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Surely the P40 Pro is a beast of a camera-phone, but is the P40 good enough?
The P40 and the P40 Pro were launched in April 2020.
With this article, you'll be able to compare every feature of the P40 and the P40 Pro. Then, you can decide what model better suits your needs. Let's start.
The Huawei P40 Pro and the Huawei P40 are comparable in price. Still, you'll find the P40 cheaper most of the time. Remember that when you're comparing the two models.
Look out for a "Tek-Score" in every section of this article. We evaluated every quantifiable specification, so you can better understand the difference between the two. The global score will help you compare them to other phones because you'll probably have other phones in mind.
That score is research-based. It's from Globalwebindex.com on what buyers are looking for when purchasing a smartphone. But you'll be able to define how the global score is composed based on whatever you like. You can go there right now, but I suggest you keep reading to know more about them.
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You can click here: to view the ones we're comparing to, but we've only included smartphones within a 40% price range.
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|Release Date||2020, April||2020, April||0y.|
|OS Updates||2 years||2 years||0y.|
|Security Updates||2 years||2 years||0y.|
*Reference: 100: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.
On the multicore portion of Geekbench 5, which measures overall performance, the P40 Pro was, on average, 2% quicker while finishing its tests. Overall, you wouldn't feel that much of a difference between them.
One can entitle both of them as high-end.
These two feature a Hisilicon Kirin 990, so you don't have to worry about who's quicker.
Not surprisingly, they also share the same GPU: a Mali-G76 MP16.
Both phones run on Android 10 and EMUI 10 out of the box.
Some users did install the Google Play Store on recent Huawei phones, but please be aware that officially you won't get Google apps, and some essential apps may be missing too on both of them.
|SoC||Hisilicon Kirin 990||Hisilicon Kirin 990|
|Graphics||Mali-G76 MP16||Mali-G76 MP16|
|Geekbench 5 Score||3148
|OS||Android 10 and EMUI 10||Android 10 and EMUI 10|
*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.
The P40 Pro's display does stand out, but the P40 is just as good.
The P40 Pro features a 6.5" AMOLED display, while the P40 has a smaller 6.1" AMOLED display. You'll likely have set your preferences already on the display type and size. Me, I'd go for an AMOLED screen, but a decent LCD can be just as good.
The P40 Pro adopts a 1200x2640 Full HD resolution. The P40 features a more modest resolution of 1080x2340 (Full HD) pixels.
No one likes to look at a shattered screen, so be aware: Oddly enough, none of these have any kind of glass protection.
I seriously don't get why Huawei doesn't care at all. I guess the "Pro" lineup doesn't deserve a Corning Gorilla glass like the Mate 30 Pro. If you end up purchasing one of these, you're on your own.
One feature that I do value is the Always-On-Display, and they both have it.
If you set these displays for auto-brightness, both can do about 590 nits.
Very few rivals share this maximum brightness. Usually, they average at 791 nits, but the P40 Pro stays at 186 nits below that.
The P40 Pro is capable of displaying HDR10 videos.
If high refresh rates are your thing, you can count on the smooth 90hz of the P40 Pro.
Given the P40, you should know that 96% of its rivals can play HDR content. Plus, all have an AMOLED screen, and 92% have an Always-On display.
Considering the P40 Pro, 92% of its rivals can play HDR content and have an Always-On display. Plus, all have an AMOLED screen, and 88% have Gorilla Glass 6 or better.
|Display Density (DPIs)*||vs.|
|Dots per Inch||422.49
|Peak Brightness||590 nits
*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.
Looking at DXOMARK's ranking, one can conclude that the P40 Pro is approximately 29 points above other cameras in its class. And I'd willingly pick this over the P40.
Let's delve into their cameras. Huawei's P40 can record videos at up to 2160p. It also has a shooter with a whopping 50 Megapixels, an aperture of f/1.9, a 23mm wide-angle lens, one flash LED, HDR capabilities, and Optical Image Stabilization.
