Huawei smartphones have always been a candidate due to it’s impressive photography features. Since the older P20 Pro, it has proven to be a serious challenger in the mobile market. Whether you are going for the best smartphone for taking impressive night shots or high speed internet access, Huawei P series has always been a top choice for many users.

Huawei P40 Pro launched at a time when they were not able to use the Google Services. That didn’t deter Huawei from implementing their HMS and AppGallery which replaces the Google Play Store.

Without the Google services, the P40 Pro is beefed up with feature – large 1/1.28-inch sensor has a binned pixel size measuring 2.44 μm to massively boost light intake for enhanced low-light performance, while a new periscope design realises 10x true optical zoom. Zoom to distant objects with it’s 50 MP digital zoom and still get good image stabilisation without a tripod.

Strong in the camera department are it’s

Rear camera:
50 MP Ultra Vision Camera (Wide Angle, f/1.9 aperture, OIS) + 40 MP Cine Camera (Ultra-Wide Angle, f/1.8 aperture) + 12 MP SuperSensing Telephoto Camera (f/3.4 aperture, OIS) + 3D Depth Sensing Camera
Autofocus mode: Autofocus
Image stabilization: OIS + AIS
Zoom Mode: Digital Zoom, Optical Zoom, Hybrid Zoom
Video recording: Support for 4K(3840 x 2160 pixels) 60 fps video recording
Image resolution: Support up to 8192 x 6144 pixels
Video resolution: Support up to 3840 x 2160 pixels

Front Camera:
32 MP Selfie Camera (f/2.2 aperture) + Depth Camera
Autofocus Mode: Autofocus
Video Recording: Support for 4K (3840 x 2160 pixels) 60 fps video recording
Image resolution: Support up to 6528 x 4896 pixels
Video resolution: Support up to 3840 x 2160 pixels
*Depth Camera also support face unlock with IR.

In terms of video, the 40 MP Ultra Wide Cine Camera in HUAWEI P40 Pro and HUAWEI P40 Pro+ has a focal length that is equivalent to 18 mm and a 1/1.54-inch sensor supporting the 3:2 aspect ratio.

HUAWEI P40 Series supports real-time Bokeh effects for videos. Similar to the results of a wide aperture lens, this feature adds progressive Bokeh to help highlight the main subject of the footage. The telephoto camera can capture high quality zoom footage as well as 4K time-lapse videos. Directional Audio Zoom, available on HUAWEI P40 Pro and HUAWEI P40 Pro+, allows users to zoom in on an audio source and amplify its sound at the same time.

Powered by the 7nm Kirin 990 5G and supports high-speed 5G and Wi-Fi 6 Plus. The phone runs liquid smooth when launching apps, browsing or in games. The 5G support also makes this phone future proof as Singapore is yet to commerically launch it’s 5G network. The 5G supports the 3.5 GHz. The Kirin 990 supports 4G / 5G (integrated) of speeds of 2300 Mb/s download and 1250 Mb/s upload.

The package also comes with a quick charger 22.5W charger which charges the 3800mAh battery within an hour.

15 mins – 35%, 30 mins – 67%, 45 mins – 91%, 50 mins – 95%, 63 mins – 100%

In the next few pages, we will check out it’s performance.

By Harry