- Analysis by KJ David
The 5G-enabled P40 is one of Huawei's flagship entries in 2020, packing an array of pros and cons that could land it on Phonerated's list of the fastest smartphones in town. That said, our thorough review of its specs reveals that it is not a flawless high-ender.
For starters, its 6.1-inch OLED display settles for a 2340 x 1080 FHD+ resolution only, despite a good number of other high-tier wide-screen phones not going any lower than 2K-1440p definitions. Its on-board storage of 128GB does not sound that promising as well, especially compared to the 256GB or 512GB native storage memories offered by a few tantamount models from competing brands.
Its 3800mAh-only raw power cap sounds like a con as well, if only because a lot of other 2020-released 6-inchers pass the 4000mAh mark. That said, the P40 features Huawei's proprietary 22.5W SuperCharge technology.
Jumping over to its pros, the P40 is big on photography, touting a triple-lens rear cam consisting of a 50-megapixel Ultra Vision primary lens, a 16-megapixel ultra-wide lens, and an 8-megapixel telephoto lens. It comes with a 4K-2160p maximum video-recording resolution (at 60fps), hybrid zooming (up to 5x), and Octa PD Autofocus. Up front, it offers a 32-megapixel f/2.0-aperture selfie cam that carries the phone's facial recognition system. This front cam is also enabled for 2106p video-capturing.
Inside its IP53-certified splash-ready shell is the HUAWEI Kirin 990 5G processor , which is a triple-core chip peaking at 2.86GHz and enabling 5G web browsing. It is clubbed with a 16-core Mali-G76 graphics processor for gaming and multimedia, while an 8GB RAM constitutes its active memory.
Adding to its list of pros and cons is a standard fingerprint scanner, and a coating of either Deep Sea Blue, Blush Gold, or Silver Frost.
Summing up, the Huawei P40 is a photography- and performance-driven phone for those who do not mind a couple of lapses on the display and storage fronts.
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