Huawei announces P40, P40 Pro and P40 Pro +

Chinese smartphone maker Huawei has announced the smartphones P40, P40 Pro and P40 Pro +. All three phones run on the Kirin 990 5G-soc and have design similarities, but the camera setup varies by phone.

The P40 has three rear cameras, the P40 Pro has four and the P40 Pro + has five. The P40 are cameras with different focal lengths for ultra-wide angle, wide angle and telephoto with 3x zoom. With the P40 Pro, that is ultra wide angle, wide angle and telephoto with 5x zoom, along with a great sensor. The P40 Pro + has cameras with ultra-wide angle lens, wide angle lens, telephoto lens with 3x zoom and telephoto lens with 10x zoom.

The latter has been achieved by extending the focal length by deflecting the light. By bending the light a total of five times, the distance between the lens and the sensor is increased. Therefore, the focal point is 240mm in 35mm equivalent; with the P40 it is 125mm and with the P40 it is 80mm.

In addition, more cameras have the ‘ryyb’ Bayer layout. That is a Bayer layout with red, green and blue pixels, but Huawei has exchanged the green pixels for yellow ones for a better light output. The primary camera sensor has a size of 1 / 1.28 “, good for an area of ​​about 72 square millimeters. That is slightly larger than the 69 square millimeters sensors of the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra and Xiaomi Mi Note 10.

On the front, the P40 has a single front camera. The P40 Pro and Pro + also include an IR transmitter and receiver for infrared facial recognition. In addition, users can perform gestures in the air, which the sensor can recognize.

The software has also received some functions. For example, it should be possible to remove passers-by from photos and, for photos taken through a window, to remove the reflection from the phone. Huawei uses algorithms that run on the npus of the Kirin 990-soc. Those are the chips that Huawei has put in for neural calculations.

The P40 has a flat screen, while the Pro and Pro + have a screen that is curved on all sides. That should allow thin screen edges. In addition to two SIM card slots, the P40s also have e-SIM support on board. The P40 and P40 Pro will be released in April; the P40 Pro + will follow in the summer.

Like the Mate Xs and Mate 30 Pro, these phones don’t have Google services on board. Huawei is trying to overcome that with its own download store App Gallery, transferring apps from an old phone via Phone Clone, and the Huawei Mobile Services for things like displaying maps in apps.

Huawei P40 Pro +Huawei P40 ProHuawei P40
Screen6.58 “OLED, ~ 20: 9, 90Hz
15.2×6.8cm, 104cm²
2680x1200px
6.58 “OLED, ~ 20: 9, 90Hz
15.2×6.8cm, 104cm²
2680x1200px
6.1 “OLED, ~ 19: 9, 60Hz
14.1×6.5cm, 91.3cm²
2340x1080px
Soc and modemKirin 990 5GKirin 990 5GKirin 990 5G
Ram8GB8GB8GB
Flash storage512GB, Nano Memory Card 2128GB / 256GB, Nano Memory Card 2128GB, Nano Memory Card 2
Cameras50Mp primary, f / 1.9 OIS, ~ 72mm², ryyb
40Mp ultra wide angle (18mm), ~ 50mm², OIS
8Mp tele (80mm, f / 2.4)
8Mp tele (240mm f / 4.4)
Time-of-flight sensor
50Mp primary, f / 1.9 OIS, ~ 72mm², ryyb
40Mp ultra wide angle (18mm), ryyb, ~ 50mm², OIS
12Mp tele (125mm f / 3.4), ryyb
Time-of-flight sensor
50Mp primary, f / 1.9, ~ 72mm², ryyb
16Mp ultra wide angle (17mm)
8Mp telephoto (80mm)
Front camera32Mp, f / 2.2, ir and depth sensor32Mp, f / 2.2, ir and depth sensor32Mp, f / 2.2
Battery4200mAh, 40W fast charging4200mAh, 40W fast charging3800mAh, 22.5W fast charging
Dimensions158.2×72.6×8.95mm158.2×72.6×8.95mm148.9×71.06×8.5mm
Weight226g203g175g
Operating systemEmui 10 with Huawei Mobile ServicesEmui 10 with Huawei Mobile ServicesEmui 10 with Huawei Mobile Services

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