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Huawei P40 Pro Review Rundown

Huawei TechnologiesPublished on 22 Mar 2021Last Edited on 27 Sep 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*

Overview

Photo of Huawei P40 Pro Smartphone
Neoscore* 74%
  • Beautiful design
  • Great performance
  • Great camera
  • Android 10 is still a bit buggy
  • Some apps still need work

Summary

Huawei P40 Pro does not have Google Mobile Services (GMS) installed, which means no Google Play, Google Pay, Google Maps, or any other Google-backed app or service. Instead, the phone uses Huawei Mobile Services and the Huawei App Gallery app store, all built on Android 10 with Huawei's own EMUI 10.1 user interface over the top.
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

androidauthority[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 77%
Reviewers from androidauthority have found the following[***]:
The Huawei P40 Pro has been running the company's latest EMUI 11 software version for months now. It's a heavily customized skin loaded with Huawei flavor on top, but in keeping with the direction EMUI has been heading over the years. Despite the growing capabilities of HMS core, some apps are still built to be Google-first. Searching for apps is better than before, but it's still very hit-or-miss if you'll be able to find what you're after.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Beautiful 90Hz display
  • Fingerprint reader
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • Android 11 still runs on Android 10

androidauthority[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 68%
Reviewers from androidauthority have found the following[***]:
The Huawei P40 Pro will be remembered as a turning point in Huawei's smartphone fortunes. In our review, we praised the handset for a range of improvements across the board. However, the top-tier hardware package couldn't shake the absence of Google apps. The App Gallery's software selection was also far too small, making it impossible to recommend.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Beautiful 90Hz display
  • Excellent camera performance
  • Excellent battery life
Cons[**]
  • App Gallery lacks Google apps and API support
  • App Gallery is too small

digitaltrends[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 79%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
The Huawei P40 Pro is available to buy in the United Kingdom through Huawei's own site and Carphone Warehouse. The phone uses Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) and the Huawei App Gallery app store, all built on Android 10. There's a great dark mode, and a wealth of great Huawei apps in place of Google's apps. Maps is now officially available in the App Gallery and is a great alternative to Google Maps.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Stylish design
  • Excellent camera
  • Excellent battery life
  • Good camera performance
Cons[**]
  • Android 10 is still a learning process
  • App Gallery is a bit clunky

nextpit[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 79%
Reviewers from nextpit have found the following[***]:
The Huawei P40 Pro has a 6.58-inch AMOLED panel with a resolution of 2,640 x 1,200 pixels. The fingerprint sensor has been moved unusually far towards the center of the display. The in-house Kirin 990 5G SoC is used. This is already used in the Huawei Mate Xs and Huawei Mate 30 Pro.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Beautiful design
  • Good cameras
  • Good battery life
  • Good camera performance
Cons[**]
  • Not as powerful as the P40 Pro

notebookcheck[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 73%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
The Huawei P40 Pro is equipped with a 6.58-inch OLED display that supports a refresh rate of 90 Hz. Huawei once again relies on an optical 5x magnification via periscope lens, which also supports 10x hybrid as well as up to 50x digital zoom. The centerpiece of the camera on the back is the brand-new sensor of the main optics, and its resolution of 50 MP results in a smaller pixel count.
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Pros[**]
  • Bright, high-contrast OLED display with 90 Hz refresh rate
  • Fast Wi-Fi
  • Long battery life
Cons[**]
  • Mediocre speakerphone

pcmag[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 74%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following[***]:
Huawei's P40 Pro has one of the most compelling screens I've ever seen on a phone. It has a low-light camera that makes it possible to take photos even in pitch-black situations. It's brighter and shows better colors when viewing The Wolf of Wall Street than the Find X2 Pro, the Pixel 4 XL, and the OnePlus 7 Pro.
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Pros[**]
  • Beautiful low-light camera
  • Great battery life
  • Fingerprint sensor
Cons[**]
  • Not as sharp as the Pixel 4 XL and OnePlus 8 Pro

t3[7]

Sentiment Score[*] 62%
Reviewers from t3 have found the following[***]:
The Huawei P40 Pro is available to buy right now from a wide-variety of retailers, including: Amazon, Currys, Carphone Warehouse, Mobiles.co.uk, and Huawei itself. The phone is available in two colourways, Black and Silver Frost. With no Google Play Store to deliver applications and games Huawei is currently developing and fleshing out its own Huawei AppGallery.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Great value for money
  • Decent battery life
Cons[**]
  • Android 10 still has a lot of Google apps and services
  • Some apps don't work

techadvisor[8]

