We’re only a couple months away from the grand unveiling of the P40 Pro. How do we know that you ask? Well, Huawei’s Consumer Business Group CEO, Richard Yu, confirmed the P40 series would be unwrapped towards the end of March in an interview with press at the tail end of last year. With the P40 Pro’s reveal edging ever closer, rumours and leaks about the device have kicked into high gear. Last month renowned tipster OnLeaks collaborated with 91Mobiles to put together alleged renders of the forthcoming Chinese flagship. Although the renders were too dark to make out all the device’s updated design characteristics, they did show the handset with a new rectangular camera system.
At the time, 91Mobiles said the P40 Pro could boast as many as five cameras on its rear. Supreme leaker Ice Universe has claimed Huawei’s next flagship will boast a whopping 10x optical zoom that, if true, would double its zooming capabilities over the P30 Pro.
Although the renders from OnLeaks left many P40 Pro design details obscured, Android fans may have got a clearer look at the P40 Pro’s design courtesy of Slashleaks contributor RODENT950.
The tipster recently posted renders of the P40 Pro based on recent rumours and leaks. The device was shown with a similar looking rectangular camera system and an all-screen display with a pill-shaped cutout à la Samsung Galaxy S10+.
As rumoured by 91Mobiles, the P40 Pro was shown with five cameras on its rear, one of which was exhibited to be square in shape, suggesting the return of Huawei’s innovative periscope zooming lens.
We’re only a couple months away from the grand unveiling of the P40 Pro
RODENT950 recently posted renders of the P40 Pro based on recent rumours and leaks
Huawei will reveal the P40 Pro towards the end of March
Most interesting though is the fact Huawei’s next handset was shown with two front-facing cameras, making it look incredibly similar to the Galaxy S10+. The only difference between the two was shown to come from the positioning of the display cutout – the P40 Pro’s was shown on its left-hand side while the S10+ positions it on the right.
The new rectangular camera module and all-screen design of the P40 Pro shown in the concept renders makes the handset look undeniably more contemporary than the P30 Pro. But of course, we’ll have to wait until March to see the design of the P40 Pro in the flesh.
In addition to a new design, we’re also expecting the P40 Pro to boast souped-up internals. The device is presumed to be powered by Huawei’s in-house Kirin 990 chipset, meaning it’s possible the handset could support 5G network speeds.
Huawei is also anticipated to give the handset a generous amount of RAM and a huge battery. Rumours have suggested the P40 Pro could tote a humongous 5,500mAh cell with up to 50W fast wired charging.
While its hardware is rumoured to be superb, the P40 Pro’s Achilles’ heel is expected to be its software. Unless the US’s trade ban on Huawei is lifted before March, the new handset will be forced to come without any Google apps or services pre-installed, just like the Mate 30 Pro.
That means if you pick up the device you won’t be able to use the Play Store, Chrome, Gmail, Google Maps… the list goes on.
With that said, Huawei is said to be hard at work on its own suite of apps that could replicate the functionality of Google’s offerings. The P40 Pro is still expected to run Huawei’s EMUI 10 software based on Android 10.
Of course, Express.co.uk will update you with all the latest P40 Pro rumours and leaks ahead of its release. So stay tuned!