Dhe Chinese network equipment supplier and smartphone manufacturer Huawei presented three new upper-class smartphones in its P-series on Thursday. The P40, the P40 Pro and the P40 Pro Plus. The plus has a black or white ceramic back and a super zoom for the camera, and is otherwise identical to the P40 Pro. All three devices have an Oled display and currently use the fastest Huawei processor, the Kirin 990, which is also equipped for the new 5G mobile communications standard.

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All three come with eight gigabytes of RAM and have a dual-SIM card slot, with one of the two slots optionally holding Huawei’s proprietary memory cards. A biometric fingerprint scanner is built into the display, and facial recognition is included.

The cheaper P40 has a 6.1-inch display with 2340 x 1080 pixels. The three rear cameras resolve as wide-angle, ultra-wide-angle and zoom with 50, 16 and 8 megapixels. The P40 Pro comes with a 6.58-inch display that offers 2640 x 1200 pixels. The camera department should set standards here. The three units on the back capture 40 megapixels for wide-angle shots, 50 megapixels for ultra-wide angles and 12 megapixels for zoom. There is also a 3D depth camera.

Huawei has enlarged the camera sensor compared to the P30 Pro, it now measures 1 / 1.28 inches, and the manufacturer promises higher dynamics and lower noise. Optical image stabilization is always used. The P40 Pro reaches a maximum of 50x digital zoom, and like the P30 Pro, the lenses are embedded in the housing like a periscope.

The P40 Pro comes with a 6.58-inch display that offers 2640 x 1200 pixels.

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The P40 Pro Plus uses two of these periscope units and then has a maximum focal length of spectacular 240 millimeters. Thanks to object tracking, it should be easier to take shake-free shots even in the zoom area. Furthermore, the photos with artificial intelligence should experience an improvement. For the first time, the processor can recognize different sports and in this way, for example, record exactly the moment when the ball was thrown into the basket.

Artificial intelligence also steps in for portraits or photographs of children; it can even remove passers-by from the picture or calculate reflections, the manufacturer says.

Together with the new smartphones, Huawei is launching a new video chat called Meetime, Huawei Music with 50 million songs and Huawei Video. The new devices will not be available until May, the P40 should cost 800 euros, the P40 Pro 1000 euros. Because of the trade dispute with America, all new Huawei devices have to do without Google services and in particular the Google Play Store as a point of contact for apps.

Huawei relies on its own App Gallery and pays developers to program for this platform. First impressions of the new devices will follow here in the next few weeks.


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