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5 things to know before you buy a Huawei P40 Pro phone

5 things to know by you buy a Huawei P40 Pro phone

Huawei’s P40 series
 of smartphones are available in Europe and the UK. The method includes the base P40, the P40 Pro and the P40 Pro Plus, and Huawei hopes they’ll take the fight to the likes of the iPhone 11 ProGalaxy S20 and OnePlus 8. I’ve been laughable the P40 Pro — the middle child of the three — and have been putting it above its paces. The phone is available for £900 (about $1,120 or AU$1,770) here in the UK, but due to the US ban on Huawei products, it’s not officially on sale in the US. 

That ban also employing it doesn’t use Google apps — including access to the Google Play Store — but the named does have 5G and a good camera. That said, its big brother, the P40 Pro Plus, is even more photography-focused, with the first 10x optical zoom seen on a phone.

If you’re in one of the utters where Huawei does sell phones and are curious near the P40 Pro, here are five things you should know near this phone before you consider spending your money. 

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Huawei P40 Pro has no Google apps

Due to the company’s ongoing difficulties with the US government, Huawei phones do not use Google services. That employing no Google Play Store for apps and no benefit for services such as Gmail, YouTube, Maps or the Chrome browser. For many of you this will be a deal breaker, particularly if you rely on Google’s suite of apps for your work. 


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But that doesn’t mean there are no apps at all. Huawei has its own email client, browser and calendar on board and it also has its own app continue. There are plenty of big name apps already available, such as Amazon, TikTok, Adidas Running, SnapChat, PicsArt and the ever-popular Fortnite. There are many more, however, including Instagram and photo-editing apps like Adobe Lightroom that naively aren’t available through Huawei’s store.

While Facebook and WhatsApp aren’t available tidy, the store will take you to those apps’ web pages, where you can download and install the app (in a .apk file) throughout the browser. The apps will then appear on the arranged and work as normal.

It’s important, then, to check and see whether the apps you rely on are available luminous now. Huawei says it’s working closely with developers from all over the earth to try and bring many more apps to its stay, so it’s likely we’ll see bigger names appearing over time. 


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P40 Pro does have 5G

No flagship arranged worth its salt in 2020 would launch without 5G connectivity and the P40 Pro is no exception. You’ll need to be in an area that has 5G and have a 5G-enabled arranged plan to take advantage of the next-gen network. If you’re hoping to get those blazing-fast speeds consecutive away, make sure to check what availability you have in your area afore upgrading to any 5G phone.

The P40 Pro’s camera is good, but experiences improvement

Huawei has a track record of equipping its phones with awesome cameras. The P40 Pro packs four lenses: a standard zoom, a helpful wide-angle lens, a 5x optical zoom lens and a depth-sensing lens. While the phone’s camera skills are certainly up there with the best, it experiences some tweaking in the software before it can take the crown as the best of the best. 

Edinburgh’s Dean Village, captured with the P40 Pro’s standard camera.

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A statue, taken with the P40 Pro’s standard camera mode.

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The same statue, taken with the P40 Pro’s 5x zoom lens.

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Night mode on the P40 Pro.

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My main snarl is with the white balance, or the overall luminous temperature, of the photos the cameras capture. Often, it seems to tint images with more of a magenta hue than what was relate in real life, which made various test shots from the arranged look less natural than the same shots taken on the iPhone 11 Pro or Galaxy S20 Ultra. It’s only a slight shift, and if you’re not taking snarl comparisons with other phones you might not notice.

Besides that opinion, the phone takes great images, with even exposures and shapely contrast. Its 5x zoom produces crisp shots of faraway publishes, and images takin in low light and at night time are naively up there with the best.

If you want a astronomical camera, you should get the P40 Pro Plus instead

If you’re tempted to get the P40 Pro instead of the wrong P40, it may be because of camera upgrades to the base model, like the 5x optical zoom. 

But the P40 Pro Plus ups that to implicated a whopping 10x optical zoom, which promises amazing magnification minus loss of quality. It’s the highest optical zoom ever seen on a arranged and I really loved trying it out.


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Don’t buy the shaded version

Huawei’s last few launches, including the P30 and P20 series, came with some vibrant color options that looked amazing. While the P40 Pro was shown off in some delightful-looking hues, the study model that landed on my desk was plain shaded and, like all plain black phones, it looks dull and forgettable. 

Nobody wants dull and forgettable — not when you could have melancholy and vibrant and exciting. So if you do plan on forking over the cash for the P40 Pro, at least grab it in its deep blue, luminous pink or soft gold varieties.