Premium Huawei P40 Pro variant leaks with five cameras, ceramic back

Premium Huawei P40 Pro variant leaks with five cameras, ceramic back
Huawei has produced two flagship models each year since the Huawei P10 series debuted in 2017. It was largely expected to replicate the strategy again this year, but it turns out the company is planning a third device that’ll sit above the other two in the lineup.

The perfect Galaxy S20 Ultra competitor


Possible names for the unexpected smartphone include Huawei P40 Pro Premium Edition, Huawei P40 Pro Ceramic, and Huawei P40 Pro 5G. But regardless of what the Chinese giant chooses to call it, leaked renders make clear that it’ll be the perfect Galaxy S20 Ultra competitor.

The flagship looks identical to the standard Huawei P40 Pro from the front and, as such, is expected to feature a massive 6.7-inch OLED display complete with curved edges. But to create a more unique look, Huawei has also added curved glass to the top and bottom, although the display itself isn't curved as previous rumors indicated.

This setup is coupled with an extremely wide punch-hole that houses at least two sensors. The huge space between them suggests that a third sensor might be included, perhaps a Time-of-Flight shooter, or that one of them is much larger, which should result in better selfies.

An aluminum frame that curves up in each corner is sandwiched between the front and back panels. It’s home to a bottom-firing speaker, a USB-C port which should support 40W fast charging, a SIM card tray, and the usual volume rocker partnered up with an accented power key.

Five cameras instead of four, 10x optical zoom instead of 5x


Most smartphones these days feature glass panels on the back, but Huawei appears to have enjoyed the premium feeling of the Ceramic Galaxy S10 models last year because it has fitted this Huawei P40 Pro variant with a ceramic rear panel.

The new material is joined by the large camera module featured on the regular Huawei P40 Pro, although a few important changes have been made to the setup. Specifically, the 5x optical zoom periscope camera complete with an f/3.4 aperture appears to have been replaced with an arguably superior 10x optical zoom alternative complete with an f/4.0 aperture. 

This is accompanied by what’s understood to be an ultra-wide-angle camera and a new 52-megapixel main shooter. The Time-of-Flight sensor is also present, yet this time around an extra camera has been added to the package.

Leaks are yet to detail the mysterious fifth camera but it could potentially be a macro camera. After all, they’re becoming increasingly common on smartphones these days.

As an additional point of reference, the cheapest Huawei P40 model is expected to feature three rear cameras. These reportedly include a 3x telephoto zoom shooter and unspecified primary and ultra-wide-angle shooters.

Huawei P40 series announcement date and availability


Huawei recently confirmed plans to announce the P40 series at an event held in Paris at some point in March. The exact date hasn’t yet been confirmed, but Evan Blass says it’ll be Thursday, March 26.

All three smartphones should go up for pre-order straight away in China but might be in limited supply elsewhere. That’s because of the ongoing US trade ban, which prohibits Huawei from shipping new smartphones with Google Play Services on board.

If the trade ban is lifted by the time of the event, however, Huawei will be able to ship its new phones on schedule in global markets such as Europe, just like it did last year with the Huawei P30 series.

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P40 Pro
  • Display 6.5 inches
    2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera (Quad camera)
    front
  • Hardware HiSilicon Kirin 990, 8GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB,
  • Battery 5500 mAh
  • OS Android 10

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28 Comments

29. S4NDY

Posts: 277; Member since: Mar 14, 2016

Ascend P7 and P10 also has ceramic variants

20. Flynfree15

Posts: 42; Member since: Jan 16, 2020

What next...6,7,8, until the whole back of phone, that's ridiculous!@#$%^&

26. Venom

Posts: 4137; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Right? I thought the Pureview was over the top with the pentagram camera but this is taking the cake.

27. meanestgenius

Posts: 23173; Member since: May 28, 2014

Multiple cameras on a smartphone is the way that the industry is going. It allows for different lenses capabilities on a smartphone. Even Google, who people thought would remain with just one camera and trolled others for having multiple cameras, now has gotten with the times and has more than one camera on their latest flagships. I guess you could say Google trolled those who though they would never do it, lol.

