Huawei P40 Pro Impressions: S20 Ultra camera killer?

by birtanpublished on August 24, 2020

well living in strange times right now the world isn't really paying attention to the machinations of tech companies and perhaps buying a new smartphone

Right now isn't top of mind nevertheless today sees the launch of the Huawei P 40 pro it's the most impressive piece of Android hardware we've seen this year so far and the first true flagship from the embattled Chinese company that tries to

Make a real go at Google independence if last year's May 30 series was a trial run than the p40 series is the main event and Wiley's message over the past few months has been explicit they're relying on their own technology and

They're building their own ecosystem the p40 Pro first and foremost is all about the camera as evidenced by the giant camera module on the back but unlike the May 30 Pro its design and feature set doesn't try and skip ahead a few years

Into the future instead of a giant footprint a waterfall display with no volume buttons and a massive notch housing 3d face unlock the p40 pro looks a lot like its predecessor the 6.5 8 inch OLED display curves but not too

Much and the volume buttons are present and satisfyingly clicky the one minor downgrade in my opinion is the move to a left oriented hole-punch display with two giant camera sensors staring back at you it's anything but subtle and breaks

Up the symmetry of what would have otherwise been a nearly bezels design still the display is gorgeous and at 20 640 by 1200 pixels is the highest resolution we've seen on AP series to date plus it goes up to a 90 Hertz

Refresh rate which is a necessary spec for any 2020 smartphone and while the camera modules make the phone feel a bit chunky it's both shorter and narrower than a galaxy s 20 plus making it much more usable in one hand the phone's

Overall design and layout is otherwise mostly unchanged from out of the p30 pro no headphone jack USB C port on the bottom along with a single down firing speaker and an earpiece that's actually sound created by electromagnetic

Vibrations coming through the front glass wow it claims the in display fingerprint sensor is upgraded and some 30% faster I haven't noticed much improvement but then the p30 sensor was already pretty

Great the parameter is covered with glossy polished aluminium that fits in with a glossy blue paint job on my review model there are some other finishes available for this phone including matte textures on the inside

Things are largely unchanged from the May 30 Pro akarin 990 SLC the supports 5g in Europe plus eight gigs of ram and 256 gigs of UF s3 storage however Huawei hasn't increased the size of the battery from the p30 Pro it's still 42 hundred

Million powers which doesn't look great on paper compared to the galaxy s 20 series but it should be fine in practice considering how brilliantly the company's phones tend to perform also unlike the galaxy s 20 series Huawei has

Resisted the urge to slap in as much RAM as possible in this phone there's no option to upgrade to twelve gigs on any of the variants here so you need to make do with eight always beat some important improvements to the fundamentals of the

P40 pros cameras it's stuck with the ryy B array that's red yellow yellow blue to differentiate the P thirties optics on the rest of the industries but this year it's increased the primary sensor size by nearly 40% yes with the people T pros

50 megapixel primary sensor at a size of 1 over 1.2 8 inches we're approaching the day where smartphones can have camera sensors the same size as standalone cameras like the Sony rx100 to get standard 12 megapixel photos from

The 50 megapixel sensor Huawei does a whole bunch of processing magic including combining data with two other sensors and performs a bunch of sweeps through multiple frames to stack images on top of one another

Enhancing dynamic range sharpness and exposure while reducing overall noise it also claims the phone can account for hand movement better than before as well and also focus has been improved as has a night mode in general in part thanks

To that monstrously huge main sensor the phone's other two main sensors are equally interesting the v40 pro has the same 40 megapixel sinner sensor as the main 30 pro which doubles as the primary video camera this time with 4k 60

Support and a brand-new 12 megapixel are yyb sensor for the 5 x telephoto lens there's still image stabilisation onboard of course but it's clear from the very first photo I took that the sensor itself is of considerably higher

Quality than the one in the p30 pro it's worth mentioning there is a super premium version of this phone as well known as the p40 pro plus and that version swaps out the 5 x telephoto for a 10 x periscope paired with a three

Times tickle arrangements making for a whopping five cameras overall we'll take a closer look at that model in a video in the weeks ahead so all this stuff is gonna be really great when you know we

Can actually go back outside again but all the photos I've taken self-five already managed to glean a few interesting things photos taken with the main sensor are more natural than the p30 with far more detail preserved and

Like the galaxy s 20 ultra the p40 pro's main sensor is massive which gives it amazing natural bokeh but also with a bit of a finicky focus window overall though I'm extremely impressed with the people T pro's camera job so far we'll

Have more to say in our full review unfortunately though it's harder to share these photos with friends and family than it would be on another Android phone because on this phone you can't use Google photos out of the box

Which brings us to the software of course there's no Google mobile services here which means you'll get your apps from Wally's App Gallery or whatever third-party sources you can find app gallery is improved considerably over

The past nine months but there honestly are still quite a few gaps if you use to Google stuff in particular them prepare for a bit of an adjustment period we'll check back later on our full review to see exactly how the app situation shakes

Out there are some neat additions to Huawei's emui 10.1 software though a long press of the back gesture now activates a new multitasking setup for splitting the screen or conjuring up a floating window diversion of some apps

It's similar to what you find on an iPad or one of Huawei's own tablets and in some countries you'll also get Celia which is Huawei's new virtual assistant to replace the Google assistants other odds and ends you're still looking at

40-watt super charging speeds here the same as the last couple of generations that's more than fast enough for wide charging but now these speeds are also available by wireless charging going beyond the 27 watt wireless charging

Speeds of the mate 30 so that's a very quick first look at the Huawei p40 probe slick design 5g ridiculous cameras and no Google at least for now we'll be monkeying around with this phone later to see how much Google stuff

We can actually restore as well as how the phone holds up with Huawei services instead stay tuned to subscribe so you don't miss that enough for review thanks for watching and I'll see you next time

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