Huawei hopes the P40 pro’s powerful hardware can lure you away from Google

Huawei hopes the P40 pro’s powerful hardware can lure you away from Google

 

 

Huawei has announced a new flagship series of phones in its latest attempt to use top-of-the-line specs and cameras to lure Western customers to its Google-free ecosystem.

 

The Huawei P40; P40 Pro; and also P40 Pro Plus are filled with flagship features; including Huawei’s 5G Kirin 990 processors, up to four rear cameras, and up to 90Hz displays. Ahead of today’s announcement, I had the opportunity to use the P40 Pro for a couple of hours to get an early impression of how it performs; that is the model pictured throughout.

 

 

In a similar vein to Samsung’s recent S20 lineup; the biggest differentiating feature between the three devices is their cameras. Starting with the base P40, you’ll find a triple rear-camera setup consisting of 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 takes some of the best low-light photographs around, Huawei is once again using a RYYB sensor, which it says absorbs more light, resulting in better low-light performance.

 

 

Huawei hopes the P40 pro's powerful hardware can lure you away from google

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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Stepping up to the P40 Pro gets you a ToF sensor and increases the resolution of two out 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. You’ll find some camera samples from the P40 Pro below, but unfortunately, the reality of my current coronavirus-imposed quarantine means that I only had a limited opportunity to test out its optical zoom.

 

Regardless, please enjoy these photographs taken from my apartment.

 

Where things get really interesting is at the top of the lineup where you’ll find two telephoto lenses: a periscope lens with a zoom of 10x and one with a zoom of 3x.

Huawei claims this means you’ll get better photos at both medium and far distances. Alongside the two telephoto cameras, which both have a resolution of 8 megapixels, there’s a 50-megapixel primary camera and a 40-megapixel ultrawide. Naturally, the ToF sensor on the P40 Pro is also present on the Plus.

 

 

Huawei has also made some improvements on the software side. It says that its AI is now clever enough to remove glass reflections from an image, and it can even remove unwanted passers-by if they accidentally photo-bomb your shot.

There’s also a feature that’ll suggest a better photograph to you after automatically capturing a burst of photos in the background; similar to the “Top Shot” feature Google first introduced on the Pixel 3.

 

Huawei is making a big deal of the curved screen on the P40 Pro and P40 Pro Plus; which it proudly boasts wraps around not only the left and right sides of the device but also the top and bottom.

In reality, while the screen’s glass does curve around the four edges, the actual display underneath it doesn’t stretch nearly as far. If you look at the P40 Pro from the front; there’s still a visible bezel. That said, the phone’s bezel is just a couple of millimeters thick; and the P40 Pro is still a striking-looking device.

The specs of the 6.58-inch OLED screen are likewise impressive. Like Samsung, Huawei has gone beyond the standard 60Hz refresh rate for its flagship devices; although the P40 Pro and Pro Plus only go up to 90Hz, not 120Hz; but animations still felt very smooth as I swiped around the P40 Pro’s interface.

The resolution of the two phones tops out at 2640 x 1200; and each has a small oval hole-punch selfie cutout on the top left for their 32-megapixel selfie cameras; which feature a ToF sensor of their own as well as infrared face unlock for low light.

About The Author

Lilian Osigwe

Osigweh Lilian Oluchi is a graduate of the University of Lagos where she obtained a B.A (Hons) in English, Masters in Public and International affairs (MPIA). Currently works with 1stnews as a Database Manager / Writer. lilian.osigweh@1stnews.com

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