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Huawei P40 Pro review: the combination of software and hardware witnessed the birth of the image flagship.

Huawei P40 Pro review: the combination of software and hardware witnessed the birth of the image flagship.

By  Gwenni Haller 2020-04-13 2747 29

When it comes to mobile photography, many people think of Huawei's flagship model. As early as the era of Huawei P9 release, "tough photography" has become synonymous with Huawei P series. Now with the advent of the Huawei P40 series, the slogan of "super-perceptual images" once again shows us Huawei's ultimate pursuit of photography.


Huawei P40 Pro.

The integration of technology and aesthetics has always been the core of P-series models. Huawei has previously embarked on its own path through the P20 Pro with the rear triple camera and the P30 Pro, with the first periscope lens, which is to improve the image quality of mobile phones by jointly developing hardware and exploring software innovation.

This year, Huawei's P40 series has attracted more consumers' attention with its super-perceptual imaging system. With the improvement of hardware such as ultra-perceptual Leica camera and RYYB supersensitive filter array, Huawei P40 series is using these strong strength to show us its excellent image quality.

Of course, the addition of Kirin 9905G SoC chip and a number of software optimizations have also contributed to the enhancement of the image experience. The combination of software and hardware forms a leading super-perceptual imaging system, which also makes Huawei's P40 series more competitive.

Next, let's take a look at the photographic performance of the peak image of the Huawei P40 Pro,.

Let's take a look at "extrasensory Leica quad camera" first.

When it comes to P-series products, we can't do without the imaging system. The P series continues to strengthen its image genes, and after holding Leica hand in hand, many consumers jokingly call Huawei's mobile phone "a card camera that can make phone calls." By the way, DxOMark recently updated its list, and Huawei's P40 Pro scored a total score of 128, which further demonstrates the strong strength of Huawei's mobile phones in imaging.


Huawei's investment in imaging is incisively and vividly shown in the ultra-perceptual Leica quad camera of Huawei's P40 Pro. The phone uses a quad camera combination of 50 million pixel super-perceptual camera + 40 million pixel movie camera + 12 megapixels5 optical zoom camera + 3D deep camera, which can cover a variety of user scenarios.


It is said that photography is the art of light, and a greater amount of light input can provide more possibilities for creation. How does Huawei P40 Pro improve the shooting effect? Huawei gave us the answer as "outsole" and "RYYB sensor".

The Huawei P40 Pro is equipped with a 1.28-inch sensor, which is larger than most phones on the market today. Thanks to the use of large area sensors, the P40 Pro can absorb more light. At the same time, the RYYB sensor used in Huawei P40 Pro can reduce the loss of light input in the process of color filtering. This also means that when taking pictures with P40 Pro, we can get pictures with higher brightness and less noise.

In addition to the main camera, Huawei's P40 Pro periscope telephoto lens has also been updated. Now, not only the main camera uses RYYB sensors, but also periscope telephoto lenses. When shooting in telephoto mode at night, bright distant scenery can also be photographed. Moreover, Huawei's zoom shooting can also surprise us.

For example, when taking the following sample, a bird happens to appear in the scene, and the black and white feathers can be seen clearly.


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We can always see a sample of "hanging SLR cameras" at mobile phone conferences, and "whether mobile phones can replace cameras" has also become a hot topic among netizens. In my opinion, for most people who use cameras to record their lives and leave memories, mobile phones have already replaced cameras. After all, the imaging quality of mobile phones is good enough, and the addition of AI makes the photos even more outstanding. Of course, the advantage of the mobile phone is also reflected in the portability, you can take a picture, we can always use the mobile phone to capture those fleeting highlights. Moreover, with the continuous efforts of manufacturers, mobile phones have gradually realized "full-focus photography" to meet complex needs.

The latest Huawei P40 Pro, is enough to meet the needs of consumers to record their daily lives. Not only in terms of hardware, Huawei P40 Pro also further improves shooting performance in special scenes by adding functions such as AI scene recognition and super night view. Coupled with the three Leica modes of standard, bright and soft, we can take pictures full of virtue as soon as we pick up the phone and shoot it.

