Huawei P40 Pro full review
Huawei Mate 30 is still looking forward to cooperating with Google when it is released, but it is no longer restricted by Google on Huawei P40 pro. And the message Huawei has given in the past few months is clear: Who needs Google?
On March 26, Huawei released a blockbuster product, the Huawei P40 series, which is an impressive hardware product. It is also the behemoth company trying to get rid of Google’s first flagship phone. If the Huawei Mate 30 series is a preliminary without Google’s dependence, then the Huawei P40 series is the main event, putting the playoffs and the finals together. Huawei Mate 30 is still looking forward to cooperating with Google when it is released, but it is no longer restricted by Google on Huawei P40. And the message Huawei has given in the past few months is clear: Who needs Google?
Huawei P40 Pro full review
The Content of Huawei P40 Pro full review is the following.
- Minimal family history
- App Gallery
- Comparison with P30
- Camera Sample Example
- AppGallery Functions
- Conclusion And Price
Minimal family history
I often say that the Huawei P30 Pro released in 2019 is my favorite phone. In my opinion, Huawei has learned how to combine powerful hardware with software. From the screen to the optical fingerprint sensor, to the specifications, and the camera, I have been very impressed. Even EMUI9 based on Android 9 has downplayed Huawei ’s cartoon drawing design tendency.
But the Huawei P30 didn’t appear suddenly. As early as 2015, I felt the potential of Huawei smartphones when I first used the Nexus 6P. And a few months later, I experienced EMUI for the first time on Huawei P9 and Huawei Mate 9. The next year, Huawei P10’s camera level exposed Huawei’s intention to compete with Samsung, Apple, and Google. In 2018, Huawei P20 and Mate 20 series improved the EMUI and upgraded the camera while improving the level of industrial design and gaming. After several years of precipitation, it finally reached a climax on the Huawei P30 released in March of the year.
Then the release of the list of US sanctions entities made American companies, especially Google, barred from doing business with Huawei, forcing Huawei to completely change its software plans. As a result, not only was Huawei unable to provide Google consumer services on its phones, it was also forced to strip off the basic functions of using other applications normally. The lack of Google mobile services will undoubtedly give Huawei the biggest blow because almost all Android phones abroad rely on Google to provide push notifications, login credentials, and more importantly, malware and security checks.
Huawei has provided Google users with Google alternatives: AppGallery on the client and Huawei Mobile Services for developers. A few months later, when the US ZF made it clear that it would not compromise on its decisions, Huawei intended to extend Asia-centric functional services to Western markets.
We can also see that Huawei ’s Mate 30 series, which appeared in September last year, despite rigorous review on the hardware, few people eventually recommend buying outside China, and whether the Huawei P40 Pro six months later can change this situation?
The main feature of the Huawei P40 Pro is the image function, and its back also has a huge protruding camera module. Unlike the Mate 30 Pro, the design and function settings of the P40 Pro will not try to be a few years ahead. Compared to the Huawei Mate 30 Pro with a large waterfall-type screen without volume buttons and a large notch equipped with a 3D face unlock sensor, the P40 looks more like the previous model. The 6.58-inch OLED screen is curved, but the arc is not large, and the volume keys remain on the bezel.
In my opinion, the Huawei P40 Pro changed from the small center front camera of the P30 series to the two huge camera sensors to the left is a small degradation, which destroys the symmetry of the original borderless design. Nevertheless, the screen is still stunning, and the resolution of 2640×1200 pixels is higher than the previous Huawei P series. In addition, its screen refresh rate has been increased to 90HZ, which should be standard for this year’s flagship mobile phones.
Although the camera module of the Huawei P40 Pro feels awkward, it is shorter and narrower than the Galaxy S20 +, which makes it easier to hold it with one hand.
The overall design and layout of the Huawei P40 Pro have changed much: there is no 3.5mm headphone jack, the bottom is a USB-C port and a single speaker, and an earpiece that actually uses electromagnetic vibration to sound through the front glass panel. The fingerprint sensor under the screen is claimed by Qualcomm to be larger, and the recognition speed has increased by 30%. In actual use, there is no significant improvement, but like the previous generation, it is the best fingerprint sensor I have used.
The surrounding bezels are made of smooth, polished aluminum, and at least in the models I reviewed, it contrasts sharply with the matte gray rear case. Not only does it do a good job of resisting scratches and fingerprints, but it also increases friction when holding the body, which can reduce the need for a phone case.
P40 Pro Processor
Compared with the Mate 30 Pro, the performance of the Huawei P40 Pro remains basically the same: a Kirin 990 chip supporting 5G networks, a maximum of 8GB of running memory and 256GB storage of UFS3.0.
However, there is still some confusion here: Huawei has not increased the battery capacity of the P30 Pro, which is still 4200mAh, which is not as good as the Samsung Galaxy S20 series from the parameters, but Huawei should optimize it from software to improve battery life Experience. The P30 Pro is a two-day mobile phone, and I believe the P40 Pro is the same. Unlike the Galaxy S20 series, the P40 series did not meet everyone’s expectations to upgrade the memory. None of the P40 series models used 12GB of memory, but only the very common 8GB.
