Huawei P40 Pro Plus: Quick Review

Huawei P40 Pro Plus: Quick Review

Huawei P40 Pro Plus: Quick Review

Huawei P40 Pro Plus: Quick Review  

The P40 Pro + smartphone is the third in the 2020 P edition range, but also Huawei's third 5G smartphone this year. This is the most efficient model of the Chinese firm, which deploys all its know-how in mobile photography. A smartphone is designed in the hope of being essential, even though Google services are absent.

Offered at a price of 1,767USD Huawei's smartphone competes in the ultra-premium smartphone category, like the Sony Xperia 1 Mark 2 and Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra. The Huawei P40 Pro + is also a serious competitor to the Samsung. In this article, we will give you a quick review regarding Huawei P40 Pro Plus.

Huawei P40 Pro Plus: Quick Review

 Design & Display.

  Huawei P40 Pro Plus comes with a glass front. Huawei swaps glass and aluminum for ceramic, both for the back and for the frame. In addition to giving a very nice look to the mobile, it offers much better protection against scratches. The P40 Pro Plus has an IP68 water and dust resistance.

Also, the smartphone has the same dimensions as the P40 Pro. The format is the same, only the weight changes. We, therefore, end up with a 226 g mobile (the same weight as the iPhone 11 Pro Max). A gain that we surely owe to the material used as well as to the presence of an additional photo module.

The right edge accommodates the traditional volume control buttons as well as the ignition. On the lower one are placed the USB-C port as well as a speaker. The other slices are blank.

As far as display is concerned, Huawei P40 Pro Plus comes with a 6.80 OLED display. It occupies 91.6% of the front of the device. The P40 Pro Plus has a 1200 x 2640 resolution with 441 PPi.  The device also supports HDR10. It also has support for the 90Hz refresh rate

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Huawei P40 Pro Plus: Quick Review

 Operating System and Process.

Huawei P40 Pro Plus is powered by Kirin 990 5G. Both processors are built using a 7nm+ process for extreme power efficiency, and it has a neural engine on board for AI-related tasks.

 In the Geekbench test, the P40 Pro Plus scored 877 for single-core and 2712 for multicores.

According to the operating system, the Huawei Pro+ runs also on Android 10 with Huawei well-known EMUI 10.1 interface. This has some new features. Most notable is the arrival of a new intelligent personal assistant: Celia. When it works, this tool shows great responsiveness.

Note the existence of Huawei Share which allows file sharing between Huawei smartphones without mobile data. This same function also allows you to access your phone's files from any PC or Mac connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

Overall, the navigation is rather smooth and offers several customizations, including the ability to switch to dark mode, configure navigation by gestures or activate or not the application drawer. A sidebar of configurable shortcuts allows you to display the window of one app on top of another.

Huawei P40 Pro Plus: Quick Review

Storage, Price and available colors.

Huawei P40 Pro Plus price depends on the selected variant. The basic variant of Huawei P40 Pro Plus with 8GB RAM and 256 variant, we have no idea how much it may cost. The variant with 8GB RAM and 512GB variant, it will cost 1,379.99USD on Amazon. It has an SD card up to 512. While it goes with 2 SIM cards, one is physical and the other is eSIM. It is available in White Ceramic and Black Ceramic colors.

Huawei P40 Pro Plus: Quick Review

Security and Ports

For security, The P40 Pro Plus comes with a fingerprint sensor is placed under the display. The latter is also very fast and works as well - or even better - than the one on the P30 Pro (which was already excellent). It doesn't support 3D face recognition for unlocking the device. The P40 Pro Plus also supports the classical unlocking methods such as pattern and passcode.

As of ports, the Pro Plus phone supports Bluetooth 5 and NFC. It supports VoLTE and WiFi Calling. The device comes with a USB-C port, which helps in quick charging. The device has no a 3.5mm headphone jack, like many of today's flagships which choose to say goodbye to such technology.

Huawei P40 Pro Plus: Quick Review

Battery and charging.

 Huawei P40 Pro Plus comprises a powerful Li-Ion battery with a capacity of 4200mAh. Exactly the same battery as the P40 Pro. And the phone offers fast charging.

