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Smartphone: Huawei P40 Pro Review

The Huawei P40 Pro is the successor of last year’s P30 Pro. While the P40 Lite is currently available, the smaller version P40 will be published at exactly the exact same time as the Pro version. The flagship model P40 Pro Plus, which has an extra zoom lens, more storage, and faster charging, is scheduled to be published in the summer.

The P40 Pro is equipped with a 6.58-inch OLED screen that supports a refresh rate of 90 Hz. Since it’s powered by Huawei’s own flagship SoC, 5G is on board. There’s absolutely not any 4G-only version as well as the storage configuration is fixed. In 999 Euros (~$1,092), the cost has dropped compared to the predecessor (1,099 Euros or ~$1,200).

Case – Fewer Colors for the P40 Pro
Concerning the color choice, Huawei has taken a more conservative approach and created just three color choices available for the P40 Guru: Black, Blush Gold, and Silver Frost. The exterior once again contains glass with a metal framework. This time, not only the left and right sides of the glass but all four sides are rounded-off, which looks fine and doesn’t impair daily usage since the curvature is not too pronounced.

Even though the clearances are tight, they are more even in some cases. By way of instance, the distance between the glass back and the frame is bigger in the center and decreases towards the corners. The smartphone isn’t susceptible to twisting, and it withstands reasonable amounts of pressure.

The Huawei P40 Guru is protected against dust and water according to IP68. The SIM tray cover includes an almost identical color as the framework and takes both nano-SIM or a nano-memory card rather than the second SIM card.

Characteristics – Huawei Continues to Rely on an NM Card
Huawei continues to rely on its own nano-memory card form factor with equal dimensions as nano-SIM cards and capacities of up to 256 GB. As such, availability isn’t a problem, even though the cards are more expensive when compared with the far more prevalent microSD cards. However, the file system exFAT is supported, which enables users to store individual files with a size which exceeds 4 GB on the memory card. While the storage can’t be reformatted as internal storage, shifting app data to it’s supported.

The USB port can transfer data based on the 3.1 specifications (Gen.1) and provides wired video output via an optional adapter to HDMI or DisplayPort interfaces. Moreover, desktop-style is once more available. Similarly, the IR transmitter which may be used to remote control electronics and DSLRs is on board as well.

On account of this trade battle, there are a couple of limitations when it comes to Bluetooth 5.1, like the lack of support for the audio codecs aptX and aptX HD – rather, just SBC, AAC, LDAC and LHDC are encouraged. For visual notification alarms, users might need to trust the always-on display.

Software – Huawei’s AppGallery Isn’t a Perfect Substitute
The Huawei P40 Pro runs Android 10 using the EMUI 10.1 overlay. Features of the more recent version of Huawei’s UI comprise the integration of MeeTime and the ability to split the smartphone’s mic and cameras using a Huawei laptop.

Programs can be set up in the Huawei AppGallery, whereas Google the Play Store isn’t preinstalled. Manually installing these apps isn’t an easy task, either, and it could only be achieved with root permissions. As many common programs are already available on the AppGallery, popular messenger and social networking programs, in particular, tend to be missing, because they frequently stem from US companies. People who already have a Huawei phone can replicate over their data through the initial setup with the program Phone Clone, which preserves WhatsApp chat logs. WhatsApp can be downloaded directly from the business’s web page so as to install the program on the smartphone, but this method doesn’t enable automatic updates. Other messengers like Signal or Threema are still missing too. At least the Facebook apps can be set up fairly easily after downloading the Amazon App Store.

Because of the absence of a Google certificate, DRM-protected content can’t be considered at HD resolutions.

Communication and GNSS – Huawei P40 Guru with Powerful Wi-Fi and 5G
The Huawei P40 Pro can connect to the internet via all contemporary mobile communications standards. Since a broad assortment of both LTE and 5G frequencies is supported, global network connectivity shouldn’t be a problem. The 5G modem of this Chinese maker is part of the SoC and allegedly more power-efficient than the committed modems of opponents, and though it only supports sub-6 5G, very fast transfer speeds are possible no matter. In concept, the P40 Pro is capable of download speeds of around 2.3 Gb/s and upload speeds of around 1.25 Gb/s.