However, Huawei P40 Pro still has many bright spots, such as support for ultra-fast Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1, and 40W wired fast charge and 27W wireless fast charge …
P40 Pro Camera
Huawei has made a subtle but important upgrade to the P40 Pro’s camera. It continues the RYYB array, which makes the P30 camera’s photosensitivity stand out in the industry. And this year Huawei has increased the size of the main sensor by nearly 40%. The 50-megapixel main sensor of the P40 Pro has reached 1 / 1.28 inches, which allows us to approach smartphones that can also have camera sensors of the same size as the Sony RX100. era.
In order to obtain standard 12MP photos from 50MP sensors, Huawei has made a lot of efforts, including combining the data of the other two sensors and performing multi-frame scanning to “stack” the images on each other, reducing the noise while enhancing the picture Dynamic range improves sharpness and brightness.
“What you need to know about these cameras is that they are fast, versatile, and they can produce incredible photos,” the official said at the P40 conference. They also claim that it is much better to take pictures with a mobile phone in hand, and photos taken in low light are less grainy and motion blur. And auto zoom and night mode have also been improved.
The other two camera sensors of this phone are equally interesting: the P40 Pro uses the same 40MP wide-angle movie lens as the Mate 30 Pro, which is twice the mainstream camera, it supports 4K60fps video output; and it supports 5x telephoto lens New 12MP RYYB sensor. In addition, it still has image stabilization. From the first photo, I can see that it has much higher imaging quality than the P30 Pro. I even want to use it for astrophotography.
P40 Pro Comparision with P30
I took a dozen photos with my phone and found something interesting: Compared to the P30, the Huawei P40 Pro is more natural when shooting portraits with the main camera, with more detail, retained and lower sharpness. The quality of the super wide-angle lens is much better than that of the P30, but due to optical changes, it is no longer twice as long as a macro lens, which is a bit regrettable. The 5x optical zoom is incredible.
At 10x, it still remains sharp, but at 50x, it is obviously unusable. This hybrid optical zoom is getting better and better, but it is not enough. By default, Huawei will still over-sharpen, which will make some outdoor photos look active, just like comics. Fortunately, it will be lowered in future updates. Like the Galaxy S20 Ultra, the P40 Pro’s main camera is large, capturing stunning natural landscapes with incredible focus levels. At first glance, the night scene mode of the P40 Pro is not much stronger than the P30 Pro, but considering the pedigree of the Huawei P series, this is not surprising.
Camera Sample example
The above samples show the shooting effect of Huawei P40 Pro under different lighting conditions.
This is the same scene shot at different focal lengths of the P40 Pro, from 0.5x to 50x.
On the left is a picture of the Huawei P40 Pro taken in night scene mode in extremely dark environments.
This shows the difference between a 5x optical change in a telephoto lens (left) and a 5x digital crop in the main camera (right)
Overall, I was impressed with the P40 Pro’s camera. For most users, applications may be more important than sensors, lenses, and post-processing, and in EMUI 10 we can see that camera applications have good visual and usability improvements.
P40 Pro HMS
The Google problem is like an elephant pressing on the Huawei P40 Pro, choking it. Although Huawei has tried to convince the public in the past few months that the world is still good without Gmail, YouTube, and Chrome, it is clear that this is not a simple problem that can be solved momentarily.
First of all, the good news is that we can easily transfer most of our applications to another Android phone using the built-in phone clone application. The process is very simple and fast, and we can download it from the Play Store on all Android phones. But there are still some applications that do n’t support transfers, such as some banking applications, but I do n’t think this is not bad. After all, these applications are more sensitive, and the data of these applications is also. In the end, 111 of the 123 apps were transferable, and it was a good start.
Then, I opened Huawei’s AppGallery to see how much I could make up after missing Google. The result was less than I expected. However, with the strong support of Huawei, we can see that more applications will be added to the HMS. Now we can download common applications such as Snapchat, Tiktok, and Instagram, Facebook and WhatsApp will soon arrive.
Although Google services cannot be used, Microsoft has set an example on AppGallery, which has listed the latest three-in-one Office applications, as well as Microsoft translation, news, and Bing search applications. But Outlook is only available in Chinese and does not have OneDrive.
The biggest problem facing Huawei is that because it is on the US sanctions list, working directly with US application developers is not allowed. The reason why Microsoft can still cooperate with Huawei is that the United States ZF allows it to cooperate with Huawei in other areas to ensure that Windows computers are updated. Snapchat, TIDAL, Accuweather, and Booking.com are somewhat ambiguous.
Huawei P40 Pro full review
However, the lack of applications is not the biggest problem, and applications do not work properly. For example, Twitter can be up and running normally, but its notifications rely on Google’s Firebase Cloud Messaging. And other applications that rely on Google services will directly report an error and force exit.
From this perspective, solving Google’s problems will be Huawei’s long-term plan, and we believe that Huawei will do better.
Conclusion and Price
The P40 Pro is one of three models released by Huawei. We also have smaller and cheaper P40s and more expensive camera-centric P40 Pro + to choose from. And what’s nice is that the P40 series doesn’t have to wait too long, the regular and Pro versions will be available in Europe on April 7, with prices of 799 euros and 999 euros, respectively. If you are more interested in the P40 Pro +, it will wait until June and the price will reach 1399 euros.
For non-Chinese users, whether to choose this phone depends on whether it can accept short-term inadequacy in exchange for long-term benefits. The lack of Google services does bring a lot of inconveniences, but its camera function is indeed very powerful.
So it was the Huawei P40 Pro full review, we hope you like it.
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