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Huawei P40 Lite, официальный потрет


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Huawei likes to release the same smartphones under different names in different markets. What is currently on sale in Russia under the name Huawei P40 lite is already known as Huawei Nova 7i (in Malaysia and other countries of Southeast Asia), as well as Huawei Nova 6 SE (in China and Hong Kong). There are small regional differences between them, like the different supported LTE bands, plus in some versions there may not be an NFC module, but from a purely “iron” point of view, the same device is hidden under different names.

Huawei P40 Lite, official portrait

Huawei P40 lite, official portrait

The name P40 lite as it alludes to the fact that this is a lite version of the company’s flagship smartphone, which has not yet been officially unveiled. Well, now we will have a rather interesting experience – getting to know the “lightweight” flagship without any idea of ​​what this flagship will be like.

⇡ # Specifications

Huawei P40 lite Huawei P smart Z Realme 3 Pro TCL Plex Realme XT
Display 6.4 inches IPS
2310 × 1080 pixels (19: 9), 398 ppi, capacitive multitouch
6.59 inches IPS
2340 × 1080 pixels (19.5: 9), 391 ppi, capacitive multitouch
6.3 inches, IPS,
2340 × 1080 pixels (19.5: 9), 409 ppi, capacitive multitouch
6.53 inches, IPS, 1080 × 2340 (19.5: 9), 395 ppi; capacitive multitouch 6.4 inches, Super AMOLED, 1080 × 2340 (19.5: 9), 402 ppi; capacitive multitouch
Protective glass No data No data Corning Gorilla Glass 5 nNo data Corning Gorilla Glass 5
CPU HiSilicon Kirin 810: eight cores (2 × Cortex-A76, frequency 2.27 GHz + 6 × Cortex-A55, frequency 1.88 GHz) HiSilicon Kirin 710F: eight cores (4 × ARM Cortex A73, frequency 2.2 GHz + 4 × ARM Cortex A53, frequency 1.7 GHz) Qualcomm Snapdragon 710: eight cores (2 × Kryo 360 Gold, 2.2 GHz and 6 × Kryo 360 Silver, 1.7 GHz) Qualcomm Snapdragon 675: eight cores (2 × Kryo 460 Gold, 2.2 GHz and 6 × Kryo 460 Silver, 1.7 GHz) Qualcomm Snapdragon 712: eight cores (2 × Kryo 360 Gold, 2.3 GHz and 6 × Kryo 360 Silver, 1.7 GHz)
Graphics controller Mali-G52 MP6 Mali-G51 MP4 Adreno 616 Adreno 612 Adreno 616
RAM 6/8 GB 4 GB 4/6 GB 6 GB 4/6/8 GB
Flash memory 128 GB 64 GB 64/128 GB 128 GB 64/128 GB
Memory card support Yes (NV up to 256 GB) Yes (microSD up to 512 GB) Yes (microSD up to 512 GB) microSD microSD
Connectors USB Type-C USB Type-C microUSB 2.0 USB Type-C, 3.5 mm minijack USB Type-C, 3.5 mm minijack
SIM cards Two nano-SIM Two nano-SIM Two nano-SIM Two nano-SIM Two nano-SIM
2G Cellular GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
3G Cellular HSDPA 800/850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz HSDPA 800/850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz HSDPA 800/850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz HSDPA 800/850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz HSDPA 800/850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz
4G Cellular LTE Cat. 13 (up to 400/75 Mbps), ranges 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 18, 19, 20, 28, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41 LTE Cat. 12 (up to 600/50 Mbps), ranges 1, 3, 7, 8, 20 LTE Cat. 6 (up to 300/75 Mbps), ranges 1, 3, 5, 8, 38, 40, 41 LTE Cat. 6 (400/75 Mbps), ranges 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38, 40 LTE Cat. 12 (600/50 Mbps), ranges 1, 3, 5, 8, 38, 40, 41
Wifi 802.11a / b / g / n / ac 802.11a / b / g / n / ac 802.11a / b / g / n 802.11a / b / g / n / ac 2.4 / 5 GHz 802.11a / b / g / n / ac 2.4 / 5 GHz
Bluetooth 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.0
Nfc there is there is there is there is there is
Navigation GPS (Dual Band), A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo, QZSS GPS (Dual Band), A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou GPS (Dual Band), A-GPS, GLONASS GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
Sensors Illumination, proximity, accelerometer / gyroscope, barometer, magnetometer (digital compass), color spectrum sensor Light, proximity, accelerometer / gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass) Light, proximity, accelerometer / gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass) Light, proximity, accelerometer / gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass) Light, proximity, accelerometer / gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)
The fingerprint scanner Yes, on the right side Yes, back Yes, back Yes, back Yes, built-in to the screen
Main camera Quad module, 48 + 8 + 2 + 2 MP, ƒ / 1.8 + ƒ / 2.4 + ƒ / 2.4 + ƒ / 2.4, phase detection autofocus in the main module, LED flash Dual module, 16 MP ƒ / 1.8 + 2 MP ƒ / 2.4, phase detection autofocus, LED flash Dual module, 25 MP ƒ / 1.7 + 5 MP ƒ / 2.4, phase detection autofocus, LED flash Triple module: 48 MP, ƒ / 1.8 + 16 MP, ƒ / 2.4 + 2 MP, ƒ / 1.8 + 2 MP, ƒ / 2.4, phase detection autofocus, LED flash Fourth module: 64 MP, ƒ / 1.8 + 8 MP, ƒ / 2.3 + 2 MP, ƒ / 2.4 + 2 MP, ƒ / 2.4, phase detection autofocus, LED flash
Front-camera 16 MP, ƒ / 2.0, fixed focus, no flash 16 MP, ƒ / 2.0, extendable design, fixed focus, no flash 35 MP, ƒ / 2.0, fixed focus, extendable design 24 MP, ƒ / 2.0, no autofocus, no flash 16 MP, ƒ / 2.0, no autofocus, no flash
Nutrition Non-removable battery: 15.96 Wh (4200 mAh, 3.8 V) Non-removable battery: 15.2 Wh (4000 mAh, 3.8 V) Non-removable battery: 15.39 Wh (4045 mAh, 3.8 V) Non-removable battery: 14.52 Wh (3820 mAh, 3.8 V) Non-removable battery: 15.2 Wh (4000 mAh, 3.8 V)
The size 159 × 76 × 8.7 mm 163.5 × 77.3 × 8.8 mm 156.8 × 74.2 × 8.3 mm 162.2 × 76.6 × 8 mm 158.7 × 75.2 × 8.6 mm
Weight 183 grams 197 grams 172 grams 192 grams 183 grams
Housing protection Not Not Not Not Not
operating system Android 10.0 + EMUI 10 Android 9.0 Pie + EMUI 9 Android 9.0 Pie, ColorOS 6 Shell Android 9.0 Pie, ColorOS 6 Shell Android 9.0 Pie, ColorOS 6 Shell
Current price from 19 999 rubles from 13 500 rubles from 15 990 rubles for the 4/64 GB version 19 990 rubles 20 990 rubles

Huawei P40 lite – information about the filling according to the CPU-Z application

⇡ # Design, ergonomics, software

Even before the official announcement, I came across a photo of the P40 lite in the mother-of-pearl color of the case – such, you know, heterogeneous, with beautiful tints and a slight “warp” towards purple. In general, a beautiful color, in full accordance with fashion trends. But it turned out that in Russia at the start of sales, the Huawei P40 lite smartphone will be available only in black and bright green. The latter just came to us for a test – I would rather call this color emerald. It looks pretty nice, but my favorite is still mother-of-pearl.

Purely from a visual point of view, the smartphone is good. I would call its design unobtrusive, without explicit borrowing. In it, you can catch the similarities with the Mate 20 Pro and the iPhone 11 (the square camera block on the back), with the Huawei P smart Z (body shape, color), but it will be very distant. A smartphone costs only 20 thousand rubles, and devices in this price group rarely have any refinements in appearance. But it should be noted that the apparatus is quite complex. It has a rather compact case for a device with a diagonal of 6.4 inches, it is very convenient to hold a smartphone. This is facilitated by rounding around the perimeter of the rear panel. True, the case is completely glossy and very slippery, I would recommend using a case immediately.

Almost the entire front side of the case is occupied by the display, there are still frames, but small ones – the screen occupies 83.5% of the total surface area. There was no cut-out in the form of a “bang”, instead of it – a small round cut-out under the front camera in the upper left corner. The voice speaker grill is a narrow strip above the screen. The speaker under it is very small, so the sound quality during the conversation will be slightly worse than, for example, the iPhone X.

As usual, the front and back sides of the case are made of tempered glass with an oleophobic coating. True, Huawei does not specify which glass is used. Most likely, not Gorilla Glass, but the screen passed the basic test for scratch resistance without any problems. But the frame around the perimeter of the case is made of plastic and is scratched very easily.

In terms of controls and connectors, the Huawei P40 Lite offers nothing new. At the bottom end in the center is the USB Type-C port, which connects a data cable and charger, as well as a mini-jack for headphones. A wired headset, by the way, is included – however, the simplest and cheapest, like those that are provided for free on airplanes on long flights.

The fingerprint scanner is located on the right side and is combined with the power button. This, in my opinion, is a very controversial decision. To unlock the smartphone, just put your finger on the sensor, it works instantly. But this often happens that the power button is accidentally pressed and this is what happens: the device unlocks by touching it, and then it is blocked again by pressing the button. I think that the pressing mechanism in this case should be more tight. Well, or you can get used to this with the long use of the smartphone.

Face recognition is also available, a front camera is used for this. It works well, neither glasses nor a hood put on the system confuse, we assume that the test for use in Russia has been successfully passed.

