Quick Review of Huawei P40 Pro


Quick Review of Huawei P40 Pro

Huawei P40 Pro Review

The Chinese giant has just unveiled a line of its latest flagship smartphones in the updated Huawei P40 series. This is one of the oldest and most recognizable lines of top-level smartphones from the manufacturer, which has long made the decision to offer a single scattering of devices under the same name in the same generation to cater to the interests of all “layers of the population”. So this time, the Huawei P40 and P40 Pro devices were also included in the mini-series, and they also released a more expensive version of the P40 Pro + for those who want to spend more money, and a cheaper Huawei P40 Lite for those who like to save money, about which detailed information came before others.

Today we got the opportunity to get acquainted with the advanced version of the Huawei P40 Pro, which occupies a place over the central model – the usual P40 – in the line, in comparison with which all the improved and simplified mini-series models are usually considered.

Key Features of Huawei P40 Pro

SoC HiSilicon Kirin 990, (2×2.86 GHz Cortex-A76 & 2×2.36 GHz Cortex-A76 & 4×1.95 GHz Cortex-A55)
GPU Mali-G76 MP16
Android operating system 10.0 (AOSP + HMS); EMUI 10
Display OLED 6.58 ″, 2640 × 1200, 20: 9, 441 ppi
Random access memory (RAM) 8 GB, internal memory 128/256 GB
MicroSD support – no
Nano Memory Support – Up to 256 GB
Support Nano-SIM (2 pcs.)
HSPA networks 42.2 / 5.76 Mbps, LTE-A, 5G (2+ Gbps DL)
GPS / A-GPS, Glonass, BDS, Galileo
Wi-Fi 802.11a / b / g / n / ac (2.4 and 5 GHz)
Bluetooth 5.1, A2DP, LE
Infrared port
USB 3.1, Type-C 1.0, USB OTG
3.5 mm audio output – no
Camera 50 MP, f / 1.9 + 12 MP, f / 3.4 + 40 MP, f / 1.8 + TOF 3D, video 2160p @ 30 / 60fps
Front camera 32 MP, f / 2.2 + TOF 3D
Proximity and lighting sensors, magnetic fields, accelerometer, gyroscope
Fingerprint scanner – under the screen
4200 mAh battery, 40 W fast charge, wireless / reverse charge
Dimensions 158.2 × 72.6 × 9 mm
Weight 203 g

Appearance and Ergonomics of Huawei P40 Pro

The smartphone is moderately large, but rather heavy. Thank you, the creators of fashion for the notorious Christmas tree shine and youth gradient colorful overflows began to redesign and design. Here, even Huawei itself has refused all this, giving its new premium product the proper look. The glass back now has a matte, pleasant surface and a deep, austere color without any gradients. Everything looks solid and expensive, the smartphone turned out to be very attractive in appearance and pleasant to the touch.

But, unfortunately, there was still a strange and absurd in the form of very strongly curved edges of the screen. The first thing that happened as soon as we took the smartphone in hand was erroneous clicks on the edges of the display, which interfere with comfortable work with applications. Of course, you can get used to this over time, but why consciously complicate your own life?

By the way, here the Chinese went even further, and rounded the edges of the front glass not only on the sides, but also at the ends. Why is it needed there, it’s not entirely clear, because the image does not “flow down” with a beautiful waterfall along these edges, the dark blind zones in the form of a very thick useless frame simply blacken there. It would be better if the image of the matrix “crawled” here, then this glass at the edges and ends of the case would be somehow justified.

But the massive chrome metal frame around the entire perimeter is very good: it gives the whole body solid reliability and pleasantly cools the hand like a service weapon. True, the smartphone is very heavy because of all this. With quite digestible dimensions of the device with elegant shapes, such a large weight at first is a little shocking and seems obviously excessive. But the smartphone is absolutely not slippery to hold in your hand, and this can not but rejoice.

The order of all the elements on the case is familiar: the buttons are on the right side, the infrared port is on top, the speaker, microphone and Type-C connector are on the bottom.

It’s good that we didn’t go further and did not replace the mechanical volume and power buttons with touch buttons (but there were already attempts), it’s bad that we didn’t dare to return the 3.5 mm headphone jack. It is necessary, every normal person always has wired headphones in his bag, since fashionable wireless ones do not live indefinitely and can lose charge at the most inopportune moment. And what’s the problem with embedding a connector?

Screen of Huawei P40 Pro

The Huawei P40 Pro display is made on the basis of an OLED matrix with a diagonal of 6.58 inches and a resolution of 1200 x 2640 pixels. The screen is covered with glass with strongly curved edges, but the matrix itself is absolutely flat, so there is no image at the edges, there are wide black empty stripes. The corners are very rounded.

The screen supports a refresh rate of 90 Hz, and, it can be used at maximum resolution. The picture scrolls smoothly, but here, for some reason, they did not do the maximum 120 Hz. The display supports HDR10 +. The screen is high-quality, no doubt: viewing angles are maximum, a high level of brightness allows you to see the image even in bright sunshine, it is also possible to lower it to a comfortable value in the dark.

