The Huawei P40 Pro just got better than the last year's P30 to the point where it is nothing but perfect. It takes the P series features to the next level in a big way. With a massive camera sensor, 90Hz display refresh rate, and updated internals, there is a lot to talk about the P40 Pro. The only cons here is the lack of Google services impacts it in such a negative way. Last year, the Huawei P30 Pro was one of the best camera phones that had ever seen. Its innovative zoom camera and impressive image quality are nothing but excellent.
Despite having everything perfect on the specs sheet the phone is having a problem among the masses due to its lack of Google apps. The hardware is more than perfect but is it enough to make up for its software deficiencies? The phone has a curved top and bottom edges that make swipe gestures so smooth. The aluminum sides help users to hold it in their hands effortlessly. The volume and home buttons are set on the right edge. The device is IP68-rated and will survive some water exposure.
The phone comes with an octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G chipset. It's a decent system-on-a-chip with similar CPU power to the Snapdragon 855. The device seems reasonably fast thanks to the Kirin 990 5G and 8GB RAM. But it's not a gaming device due to less capable GPU. The phone comes with a 4,200mAh battery, 256GB storage, and 40W supercharging. You can charge Huawei P40 Pro from zero to 100% in just 74 minutes. This might not sound impressive, but it gets to 97% in just 60 minutes. The face unlock feature is pretty fast and uses infrared technology to help detect the user's face even in the dark.
After what happened with the CyanogenOS, people were in confusion regarding what would happen to the much loved CyanogenMod community. As it turns out, the events within Cyanogen Inc. has taken its toll on CyanogenMod as well. It was officially declared on their blog that the CyanogenMod OS versions are now discontinued as it is no longer possible to carry the community-driven project forward due to the current failing of the company. Even the very name, "Cyanogen" is up for grabs if any company wants to patent it.
The good news is that the OS might live on in the form of Lineage Android Distribution. According to reports, Lineage Android will be based on what CM has achieved so far and hopefully will continue to improve and update it. We are sad that one of the best alternatives to OEM supplied UI is going away for good, especially since it managed to touch so many hearts by providing Android firmware upgrades to phones that were abandoned a long time ago by their manufacturers. It is nevertheless, inspiring to see the basic admirable ideas behind the project live on, albeit with a different name.
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Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)