33. Venom

Posts: 4137; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Two or three cameras isn't bad especially when they have some pretty cool features like wide angle lenses and 4K video. Even the Pixel phones went that route and still ended up being well reviewed with a 9 from PA making it a better phone than the one I mentioned earlier.

34. meanestgenius

Posts: 23173; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lmao now you’re moving the goalpost, as expected. Huawei smartphones that have gone that route long before Google decided to not be left behind and play catch up have also been reviewed by PA with the score of 9, as well as being reviewed by other sites with a much higher score than than the phones from the OEM I mentioned earlier.

18. meanestgenius

Posts: 23173; Member since: May 28, 2014

Some people here don’t seem to know the length of time it takes to build a smartphone from the drawing board to the finished product, and it shows. People here also don’t know about a lot of other smartphone brands outside of a precious few, or they would know that Huawei’s P40 series looks like their sub-brands v30 series.

5. basher

Posts: 118; Member since: Sep 20, 2015

five cameras, ceramic back, no Google services, high price. Is it worth it? Only for the camera?

8. Priyam009

Posts: 85; Member since: Oct 23, 2018

Huawei mobile service is getting stronger ,still way inferior to GMS but they are using TomTom service for their new map system(Apple and Uber also use it) a new email app that will support gmails, that pretty much covers the major disadvantages and a new app gallery which will be almost a mirror of Gplay store so yeah! And there is always Side loading so its pretty bright for them

17. meanestgenius

Posts: 23173; Member since: May 28, 2014

“According to the data shown by Huawei, HMS together with Huawei third-party applications and services forms an HMS Ecosystem for 570 million Huawei users across the globe with 1.01 million registered developers.“ That’s from here: https://www.huaweicentral.com/hms-core/ Huawei’s Mobile Services has hundreds of millions of users, and over one million developers, so it’s not just for the camera. Remember, HMS are used in China instead of Googles Mobile Services. China is the largest smartphone market on the planet, and Huawei has the most market share there. And while their own AppStore isn’t as vast as Googles, it’s growing. There are also several third party sellers that are selling Huawei’s latest devices like the Mate 30 Pro and the Honor v30 Pro WITH Google Play already installed on them. And as already mentioned, there is side loading, which is not a difficult thing to do at all.

1. MsPooks

Posts: 383; Member since: Jul 08, 2019

Their most blatant ripoff yet. Huawei took an S20 and S10+, mashed them together, and called it a day. Unsurprisingly then: it looks great. Wonder how it'll run with the awesome Huawei OS that dropped last December.

2. joshuaswingle

Posts: 784; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

What a stupid thing to say. This phone has been in the works for months – there's absolutely no way they had time to copy Samsung. This phone is the natural evolution of the Huawei P30 Pro as more space is required for the sensors. Which, by the way, the Galaxy Note 10/+ looks a lot like the Huawei P30 Pro. Have you complained that Samsung ripped off Huawei?

12. haruken

Posts: 313; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

1. The S20 has also been in the works for ages. They could have had access to early design prototypes. 2. The front is clearly a rip off of LAST YEAR S10. They had plenty of time to copy that one ;)

15. joshuaswingle

Posts: 784; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

Love how you just skipped over the similarities between the Galaxy Note 10 & Huawei P30 Pro. Says it all really. Hating on brands for no justified reason ain't cool.

19. maherk

Posts: 7113; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Funny how they think that designing and building a phone takes just few days lol And yeah, I have the Note 10, and apart from the color, the back looks identical to my old P30 Pro. People just have a short memory when it comes to Samsung and Apple copying other brands. Happens to Korean cars, people complain they copy other brands, but turn a blind eye when other companies do the same.

21. haruken

Posts: 313; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

What similarities? Square design? The Note line did it first and has been known for it. Curved screen? You can do better than that Joshua. Teardrop cam? Samsung's is completely different. You're basically saying that the Note looks like another Samsung rip-off?

