In the first quarter of 2020, we would expect Samsung and Huawei to launch their new flagship devices. Serial leakster @Onleaks has provided what appears to be renders of the Huawei P40 lineup and it looks very identical to the upcoming flagship series from Samsung.
Similar to the previous P series, Huawei is expected to release the P40 and the P40 Pro. The standard P40 model is said to come with a flat display that spans around 6.1 to 6.2″ inches. The standout feature for the rear is its large rectangular camera bump which is becoming very common for 2020 smartphones. It looks like the Vivo V17, the Samsung Galaxy A71 as well as the upcoming Galaxy S11.
Huawei P40 Pro
For the top of the line P40 Pro model, the screen is larger at around 6.5-6.7 inches and it seems to come with a 4-way curve design. As seen in the render below, the display is curved at the bottom edge while the corners of the frame are slightly raised to provide some form of protection.
Both the P40 and P40 Pro comes with a single USB-C port and they don’t come with a traditional 3.5mm headphone jack. Interestingly, Steve of @Onleaks has also indicated that the device will feature a 2mm hole at the top edge which we hope is used for stereo audio playback.
At the moment, it still isn’t clear if both devices will feature a punch-hole or a notch. Since it doesn’t come with any side-mounted or rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, it is very likely that both P40 models will feature an in-display fingerprint sensor on an AMOLED panel. There are no camera specs at the moment but we are guessing that the Pro model is likely to feature a quad-camera setup similar to the Mate 30 Pro.
It is rumoured that the P40 Pro may come with a larger 5,500mAh battery, a faster 50W fast-charger as well as fluid 120Hz refresh rate. In the zoom department, it is also speculated to come with 10X optical zoom capability, which is double of its current 5X optical zoom on the P30 Pro. What’s certain is that you can expect both models to run on Huawei’s latest Kirin 990 and 990 5G processors that are powering the current Mate 30 and Honor View 30 series.
Probably the biggest stumbling block is the lack of Google apps and services. At the moment, Huawei is still on the U.S. Government’s entity list and this prevents Huawei from getting Google Mobile Services on their latest smartphones. Without Google Mobile Services, it would be tougher to push the devices in markets that are heavily dependent on Google. It is safe to assume that the P40 and P40 Pro will continue to run on Huawei Mobile Services unless there’s a drastic change in the Trump administration. The Huawei P40 series is expected to launch sometime in March.