"Omni-directional self-research"

To take a satisfactory picture, in addition to relying on the powerful ultra-perceptual Leica quad camera, you can't do without the internal Kirin 9905G SoC chip. We once experienced the power of this chip on Huawei Mate30 Pro, and now we are once again seeing a new experience based on Kirin 9905G SoC on P40 Pro. That is the collaboration of Huawei P40 Pro from image, system to 5G.

As the chip approaches the physical limit, the improvement of hardware will become more and more difficult. Huawei, as the leading mobile phone manufacturer in China, has achieved hardware and software coordination by improving the optimization at the software level. Among them, we also see Huawei's strong R & D strength.

"Only through co-design of hardware and software can we achieve a tacit understanding." Huawei P40 Pro, such as ultra-high-speed video recording up to 7680 frames per second, can not do without the performance support of Kirin 9905G. The built-in new generation ISP can support the huge amount of computation of ultra-high frame rate, and the powerful NPU can provide AI computing support to realize motion compensation and frame insertion algorithm.


Shooting with HUAWEI P40 Pro.

Moreover, the adjustment of the new sensor and the super-photosensitive night shot are also inseparable from the support of the fifth generation ISP in Kirin 9905G. It can be seen that only with strong hardware performance can we support the birth of an image flagship.

A powerful chip should have strong performance. But at a time when the mobile phone manufacturing process is gradually moving towards the physical limit, it may be a good direction to provide users with a better experience by strengthening the ability of ISP and NPU. Identify the scene in the frame and optimize the picture in advance. An excellent photo appears when the perception is not strong. We don't see what's going on inside the phone the moment we press the shutter, we can only see satisfactory results through wonderful photos.

All this is the experience brought by the perfect combination of software and hardware, and it is also the direction that Huawei is constantly striving for. Of course, this may only be achieved by large companies like Huawei, which has the ability of self-research, because only omni-directional self-research and development can achieve real collaboration.


Measured speed of operator's 5G basic package.

Of course, Kirin 9905G not only provides hardware and software support for the P40 Pro, but also its own strength is good enough at the moment. It supports the mainstream NSA/SA dual-mode 5G network, and supports the mainstream 5G bands such as N79, N78, N77, N41, N28, N3, N1 and so on. As long as you are in the 5G environment, you can enjoy a more enjoyable 5G network.

Feel the "overflow screen"

When consumers choose new phones, they will give priority to products that support 5G networks. In this face-looking era, models with excellent designs can always stand out in the vast sea of machines, and it is easier to awaken the emotional relationship between consumers and products, thus affecting purchase decisions.


HUAWEI P40 Pro.

From the auroral color of the P20 series, the sky of the P30 series, to the "Frost Silver" color matching of the Huawei P40 series, Huawei's flagship models can always bring us some surprises in the color matching. The AG glass backplane has a matte foggy texture, which reduces the probability that the backplane of the phone will become a "fingerprint collector". Moreover, compared with the previous bright-colored glass, the matte glass back panel will also be more advanced in visual perception. If you are going to buy Huawei P40 Pro, I think matte materials such as "Frost Silver" will certainly become your first choice.


HUAWEI P40 Pro.

After several iterations, P series products have formed their own design language. When we hold the Huawei P40 Pro horizontally, the matrix extrasensory Leica quad camera combination also makes the Huawei P40 Pro look more like a card camera because its matrix camera module is on the same horizontal line as the logo, creating a special beauty of balance.


HUAWEI P40 Pro.

We all like the "sense of security" that holds the phone in the palm of our hand, so the high-screen design is naturally the only solution. Huawei P40 Pro puts down a 6.58inch screen in the wide 72.6mm body through a "four-curve overflowing screen" design, making it easy to grasp with one hand.


