Huawei has announced their latest hardware overnight, announcing the new P40 phone series with ‘Visionary Photography’. 

There are three phones in the P40 series, the P40, P40 Pro and the P40 Pro+. While Huawei hasn’t announced availability in Australia for the P40 Pro+, Huawei has announced the P40 and P40 Pro will be launching in Australia on April 16th.

Previous P-series phones have pushed limits on design, style and the camera for Huawei, and the P40 series is no different.

The P40 features a new overflow display which offers full edge to edge design flowing over all four sides of the front of the phone giving a larger screen to body ratio. The display is 90Hz which makes it appear smoother when scrolling through your phone or playing a game.

It comes in two sizes, 6.1-inch for the P40, while the P40 Pro will have a 6.58-inch display. The display is functional as well with a built-in fingerprint scanner which has a 30% larger surface area, and is 30% faster. There’s also a punch hole for the front facing camera.

Under the hood, Huawei hasn’t skimped using their Kirin 990 5G processor includes the Balong 5G modem and is built on the 7nm process for improved power efficiency. The Kirin 990 5G is paired with 8GB RAM and 128GB (P40) or 256GB (P40 Pro) storage.

The P40 offers a 3,800mAh battery, while the P40 Pro offers a 4,200mAh battery. There’s Huawei SuperCharge on both phones, but the P40 Pro will get 40W SuperCharge and wireless charging (including reverse wireless charging) with 27W Quick Wireless Charging though you’ll have to get the charger separately.

P40P40 Pro
Display:6.1” diagonal OLED Display
2340 x 1080 resolution
6.58” diagonal OLED Display
2640 x 1200 resolution
441 ppi
Processor:HUAWEI Kirin 990 5G
Octa-core, 2*Cortex-A76 Based 2.86GHz +
2Cortex-A76 Based 2.36GHz + 4Cortex-
A55 1.95GHz
HUAWEI Kirin 990 5G
Octa-core, 2*Cortex-A76 Based 2.86GHz +
2Cortex-A76 Based 2.36GHz + 4Cortex-
A55 1.95GHz
Memory:8GB RAM/128GB Storage (with NM card up to 256GB) 8GB RAM/256GB Storage (with NM card up to 256GB)
Rear Camera:* 50MP Ultra Vision Camera (Wide Angle
* 16MP Ultra-Wide Angle Camera – (f/2.2)
* 8MP Telephoto Camera (f/2.4, OIS)
* 50MP Ultra Vision Camera (Wide Angle,
f/1.9, OIS)
* 40MP Cine Camera (Ultra-Wide
Angle, f/1.8)
* 12MP SuperSensing
Telephoto Camera (f/3.4, OIS)
* 3D Depth
Sensing Camera
Zoom:30x Digital50x Super Sensing
Front Camera:32MP Selfie Camera (f/2.0)32MP Selfie Camera (f/2.2, Auto Focus) +
Depth Camera
Water/Dust Resistance:IP53IP68
Sensor:Front In-screen Fingerprint sensor
Front In-screen Fingerprint sensor
Wireless:NFC, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax,2×2
2.4G/5G, support Wi-Fi direct, Bluetooth 5.1, Support BLE, SBC, AAC, LDAC
NFC, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax,2×2
2.4G/5G, support Wi-Fi direct, Bluetooth 5.1, Support BLE, SBC, AAC, LDAC
OS:Huawei EMUI10.1 (Based on Android 10) Huawei EMUI10.1 (Based on Android 10)
Colours:Silver Frost and Deep Sea BlueSilver Frost and Deep Sea Blue
Dimensions:71.06mm x 148.9mm x 8.5mm @ 175g72.6mm x 158.2mm x 8.95mm @ 203g

Huawei has always had something interesting when it comes to colour options and the P40 is no different. For the P40 Huawei will be launching the phone in Australia in two colours, Silver Frost and Deep Sea Blue, and I’m torn as to which is hotter.

Like previous P-series phones, Huawei has been inspired by point and shoot cameras. To achieve the same quality of shot, Huawei has again partnered with Leica to co-engineer a new, larger camera island incorporating what Huawei call ‘the most professional smartphone camera system ever’. The camera island includes an improved camera array which incorporates a Huawei Ultra Vision Sensor, SuperZoom Array and what Huawei describe as ‘pro-level cinematic features’.

Huawei is including a 3x optical zoom on their P40, while the P40 Pro gets a 5x optical zoom. Huawei has built on their superzoom technology from the P30 series to offer a 30x Digital Zoom on the P40, while the P40 Pro gets a 50x Super-Sensing Zoom – as well as Artificial (AIS) and Optical (OIS) image stabilisation.

The P40 Pro gets some pro-level Cine Camera features with audio zoom which focuses on the speaker in a video, steady Telephoto, ISO up to 51,200, a Super Slow-Mo video mode at 7680fps (at 720p res), HDR and 4K Timelapse, 4K video recording @ 60fps and pro mode.

Huawei is also introducing new AI options to the camera with Golden Snap. This new feature is focused on sports photos, with the camera able to identify seven different sports including Skateboarding, Golf, Tennis, Basketball, Football and more and identify the best shot. To achieve this Huawei captures frames before you tap the shutter and some frames after, then offering what it feels is the best shot – but of course you can save the shot you like yourself.

Huawei is also introducing two more great new features: the option to remove people in the background, and remove reflections, great for a trip to a museum or taking pictures out of a window.

The Huawei P40 series runs Android 10 with Huawei’s EMUI 10.1 over the top. The obvious elephant in the room is the lack of Google apps and services but Huawei is pushing ahead with Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) to fill the gaps.

Huawei introduced the Huawei App Gallery to replace Google Play and since its introduction they’ve acquired 400 million global monthly active users who have downloaded 1.2 billion apps and games.

The app catalogue is fairly impressive, but there are holes and to combat this Huawei is introducing a new feature which lets you download APK’s (Android apps) through a browser. They talk about official apps like Facebook and WhatsApp, but it will be interesting to see how this goes with APKs for other apps.

Huawei Music and Video
As well as apps and games, Huawei also wants to get into music and video distribution launching HUAWEI Video, and HUAWEI Music outside of China.

Huawei Music will be launching with more than 50 million tracks and podcasts in the catalogue from 600,000 artists. Huawei Video will launch with more than 50,000 different popular shows, movies and more including titles from BBC News.

To promote the service Huawei will be offering 3 month free access to Huawei Music to all Huawei users.

The P40 and P40 Pro will be available for pre-order from this Friday, the 27th of March, with stock will be in-store and ready for sale from Thursday the 16th of April.

Huawei hasn’t announced any carrier partnerships for the P40 series, instead making it available directly through retail. The P40 will be priced at $1,099 while the P40 Pro will set you back $1,599. JB HiFi and Officeworks will sell the P440 Pro, while the P40 will be available from the Huawei Authorised Chatswood Store, Mobileciti and Harvey Norman.

As a bonus if you pre-order the P40 Pro between the 27th of March and 15th of April you can also score a pair of Huawei Freebuds 3 – which are really good, and you also get access to Huawei’s complimentary VIP service which will help you set up your new device.