With a reputation for including ground-breaking cameras and cutting-edge photography features on board its handsets, Huawei is back for 2020 with the latest P Series instalment: the Huawei P40. 5G-ready, and boasting a triple-lens Lecia rear camera and 6.1-inch OLED display to name just a few of its best bits, this new Huawei flagship has plenty to offer Android fans. Explore the Huawei P40 in full below.
Huawei P40 Design and Display
The Huawei P40 is a stunning flagship, showcasing an elegant metal and glass design and a refractive matte finish. Weighing just 175g, it'll feel great in both your hands and in your pocket, and thanks to an absent home button and an in-screen fingerprint scanner, you can take advantage of a larger screen without compromising and putting up with a bigger, bulkier handset.
The display itself measures 6.1 inches, and offers a Full HD resolution. The screen uses OLED technology and can produce 16.7 million colours, ensuring outstanding clarity and true-to-life colour. The handset is also IP53 splash, water and dust resistant, so you can be confident it can put up with everyday wear and tear with ease.
Huawei P40 Camera
When it comes to cameras, Huawei doesn't do things by halves. Not only will you be able to take photos in extremely high definition on the Ultra Vision Leica Triple Camera, you'll have more creative freedom than ever before thanks to the many upgraded AI capabilities waiting to be discovered on the Huawei P40.
Starting with the rear, Huawei has once again worked with camera experts Leica to produce a 50MP+16MP+8MP triple-lens camera system. With wide angle, ultra wide angle and telephoto lenses working together in harmony, moments can be captured with beautiful clarity. The main 50MP camera is loaded up with an industry-leading 1/1.28 inch Ultra Vision Sensor, which has the ability to take in plenty of light to accentuate every single detail, while the 16MP ultra wide angle camera is made for mastering macro shots. With the ability to shoot at just 2.5cm away, you can zoom in on the wings of a butterfly or focus on the finest brush strokes with ease.
Providing the Huawei P40 3xOptical Zoom, 5x Hybrid Zoom and an outstanding 30x Max Zoom, the final lens in the trio - the 8MP telephoto lens - is essential for calculating depth. Not only will you have portraits mastered, you'll be able to take amazing images from afar, then zoom right in with unrivalled detail.
The Huawei P40 has an impressive front-facing camera too. Selfies are covered by the 32MP front facing camera, which is housed neatly at the top of the handset. There's no need to worry about your features being blurred out, the lens is all about natural enhancement and will intelligently adjust both lighting and colour to make sure every selfie is Instagram-worthy.
Huawei P40 AI - Golden Snap
When you pair the Huawei P40's high-spec cameras with the latest innovations in AI, you get Golden Snap - a trio of all-new AI photography features. This includes Golden Snap AI Best Moment, Golden Snap AI Remove Passersby and Golden Snap AI Remove Reflection.
Golden Snap Best Moment uses Huawei's AI motion algorithm to ensure you never miss out on the perfect photo. It detects and recognises expressions and takes note of your posture, before taking a moving picture. For example, if you take an image of a friend jumping in the air, Best Moment will photograph the entire thing in 4K in around 1.7 seconds, and then recommend between 1 to 3 of the best still images afterwards.
Next up: Best Moment AI Remove Passersby. There's nothing worse than thinking you've finally captured the perfect photo, only to find a passer-by in the background. However, you won't need to go back and retake the shot - just head to Gallery Edit and the P40 will intelligently combine multiple frames to remove any unwanted background interference and leave you with a perfectly clean image.
The final Golden Snap feature is AI Remove Reflection. It works in a similar way to Remove Passersby, and can completely get rid of unsightly light reflections in any image. Each photo produced will be made up from multiple layers, and AI Remove Reflection identifies the layer the light reflection in your photo is on and will remove it.
Huawei P40 Power
With the highly advanced Kirin 990 5G chipset installed, the Huawei P40 is not only a 5G-ready phone, it's also an extremely powerful one. Whenever you're in a 5G area, you'll be able to take advantage of next-generation mobile network speeds and low latency times, so gaming online or watching a 4K livestream will never be a problem, even when you can't access Wi-Fi.
Fuelling the P40 is a powerful core, with an innovative combination of a 7nm octa-core CPU, cutting-edge GPU and the Huawei XD Fusion Engine which includes an upgraded ISP and NPU. Together, you can expect a seamless and efficient performance from this smartphone, even if you're multitasking all-day long.
The Huawei P40 uses its own operating system (EMUI 10.1) which is based on Android 10. Alongside an easy-to-navigate, minimalist interface you'll find many unique features such as Dark Mode, Huawei Phone Clone and Celia - Huawei's very own personal assistant.
With Celia, your everyday tasks (such as sending a text or checking the weather) are made easy, and Celia can also work with the camera to help you learn more about the world around you. Just point the camera at an object to identify it, a meal to figure how many calories it includes or some text in a foreign language to translate it into your native tongue.
Huawei P40 Battery
To ensure you'll never run out of charge halfway through the day, Huawei has loaded a 3,800 mAh battery onto the P40. Thanks to the AI allocation mechanism, power won't be wasted on background apps, delivering a more efficient performance overall.
With 22.5W Super Charge, you won't have to hang around for long to power back up to 100%. Use a Huawei Wireless Charging Case (sold separately), and you'll even be able to boot up without wires.