The Huawei P40 4G was launched in addition to the Huawei P40 series. The phone retails for $525 or £377 in the UK. As its name suggests, the Huawei P40 4G is a 4G phone and should not be mistaken for the 5G variant. This is because it is also $77 cheaper compared to the 5G variant. The P40 4G is available in 2 colors which are dark blue and frost silver. The dark blue version looks more beautiful due to the gloss finish but be warned, it will attract a lot of fingerprints. The phone has an edge-to-edge display and it doesn’t have a chin or a notch as it uses a punch-hole cutout for the selfie cameras. The rear is smooth as the fingerprint scanner is not rear mounted. However, the rectangular rear camera module sticks out just a little which affects the balance of the phone when placed on a flat surface.
Huawei went with a smaller display for the Huawei P40 4G. The phone has a 6.1 inches display. The display uses an OLED panel which has a 1080 x 2340 screen resolution and a total pixel density of 422 pixels per inch. The phone runs on Android 11 out of the box. However, it doesn’t come pre-installed with Google Play Services due to the ongoing Huawei ban by the US. For the chipset, the phone runs on the Kirin 990 which although it isn’t as good as the Snapdragon 865, is still a good processor for daily tasks. The Huawei P40 4G has 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage and it supports memory cards of up to 256 GB.
The phone has 3 rear cameras with a 50 MP main camera, an 8 MP telephoto camera, and a 16 MP ultrawide camera. The main camera can shoot 4K video at 30fps and 60 fps appear very well lit and saturated on the OLED display. At the front, the P40 4G has 2 selfie cameras which are placed in a cut-out at the top left corner of the screen. One of the cameras is a 32 MP main selfie camera and the other one is an Infrared TOF 3D sensor which is a dedicated biometric sensor used for facial recognition.
The battery on the Huawei P40 4G is not big as it is just a 3800 mAh battery. Even entry-level smartphones come with at least a 4000 mAh battery. However, it supports 22.5W fast charging which boosts the battery to full charge in a very short time thanks to the small battery. Other features on the Huawei P40 4G are an under-display fingerprint sensor, infrared facial recognition, an accelerometer, a gyroscope, a proximity sensor, a compass, NFC, Bluetooth 5.1, GPS, Wi-Fi 6, and Hybrid Dual SIM support. The phone is also dust and splash resistant. Not to be mistaken for water-resistant.
The Huawei P40 4G offers little for a price of $525. The display is not that big but considering it’s a Full HD+ OLED panel, we can let that slide. The Kirin 990 is a good processor and since it is paired with 8 GB of RAM, performance will not be a problem. The camera combination is also reasonably good although Huawei should have considered at least a 5 MP macro lens. However, the battery capacity is too low. We are way past 3800 mAh battery capacity as a human race although Apple doesn’t seem to get the message and in this case Huawei. The phone also doesn’t have FM Radio and a 3.5 mm headphone jack but it’s not a big deal since most smartphone brands are doing away with these 2 features which are important to some of us who can’t afford to buy wireless earbuds. Instead of the Huawei P40 4G, you should consider the OnePlus Nord or the OnePlus 8 as they fall in the same price range.
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