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Huawei P40 Pro specs, P40 Pro Plus and P40 vs. P30 Pro and Mate 30 Pro: What's new and what's different?

Huawei's premium P40 series has just been launched. Here's how it compares with last year's P30 Pro and Mate 30 Pro.

Huawei's new P40 and P40 Pro come in five colors known as Black, Deep Blue Sea, Ice White, Blush Gold, and Silver Frost (pictured).

Huawei's next generation of superphones is here. After delays caused by the coronavirus , the Chinese phone-maker presented the P40 and P40 Pro and P40 Pro Plus over a YouTube livestream on Thursday. All three phones feature premium hardware including the latest Kirin 990 processor, 5G, 90Hz refresh rates and an in-screen fingerprint scanner, which Huawei says has a 30% faster unlock speed than last year's models. And none of them will have access to Google services, due to Huawei's ongoing difficulties with the US government. But there are some key differences across the three phones in terms of their size, design, battery capacity and -- most obviously -- camera systems.

The P40 is the smallest of the three at 6.1 inches. And with no wraparound screen, the design is a step down from its more expensive siblings, which rock what Huawei calls a "quad-curve overflow display." The company says the new design makes swiping more seamless with the help of what it describes as "demi bullnose edge on all four sides."

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Huawei's flagships are known for their impressive cameras and the P40 Series is no exception. Along with Leica camera hardware, all three phones from the Huawei P40 series have main "Ultra Vision" cameras, which employ a 50-megapixel sensor that is 1/1.28-inches in size. It's the largest sensor Huawei has ever embedded on a phone to date -- even bigger than the sensor in the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra.

 The Huawei P40 Pro Plus has a five-camera system on the rear while the Huawei P40 Pro features a four-camera setup on the rear and two front-facing sensors. Meanwhile the base P40 phone has a three-camera system on the rear and one selfie camera on the front. The optical zoom starts at 3x in the P40 and increases to 5x in the P40 Pro. The P40 Pro Plus has 10x optical zoom, the highest we've ever seen on a phone.

Water resistance is another differentiator between the three phones. The P40 is rated IP53, while the Pro and Pro Plus are rated IP68. That means the latter two should be able to withstand being submerged in water, while the P40 should be able to handle light rain.


Huawei's P40 series comes completely Google-free.

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P40 Series vs. P30 Pro and Mate 30 Pro

The P40 phones' improvements over last year's P30 Pro include an upgraded Kirin processor and updated software based on Android 10. Compared with the Mate 30 Pro, phones in the new P40 Series have a larger main sensor (50-megapixel vs 40-megapixel) among other differences. Huawei's flagship phones are designed for people who care more about a phone's appearance and its camera capability. Its Mate series is more focused on pixels and processors.  

Launched in September 2019, the Mate 30 Pro was Huawei's first major flagship launch after the US imposed a trade ban on the Chinese phone-maker in May. As such, it was unveiled without Google's suite of services, which includes access to the Google Play Store, Gmail, Google Maps and so on. It's also missing the full power of Google's Android operating system. That means the P30 Pro, which is based on Android 9 Pie, is the most advanced Huawei phone available with Google Mobile Services. But it doesn't offer 5G, so you'll have to accept using 4G. Huawei is investing heavily in its own Huawei Mobile System, however, and it's working to get more apps onto its store.

For a full comparison, check out our specs chart below.

Huawei P40 Series specs

Huawei P40 Huawei P40 Pro Huawei P40 Plus Huawei P30 Pro Mate 30 Pro
Display size, resolution 6.1-inch Flex OLED 2,640x1200-pixels 6.58-inch Flex OLED 2,640x1200-pixels 6.58-inch Flex OLED 2,640x1200-pixels 6.47-inch OLED; 2,340x1,080-pixels 6.53 inches OLED, 1176 x 2400 pixels
Pixel density 441ppi 441ppi 441ppi 398ppi 409ppi
Dimensions (Millimeters) 148.9x71.06x8.5 mm 158.2x72.6x8.95 mm 158.2x72.6x8.95 mm 158x73.4x8.41 mm 158.1x73.1x8.8 mm
Weight (Ounces, Grams) 175g 209g 226g 6.77 oz; 192g 198 g (6.98 oz)
Mobile software Android 10 with EMUI 10.1 Android 10 with EMUI 10.1 Android 10 with EMUI 10.1 Android 9.0 with EMUI 9.1 Android 10.0; EMUI 10
Camera 50-megpixel (ultra vision wide) 16-megapixel (ultrawide) 8-megapixel telephoto with 3x optical zoom, and color temperature sensor 50-megapixel (ultra vision wide) 40-megapixel (ultra wide) 12-megapixel (5x optical telephoto), 3D time-of-flight camera, color temperature sensor 50-megpixel (ultra vision wide), 40-megapixel (ultrawide), 8-megapixel telephoto (with 3x optical zoom), 8-megapixel telephoto (with 10x optical zoom,) time-of-flight sensor, color temperature sensor 40-megapixel (standard), 20-megapixel (ultra wide), 8-megapixel 5x optical periscope zoom, time-of-flight sensor 40-megapixel (wide) 8-megapixel (telephoto) 3x optical zoom 40-megapixel (ultrawide) time-of-flight 3D (depth) sensor
Front-facing camera 32-megapixel 32-megapixel & depth sensor 32-megapixel & depth sensor 32-megapixel 32-megapixel time-of-flight 3D
Processor Kirin 990 5G Kirin 990 5G Kirin 990 5G Kirin 980 processor Kirin 990
Storage 128GB 128GB/256GB 128GB/256GB 128GB, 256GB, 512GB 128GB, 256GB
Battery 3,800 mAh (with 22.5 watt fast-charging) 4,200 mAh (with 40-watt fast-charging) 4,200 mAh (with 40-watt fast-charging) 4,200 mAh 4,500 mAh
Headphone jack No No No No No
Colors Black, Deep Blue Sea, Ice White, Silver Frost, Blush Gold Black, Deep Blue Sea, Ice White, Silver Frost, Blush Gold Ceramic Black, Ceramic White Black, Pearl White, Aurora, Amber Sunrise and Breathing Crystal. two vegan leather options: green and orange. Other colors include silver, green, purple, and black.