Huawei P40: What we know so far

Huawei has confirmed that the P40 will be launched in March 2020 at an event in Paris. This announcement was made by Richard Yu, president of Huawei Devices business group.

The exact date of release, March 26, was leaked by Evan Blass but is still to be officially confirmed.

The P30 series launched on Tuesday, March 26, so some time during that week would make logical sense.

Premium Pro Edition

There’s also rumoured to be a P40 Pro Premium Edition, which will likely push into higher prices.

The Design

It is rumoured that the biggest detail of the P40 is the camera unit. It seems to be similar to Samsung’s plans for the Galaxy S20 Series.

  • Metal and glass designs
  • In-display fingerprint scanner
  • Horizon Display, no edge bezel

It’s also pretty certain that Huawei will make use of its Horizon Display on the P40 Pro, wrapping right over the edge of the phone. It appears that the frame will wrap higher at the corners on the P40 Pro – most likely to provide enhanced protection against drop damage in this area.

Seen in China

With the P40 Pro already seen in the wild in China, the display information appears to be true.

It’s also reported that there will be a ceramic version, most likely appearing as a P40 Pro Premium Edition. Although, there has not been any confirmation that’s what it’s going to be called. This edition appears to have 5 cameras on the back.

We’ve seen the regular P40 appear in renders and this looks to have a flatter display – similar to how the standard P30 did last generation – again drawing out the differences between these two/three phones.

There’s no 3.5mm headphone socket and no sign of a fingerprint scanner, so it’s likely to be in the display on all devices.

Display


The Huawei P30 and P30 Pro both have a Full HD+ resolution across their OLED displays. It looks like the Huawei P40 Pro will be moving to Quad HD+ OLED display, with a size of somewhere between 6.5-to-6.7-inches – the exact dimensions are currently unknown, but this will be a Horizon Display, curved on all edges, according to reports. We think the P40 Pro Premium Edition will have the same display, rather than being a larger yet design.

Flat


It’s said that the P40 will be 6.1-to-6.2-inches and is more likely to be flat, something that’s confirmed by design renders. There’s a chance that this will also be OLED, but have a Full HD+ resolution.

It’s also widely believed that the P40 and P40 Pro will get dual front cameras, using a punch hole in the display. No notch this time around. That public sighting of the phone seems to corroborate this.

Rumours


So far we’ve only had some rumours about what the P40 series might offer. That includes the Sony IMX686 sensor, a brand new 64-megapixel sensor, and a periscope telephoto camera offering 10x zoom. Although, reports differ on the sensor behind this 10x telephoto, some saying it’s a 16-megapixel sensor and some saying it’s 8-megapixels.

The Huawei P40 looks to be getting a triple camera system, based around the main camera, ultra-wide and telephoto. We don’t know many details about this selection of cameras, but it might pack in a 64-megapixel main sensor, 20-megapixel ultrawide and 12-megapixel zoom.

4 Cameras

The Huawei P40 Pro will have four cameras on the back, adding in a periscope zoom that gives you 5x zoom – or 125mm as it’s marked on the back of the phone, which makes sense as five times that of the 25mm main sensor. That additional camera is probably time-of-flight (ToF) for depth detection.

The Huawei P40 Pro Premium Edition has appeared with five cameras on the back. In this case, it looks like the focal length on the periscope zoom is 240mm, so 10x, making this different to the regular P40 Pro. The fifth camera is probably a macro, which seems to have become an increasing trend throughout 2019.

Most Likely to have Reverse Wireless Charging



Huawei manufactures its own chips so the P40 and P40 Pro will no doubt run on the latest Kirin processor – the Kirin 990 – which is the same as Huawei uses in its Mate 30. We’d expect it to be available in 4G and 5G options.

We expect to see super-fast wired charging on the P40 Pro, with rumours that Huawei has a new 50W system. We also expect to see reverse wireless charging. (Click here to read more about reverse wireless charging)

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