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