There's also one 8 Megapixels camera with an aperture of f/2.4, plus an 80mm telephoto lens. And another one with 16 Megapixels (f/2.2) with a 17mm ultra-wide-angle lens.
Just so you know: You can take a 50 Megapixels photo, zoom in and crop, and get a sample with 12 Megapixels and 2x optical zoom.
There's also a generous 32 Mp selfie camera with an aperture of f/2.0 and a 26 mm wide-angle lens.
DXOMARK has rated this camera with a score of 115. If you add the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, that will go up to 128. For a thorough review, click here.
Before moving on, you should know that all of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more and have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and 96% feature Optical Image Stabilization. Although only 8% of them feature a macro lens.
As you're about to see, the P40 Pro shares the P40 camera setup. You'll also get two additional sensors, one with 12 Megapixels, an aperture of f/3.4 and an astounding 125mm telephoto lens, and another with 40 Megapixels (f/1.8) with an 18mm ultra-wide-angle lens, plus a depth sensor.
For your information: If you zoom in and crop a 50 Megapixels photo, you can get 2x optical zoom. You'll get a 12 Megapixels photo, just like the P40.
The P40 Pro and the P30 Pro share the same ability to do 50x hybrid zoom. It isn't an optical zoom, but (thanks to AI) it is much better than digital zoom.
You can get selfies with 32 Mp Megapixels. It has a lens with f/2.2 of aperture and a 26 mm wide-angle lens.
DXOMARK's gurus gave this shooter a score of 137. And if we consider the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, we get a score of 153 points. Just click here to read about it.
Last (but not least), if you must know, all of its rivals can record videos in 4 or 8K, have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and feature Optical Image Stabilization. Still, only 4% of them feature a macro lens.
One can place the P40 as a lower high-end and the P40 Pro more as a high-end.
If you love it, the P40 Pro zoom lens is 40mm above what you usually see within similarly priced rivals.
|Primary Camera||P40||P40 Pro|
*Reference: 100: Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra.
|Extra Camera(s)||P40||P40 Pro||vs.|
|Lens||80mm (3.5x zoom)
||125mm (5.4x zoom)
|Lens Type||Telephoto lens||Telephoto lens|
|Selfie Camera||P40||P40 Pro||vs.|
The P40 does have an advantage here, thanks to its weight. But they're not that far apart.
The P40 is 148 mm (5.83 inches) tall and 71 mm (2.80 inches) wide. The P40 Pro, on the other hand, is 10 mm taller and 1 mm wider (about 0.39 inches by 0.04 inches).
When it comes to thickness, they're almost equal: 8 mm (0.32 inches) vs. 9 mm (0.35 inches).
Both have a premium feeling thanks to their glass body. The P40 Pro is 34 g. (1.34 oz) heavier than the other, weighing about 175 g. (6.17 oz). If you want a big screen in a lightweight phone, the P40 has a "weight to screen size" score of 5.4, meaning it has an acceptable score for its display size. In the meantime, the P40 Pro has 3.1, which suggests it's considerably hefty.
You do have some options regarding colors here: Silver Frost, Deep Sea Blue, Blush Gold, Ice White, and Black. But both share the same variations.
If you like having a big phone, you should consider the P40 Pro. Otherwise, the other one may not make a difference either.
Is the lack of a fingerprint scanner a deal-breaker to you? It doesn't matter because both have one.
The P40 truly is water-resistant. It can be submerged 1 to 3 meters deep, much like the P40 Pro. But remember: it's for a maximum period of half an hour, and it's freshwater in standby mode only.
|Size||148 x 71 x 8 mm
(5.22 x 2.50 x 0.28 in)
|158 x 72 x 9 mm
(5.57 x 2.54 x 0.32 in)
|Weight||175 g. (6.17 oz)
||209 g. (7.37 oz)
|Build||Front and back glass||Front and back glass|
|Colors||Silver Frost, Deep Sea Blue, Blush Gold, Ice White, and Black||Silver Frost, Deep Sea Blue, Blush Gold, Ice White, and Black|
|Screen To Body Ratio||86.93%
|Disp.Size To Weight Score||5.4||3.1||-2.3|
|Biometrics||Under Display Fingerprint||Under Display Fingerprint|
*100% = 4+ colors + front and back glass + S2BR: 86+%.
