5 issues to know before you purchase a Huawei P40 Professional cellphone

5 issues to know before you purchase a Huawei P40 Professional cellphone


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Huawei’s P40 collection of smartphones can be found in Europe and the UK. The vary contains the bottom P40, the P40 Professional and the P40 Professional Plus, and Huawei hopes they’re going to take the combat to the likes of the iPhone 11 ProfessionalGalaxy S20 and OnePlus 8. I have been utilizing the P40 Professional — the center little one of the three — and have been placing it by its paces. The cellphone is out there for £900 (about $1,120 or AU$1,770) right here within the UK, however because of the US ban on Huawei merchandise, it is not formally on sale within the US. 

That ban additionally means it does not use Google apps — together with entry to the Google Play Retailer — however the cellphone does have 5G and a great digital camera. That stated, its massive brother, the P40 Professional Plus, is much more photography-focused, with the primary 10x optical zoom seen on a cellphone. Pictures fans amongst it is best to take into account ready till that cellphone lands in June, or a minimum of till we have given it our assessment remedy.

For those who’re in one in all Huawei’s shopper markets and are curious concerning the cellphone, listed here are 5 issues it is best to learn about this cellphone earlier than you take into account spending your cash. 

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Huawei P40 Professional has no Google apps

As a result of firm’s ongoing difficulties with the US authorities, Huawei telephones don’t use Google providers. Which means no Google Play Retailer for apps and no help for providers reminiscent of Gmail, YouTube, Maps or the Chrome browser. For a lot of of you this will likely be a deal breaker, significantly when you depend on Google’s suite of apps to your work. 


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However that does not imply there are not any apps in any respect. Huawei has its personal e mail consumer, browser and calendar on board and it additionally has its personal app retailer. There are many massive identify apps already obtainable, reminiscent of Amazon, TikTok, Adidas Working, SnapChat, PicsArt and the ever-popular Fortnite. There are numerous extra, nevertheless, together with Instagram or enhancing apps like Adobe Lightroom that merely aren’t obtainable by Huawei’s retailer.

Whereas Fb and WhatsApp aren’t obtainable instantly, the shop will take you to these apps’ net pages, the place you possibly can obtain and set up the app (in a .apk file) by the browser. The apps will then seem on the cellphone and work as regular.

It is vital, then, to test and see whether or not the apps you depend on can be found proper now. Huawei says it is working carefully with builders from all around the world to try to deliver many extra apps to its retailer, so it is doubtless we’ll see greater names showing over time. 


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P40 Professional does have 5G

No flagship cellphone price its salt in 2020 would launch with out 5G connectivity and the P40 Professional isn’t any exception. You will have to be in an space that has 5G and have a 5G-enabled cellphone plan to make the most of the next-gen community. For those who’re hoping to get these blazing-fast speeds immediately, be certain to test what availability you will have in your space earlier than upgrading to any 5G cellphone.

The P40 Professional’s digital camera is sweet, however wants enchancment

Huawei has a monitor document of equipping its telephones with superior cameras. The P40 Professional packs 4 lenses: a typical zoom, an excellent wide-angle lens, a 5x optical zoom lens and a depth-sensing lens. Whereas the cellphone’s digital camera abilities are definitely up there with the very best, it wants some tweaking within the software program earlier than it might take the crown as the very best of the very best. 

Edinburgh’s Dean Village, captured with the P40 Professional’s normal digital camera.

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A statue, taken with the P40 Professional’s normal digital camera mode.

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The identical statue, taken with the P40 Professional’s 5x zoom lens.

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Night time mode on the P40 Professional.

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My predominant situation is with the white steadiness, or the general coloration temperature, of the pictures the cameras seize. Typically, it appears to tint photographs with extra of a magenta hue than what was current in actual life, which made varied take a look at photographs from the cellphone look much less pure than the identical photographs taken on the iPhone 11 Professional or Galaxy S20 Extremely. It is solely a slight shift, and when you’re not taking direct comparisons with different telephones you won’t discover. Huawei says an replace will likely be obtainable in Could that fixes the difficulty. I will be testing the cellphone then to see how the replace helps.

Moreover that although, the cellphone takes nice photographs, with even exposures and wonderful distinction. Its 5x zoom produces crisp photographs of faraway topics, and pictures takin in low mild and at night time time are simply up there with the very best.

If you’d like an incredible digital camera, it is best to get the P40 Professional Plus as an alternative

For those who’re tempted to get the P40 Professional as an alternative of the normal P40, it might be due to digital camera upgrades to the bottom mannequin, just like the 5x optical zoom. 

However the P40 Professional Plus ups that to incorporate a whopping 10x optical zoom, which guarantees superb magnification with out lack of high quality. It is the very best optical zoom ever seen on a cellphone and I actually beloved attempting it out.


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Do not buy the black model

Huawei’s previous few launches, together with the P30 and P20 collection, got here with some vibrant coloration choices that seemed superb. Whereas the P40 Professional was proven off in some delightful-looking hues, the assessment mannequin that landed on my desk was plain black and, like all plain black telephones, it seems boring and forgettable. 

No person desires boring and forgettable — not when you possibly can have blissful and vibrant and thrilling. So when you do plan on forking over the money for the P40 Professional, a minimum of seize it in its deep blue, shimmering pink or mushy gold varieties.

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