March 29, 2020
Huawei P40 Pro

The Huawei P40 pro was recently proposed by Huawei and consists of three flagships that focus on innovative design and possibly the best camera performance you can find. Here you can read our first impressions of the P40 Pro.

Huawei P40 Pro

They are four this year, the P40 series. ‘Mate’ stands for all-round devices and productivity, but with the P40 devices. It is all about camera performance, design, and creativity. The Huawei P40 ($ 870), P40 Pro ($ 1100 ) and the P40 Pro + ($ 1,599 ) must deliver on that promise.

If we add the specifications of the P40 series. We will be blown away again by the numbers, but that does not tell the whole story. Because no number can express the challenges that Huawei faces with its Huawei Mobile Services or HMS. The P40 Pro is the phone to do it.

It is a device that has to make a statement to the general public that HMS is ready for competition with all those other flagships that do have all Google services on board. Here you can read about our first impressions of the Huawei P40 Pro.

Huawei P40 Pro Specifications

Dimensions: 158.2 X 72.6 X 9 mm

Screen: 6.58 inch FHD 2640 x 1200 OLED, 90 Hz

Processor: Kirin 990 5G


Storage: 256 GB not expandable

Selfie camera: 32 MP with f / 2.2

Main camera: 50 MP with f / 1.9, 12 MP telephoto camera with f / 3.4 and 5x optical zoom and 40 MP wide-angle camera with f / 2.2

Battery: 4200 mAh

Software version: EMUI 10, based on Android 10

Extra: Fingerprint scanner under the screen, 40-watt fast charger, 5G, wireless charging, IP 68

Screen and design


I love seeing a lot of different phone designs because that indicates daring and creativity at the manufacturer and at the same time gives the user more freedom of choice.

For the Android enthusiast, your choice of phone is almost unintentionally a reflection of your personality and therefore it is much more pleasant to be able to choose from a range of designs, colors, and different material types.

Huawei P40 Pro Screen and design

Huawei offers that freedom of choice because the new P40 Pro in no way resembles the Mate series. While the Mate is larger and more angular in design with the sturdy looking edges of the waterfall screen.

The P40 Pro is smaller and lighter with soft, rounded corners making it much more comfortable to hold. The P40 Pro is available in Black, Ice White, and Deep Sea Blue variants, and I was able to test the latter.

Huawei also opts for a rectangular and impressive camera island and a more shiny and reflective glass finish in contrast to the almost ribbed finish of the Mate 30 Pro.

The downside to this is that you see more fingerprints on the P40 Pro and the phone feels a bit smoother in exchange for some more bling.

It is also noteworthy that the small waterdrop notch gives way to a pill-shaped notch in the left corner of the screen. This is not one but two cameras that are also far apart.

Whoever thought that we last saw that black pill with the S10 Plus will be disappointed.

I personally am not very enthusiastic about this choice. Because Huawei is going to use an infrared scanner in addition to a depth camera as a second lens in order to introduce safer face recognition.

I would much rather have seen a wide-angle camera that takes selfies at a wide-angle. At least if you really can’t resist adding a second camera.

Moreover, the new fingerprint scanner of this phone is so good that it makes the facial recognition unnecessary. The scanner has become faster and more accurate with the P40 Pro.

The design of this P40 Pro undoubtedly exudes class. Especially because of the beautiful camera setup and beautiful details in the design. But it is still not the best we have already seen from Huawei.

The phone feels nice in the hand, but other manufacturers are now succeeding in making fingerprints on their flagships less visible and providing extra grip in the hand. The lack of models with a ceramic finish feels like a loss, and if you want such a finish. You should automatically choose the more expensive P40 Pro +.


The P30 Pro came with a strong screen last year, but these phones usually have to bow slightly for the Mate range in this area. Huawei is coming this year with the necessary improvements that we expect, but the company will also continue to follow the same line with the P40 series.

