Huawei released the P40 series this year in April with a 5G phone as well. The cutting-edge Kirin 990 5G chip is super-fast and takes the user experience to the entire next level. But Huawei P40 Pro and Pro plus are just too expensive for some users. The Huawei P40 Pro with 256GB internal storage and 8GB RAM comes around $900. The higher-tier of smartphones in the series goes even higher in terms of price.
Now, the company decided to launch a new smartphone in the P40 series but that would be a more economical version of P40. The Huawei P40 lite 5G is an upgraded version of the Huawei P40 Lite that the company released in April 2020. The phone features upgraded silicon, a better camera equipped with AI software, and of course, 5G connectivity support.
The phone has a 6.5-inch LCD panel with HDR 10 support at Full HD+ resolution and has 1080 x 2400 pixels. The phone is powered by the new HiSilicon Kirin 820 5G octa-core chipset compared to the Kirin 810 on the previous model. The phone features a quad camera setup on the rear side of the phone. The primary camera is of 64MP and uses Sony IMx582 sensor with f/1.8, the secondary camera is of 8MP wide-angle lens with f/2.4, the third camera is of 2MP super macro lens with f/2.4, and the fourth camera is of 2MP with depth sensor lens and f/2.4. The front camera can take up to 16MP photos with f/2.0. The phone has 6GB internal storage with 128GB RAM.
The phone has a 4,000mAh battery with a 40W proprietary fast-charging capability. This much battery is good enough for an average user to sustain his phone for more than 24 hours with a single full charge. You can charge your phone up to 70% in 30 minutes as per the company's official statement.
In terms of connectivity, the phone supports Bluetooth, USB Type-C, a 3.5mm headphone jack, NFC, and 5G support. The phone comes running EMUI 10.1 based on Android 10. The design is similar to Huawei Nova 7 SE that was launched in China last month. The phone comes in three colors - Space silver, Crush green, and Midnight black. If you living in any part of Europe, you can pre-order the phone right now. The phone will go on sale starting on May 29 for a price of $430.
The Huawei P40 is one of the most anticipated smartphones of the tech industry. The company is facing some real problems in the manufacturing area after the Trump administration banned the company. Because of the ongoing Huawei ban, the company can't use any Google apps including the Play Store. This instantly makes it undesirable for the majority of the people using Google and its apps on the daily basis. When the Huawei Mate 30 Pro, it had everything to be a rock star of the industry but because it lacked the apps, not many people outside China wanted it.
Despite an unseen future of Huawei and other Chinese smartphone manufacturers, tech enthusiasts are eagerly anticipating the upcoming Huawei phones. As per rumors the Huawei P40, P40 Pro, and P40 lite, there could be another P40 Pro Premium Edition too with thee perhaps. While Samsung and Apple are releasing their phones this year, and many more coming later in 2020, the phone needs a serious implementation of hardware and software specs to be considered by consumers.
Huawei has officially confirmed the release date of the phone - that is the end of March. This may not come as a surprise of many as the P30 and P30 Pro were unveiled in March 2019, the P20 and P20 Pro were launched back in March 2018. Huawei isn't launching the phone at MWC 2020 event, maybe the company is looking for dedicated limelight for the phone. The Huawei P40 price is a more interesting conversation. At launch, the Huawei P30 cost £699 / AU$1,099 (roughly $910), and the P30 Pro started at £899 (AU$1,599, around $1,140), which were both pricier than the previous year's entries. Interestingly, despite of the ban, the company still aims to launch the phone worldwide.
Recently leaked news refers to the predecessor of P30 Pro as the P40 Pro. Huawei has announced that the phone will be officially unveiled on March 26, 2020, in Paris. Huawei CEO Richard Yu confirmed the name of the Huawei P40 series and called it the world's most powerful 5G smartphone. The Chinese brand also displayed its first foldable smartphone the Huawei Mate XS at the MWC that was conducted virtually due to the coronavirus problem in the region. The company also showed off the 5G variant of the MatePad Pro, as well as new laptops and smart home devices, and a few updates to its Huawei Mobile services ecosystem and the App Gallery.
While there isn't much news about the phone, the only confirmed news we have is that the P40 series will support 5G. The smartphone will be powered by the Kirin 990 5G processing chip we saw for the first time being used in Mate 30 Pro. The next biggest news is that unless something unpredictable happens between today and March 26, the Huawei P40 won't have the Google apps or the Play Store due to the Trump administration ban.
Richard Yu is hasn't made any big claims at the event, but it will be interesting to see how the company is going to manage the competition with its most powerful 5G smartphone series - and yet no Google apps. That we need to find out in a couple of months. According to the leaks, there will be three new flagships in the P40 series - the Huawei P40, Huawei P40 Pro, and Huawei P40 Pro premium edition. The only major difference between these phones is the camera specs. The Huawei P40 is expected to come with triple rear cameras while the P40 Pro and P40 pro premium are said to have the quad and Penta camera lenses, respectively.
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.