KEY POINTS

  • Coronavirus will not affect availabilty of Huawei P40 Series phones
  • Huawei P40 Pro Plus is recommended to photo-crazy phone owners
  • Huawei P40 is the standard phone of the lot with slightly lower specs

Huawei has just released its new line of handsets in the P40, P40 Pro and P40 Pro Plus. The new flagship series feature the camera-centric technology that the company has been known to offer. The new phones will run on Huawei's 5G Kirin processors and have multiple cameras, the number of which will differ depending on the model. With the coronavirus forcing most to stay indoors, the launch was done via YouTube.

The standard unit of the lot is the Huawei P40. Aside from the 50 MP standard zoom lens that all the models carry, the P40 also comes with a 15 MP ultra-wide lens and 8 MP optical zoom. The specs improve from there with the Huawei P40 Pro offering a 40 MP ultrawide lens plus 12 MP 5X optical zoom. It also comes with a time-of-flight sensor for better depth sensing, CNET reported.

The king of the lot is the Huawei P40 Pro Plus. Aside from the 50 MP zoom, it also comes with a 40 MP ultrawide angle camera, an 8 MP optical zoom, and the time-of-flight sensor. For phone users who put a lot of premium on a phone's camera, this is the recommended variant to get.

With high-end cameras backing the different Huawei P40 clan, the necessary hardware is needed. The OLED screen display on the P40 Pro and the P40 Pro Plus wrap over the sides and practically have no bezels. The P40 will sport a 6.1-inch display while the P40 Pro and the P40 Pro Plus offers a 6.58-inch display.

Inside the phones will bank on the Kirin 990 processor that should account for better power management while not compromising performance. Other features worth mentioning include 8 GB of RAM, faster in-screen fingerprint scanner and faster wireless charging, all running on Huawei's EMUI 10.1 software.

The P40 will have 128 GB of storage by default and bank on a 3,800 mAh battery. The Huawei P40 and P40 Pro will be available in 128 GB and 256 GB variants and have a 4,200 mAh battery. All phones no longer carry the traditional headphone jack.

Although the Huawei P40 Pro series is unlikely to land in United States shores, demand is expected to spike. According to Huawei CEO Richard Yu, the availability of the new phones will not be a problem even with the coronavirus pandemic. He says that production started back in December, avoiding the problems the COVID-19 strain is now giving most businesses, GSM Arena reported.

While Huawei's new P40 might not be the compnay's first Google-free phone, it is the first top-line phone meant to seduce early adopters and show off its technological prowess While Huawei's new P40 might not be the compnay's first Google-free phone, it is the first top-line phone meant to seduce early adopters and show off its technological prowess Photo: AFP / DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS