Huawei P40 Pro Plus switches out an AMOLED screen
There probably isn’t a more controversial smartphone right now than the Huawei P40 Pro Plus. With all the drama that’s transpired in the States regarding the banning of Google services on Huawei devices, the company has had to make some major changes to how it sells its handsets in the West. As a result, the P40 Pro Plus is seriously lacking in terms of access to apps when compared to most of its rivals, as there’s no Google Play Store.
However, what it lacks in one area, it sure as hell makes up in another. In this instance, it’s the camera. In true Huawei style, the company’s latest flagship flaunts a stellar seven-camera setup that has to be one of the best we’ve ever used on a smartphone. But what else is on offer for its mammoth £1,299 price tag, and is it all worth missing out on Google Drive and the like?
Huawei P40 Pro Plus review: Design
If you’ve paid any attention to Huawei’s smartphone lineup over the past few years, you’ll know that the brand is renowned for its ability to cram lots of impressive hardware into a sleek and relatively slender form factor. Well, the Chinese phone maker has done it again with the P40 Pro Plus, only this time around, those familiar with its previous handsets such as the P30 Pro will notice that the company’s latest release is one of the chunkiest we’ve seen for a while.
Huawei P40 Pro Plus review: Display
When it comes to display, the Huawei P40 Pro Plus switches out an AMOLED screen (as seen in its predecessors) for a 6.58in OLED panel, which gives much deeper blacks for a richer-looking colour pallet. With a resolution of 1,200 x 2,640 pixels (441ppi) in a 19.8:9 aspect ratio, the overall display is nothing short of stunning. It’s also the curviest we’ve seen on an Huawei phone yet, wrapping halfway around all sides of the handset’s chassis.
As for the display refresh rate, the P40 Pro Plus display supports 90Hz. While not the fastest in class, it does allow for an exceptionally smooth picture. The OLED panel also means that brightness is decent, with the screen achieving a level of to 760cd/m2 when set to Auto mode. This is an ideal boost for those summer days, performing very well in really bright conditions.
As with the last few Huawei models, the P40 Pro Plus doesn’t have a home button. Instead, it makes use of biometric security housed within the screen, like the P30 Pro and P20 Pro that came before it. This has got much better over the years and it does work well most of the time on the P40 Pro Plus, but will still fail to recognise fingerprints now and again. You’re definitely better off relying on the face unlock feature to gain access to your homescreen.
Measuring 9mm thick, the P40 Pro Plus is only 0.6mm thicker than the P30 Pro, but it’s very obvious in the hand. It’s also noticeably heavier, weighing 226g, which is 34g more than its predecessor but not irritatingly so. Overall, it’s a very impressive design, with the highlight being a never-before-seen construction on the rear consisting of a “nano-tech” polished ceramic material that comes in either white or black and is said to offer a finish almost as tough as sapphire glass. This is broken up with a camera plate featuring an array (five, to be precise) of different sized cameras and a flash, which are arranged neatly enough to retain a high level of elegance.
It’s also worth noting that the P40 Pro Plus has an IP68 rating, which means that “based on certain defined test conditions” the device is protected against harmful ingress of static water at up to 1.5 meters, for up to 30 minutes.