The operating system is Android 10.0 with the EMUI 10 shell. The most important feature is the lack of Google services such as Google Play, Google Pay, GMail and Google Maps. Much of this in Russia can be replaced by Yandex services, which are available in the Huawei AppGallery store. But some (really needed) applications are not there. Instagram, Telegram, Facebook – all this can be installed by downloading the APK-files. However, if you wish, you can also install Google services, but you should be prepared for the fact that with the next firmware update they will disappear, and the old way of installing them will stop working.

In terms of standard applications, the Huawei P40 lite is in full order. There is a calendar, calculator, notes, voice recorder, application with weather forecasts, contacts and so on. Moreover, the data from all this is synchronized through the cloud, so the transition from one Huawei smartphone to another without Google services should not be so painful.

⇡ # Display and sound

The P40 lite display uses an LTPS IPS matrix with a resolution of 2310 × 1080 pixels, which with a diagonal of 6.4 inches gives a density of 398 ppi. This is quite a good result within this price category. Flagship tubes, of course, offer a higher image density, although the difference with the naked eye is practically invisible.

Both the brightness and contrast of the Huawei P40 lite LCD are small: 450 cd / m22 and 1027: 1, respectively. You can use a smartphone on a sunny day, but I would not say that it is as comfortable as possible. Unfortunately, you won’t get a really deep black from this IPS-matrix.

Display settings are standard for EMUI 10. You can adjust the font size, activate a dark theme and choose your own color reproduction: either bright (default), or standard. The first differs by colder shades and expanded color gamut, the second is close to sRGB and noticeably warmer. In terms of color accuracy, they are approximately the same, here we give screen measurements only in bright mode, in which it is proposed to use a smartphone by the manufacturer.

Huawei P40 Lite, gamma. Yellow line - Huawei P40 Lite indicators, dashed - reference gamma

Huawei P40 lite, gamma. Yellow line – indicators Huawei P40 lite, dashed – reference gamma

Huawei P40 Lite, color temperature. Blue line - Huawei P40 Lite indicators, dotted - reference temperature

Huawei P40 lite, color temperature. Blue line – Huawei P40 lite indicators, dotted – reference temperature

Huawei P40 Lite, color gamut. Gray Triangle - DCI-P3 Coverage, White Triangle - Huawei P40 Lite Coverage

Huawei P40 lite, color gamut. Gray triangle – DCI-P3 coverage, white triangle – Huawei P40 lite coverage

The color gamut of the Huawei P40 lite display is extremely close to the DCI-P3 standard. The average gamma is 2.26 with smooth curves, in this regard, the screen works perfectly. The temperature curve is also ideally even, but the colors are cold, 8,500 K. The average deviation of the Delta E on the Color Checker scale (shades of gray + advanced color gamut) is 6.17 at a rate of 3.00. The level is average, but in general we can’t say that the P40 Lite display is poorly configured. This is a deliberate bet on cold shades.

The sound capabilities of the Huawei P40 lite can be called typical for a smartphone at a price of 20 thousand rubles. The sound is reproduced through one speaker, which is located on the lower end of the case (and the sound may be muffled a little if you hold the device in a horizontal orientation), the upper speaker is too weak, it works only during a conversation. It is very pleasing that the manufacturer did not give up the mini-jack, which means that you can still use high-quality wired headphones. However, sooner or later, a massive rejection of this connector will reach both medium and budget smartphones.

⇡ # Iron and performance

Huawei P40 lite is built on the HiSilicon Kirin 810 platform, made according to the 7-nanometer process technology. The central processor contains eight cores: two Cortex-A76 with a maximum frequency of 2.27 GHz and 6 Cortex-A55 cores with a maximum frequency of 1.88 GHz. The graphics accelerator is the Mali-G52 MP6 chip. The performance of the platform is sufficient not only for all kinds of Internet, office and messenger tasks, but also for most games. At least in the next year or two, the owner of the P40 Lite will not feel left out. But let’s look at the results of synthetic tests.

In the eighth version of AnTuTu, the Huawei P40 Lite scores almost 300 thousand points, and in 3DMark Sling Shot and GFX Benchmark it has good indicators, this additionally reinforces what I said above about the ability to play games. In tests using neural network computing (AiMark) by the standards of smartphones without a dedicated chip, the result is also good, and the performance in the browser (WebXPRT) is excellent.

And with all this, the processor practically does not reduce the frequency under load. The throttling test showed that the processor under load loses only 5% of the maximum clock speed. This is also a very good indicator.

The test instance had 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage. However, the official website of Huawei says that in Russia there will also be sold a version with 8 GB of RAM. With a small difference in price, it is probably worth giving preference to it. No options are provided for the built-in storage, and you can only increase the amount of data storage using the NV card and only 256 GB.

⇡ # Communication and wireless communications

Interestingly, just ten years ago, the support of two SIM-cards gave out Chinese origin in any device. The joke about the “Chinese iPhone with two SIM cards and a TV” was actually not a joke at all. But now any self-respecting smartphone has a SIM card slot. Even Apple at some point stopped resisting and added the same thing to its smartphones, albeit with some reservations. In general, I mean, the presence of a dual SIM tray in the Huawei P40 Lite should not surprise you. True, they work in Dual Standby mode, since there is only one communication module in the smartphone. The second slot for the SIM card is combined with an expansion slot – yes, not the most convenient option.

The P40 Lite’s built-in LTE modem supports a maximum incoming speed of 400 Mbps and an outgoing speed of 75 Mbps. The presence of the NFC-module in the smartphone depends on the region, it will be in the Russian version of the smartphone, however, you can use it only for quick pairing of devices via Bluetooth. Google Pay will not work even if you find a way to install the Google Play app store and other Google services on your smartphone.

⇡ # Cameras

Huawei P40 Lite, like its twin brother in the face of Huawei Nova 7i, uses a system of four built-in cameras, which are located in the upper left corner of the rear panel. Purely visually, the camera unit resembles the iPhone 11 Pro, although in reality it will be more appropriate to compare it with the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, since it was this smartphone that first proposed such a design. But from the point of view of technical characteristics, I want to compare the P40 Lite more likely with vivo V17, it really hurts a lot in common in terms of technical characteristics.

Block of the main cameras Huawei P40 Lite

Block of the main cameras Huawei P40 Lite

So, the main camera is a module with a 48-megapixel sensor using the Quad Bayer filter, a lens with an equivalent focal length of 26 millimeters and an aperture of ƒ / 1.8. It should be noted right away that phase autofocus is used only in this camera, in others it is not. And there is no optical stabilization at all in any of the cameras. Again, by default, the main (we will call it that) camera takes photos in a resolution of 12 megapixels (4000 × 3000 pixels), for shooting with maximum resolution you need to activate the corresponding item in the menu. Well, let’s immediately look at the pictures taken by the main camera in the default resolution.

You will have to activate the shooting mode in the resolution of 48 megapixels each time you start the camera, which, in truth, is a little annoying. But this is a common practice for all multi-megapixel smartphones with few exceptions. I think the main reason is saving space. One 48-megapixel photo (8000 × 6000 pixels) takes an average of 2 to 4 MB, and a picture in the maximum resolution can easily “weigh” 8-14 MB. Yes, in the settings there are two shooting modes at the maximum resolution at once, but there is not much difference between them, I suggest you independently determine where which one.

From left to right: a photo with a resolution of 12 megapixels, a photo with a resolution of 48 megapixels and a photo in high definition mode using AI in a resolution of 48 megapixels

The second camera is ultra-wide, with a resolution of 8 megapixels, a 13 mm EFR lens and и / 2.4 aperture. As often happens, there is no autofocus, the camera is forced to infinity, but thanks to the large depth of field, the pictures come out sharp, at least if you don’t shoot completely. Examples of shooting with a wide-angle camera you see below.

A separate camera is provided for macro photography, although its technical characteristics are very modest: the resolution is only 2 megapixels (1600 × 1200 pixels), ƒ / 2.4 aperture, and also no autofocus, so the only way to get sharp pictures is to keep the lens on a distance of about 4 cm from the subject. The shooting quality is satisfactory, a more or less decent result can be obtained only in good lighting.

The fourth camera is not used separately, it plays the role of a depth sensor in portrait mode. But if this is important to someone, its characteristics are exactly the same as those of the macro camera – 2 megapixels, ƒ / 2.4. The front camera, as you already know, is located in a circular cutout on the screen in the upper left corner. It has a very moderate resolution – 16 megapixels and ƒ / 2.0 aperture. She does not have autofocus, and the screen backlight is used as a flash. From an arm’s length, self-portraits come out quite fit, even at dusk.

Examples of shooting with the front camera Huawei P40 Lite

The only thing that I don’t like about P40 Lite and almost all smartphones originally from China is merciless, obsessive and senseless beauty. Of course, you can turn it off, but I’m still not sure that this can be done completely.

⇡ # Battery life

The Huawei P40 Lite has a capacious lithium-ion battery at 15.96 Wh (4200 mAh), but the capacity itself tells us almost nothing. A smartphone with the top Qualcomm Snapdragon platform and an AMOLED screen could give out 15 hours of work in our test. But the P40 Lite uses the Kirin 810 platform, and its screen uses the IPS matrix, so in theory we should expect a little more modest results.

However, in fact, the smartphone proved to be better than expected. In the standard test, which implies looping playback of FullHD video at maximum screen brightness, with an active Wi-Fi connection, the Huawei P40 Lite worked for 12 hours with a little. In real life, a single battery charge is enough for a full day of work, from early morning until late evening, even if you like to watch videos on the way to work or play games. Можно даже не брать с собой зарядное устройство или внешний аккумулятор. Ну и не стоит забывать, что P40 Lite поддерживает быструю зарядку, а соответствующий адаптер (40 Вт) входит в базовый комплект поставки. Всего за полчаса батарея заряжается до 70%, а полная зарядка занимает около часа.

