Leaked Huawei P40 Pro renders show quad-edge display, Galaxy S11-like camera

Huawei CEO Richard Yu recently claimed the P40 and P40 Pro would arrive next year bearing a never-before-seen design. Now, tipster Steve Hemmerstoffer has released some early renders of the phones and it seems as though the executive wasn't exaggerating.

A new Galaxy S11-like camera module on the back


Much like the Huawei P30 and P30 Pro, the next-generation P40 and P40 Pro look set to feature rectangular camera modules on the back which are both positioned in the top-left corner. But in the hope of creating a sleeker design while also incorporating extra components, the company appears to have opted for a wider module that's arguably quite similar to the one expected on the Galaxy S11.

Hemmerstoffer claims the regular Huawei P40 features as many as four rear cameras but warns that he isn't sure about the number of sensors planned for the Pro-branded model. Rumors do suggest, however, that up to five cameras could be on the way. 

If that's the case, consumers can probably expect to find the main camera accompanied by an ultra-wide-angle shooter, a dedicated Time-of-Flight sensor, and a new dual-zoom system which features 2x telephoto and 5x periscope cameras. For those of you interested in the cheaper Huawei P40, it's expected to feature a similar setup that uses just one zoom camera.

The rest of the back panel is the usual affair, meaning it'll feature the Huawei logo towards the bottom and likely be made out of glass so the company can offer its wireless charging and reverse wireless charging features.

The display is where things get exciting on the P40 Pro


Huawei introduced a curved-edge display on the P30 Pro earlier this year and doesn't have any plans to ditch the technology on next year's product. In fact, if these renders are anything to go by, the company is looking to take things even further by adopting a quad-edge display on the Huawei P40 Pro. 

The move means the flagship smartphone will feature curved edges along the top and bottom of the display in addition to the sides. This change should translate into an incredible 100% screen-to-body ratio, although it remains to be seen where the selfie camera will be positioned. 

Early reports suggest the Chinese company is planning to use hole-punch technology on its next premium device but today's P40 Pro renders don't corroborate the move. Therefore, the presence of a notch or perhaps even an in-display implementation can't be ruled out at this time.

Huawei has also been forced to create a new frame design that hides the corners of the screen. It will probably play an important role when the device is dropped because the corners of the frame will (hopefully) absorb the impact and leave the display unscathed.

The Huawei P40's front panel is much more traditional


Not everybody is a fan of curved-edge panels and quad-edge alternatives will probably be even more controversial. Fortunately, the standard Huawei P40 features a much more traditional flat panel that'll incorporate either punch-hole or notch technology for the selfie camera.

The regular display is rather unsurprisingly accompanied by what seems to be a standard aluminum frame. But in what may come as a disappointment to more hardcore smartphone fans, the brand appears to have ditched the much-loved 3.5mm headphone jack. 

On the upside, the change will probably allow for a noticeably larger battery which should help significantly if a 5G variant of the device is planned. After all, despite the advancements that have been made recently, 5G modems are still considerably more power-hungry than their 4G LTE counterparts.

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44 Comments

1. Priyam009

Posts: 73; Member since: Oct 23, 2018

Thats a stunning design 100% screen to body ratio perhaps but lack of GMS is a huge disappointment! Lets see what the upcoming HMS will bring in place of gmaps,gmail and YouTube

2. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 655; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

When Huawei showed the Mate 30 series off didnt everyone say Huawei is using a circular design on the back to make their products different to Iphones, xiaomi's and samsungs? Alot of people said the circle design looked better than the rectangular design. LOL well looks like it aint so, seems they will keep using the rectangle design for awhile yet

3. joshuaswingle

Posts: 754; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

Huawei has used different camera setups on its Mate and P series for years. Why would 2020 be any different? This new camera setup is an evolution of the P30 Pro one that just happens to look like Samsung's.

8. User123456789

Posts: 1360; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

I saw rumors of 1/1.2" ...

45. QuantumRazer

Posts: 216; Member since: Apr 27, 2019

That's unlikely given how thiccc the body and tall the camera bump would be, but here I am hoping for that to happen. I want the quality over quantity.

23. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 955; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

For me the Mate 30 on the back looked the best.

4. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 655; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

"Why would 2020 be any different? " To differentiate themselves from everyone else

6. joshuaswingle

Posts: 754; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

I think the quad-edge display will be enough. There's no need to keep changing the rear camera layout for the sake of being different

5. Elvis358

Posts: 292; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

Soo all Android smartphones in 202 will look the same from back:D

7. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2525; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Looks like Microsoft will be one of the very few in 2020 to release a phone that doesn’t look exactly like every other phone. It seems that Apple, Samsung, and Huawei are going to be the Chevrolet/GMC/Cadillac of smartphones: same basic architecture just slightly different features.

12. mackan84

Posts: 689; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

And if you want a next year Microsoft phone, buy this years LG :)

18. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2525; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Perhaps you are unaware but the LG G8X is actually a single screen phone with a dual screen accessory. Not the same thing at all I’m afraid. While it does appear similar, the functionality, OS layout, and features will be quite different. Nice try though.

25. mackan84

Posts: 689; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

Just giving cred to a forgettable smartphone :) Let’s hope MS does a better impact.

9. User123456789

Posts: 1360; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

What's the point of leaking the design if they make all black with black background? Cant even see if it has notch, water drop or hole. Not even with 100% brightness of my ipad.

11. joshuaswingle

Posts: 754; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

These are just an early look at the phone. Full renders will probably be released in early January. The darkness is because it's unclear at this stage whether it includes a notch or punch-hole. Or what sort of layout the cameras will adopt inside the big bump.

13. Zrtsg

Posts: 40; Member since: May 09, 2019

In this render you can clearly see that it doesn't have a notch.

10. Alcyone

Posts: 615; Member since: May 10, 2018

Similar area, yes. But, are the lenses in the exact location as the Samsung? I'm sure there is a reason for the weird placement. We'll have to wait and see. Rumors, leaks and cads, are not always 100%

14. MsPooks

Posts: 311; Member since: Jul 08, 2019

Until they can guarantee NO Google services or apps in their phones, ever, they offer nothing compelling over other OEMs. If they could...insta-buy.

15. 44alexsmith

Posts: 19; Member since: Oct 06, 2016

Huawei really needs to stop copying Samsung.

16. Venom

Posts: 3988; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Right? It's like they have no originality whatsoever.

33. QuantumRazer

Posts: 216; Member since: Apr 27, 2019

Like Note 10 looks like a Samsung's version of P30 Pro? Oops... :)

35. Venom

Posts: 3988; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

How many times has Huawei copied off Samsung? Oops indeed...for you.

42. QuantumRazer

Posts: 216; Member since: Apr 27, 2019

Huawei copied Samsung's curved display with Mate 20 Pro, but that's where the similarity ends between design languages of the two companies. As for Honor V20's punch hole and V30's rectangular camera design, you can't claim that Huawei ripped off Samsung's design due to the reason I already explained in comment #31.

17. alanrock

Posts: 341; Member since: Oct 04, 2018

there's like 0% Samsung design here?

19. meanestgenius

Posts: 22826; Member since: May 28, 2014

Right? And even if there were, people act like smartphone OEM’s aren’t inspired by other smartphone OEM’s. Look at Google being “inspired” by Apple and LG with the Pixel 4 series. No originality whatsoever.

24. dimas

Posts: 3448; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

"there's like 0% Samsung design here?" It's a galaxy m30s design. So efficient for the motherboard that they can put 6,000mah battery in the 6.4" display. I already saw that front somewhere. Not sure where but I am 100% sure it's like a samsung prototype design years ago. I guess there really is no samsung design there, huh?

26. alanrock

Posts: 341; Member since: Oct 04, 2018

design is unique as it gets, no galaxies here, no prototypes from years ago, no m30s lol , nothing but P40.

31. QuantumRazer

Posts: 216; Member since: Apr 27, 2019

lmfao that's not how designing process works. Galaxy M30s was released back in the end of September, whereas the design of Honor V30, the first Huawei phone to feature rectangular camera bump, was teased in the middle of November. You can't design and build a flagship phone in 6 weeks just like that. With that logic I can even argue that M30s was copied from P30's camera design by extending the bump horizontally to accomodate a flash and the writing.

36. Venom

Posts: 3988; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I don't know, I definitely see some Samsung in there. I guess Huawei was "inspired" to copy them yet again.

39. meanestgenius

Posts: 22826; Member since: May 28, 2014

What you see and what actually is are two different things entirely. As already mentioned, Huawei was preparing this before Samsung was. But don’t let the facts get in the way of your good story.

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