[Review] Huawei P40 Pro. Performance and Photography Beast!

I've been using the Huawei P40 Pro as my main phone for almost a month now there wasn't much of an adjustment really coming from any android phone or Huawei P20 Pro in my case. Here I will share with you my complete review & thoughts on the Huawei P40 Pro, the Huawei App Gallery, and the Huawei Eco-system. If you haven't seen our first impression on the phone, check it out here.

Let's start with the look and feel of the Huawei P40 Pro.
Feels right on the hand, decent weight, premium feel and finish, classy and just beautiful. One thing that Huawei is good at is the craftsmanship and design detail that goes into their smartphone. Solid aluminum frame with Huawei's Quad-curved screen on four sides. Beautiful, just beautiful!

Looking at the sides, you can see the volume rocker and power on the ride side. There's no button on the left. On top is the IR blaster which you can use as a remote to control your TV and other devices.
At the bottom, you can find the USB Type-C port, speaker grill, microphone, and SIM Card slots that can accommodate two Nano sim cards or a Huawei Nano memory card and a missing 3.5 headphone jack.

The Huawei P40 Pro has 5 colors available, the one I got was the Silver Frost. The Matte-Glass finish that presents a more premium looking device that the glossy back. What's nice about this Matte finish is that it doesn't leave any fingerprint marks like my previous phone, the Huawei P20 Pro. Holding the Huawei P40 Pro on my hands still feels a bit slippery so I recommend that you use the jelly case that comes with the box.
Referred to as the "Best Photo Smartphone" in the recent TIPA WORLD AWARDS 2020. The rear Cameras of the Huawei P40 Pro delivers stunning specs on paper and performance.

50 MP Ultra Vision Camera (Wide Angle, f/1.9 aperture, OIS)
40 MP Cine Camera (Ultra-Wide Angle, f/1.8 aperture)
12 MP SuperSensing Telephoto Camera (f/3.4 aperture, OIS)
3D Depth Sensing Camera

Other features:
Autofocus mode: Autofocus
Image stabilization: OIS + AIS
Zoom Mode: Digital Zoom, Optical Zoom, Hybrid Zoom
Video recording: Support for 4K(3840 x 2160 pixels) 60fps video recording
Image resolution: Support up to 8192 x 6144 pixels
Video resolution: Support up to 3840 x 2160 pixels

Here are sample shots with no edits or adjustments.

Close up shots

Night Mode

Photo mode and selfie mode.
My review of the Huawei P40 Pro's camera is somewhat familiar and very intuitive. It's easy to control, adjust, and take photos. Their auto-mode detects scenarios better and gives the right push on colors, brightness, and contrast on different situations.

The screen size of around 6.58 inches with the rounder corners display with the resolution of 2640 x 1200 pixels. OLED display of up to 90Hz frame refresh rate. 

The front display also has an in-screen fingerprint scanner which is actually fast and acurate. One thing notable also in front is capsule cut-out for the camera sporting a dual camera of 32 MP Selfie Camera (f/2.2 aperture) + Depth Camera*

Autofocus Mode: Autofocus
Video Recording: Support for 4K (3840 x 2160 pixels) 60fps video recording
Image resolution: Support up to 6528 x 4896 pixels
Video resolution: Support up to 3840 x 2160 pixels
*Depth Camera also support face unlock with IR.

The Huawei P40 Pro runs smoothly across all apps and carries multi-tasking so well. Powered by the Kirin 990 5G processor, the Huawei P40 Pro hits high scores on the Antutu Benchmark. It had no problem running demanding apps and games. Marvel Super War, Call of Duty, and Asphalt 9 played at high video settings.

The phone also runs video so clear and well. The Huawei P40 Pro had enough space on the phone that you might need at 256 GB internal storage but if you want to add more storage, just get a Huawei Nano Memory Card, sadly not the usual Micro SD card which is a bit more affordable than the Nano Memory Card.
Multi-tasking was also a breeze. Similar to my Huawei P20 Pro, A swipe from my nuckle will immediately split the screen and divide it into two. On the Huawei P40 Pro, you need to slide from the edge of the sides and hold it for a bit but has a bit of flexibility in the placement of the apps on your screen. I tried 3 apps on one screen, it works just in case you'd need to. Like your Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feed. This is made possible by the EMUI that Huawei P40 is running.

The Huawei EMUI 10.1 is based on Android 10. Allowing you to connect your Huawei P40 Pro to other Huawei devices like the Huawei Matebook making the usability of the whole Huawei Ecosystem appealing and convenient. Some of the gestures available which I found useful is the twice knock on the screen to capture the screen and using your knuckle to write an 'S' to do a scroll screen.

The Huawei P40 Pro has a 4,200 mAh battery, which honestly I hope would be a lot bigger than that for a flagship phone. I was able to use my phone the whole day without charging. In case you run out of juice, just use the 40W charger that comes with the phone and get those power in no time.

Huawei AppGallery is the official app market on HUAWEI smartphones that comes preloaded since April 2018. The Huawei AppGallery is more than just the default app store on their newest smartphones -- it is currently the third-biggest app distribution platform globally, with 180 billion downloads and 390 million monthly active users worldwide. Every day the AppGallery grows bigger, adding more apps and games to its repertoire for users to enjoy. There’s always something fun, useful, and informative to download from the AppGallery for sure.

There are ways to get the apps your need on your shiny Huawei P40 phones. One is Phone Clone App which would enable you to copy your old phone. The apps, messages, contacts, and the apps. There's also ways of getting the right apk files and doing a workaround to install the apps you need. You can get the APKPure and get the updated apps similar to getting it from the GooglePlay. 

Alright, now while most useful apps are already on the AppGallery like bank apps, games and others. While there are still some apps that are not yet available, the AppGallery is constantly updated and Huawei invested big in their store working with developers and designers. Read about our review and impression on the Huawei AppGallery, check them out here. https://www.mixofeverything.net/2020/04/maximizing-your-huawei-devices-with-Huawei-AppGallery.html

Not if you're like many people who rely on Google Maps to get around, I recommend a better alternative, the Here WeGo Map. https://www.mixofeverything.net/2020/04/here-wego-map-is-now-available-in-Huawei-AppGallery-Google-Maps-Alternative.html

Will Google, Gmail, and YouTube work? Yes, they will still work. You may access these via the browser. You can even use Google Chrome as your default search engine.

Final Thoughts
There's no denying that the Huawei P40 Pro is a beast of a phone and I got to say that with its hardware, software, and its feature I'd say that this is absolutely AN AMAZING PHONE. Definitely, one of the top flagship phones when you put it side by side among the other brands. While I was not able to test the 5G speed of this phone in our residence, there are some speed tests done on 5G activated areas and they definitely performed well.
Initially, I was afraid to jump in acquiring a Huawei P40 Pro knowing that there wouldn't be any Google app support but once you understand how it works, it's a whole lot easier than your first thought. It still operates like any android phone with better usability because of Huawei's EMUI.

Here are my top reasons on why you should get it
Best Smartphone Camera
Beautiful Quad-curve display 
Premium look and feel & Powerful performance.
5G Ready (baby!)

Here are my non-deal-breaker issues
The Huawei Nano Memory Card instead of the standard SD Card.
The camera at the back is too big that it bulges and prone to scratches.

If you're interested to get the phone, head over to Lazada, Shoppe, and MemoExpress. The running price, the Huawei P40 is priced at around P 36,990, Huawei P40 Pro at around 50,990 and the Huawei P40 Pro+ at around 75,000 -77,000 (1,399 Euros).

If you've any questions on the phone, feel free to message me on my socials
IG: @mykesoon
Twitter: @mykesoon

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