⇡#Заключение

У Huawei получился еще один неплохо сбалансированный смартфон-середнячок. За 20 тысяч рублей он предлагает большой и качественный экран, на котором удобно смотреть фильмы в дороге, играть в игры и читать книги, а также неплохой набор камер с полноценным ночным режимом, сверхшироким углом обзора и выделенной камерой для макросъемки. Дизайн приятный, не отталкивающий, перед и задняя часть защищены закаленным стеклом. Производительности достаточно для большинства задач, включая игры, а аккумулятор на 4200 мА·ч дает полный день работы, с утра до вечера. Адаптер для быстрой зарядки в комплекте и наличие мини-джека воспринимаются уже как приятные бонусы, хотя без них смартфон не стал бы хуже.

Ну а если вы беспокоитесь по поводу отсутствия сервисов Google, то в случае с Россией (да и, пожалуй, со всеми странами СНГ) их вполне можно заменить «Яндексом». Единственное, с чем так или иначе придется смириться, так это отсутствие бесконтактной оплаты Google Pay.

Advantages:

  • симпатичный дизайн, смелые цвета;
  • достаточно высокая производительность;
  • хорошая автономность;
  • неплохой набор камер;
  • adequate price.

disadvantages:

  • карты памяти формата NV;
  • отсутствие сервисов Google;
  • нет защиты от пыли и влаги.


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Overview of the smartphone with a flexible display Huawei Mate Xs: fur out / Smartphones

Overview of the smartphone with a flexible display Huawei Mate Xs: fur out / Smartphones


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Nowadays, there are two approaches to creating smartphones with a flexible screen: the first allows you to turn a smartphone into a tablet, and the second allows you to fold a smartphone of usual dimensions into a compact “cigarette case”. Huawei Mate X / Xs refers to the first type and dual-use products. We have already dealt with the Samsung Galaxy Fold, a vivid representative of this movement – Huawei Mate Xs is very close to it in philosophy, but noticeably different in performance. If the Korean folding tablet had two screens, external and internal, then the Chinese version has only one – and folds “fur out”.

In expanded form, we get a full-fledged 8-inch tablet with an almost square-shaped screen (aspect ratio of about 8: 7), in minimized form, a smartphone with a 6.6-inch screen with a 19.5: 9 ratio that is familiar today. The back panel is also covered by a screen, it just does not turn on. In terms of the filling, the Huawei Mate Xs is the closest relative to the Huawei Mate 30 Pro, with slightly simplified cameras, but the same Kirin 990 hardware platform. On top of that, it’s the most expensive smartphone in the world today (not counting, of course, the different luxurious wildness Saviar style): 199 999 rubles. Pre-order starts on March 27th. Start of sales – March 31.

⇡ #Specifications

Huawei Mate Xs Huawei Mate 30 Pro Samsung Galaxy Fold Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max Vivo NEX Dual Display
Display 8 inches, OLED,
2480 × 2200 pixels, 414 ppi, capacitive multitouch
6.53 inch OLED
2400 × 1176 pixels, 409 ppi, capacitive multitouch
7.3 inches, Dynamic AMOLED, 1536 × 2152, 362 ppi, capacitive multitouch, folding 6.5 inches, Super AMOLED, 2688 × 1242 (19.5: 9), 458 ppi, capacitive multitouch, TrueTone technology 6.39 inches Super AMOLED
2340 × 1080 pixels, 403 ppi, capacitive multitouch
Second display When folding, a 6.6-inch display with a resolution of 2480 × 1148 pixels is available Not 4.6 inches Super AMOLED
1680 × 720 pixels, 401 ppi, capacitive multitouch
Not 5.49 inches Super AMOLED
1920 × 1080 pixels, 401 ppi, capacitive multitouch
Protective glass Not Corning Gorilla Glass 6 No information No information No information
CPU HiSilicon Kirin 990: eight cores (2 × ARM Cortex-A76, frequency 2.86 GHz + 2 × ARM Cortex-A76, frequency 2.09 GHz + 4 × ARM Cortex-A55, frequency 1.86 GHz); HiAI architecture HiSilicon Kirin 990: eight cores (2 × ARM Cortex-A76, frequency 2.86 GHz + 2 × ARM Cortex-A76, frequency 2.09 GHz + 4 × ARM Cortex-A55, frequency 1.86 GHz); HiAI architecture Qualcomm Snapdragon 855: one Kryo 485 Gold core, 2.85 GHz frequency + three Kryo 485 Gold cores, 2.42 GHz frequency + four Kryo 485 Silver cores, 1.8 GHz Apple A13 Bionic: six cores (2 × Lightning, 2.65 GHz + 4 × Thunder, 1.8 GHz) Qualcomm Snapdragon 845: four Kryo 385 Gold cores, 2.8 GHz frequency + four Kryo 385 Silver cores, 1.7 GHz frequency
Graphics controller ARM Mali-G76 MP16 ARM Mali-G76 MP16 Adreno 640 Apple GPU (4 cores) Adreno 630, 710 MHz
RAM 8 GB 8 GB 12 GB 4 GB 10 GB
Flash memory 512 GB 256 GB 512 GB 64/256/512 GB 128 GB
Memory card support Yes (only Huawei nanoSD) Yes (only Huawei nanoSD) Not Not Not
Connectors USB Type-C USB Type-C USB Type-C Lightning USB Type-C 3.5mm Mini Jack
SIM cards Two nano-SIM Two nano-SIM One nano-SIM and one eSIM One nano-SIM and one eSIM Two nano-SIM
2G Cellular GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz CDMA 800/1900 GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz CDMA 800/1900
3G Cellular HSDPA 800/850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz HSDPA 800/850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz HSDPA 850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz HSDPA 800/850/900/1700/1800/1900/2100 MHz HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100 MHz
4G Cellular LTE Cat. 21 (1400/200 Mb / s), ranges 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 26, 28, 32, 34, 38, 39 , 40, 41 LTE Cat. 21 (1400/200 Mb / s), ranges 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 26, 28, 32, 34, 38, 39 , 40, 41 LTE Cat. 18 (1200/150 Mbps), ranges 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 38, 39, 40, 41, 46 , 66, 71 LTE-A (up to 1600/150 Mbps), ranges 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 29, 30, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 46, 48, 66, 71 LTE Cat.16 (up to 1024 Mbps): ranges 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 19, 28, 38, 39, 40, 41
Wifi 802.11a / b / g / n / ac 802.11a / b / g / n / ac 802.11a / b / g / n / ac / ax 802.11a / b / g / n / ac / ax 802.11a / b / g / n / ac
Bluetooth 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.0
Nfc there is there is there is Yes (Apple Pay) Not
Navigation GPS (Dual Band), A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo, QZSS GPS (Dual Band), A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo, QZSS GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou
Sensors Light, proximity, accelerometer / gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass), IR sensor Light, proximity, accelerometer / gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass), IR sensor, Face ID Illumination, proximity, accelerometer / gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass), barometer, ANT + Light, proximity, accelerometer / gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass), barometer Light, proximity, accelerometer / gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)
The fingerprint scanner Yes, on the verge of housing Yes, on the screen Yes, on the verge of housing Not Yes, on the screen
Main camera Quad module, 40 + 16 + 8 MP + TOF, ƒ / 1.7 + ƒ / 2.2 + ƒ / 2.4, phase detection autofocus, dual LED flash Quad module, 40 + 40 + 8 MP + TOF, ƒ / 1.6 + ƒ / 1.8 + ƒ / 2.4, hybrid autofocus, optical stabilization, dual LED flash Triple module: 12 megapixels with variable aperture ƒ / 1.5-2.4 + 12 megapixels, ƒ / 2.4 + 16 megapixels, ƒ / 2.2, phase autofocus, optical stabilization in the main and TV modules, LED flash Triple module, 12 + 12 + 12 megapixels, ƒ / 1.8 + ƒ / 2.0 + ƒ / 2.4, LED flash, phase detection autofocus and five-axis optical stabilization – mainly for telemodules Triple module, 12 + 2 MP + 3D camera, ƒ / 1.8 + ƒ / 1.8 + ƒ / 1.3, phase detection autofocus, optical stabilization, LED flash
Front-camera Not 32 MP, ƒ / 2.0, fixed focus, no flash Dual main: 10 megapixels, ƒ / 2.2 + 8 megapixels, ƒ / 1.9, fixed focus, no flash; single on the cover: 10 megapixels, ƒ / 2.2, fixed focus, no flash 12 MP, ƒ / 2.2, no autofocus, no flash Not
Nutrition Non-removable battery: 17.1 Wh (4500 mAh, 3.8 V) Non-removable battery: 17.1 Wh (4500 mAh, 3.8 V) Non-removable battery: 16.64 Wh (4380 mAh, 3.8 V) Non-removable battery: 15.04 Wh (3969 mAh, 3.8 V) Non-removable battery: 13.3 Wh (3500 mAh, 3.8 V)
The size 161.3 × 146.2 × 5.4 mm unfolded, 161.3 × 78.5 × 11 mm folded 158.1 × 73.1 × 8.8 mm 160.9 × 117.9 × 6.9 mm when unfolded, 160.9 × 62.9 × 15.5 mm when folded 158 × 77.8 × 8.1 mm 157.2 × 75.3 × 8.1 mm
Weight 300 grams 198 grams 263 grams 226 grams 199 grams
Housing protection Not IP68 Not IP68 Not
operating system Android 10, shell EMUI 10 Android 10, shell EMUI 10 Android 9.0 Pie, native shell iOS 13 Android 9.0 Pie, FunTouch OS shell
Current price 199 999 rubles 59 990 rubles 159 990 rubles From 99 990 rubles Out of stock

Huawei Mate Xs – information about the filling according to the CPU Z application

⇡ #Design and ergonomics

About the main, determining the place of Huawei Mate Xs in the history of feint, I have already said above. But last year’s Mate X also flaunted it, and when compared with it, the screen settings did not change at all. The design has changed: the case is made using zirconium alloy, and the display has received not a single layer, but a two-layer polyamide film, which should better protect it from damage.