Huawei P40 Pro Screen

The P40 Pro got a 6.58 inch OLED screen that still comes with a Full HD + resolution, this time from 2640 by 1200 pixels, or a 19: 8: 9 ratio.

Huawei’s new showpiece is also presenting a 90 Hz refresh rate that should make animations smoother on the new screen. Now that we get a higher refresh rate, it is also slightly less than this flagship does not have a higher QHD resolution because both technologies would have a significant impact on the battery life of the devices.

The screen of the P40 Pro is clearly less bright than the Mate 30 Pro. It is still easy to read in strong sunlight and from oblique viewing angles. The colors are also vibrant, but they are not over-saturated.

The pill-shaped screen notch on the left does attract attention, and that seems to be more the case than with the Mate 30 Pro because the steep angle of the handsome waterfall screen absorbs attention there.

Performance and battery

Huawei puts the Kirin 990 in a flagship for the second time after the Mate 30 Pro was allowed to demonstrate it for the first time.

We were only able to run a limited number of benchmarks on that phone due to the lack of Google services. Everything indicated that the chipset’s performance is roughly in line with that of other flagships.

Huawei opts for 8 GB of RAM as standard along with 128 GB of storage. the phone also gets an upgrade to the faster LDDR5 memory and UFS 3.0 storage. These are all good choices for a modern premium device.

We notice that the P40 Pro has a relatively smaller battery than the Mate 30 Pro. Its 4200 mAh battery as opposed to the 4500 mAh of that phone but during our short test period. We could not yet determine whether you will actually do that to feel.

Finally, Huawei still brings the 40-watt fast charger that we have known since the end of 2018 with the Mate 20 Pro. Although it should also be said that by today’s standards most of its competitors are still beating figuratively.

Strong is also that Huawei is solid with 40-watt wireless charging and that is really a significant improvement with what the company showed with the 27-watt wireless charging of the Mate 30 Pro.

Finally, Huawei still brings the 40-watt wired fast charger that we have known since the end of 2018 with the Mate 20 Pro. Although it should also be said that by today’s standards most of its competitors are still beating figuratively.


That brings us to the moment supreme and that is, in this case, the camera comparison or the point where the P40 Pro should really shine. Huawei comes with an improved main camera that this time has 50 megapixels and a large 1 / 1.28-inch sensor.

Huawei P40 Pro Camera

That’s the largest camera sensor ever used with an Android phone. Making it larger than the 1 / 1.33-inch sensor of the more expensive.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra and the 1 / 1.43-inch sensor of the Find X2 Pro OPPO. The best thing is that Huawei also uses its so-called SuperSensing camera in the cheaper P40 that costs 799 euros. Because large camera sensors usually guarantee better image processing and more light.

As with the P30 Pro used, this camera also has an RYB sensor (Red, Yellow, and Blue). According to Huawei, receives more light than the RGB (Red, Green, and Blue) standard.

We were already very enthusiastic about that technology with the P30 Pro because in standard photo mode that phone takes very good photos at night.

In addition to the main camera, there is a 12 MP telephoto camera with 5x optical zoom and an f / 1.9 aperture. Just as we are enthusiastic about the new main camera that comes to all P40 variants.

We are so disappointed that a periscope camera with 10x optical zoom is only for the P40 Pro +. In addition to the camera, there is also a 40 MP wide-angle camera like the Mate 30 Pro and a ToF camera.

Huawei also packs software enhancements like Golden Snap. This function can remove passers-by from your photos by means of artificial intelligence or eliminate reflection from the glass. In addition, the camera takes photos before and after pressing the shutter button.

So that you can choose the best image afterward. The P40 Pro is also committed to taking action shots in motion. We look forward to testing these features in the full review.

Below you see on the left photos that were taken with the Huawei P40 Pro, followed by images on the right of the Mate 30 Pro. First, you see the wide-angle camera and then the main camera.

