All you need to know about the upcoming Huawei P40! The upcoming Huawei P40 (and its expected big brother, the P40 Pro) is one of the tech industry’s biggest enigmas – will it actually ever be released or not? Despite Huawei’s claims the phone will land in March, we’re unsure.
Because of the ongoing Huawei ban, new smartphones from the company can’t use any Google apps (including the Play Store), greatly restricting their capabilities and value versus other smartphones. That includes the Huawei P40 Pro. When the Huawei Mate 30 Pro launched it had no such apps, and we couldn’t even give it a full review as a result.
Despite the dubious future laid out for Huawei’s handsets, we’re eagerly anticipating the upcoming Huawei P40 smartphone. The Huawei P30 and P30 Pro from 2019 are some of our favorite phones, with the latter topping our best camera phones list for a long time.
Still, smartphones are a competitive industry, and with near-constant flow of new phone launches bringing with newer upgrades, the Huawei P40 and Huawei P40 Pro will need to arrive with significant upgrades to be relevant.
Latest news: We’ve heard that as well as the Huawei P40, P40 Pro and P40 Lite there could be a ‘Huawei P40 Pro Premium Edition’ too, with perhaps the least catchy name possible. It’s set to have the best specs of the series, though.
With the Samsung Galaxy S11 likely landing just before the Huawei P40, and the iPhone 12, Samsung Galaxy Note 11 and more coming later in 2020, the phone is going to need to impress us a lot to be considered one of the best of the year.
We’ve listed what we want to see in the Huawei P40 below, as well as what we already know or have heard rumored. We’ll be constantly updating this article with all the latest Huawei P40 leaks and rumors as they happen, to bring you the best idea of what to expect ahead of the handset’s official launch.
Huawei P40 release date and price
Huawei has confirmed that the Huawei P40 will be announced in Paris at the end of March.
This comes as no surprise, since the P30 and P30 Pro were unveiled in Paris in March 2019, and the P20 and P20 Pro launch event look place in March 2018. That means it won’t be appearing at MWC 2020, but we don’t yet know the exact launch date.
This post-MWC timing makes sense, as Huawei likes to separate its phone launches from other big tech events. It had previously launched new P series handsets at MWC in Barcelona at the end of February, but that’s a show which features a huge number of launches and it gets more exposure by delaying by a couple of weeks and holding its own event in March.
The Huawei P40 price is a more interesting conversation. At launch the Huawei P30 cost £699 / AU$1,099 (roughly $910), and the P30 Pro started at £899 (AU$1,599, around $1,140), which were both pricier than the previous year’s entries.
We’re expecting that trend to be followed in 2020 if the phones are as much of a tech upgrade as we’re hoping, so you could see the Huawei P40 and P40 Pro inch closer towards premium phones.
One thing we’re not expecting though? For the Huawei P40 to be available in the US, as previous Huawei phones haven’t been.
Huawei P40 news and rumors
Since Christmas 2019, the flow of Huawei P40 leaks and rumors have picked up somewhat, and we’re starting to get a clearer picture of what the phone could look like. Well, we would if some of the leaks weren’t slightly contradictory.
The first piece of news is the biggest: despite the Huawei ban throwing the future of the company into disarray, it seems like Huawei still plans to launch the Huawei P40 globally.
Even if the ban is still in place when the phone is set to release, the launch will go ahead – the handset will just come without Google apps. This might make it a little useless, since most people only use a smartphone for its apps.
A Huawei exec has also said that the P40 will have a “never seen” design, suggesting big changes to the look, and that it will run Android 10 (without Google services), and have performance and photo quality improvements.
First Huawei P40 Pro photos surface https://t.co/ZfOV0jYKbB
— GSMArena.com (@gsmarena_com) January 22, 2020
Leaked renders of the phone, and subsequent hands-on pictures, suggest it’ll actually look pretty familiar, with a design that’s incredibly similar to what we’re expecting the Samsung Galaxy S20 and OnePlus 8 to also look like too. It seems 2020 is the year all phones look the same. Those renders do show the different colors the phone could come in, from expected options like black and white to some more interesting tones like almond and blue-ish.
The design of the Huawei P40, at least the Pro model, might actually come without the curved screen of the P30 Pro, according to leaked screen renders. The leak seems tentative, so it might be wrong, but we could see the newer device be a little less top-end compared to its predecessor. We’ve seen screen protectors that suggest there will be a curved screen though, so the flat screen leak seems dubious.
So… Here comes your very first and rather early glimpse at the #HuaweiP40 and #HuaweiP40Pro in form of gorgeous 5K renders! Once again, on behalf of my Friends over @91mobiles -> https://t.co/2SN4aAstJI pic.twitter.com/kuDnSSyc0F
— Steve H.McFly (@OnLeaks) December 18, 2019
We’ve also seen a leaked image of the Huawei P40 camera bump. The rear lump seems to be in the top-left of the phone’s back, same as in the Huawei P30, and it doesn’t seem too intrusive either, at least compared to devices from other companies. A leaked render gives us a different angle, and it looks like the bump could be just as long, but much wider, than the P30’s.
But we know what you really want to know, the exact specs, and we’ve heard many rumors of the Huawei P40 Pro camera specs. The device is said to have a five-camera array consisting of a 64MP main snapper, 12MP zoom camera (which is supposed to facilitate up to 10x optical zoom, which would be the best in a smartphone), and ultra-wide, depth sensing and macro cameras of unspecified resolution.
Saying that, a separate leak suggests the main camera will be a 52MP snapper, and the fact that leaks are contradicting each other suggests we shouldn’t take any of them as gospel just yet.
That 52MP claim has now been made again, with a source adding that it would use ‘Quad Quad Bayer’ tech to combine 16 pixels into 1, resulting in snaps of just 3.25MP, but with a massive pixel size which would likely allow for superb low light shots.
Of course, you wouldn’t have to shoot at 3.25MP, as it’s also rumored to support 4-in-1 pixels for 13MP shots, and would likely allow you to shoot in full 52MP quality as well.
This source also reiterated the claims of a 10x zoom lens, saying that this would be possible by using two prisms in the mechanism, rather than the single prism that current periscope lenses on smartphones use.
One of the above sources also stated that the base Huawei P40 would have four rear cameras, dropping either of the latter two cameras, but another rumor suggests the Huawei P40 will have the same three cameras as the Huawei P30.
We’ve got our reservations about that, because it wouldn’t make sense for a device that’ll put such an emphasis on photography to not innovate in the camera department, but perhaps Huawei has something else up its sleeves.
[Exclusive] Huawei P40 image reveals dual selfie cameras, punch-hole display, and Leica triple rear camerashttps://t.co/JV9BDZuSrq
— 91mobiles (@91mobiles) January 15, 2020
Another render (shown above) showed three rear cameras on the Huawei P40, but two front-facing cameras, so it seems there could be improvements for selfies but not for typical pictures.
We’ll leave you with some bizarre information that we’re not sure what to make of. A rumor has suggested that as well as the Huawei P40, P40 Pro and P40 Lite, there could be a Huawei P40 Pro Premium Edition, with the most top-end specs of the lot. That’s a strange name, and it seems weird that Huawei would add yet another phone to a line that might not be available in many places (if the Mate 30 series is anything to go by) which is why we’re not totally sold just yet.