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Huawei P40 Smartphone

MSRP 700 EURNEX score 72%

Product Overview

Huawei P40 is part of Huawei's late-2020 flagship P-series smartphones. 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.
The main camera in the P40 features a large 1/1.28" sensor that enhances low-light performance, while the front-facing IR camera unlocks facial authentication.
An enhanced in-screen fingerprint reader in the P40 offers 30% faster biometric authentication compared to the previous model.
The P40 also comes with WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1, an improvement over the Mate 30 series.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Bright, high-contrast OLED display
  • Good camera
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Lack of GMS and the Play Store

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 72% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Excellent performance
  • Good value for money
  • Decent performance
  • Excellent camera performance
  • Good cameras
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Slow SoC
  • No wireless charging
  • Mediocre cameras
  • No Google Mobile Services
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Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

Specifications

Connectivity

Ports
USB-C 3.1 Gen1
Wireless Connectivity
WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.1, NFC

Construction

Battery | Capacity
3800 mAh
Camera | Front
32 MP Selfie Camera (f/2.0 aperture), IR Camera
Camera | Rear | Telephoto
8 MP Telephoto Camera (f/2.4 aperture, OIS)
Camera | Rear | Ultra-Wide
16 MP Ultra-Wide Angle Camera (f/2.2 aperture)
Camera | Rear | Wide
50 MP Ultra Vision Camera (Wide Angle, f/1.9 aperture)
Colors
Silver Frost, Blush Gold, Deep Sea Blue, Ice White, Black

Dimensions

Size | Depth
8.5 mm
Size | Height
148.9 mm
Size | Width
71.06 mm
Weight
175 g

Display

Display Color Depth
16.7M (8 bit)
Display Diagonal
6.1"
Display Type
OLED
Resolution
FHD+ 2340 x 1080

Function

Chipset
Kirin 990 5G
Fast Charging
HUAWEI SuperCharge (Max 22.5 W)
GPS
GPS (L1 + L5 dual band), AGPS, Glonass, BeiDou (B1I + B1C + B2a Tri-band), Galileo (E1 + E5a dual band). QZSS (L1 + L5 dual band), NavIC
Graphics
16-Core Mali-G76
Operating System
EMUI 10.1 (Based on Android 10)
Processor
2 x Cortex-A76 Based 2.86 GHz + 2 x Cortex-A76 Based 2.36 GHz + 4 x Cortex-A55 1.95 GHz
Sensor
Gesture Sensor, In-Screen Fingerprint Sensor, Gyroscope Compass, Proximity Sensor, Gravity Sensor, Hall Sensor, Infrared Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, Barometer, Colour Temperature Sensor
SIM
Nano 5G + Nano 4G LTE
Weather Resistance
IP53

Performance

Memory | Capacity
8 GB
Storage
128GB + NM SD card

Production

Debut
2020-03-26

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

nextpit[1]

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.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Good value for money
  • Good battery life
  • Good cameras
Cons
  • No wireless charging
  • No Google Maps

nextpit[2]

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.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent camera performance
  • Good battery life
  • Fast charging
Cons
  • No wireless charging
  • No night mode

notebookcheck[3]

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.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Bright AMOLED display
  • Fast SoC
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Mediocre cameras
  • Slow SoC

techadvisor[4]

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.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Premium design
  • Great camera
Cons
  • No Google Play Services
  • No 5G or Wi-Fi 6 Plus

techradar[5]

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.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Top-end camera
  • Excellent battery life
  • Decent performance
Cons
  • No Google Mobile Services
  • No 90Hz refresh rate screen

trustedreviews[6]

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.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Top-notch camera
  • Excellent battery life
  • Excellent performance
Cons
  • No wireless charging
  • No 5G

User Reviews

References

1. ^ The cheapest Huawei P40 has a great camera, but is it enough?. [nextpit]. https://www.nextpit.com/huawei-p40-lite-review. 2020-04-22. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ Huawei P40 review: too good to fail even without Google?. [nextpit]. https://www.nextpit.com/huawei-p40-review. 2020-04-16. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ Huawei P40 Smartphone Review – Tough sell despite its great camera. [notebookcheck]. https://www.notebookcheck.net/Huawei-P40-Smartphone-Review-Tough-sell-despite-its-great-camera.461784.0.html. 2020-04-16. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ Huawei P40 review: A phone for the tech-savvy. [techadvisor]. https://www.techadvisor.co.uk/review/huawei-p40-3785742/. 2020-04-03. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
5. ^ Huawei P40 review. [techradar]. https://www.techradar.com/reviews/huawei-p40-review. 2021-02-03. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
6. ^ Huawei P40 Review. [trustedreviews]. https://www.trustedreviews.com/reviews/huawei-p40. Retrieved 2021-03-22.

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