A telephoto camera with 5x zoom, 10x hybrid zoom, and the maximum digital zoom distance. With the P40 Pro, that maximum distance is 50x zoom, compared to 30x zoom with the Mate.

We see in the pictures with the wide-angle camera that the Mate 30 Pro is more successful in exposing the foreground. Although there is a small overexposure in the background that we do not see with the P40 Pro. The new Huawei phone also captures more details in its images.

Huawei is also strong with the new 50 MP main camera that shows significantly more details and also has a better exposure of the two here. We look forward to exploring the differences between the main lenses even more with the full review of the P40 Pro.

In addition, Huawei makes its mark with the zoom performance of the new P40 Pro, because they are again sublime. We see that the phone shows more realistic colors, has a better dynamic range and shows many more details than with the Mate.

The latter also has a with 3x optical zoom and that can be clearly felt. The icing on the cake is the digital zoom photo where the P40 Pro recently managed the greater zoom distance to show more detail on the subject of the photo.

For smartphone enthusiasts, the P40 Pro’s camera is simply breathtakingly good. Although the rock-solid OPPO Find X2 Pro still struggles to shake off the Mate 30 Pro in our camera test.

The P40 Pro succeeds much better, especially when it comes to the telephoto camera. Huawei continues to improve the camera line-up of its flagships at a pace that other manufacturers simply cannot match.

Software was among the first to get started with Huawei Mobile Services on the Mate 30 Pro in recent months. You can read our findings on Huawei’s alternative to the Google services in this article.

We then decided that Huawei is on the right track and has already made a big effort to make up for the lack of the Play Store and some popular apps, but despite everything, it was not enough.

Meanwhile, Huawei has made such giant leaps again in no time. The company launches an alternative to Spotify and YouTube Music with its Huawei Music.

And also shows useful recommendations on the home screen for good apps from the AppGallery. For example, we see apps like Deezer and Tidal appear for music, SQUID for news, and Aquamail for email.

Huawei also makes it easy to add web pages from popular services such as Facebook to your home screen from the browser.

Users who have more experience with smartphones can also make do with a tool such as AppSearch. Even a complete workaround with which you can still install the Google services on the flagship.

Still, you have to rate HMS without looking at such tricks that Huawei doesn’t officially support. Then you find that the software still drops some stitches, forced by the limited time that Huawei has boxed its own ecosystem together.

For example, there is no full-fledged alternative to Google Maps or Netflix yet. And such services are essential in the eyes of many users.

In addition, you can ask questions about the method that Huawei recommends to get started with a new phone. When setting up, you can transfer the apps from your old phone to the P40 Pro. If they are not part of the AppGallery. Then you see that some apps do not work or only partially work and that they also do not receive any updates.


The P40 Pro is a worthy successor to the P30 Pro. It is good to see that Huawei gives its own design language to the phone. The screen also gets the necessary improvements. As well as the performance with faster storage and RAM and a powerful chipset with 5G support.

Many owners of other expensive flagships will also be envious of the camera performance. This phone can present because while we have been able to test it to a limited extent. Everything indicates that Huawei may have built the strongest camera phone in the world again. The P40 Pro + is still doing there take it a step further.

Still, we have to confess that according to our short test. The P40 Pro is truly groundbreaking in no other area outside the camera. Huawei still delivers quality at a lower price than some other premium phones. This terms of screen, performance, and design, this phone may feel the hot breath of some budget flagships coming up.

Finally, there is the software. EMUI 10 looks visually more beautiful than ever. Huawei has taken even more steps forward in a very short time compared to our test of the Mate 30 Pro.

Despite that, there is still no workable alternative for every app the average user needs. And that may continue to haunt Huawei for now.

We look forward to working extensively with this phone and with HMS. But for the time being, this phone seems to be particularly interesting for certain niche target groups. I’m thinking of users who use a few different apps.

Who is willing to set a premium price for an excellent camera phone. Another possible target group is a smartphone enthusiast. Who is not afraid to get the most out of this device by using tricks and workarounds.

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