To my mind, it is a crucial moment when tech giants announce their new products. You feel a trembling, a sensation of intrigue which is accompanied by an eager desire to get your hands on the new product. Huawei has risen to the challenge and announced the new P40 series. 

Three is not a tree, but three is for Huawei as they caught up with the trend. Their P series has three variants of the new phone – just like the Galaxy S20 – and they are the Huawei P40, Huawei P40 Pro, and P40 Pro Plus. However, the impressions from this on-trend trilogy are mixed and it looks like it’s become easier for smartphone makers to divide their flagship telephone into three possible “pieces” with only some slight differences. It’s not bad at all, like we saw from the Galaxy S20 experience, it’s hoped we will see the same response from Huawei fans. 

And here we go, let’s get our hands on the smartphones without Google apps; the Huawei P40, Huawei P40 Pro, and Huawei P40 Pro Plus.

The design is pretty familiar, isn’t it?

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Even without taking into consideration that Huawei has acquired a fantastic three as Samsung did, we can definitely observe the resemblance in the design with the Galaxy S20 series, but it’s only on the back panel. In comparison with the 151.7mm Galaxy S20, we can see that the Huawei P40 is a bit shorter at 148.9mm tall, but it looks thicker because of the ceramic bump for the 50MP sensor.

Nevertheless, the front panel looks very different and is novel for Huawei. The P40 has got a curved 6.1-inch OLED screen with a resolution of 2340 x 1080 that supports FHD+. The bend doesn’t bring any boost to the efficiency of the sensor screen but it gives a telephone its business look. You might get disturbed by the oval black hole on the left top of the screen which is the home of two selfie cameras. Such an arrangement of cameras is packed away with ease, but at the same time, my inner perfectionist wants the full space between notifications and battery storage.

On the right-hand side of the phone, there’s a power button and volume keys, thanks to the engineers for not bringing any changes. The USB Type-C port and the single, downward-firing speaker are on the bottom of the phone.

Kirin is a power

All three phones in the Huawei triple are supported by the Kirin 990 processor, just like in the last year’s Mate 30 Pro. This is more than enough to compete with this year’s flagship phones. The P40 and P40 Pro will also have 8GB of RAM, whilst the P40 Pro Plus has 12GB, plus there will be two variants of storage – 128GB and 256GB with the possibility to expand it through Huawei’s proprietary Nano Memory 2 format. Back to the features roster, starting from the regular P40 which has 3,800mAh battery, the Pro and the Pro Plus include 4,200mAh batteries. Moreover, the Pro Plus has the ability to charge its battery through wireless charging pads, while the two lower-ranked models are not equipped with such skill.

Additionally, we can observe the water-resistance feature which means the Pro and Pro Plus models have the market-dominant IP68 rating, meaning they can survive being fully immersed in water, when the regular P40, as the company states, can resist only slight rain.

Set of cameras – the cherry on the top

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In the Huawei P40 trilogy, we will not see three-digit numbers as in Galaxy S20 Ultra when talking about the camera kit, but we shouldn’t forget last year’s P30 Pro that has one of the best low-light photograph capabilities.To achieve such results, the RYYB main sensor had help from the P30 Prom and it’ll help the P-series this year. Absorbing more light and creating a bigger sensor 1/1.28-inch means better light performance, which can be a real boost for smartphone photographers. 

Once again, we come back to the specification list. In the regular P40, we can find a triple camera setup with the main 50MP f/1.9 camera, a 16MP f/2.2 17mm ultra-wide-angle camera and an 8MP f/2.4 telephoto camera with a 3x optical zoom. The P40 Pro and Pro Plus both combine a 50MP f/1.9 camera and a 40MP f/1.8 ultra-wide camera with an increased zoom on telephoto mode of up to x5. 

As the top model in the P-series, the Pro Plus comes with a bonus periscope lens system. As a result, the top model is equipped with an 8MP f/2.4 3x periscope optical lens and an 8MP f/4.4 10X periscope. 

It is forbidden to speak his name aloud 

Recently, Huawei fell into the hands of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Entity List via executive order, which led to a number of changes inside the Huawei company. Huawei is developing its networking web to build sustainable relations with developers with the aim of integrating everything independently from Google. At the moment, only top and trending apps are available in Huawei’s own AppGallery store, though there is a strict restriction for apps that rely on Google’s GMS Core infrastructure, in simple terms, it’s a dead-end for them.

Huawei is doing its best to cut the umbilical cord with Google and its services. Besides their own voice assistant, Celia, which is going to become a replacement for the Okay Google assistant, the P40’s software will include the MeeTime video chat service. Moreover, according to The Verge, Huawei is working alongside TomTom to create an alternative to Google Maps.

Release Date and Price

The Release date slightly differs for each of the P40 models. The P40 and P40 Pro is available starting April 7 priced at €799 for the regular P40 model with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, and €999 for the P40 Pro model with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. The top model, the Huawei P40 Pro Plus, has only one variant with 8GB of RAM and 512GB of internal storage that we’ll see on the market in June 2020.

There is currently no transportations of Huawei smartphones in the US, so that leading retailers are unable to carry them. Be careful when buying from unverified online retailers.