Huawei P30 (Pro) vs. P40 (Pro): Is the upgrade worth it?

As in the previous year, Huawei launched two new smartphones in spring 2020. But with the release of Huawei P40 and P40 Pro, everything is different than the year before with Huawei P30 and P30 Pro. Due to US trade restrictions, the new Huawei flagships have to do without Google services. Is an upgrade still worthwhile? We compare the new top models P40 (Pro) with the predecessors P30 (Pro).

Price, release, and colors

Huawei introduced the P30 at the end of March 2019 and from April 5 sold. The Huawei P40 was presented almost exactly a year later, sales started in mid-April.

In addition to black, the P30 is also available in various color gradients called Aurora and Breathing Crystal. Amber Sunrise comes with the P30 Pro added. The P40 (Pro), on the other hand, is more classic. Both models are in To have black, silver, and gold. The white and blue versions of the P40 Pro will
initially not offered in Germany.

At the start of sales, the Huawei P30 cost 749 euros, the Pro model was available for 999 euros (128 GB) or 1,099 euros (256 GB). A year later the P30 is offered for prices around 400 euros, the P30 Pro is available from around 550 euros. The Huawei P40 starts at a slightly higher price of 799 euros, the P40 Pro starts at 999 euros at the same level as the P30 Pro but offers 256 GB of storage at the price.

The prices of the P30 series could now drop a little further after the release of the successor. Experience has shown that the P40 and P40 Pro should be significantly cheaper a few weeks after the start of sales.

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Display, size, and design

Already in the design, there are clear differences between the Generations. Both P30 and P30 Pro have a small notch on the top Display edge. In the P40 models, however, the front camera is in one
side punch hole, which is elongated and slightly larger than that Notch fails. As with the previous year’s models, the P40 has a straight display, while the display of the P40 Pro is curved. Unlike the P30 Pro, it is The display of this year’s model not only on the side but also on the top and slightly curved at the bottom so that it fills up even more space.

The display of the Huawei P40 Pro with 6.6 inches is also slightly larger than the 6.5-inch display of the P30 Pro and with 2,640 x 1,200 pixels has a higher resolution than the P30 Pro with 2,340 x 1,080 pixels. The P40 and P30 each have the same size and the same resolution of 2,340 x 1,080 pixels with 6.1 inches. The fingerprint sensor is integrated into the display on all models. A new feature of the P40 models is the 90 Hz refresh rate. The case dimensions remain roughly the same, but the P40 models are somewhat thicker. The weight also goes up a bit.

On the back of the P40 models, the new rectangular camera module stands out, which looks similar to Samsung’s Galaxy S20 series. In the P30 models, the cameras are housed somewhat more discreetly in a narrower module. Incidentally, the number of cameras has not changed in the new design.

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Huawei P30 and Huawei P30 Pro

Both P30 Pro and P40 Pro are protected against water and dust according to IP68. P30 and P40, on the other hand, only have splash protection. The Huawei P30 is the only one of the four smartphones that have a jack for headphones. All other models do not.

Processor, battery, and memory

Huawei uses its own Kirin processors in its top models, including the P30 (Pro) and P40 (Pro). The Kirin 980 was used in the flagships of last year, the current P40 models use the new Kirin 990 5G. The suffix already indicates the biggest difference: the processor has an integrated 5G modem and makes Huawei P40 and P40 Profit for the new mobile communication standard. In addition, there are the usual performance increases compared to the predecessor and a new image signal processor.

The memory configuration reads similarly for both generations, but Huawei has put a bit on the P40. The Huawei P30 has 6 GB RAM and 128 GB storage, the P40 now has 8 GB RAM with the same user memory. Like the P30 Pro, the Huawei P40 Pro also has 8 GB of RAM. When it comes to user memory, the P30 Pro has a choice between 128 and 256 GB; the P40 Pro only offers the larger version. To expand the memory, all models use the NanoMemory Card format developed by Huawei.

Little has changed in terms of battery capacity either. Like the P30 Pro, the P40 Pro has a 4,000 mAh battery, the P30 has 3,650 mAh, the P40 with 3,800 mAh a little more. The Huawei P30 is the only model in the group that cannot be charged wirelessly. The battery life was similarly high in the test with the P30 and P30 Pro. Huawei P40 and P40 Pro have yet to face the test laboratory. We deliver the result here.

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