Huawei P40 Pro First Impressions

We've read the reviews and we've seen some posts of the Huawei P40 and Huawei P40 Pros and its photos. While we all can agree that on paper that it's a really powerful device, but how does it perform in real-life situations?

Now, free of the highlights during its live stream event launch was its new processor, the Huawei Kirin 990 5G, next up is its display with OLED screen up to 90 Hz frame refresh rate and of course the new Leica camera lenses.
Now let's do a quick unboxing. The Huawei P40 & Huawei P40 pro comes in their classic white box. Inside is a white Type-C earbucs, a USB Type-C cable, a Huawei SuperCharge at 40 W max and a clear silicone case. (Thank god for this! Having a protective sleeve in this early-on possession will definitely keep your device mint and looking good.

The back is not too glossy, it has that matte-like finish but still has metallic and premium feel to it.  The color of this phone is Matte-Gray. The size feels good on the hand and weighs just right. The OLED Display is around 6.58inch and has that 90 Hz Refresh Rate. The Processor is a 2.86GHz OCta-core HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G. The Huawei P40 Pro has an 8GB RAM, a 256GB and a 512GB storage, NanoSD Memory Card Slot. (not micro SD card)
Here are the cameras on the rear:
  • 50MP f/1.9 Main Camera (wide)
  • 40MP f/1.8 Cine Camera (Ultra-Wide)
  • 12MP f/3.4 SuperSensing Telephoto
  • TOF 3D Depth, 5x Optical Zoom
Video recording supports 4K at 60fps video recording.

Front Camera is a 32MP f/2.2 Selfie Camera + Dept Camera (which supports face unlock with IR). Video also supports 4K, 60fps video recording.

Here are some sample shot from the Huawei P40 Pro.


At the bottom, you can see the Dual SIM slot (5G & 4G), Here is the USB Type-C slot, mic and speaker. Other specs of it would be Wi-Fi at 80.11ax, Bluetooth 5.1, GPS, NFC, IR Port,  the phone already comes with EMUI 10.1, Android 10 and also features an In-display Fingerprint Scanner. Huawei, who's also known for its accurate Fingerprint Scanner delivers fast unlocks with ease in well-lit or dark situations.
Another thing to feel at ease with this phone is that the Huawei P40 Pro is IP68 Dust and Water Resistant. Spilling a drink, dropping it in a pool or have some dust into this phone wouldn't be much of a problem.

Alright, first look at this phone and you can see that it looks beautiful. Beautiful display, sexy back with amazing Leica lenses. The curved screen on the two sides gives that really nice infinity display which Huawei calls Overflow Display which the company claims is "inspired by the art of motion". How the screen seamlessly connects with the aluminum body frame is just a work of art in itself.
Now I know some of you know that this release of the Huawei phone doesn't come with a Google support. But other people who already have this phone doesn't seem to have much of a problem with it. Huawei has an alternative though, they got the Huawei AppGallery which has a lot of Apps already and many more is being added constantly. Huawei is also working with developers and designers to make the customer's experience safer and more convenient.

Thinking of getting the Huawei P40 Pro?
Now if you're in a market for a phone like this and not sure if you're getting it or not because of the lack of Google support then I tell you you'd be in for a surprise. Those were actually some of my fears coming into upgrading to a Huawei P40 Pro.
My main phone for 2 going 3 years now is the Huawei P20 Pro. It was performing well and it was nice until I dropped it and cracked the screen. I mean, it's still performing really good but it's not in its pristine condition anymore. I was thinking of upgrading into Huawei P40 Pro but I hesitated when I didn't know yet what to expect. So I was close to getting the Huawei P30 Pro. But I guess I just couldn't let this Huawei P40 Pro pass.

Right now, I transferred all my files, photos, apps and others from my Huawei P20 Pro using the Phone Clone App and running it for a while now. Honestly, it's not as bad as I expected, it's actually NOT bad. I can still use the apps I often use, browse, play games, watch videos and access necessary apps for work and adulting. I've gotten used to the EMUI system of Huawei that makes it so convenient for me to find the things I need when I need it.
First Impressions
Now, to give my first impressions on the Huawei P40 Pro, I'd say that it is better than what you'd expect. Right now, I can use my phone without having to install apps using Google App Store and other Google Apps. I'm surviving and I can still do work and my phone seems to function as intended so I guess we'll see what happens in the next coming days. Watch out for my full review on the Huawei P40 Pro.

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