Huawei Releases Latest Flagship Phone Amid Global Coronavirus Lockdown

Yolanda Curtis
March 29, 2020

Among the main novelties of these models is the largest camera sensor on the smartphone market. However, Huawei announced that due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak the company had made a decision to take the curtains off the P40 and P40 Pro at an online-only event on March 26th.

As usual with the P Series, the imaging features are the main bet on this phone, and Huawei says: the camera supports the eight-focus autofocus, and the main camera also supports OIS optical stabilization technology. The HUAWEI P40 Pro features an evolution of the Leica Quad Camera with a more powerful Ultra Wide Cine Camera and ToF Camera alongside 50x SuperSensing Zoom.

As for the HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro, it draws power from the standard Kirin 990 SoC and is limited to 4G connectivity.

Aside from 5G, the HUAWEI P40 Pro also comes with support for Wi-Fi 6+ (a/b/g/n/ac/ax) standard that is claimed to offer peak download and upload speed of up to 2.4Gbps. The first two are the same as the model P40, the differences are in the telephoto with zoom of five times and the sensor ToF (Time-of-Flight). Starting with the key bits, the P40 Pro and P40 Pro+ use camera sensors exclusively from Sony. The optically stabilised Ultra Vision Wide Camera and SuperZoom Array work in tandem with AI to realise Triple OIS+AIS for vastly improved photo and video stabilisation. Deep learning algorithms provide real-time portrait optimisations that enhance lighting and detail.

According to the firm, the Huawei P40 Pro will be available on shelves in Qatar on April 9.

The new P40 series features an overflow display that curves over all four edges of the device. AI Remove Passerby and AI Remove Reflection can do away with unwanted subjects and glare from the frame, allowing users to easily enhance their images after the fact. That's good, but it falls behind the Samsung Galaxy S20 and its 120Hz.

The camera can support up-to ISO 51200 light sensitivity and enable 7680 fps ultra-slow motion video. Not enough space? The whole P40 series supports Nano Memory cards - Huawei's proprietary storage solution. There's also a 1 / 1.28-inch 50-megapixel RYYB wide-angle sensor (ultra-vision sensor with 2.44 micron pixels), an "Octa" phase-detection autofocus matrix (for faster AF), photography advanced computational thanks to the XD Fusion Motor image and much more. The telephoto camera can capture high quality zoom footage as well as 4K time-lapse videos. None of them will be officially available in the US.

The United States has expressed concern that Huawei mobile phone network equipment could contain security loopholes that allow China to spy on global communications traffic, and while the company has denied the accusation, it has been effectively barred from working with USA companies.

Working in close collaboration with global developers, Huawei offers a wide range of global and local apps on AppGallery, Huawei's official app marketplace.

Alongside the HUAWEI P40 Series, Huawei also launched the HUAWEI WATCH GT2e, HUAWEI Sound X and the latest Spring/Summer 2020 HUAWEI X GENTLE MONSTER Eyewear, further enriching its product portfolio of all-scenario products that are created to help consumers live a better digital life.

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