Huawei P40 and P40 Pro leak in a series of renders

Is it too early to think about the Huawei P40 series?


Huawei has made it no surprise that it is going ahead with the launch of its P40 series without Google services. This is not just because its Mate 30 series did so, but because Richard Yu, the head of the company’s consumer business group has said so. While the phone is expected in March next year, renders are already starting to surface.

Rear-camera island

Richard Yu has promised a “never seen” design for its upcoming flagships but the renders say otherwise. They are less detailed than the usual CAD-based drawings we see and that may be why were are not able to pick up on small nuances. The bottom of the device has the speaker grill, the Type-C USB port and a SIM tray. Most notably, the right of device shows hardware volume and power buttons. This is not the case on the Mate 30 Pro, at least for its volume buttons which may suggest that this design feature will remain an exclusive for the Mate series.

What do you think about smartphones in 2020 going for rectangular camera units? (via 91mobiles)

One thing that is obvious though is the rear-camera island. We have seen it already in a number of smartphones as well as in the Samsung Galaxy S11’s series of leaks. It seems the rectangle on the top left corner at the back of a flagship will be the trend in 2020. We cannot see the exact shape of it but the idea is similar. And apparently, this design choice is because it is the most optimum way of fitting a large number of sensors in as small an area as possible.

We cannot tell if the display has a notch or punch-hole (via 91mobiles)

The P40 is expected to have four cameras on the back whereas the flagship P40 Pro will come with a penta-camera setup. This will include a 64MP Sony IMX686 primary sensor with OIS, a 20MP ultrawide snapper, a 12MP periscope telephoto, a dedicated macro camera and a ToF 3D camera. Thanks to more recent information from noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Huawei’s flagship could bring up to 10x optical zoom to its camera with more intricate engineering.

Display and specifications

While the P40 is said to sport a flat 6.1 or 6.2-inch display, the P40 Pro will have a ‘waterfall’ style curved display measuring between 6.5 and 6.7-inches. In the drawing, we also a see that a metal frame has been added to the corner of the device, perhaps for added protection to the curved screen.

The added metal frame around the curve is a great move (via 91mobiles)

The renders do not tell us of any punch-holes or notches but we are sure both displays will be OLED panels with in-display fingerprint sensors. According to previous rumours, the P40 Pro may come with a Quad HD+ resolution 120Hz display and a screen-to-body ratio of 98 per-cent. It could also sport a huge 5,500mAh battery with 50W fast charging support. The obvious processor of choice will be the Kirin 990, which also comes with 5G support. Android 10 will power the EMUI 10 experience, but with no Google applications or services out of the box.