25. maherk

Posts: 7113; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

The cameras' housing alongside the sensors and flash, then the flat top and bottom which Huawei implemented them on the P30 Pro. And I never said that Huawei didn't copy Samsung with the curved screens, and Apple with their UI. All I'm saying is that people give pass to Samsung and Apple and complain when it's the rest of the market doing the copying.

22. dvlprr

Posts: 71; Member since: May 08, 2019

but what we all can agree, but decide not to, is all phones are based on the iPhone.

23. Priyam009

Posts: 85; Member since: Oct 23, 2018

Just like apple blatantly copied Huawei mate 20 pro's camera design and made it uglier, copied night mode that was introduced by Huawei P20 pro, actually there is nothing wrong in that but fanboys should stop judging a phone by its similarity of looks! features are what matter the most!

31. Alcyone

Posts: 669; Member since: May 10, 2018

Correction: LG Prada (first edition). History can't be changed. Google release dates and take a seat, please.

3. Priyam009

Posts: 85; Member since: Oct 23, 2018

Cry as much as you want, never have Samsung ever used quad curved display, Honor v30 pro alraedy sports this P40/S20 kinda back design and on top of that square camera setup was first introduced by Huawei and later adopted and modified by other oem's so its like everyone copying each other tasks!

6. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 675; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

"What a stupid thing to say. This phone has been in the works for months – there's absolutely no way they had time to copy Samsung" Think she is referring to the ceramic back panel which even you said "Huawei appears to have enjoyed the premium feeling of the Ceramic Galaxy S10 models last year because it has fitted this Huawei P40 Pro variant with a ceramic rear panel."

9. Priyam009

Posts: 85; Member since: Oct 23, 2018

Just like how Samsung enjoyed the premium feeling of dual tone glass of Mate 20 and P30" to use it in their Note 10's back panel

24. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 675; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

"Just like how Samsung enjoyed the premium feeling of dual tone glass of Mate 20 and P30" to use it in their Note 10's back panel" Just like how Huawei enjoyed the premium dual curved displays of the Samsung S6 and onwards ;)

10. joshuaswingle

Posts: 784; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

"Huawei took an S20 and S10+, mashed them together, and called it a day." Clearly accusing them of ripping off the Galaxy S20, which isn't a fair accusation. The ceramic backing is up for debate. I'm all for criticism, but only when it's justified.

13. QuantumRazer

Posts: 243; Member since: Apr 27, 2019

Is it right for me to say S10's ceramic back is a copy from Mi Mix and Essential Phone, which used the same material but had been released way before S10 came out? Of course not. You cannot claim the originality for the material used on a phone, that's just as ridiculous as saying all current Android phones are copying iPhone because iPhone 4 was using an aluminium frame and a glass back, or every single full metal phones is a rip off of HTC One M7.

11. QuantumRazer

Posts: 243; Member since: Apr 27, 2019

I already said this in the other article but I'll say it again anyway: Samsung's first phone with rectangle camera design, Galaxy M30s, came out in the end of September. Huawei's first is Honor V30 and its promo video was leaked back in the middle of November, so according to your logic Huawei somehow managed to steal the idea of having a rectangular camera bump from it, used it to design their flagship Honor phone while adjusting the placements of all the electrical components inside it, built the prototype, made everything working and created the ads, all in a very short span of 6 weeks. So claiming that Huawei copied Samsung's camera shape is one of the most ridiculous logic I've seen for a while, I don't know if you're being serious or just trying to troll us. Though IMO P40 Pro's design is a huge step back from P30 Pro, because the front does indeed look like S10+ therefore caries over its ugly dual punch hole design. I'm struggling to understand why Huawei couldn't just stick to a teardrop notch instead.

14. fisher

Posts: 18; Member since: Jan 29, 2016

even if this is a copy of samsung, this is still a better looking than s20 ultra

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