HUAWEI P40 Pro is equipped with "full overflow screen"


A "feel good" mobile phone should have two elements. First, the thickness and weight of the fuselage should be reasonable, and the second is that the sliding touch of the screen should be excellent. In an era when 5G phones are getting thicker and heavier, the "four curved overflowing screen" design adopted by Huawei P40 Pro creates a light and thin feel through curved glass.


HUAWEI P40 Pro actually feels good.

The improvement of the sliding experience of "Siqu full overflow screen" is mainly reflected at the bottom of the screen. The curved glass extends all the way to the bottom of the phone, and when sliding up from the bottom, the area touched by the fingers is glass, and there is no split feel produced by the metal-glass two materials.


HUAWEI P40 Pro will not have the split feel produced by metal-glass materials.

"Siqu overflowing screen" also provides users with a good visual experience. When lighting the screen, the four-curved glass can hide the black edge of the screen as much as possible, and the display area is everywhere you look. The screen ratio of 19.8Rank 9 also makes the whole machine look slimmer.

EMUI 10.1 with full scene upgrade.

Strong hardware performance can provide users with a smooth user experience, but if you want to improve user stickiness, you must build an ecological "moat", which is also the direction that Huawei has been working hard in recent years.

Huawei P40 Pro is equipped with the latest EMUI 10.1system and a brand new appearance, which gives me a sense of "light in front of my eyes" when I see it for the first time. Officials say the wallpaper design of the new system is inspired by 0 ℃ water and ice. Cooperate with the design of "Siqu full overflow screen" to create a sense of flow.


EMUI 10.1.

The new smart split-screen function also makes full use of Huawei's P40 Pro big screen. Slide inward from both sides of the screen and pause to call out the side application bar. You can split the screen up and down by pressing and dragging the application for a long time. When playing games or watching videos, messages can also be displayed through a floating window, and we can reply to the corresponding messages directly without having to launch the current screen.


EMUI 10.1 supports split screen.

For EMUI 10.1, the design update is just an appetizer, and the new version of the system implements the concept of "panoramic view". Through smart phones, to drive the coordination of peripheral devices.

For example, the Huawei P40 Pro has added a unified entrance to the multi-device control center, which can be activated simply by swiping up from the lower left or lower right corner of the screen. Such as the control of IoT devices, mobile phone screen, multi-screen cooperation and other functions, can complete the corresponding operation at the first time. At the same time, Huawei P40 Pro also supports 1080p HD video calls between multiple Huawei devices, and more possibilities can be achieved through screen sharing during the call.


Reply to text messages on the computer.


Open the picture in the mobile phone on the computer.

Among them, my favorite is the "multi-screen collaboration" feature. It breaks through the barrier between Windows and Android system, and realizes the seamless cooperation between PC and mobile phone. When we want to import or export data between the two, or even without the help of any third-party App and accessories, we can drag the file directly. Even if you want to answer phone calls and reply to text messages, you can do it directly on PC.

The interconnection across terminals has greatly enhanced the user stickiness of Huawei products. Just imagine, if I had both a Huawei mobile phone and a Huawei computer, the complicated operations in the past could be done in one step. Isn't this what we pursue, the kind of experience that we can't go back to when we use it?

Write at the end.

By constantly polishing the hardware and optimizing the software algorithms, Huawei's flagship models will always bring us new surprises in terms of images. The new Huawei P40 Pro, allows us to achieve satisfactory results every time we press the shutter through a new sensor, a new generation of ISP built in to the Kirin 9905G, and a number of software upgrades.

We don't know what kind of effort engineers need to make behind a picture. But with these image flagships, we can record photos full of stories, or the smiling faces in the photos. How to build a qualified image flagship? Huawei P40 Pro has written a satisfactory answer for us.

With the blessing of EMUI 10.1, Huawei has also begun to strengthen its own concept of "full scene". Through the intelligent cooperation of multiple devices, improve user efficiency, and then create their own ecological closed loop.

Huawei P40 Pro, is also the most critical link.


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