The Huawei P40 series does not support Google services, so there is no access to the Google Play Store, Gmail and Google Maps. The phones instead come with Huawei Mobile Services

By Ian Horswill


Posted on March 27, 2020

China’s Apple rival Huawei has revealed its latest flagship phones with the P40, P40 Pro and P40 Pro Plus.

Once again it is the cameras in the smartphone that sets Huawei apart from its competitors. As with every Huawei smartphone arguably from the P10 onwards, the Huawei P40 Pro Plus has the best camera and video production you can buy on a smartphone.

Those who have seen a photograph from the Huawei P30 Pro from last year will understand the hype surrounding Huawei’s latest feature.

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In the base model P40, there are three rear cameras – a primary 50-megapixel f/1.9 camera, a 16-megapixel f/2.2 17mm ultra-wide-angle camera, and an 8-megapixel f/2.4 telephoto camera with a 3x optical zoom.

Like last year’s P30 Pro, which was the market leader in smartphone low-light photography, Huawei again uses a RYYB sensor, which it says absorbs more light, resulting in better low-light performance.

“The sensor is also massive at 1/1.28 inches, which is even bigger than the 1/1.33-inch 108-megapixel sensor found in the Galaxy S20 Ultra. That should help even more with low-light performance. It produces 12.5-megapixel photos by default by combining four pixels into one,” The Verge reported.

The P40 Pro shows how far Huawei has come with camera quality development. The P40 Pro has a ToF sensor and the quality resolution is increased in two of the three cameras. The main camera is still 50 megapixels, but on the P40 Pro, the wide-angle camera has a resolution of 40 megapixels, and the telephoto lens is 12 megapixels. The zoom on the telephoto lens is also increased to 5x rather than 3x.

The P40 Pro Plus has the best cameras and a zoom to match the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra. It comes with the standard 50-megapixel zoom, a 40-megapixel ultrawide-angle camera, an 8-megapixel optical zoom, as well as the time-of-flight depth sensor. The zoom skills are what sets the Pro Plus apart from the rest. For the first time there is a 10x optical zoom on a phone. The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra has a 4x optical zoom.

The P40 Pro Plus takes the ISO sensitivity to an incredible ISO 51200 for videos. The two models can capture 4K HDR+ time-lapse videos, 4K 60 fps videos, 7680 fps super slo-mo videos, as well as real-time bokeh videos. Dual OIS + AIS ensures stability for the videos shot from the phone.

The P40 Pro Plus can also take Super Zoom videos, for example, Huawei claims that it can capture the zoomed-in video of the moon clearly. There’s also a special Dual View video mode that outputs a combined ultra-wide and close up view on the screen.

Huawi’s new phone looks impressive too.The display on the P40 Pro and P40 Pro Plus wraps over the sides of the phone so there’s basically no bezel at all. The screens are OLED, have high resolutions and support HDR, which is what you’d expect.

The new P40 series smartphones, which support 5G, promise faster in-screen fingerprint scanning, faster wireless charging and updates to Huawei’s EMUI 10.1 software for better multitasking.

The P40 series does not support Google services, so there is no access to the Google Play Store, Gmail and Maps. The phones will come with Huawei Mobile Services, the company’s alternative to Google Play Services, developed after the Trump administration banned Google from the phones, cnet reported.

The lack of Google services will make the smartphone unattractive to many people. There are plenty of apps on Huawei’s app gallery and it would be advisable to check if your favourite apps are available before you buy what ostensibly is the best phone on the market.

The Huawei P40 will be available from 7 April, with a starting prices of €799 for 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The Huawei P40 Pro will be available on the same date with a starting price of €999 for 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. The Huawei P40 Pro Plus will be available from June, with a starting price of €1399 for 8GB of RAM and 512GB of internal storage.

The P40 and P40 Pro will be available in Australia from 16 April. Preorder from Huawei from 27 March. Yhe Huawei P40 will cost AU$1099, with the Huawei P40 Pro AU$1599.