Huawei P40 Pro Plus: A Nokia Lumia For 2020 [Camera Tour]

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It sounds strange but, just go with me for a second: the key to understanding the Huawei P40 Pro+ … is looking back at a Nokia phone from seven years ago.

The Nokia Lumia 1020 was a revolutionary re-imagining of what a cameraphone could be. In a time when most phone cameras topped out at 12 or 16 megapixels, it brought a monster 41-megapixel sensor that let you crop zoom without the quality loss of those smaller cameras … and it mounted the whole thing on a bed of ball bearings for optical stabilization. In 2013 this was incredible stuff, especially for the (in retrospect, reasonable) price of $649. So why didn’t Nokia run away with the market? Well mainly because it ran a platform called Windows Phone. A platform that failed largely because it just didn’t have the apps people were looking for.

Over the past few years, Huawei has kind of stepped into Nokia’s old spot in the smartphone photography space, by recruiting some of the imaging pioneers from Nokia … by partnering with famed photography brand Leica … and by applying good old-fashioned R&D to produce some stunning phone cameras. The Huawei P40 Pro Plus is the latest evolution of that legacy – so I took it on a road trip from Brooklyn to the boonies … and along the way, this collection of cameras captured my heart. But unless you’re a phone-tweaking geek like me, you’ll probably find that no optical achievement is worth the compromises this phone carries. To see why, join me for MrMobile’s Huawei P40 Pro Plus camera review!



MrMobile’s Huawei P40 Pro+ / P40 Pro Plus Camera Tour video was produced following five days with a Huawei P40 Pro Plus review sample provided by Huawei. Pre-production sample running pre-release software. Device received one software update 20 hours before publication. No company paid a fee or otherwise offered compensation in exchange for this coverage, nor did any company preview or approve this content before publication.


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  1. Install the Aurora Store on this phone and it gets fully up to date versions of apps straight from the Google Play Store. The only apps that will not work are ones that need Google services to run, and I don't want those anyway. This is a beautiful phone that I think I'll be keeping for years to come.

  2. You have to understand that the Chinese app universe is bigger than Europe, the USA, Australia, Canada, NZ and Mexico put together. Not having Google isnt all that important for Huawei.

  3. As a non-voluntary Huawei Y9 Prime user (coz my network budget only offered this), I'm glad that mine is still linked with Google Play Store. They need to work on their App Gallery to compensate, to be honest.

  4. The only difference between Huawei and Nokia is that Huawei is an Asian brand, remember this Asian never give up… Just see where China was 30 years ago, today they challenges the USA, so see Huawei challenging Apple and Samsung, expect it to be the best in the future

  5. A true 2020 Lumia would have the other defining features of the originals: a beautiful software experience and a plastic body that somehow feels more premium than most metal and glass bodied phones.

  6. I use the p40 pro every day as the main phone. Seriously no issues at all. I have YouTube and all the Google apps without the Google services… Dead easy to install these things

  7. Hi bro how are you?? i have one question who is best camera smart phone 2020 Huawei p40 pro plus ,samsung s20 ultra,one plus 8T, pixel 5 who is please share you opinin

  8. This review makes NO SENSE, I understand Lumia 1020 wasn't posible to recommend because it was a totally different OS, but in this case ITS THE SAME OS as any other Android out there all apps can be side loaded, no excuse.

  9. download an app called Ourplay, open google apps through this launcher, then you will find all google apps can work on P40 series properly. youtube, gmail everything.

  10. Tomorrow I will buy a New phone. I bee using a Galaxy Note 5 for 5 years now, working perfectly btw. Thinking between Galaxy Note20 Ultra or S20 Ultra, vs this Huawei phone because it comes with the smartwatch included, I never own a smartwatch I'm excited about it. I don't care to have a hard time getting Google services, just want the best camera and saving some bucks for it.

  11. You didn't talk about performance? Or any other aspect of the phone to begin with, like the display, sensors, charging, and a lot more. It kinda feels like you were pressured to only focus on the really good part of the phone so people look past it's other handicaps and maybe buy it

  12. If you are thinking about buying it but the app situation scares you, don't worry. Almost every app you need can be downloaded through either AppGalery or Petal Search. The only problems I ran into are:

    -Bank apps: I needed to clone mine from another Android phone, but after that it works great, even contactless payments work
    -Google Maps: can't log in, but otherwise works great
    -YouTube: I use YouTube Vanced and it works great
    -Uber: I have to use this one in the browser 🙁

    Other than these 4, every other app I tried works seamlessly on my Mate 30 Pro.

  13. I don't care for the Samsung processing of photos and Huawei with the Leica algorithms and specialized glass do a better job in low light and high contrast situations.