Huawei’s latest flagship P40 series boasts up to 100x zoom


  • Huawei
  • Friday, 27 Mar 2020

Huawei's latest P40 flagship series smartphones pack larger camera sensors for better, brighter photos, while the top-of-the-line P40 Pro+ can zoom up to 100x. — Huawei

Huawei's latest P40 series flagship smartphones pushes the envelope of mobile photography with larger sensors and up to 100x zoom.

Each smartphone in the series features one more rear camera than its predecessor, starting with the P40's three rear cameras – an array that includes a 50-megapixel main camera, a 16-megapixel ultra-wide angle camera and 8-megapixel telephoto camera.

The P40 Pro's rear quad-camera setup comes with the same 50-megapixel main camera, an upgraded 40-megapixel ultra-wide angle Cine Camera and a 12-megapixel telephoto camera, plus an additional 3D depth sensing camera.

Meanwhile, the P40 penta-camera configuration has the 50-megapixel main camera, 40-megapixel ultra-wide angle Cine Camera, 3D depth sensing camera and two 8-megapixel cameras: one telephoto with 3x optical zoom and one superzoom camera with 10x optical zoom, both of which support optical image stabilisation (OIS).

Huawei said its top-of-the-line P40 Pro+ is able to zoom up to 100x, while the P40 Pro can zoom in up to 50x.

In terms of front-facing cameras, the P40 has a single 32-megapixel selfie camera, while the P40 Pro and Pro+ each has a dual 32-megapixel and depth sensor selfie camera. All units come with what Huawei claims is the largest CMOS sensor yet for the brand, measuring 1/1.28 inches diagonally. The larger sensor allows the phones to capture more light, promising brighter photos with more details.

For users wanting to focus on just the subject when taking videos, the P40 series can help with real-time Bokeh effects to blur out the background, while the built-in telephoto camera allows for zoomed videos.

Additionally, the P40 Pro and P40 Pro+ can intelligently focus audio recording to where the camera is zoomed with its Directional Audio Zoom feature.

Huawei consumer business group CEO Richard Yu said the P Series has always been about innovative aesthetics and making premium imaging hardware accessible.

“With an outstanding sensor, camera systems that we co-engineered with Leica, powerful chipset and Huawei XD Fusion Engine, the Huawei P40 Series exemplifies our focus and offers an all-day Super Definition experience to help consumers realise their creative vision,” he said in a press release.

The XD Fusion Engine combines data from the various rear cameras to produce a higher quality image.

On the screen side, the P40 has a 6.1in OLED display (2,340 x 1,080 pixels), while the P40 Pro and P40 Pro+ share a larger 6.58in OLED Quad-curve Overflow Display (2,640 x 1,200 pixels) that curves over all four sides of the phone for a borderless look.

The bigger phones’ display also boast a 90Hz refresh rate which promises a smoother video watching and gaming experience.

Powered by the Kirin 990 5G chipset that provides 5G connectivity plus power efficiency, the P40 flagship series runs on the Android 10 operating system with EMUI 10.1, and features Huawei’s official app marketplace, the AppGallery.

Other specs include an upgraded in-screen fingerprint reader, which Huawei said can scan 30% faster than previous generations, water- and dust-resistance ratings (IP53 for the P40 and IP68 for the P40 Pro and P40 Pro+), gesture sensors and NFC.

The P40 packs a 3,800mAh battery with 22.5W wired charging, the P40 Pro has a 4200mAh battery with 40W wired charging and 27W wireless charging, while the P40 Pro+ has a 4200mAh battery and can charge equally fast at 40W using wired or wireless charging.

Colour-wise, users are spoilt for choice as the P40 and P40 Pro come in five colours – Ice White, Deep Sea Blue and Black that have a glossy glass finish, plus Blush Gold and Silver Frost that have a refractive matte glass finish – while the P40 Pro+ comes in Ceramic White and Ceramic Black with a ceramic back panel.

For now, the phones are only available in one configuration with the following global pricing – P40 (8GB RAM and 128GB storage) for €799 (RM3,823), P40 Pro (8GB RAM and 256GB storage) for €999 (RM4,780) and P40 Pro+ (8GB RAM and 512GB storage) for €1,399 (RM6,694).

For additional space, users can install a nano memory card for up to 256GB storage capacity. Users can also take advantage of the complementary one year of up to 50GB free cloud storage that comes with any new Huawei phone purchases, subject to terms and conditions.

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