The biggest update, compared to the previous P30 series lineup, is Huawei's flagship Kirin 990 5G SoC, whole new rear main camera systems, better screens, and updated designs. The new Huawei P40 series pulls a lot from the previously announced Mate 30 series, unveiled back in September last year, but pack it in a more refined and updated chassis.
The Huawei P40 is €999 flagship for the masses
While the P40 Pro and the P40 Pro+ are meant for those looking for the best of the best, the plain P40 still gets all the main hardware updates but in a more affordable package.
The Huawei P40 is slightly more compact, measuring at 148.9x71.06x8.5mm and weighing in at 175g. This is mostly due to its smaller 6.1-inch screen, and you are looking at an OLED panel with 2340x1080 resolution and a standard 60Hz refresh rate, and there is no word on HDR10+ support. This means that the standard P40 will miss out on the new "Overflow Display" with curved edges, as well as some other stuff, especially the 90Hz screen, and possibly HDR support.
On the other hand, the Huawei P40 still gets the Kirin 990 5G SoC, but with a slightly less complex cooling system. The Kirin 990 5G SoC will be paired up with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage (expandable via NanoMemory 2 card), and it will run on Huawei's EMUI 10.1 (based on Android 10).
The standard Huawei P40 comes with the new 50-megapixel "Ultra Vision" main camera, but with slightly less supporting sensors. The P40 sticks with Leica Triple Camera system, featuring a main 50-megapixel RYYB sensor, behind a f/1.9 23mm lens (but without OIS), another 8-megapixel sensor behind 80mm f/2.4 OIS lens for 3x optical telephoto, and another 16-megapixel sensor behind 17mm f/2.2 lens for Ultra Wide support.
The front camera is a 32-megapixel one with f/2.0 aperture lens, and it also comes with an IR camera, as Huawei is finally pushing infrared facial unlock system, another first for the Huawei P-series since P30 used less reliable and less secure camera-based system.
The P40 is IP53 dust and water protected, comes with a 3,800mAh battery and does not support wireless charging, as 22.5W wired is the only option.
The P40 Pro is the true flagship with curved screen and quad-camera system
In order to battle out the competition, Huawei had to spread its P40 series to three models, and while the P40 Pro+ could be out of the reach for many users, the P40 Pro should be quite enough to keep the company neck to neck with the competition.
The P40 Pro uses Huawei's new "Overflow Display", a curved screen which is, according to Huawei, inspired by the beauty and form of flowing water. This is a quad-curve screen that comes down on all four sides but is protected by the frame on all four corners.
It features a 6.58-inch curved 90Hz OLED panel with 2640x1200 resolution and a pill-shaped punch-hole in the upper left corner, for the camera, IR sensor, and ambient and proximity sensor. It also has an in-display fingerprint sensor which is both 30 percent larger and should be faster as well.
The P40 Pro measures at 158.2x72.6x8.95mm and weighs 209g, which is not half bad for a 6.58-inch screen smartphone with a 4,200mAh battery.
As noted, the entire P40 series uses Kirin 990 5G SoC, and in the P40 Pro case, it is paired up with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage (expandable but with Huawei's own NanoMemory 2 card). The P40 Pro also uses a better cooling system for the Kirin 990 SoC, with graphene film and vapor chamber.
Huawei's P40 Pro uses Ultra Vision Leica Quad Camera system, which features the same 50-megapixel RYYB sensor behind a 23mm f/1.9 aperture lens (now with OIS), 5x Optical Telephoto camera with 12-megapixel RYYB Periscope 125mm f/3.4 with OIS, Ultra Wide CIne camera with a 40-megapixel sensor and 18mm f/1.8 lens, as well as a dedicated ToF camera for depth sensing.
As its entire P40 series is about Visionary Photography, there are quite a few new features for the P40 Pro, including the Super Steady Telephoto Video, ISO of up to 51,200 for videos as well, Super Zoom, better night time shots, and more.
The front camera is still a 32-megapixel one behind f/2.2 lens, but now with autofocus and with support from a depth camera, which is the IR sensor, also used to unlock the phone.
As noted, the P40 Pro comes with 4,200mAh battery and has support for wired 40W Huawei SuperCharge, as well as wireless 27W SuperCharge.
Connectivity got updated with new 802.11ax, Bluetooth 5.1, USB 3.1 Type-C port, and 5G, of course.
The P40 Pro+ is a whole new beast
In addition to the P40 and the P40 Pro, Huawei also unveiled the P40 Pro+, which has the same screen like the P40 Pro, but comes with special ceramic back coating, Penta camera system, and 512GB of internal storage, but, unlike the P40 and the P40 Pro, it will be coming in June 2020, with a much higher price tag. We wrote about the P40 Pro+ in more detail here.
The P40 and P40 Pro come in April, while the P40 Pro+ comes in June
The P40 and the P40 Pro will be available in April, with a price tag set at €799 and €999. Strangely, the P40 Pro+ is pushed back to June 2020, and it will have a premium €1399 price tag.