 On the recharging side, we find fast charging at 40 W thanks to a dedicated power supply unit. Wireless charging goes from 27W to 40W as long as you have a compatible dock. Finally, reverse wireless charging remains at 27W, still one of the fastest on the market.

Huawei P40 Pro Plus: Quick Review


  Huawei P40 Pro Plus has a Penta-camera on the rear as clarified: 40Mp ( utrawide with f\2.2),50MP( wide with f\1.9 it has OIS and Laser AF), 8MP( telephoto with f\2.4) and 8MP( periscope telephoto with f\4.4)  ToF 3D( depth sensor). The Pro Plus has a 32MP wide front-facing camera with f\2.2and RI ToF 3D depth sensor.

 In still, namely that, by default, the main module takes pictures in 12 megapixels. To get photos in 50 megapixels, you have to go to the Pro model of the Photo application. The images obtained in 50-megapixel mode offer more detail, but the software processing intervenes in a rather severe way in some places, smoothing the scene and generating digital noise.

 By day, Huawei's smartphone offers excellent shots. The image is detailed and the software processing hardly intervenes to smooth the scene. The colors are however a bit accentuated compared to what we see in the S20 Ultra. It's up to everyone to know the rendering they prefer for their photos.

 In low light, the P40 Pro + goes higher in sensitivity than its opponent (ISO 1600). In fact, the image is better exposed but loses a little in precision. The S20 Ultra is satisfied with ISO 400 to preserve the details of the scene as much as possible.

 Few smartphones offer very good results with the ultra-wide-angle module. Yet this P40 Pro Plus succeeds where the vast majority of phones fail. Although overexposed, the shot offers many details, so much so that we could compare it with some standard modules of other mobiles. We just regret a loss of quality at the lower-left corner, but nothing too bad.

By night, Huawei's flagship once again offers a rather impressive result. If the software processing smooths the image a lot and makes most of the details disappear, the objects that make up the scene are perfectly visible.

The telephoto lens of the Huawei P40 Pro Plus only allows an x3 zoom, while that of the Galaxy S20 Ultra can go up to x4. However, the result is rather convincing and the P40 Pro + module offers a very good result. The shot is correctly exposed, the details are present, and if there is any smoothing, it is imperceptible.

Unfortunately, at night, as on all smartphones, it remains unusable. Compared to the S20 Ultra, we see better exposure as well as no digital noise. However, the smoothing is far too strong to be exploitable.

According to zooming abilities, the phone is armed with an additional module which is none other than a periscope allowing an x10 zoom. This is not the first time that we have seen this type of zoom on a smartphone. The Oppo Reno 10X zoom, as well as the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra also offers one. However, in the case of the Oppo, it is only a hybrid zoom while in that of the S20 Ultra, its periscope module only goes up to x4.

The x10 periscope zoom of our P40 Pro + offers a fairly impressive accuracy. The scene is clear, correctly exposed, and teeming with detail. The colors certainly stand out a little too much, but this does not spoil the general appearance of the shot. Otherwise, it must be recognized that Huawei engineers have been able to provide amazing work on this module. Especially since it has a focal length of 240 mm, which is long and which, in normal times, does not rhyme with a good result.

 At night, the image of the P40 Pro + comes out completely black. The objects that make up our scene are perceptible, but the cliché cannot be used.

 For the front camera, the photos are of excellent quality, very detailed, and do not come up against the brightness.

The portrait mode is also convincing. The clipping is very precise and the subjects stand out very well against the background. A feat that we owe in part to the ToF sensor.

Video shooting, the P40 Pro + can shoot videos up to 4K at 60 frames per second. If it doesn't have an optical stabilizer (only electronic), the images are very stable, even if your handshakes a little too much.

Huawei P40 Pro Plus: Quick Review


The P40 Pro + is quite simply a great smartphone. This is the most versatile photo phone on the market today, and the rest of its spec sheet is just as impressive as its photo capabilities. Unfortunately, like the P40 and P40 Pro, this Pro Plus model does not include Google Mobile Services, which makes its use complicated for those who are not used to doing without it. It is therefore difficult to advise him against the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra which is just as exemplary and offers Google services. What about you? Do you recommend this smartphone? Give us your opinion on the comments.

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