The Huawei P40 series is finally here. Yesterday, in an online-only event, Huawei launched what it hopes to be the competitor for the Samsung Galaxy S20 series. With all the trade war with the US, last year was certainly difficult for Huawei. However, with the launch of the P40 series, the company hopes to make a strong comeback in 2020. The three devices that launched yesterday were the Huawei P40, P40 Pro and P40 Pro+. And honestly, all three of them look great. Obviously, the current lockdown will hinder the availability of these devices worldwide. However, once this chaos passes, they will certainly be available in the market. These are top-end devices so don’t expect the price of Huawei P40 in Nepal to be any cheaper.
Huawei P40 Overview
The Huawei P40 comes as a direct successor of the Huawei P30 that launched last year. Unlike the Pro and the Pro+ models, the standard Huawei P40 only has a 6.1-inch screen with 2340 x 1080 pixels resolution. On the left top corner, you’ll see the cutouts for the selfie camera. Punch-hole cutouts are the way to go, and I’m glad that it is successfully replacing the notch display. Disappointingly, the screen only has the standard 60Hz refresh rate. The display panel is OLED, thus it supports in-display fingerprint. And apparently, this sensor is 30% faster than that of the P30.
The biggest improvement that this phone has over its predecessor is the camera. The P40 Pro+ might be the best of the lot, though the setup on this one is no joke either. It comes with a 50MP RYYB primary lens, a 16MP ultra-wide shooter and an 8MP telephoto lens. Its telephoto lens is capable of offering 3x optical zoom and probably more in terms of digital zoom.
Upfront, the selfie camera is a powerful 32MP shooter. However, this standard variant unlike the other two does not have a ToF sensor. Also making a debut on the Huawei P40 series is the company’s new voice assistant – Celia.
Under the hood, this device runs on the Kirin 990 5G chipset. Now, it is the same one that we saw in Mate 30, so performance-wise, it should be smooth. Moreover, the company has claimed that this chip is good for power-optimization too. The standard memory/storage option you get with the P40 is 8GB/128GB. And as for the battery, it is powered by a 3800mAh one which supports 22.5W wired charging.
Now, the device still doesn’t support Google Play Services. Thus, you’ll have to rely on Huawei’s AppGallery to download apps.
Also read: Huawei’s journey ahead, without Google
Huawei P40 Specifications:
|Body||5.86 x 2.80 x 0.33 inches; 175 gm; IP53 certification|
|Display||6.1-inches OLED panel; 60Hz refresh rate; 422 PPI; 86.3% screen-to-body ratio|
|Resolution||FHD+ (2340 x 1080 pixels); 19.5:9 aspect ratio|
|Chipset||HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G; 7nm+ Mobile Platform|
|CPU||Octa-core (2×2.86 GHz Cortex-A76 & 2×2.36 GHz Cortex-A76 & 4×1.95 GHz Cortex-A55)|
|Storage||128GB UFS 3.0 (expandable up to 256GB via an NM card)|
|Software & UI||Android 10 (AOSP + HMS) with Huawei’s EMUI 10.1 on top|
|Rear Camera||Triple-camera (Leica); LED flash
– 50MP, f/1.9 primary wide shooter, OIS, PDAF
– 16MP, f/2.2 ultra-wide sensor
– 8MP, f/2.4 telephoto lens, PDAF, OIS, 3x optical zoom, 5x hybrid zoom, 30x max zoom
|Front Camera||32MP, f/2.0 aperture; Dual Pixel AF; IR camera|
|Security||Infrared face recognition, Optical in-display fingerprint scanner|
|Connectivity||Hybrid dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by), WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, Bluetooth 5.1, sub-6GHz 5G, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, QZSS, NavIC, NFC, USB Type-C|
|Battery||3800 mAh; 22.5W Huawei SuperCharge|
|Colors||Silver Frost, Deep Sea Blue, Bluish Gold, Ice White, Black|
Huawei P40 Price in Nepal, Availability
In the international market, the Huawei P40 will be available for purchase from April 7, 2020. However, as mentioned above, due to the current lockdown, it will not be available immediately in stores in Nepal. Still, it should arrive pretty soon. Price-wise, the P40 will cost €799 (~NRs. 1,05,540). The price of Huawei P40 in Nepal will probably around the same range i.e MRP. 1,00,000 – 1,10,000.
|Model Name||Price in Nepal (Expected)||Availability (Expected)|
|Huawei P40||Rs. 1,10,000||April – May 2020|