Delivering everything you expect from Huawei – from impressive AI tech and unbelievable cameras down to great price tags – the Huawei P40 series isn't to be missed.
Can't decide between the three? We compare the Huawei P40, P40 Lite and P40 Pro flagships below.
Huawei P40 Lite
At a glance: 6.4-inch LCD display, quad-lens 48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP rear camera, 16MP front camera, 6GB RAM, 4,200 mAh battery, 159.2 x 76.3 x 8.7mm, 183g.
The most affordable of the trio is the Huawei P40 Lite – but it’s still an excellent device. The handset’s premium 6.4-inch LCD screen makes for fantastic viewing, whether you're scrolling through the snaps you've taken on the outstanding rear camera setup, or streaming your favourite shows on the go.
The 48MP quad-lens rear camera is complete with lossless zoom, Night Mode capabilities, macro shots, and many more features to help capture professional-looking shots, even in challenging conditions. And when you’re not taking pictures, you can multitask and flip between apps with ease, thanks to the power delivered by the Kirin 810 chipset. With an impressive core, this handset can handle multi-tasking with ease, as well as graphics-heavy games.
The Huawei P40 Lite's 4,200mAh battery is optimised by AI tech that’s built into EMUI 10 – the brand-new operating system from Huawei. It's easy to use, and packed full of high-spec features that promise to deliver a seamless performance. You can get through a whole day without having to plug in and power up, but when the time does come, you can take advantage of Huawei's high-speed SuperCharge feature.
In terms of design, the P40 Lite looks great – it's smooth, sleek and appears practically bezel-less. The screen is only interrupted by a small notch that houses the 16MP front-facing camera, which captures social media ready snaps effortlessly every single time. You’ll find the typical volume rockers and buttons along the sides of the device too, but what sets the P40 Lite's power button aside is its ability to double up as a fingerprint scanner – and a fast one at that.
At a glance: 6.1-inch OLED display, triple-lens 50MP+16MP+8MP rear camera, 32MP front camera, 8GB RAM, 4,200 mAh battery, 148.9 x 71.06 x 8.5mm, 175g.
The Huawei P40 has an outstanding set of cameras. Developed with Leica, the triple-lens camera system truly outdoes itself in terms of macro shots, portraits and zoom capabilities (including Optical, Hybrid and Max Zoom), as well as the on-board AI tech that processes the images and cleverly corrects the amount of light absorbed by each lens.
In particular though, the new AI Golden Snap features steal the show. Golden Snap AI Remove Passerby has the ability to get rid of any aimless wanderers lurking in the background of your shot, Golden Snap AI Remove Reflection can shrink and replace any unsightly lighting mishaps, and Golden Snap AI Best Moment is able to capture an action shot in 4K, before intelligently choosing the best frame to save as a final still.
Huawei has also introduced a brand-new smart assistant named Celia. This voice-activated service can do everything you need in terms of making calls for you, sending texts, setting alarms, updating your calendar and so much more – but it goes the extra mile whenever you aim your camera at foreign text or objects. Not only can it translate at lightning speed, Celia can tell you all about the book you're pointing the phone at, or calculate the calories in the meal you're about to eat.
Let’s not forget about the hardware that makes it all possible. The Kirin 990 5G chipset will keep the device running at exceptional speeds, but it also ensures you can connect to next-generation 5G easily (in a 5G-supported areas).
Huawei P40 Pro
At a glance: 6.58-inch OLED display, triple-lens 50MP+40MP+12MP+3D depth sensor rear camera, 32MP front camera, 8GB RAM, 4,200 mAh battery, 158.2 x 72.6 x 8.95mm, 209g.
The biggest handset in the trio, the Huawei P40 Pro is perfect for serious gamers, streamers, photographers and videographers. While its design mostly follows on the from the layout of the P40, you’ll notice its 6.58-display is curved around the full perimeter of the phone, per a design Huawei has called its “Quad-curve Overflow Display”.
Just like the P40, it features a Kirin 990 5G chipset, letting you connect to super-fast 5G whenever you’re in a compatible area. However, the P40 Pro's cameras are even more powerful. The P40 Pro has four truly excellent cameras, with features that are sure to impress. You can capture breath-taking moments, thanks to the intelligent AI working behind the scenes, and image stabilisation features that take place automatically without the need for any manual interference.
The Huawei P40 Pro introduces a 3D depth sensor, allowing it to gather even more data about your surroundings whenever the phone takes a picture. It's key for creating a bokeh-effect, and a must for Portrait Mode Plus. The 32MP front camera has an added second lens too, meaning your selfies will be even more flawless, as it ensures the lighting is as natural and as flattering as possible.
The Huawei P40 Pro also has an in-screen fingerprint scanner, which is 30% bigger than those found on previous P series models, making it even easier to find when the screen is locked. Celia and Golden Snap can additionally be found on this device, which also runs with EMUI 10.1. Where the P40 is IP53 rated, meaning its protected against splashes and dust, the P40 Pro ups the protection with an IP68 rating, which ensures it’ll survive in water of up to 1.5 metres for up to 30 minutes.