Cameras of Huawei P40 Pro

The main set of cameras is assembled in a very strongly protruding block on the back of the case and consists of three familiar modules: wide-angle, telemodule and ultra-wide-angle. There is also a sensor for measuring depth of field.

50 MP, f / 1.9, (wide), PDAF, OIS
Periscope 12 MPp f / 3.4, 125mm (telephoto), PDAF, OIS, 5x optical zoom
40 MP, f / 1.8, 18mm (super wide), 1 / 1.54 “, PDAF
TOF 3D, (depth sensor)

About camera control also has something to say. Suddenly, the interface turned out to be completely unlike the one that had already become so familiar with the many previous models. Here a lot is arranged differently. It was also deep, far and even more inconvenient to include full resolution. Now for this it is necessary not to go to the settings and choose between 12.5 or 50 megapixels, as it was before, but to turn the scroll slider on the viewfinder to the “More” section, and there, for some reason, you can find “High resolution among additional modes” “. Why not pull this icon right into the scroll slider, as Xiaomi did, is completely incomprehensible. But the fact: to shoot in a resolution of 50 megapixels is also possible here.

The main module has a resolution of 50 megapixels, aperture f / 1.9, phase detection autofocus PDAF, and optical image stabilization OIS. Here you can also note the presence of Leica optics and a very bright double diode flash. Naturally, by default it takes four times less resolution (12.5 MP) due to the use of 4-in-1 pixel technology.

The telephoto lens 12 MP, f / 3.4 received a periscope structure with a broken optical axis and is able to realize 5x optical zoom, and also received PDAF autofocus and OIS optical stabilizer. Maximum digital zoom – up to 50x. It must be admitted that the combination of a telephoto lens with a periscope and AI algorithms for processing the results of optical plus digital zooming has been brought to perfection by Huawei developers: this hybrid setup gives excellent details and clarity at any zoom value.

5x optical zoom

10x hybrid zoom

On the viewfinder screen there is a familiar slider that allows you to smoothly increase the magnification or jump over the cutoffs from a wide angle – 1x – 5x-50x. Even in the maximum approximation, it is quite possible to discern the main details, which is great: with such a smartphone in your pocket you can feel like the owner of a telescope.

It should be noted that the older model of the P40 Pro + line has the SuperZoom Array function, which generally supports 10x optical and 100x digital zoom.

A wide-angle lens of 40 megapixels, f / 1.8, 18mm (ultra-wide), 1 / 1.54 “, PDAF also works on the principle of combining 4 pixels, shooting by default in a resolution of 10 megapixels. It’s nice that even this module received autofocus.

All three cameras produce very contrasting images with well-designed shadows and lights, clearly worked on the artificial expansion of the dynamic range, using the full potential of AI. Detailing, broken geometry of objects and oversaturated colors – everything fades into the background, because in general, the picture from any of the cameras looks perfect on the screen of the smartphone itself.

In terms of video shooting, no breakthroughs occurred: shooting in 8K was not added, the maximum possible quality is 4K at 60 fps or 30 fps. There is a hybrid stabilization that cannot be turned on or off manually; there is no information about it in the settings. The sad thing is different: during shooting it is almost impossible to jump from lens to lens, there are no cutoffs at this moment. That is, if you switched from 1x to a lower-quality ultra-wide-angle one, then it’s very difficult to get the slider into some kind of whole division, but until you get there – the picture will crawl closer and closer. This is clearly seen with an example. I would like to get at least buttons for instant switching between the “width” and the main camera.

Iron and Software
As the hardware platform, Huawei’s most powerful mobile eight-core platform of its own is used – HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G (7 nm) with 8 GB of RAM and 128/256 GB of storage. 5G support is still locked, but in our country there are no networks yet. The platform is powerful, it does not experience any problems with the most difficult applications and games (with games, however, for the lack of Google Play, it’s not thick enough yet).

But the Wi-Fi module supports only the usual 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac without advanced features. But there is support for the latest version of Bluetooth 5.1, A2DP, LE and NFC for contactless payments. True, the popular Google Pay system is not destined to be used here: all Google services related to online do not work, even if you install the Google Play and youtube application store using the APK (it’s especially annoying for YouTube, because there is practically no replacement for it).

The smartphone received a battery with a capacity of 4200 mAh and a complete network charger with a capacity of 40 watts. From it, the device is fully charged within an hour. The smartphone is also discharged with dignity: for reading electronic books, for example, it will take at least 20 hours, the video will play for more than 15 hours. A set of wireless charging options is also interesting: the device can itself be charged and can charge gadgets lying on its back, for example, a case with headphones or even an iPhone X. At the same time, it’s a pity that you can’t do both, since the smartphone itself must be lying for wireless charging on the back, and through the screen he himself does not charge anything, which is understandable

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