Huawei P40 Pro Review Rundown
Huawei Technologies | Published on 22 Mar 2021 | Last Edited on 24 Mar 2021 | Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer
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.
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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.
Reviewers from Expertreviews have found the following[***]:
The Huawei P40 Pro runs Android, but it doesn't come with Google's widely-used applications pre-installed. But if you aren't fond of Google's apps, then you're off to a great start. Huawei's fastest homebrew processor, the Kirin 990, powers the phone, along with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage – which can be expanded with one of Huawei's Nano Memory cards. This is also Huawei's first smartphone with a high refresh rate screen. Yet again, the image quality delivered by Huawei's cameras is sublime.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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- 9. ^ Huawei P40 Pro review (hands on). Tomsguide. 26 March 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
- 10. ^ Huawei P40 Pro Review. Trustedreviews. 27 April 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
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