEI P40 Pro rear cameras

12 MP SuperZoom Telephoto Camera

  • 5X optical zoom, 10X hybrid zoom, 50X maximum zoom
  • 12 MP sensor with RYYB colour filter array
  • f/2.4 aperture with OIS support

3D Depth Sensing Camera

  • real-time depth detection for accurate bokeh effects

Large, Fast-Charging Battery

Powering all that is a large 4,200 mAh battery, which supports 40 watt HUAWEI SuperCharge wired charging, and 27 watt HUAWEI SuperCharge wireless charging.

HUAWEI P40 Pro battery

 

HUAWEI P40 Pro : Specifications

HUAWEI P40 Pro (5G)
Display 6.58-inch OLED display
– 1200 x 2640 pixels, 90Hz refresh
Protection IP68
Operating System EMUI 10.1 (based on Android 10)
System Platform HUAWEI Kirin 990 5G
Processor 2 x Cortex-A76 (2.86 GHz)
2 x Cortex-A76 (2.36 GHz)
4 x Cortex-A55 (1.95 GHz)
NPU 2 x Big Cores + Tiny Core
Graphics ARM Mali-G76 MC16
Memory + Storage Options 8 GB RAM + 128 GB storage
8 GB RAM + 256 GB storage
8 GB RAM + 512 GB storage
Storage Expansion Yes, 256 GB NM card slot
Front Camera 32 MP selfie camera (f/2.2 aperture)
Depth camera
Rear Camera Leica Quad Camera System
– 50 MP main camera (f/1.9 with OIS)
– 40 MP ultra-wide camera (f/1.8 aperture)
– 12 MP telephoto camera (5X optical zoom, f/2.4 with OIS)
– 3D depth sensor
Connectivity 5G (NA & NSA), 4G, 3G, 2G
WiFi : Wi-Fi 6 Plus (up to 2.4 Gbps)
Bluetooth : BT 5.1
Fingerprint Sensor In-Display Fingerprint Sensor
SIM Capability Dual Active, Dual Standby
(2 nano SIM cards + 1 eSIM)
Other Sensors Gesture, Ambient Light, Proximity, Gyroscope,
Compass, Gravity, Hall, Colour Temperature, Laser
NFC Yes
Battery + Charging 4,200 mAh
– supports 40 W HUAWEI SuperCharge (wired)
Dimensions 72.6 mm wide
158.2 mm tall
8.95 mm thick
Weight 209 g

 

HUAWEI P40 Pro : Price + Availability

The HUAWEI P40 Pro is available in selected markets, with a recommended retail price of €999 / RM 3,899 / ~US$1,089 / £899.99 / ~A$1,699 / S$1,448 for the 8GB+256GB variant.

HUAWEI will offer five colour options – Black, Deep Sea Blue, Ice White, Silver Frost and Blush Gold globally, although colour options will be limited in most countries.

HUAWEI P40 Pro colour options

 

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