In fact, the smartphone still looks and feels fragile. The hinge noticeably crunches when folding or unfolding, the factory external film is glued to the screen, which is easily scratched by any external influences – and when peeling it gives off a very powerful smell. The full feeling was that it was not supposed to eliminate this film, but it is actually very easy to do it – and nothing terrible happens to the screen. At least it didn’t happen in those few days that he lived with me without a film. As for the durability of the hinge itself, it is impossible to draw any conclusions based on the results of a weekly test. There were no problems this week.

Theoretically, the “screen out” scheme will lead to rapid damage to this screen itself – especially considering that the screen is polymer, and not covered with tempered glass. Huawei Mate Xs is definitely a gadget for tidy users. Moreover, in my case, it turned out to be equipped with a tightly glued cover. Well, or not tightly, but I couldn’t remove it, unlike the film: part of the silicone frame was put on glue – and the smartphone was already in the case in the box. A precaution when issuing an expensive and fragile gadget to meticulous journalists? Or an attempt to hide some kind of birth defect?

Huawei Mate Xs, the front panel is completely occupied by the screen

Huawei Mate Xs, the front panel is completely occupied by the screen

Be that as it may, I would not have decided to use the Huawei Mate Xs without a case – the case is quite elegant, but it still protects the curved display from unnecessary contacts with other surfaces. It affects the perception of the gadget and its dimensions slightly – the smartphone is in any case heavy and large. When folded, the Mate Xs noticeably protrudes the pocket – I would not call the device very convenient in this regard.

Huawei Mate Xs, rear panel: in the corner on a glossy ledge - four camera lenses, a dual LED flash and a gadget open key

Huawei Mate Xs, rear panel: in the corner on a glossy ledge – four camera lenses, a dual LED flash and a gadget open key

The back panel (in the unfolded form, it is also the inside folded up) is made of black matte metal alloy – it collects prints great, like a glossy screen, but it is much more difficult to wipe it off. The hinge protrudes slightly from above and below – it may prompt an unprepared user to think that a stylus or even two is built in here. In general, the design of the Mate Xs is unusual by default, and with this unusualness it redeems all possible claims. At least a conceptual or unfinished product, such as a flexible Royole smartphone, it does not look like. This is an imperfect, but high-quality device.

Huawei Mate Xs, the left side is free from functional elements

Huawei Mate Xs, the left side is free from functional elements

Huawei Mate Xs, right side: power key, combined with a fingerprint scanner, two volume keys

Huawei Mate Xs, right side: power key, combined with a fingerprint scanner, two volume keys

The color variation is the only one – essentially black, “starry sky” by name.

Huawei Mate Xs, the upper side: a microphone, an IR sensor and a slot for SIM cards / nanoSD memory card

Huawei Mate Xs, the upper side: a microphone, an IR sensor and a slot for SIM cards / nanoSD memory card

Huawei Mate Xs, bottom: speaker, two microphones, USB Type-C port

Huawei Mate Xs, bottom: speaker, two microphones, USB Type-C port

An important question – what about the “wrinkle”? The bend of the screen is clearly visible, but no more than that of the Samsung Galaxy Fold, and you can quickly get used to the fact that at a certain angle in the center of the deployed Mate Xs, a fold is visible. Moreover, it is not visible at all if you look at the screen at a right angle and if the screen has a bright picture. In general, I would not say that this is any serious problem of flexing smartphones. Another detail: when unfolding into a tablet state, the gadget does not immediately “align”, a small hump remains in the center, you need to tighten the hinge with a slight movement – another small fact in the treasury of impressions of the design imperfection.

The main advantage of the Huawei Mate Xs over the only but already mentioned many times competitor is the absence of any splashes on the expanded screen. There is no front camera as such, and the earpiece is built into the surface of the screen, as in the P30 Pro and Mate 30 Pro. Accordingly, it’s much more comfortable to watch a video (and indeed use the device in most applications) – a huge cutout does not interfere.

Functional elements are different from what we are used to on Android smartphones – and this is quite natural. On the right side are the volume keys and the power button of the device, combined with a fingerprint scanner. On the bottom there is a monaural external speaker and a USB Type-C port in the corner. An unusual element is a not immediately noticeable key near the block with cameras, even despite the red markings. It serves to unlock the screen folding mechanism.

The sensor used to scan fingerprints is capacitive here – it works well, without failures. For at least a week, the percentage of failures was both low and unchanged. And of course, it is much faster than modern screen scanners – both optical and ultrasound. There are no other ways to identify the user (not counting the password or graphic key), which is logical in the formal absence of the front camera.

Huawei Mate Xs is running an open version of Android 10 with the EMUI 10 shell – without Google services, which you are gradually getting used to. In a review of Huawei MediaPad M6, I wrote that the lack of Google Play and related applications is very embarrassing in regular smartphones, but it has a much weaker effect on the impression of working with the tablet. Huawei Mate Xs takes an intermediate position – as a device for consuming content, it is absolutely full-fledged, the capabilities of pre-installed software, coupled with Huawei Mobile Services and the fairly rapidly growing App Gallery store for typical tablet functionality are quite enough. But a full-fledged smartphone experience suffers – you have to turn to various “crutches” like APK Mirror or APK Pure to install familiar applications, and to preserve the full Android experience, you will have to dance with a tambourine and put Google Mobile Services around.

Nevertheless, I can say that as of March 2020, US sanctions (affecting the fallen off GMS) are not perceived as sharply as in the fall of 2019 – the coronavirus epidemic was to blame, against which such inconveniences seem like nonsense, or real jerk Huawei Mobile Services, it’s hard to say. As for the special experience of interacting with Huawei Mate Xs, there’s nothing fundamentally new – most applications scale normally to an unusual, almost square screen format, but some are displayed with black bars at the top and bottom – there are problems managing some applications, like in Galaxy Fold, here not. There is a limited multi-window mode, which is called up if you pull from the right edge of the screen and leave your finger on the stretched icon. The settings menu looks unusual, but only if you have not seen tablets on EMUI 10. The same can be said about some nice additions like a resizable keyboard scale. The shell is modern, fast, it works correctly with an unusual form factor device.

You can use the Huawei Mate Xs both in the folded-up and unfolded state, there are no problems with it – but, of course, talking on a compact and elongated device rather than on an eight-inch tablet leaning against your ear looks more aesthetic and logical.

⇡ #Display and sound

The Huawei Mate Xs has one screen that just bends, so the number of on-screen tests in this review will not go through the roof. Here, an OLED matrix with a diagonal of 8 inches and a resolution of 2480 × 2200 pixels is installed. The density of pixels in the unfolded state is 414 ppi. More than enough – when compared with current tablets, Mate Xs will put any of them on the shoulder blades. The picture looks detailed, the fonts are smooth. When folded, you have access to a screen with a diagonal of 6.6 inches with a resolution of 2480 × 1148 pixels typical for modern smartphones format 19.5: 9. The second part of the screen in the folded state is almost never used – it turns on on demand when shooting video (so that the subject can see itself and control the process) and in selfie shooting mode – still it is in the same plane with a single camera unit.

The matrix is ​​set high-quality, there are no special sensations from working with this screen, despite the polymer coating instead of glass. I already mentioned above the “wrinkle” and the lack of a cutout, before testing there were also questions about the oleophobic coating – and I have to say that everything is fine with it: the smartphone collects fingerprints, of course, but they are wiped without problems. In terms of display characteristics and, in general, the experience of interacting with a smartphone, the Huawei Mate Xs noticeably leads in a duel with Samsung Galaxy Fold – and it’s not just the notorious cutout. It’s just that Mate Xs is much more capable as a classic smartphone – when folded, it is no less functional than when unfolded. The screen, in fact, is one – and it is good.

There is a customizable Always-On Display mode (something that Huawei is especially proud of with respect to the EMUI 10 shell) – you can choose not only what to display on the locked (external) display, but also how it should look.

A set of display settings is typical for devices with an EMUI and OLED display, except for auto-adjusting the color tone depending on the lighting – it is not available in Mate Xs. Apparently, they could not figure out where to place the appropriate sensor. Otherwise, everything is familiar: the choice is between normal and bright color reproduction, with the ability to adjust the color temperature yourself. By default, the display operates in “bright color rendition” mode. I measured the performance of the Mate Xs display with both settings.

The resulting maximum brightness level without software enhancement for auto-tuning is 431 cd / m2. If necessary, it will still grow up – in the sun you will definitely not experience any problems, you can use the device in any conditions.

Huawei Mate Xs, bright mode, gamma. Yellow line - Mate Xs indicators, dashed - reference gamma

Huawei Mate Xs, bright mode, gamma. Yellow line – Mate Xs indicators, dashed – reference gamma

Huawei Mate Xs, bright mode, color temperature. Blue line - Mate 20 Pro indicators, dotted - reference temperature

Huawei Mate Xs, bright mode, color temperature. Blue line – Mate Xs readings, dashed – reference temperature

Huawei Mate Xs, bright mode, color gamut. Gray Triangle - DCI-P3 Coverage, White Triangle - Mate Xs Coverage

Huawei Mate Xs, bright mode, color gamut. Gray Triangle – DCI-P3 Coverage, White Triangle – Mate Xs Coverage

In bright mode, the gamut triangle is very close to the DCI-P3 standard. The average gamma value is 2.35 with a rather stable behavior of the curves, which nevertheless slightly goes beyond the norm. The color temperature is also slightly elevated – it keeps an even line at 7,500 K. The average DeltaE deviation for the expanded Color Checker palette (shades of gray + a wide range of color shades) is 3.98 (normal is 3.00). The picture is bright, juicy, but cold and with colors slightly deviating from the standard – nevertheless, this approach has the right to life, the expanded coverage in this case did not lead to an outrageous distortion of the picture.

