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Huawei P40 proves that new smartphones are just expensive digital cameras

Dale Davies |
Huawei has just launched its latest phones the P40 Series, consisting of three phones, the Huawei P40, Huawei P40 Pro and the Huawei P40 Pro Plus.

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The Huawei P40 Pro uses the Kirin 990 5G chipset. It’s very fast, capable of everything you need now. The 5G element is integrated into the chipset. The 4,200mAh battery is capable of charging fast, and is capable of both wireless charging and reverse wireless charging so you can charge a friend’s wireless-chargeable phone from yours, for instance. It supports fast wired charging, too. The battery will last a full day easily.

This is a 90Hz screen, and a big one, measuring 6.58 inches, a little more than the iPhone 11 Pro Max, though this phone is not the same shape. It’s very fractionally taller, almost 1mm thicker, but not as wide. As a result, it’s a decent fit in the hand, more than you might expect from a phone with this big a display. Resolution is 1,200 x 2,640 pixels, yielding a resolution of 441 pixels per inch. That’s not quite as high as the iPhone 11 Pro, which has 458 ppi. In practice, it’s hard to notice a difference between the two.

There is a 90Hz refresh rate display which mean it looks great. The display also houses the fingerprint scanner, which is buried underneath the glass. It is reliable and works routinely and fast. It’s an inch or so further up the screen from the bottom. There is a notch on this phone, and quite a big one, because there are several pieces of tech nestling behind it. Unlike other Huawei phones, this notch is a lozenge-shape in the top left corner.

The main 50MP sensor here is very big in cameraphone terms, measuring 1/ 1.28 inches, complemented by a not-much-smaller ultra-wide 40MP sensor (1/ 1.154 inches) and a 12MP telephoto sensor. So, what's the verdict? No doubt that this phone uses some new technology and a great camera? But is there anything beyond that that would justify the prices that's near $1,000? No. Phones these days are competing to offer as good camera as it gets, like you'll take a picture from Earth on the Moon. So, we have a very expensive camera that may be used as a phone. Very sad situation for the smartphone industry that absolutely lack some creativity.

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