Huawei P40 Pro review

The Huawei P40 Pro is a truly powerhouse handset – does it have enough flagship firepower to outgun the competition?

Huawei P40 Pro review
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Digital Camera World Verdict

The Huawei P40 Pro is a beauty with a fantastically impressive set of imaging credentials. Price-wise it undercuts the Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus despite offering more zoom, more pixels and a better selfie-camera. However, it isn’t quite that simple; how good the P40 Pro is, as a package, also comes down to the app experience, and how beholden you are to Google's core services. Strictly in terms of its camera, though, the P40 Pro is about as good as it gets.


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    Stunning design

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    Fantastic optical zoom

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    Great low light performance


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    No Google services

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    Premium pricing

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    Huge punch hole camera

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The Huawei P40 Pro is here, complete with a brand new 50MP sensor, big pixels and a sky-high maximum ISO of 409,600. The flagship launched alongside the P40 and P40 Pro Plus, and is a beauty from a hardware point of view, combining a new Overflow Display (which literally looks like it’s spilling over the phone’s frame) with tonnes of power and storage. And the whole P40 range is also loaded with a 32MP autofocus front camera.

All of which makes it, on the surface, one of the best camera phones on the market  – and, since it comes with 5G as standard, it's also got the muscle to be among the best 5G phones, too. Though of course, it faces stiff competition on both fronts from the mighty Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra – a phone that doesn't face Huawei's current troubles in the US. 

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Basil Kronfli

Basil Kronfli is a freelance technology journalist, consultant, and content creator. He trained in graphic design and started his career at Canon Europe before moving into journalism. Basil is also experienced in video production, independently running the YouTube channel TechEdit, and during his time at Future, he worked alongside the Digital Camera World team as a senior video producer.