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Huawei P40 Review Rundown

Huawei TechnologiesPublished on 21 Mar 2021Last Edited on 27 Sep 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*

Overview

Photo of Huawei P40 Smartphone
Neoscore* 72%
  • Bright, high-contrast OLED display
  • Good camera
  • Good battery life
  • Lack of GMS and the Play Store

Summary

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.

Rundown

nextpit[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 74%
Reviewers from nextpit have found the following[***]:
Priced at £279.99 (around $310) for the 128GB, you can order Huawei P40 Lite in The UK can be placed now. Similar to the Huawei device that I reviewed earlier this year, I found this design to be very elegant, and it is evident that Huawei has put in an effort to offer aesthetically pleasing products. Huawei has clearly positioned this device to be an entry-level to mid-range model.
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Pros[**]
  • Beautiful display
  • Good battery life
  • Good cameras
  • Decent camera performance
Cons[**]
  • GMS not included in the box

nextpit[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 72%
Reviewers from nextpit have found the following[***]:
The dimensions of 148.9 x 71.06 x 8.5 mm combined with a weight of 175 grams make the Huawei P40 really pleasant to hold. The software experience offered by Huawei and EMUI 10.1 is unfortunately spoiled by the absence of Google services and the Play Store. You can feel that Huawei has done a lot of work but it's still not enough.
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Pros[**]
  • High-quality OLED display with wide-angle lens
  • Good battery life
  • Decent camera performance
Cons[**]
  • Only one year of warranty

notebookcheck[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 51%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
The Huawei P40 is a 5G smartphone that comes with a triple-camera system. Since Google's services are no longer available to Huawei, the vast majority of Google apps such as the Google Play Store, Google Maps, Google Pay and many more as well as many third-party apps will not work. Huawei now provides users with its own, alternative framework and the App Gallery is a stand-alone app store.
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Pros[**]
  • High-quality case
  • Good performance
  • Good battery life
  • Good cameras
Cons[**]
  • Poor camera quality
  • Only one USB Type-C port

techadvisor[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 85%
Reviewers from techadvisor have found the following[***]:
The Huawei P40 is available in two new finishes - Silver Frost and Blush Gold. The standard P40 display is capped at 60Hz, while the P40 Pro and Pro+ offer a higher 90Hz refresh rate. All three share the same main f/1.9 50Mp RYYB sensor that Huawei calls its most advanced to date. The main sensor features Octa PD AutoFocus tech, and while that might not mean much to you at home, it means the sensor is incredibly fast.
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Pros[**]
  • Incredible camera performance
  • Impressive battery life
  • Superb performance
Cons[**]
  • Not as powerful as the P40 Pro and Pro+

techradar[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 77%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following[***]:
The Huawei P40 is a top phone with some fantastic hardware combined to make a stunning experience when it comes to camera, battery life, and other top-end features. The Huawei ban in the US has restricted the Chinese company's use of the Google Mobile Services apps, so you're now left with a much more limited experience. That's mostly owing to the lack of Google Play Store functionality, and while the Huawei AppGallery - the company's alternative app store - does offer a number of apps, it's hard for Huawei to compete with the Google behemoth.
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Pros[**]
  • Fantastic camera
  • Great battery life
  • Great camera
Cons[**]
  • Software issues
  • Camera isn't great

trustedreviews[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 74%
Reviewers from trustedreviews have found the following[***]:
The vanilla Huawei P40 undercuts the Samsung Galaxy S20, despite packing more megapixels and a mightier zoom. With no wireless charging and a lower refresh rate screen though, have too many compromises been made to hit its £699 price? It's a new niche of ‘affordable flagship', and it's likely where many cost-conscious tech fans pining after flagship features will settle when buying a smartphone.
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Pros[**]
  • Fantastic camera
  • Excellent battery life
Cons[**]
  • Lack of Google Play Services
  • Mediocre camera

references

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. 2020-05-01 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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