Huawei P40 Pro Review
- Incredible design
- Competitive 90Hz display
- Impressive camera system
- Highly ergonomic
Not So Fancy
- GMS support not present
- Low-quality fancy bezels
- Limited AppGallery
Huawei, a leading global provider of phones, laptops, and more, has officially unveiled a new product with unbeatable features. Could this be one of the best phones ever? In this Huawei P40 Pro review, we’ll uncover all the best features and highlight the not so fancy. We will walk you through the Huawei P40 Pro features, design, camera quality, value, and performance.
Staying true to Huawei, the P40 Pro learns for previous flaws. Although closely designed to its predecessors, the P40 Pro does not step too far away from its predecessors. However, you can clearly tell that Huawei has learnt from previous flaws as the P40 Pro is much sleeker than older models.
One of the best design features of the new Huawei P40 pro design is the quad-curve overflow. Whereas the Mate 30 was overly curvey, it would seem that Huawei has nailed the balance been too little and too much here. The company says the inspiration of this attribute stems from the beauty of flowing water.
We think it’s just stunning.
Like its predecessors, the P40 Pro also incorporates an in-display speaker system. Unlike last year’s P30, the P40 Pro adopts proper 3D face unlock in addition to an in-display fingerprint sensor. This now puts the Huawei P40 pro within the ballpark of an iPhone.
With a 90 Hz refresh rate, you can also enjoy the immersive views that the fluid screen provides. This includes what the mounting middle frame and protective rounded corners deliver.
Huawei chose to deploy the P40 Pro with the solid hues of Silver Frost, Blush Gold, and Deep Sea Blue. Again, continuously taking inspiration from nature. Lastly, the matte design in the device’s refractive elements emphasizes a lasting sensation of depth, revealing sophistication and elegance.
One of the features that people are concerned about when buying a new smartphone is the camera. Nowadays, the trend from using the DSLR camera has changed to capturing moments with the smartphone.
Taking photographs with any Huawei unit has always been distinctive, with customer reviews saying the company produces the best camera across smartphones to date. The P40 Pro offers ultra-wide, telephone, and Time of Flight cameras on the back. Right at the front, the 32MP selfie shooter is supported by its laser-guided autofocus.
One of the noticeable qualities is the 50MP RYYB camera that has a sizable 1/1.28-inch sensor, making it even better than Samsung’s 108MP and 1.33-inch sensor in its S20 Ultra.
Upon capturing the scene, the outcome is a vibrant and bright image. There were doubts about how the autofocus will work best, considering the large sensor. However, with the Huawei P40 Pro, there isn’t that of a struggle. Now, let’s take a look at more features.
When it comes to the features of the Huawei P40 Pro smartphone, there is a lot on offer here. Huawei Technologies have gone to great lengths to ensure that users can enjoy some of the greatest technology available today. Some flagship features of the Huawei P40 Pro include:
- 50x Super Zoom
- Ultra Vision Sensor with 24 Hours Super Definition
- HD Video Call with Huawei MeeTime
- Enhanced gaming with 5G Technology
- AI-run Huawei GoldenSnap
- 40w Huawei SuperCharge
- Kirin 990 5G Chipset
Most notably, the world’s first integration of the Kirin 990 5G chipset is a must mention. Offering ultra-fast processing of data, the Kirin 990 5G deliver unparalleled efficiency. This is a keynote for gamers as the system fluidity will deliver far superior graphics performance. Gamers who utilize their smartphones for leisure can also enjoy how the upgraded image engine enhances the visuals, without engulfing too much power. With an impressive 90 Hz display to support your playtime, mobile gaming will never be the same.
Charging a smartphone has also never been this easy. The 40W, 27W, and reverse SuperCharge features enable you to replenish its battery when you are away from your phone, or while driving. Now that’s pretty fancy.
Furthermore, the Huawei P40 Pro also comes with a waterproof design, facial recognition, well-guarded apps, fingerprint scanning and more. It’s feature-rich and looks way better than previous models.
For performance, well, there is not much to say when you look at the features. The Kirin chipset offers a game-changer and delivers smooth performance over 8GB RAM. However, we did notice slight frame drops when playing games like Fortnite or PUBG Mobile. This was not a major issue but it became noticeable as the storm intensified. If you take games seriously, you may be frustrated.
Then there was the camera. It may due to the older GPU that Huawei may have to develop further.
The face recognition feature, enabling the user to unlock the phone as it scans the face, may also not as snappy as competitors’ like Pixel 4. Note that Huawei P40 Pro depends on infrared technology, helping the user detect their face even at nighttime.
Even with the features, the price tag of $899 with VIP Service is somewhat steep. When you consider that you can pick up Google’s Pixel 4A for just $600, we cannot see how the Huawei P40 Pro is 3 times better. If money is no issue, then the Huawei P40 Pro will offer you value.
In Australia, the Huawei P40 Pro is being sold at AU$1,599 pricier than Huawei P40 at AU$1099. The company says though that both of the devices will give the buyer with “complimentary VIP service to help set up the device,” with P40 Pro pre-orders coming with a free set of wireless earbuds.
When reviewing the Huawei P40 Pro we were slightly disappointed with the occasional frame drops. It was also apparent that the facial recognition software was nowhere near as good as Apple. However, it was a good feature to see and something we expect to be standard for next-generation smartphones.
The Huawei P40 Pro does not come without the tiniest details that the prying eyes of customers have seen or #TheNotSoFancy. To further lead you into your smart purchase, it is important to get to know what the device doesn’t have.
The customer insights on pricing and features are mixed, with others saying that it is expensive considering the device’s capabilities. They also noted the lack of wireless charging and the unavailability of Google Mobile Services because of what’s happening currently in the business arena.
Compared with previous models, the phone Night Mode did not improve a lot, and the 4K videos have failed to impress.
Huawei P40 Pro Review Verdict.
The P40 Pro takes the cuteness of the Mate 30 and adds some oomph. That said, for the everyday user, the Huawei P40 pro would not be top of our list. Despite the Huawei P40 Pro showcasing vastly superior features, the Pixel 4A is better value. It costs $300 less and the camera quality is still very good.
For gamers, you may be swayed towards the Huawei P40 Pro and this now becomes a different proposition. If you can put up with the occasional drop of frames due to an older GPU, you really cannot go wrong. Supported by 5G and a Kirin 990 chipset, there is nothing better currently on the market for you Fortnite fans. We were super impressed with the P40 Pro in this regard.
Make no mistake, the Huawei P40 Pro is still an incredible smartphone. The specifications are actually unreal and you will love what the P40 Pro has to offer you. With Huawei’s P40 Pro launch a time that fans have unquestionable waited for, we still expect big sales. The marketing is trendy, the price tag affordable and the features are still impressive.
Overall, we have graded this Huawei P40 Pro review a respectable 91%. Primarily, this is due to the camera quality. No other brand has gone to this much detail as Huawei has with the P40 Pro.
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