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Huawei P40 Pro

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11. Huawei P40 Pro

Top notch camera and build quality

Specifications
Weight: 209g
Release date: August 2020
Dimensions: 158 x 73 x 9mm
OS: Android 10
Screen size: 6.58-inch
Resolution: 2640 x 1200
CPU: Kirin 990 5G
RAM: 8GB
Storage: 256GB
Battery: 4200 mAh
Rear camera: 50+40+12MP
Front camera: 32MP
Reasons to buy
+Best in class cameras+Great build quality
Reasons to avoid
-Lack of Google services

Until recently this was Huawei's only entry on our list of top phones, and remarkable that it has remained on the list a full year later. The elephant in the room, of course, is Huawei being cut off from Google's services which makes its phones much harder to set up than any other Android phone. To its credit the camera array on the P40 Pro and phone hardware overall is so compelling that it forced its way on to this list.

Processor: Were it not for the software issue -which is situation not of Huawei's making- this phone would have certainly placed in the top 5. The build quality of the P40 Pro demonstrates Chinese engineering at its very best and the processing power of the Kirin and Mali chips combined with the superb 5G performance is just as impressive. 

Camera: But its in the camera setup that the P40 Pro stakes its claim. The primary 50MP shooter has the biggest sensor ever used on a phone and it is backed up up by a 40MP cine-class sensor plus the usual depth sensing tech. This time around Huawei have included a 12MP telephoto lens using its famous periscope zoom technique for 5x optical zoom. With optical image stabilisation across the board the hybrid zoom and low light performance are both superb. 

Mini verdict: And this is not even as good as the P40 Pro Plus, which includes even better camera tech, but costs so much more that we couldn't justify including it on our list with the Google services spectre overshadowing its general use as a phone.

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