Huawei announces P40 and P40 Pro, Australian release date, pre-order info and pricing Brett Wadelton

Huawei has officially announced the latest flagship phone that is hitting Australian shores in April.

The P40 and P40 Pro feature what is said to be the ‘most professional smartphone camera system ever’.

Looking back to last year’s P30 series and those devices certainly did set the standard in mobile photography, so it will be interesting to see if the new cameras do live up to the hype here.

There are a few fancy marketing terms being thrown around here when it comes to the camera.

Huawei’s Ultra Vision Sensor and SuperZoom Array definitely have my interest but it’ll be how the cameras perform in day-to-day scenarios including the all-important low-light photography.

While the camera is the main star of the show here, there are some other features including a curved display, water and dust resistance, super-fast WiFi support, solid battery life, lots of storage and also 5G capabilities.

But, due to the ongoing restrictions from the US government – the Google Play Store, as well as Google apps such as Google Maps, Gmail and Google Photos aren’t installed. Instead, you’ll get access to Huawei’s AppGallery. Ausdroid has a really good list of which apps (and which ones aren’t) available in an article here.

What is Ultra Vision Sensor?

Basically, it’s the biggest sensor that is available on a smartphone right now. But what exactly does that mean?

The larger the camera sensor and the more light that can be captured – which should lead to better shots in low-light scenarios and improved dynamic range on those images. It should, in theory, assist with lowering noise within captured pics.

What about SuperZoom Array?

This is a really impressive zoom capability – with 50x digital zoom. It’s not quite as much as the 100x digital zoom on Samsung’s Galaxy S20 Ultra but I’m not really sure why you’d need to zoom in quite that much, especially when you do lose a bit of detail and clarity.

Huawei has added a ‘SuperSensing Periscope’ to assist with taking some great long-distance shots along with some stabilisation magic to avoid blurring.

Australian pricing

We’re looking at $1,099 for the P40 and $1,599 for the P40 Pro. Both devices come with a free VIP service to assist in setting up your new phone.

If that’s not enough, all pre-orders of the P40 Pro in Australia will also score a pair of FreeBuds – Huawei’s version of AirPods and Galaxy Buds.

Australian availability

Two colours are launching here – Deep Sea Blue and Silver Frost.

Pre-orders for the P40 and P40 Pro begin on Friday, March 27th, with both phones going on sale Thursday, April 16th.

The P40 from Huawei Authorised Chatswood Store, Mobileciti and Harvey Norman, whilst the P40 Pro will also be available from JB HiFi and Officeworks.

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