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Huawei P40 Review Rundown

HuaweiPublished on 21 Mar 2021Last Edited on 14 Nov 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*
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Neoscore* 0%
  • Bright, high-contrast OLED display
  • Good camera
  • Good battery life
  • Lack of GMS and the Play Store


Huawei P40 lacks Google services, making Google Maps or Google's Play Store unavailable. With the Huawei services, Huawei provides users with its own, alternative framework and the App Gallery is a stand-alone app store that is already quite popular in China. It features dual front cameras and three rear cameras that are a step-up from the Mate 30 5G, though the Kirin 990 5G SoC has been retained.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.



Sentiment Score[*] 79%
Reviewers from nextpit have found the following[***]:
The P40 Lite is powered by a Kirin 810 SoC which has proven to be a particularly capable processor. Unlike the Huawei Mate 20 Pro and especially the Huawei Y6s, this device does not heat up even after hours of intense workload. With this smartphone, you are guaranteed of sharp and bright pictures without having to purchase an expensive flagship.
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  • Good value for money
  • Good battery life
  • Good cameras
  • No wireless charging
  • No Google Maps


Sentiment Score[*] 83%
Reviewers from nextpit have found the following[***]:
Huawei P40 incorporates the best photo sensor from the Huawei P40 Pro (the 50MP main lens) At night, the loss of information is inevitable and the photos have too much digital noise and therefore logically lack detail. Night mode, with its four-second exposure time, allows a longer shutter speed to capture more light.
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  • Excellent camera performance
  • Good battery life
  • Fast charging
  • No wireless charging
  • No night mode


Sentiment Score[*] 59%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
The HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G is an in-house development from Huawei's subsidiary. While it cannot quite match the Snapdragon 865 in terms of raw processing power, users will be hard-pressed to notice the difference in practice. Playing games at up to 60 FPS is no problem on the Huawei P40.
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  • Bright AMOLED display
  • Fast SoC
  • Good battery life
  • Mediocre cameras
  • Slow SoC


Sentiment Score[*] 68%
Reviewers from techadvisor have found the following[***]:
The Huawei P40 costs £699 in the UK and is available to pre-order from Huawei and Carphone Warehouse. The P40 marks a return to Huawei's earlier ethos of undercutting the competition while still offering premium hardware. The main 50Mp rear sensor is amongst the best I've seen in any smartphone, further enhanced by the smartphone's third-gen AI system. The secondary ultra-wide and 3x optical zoom lenses can hold their own too.
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  • Premium design
  • Great camera
  • No Google Play Services
  • No 5G or Wi-Fi 6 Plus


Sentiment Score[*] 72%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following[***]:
The Huawei P40 runs Android 10, with EMUI 10.1 over the top. You'll get 128GB or 256GB of storage depending on what variant of the phone you buy. The phone scored 2994 in Geekbench 5 software, which is higher than the Samsung Galaxy S20. It's currently unclear when the company will be updating this handset to Android 11 software.
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  • Top-end camera
  • Excellent battery life
  • Decent performance
  • No Google Mobile Services
  • No 90Hz refresh rate screen


Sentiment Score[*] 70%
Reviewers from trustedreviews have found the following[***]:
The P40 is a great affordable flagship phone in most respects. It has the best camera available at its price, outperforming the pricier iPhone 11. It also undercuts the Samsung Galaxy S20 5G by £100, despite delivering superior imaging. The main reason not to recommend the P40, is unsurprisingly, its lack of Google services.
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  • Top-notch camera
  • Excellent battery life
  • Excellent performance
  • No wireless charging
  • No 5G


1. ^ The cheapest Huawei P40 has a great camera, but is it enough?. nextpit. 2020-04-22 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ Huawei P40 review: too good to fail even without Google?. nextpit. 2020-04-16 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ Huawei P40 Smartphone Review – Tough sell despite its great camera. notebookcheck. 2020-04-16 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ Huawei P40 review: A phone for the tech-savvy. techadvisor. 2020-04-03 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
5. ^ Huawei P40 review. techradar. 2021-02-03 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
6. ^ Huawei P40 Review. trustedreviews. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
*. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher\'s own rating, if available, as a result.
**. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher\'s own bullets points, if available, as a result.
***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher\'s own, if available.
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