Huawei Mate Xs, normal mode, gamma. Yellow line - Mate Xs indicators, dashed - reference gamma

Huawei Mate Xs, normal mode, gamma. Yellow line – Mate Xs indicators, dashed – reference gamma

Huawei Mate Xs, normal mode, color temperature. Blue line - Mate Xs readings, dashed - reference temperature

Huawei Mate Xs, normal mode, color temperature. Blue line – Mate Xs readings, dashed – reference temperature

Huawei Mate Xs, normal mode, color gamut. Gray Triangle - sRGB Coverage, White Triangle - Mate Xs Coverage

Huawei Mate Xs, normal mode, color gamut. Gray Triangle – sRGB Coverage, White Triangle – Mate Xs Coverage

When the normal mode is activated, the color gamut sharply narrows to about the sRGB standard, which is still wider than DCI-P3. In this case, the coverage triangle is slightly offset. The gamma is very close to ideal – 2.31, the curves behave as a reference. The temperature is also a reference – 6 500 K without any jumps. It is logical that the average DeltaE deviation on the Color Checker scale is reduced to 2.53, which is within the normal range. The display is configured almost perfectly, there can be no complaints about Huawei.

There is also a drawback to the Mate Xs screen – a PWM noticeable to the naked eye, even at a high level of brightness. Вроде бы мы и привыкли к тому, что это типичный для экрана на органических светодиодах сценарий, но здесь как-то уже перебор — и снижать яркость для того, чтобы эффект стал заметен, не понадобилось, и частота слишком низкая — около 70-80 Гц.

В чем Huawei Mate Xs уступает среднему планшету, в том числе и тому же соседу по продуктовой линейке в лице MediaPad M6, – так это в качестве звука. Здесь нет мини-джека — этому есть объяснение, все-таки в разложенном виде толщина гаджета оказывается лишь 5,4 мм — он элементарно мог и не влезть. Так что остается уповать либо на переходник, которого нет в комплекте, либо на беспроводные наушники. Весь необходимый спектр профилей Bluetooth для качественной звукопередачи на месте: aptX, aptX HD, LDAC. С этим все нормально. А вот внешний динамик один-единственный, расположен на нижней грани — и похвастаться высокой громкостью и тем более качеством звука он не может.

⇡ #Iron and performance

Huawei Mate Xs, естественно, получил самую свежую аппаратную платформу Huawei — HiSilicon Kirin 990, причем в данном случае с интегрированным (и не отключенным) 5G-модемом. В России он сегодня бесполезен, но он есть.

Помимо упомянутого модема, ключевые составляющие платформы — это два процессорных ядра ARM Cortex-A76 с тактовой частотой 2,86 ГГц плюс два ARM Cortex-A76 с тактовой частотой 2,09 ГГц, а также четыре младших ядра ARM Cortex-A55 с тактовой частотой 1,86 ГГц. Графика — 16-ядерный ARM Mali-G76. Есть, само собой, специальный модуль для операций, связанных с машинным обучением (NPU), причем очень высокого уровня. Техпроцесс — 7-нм с использованием EUV-литографии. Подробнее о данной аппаратной платформе можно прочитать в этой статье.

По уровню производительности Huawei Mate Xs вполне адекватен сегодняшнему моменту. При прямом сравнении платформа проигрывает актуальным флагманским решениям Qualcomm и Apple и приближается к решениям Samsung. Замеры показывают несовершенство Kirin 990, особенно в вопросах 3D-графики, но по факту устройство позволяет запускать и исполнять на предельных графических настройках все современные приложения и игры — заметить проблемы можно, только если обращать внимание на кадровую частоту в самых требовательных онлайн-играх. В целом же по производительности это нормальный флагманский смартфон образца 2020 года.

Увы, тонкий (в разложенном состоянии) смартфон ожидаемо испытывает проблемы с теплоотводом, о чем явно просигнализировал бенчмарк CPU Throttling Test. Под нагрузкой платформа понижает частоты процессорных ядер до 46 % от максимума; средний уровень производительности при этом составляет 188 GIPS. Примерно столько же, сколько у Mate 30 Pro, но надо иметь в виду неприятную динамику — смартфон то работает в полную силу, то роняет производительность в два раза. Это сказывается на кадровой частоте в ресурсоемких играх. При этом тактильно смартфон нагревается не сильно.

Huawei Mate Xs получил 512 Гбайт флеш-памяти стандарта UFS 2.1 с возможностью расширения за счет фирменной карточки стандарта nanoSD (емкостью до 256 Гбайт, соответственно), которая устанавливается вместо одной из двух доступных SIM-карт. Оперативной памяти — 8 Гбайт  LPDDR4X.

⇡ #Communications and wireless communications

Huawei Mate Xs работает с двумя операторскими карточками стандарта nano-SIM, причем только одна из них может работать с 5G-сетями. Для взаимодействия с 4G приспособлены оба слота. Встроенный модем работает с LTE 21-й категории: скорость скачивания данных в теории может достигать 1,4 Гбит/с, передачи – 200 Мбит/с. Несмотря на то, что Mate Xs предназначен в первую очередь для внутреннего рынка, список поддерживаемых диапазонов вполне себе международный и исчерпывающий.

Slot for two nano-SIM cards or one nano-SIM and one nanoSD

Slot for two nano-SIM cards or one nano-SIM and one nanoSD

Беспроводные модули — те же самые, что в Huawei Mate 30 Pro: двухдиапазонный Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n/ac; Wi-Fi 6 смартфон недосчитался), Bluetooth 5.0, NFC и ИК-порт для управления бытовой техникой. Навигационный модуль оснащен двухканальным GPS, а также работает с системами ГЛОНАСС, BeiDou, Galileo, QZSS.

⇡ #Camera

В Huawei Mate Xs нет отдельного акцента на камеру, но это и не «планшетный» вариант, комплектующийся камерами по остаточному принципу. Просто в данном аспекте Mate Xs уступает «обычным» флагманам Huawei – и P30 Pro с его впечатляющим перископическим модулем, и Mate 30 Pro с его выделенным модулем для видео.

Но в Mate Xs все равно установлен четверной блок, состоящий из 40-мегапиксельного главного модуля (объектив с эквивалентным фокусным расстоянием 27 мм, светосила f/1,8, гибридный автофокус), 16-мегапиксельного широкоугольного (17 мм, f/2,2, автофокус), 8-мегапиксельного телефотомодуля (52 мм, диафрагма f/2,4, гибридный автофокус, оптическая стабилизация) и TOF-модуля для корректного размытия заднего плана в соответствующих режимах.

Уже в момент знакомства с характеристиками камер Mate Xs можно заметить, что главная камера оказалась лишена стабилизатора, а светосила не так высока, как на Mate 30 Pro, например; телефото-модуль по факту обеспечивает двукратный оптический зум, тогда как в приложении камеры опцией по умолчанию оказывается трехкратное масштабирование. Двукратный зум можно выбрать только вручную. При этом основная камера оснащена фирменным сенсором RYYB, позволяющим лучше отрабатывать сцены с недостаточным освещением. По умолчанию съемка ведется в разрешении 10 мегапикселей — 40-мегапиксельный режим надо задействовать отдельно, при желании. Можно сказать, что Huawei Mate Xs безусловно уступает по возможностям камеры и качеству съемки — и довольно сильно — другим флагманам компании (стоящим в три раза меньше), но держится вполне на уровне остальных флагманских смартфонов, превосходя, например, тот же Samsung Galaxy Fold. Автофокус при съемке на широком угле, качественная цветопередача при различных условиях освещения, хорошие (но не запредельные) возможности по зуму, адекватный и отключаемый ИИ-помощник — Mate Xs вполне хорош в роли фотокамеры.

Ночная съемка остается козырем и этого смартфона Huawei. Даже без активации ночного режима можно сделать вполне приличные кадры, в том числе при минимальном освещении, — ночной режим же с объединением множества кадров, сделанных в течение 4-8 секунд, позволяет рассчитывать на резкие и насыщенные снимки почти в любых условиях. Работает этот режим, к слову, и при съемке на широкоугольный модуль, и при трехкратном или пятикратном зуме. Отсутствие стабилизатора на основной камере накладывает некоторые ограничения, но не такие критические, как можно было бы подумать. Претензии к ночному режиму традиционны для Huawei – смартфон излишне старается с контурной резкостью и насыщенностью снимков, они могут выглядеть не слишком естественно.

Портретный режим работает уверенно: смартфон качественно разделяет планы как при съемке крупным форматом, так и при ростовых/поясных портретах, а также умеет «рисовать» разнообразное боке — в виде кружков, сердечек и так далее. Есть и изощренные световые эффекты вроде симуляции римских штор или витража на заднем плане (с соответствующими отблесками на лице). Эти же эффекты можно применять и при съемке селфи.

Фронтальной камеры, повторюсь, в Huawei Mate Xs нет — поэтому качество селфи абсолютно соответствует тому, что мы можем получить при съемке обычных портретов. Со скидкой на то, что в основном будет использоваться главная камера с достаточно широким углом — то есть пространственные искажения все-таки неизбежны. Но и не критичны. Размытие фона с разными эффектами, продвинутый бьютификатор (Huawei утверждает, что нейросети принимают участие и в его работе) — все на месте. Селфи на Mate Xs получаются что надо, причем при любом освещении.

Интерфейс приложения камеры типичный для смартфонов на базе EMUI 10, как-то менять и по-особенному адаптировать его под работу с гибридным гаджетом разработчики не стали. Приложение нормальное, с хорошим набором настроек и встроенными «лейковскими» фильтрами, возможностью съемки RAW… и с кривой, неудобной шкалой зумирования — я постоянно промахиваюсь мимо кружочков предустановок фокусного расстояния, переходя к шкале, по которой надо тянуть ползунок. Особенно раздражает абсолютная невозможность быстро переключать фокусное расстояние при съемке видео — тут вообще доступен только ползунок, и это на редкость плохое решение.

