The last thing we were expecting in March following the chaos of the global coronavirus crisis was a phone launch, yet here we are. The way that Huawei managed to do this was the only safe way: via a livestream online.
Huawei launched the P40 phones on Thursday the 26th of March, adding three new devices to their portfolio. This was after their announcement that 90% of the company’s employees based in China would be returning to work.
The new phones in question are the Huawei P40, the Huawei P40 Pro and the Huawei P40 Pro+. They all come with the latest Kirin 990 5G processor, 90Hz refresh rates and in-screen fingerprint scanners among other cutting-edge features. Without further ado, let’s jump in.
Huawei phones tend to be expensive, so a lot of people have been wondering how much these new devices are going to cost. The regular P40 will cost UK consumers £730. This is roughly what we have come to expect from the standard flagship phones of major smartphone manufacturers as for instance, Apple released their iPhone 11 for £729, which was their cheapest device in the 11 series.
The P40 is the standard P40 model of the series for a number of reasons regarding the device’s specs. Firstly, the P40 has a slightly smaller screen at 6.1 inches, without what Huawei refers to as the “overflow display”, plus some fewer rear camera lenses, a lower water resistance rating and a smaller battery (3800mAh). Nonetheless, this is a device with all of the bells and whistles that we’ve come to expect from Huawei.
The P40 Pro, coming in a choice of five different colours (Black, Blush Gold, Deep Sea Blue, Ice White and Silver Frost), is considerably more expensive as it has been released with a price tag of £900, which is mainly due to its camera setup.
It comes with four AI-powered lenses, and can take great photos in both daytime and low light settings. The specs for these lenses are as follows: 50MP ultra vision wide, 40MP ultra wide, 12MP with 5x optical zoom lens, 3D time-of-flight and a colour temperature sensor. The configuration for this model is 8GB RAM and 256GB storage, and it also comes with a great battery life (4,200 mAh).
The P40 Pro+, as is implied by its name, is the device which has the additional features in the series. The P40 Pro+ is essentially a Huawei P40 Pro Premium edition, as in terms of design, the P40 Pro + comes with a luxurious ceramic finish in either black or white. This will set you back £1,280. While this device is overwhelmingly expensive, it does come with an exciting array of features. It has a penta camera setup on the rear and two front-facing selfie-cameras, plus it also comes with the same battery as the P40 Pro (4,200 mAh).
This is the question on everyone’s minds, as this will dictate how much market share Huawei will be able to secure in the western smartphone market. The answer to this unfortunately is no. This means no Gmail, no Google Maps, no Google Play Store or any other Google mobile services or Google apps.
You can argue that these apps are non-essential if Huawei offers alternatives (which they do), but many western Android users are accustomed to using these apps in particular, and would find the unfamiliar Huawei app gallery to be inferior to what they are used to, even if it works just as well.
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