The photography-focused Huawei P40 Pro launches in the UAE

The Huawei P40 Pro is all about photography and video

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The Huawei P40 Pro is one of its three flagship P-series smartphones from this year. It comes equipped with 5G coverage thanks to its Kirin 990 5G SoC. But the majority of its improvements are aimed at design, optics and user performance.

Quad-curve Overflow 90Hz display

On the front, you find Huawei’s quad-curve 6.58-inch FHD+ OLED display that draws inspiration from the art of motion. It sports narrow bezels making for a near border-less aesthetic with a dual hole-punch housing the 32MP selfie camera. The 90Hz refresh rate is also a welcome change, making the phone feel more responsive.

This design ensures an ergonomic hold for the P40 Pro (via Huawei)

Furthermore, the display sports an improved fingerprint scanner. The in-screen scanner offers 30 per cent faster biometric authentication whereas the front selfie camera equips 3D facial recognition for added security.

Powerful camera for photos and videos

Huawei has gone for a quad-camera system on the P40 Pro, with a 50MP main lens, a 40MP ultra-wide lens, a 12MP periscope telephoto lens and a 3D ToF sensor. This year, not only is the setup powered by Leica hardware but the RYYB primary sensor boasts the largest sensor size in the industry at 1/1.28-inches.

The periscope telephoto sensor on the P40 Pro is also an RYYB sensor with 5x optical zoom (via Huawei)

But it is not just hardware that completes the experience. Huawei’s underlying algorithms and AI implementation enables better processing using its XD Fusion Engine. One feature we especially like is Huawei’s Golden Snap, which can eliminate unwanted reflections in images and remove any passer-by from photos with ease using AI. With time, we will be able to use it and let you know how it performs.

Huawei’s new 50MP RYYB sensor is capable of taking in 40 per cent more light (via Huawei)

As far as zoom functionality is concerned, we are looking at up to 5x optical zoom and 50x digital zoom on the smartphone. This ties in with the smartphone’s video recording capabilities too, with support for Directional Audio Zoom. By using this, you will can zoom into subjects and amplify sound coming from them for better audio. Speaking of video, the 40MP cine camera lens goes a long way to improve it on the smartphone. You are able to capture real time bokeh, 4K time-lapse videos and 7,680fps ultra slow-motion footage.

User experience

Equipped with the latest processing power, slow performance is out of the question. In combination with the Kirin 990 5G, the P40 Pro has 256GB of UFS 3.0 storage and 8GB of RAM. Software wise, you find Huawei’s latest EMUI 10.1.0 software running on an Android Open Source Project (AOSP) build of Android 10. Because of this, the P40 Pro comes equipped with Huawei Mobile Services and AppGallery. Over the last several months, we have seen a wide variety of local and international applications become available on AppGallery and this should improve in the future. As far as getting Google Play Services on the smartphone goes, it will take a bit more time to crack.

EMUI 10.1.0 on the Huawei P40 Pro will help you take advantage of its AppGallery (via Huawei)

Otherwise, if you happen to own a Huawei MateBook, you can also take advantage of the company’s close-knit ecosystem. Multi-screen collaboration is a great feature to enhance productivity and it especially works well with Huawei’s Windows PCs. There have been improvements made the P40 Pro’s battery as well. The phone sports a 4,200mAh cell with support for Huawei’s 40W Supercharging as well as 40W wireless charging, the fastest wireless charging technology in the industry. With manufacturers adopting evenfaster speeds, we would have liked to see 50W. But maybe the battery’s endurance may convince us otherwise.

Availability and pricing

The Huawei P40 Pro will be available for pre-order starting April 2. It will come with dual-SIM support, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage expandable by Huawei’s nano-memory. You will be able to get the phone in a matte Silver Frost finish and a glossy Black finish for Dh3,499. Pre-order customers will also get a Huawei Watch GT 2, VIP service, a 6 month one time free replacement screen protection warranty, access to a cloud service package and a flip cover with the smartphone. The phone will be available in store starting April 9.