Official renders of the Huawei P40 Pro 5G leaked by Evan Blass

The Huawei P40 Pro 5G in almost all its Samsung-flavored glory. (Source: @evleaks, Twitter)
The Huawei P40 Pro 5G in almost all its Samsung-flavored glory. (Source: @evleaks, Twitter)
Evan Blass has leaked the first official renders of the Huawei P40 Pro in a promotional poster. The leak comes ahead of the official launch tomorrow with expectations running high around its camera performance.
Sanjiv Sathiah,

Leakster Evan Blass has managed to get a hold of an official promo poster for the Huawei P40 Pro 5G smartphone ahead of its official launch tomorrow. The high-resolution images reveal design that looks like it marries the front of a Samsung Galaxy S10 with the rear of a Samsung Galaxy S20. As one might expect, it looks rather appealing as a result, although it is likely put a few noses out of joint among the Samsung design team.

On the rear, in clear view, is the Leica co-engineered Ultra Vision quad-camera array that is expected to take mobile photography to the next level. It is comprised of a 50 MP, 40 MP, 12 MP sensors as well as a 3D ToF sensor. The highlight is said to be the 50x Super Sensing Zoom telephoto lens that also features OIS. It will, of course, be powered by the Huawei Kirin 990 5G chipset which is still competitive enough to keep it in the high-end segment.

Although the P40 Pro 5G will have plenty of things going for it apart from its photographic prowess, and features like 40 W fast-charging, it will of course be severely hampered by the fact that it doesn’t run Google Services thanks to the ongoing Trump Administration ban on the company. This means that fundamental services like maps apps for countries outside of China are non-existent at this time, although Huawei is seeking to rectify this through a partnership with TomTom.

While that might help the maps omission, it still leaves a lot of mainstream and popular apps with western users locked out as they typically rely on Google Services to work. Still, Huawei know how to make great looking devices, even if the designs can be derivative like this one, and they certainly know how to make great smartphone cameras thanks to the Leica hookup. But will that be enough?

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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2020-03-26 (Update: 2020-03-26)
Sanjiv Sathiah
I have been tech-obsessed from the time my father introduced me to my first computer, an Apple ][. Since then, I have grown to enjoy exploring and experimenting with any computing platform that I can get my hands on – I am the definitive early adopter! I have always been interested in how we can use technology to shape and improve our lives, most recently using it to record, mix and master my debut record, Acuity – Nature | Nurture out now on Spotify.