Съемка видео возможна с максимальным разрешением 4К при частоте до 30 кадров в секунду — при этом работает стабилизация. На 60 кадрах в секунду смартфон не умеет снимать даже в Full HD, что немного удивительно для современного гаджета. Качество съемки нормальное, но не выдающееся — картинка заметно подергивается при перемещении камеры. Подвигов при замедленной съемке Mate Xs также не совершает — максимальная частота при HD-разрешении составляет 960 кадров в секунду.

Offline work

Huawei Mate Xs «по документам» несет в себе такой же аккумулятор той же емкости, как и Mate 30 Pro, — 17,1 Вт·ч (4500 мА·ч, 3,8 В). Но все чуть сложнее — по факту в корпус гибкого смартфона спрятаны две батареи емкостью по 2250 мА·ч. Это сделано для того, чтобы корпус оставался достаточно тонким. На пользовательском опыте такое решение никак не сказывается, понятное дело. Суммарной емкости двух аккумуляторов хватает на то, чтобы смартфон в сложенном виде (изредка переходя в разложенный формат) спокойно держал заряд полный рабочий день. На сколько хватит батареи Mate Xs, если пользоваться им исключительно в разложенном виде без продыха, сказать не могу — провести такое тестирование у меня не хватило терпения. Все-таки планшет большую часть дня попросту не нужен, пользуемся в режиме нон-стоп им мы только при просмотре фильмов или в играх.

Чтобы оценить, сколько живет Huawei Mate Xs в «кинорежиме», у нас есть специальный тест с воспроизведением Full HD-видео, на максимальной яркости, с включенным Wi-Fi и уведомлениями. Я провел его и с разложенным Mate Xs, и со сложенным. В первом случае устройство продержалось почти 9 часов, во втором — десять с половиной. Оба результата не выдающиеся, но нормальные. Проблем с автономностью у Mate Xs нет.

Для зарядки используется актуальный порт USB Type-C (USB 3.1), работает фирменная система быстрой зарядки Huawei Super Charge мощностью 40 Вт, которая позволяет зарядить батарею чуть более чем за час. Беспроводную зарядку и тем более возможность отдавать заряд реверсивным образом Mate Xs не поддерживает.

⇡ #Заключение

Huawei Mate Xs – гаджет, безусловно, экспериментальный, пусть и продающийся по вполне официальным каналам. Но цена в две с половиной тысячи евро (можете сами посчитать, сколько это рублей по текущему ужасающему курсу) в сочетании с отсутствием сервисов Google резко ограничивает круг потенциальных покупателей — Huawei едва ли готова уже сейчас выпускать гибкий смартфон большими тиражами.

Но это не просто гаджет, это заявление о намерениях — китайская корпорация не собирается уступать Samsung на самом передовом краю мобильных технологий и будет цепляться, предлагая не просто «еще один» гибкий смартфон, а свое видение этой технологии. Не двухэкранный гаджет, а гаджет с экраном наружу. Более хрупкий, более напоминающий прототип и более дорогой, чем Galaxy Fold, но при этом более удобный в обращении — он лучше и как смартфон, за счет полноразмерного экрана диагональю 6,6 дюйма, и как планшет, за счет большей диагонали и отсутствия вторгающегося прямо в изображение на экране выреза. Максимально мощная для Huawei аппаратная платформа, адекватные высокому статусу камеры (которые тем не менее все-таки уступают камерам P30 Pro и Mate 30 Pro). Все серьезно.

Предзаказ на новое устройство начнётся 27 марта 2020 года. Старт продаж – 31 марта. Стоимость Huawei Mate Xs в России составит 199 999 рублей.

Достоинства:

  • уникальный (ладно, почти уникальный) форм-фактор с гибким дисплеем;
  • мощная аппаратная платформа;
  • прекрасно настроенный OLED-экран (OLED-экраны);
  • качественные камеры;
  • хорошо приспособленное под работу с обоими форматами дисплея программное обеспечение.

Disadvantages:

  • нет Google Mobile Services;
  • слишком заметные проблемы с ШИМ;
  • потенциально хрупкая конструкция в сочетании со скользким (в сложенном состоянии) корпусом;
  • проблемы с троттлингом;
  • нет пыле- и влагозащиты;
  • нет мини-джека;
  • price.

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Pocophone F1, released at the end of the summer of 2018, seemed to have failed, sitting between two chairs. It would seem that it could go wrong – the most inexpensive (with a margin) smartphone with the flagship at that time Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, and even with a bet on the wildly growing Indian market. Alas, just for India it turned out to be a little expensive, and for the rest of the world – not sufficiently advanced in terms of other characteristics, as it turned out, you will not get far at the bare power of a hardware platform; Yes, and the shell is strange – Xiaomi for some reason strongly modified MIUI. Although as an option regarding a budget smartphone for gamers, it was really good.

Nevertheless, after a long silence, it began to seem that the experiment was found to be unsuccessful, Xiaomi will no longer produce sub-brands, the “bow” will end before it starts – after all, two years have already passed, and neither rumor nor spirit about them, just all sorts of gloomy rumors yes insiders. And against this background, POCO F2 Pro suddenly comes out – with a changed brand strategy, the brand itself, a retractable camera and the absence of a version without the word Pro in the name. The creators of the smartphone clearly decided that it sounds more solid, especially since it could not do without a flagship hardware platform. By the way, this time they also “glued” a new cooling system with an unusually large evaporation chamber to it, so the smartphone’s gaming bias remained. But there is no calculation for the quick capture of the world (and India in the first place) – the POCO F2 Pro is very close in price to Mi 10, with which (along with OnePlus 8 Pro), it will have to compete in the first place.

In China, by the way, Xiaomi POCO F2 Pro came out under the name … Redmi K30 Pro. And this is already becoming a tradition for the company – to launch Redmi flagships under other names on the world market. Let me remind you that last year the same story happened with the Redmi K20 Pro, known here as Xiaomi Mi 9T – and this was one of the most interesting by the combination of characteristics of smartphones last year. Let’s see if we succeeded in repeating the success.

⇡ #Specifications

Xiaomi POCO F2 Pro Xiaomi Mi 10 OPPO Reno3 Pro OnePlus 7T Honor 30 Pro +
Display 6.67 inches, AMOLED,
2340 × 1080 pixels, 386 ppi, capacitive multitouch
6.67 inches, AMOLED,
2340 × 1080 pixels, 386 ppi, capacitive multitouch
6.5 inches Super AMOLED
2400 × 1080 pixels, 401 ppi, capacitive multitouch
6.55 inches Fluid AMOLED
2400 × 1080 pixels, 402 ppi, capacitive multitouch
6.57 inches, OLED, 2340 × 1080 pixels, 392 ppi, capacitive multitouch
Protective glass Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Corning Gorilla Glass 5 No information
CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon 865: one Kryo 585 core with 2.84 GHz frequency, three Kryo 585 cores with 2.42 GHz frequency, four Kryo 585 cores with 1.8 GHz frequency Qualcomm Snapdragon 865: one Kryo 585 core with 2.84 GHz frequency, three Kryo 585 cores with 2.42 GHz frequency, four Kryo 585 cores with 1.8 GHz frequency Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G: one Kryo 475 Prime core, 2.4 GHz frequency + one Kryo 475 Gold core, 2.2 GHz frequency, six Kryo 475 Silver cores, 1.8 GHz frequency; 5G modem Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus: one Kryo 485 Gold core, 2.96 GHz frequency + three Kryo 485 Gold cores, 2.42 GHz frequency + four Kryo 485 Silver cores, 1.78 GHz frequency HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G: eight cores (2 × ARM Cortex-A76, frequency 2.86 GHz + 2 × ARM Cortex-A76, frequency 2.36 GHz + 4 × ARM Cortex-A55, frequency 1.95 GHz); HiAI architecture 5G modem
Graphics controller Adreno 650 Adreno 650 Adreno 620 Adreno 640 ARM Mali-G76 MP16
RAM 6/8 GB 8/12 GB 8 GB 8 GB 8/12 GB
Flash memory 128/256 GB 128/256 GB 128/256 GB 128/256 GB 256 GB
Memory card support Not Not Not Not Yes (NM only)
Connectors USB Type-C mini-jack (3.5 mm) USB Type-C USB Type-C USB Type-C USB Type-C
SIM cards One / two nano-SIM One / two nano-SIM Two nano-SIM Two nano-SIM Two nano-SIM
2G Cellular GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
CDMA 800
GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz CDMA 800/1900 GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
3G Cellular HSDPA 850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz HSDPA 850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz HSDPA 800/850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz HSDPA 800/850/900/1700/1800/1900/2100 MHz HSDPA 800/850/900/1700/1800/1900/2100 MHz
4G Cellular LTE: ranges 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38, 40, 41 LTE: ranges 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 32, 38, 40 LTE: ranges 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 20, 28, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41 LTE Cat. 18 (up to 1200 Mbps): ranges 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 32, 34 , 38, 39, 40, 41, 66 LTE: ranges 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 26, 28, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41
Wifi 802.11a / b / g / n / ac / ax 802.11a / b / g / n / ac / ax 802.11a / b / g / n / ac 802.11a / b / g / n / ac 802.11a / b / g / n / ac / ax
Bluetooth 5.1 5.1 5.0 5.0 5.1
Nfc there is there is there is there is there is
Navigation GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo, QZSS GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo, QZSS GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo GPS (Dual Band), A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo, QZSS, NavIC
Sensors Illumination, proximity, accelerometer / gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass), barometer, infrared Light, proximity, accelerometer / gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass), barometer Light, proximity, accelerometer / gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass) Light, proximity, accelerometer / gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass) Light, proximity, accelerometer / gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)
The fingerprint scanner Yes, on the screen Yes, on the screen Yes, on the screen Yes, on the screen Yes, on the screen
Main camera Fourth module: 108 MP, ƒ / 1.7 + 13 MP, ƒ / 2.4 + 5 MP, ƒ / 2.2 + 2 MP, ƒ / 2.4, phase detection autofocus, triple LED flash Fourth module: 108 MP, ƒ / 1.7 + 13 MP, ƒ / 2.4 + 2 MP, ƒ / 2.4 + 2 MP, ƒ / 2.4, phase detection autofocus, dual LED flash Four-module, 48 + 8 + 13 + 2 megapixels, ƒ / 1.7 + ƒ / 2.2 + ƒ / 2.4 + ƒ / 2.4, optical stabilization with 48-megapixel module, phase autofocus with main and telephoto modules, dual LED flash Triple module: 48 megapixels, ƒ / 1.6 + 12 megapixels,, / 2.2 + 16 megapixels, ƒ / 2.2, optical stabilization with the main camera, phase detection autofocus, dual LED flash Quad module, 50 + 16 + 8 + 2 MP, ƒ / 1.9 + ƒ / 2.2 + ƒ / 3.4, hybrid autofocus, optical stabilizer with main and telephoto modules, LED flash
Front-camera 20 MP, ƒ / 2.2, fixed focus 20 MP, ƒ / 2.0, fixed focus 32 MP, ƒ / 2.4, fixed focus 16 MP, ƒ / 2.0, fixed focus Dual module: 32 + 8 MP, ƒ / 2.0 + ƒ / 2.2, fixed focus, no flash
Nutrition Non-removable battery: 17.86 Wh (4700 mAh, 3.8 V) Non-removable battery: 18.16 Wh (4780 mAh, 3.8 V) Non-removable battery: 15.3 Wh (4025 mAh, 3.8 V) Non-removable battery: 14.44 Wh (3800 mAh, 3.8 V) Non-removable battery: 15.2 Wh (4000 mAh, 3.8 V)
The size 163.3 × 75.4 × 8.9 mm 162.5 × 74.8 × 9 mm 159.4 × 72.4 × 7.7 mm 160.9 × 74.4 × 8.1 mm 160.3 × 73.6 × 8.4 mm
Weight 219 grams 208 grams 171 grams 190 grams 190 grams
Housing protection Not Not Not Not IP54 (splashproof)
operating system Android 10, MIUI Shell Android 10, MIUI Shell Android 10, ColorOS shell Android 10, OxygenOS shell Android 10, shell Magic UI 3
Current price 34 350 rubles for the 6/128 GB version, 49 990 rubles for the 8/256 GB version 44,100 rubles for the 8/128 GB version, 54,900 rubles 49 990 rubles 34 700 rubles for the 8/256 GB version 54 990 rubles

