Huawei P40 Pro+, hands on: A top-class flagship phone with super-zoom camera system, but no Google services Review

Nancy J. Delong

Huawei has an intensive lineup of P40 smartphones: the P40, P40 Pro, P40 lite and P40 lite 5G — and now the P40 Pro+, reviewed right here. As its name indicates, this is the flagship for the P40 collection, and it prices a princely £1,299.ninety nine (inc. VAT) with 8GB […]

Huawei has an intensive lineup of P40 smartphones: the P40, P40 Pro, P40 lite and P40 lite 5G — and now the P40 Pro+, reviewed right here. As its name indicates, this is the flagship for the P40 collection, and it prices a princely £1,299.ninety nine (inc. VAT) with 8GB of RAM and 512GB of inside storage. Like all new Huawei handsets these times, it lacks Google Cellular Solutions next political moves by the US governing administration, which indicates no Google Engage in retailer, Google applications or products and services.

Huawei’s handsets are really regarded for their industrial structure, overall performance and AI-assisted camera capabilities, and the P40 Pro+ is no exception. With its quintet of rear cameras, it was explained by consumer main Richard Yu as “a camera monster” at its (on the internet) start in March, although the quad-camera P40 Pro design at present heads up the influential DXOMARK smartphone camera rankings.


The 6.58-inch P40 Pro+ shares many capabilities with the P40 Pro design, but has five cameras at the back, including 10x periscope zoom and 3x telephoto cameras, plus a ‘nano-tech ceramic’ backplate in white or black.

Illustrations or photos: Sandra Vogel / ZDNet


Tempting offers…but the price tag is continue to substantial.

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Inspite of these positive aspects, the Google difficulty and the pricing are possible to be the most appropriate factors for any individual thinking of the P40 Pro+ as their day-to-day handset.


Future consumers are remaining in no doubt about the Google Cellular Solutions difficulty.

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At £1,299.ninety nine, the Huawei P40 Pro+ is even extra costly than the Apple iphone eleven Pro Max (£1,149 with 4GB of RAM and 512GB of storage), Samsung’s Galaxy S20 Extremely (£1,099 with 12GB/128GB) and the Sony Xperia one II (£1,099 with 8GB/256GB). Nonetheless, you do get a few of freebies from Huawei with the P40 Pro+ in the condition of the SuperCharge Wireless Charger Stand, which retails for £119.ninety nine, and the Huawei View GT2, which ordinarily prices £219.ninety nine.

The absence of Google Cellular Solutions (GMS) from the overall P40 variety indicates that this cellphone lacks not only the Google Engage in Keep, but also many Google applications including Chrome, YouTube, Google Maps and Gmail. Huawei supplies its personal world-wide-web browser, and this supplies a practical, if not entirely satisfactory, route to some Google products and services.

In its place of GMS, there is Huawei Cellular Solutions entire with Huawei AppGallery, which is regularly being populated with applications. Nonetheless, if you regularly use a vast variety of applications you might not discover every little thing you have to have — your bank’s cell application or your favourite messaging application may well be absent, for case in point. If you attract a blank in the AppGallery, Huawei’s Petal Research, which sits on the phone’s dwelling screen as a Discover Applications research bar, may well aid: enter an application name and Petal Research will scour multiple on the internet sources, and you may well discover what you want in an additional third-celebration application retailer, or as a self-installable APK.

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You will find also the solution of copying favourite applications over from your latest cellphone, and Huawei supplies its Cellular phone Clone application on the P40 Pro+ for this goal. Obtain it from the Google Engage in Keep onto your present cellphone, hyperlink to the P40 Pro+ and port across what you have to have. It is really genuinely uncomplicated, but the draw back is you only get the applications as they at present are — no updates, no Google signal-in. It is really a bit of a fudge, and just isn’t genuinely a practical long-expression option.

If you’re not invested in the Google ecosystem, most of this will be irrelevant. But for many other people it will be a offer breaker.

The main offering position of the P40 Pro+ is its camera process, which contains two at the front and five at the back. The five rear cameras are: 50MP f/one.nine vast angle 40MP f/one.8 ultra-vast angle 8MP f/four.four super-zoom (10x optical ‘periscope’ zoom) 8MP f/2.four telephoto (3x optical zoom) and a Time-of Flight (ToF) depth-sensing camera. On the front, a 32MP f/2.2 vast-angle camera and a ToF depth sensor sit in an unobtrusive lozenge in the top rated remaining of the screen.

All of this camera technological know-how caters for a vast variety of pictures kinds. I took plenty of shut-up shots of flowers and was genuinely impressed both by the colour replica and the sheer excellent of the output. Zooming in to choose macro pictures receives some quite robust success, despite the fact that you shouldn’t choose it far too considerably. Appear at the zoomed impression beneath to see this: some of the impression is pin-sharp, but a lot of it is not.


Macro photos from the P40 Pro+.  

Illustrations or photos: Sandra Vogel / ZDNet

Nonetheless macro pictures can be rewarding, and if you have a very little endurance it can be attainable to choose some wonderful pictures.


