Huawei P40 leaks out with punch-hole display, triple-camera setup

Huawei P40 leaks out with punch-hole display, triple-camera setup
Samsung has been dominating the headlines recently thanks to several leaks surrounding its upcoming flagships. But rival Huawei is quietly developing its own lineup of devices, and today 91Mobiles has obtained an official press render of the Huawei P40.

A punch-hole display but no headphone jack


Representing an important change in direction for the company’s flagships, Huawei has replaced the notched display with a punch-hole alternative that’s characterized by a cut-out in the left corner. The latter is shaped like a pill and houses two selfie cameras. 

A lot of effort appears to have gone into reducing the overall bezel thickness, although the accompanying aluminum frame remains largely unchanged. This is home to an accented power key and a volume rocker, in addition to a bottom-firing speaker.

There’s unfortunately no sign of a headphone jack, despite being present on the Huawei P30 last year, but hopefully the company has made up for it by including a noticeably larger battery on the inside, like several other brands.

Three rear cameras are part of the package


Huawei has implemented another big change on the rear of the phone by drastically increasing the size of the camera module – it’s now both longer and wider – although the overall number of sensors remains unchanged at three, all of which sit on the left side. 

As things stand, the standard Huawei P40 is expected to use the same 52-megapixel main camera that’s rumored to be present on the Pro-branded. This will be accompanied by an upgraded ultra-wide-angle shooter that offers a 107º field-of-view and a telephoto camera that enables 3x optical zoom.

The right side, on the other hand, is home to a two-tone LED flash and the usual Leica branding, so customers instantly know that Huawei has developed the sensors in partnership with the company. The smartphone should support an improved version of Night Mode and several other features that are yet to leak.

Will Google Play Services be on board?


Huawei's external hardware will undoubtedly be coupled with a long list of flagship internals. The main highlight looks set to be the Mate 30 Pro's Kirin 990 chipset, which is most likely going to be paired with a minimum of 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. Don't, however, expect support for microSD cards.
 
Also rumored is a large battery that supports Huawei's 40W fast charging technology in addition to support for both wireless and reverse wireless charging. As for the software, Huawei has already confirmed that its next flagship will ship with Android 10 and EMUI 10 on board, however the presence of Google apps and services is far from guaranteed.

Huawei was hoping the ongoing US trade ban would have been lifted by now, yet currently there's no end in sight. If the situation remains the same come March, the smartphone will ship without Google's Play Services, just like the Huawei Mate 30 series. 

Huawei P40 announcement, release date, and availability


The Huawei P40 will be unveiled alongside its pricier sibling, the Huawei P40 Pro, at an event held in Paris in late March. Pre-orders typically start soon after before a release the following week, but that might not be the case this time around.

Just like the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro, Huawei may choose to delay the release of its next flagships or massively limit their availability until the devices can be shipped with Google's products on board. This move is certainly a last resort, but it would likely be detrimental to the company because it could lose millions of sales to Samsung and other Android manufacturers. 

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10 Comments

1. androiduser

Posts: 556; Member since: Jun 18, 2014

......

2. fisher

Posts: 18; Member since: Jan 29, 2016

oh boy! if this thing just have google services

3. afjmd

Posts: 27; Member since: Jan 16, 2017

you can always install it :)

7. Hyperreal

Posts: 363; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

Does google pay work after installing google services?

9. Cat97

Posts: 2023; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Why ? Do you want to pay Google ?

4. surethom

Posts: 1748; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Very nice, lets hope the trade deal between USA & China gets signed so all Google programs can be installed, then this may replace my Mate 10 Pro.

5. Hyperreal

Posts: 363; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

The camera details are written on the render itself. Focal lenghts are 17 to 80 mm so it means the telephoto lens will be ~3x "optical zoom" not 2x and wide angle lens is 17 mm (~107 degrees FOV). Aperture is f1,9 on the main camera and f2,4 on the telephoto lens.

6. Epicness1o1

Posts: 327; Member since: May 30, 2013

Samsung watch this, THIS is how you design a camera module look good !

8. meanestgenius

Posts: 22807; Member since: May 28, 2014

Huawei, release this beast already! Google services or no Google services, I would still happily buy this smartphone. I’m no stranger to using Android smartphones without Google services, and can add them myself, if need be.

10. Skizzo

Posts: 432; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

Don't like the double camera cutout on the front. Didn't like it on the S10+, don't like it here either. The less interruption to the screen, the better.

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