Huawei unveils three new smartphones with some powerful hardware
Say hello to the P40 series...
Huawei has taken the wrapping off their latest smartphone offerings in the form of the P40 series.
At an event on Thursday, the company unveiled the Huawei P40, the P40 Pro and the P40 Pro Plus. It did so to a room bereft of an audience in these strange and uncertain times.
It feels apt that Huawei's new products were presented to the world this way considering the relative uncertainty surrounding Huawei and Google Mobile Services for the past year.
None of the phones will ship with access to Google's apps or services, including the Google Play Store, because of the US trade ban.
Instead, Huawei has invested in its own HMS (Huawei Mobile Services) and Huawei AppGallery, and said it will continue to do so to bridge the gap in their app offering and the Play Store's. I believe them when they say it.
We wrote about the potential impacts such a move would have a number of months ago.
But back to the phones of the day and the impressive, beautiful phones with great specs.
The Huawei P40, P40 Pro, and P40 Pro Plus are all filled with flagship features, including Huawei’s 5G Kirin 990 processors, up to four rear cameras, and up to 90Hz displays.
The P40 Pro Plus variant is Huawei's answer to the Samsung S20 Ultra and carries 12GB of RAM instead of the 8GB in the other two. It also boasts a 5,500mAh battery, significantly larger than the P40 (3,800mAh) and P40 Pro (4,200mAh).
Both the P40 Pro and the P40 Pro Plus have the same screen, a 6.58-inch 2,640 x 1,200 overflow display.
The P40 Pro goes with a 40-megapixel ultra-wide f1.8 cinematic lens and a 12-megapixel 5X optical zoom lens with a new RYYB sensor behind it (which Huawei says takes in 40% more light) and a time-of-flight (ToF) sensor for depth effects. It's capable of 50x digital zoom.
On the Pro Plus, you basically take everything written above and add an 8-megapixel 10X optical super periscope telephoto lens which, when combined with other tweaks, provides a hell of an amount of zoom (that's the technical term, I believe).
We'll have a more in-depth review of the P40 Pro coming up in the next few days so keep an eye out.
The P40 starts at €799 while the P40 Pro starts at €999 and will be available to buy in Ireland from 7 April. The launch offer includes; Free Freebuds 3 (value €179), €50 Huawei Points card, 12 months free 50 GB Huawei Cloud Service and three months free Huawei Music streaming service in addition to Huawei’s VIP Service.
The P40 Pro+ is expected to be available from €1,399 and will be available from June.
Huawei also launched the Huawei WATCH GT2e, Huawei Sound X and the latest Spring/Summer 2020 Huawei X Gentle Monster Eyewear.
In Ireland the GT2e will launch this May, with a recommended retail price of €169. The Sound X will launch in Ireland this Summer, RRP €349 and Gentle Monster Irish launch details are not yet confirmed.