Much more macro photos from the P40 Pro+.

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For standard position-and-click pictures, the main camera can make charming shots.


Level-and-shoot photos from the P40 Pro+.

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It just isn’t all fantastic, even though. I tended to stay clear of the AI method, for case in point, as it can over-saturate shots. With observe and used in the correct configurations AI method might be handy, but I might have to have a lot longer with this handset to genuinely get the best from it. 

Then there is certainly zooming. This is a major offering position for the P40 Pro+ with its 10x optical zoom periscope lens (double the 5x on the P40 Pro), but warning is sensible. It is really uncomplicated to zoom up to 10x working with tap factors on the screen to kick in at 3x and 10x. You will find a bit of refocusing although the handset switches concerning its 3x and 10x lenses, but it can be not a major difficulty, and I observed shots to be of quite good excellent.

Thereafter you use your fingers to zoom out to the 100x greatest working with electronic zoom. Success degrade as you press the electronic zoom, and at 100x they are considerably from edifying.


Views of Wembley stadium, clockwise from top rated remaining: 1x, 10x, 50x, 100x zoom.

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The arch at Wembley Stadium, various miles absent from where by I was standing at the time and barely discernible in the 1x image, slowly and gradually will come into check out as you boost the zoom. But making use of electronic zoom as a result of 50x and up to 100x provides diminishing returns in phrases of impression excellent. What you can’t see is the number of pictures I had to choose to get the stadium arch in the centre of the impression — camera shake is unavoidable unless you use a tripod. All of these shots ended up taken on a brilliant, sunny early July working day.

These headline factors aside, what else do we have right here?

The 7-camera setup and a hefty four,200mAh battery increase to the fat of this cellphone, which guidelines the scales at 226g. The back of the handset, white in my situation, but also offered in black, is designed from ceramic, compressed and fired so that it has a glass-like excellent glance to it. Obviously, Huawei has a fancy name for this strong, scratch-resistant content — ‘nano-tech ceramic’. It feels less slippy in the hand than glass, but the handset continue to managed to fall to the carpet from my chair when phone calls came in, and at a variety of other unpredictable moments. Nonetheless, it can be an desirable finish that did not collect a solitary fingerprint during screening. 


The 226g P40 Pro+ steps 9mm thick, despite the fact that the rear cameras protrude noticeably from the ceramic backplate. The electrical power button is accented in pink.

Image: Sandra Vogel / ZDNet

The camera unit protrudes alternatively a whole lot, and so the cellphone wobbles when its screen is tapped when lain on a desk. The edges and buttons are silver, and the electrical power button has a unique flash of pink. The chassis is IP68 rated for dust and water resistance. 

The 6.58-inch AMOLED screen is an ‘overflow display’ — that’s Huawei’s expression for a screen that’s curved on both the shorter and long edges, so that the bezel is minimised all spherical. The screen-to-body ratio is an extraordinary 91.five%. The display screen by itself has a 90Hz refresh price and is sharp, brilliant and vibrant. You will find a fingerprint scanner embedded in the screen, or you can choose for confront login if you favor. Both equally worked correctly for me.

Like the P40 Pro, the P40 Pro+ is run by the Huawei/HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G chipset. It has the identical 8GB of RAM as the P40 Pro, and our overview unit had a generous 512GB of inside storage. Of this, 16GB was used out of the box for Android 10 and Huawei’s EMUI overlay, leaving 496GB cost-free. You can increase storage further with Huawei’s proprietary Nano Memory (NM) playing cards, if you’re prepared to sacrifice the next SIM slot.

To run Geekbench five and the PCMark for Android battery take a look at, I used Huawei’s Cellular phone Clone application to port these benchmarks across to the P40 Pro+. Efficiency was quite extraordinary, with average Geekbench CPU scores of 747 (solitary main) and 2923 (multi main). This is shut to the top rated of the latest Geekbench leaderboard.

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Battery everyday living was robust, far too. A a few-hour YouTube video clip loop (accessed by way of the world-wide-web browser) eaten just 16% from a full demand, although the handset lasted for 12 hrs 27 minutes underneath the Personal computer Mark battery take a look at. That is not terrible for a cellphone with a four,200mAh battery, and superior than the 10 hrs fifty two minutes that Sony’s Xperia one II managed from a four,000mAh battery. The P40 Pro we examined in April lasted longer even though — 13 hrs fifty one minutes.

Quickly charging (40W) and rapid wireless charging (40W) are supported, with the correct Huawei chargers. Quickly reverse wireless charging (27W) is also offered.


The P40 Pro+ is an additional extremely irritating handset from Huawei. It is really fantastically designed, with a fantastic AMOLED screen, good battery everyday living, a substantial-stop 5G chipset, plus a good deal of RAM and inside storage. And the five-camera array at the back is superb, offered you really don’t overdo the electronic zoom. But without access to Google applications and products and services, it can be hard to endorse at the price.

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