Huawei will hold a hardware showcase online at 1pm GMT tomorrow, where the Chinese firm will unveil the feverishly anticipated successor to P30 Pro – the P40 Pro. The new device is all but confirmed to come with a quad-curved display and an upgraded camera that could leave the P30 Pro in its dust.
The north star of Huawei’s P-series has always been its camera and it seems the P40 Pro won’t be any different. The handset is expected to come with a huge rectangular camera module on its rear housing at least four sensors.
In a behind-closed-doors briefing with Huawei earlier this month, the company confirmed to Express.co.uk the device will tote “market leading sensor technology” and “advanced periscope camera technology”. But what does all this marketing jargon mean? Well, it seems the P40 Pro will come with upgraded camera sensors and could extend its optical magnification to 10x, potentially doubling the 5x optical zoom offered by the P30 Pro.
In addition to toting first-class camera specs, the P40 Pro is also anticipated to be treated to upgraded image processing thanks to Huawei’s in-house Kirin 990 chipset that’s extremely likely to be housed under its bonnet.
But don’t go thinking the P40 Pro is going to be a one-trick pony. It seems the flagship is also going to be treated to Huawei’s most futuristic-looking display yet.
Alleged renders of the P40 Pro that have surfaced online from various reliable sources show the handset with a quad-curved display. That means in addition to toting curves on its sides, the P40 Pro is also expected to have a curvaceous top and bottom.
The extreme curvature of the P40 Pro is expected to make the phone appear completely free of bezels… bar a pill-shaped cutout within its display à la Galaxy S10+.
In terms of display resolution and refresh rate, the P40 Pro isn’t expected to be industry-leading by any means. That’s according to an alleged spec sheet of the handset unearthed by reliable tipster @RODENT950.
The P40 Pro will purportedly boast a panel resolution of 2640×1200, meaning it’ll have slightly more clarity than full HD devices. Additionally, the phone is also tipped to come with a 90Hz refresh rate rather than the 120Hz seen on the likes of the Oppo Find X2 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S20 series.
So the hardware of the P40 Pro is rumoured to be pretty great, but what about the software? Well, here’s where things go dramatically downhill…
The P40 Pro won’t come with support for Google apps and services like the P30 Pro does. That means you can wave goodbye to the likes of Google Chrome, Google Maps, Google Chrome… the exhaustive list goes on.
Instead you’ll have to make do with Huawei’s mobile services alternative. Instead of using the Play Store to get your apps, you’ll have to use the Huawei AppGallery that doesn’t have anywhere near the same robust set of apps as its Google counterpart. In fact, you won’t even be able to download the likes of WhatsApp or Instagram on it.
Of course, you can always download third-party app stores or sideload Google onto the device. However the latter is not endorsed by either Google or Huawei and both are still additional hurdles the user needs to clear.
Express.co.uk will be covering Huawei’s live stream tomorrow, so stay tuned for all the announcements!
Published at Wed, 25 Mar 2020 13:53:00 +0000