The Huawei P30 Pro is one of the best smartphones to come out in 2019, so expectations are high with the upcoming P40 Pro.
That said, the Huawei Mate 30 Pro was launched without Google Services, and it looks like the same fate is destined for the P40 Pro as well. That said, here's what's been revealed so far on the device.
WHEN WILL THE HUAWEI P40 PRO BE OUT?
Get ready, the Huawei P40 series is confirmed to be unveiled this 26 March 2020. The teaser also includes the bump that's likely to house the five cameras on the device.
It was originally planned to be launched at a live event in Paris, but due to the scare over the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), Huawei will instead debut the P40 series during a livestream on 26 March. That means we're just a couple weeks away from getting the full scoop direct from Huawei itself, and a release ought to follow pretty shortly thereafter. For Malaysians, the launch will happen at 9pm on the same date.
26 March 2020 is when the device will be unveiled to the world, followed by a possible global launch date.
HOW MUCH WILL THE HUAWEI P40 PRO COST?
The Huawei P30 Pro retails at RM2999 currently, a step up from the P20 Pro's price of RM2899. That upward trend could continue with the P40 Pro, as we expect it to be priced around RM3000.
Based on what's been reported, the P40 Pro could pack some sizable upgrades, which might result in a phone that pushes up against the four-figure mark. Of course, the trimmed-down standard P40 would be available for those who don't want to spend upwards of a grand, but the super-premium phone is sure to command a super-premium price.
While there's nothing to confirm this, we foresee the price to be around the RM3000 range based on the upgraded specs.
WHAT WILL THE HUAWEI P40 PRO LOOK LIKE?
Leaks and speculative renders point to a Huawei P40 Pro that continues the design evolution seen across the P20/P30 and Mate 20/Mate 30 over the last couple of years.
This leaked render above from Evleaks shows a much larger camera module, while the front shows the same kind of "Horizon Display" as the Mate 30 Pro with deep, waterfall-style curved sides. The big difference here, of course, is the presence of a wide dual-camera punch-hole cutout in the screen rather than a notch. It's similar to what we saw on the Samsung Galaxy S10+.
It's more familiar than fresh, overall, but still looks to be a nice upgrade over the P30 Pro. Evleaks has a heck of a track record, so there's plenty of reason to believe that these are legitimate renders. The white version is said to be one with a ceramic finish, too.
It looks real enough, so this should be the closest on how the device will look like for now!
WHAT ABOUT THE HUAWEI P40 PRO'S SCREEN?
The screen is the one consistent area of the P20 Pro and P30 Pro that Huawei held back on, at least compared to some other top-end flagships – but that could change with the P40 Pro.
Leaks point to an OLED screen around 6.5in at QHD+ resolution, marking a notable bump over the FHD+ (1080p) mark of old. And it's said to be a 120Hz screen, leapfrogging over OnePlus and Google's 2019 efforts for an even smoother refresh rate. It's expected to have an in-screen fingerprint sensor, too.
What you're seeing above is a purported leak of the standard Huawei P40 via 91Mobiles. It looks pretty close to the P40 Pro renders, albeit with fewer camera sensors along the back.
Higher-res, waterfall-style, and 120Hz? Bring it on!
HOW MUCH POWER WILL THE HUAWEI P40 PRO PACK?
It will likely have the same Kirin 990 chip as the Mate 30 Pro, and that's good news – right now, at least.
In benchmark tests, the Kirin 990 puts up near-equal results compared to the current Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ chip. However, new flagships in spring will undoubtedly use the incoming Snapdragon 865, which could put a bit of distance between them and a Kirin 990-toting P40 Pro. Still, it's sure to be a super-speedy phone.
The Kirin 990 seems pretty much confirmed, so you can expect the P40 Pro to be plenty powerful.
WHAT KIND OF CAMERAS WILL THE HUAWEI P40 PRO HAVE?
It was barely a year ago that we gawked at the possibility of five back cameras on the Nokia 9 PureView, but it may become the standard on top-end Androids in 2020.
That's the chatter around the Huawei P40 Pro, at least. Leaker Yash Raj Chauhary points to a 64-megapixel main sensor – a Sony IMX686, purportedly – along with a 20MP ultra-wide camera, a 12MP telephoto (periscope) camera, a macro camera, and a time-of-flight (ToF) sensor for capturing depth.
Combine that with standard and ultra-wide selfie cams on the front and we're talking about seven cameras on the phone. Camera prowess has been key to Huawei's success the last couple of years, so it's not as far-fetched as it seems, we suppose.
If the P30 Pro could wow us all, we can definitely expect the P40 Pro to do the same.
IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE I SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE HUAWEI P40 PRO?
In the earlier mentioned interview on the P40 Pro's release date, Yu had also confirmed that the P40 series will run on the Android 10 operating system. Unfortunately the upcoming flagship will still lack Google Mobile Services (GMS) due to the current trade issues with the US government, just like the Huawei Mate 30 Pro.
If Huawei's situation changed in the States before the expected launch and is able to work with Google again, then they'd switch back to Google's flavour of Android ASAP. Still, for now, it looks a bit fraught.
We're expecting to see both 4G and 5G models of the P40 Pro, likely separate ones still, with prospective buyers asked to shell out more for 5G access.
Meanwhile, Chauhary also suggests that the P40 Pro will pack an absolutely massive 5,500mAh battery pack that uses graphene materials to pack in more capacity than typical lithium-ion cells. It's also said to charge at up to 50W (wired), which is likewise nuts. We're expecting both wireless charging and reverse wireless charging on the P40 Pro, as well.
Rumours remain rumours but it does seem likely that the lack of GMS is something we should expect, so long as the issues between the US and China continues up until 2020.