A bit of nostalgia
Myanmar New Year is gone, and we all feel like we have missed something this year. COVID-19 has ruined Thingyan festivities, the best time of the year for most of us. No road trip to meet with family, no food feast, no water fight. Such a miss.
We all feel frustrated, annoyed, trapped home with our sorrow. What is left is memories, memories of a time not so far away where we could travel freely across this beautiful country.
What would you do for a peaceful walk in Pyin Oo Lwin botanical gardens? Or a bike ride through the sumptuous plains of Bagan at sunset? What about a nice boat trip on Inle Lake? These good memories float in our head and in this dark time, we remember. For most of us, a good way to refresh our memory is simply to look back at our Facebook and Instagram old photoshoots.
The camera has become a key criterion for those looking to buy a new smartphone. It is long gone the time when we would pick a phone based on its call quality. Nowadays, smartphones have become our life companion, they follow us everywhere, they bridge the gap between our physical and virtual life.
Over the past few years, Huawei has made a name in the industry as one of the top vendors for camera phones. It has strategically teamed up with one of the most famous camera and lens manufacturer: Leica. The German manufacturer provides the lens that equips Huawei flagship phones for a few years.
The new Huawei flagship smartphone is no exception to the rule
In April 2020, Huawei released three versions of its new flagship: P40, P40 Pro, and P40 Pro Plus.
All three variants offer 50-megapixel cameras. However, the Huawei P40 Pro Plus is equipped with a five-camera system on the rear while the Huawei P40 Pro embeds a four-camera setup on the back and two front-facing lenses.
Meanwhile, the basic Huawei P40 has a three rear camera setup including a wide-angle and one selfie camera on the front.
The optical zoom begins at 3x for the P40 and up to 5x for the P40 Pro. The P40 Pro Plus has an impressive 10x optical zoom, the highest ever seen on a smartphone. The new Huawei flagship is said to excel in low light setting.
Good news as we are entering Myanmar rainy season, the three versions are rugged.
P40 is rated IP53, while the Pro and Pro Plus are rated IP68. The difference?
The first digit of the IP norm is for solid and goes from 0 (not protected) to 6 (fully protected). With a 5, the P40 is considered dust-protected although ingress of dust is not entirely prevented. P40 Pro and Pro Plus are both fully protected.
The second digit is for liquid and rank from 0 to 8. With a 3, Huawei P40 is protected again water spray whereas P40 Pro and Pro Plus with an 8 are suitable for continuous immersion in water.
Color-wise, the P40, and P40 Pro come in 4 colors: Black, Deep Blue Sea, Ice White, Silver Frost, Blush Gold. The Pro Plus has only two variants: Ceramic Black, Ceramic White.
On the battery life, P40 is equipped with a 3,800 mAh battery and supports 22.5-watt fast-charging. P40 Pro and Pro Plus are equipped with 4,200 mAh batteries with 40-watt fast-charging. Huawei P40 and Huawei P40 Pro both support wireless charging.
According to GSMArena, the fast charging feature will refill 80% of the P40 Pro’s battery in 30 minutes, while a full charge is achieved in 50 minutes. Very impressive.
Huawei P40 is equipped with a 6.1″ OLED display of extended 1080p resolution whereas Huawei P40 Pro and Pro Plus come with a 6.58-inch quad curved edge 90Hz display.
Finally, as every new handset coming up this year, Huawei P40 series embeds a 5G chipset.
It is important to note that the new Huawei flagship despite being an Android smartphone does not embed Google Mobile Services.
Amazon AppStore and APKPure are two viable alternatives to the Play Store. But if you cannot live without it, it is still possible to install the Google Suite manually using this tutorial.
Update June 2020
Huawei P40 Pro is available in Myanmar, price varies between Ks 1,150,000 and Ks 1,599,000 depending on the stores.