Xiaomi POCO F2 Pro – information about the filling according to the CPU Z application

⇡ #Design, ergonomics and software

During the presentation of POCO F2 Pro, much was said about “innovation” and “killing flagships”. It is logical to assume that these theses will be supported, among other things, by a special design. So partly what happened.

POCO F2 Pro really looks unusual for a smartphone from 2020 – it does not have a hole in the corner of the screen. Instead, the front camera is hidden in a pull-out unit – many have refused this logical solution, which preserves the maximum screen area for the user, but fraught with mechanical damage. Many, but not Xiaomi. This gives the new “Pokophone” personality, and maintains continuity with respect to its predecessor, Redmi K20 Pro / Xiaomi Mi 9T.

Xiaomi POCO F2 Pro, the front panel is occupied by the entire display with a small slot in the earpiece above

Xiaomi POCO F2 Pro, the front panel is occupied by the entire display with a small slot in the earpiece above

The camera leaves with a soundtrack that quickly starts to annoy – however, this is not a problem: both the sound and visual (there are backlight diodes on the drawer), the accompaniment can be changed or completely disabled in the settings. The appearance of the camera takes about half a second – if you count on it when recognizing a face, this delay may seem noticeable, but you can tolerate a selfie even in spite of the high rhythm of modern life.

Xiaomi POCO F2 Pro, rear panel: in a dark circle there are four lenses of the main camera, under it is a triple LED flash

Xiaomi POCO F2 Pro, rear panel: in a dark circle there are four lenses of the main camera, under it is a triple LED flash

Behind four lenses are gathered in a circle with a characteristic figure inside it, suggesting thoughts of a flying quadrocopter. The camera unit protrudes slightly above the body, a triple LED flash is located under it. It all looks good – and certainly fresher than the endless square protrusions in the corner copied from Apple. Xiaomi this year works with the design surprisingly independently and not without interest.

Xiaomi POCO F2 Pro, the left side is free from functional elements

Xiaomi POCO F2 Pro, the left side is free from functional elements

Xiaomi POCO F2 Pro, right side: power / lock keys and volume controls

Xiaomi POCO F2 Pro, right side: power / lock keys and volume controls

Both the front panel and the back are covered with tempered glass Gorilla Glass 5 – curved at the back, flat at the front (fashionable curved edges that reduce the bezel of the screen to an absolute minimum went to only Mi 10). Along the perimeter, POCO F2 is lined with aluminum, painted in the color of the body in gray, violet and turquoise versions and simply polished in white, which we got for the test.

Xiaomi POCO F2 Pro, the upper side: a retractable unit with a front camera, at its end you can see the message indicator LED; there is an infrared port, a mini-jack and a microphone

Xiaomi POCO F2 Pro, the upper side: a retractable unit with a front camera, at its end you can see the message indicator LED; there is an infrared port, a mini-jack and a microphone

Xiaomi POCO F2 Pro, bottom: SIM card slot, USB Type-C port, microphone, main speaker

Xiaomi POCO F2 Pro, bottom: SIM card slot, USB Type-C port, microphone, main speaker

On the upper edge, we are also waiting for two surprises from the past – infrared and mini-jack! Despite the flagship hardware platform, POCO F2 nevertheless aims at a mass audience that is addicted to such trifles – you can use both wired headphones and household appliances.

Otherwise, Xiaomi POCO F2 is quite traditional: a USB Type-C port on the bottom, the usual mechanical keys on the right edge, a pair of microphones on the top and bottom. A pretty typical Android smartphone.

I already wrote about the ability to unlock a smartphone using face recognition technology above, but still the fingerprint scan remains the basic way. For this, a screen optical sensor is offered here. Unfortunately, it is not the same as that of Mi 10 – it reacts more slowly, not so stably and, most offensively, without the identical mechanism of sensory feedback, it is not so pleasant to use the scanner tactilely here. But in general, there are no special claims to it – it works quite stably and without noticeable failures.

POCO F2 Pro runs on the Android 10 operating system, but under the control of the special Poco Launcher 2 shell. Its differences from MIUI 11, however, are minimal – instead of an infinite carousel of applications, a separate submenu is selected here for them with normal search, grouping of applications by type and various , in the style of Xiaomi, settings. That’s more or less everything – otherwise it’s already familiar with MIUI 11, this time without particularly intrusive advertising – it mainly annoys the lucky owners of devices under the Redmi brand. The shell is fast, comfortable and pleasant in almost every way. Unless stability is sometimes lacking.

⇡ #Display and sound

Xiaomi POCO F2 Pro has almost the same display as Xiaomi Mi 10: Super AMOLED, 6.67 inches, resolution 2340 × 1080 pixels (386 ppi). Almost, but not quite: there is no key element for our time – an increased refresh rate, there are only the most usual 60 Hz. Yes, but the increased response frequency of the touch display is declared – up to 180 Hz. It seems like a small detail, but the gaming capabilities no longer give the impression of maximum, but somewhere in this area the line passes between the conventionally flagship smartphone and an ordinary one. Aggressive message with the “killing” of flagships is not kept to the end.

In general, there is a good display here – with all the necessary layers, an excellent oleophobic coating, a high-quality matrix, declared support for the HDR10 + standard and an abundance of settings, about which a little lower.

You can enable the mode of displaying information on a locked screen (Always-On Dislpay), and with animation to choose from; There is a special reading mode with a warm screen tone, font adjustment, dark mode, even special parameters for working with VR. The color rendition adjustment system is very diverse: there are automatic corrections depending on the lighting, saturated mode, and the mode “initial colors” (the smartphone is trying to adjust the color rendition to the current image as accurately as possible), and advanced settings where you can choose your own color space. I measured the color rendition of the display with the widest possible (“enhanced” mode) and with the original palette.

The maximum measured brightness of the Xiaomi POCO F2 Pro display was 520 cd / m2. For an OLED display, the indicator is more than good and corresponds to the one stated in the specifications.

Xiaomi POCO F2 Pro, gamma in the “improved” mode. Yellow line - POCO F2 Pro indicators, dotted - reference gamma

Xiaomi POCO F2 Pro, gamma in the “improved” mode. Yellow line – POCO F2 Pro indicators, dotted – reference gamma

Xiaomi POCO F2 Pro, color temperature in the “improved” mode. Blue line - POCO F2 Pro indicators, dashed - reference temperature

Xiaomi POCO F2 Pro, color temperature in the “improved” mode. Blue line – POCO F2 Pro indicators, dashed – reference temperature

Xiaomi POCO F2 Pro, color gamut in the “improved” mode. Gray Triangle - DCI-P3 Coverage, White Triangle - POCO F2 Pro Coverage

Xiaomi POCO F2 Pro, color gamut in the “improved” mode. Gray Triangle – DCI-P3 Coverage, White Triangle – POCO F2 Pro Coverage

With the “improved” color gamut with extended color gamut, the Xiaomi POCO F2 Pro screen demonstrates the behavior expected for such a setting: the gamma is at a normal level (2.25), the color temperature is increased, but not outrageously (main fluctuations are from 7,500 to 8,000 K with a short-term drop to 6,600 K), the color gamut is slightly higher than DCI-P3, and the average DeltaE deviation on the Color Checker scale, which includes both a wide range of colors and shades of gray, is 4.32 with a norm of 3.00 – there is a deviation, but not very significant.