At 3800 mAh, the P40 is the owner of the smallest battery, while the P40 Pro features 4200 mAh. But by GSMArena's standards, both should theoretically get the same battery life.
This is how the P40 performs after a full charge:
And this is where the P40 Pro ends at:
The P40 features quick charging at up to 22w, but the P40 Pro does it too, at 40w.
If you value wireless charging, you can give P40 Pro an extra point.
The P40 Pro also supports reverse wireless charging at 27w/hour for Qi-enabled devices.
If you fancy quick charges, you can count on the P40 Pro. Devices with similar prices usually sit at nearly 34w.
Fast wireless charging on the P40 Pro is likewise a nice plus. You don't get to see it that much at this price range.
|1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video||83% left
|1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video||68% left
|1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video||72% left
|Bat. To Phone Size Score||7.2||5.3||-1.9|
*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.
None of them.
In terms of RAM, the P40 brings 6GB. In terms of storage, it has 128GB. You can add at least 256GB here because if it's too short for you, you can buy a Nano Memory card.
On the P40 Pro, you'll find 128GB of internal storage and 8GB of RAM. You can also count on the Nano Memory card to save the day.
|Micro SD||Nano Memory (shared SIM slot)||Nano Memory (shared SIM slot)|
*Internal Storage + 256GB Memory Card (Max: 512GB).
They also don't stand out on any of these features.
When it comes to connectivity, both Huaweis have Bluetooth 5.1. You can also find NFC on both of them.
If you got used to counting on the good-old 3.5mm headphone jack, forget about it. Just skip adapters and get a decent pair of wireless earbuds. Or you can also check its rivals if you're not really leaning towards any of these. The Sony Xperia 1 II can give you a headphone jack.
You can connect them to (LTE and) 5G networks.
The Huawei P40 may not be the cheapest phone, but it's cheaper nonetheless. But with a great deal or a price drop, it can be an impressive finding. Promotions aside, the P40 Pro is more expensive, but I believe that it shouldn't come as a surprise at all.
Don't worry, because the following tables will help you make up your mind.
Here are the prices that we've come across recently:
Huawei P40 Pro
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How much of a "phone" can your money buy?
That's how much "score" you can get with $100 based on the global score that you'll see in the next section (higher is better).
Have you found better prices elsewhere? The formula is simple: score/price*100.
|Value for money||P40||P40 Pro||VS|
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So, what about that global score? We'll get there. But first, let's see where its rivals are. They usually sit close to 7.0 (for the P40) and 7.2 (for the P40 Pro).
If you'd ask me what I'd recommend, I'd undoubtedly say: "-none of them." They're just extremely precious to break them at first fall, and too sexy for any case.
With that being said, the P40 Pro really is an astonishing device. But in the end, it's just a bulky P40 with a wondrous camera. If it's going to cost you the price of two P40s, then the choice presents itself quite obviously.
|#5||Battery Life||Battery Life|
|#6||Fast Charging||Fast Charging|
|#7||MicroSD Slot||Wireless Charging|
|#2||3.5mm Jack||3.5mm Jack|
|#4||Glass Protection||Glass Protection|
|Global Score||P40||P40 Pro|
Scroll the sliders down below to get your own personalized score. Let's suppose you value performance and battery life, and you don't really care about anything else. Then, just set the "Performance" and the "Battery" sliders up to 5 (5+5=10), and then the other sliders down to 0. You'll know what's the best phone for you.
|Total||Should be 10 or as close as possible:||9.6|
*Reference: 100: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.
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