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Huawei P40 Release Date, Price & Specs

Huawei P40 Release Date, Price & Specs

In an online-only event, Huawei announced three new phones in its P40 range. And if you’ve been following the rumours and leaks you’ll already know quite a bit about them. Not all the details leaked: Huawei managed to keep a few features under wraps for the launch. Here’s a very brief summary of the phones: Huawei

In an online-only event, Huawei announced three new phones in its P40 range. And if you’ve been following the rumours and leaks you’ll already know quite a bit about them.

Not all the details leaked: Huawei managed to keep a few features under wraps for the launch. Here’s a very brief summary of the phones:

Huawei P40 key specs

  • 6.1in LCD screen, 2340×1080
  • Kirin 990 5G processor
  • 8GB + 128GB
  • 32Mp selfie camera
  • 16Mp ultra-wide + 50Mp wide + 8Mp 3x telephoto
  • IP53 water resistance
  • In-screen fingerprint sensor
  • 3800mAh battery
  • Ice white, Black, DeepSea Blue, Silver Frost, Blush Gold

Huawei P40 Pro key specs

  • 6.58in OLED screen, 2640×1200, 90Hz
  • Kirin 990 5G processor
  • 8GB + 128GB
  • 32Mp selfie camera
  • 40Mp ultra-wide Cine Lens + 50Mp wide + 12Mp RYYB 5x telephoto
  • IP68 water resistance
  • In-screen fingerprint sensor
  • 4200mAh battery
  • 40W wired + wireless charging
  • Ice white, Black, DeepSea Blue, Silver Frost, Blush Gold.

Huawei P40 Pro+ key specs

  • 6.58in OLED screen, 2640×1200, 90Hz
  • Kirin 990 5G processor
  • 8GB + 512GB
  • 32Mp selfie camera
  • 40Mp ultra-wide Cine Lens + 50Mp wide + 8Mp 3x telephoto + 8Mp 10x telephoto
  • IP68 water resistance
  • In-screen fingerprint sensor
  • 4200mAh battery
  • 40W wired + wireless charging
  • Black Ceramic, White Ceramic

So, there aren’t too many differences between the P40 Pro and Pro+. The Plus gets two telephoto lenses and is the only model available with a ceramic back.

Adding to these three are the P40 Lite which was announced for Spain, but probably won’t be sold in the UK, and the P40 Lite E.

Plus, Huawei also announced an updated smartwatch at the P40 launch event: the Watch GT 2e.

Huawei Watch GT 2e

Huawei P40 features

Overview Display

What the specs don’t tell you is that the screen on the P40 Pro and Pro+ is curved on all four sides. The curves aren’t as extreme as seen on the Mate 30 Pro, but it is something a bit different. Also, the screen runs at 90Hz, which is a first for Huawei even if it’s by no means the first such screen on a phone.

Huawei P40 Pro overview display

All three models have an in-screen fingerprint sensor which is 30 percent larger and 30 percent faster than on the P30 series.
Huawei P40 cameras

As we have a separate and more in-depth comparison of the three phones, here we’ll just mention the new 50Mp main camera which is present on all three.

It’s significantly larger than sensors used in other phones at 1/1.28in (the P30 used a 1/1.7in sensor), and so while it sounds half as good as the 108Mp sensors on other phones, the larger pixels mean they capture more light. And this means better low light photos and videos.

The P40 has 5G as standard

All three phones come with the Kirin 990 5G chip, and they’re dual-SIM (possibly only in certain regions, however) which means you can pop two 5G SIMs in and switch between the on the fly.

10 5G bands are supported, but not mmWave. Read more about 5G bands here.

The phones also have NFC, Bluetooth, GPS,

Huawei services, not Google services, for P40

Huawei has rarely been out of the news in the last 18 months. While a string of impressive phone releases peaked with the release of the P30 and P30 Pro in 2019, it was soon left reeling after the US government prohibited the company from trading with any US companies.

While it has since looked to source parts from elsewhere, the main sticking point continues to be the lack of Google Play Services. As open-source software, Huawei still has access to Android, but this is without all the Google apps and Play Store that Western consumers have come to expect on Android phones.

There are various workarounds for this which don’t require any technical know-how, but they are workarounds. It’s certainly important to bear this in mind when buying a P40.

When is the Huawei P40 coming out?

Huawei launched the P40 series at a March 26 event in Paris, France.

The P40 and P40 Pro go on sale on 7 April.

The P40 Pro+ will be released in June.

Following the P40, we expect the launch of the Mate 40 series in September or October 2020.

How much does the Huawei P40 cost?

Pricing for the P30 family at launch began at £699/€799/US$599 for the standard model and £899/€999/$899 for the Pro.

We don’t yet have UK pricing but here are the Euro prices:

  • P40: €799
  • P40 Pro: €999
  • P40 Pro+: €1399

Read our our first impressions of the P40 and P40 Pro.





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