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Huawei P40 Pro Plus: P40 flagship with 100x zoom

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Huawei's latest flagship caters to the preferences of photography enthusiasts. With a 5-lens camera setup, the P40 Pro Plus not only surpasses the P40 Pro, which is a great device by itself, but it also comes with twice the zoom capabilities for an up to 100x digital zoom.
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For the most part, there are only minor differences between features of the Huawei P40 Pro Plus and the P40 Pro. By contrast, they are being offered at vastly different price points - the P40 Pro can be purchased for 999 Euros (~$1142), whereas the P40 Pro Plus costs a staggering 1399 Euros (~$1599). In return, the P40 series' flagship offers zoom capabilities that almost no other smartphone can match.

The 50-MP main optics (wide-angle, f/1.9, OIS), the 40-MP ultra-wide-angle lens (f/1.8) and the 3D depth information sensor are identical on the P40 Pro Plus and the P40 Pro. However, the 12-MP telephoto lens of the P40 Pro has been replaced by two telephoto lenses on the P40 Pro Plus: An 8-MP zoom camera (10x optical, f/4.4, OIS) and an 8-MP telephoto lens (3x optical zoom, f/2.4, OIS). Thus, the camera setup on the back consists of 5 camera modules in total.

Thanks to its 10x optical zoom, the P40 Pro Plus is able to capture very high-quality pictures at the respective ranges and the optical image stabilizer ensures that objects remain in focus. Furthermore, users have access to a 20x hybrid and an up to 100x digital zoom. However, at the maximum zoom level, a flat surface or a tripod is required for good results.

The transition between zoom steps is smooth - the zoom slider can be moved continuously from the wide-angle setting all the way to 100x enhancement. Convenient extra: At higher zoom levels, the camera app displays an additional window. It shows the entire scene as well as the part of the picture that is being magnified.

While the Huawei P40 Pro has an MSRP of 1399 Euros (~$1599), it comes with two cameras for an up to 100x digital zoom
While the Huawei P40 Pro has an MSRP of 1399 Euros (~$1599), it comes with two cameras for an up to 100x digital zoom
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Manuel Masiero
Editor of the original article: Manuel Masiero - Senior Tech Writer - 145 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2012
My fascination for computers started with the C64. Since then, I’ve put everything that comes my way in terms of hardware through its paces. From the C64 to the Amiga 500 and the first PC with an 8088 CPU, my list of projects has grown increasingly longer. For more than 20 years now I have also turned my hobby into my profession and have been active in the mobile section of Notebookcheck since 2021. Before that, I worked as a hardware editor for IDG Media (tecChannel.de) and VNU Business Publications (PC professional), among others.
Marius Schell
Translator: Marius Schell - Tech Writer - 268 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2020
Even in my youth I was already very enthusiastic about technology, and as a result I started building PCs, optimizing them, and writing programs while I was still in school. When dealing with the inevitable hardware and software problems associated with computers, I was always relentless in my search for the necessary solutions. The compact forms of laptops and smartphones introduced further challenges in this regard. In my reviews for Notebookcheck I try to communicate as objectively as possible how well a device copes with these hurdles.
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Manuel Masiero, 2020-07-22 (Update: 2020-07-23)