Huawei P40 Pro unboxing and first impressions

Today, Huawei unveiled its newest lineup of flagship smartphones, the P40 series. Among the trio is the P40 Pro, and I've been playing with it for a few days now. Indeed, it is a worthy successor to the P30 series.

The big innovation last year was the RYYB sensor, which allowed it to do some amazing things in low-light. This year, the 40-megapixel main sensor has been replaced with a larger 1/1.28-inch 50-megapixel one. But more importantly, the 5x periscope zoom lens is also RYYB now, so zoomed photos won't look as dark.

This was one of very few pain points that I found with last year's P30 Pro. The low-light performance on the main sensor was and still is beyond anything I've ever seen, but switching to one of the two other lenses provided an inconsistent experience. In fact, I'm told that even though the 40-megapixel ultra-wide sensor is still RGB, it's aiming to be more consistent with lighting by making use of the other lenses.

The front of the device is almost all screen. It has curved edges on all sides, as inspired by a glass of water that's just almost about to overflow. It also has a hole-punch cut-out for the front camera.

Inside of it all there's a HiSilicon Kirin 990 chipset, 8GB RAM, and 256GB of on-board storage. Along with performance improvements, the Kirin 990 offers some important video capture features, like 4K 60fps, something that competitors Apple, Qualcomm, and Samsung have had in their chips for a few years now.

Check out the unboxing below:

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