Sentiment Score[*] 75%
Reviewers from techadvisor have found the following[***]:
Huawei's P40 Pro is the first of the company's phones to embrace a higher refresh rate. The periscopic zoom from the P30 Pro makes a return, complete with OIS, however, Huawei's now upped the resolution to 12Mp in place of 8Mp. Using the Mate 30 Pro (the first phone that launched in markets, including the UK, without GMS) was a challenge, to say the least.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Fantastic camera
  • Great performance
  • Great battery life
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

techradar[9]

Sentiment Score[*] 77%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following[***]:
The Huawei P40 Pro offers a luxurious design, long lasting battery life and one of the best cameras we've ever seen on a phone. Owing to the Huawei ban in the US, the phone doesn't have Google Mobile Services. With time, the experience will get better, and there are ways to get around some of the major frustrations. When alternative devices from Apple, OnePlus and others cost a similar amount, it's very difficult to recommend opting for Huawei's latest.
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Pros[**]
  • Gorgeous design
  • Long lasting battery life
  • Superb cameras
Cons[**]
  • Not many apps available
  • Not many LTE bands

theverge[10]

Sentiment Score[*] 75%
Reviewers from theverge have found the following[***]:
The Huawei P40 Pro is one of the best phones you could buy. The 1/1.28-inch 50-megapixel primary camera is the largest available on a phone. Swiping up from the bottom of the screen to unlock the phone or bring up the multitasking menu is really smooth.
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Pros[**]
  • Fantastic camera performance
  • High-quality display
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • Not available in the US

tomsguide[11]

Sentiment Score[*] 76%
Reviewers from tomsguide have found the following[***]:
The Huawei P40 Pro is what happens when a company is forced to scramble in the face of huge obstacles. Last year's Huawei 30 Pro was an excellent camera phone that came out before Huawei was effectively banned from using Google apps. The P40 series has had more time to adapt to a life without the Google Play Store, and Huawei has had the chance to improve on last year's features.
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Pros[**]
  • Long battery life
  • Bright OLED display with 90Hz refresh rate
  • Wide angle lens
  • Long-lasting battery
Cons[**]
  • Not available in the U.S

trustedreviews[12]

Sentiment Score[*] 87%
Reviewers from trustedreviews have found the following[***]:
The P40 Pro swaps out the primary camera for an even more specced out unit, clocking in at 50MP and packing a Mate 30 Pro 40MP ultra-wide-angle module. The Pro's power and storage have been boosted, and it even boasts the fastest potential 5G speeds of any flagship around right now. At 6.58 inches the Pro is neither too big, nor is it too small, sitting between the Galaxy S20 and the S20 Plus, and iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Super-fast 5G speeds
  • Great camera
  • Great battery life
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

references

1. ^ Huawei P40 Pro one year on: Last call for Huawei's Western ambitions. androidauthority. 2021-03-27 Retrieved 2021-10-14.
2. ^ Huawei P40 Pro revisited: Should you still buy it?. androidauthority. 2020-10-31 Retrieved 2021-10-14.
3. ^ Huawei P40 Pro review: The best camera on a phone. digitaltrends. 2020-05-08 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ Huawei P40 Pro review: brilliant hardware, confusing software. nextpit. 2020-05-11 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
5. ^ Huawei P40 Pro Review - Smartphone with an impressive camera. notebookcheck. 2020-04-08 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
6. ^ Huawei P40 Pro 5G Preview. pcmag. 2020-04-29 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
7. ^ Huawei P40 Pro review: flawed beauty. t3. 2020-05-18 Retrieved 2021-10-20.
8. ^ Huawei P40 Pro review. techadvisor. 2020-04-08 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
9. ^ Huawei P40 Pro review. techradar. 2020-04-27 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
10. ^ Huawei P40 Pro review: there’s a catch. theverge. 2020-06-03 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
11. ^ Huawei P40 Pro review (hands on). tomsguide. 2020-03-26 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
12. ^ Huawei P40 Pro Review. trustedreviews. 2020-04-27 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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