P40 Pro leak reveals Huawei’s ugly design change

Although most tech companies pulled out of MWC and rescheduled their respective launches, Huawei pressed ahead with an event in Barcelona and revealed the Huawei Sound X, Huawei Mate Xs, Huawei MatePad Pro and a new Huawei MateBook X Pro. However, at the tail end of proceedings the firm’s Consumer Business Group CEO, Richard Yu, confirmed the P40 series would debut on March 26 at an event in the French capital.

The internet has been flooded with various rumours and leaks about the P40 Pro in recent weeks. But the most recent of which suggests the phone will boast a design change that, in this publication’s humble opinion, looks pretty ugly.

An alleged image of the P40 Pro has surfaced and Slashleaks and shows the handset with a huge pill-shaped cutout within its display. It’s rumoured this will house two front-facing cameras that could offer standard and ultra wide-angle perspectives, rather like the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL from 2018.

The most noticeable thing about the hole is its sheer scale – not only does it look bigger than that of the Galaxy S10+, but also Samsung’s monstrous Galaxy S10 5G.

Additionally, the cutout is far larger than that of the P30 Pro that has a teardrop shaped notch housing a single front-facing camera that’s certainly not as intrusive.

Renowned leaker RODENT950 – that has a great track record when it comes to Huawei leaks – has corroborated claims the latest P40 Pro image to hit the web is indeed accurate.

He recently posted the image on this Twitter account and said: “Confirmation, this is the P40 Pro.”

Pill-shaped cutout aside, it seems the P40 Pro will offer an almost bezel-free viewing experience. That said, the latest image and renders of the device that surfaced courtesy of tipster Evan Blass, suggest the P40 Pro will miss out on the same waterfall display technology that arrived on last year’s Mate 30 Pro.

Of course, Huawei’s P-series has always been about introducing new camera innovations and it appears the P40 Pro will be no different. It seems the new Huawei flagship will come with five rear cameras, one of which looks to be an improved version of the P30 Pro’s square periscope-style zoom sensor.

Rumours have suggested the P40 Pro could offer a whopping 10x optical zoom which, if true, would eclipse the 5x optical technology offered by Samsung’s new Galaxy S20 Ultra.

Of course, it’s also expected the P40 Pro will come with a new main sensor in addition to a revamped ultra wide-angle and perhaps an updated time-of-flight (ToF) module, too.

We’ll have to wait until Huawei takes to the stage in Paris later this month to find out exactly what the P40 Pro will offer though, so stay tuned for Express.co.uk.

In the meantime, why don’t you read our review of the Mate 30 Pro that recently launched in the UK.

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