Huawei P40 Pro 5G smartphone review

Conclusion

In Conclusion, the Huawei P40 Pro based on the Kirin 990 5G is speedy with an overall performance slightly better that of the models based on the Kirin 990. It is comparatively faster compared to the higher end Snapdragon 855.

With a score of 130 on the DXOmark, it proves that it is capable of taking superb photos day or night. Night shots and videography turns out exceptionally well without a tripod. Video recording is also pretty stable without a gimbal.

The only thing to note is that night mode shots tend to take up to 5 seconds which generally results in more light being captured. We did noticed a light greyish patch on our photos when we chose to select the night mode instead of auto mode.

In terms of design, the Huawei P40 Pro is pretty thick compared to other smartphones available in the market. A more compact and slimmer design is welcomed.

Downloading of the apps without Google services is an issue. The most noticeable thing is that you can’t restore your backup from your previous Android device. You might have to rely on PhoneClone software.

Certain applications like the Network Cell Info which requires Google mobile services and Google Maps doesn’t work no matter how we tried. Other apps, as mentioned can be downloaded from Huawei Gallery or you could go download Amazon Store or APKSURE to download. (It is safer to download APKs from official sources).

Since Google services are out, the NFC on board won’t work with Google Pay. I think it should work with Singtel Dash though.

Priced at a suggested retail price of S$1448, it is kind of steep. Furthermore, 5G networks are not ready.

Here is our verdict

Pros :

  • NFC
  • 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
  • 90 Hz screen
  • IP68
  • 40 W fast charge

Cons:

  • No Google Services
  • Colours oversaturation

Ratings

  • Performance 10
  • Design 10
  • Features 10
  • Usability 10
  • Value for money 7
  • Score : 9.4 / 10