Xiaomi POCO F2 Pro, gamma with the “original palette”. Yellow line - POCO F2 Pro indicators, dotted - reference gamma

Xiaomi POCO F2 Pro, gamma with the “original palette”. Yellow line – POCO F2 Pro indicators, dotted – reference gamma

Xiaomi POCO F2 Pro, color temperature with the “original palette”. Blue line - POCO F2 Pro indicators, dashed - reference temperature

Xiaomi POCO F2 Pro, color temperature with the “original palette”. Blue line – POCO F2 Pro indicators, dashed – reference temperature

Xiaomi POCO F2 Pro, color gamut with the original palette. Gray triangle - sRGB coverage, white triangle - POCO F2 Pro coverage

Xiaomi POCO F2 Pro, color gamut with the original palette. Gray triangle – sRGB coverage, white triangle – POCO F2 Pro coverage

When the “initial” mode is activated, the color gamut narrows to sRGB, but otherwise the screen behavior does not change: the gamma is 2.27, the temperature is identical, and the average DeltaE deviation on the Color Checker scale is 4.13. The screen is set up well, but not perfect. Nevertheless, the situation is positively affected by the abundance of user settings that allow you to manually adjust the color rendition if you are not comfortable with the standard one.

Xiaomi POCO F2 Pro carries on board a relic, especially for the near-flagship segment, analog headphone jack, but this does not classify it automatically in the category of audiophile devices. In terms of sound quality, the smartphone is quite comparable with the same Redmi Note 9S, which turned out to be in a puddle when compared with the real Sony Walkman NWZ-A105 player. So it’s more a matter of convenience and disposition towards traditionalist users than sound quality. Stereo speakers, unfortunately, remained the privilege of Xiaomi Mi 10 – here stands the standard monaural speaker; but very loud.

⇡ #Iron and performance

Xiaomi POCO F2 Pro got the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 platform, which can no longer be called a killer advantage because of the price, but the manufacturer claims that POCO can squeeze more out of it than others – thanks to either special cooling system, or software resources. Well, let’s see.

First, recall the composition of the Snapdragon 865: one high-end modified core Cortex-A77 with a frequency of 2.84 GHz; three productive modified ARM Cortex-A77 cores with a frequency of 2.4 GHz; and four energy-efficient modified ARM Cortex-A55 cores with a frequency of 1.8 GHz. The graphics subsystem is Adreno 650. It also uses the new AI Engine AI Engine 5, which consists of the Hexagon Tensor Accelerator and Sensing Hub. The manufacturing process is 7 nm.

According to the test results, the POCO F2 Pro really surpasses Xiaomi Mi 10 in all synthetic tests, despite the fact that it has less RAM – 6 vs 8 GB (moreover, LPDDR4X, not LPDDR5). There is also a version with 8 GB of LPDDR5 RAM, but we did not get it for review. This, of course, is a competition of frills – both devices (like any other on the Snapdragon 865) are comprehensive on present day performance, but the understanding that you officially have one of the most powerful modern smartphones cannot help but warm.

At the same time, throttling is the same story as Xiaomi Mi 10 – despite a hefty vaporization chamber, the CPU benchmark Throttling Test records a decrease in the operating frequency to 76% of the maximum, moreover, with a smooth decrease in frequency towards the end, rather than jumps at the beginning or in the middle of the test. Average performance was 206 GIPS. I can’t call the problem really serious, but it imposes some restrictions on the future of POCO F2 Pro as a gaming smartphone – in long gaming sessions, there may be problems.

Xiaomi POCO F2 Pro installs either 128 or 256 GB of UFS 3.1 flash memory without the possibility of expanding it with a memory card – there is no slot for it. What can I say – 128 GB for a modern smartphone, especially with the ability to record 4K, or, as here, 8K-video – this is literally the lower limit of an acceptable norm.

⇡ #Communications and wireless communications

Xiaomi POCO F2 can work with 5G networks, the modem included in the Snapdragon 865 is not disconnected – it’s another matter that there will obviously be no need for this in the near future. The need will be in 4G – and this is also the order: both in speed (the manufacturer does not indicate the LTE category, but this is obviously all right), and in the supported ranges.

Xiaomi POCO F2 Pro, SIM card slot

Xiaomi POCO F2 Pro, SIM card slot

Wireless modules are presented in full: Wi-Fi 802.11a / b / g / n / ac / ax (Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.1, NFC, infrared, dual-band GPS with the support of GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo.

⇡ #Camera

Всех «убийц флагманов» объединяет одно — компромиссность. Если где-то сильно прибыло (в данном случае — в производительности), то где-то обязательно убудет. Иначе какой смысл — можно не выпускать тот же Xiaomi Mi 10, ведь его заткнет за пояс конкурент под тем же брендом. В данном случае компромиссы коснулись в первую очередь камеры. Это квадромодуль, но заметно более простой, позаимствованный частично у Redmi Note 8 Pro/Redmi Note 9 Pro.

Главная камера получила 64-мегапиксельный Quad Bayer-сенсор Samsung ISOCELL Bright GW1 (габариты — 1/1,7″), который предлагает по умолчанию съемку в разрешении 16 мегапикселей с возможностью принудительно перейти на сверхвысокое разрешение. Объектив лишен оптической стабилизации, но обладает довольно высокой светосилой — f /1,9. С главной камерой работает фазовая система автофокуса. Широкоугольная камера изменилась относительно последних Redmi Note: автофокуса так и не появилось, зато подросло разрешение сенсора (13 вместо 8 Мп) при сохраненном размере отдельного пикселя (1,12 мкм), а вот угол охвата сократился (118 вместо 123 градусов) и упала светосила оптики (f /2,4 против f /2,2).

Отдельной камеры для зума не предусмотрено, двукратное масштабирование осуществляется за счет кропа с 64-мегапиксельной картинки. Качество съемки в этом режиме вполне неплохое при этом, потери при съемке в идеальных условиях по свету малозаметны. В сумерках же и, особенно, ночью — да, качество зуммированной картинки уже страдает. В сложных световых условиях уверенно себя чувствует один только главный модуль со стандартым (26 мм) фокусным расстоянием. Широкоугольный также позволяет добиваться очень приятной картинки только днем — зато я не заметил ни проблем с динамическим диапазоном, ни с детализацией, ни с «плавающим» от камеры к камере балансом белого, как это бывает у недорогих смартфонов.

Баланс белого скачет только при переключении с 16-мегапиксельного режима на 64-мегапиксельный, но это уже не так критично. Выше можно увидеть примеры снимков в этих разрешениях.

Но есть у Xiaomi POCO F2 Pro и особенность, выделяющая его не только на фоне Redmi Note, но также Xiaomi Mi 10, да и всех современных смартфонов. Речь о лучшей к настоящему моменту макро-камере, позволяющей добиваться по-настоящему впечатляющих снимков крупным планом. Здесь установлен тот же сенсор, что и в Redmi Note 9 Pro (5 мегапикселей), но применяется свежий объектив с эквивалентным фокусным расстоянием 50 мм и автофокусом. Разрешение невысокое, но его хватает, чтобы картинка не сильно страдала из-за недостатка детализации (что неизбежно в распространенных двухмегапиксельных макрокамерах), а специализированный модуль позволяет добиться очень короткой минимальной дистанции фокусировки. Благодаря же автофокусу использовать эту камеру можно не только на сверхкрупных планах, но и снимать с определенной дистанции, добиваясь в числе прочего на редкость выразительного (и естественного) боке.

Четвертая камера в POCO F2 Pro отвечает как раз за искусственное размытие заднего плана — это рядовой датчик глубины, который базируется на двухмегапиксельном сенсоре. Размывает фон смартфон хорошо, есть разные эффекты и бьютификатор, проблемы же хорошо известны по другим Xiaomi – в портретном режиме отсутствует возможность зуммирования, отчего хорошо выходят только общие и (до определенной степени) поясные планы; на крупных планах очень заметны геометрические искажения, характерные для широкоугольной оптики.

Предусмотрен специализированный ночной режим, доступный только при работе с главной камерой — с обычным углом обзора или с гибридным двукратным зумом. Работает он в меру эффективно, снимать ночью на POCO F2 Pro вполне возможно, но на какие-то особенные вершины в этом плане смартфон не претендует.

Алгоритмы работы «искусственного интеллекта» напоминают таковые в Mi 10 – смартфон зачастую перебарщивает с насыщенностью, делая цветовые акценты яркими, но неестественными. Но помощь нейросетей отключаемая — так что тут на любителя.

Приложение камеры в Poco Launcher не отличается от стандартного для MIUI 11. На месте и включенный по умолчанию водяной знак с указанием модели смартфона, на которую вы делаете снимки. Не забывайте своевременно его отключить — хотя можно его и стереть потом в галерее.

В видеосъемке Xiaomi POCO F2 Pro демонстрирует впечатляющую функциональность: есть возможность записи 8K-видео при  частоте 30 кадров в секунду, доступна 4K-съемка с частотой до 60 кадров и стабилизацией, а также «усиленная» стабилизация в Full HD 30p. Есть функция VLOG, благодаря которой можно «на ходу» клеить ролики для социальных сетей, имеется бьютификатор для видео, возможность съемки видео с размытым фоном, помощник для съемки видеоклипов, съемка видео с применением макрооптики… В общем-то, со смартфонами Xiaomi в этом сезоне по возможностям съемки видео мало кто сравнится. По качеству — да, но и здесь POCO F2 Pro проявляет себя хорошо.

Фронтальная камера близка к той, что установлена в Mi 10 — 20 мегапикселей, но объектив попроще — светосила f/2,2 вместо f/2,0, фиксированный фокус. Фокус выставлен корректно, пространственные искажения при съемке автопортретов не слишком значительные, есть программное боке, бьютификатор. С определенной степенью уверенности можно снимать при недостаточном освещении и при ярком контровом свете.

⇡#Offline work

Xiaomi POCO F2 Pro получил аккумулятор емкостью 17,86 Вт·ч (4700 мА·ч, 3,8 В). Чуть меньше, чем у Mi 10, но разница незначительная и не чувствуется в реальных сценариях. Так же, как и официального флагмана бренда, второго «покофона» хватает на день активного использования без особенных проблем. Даже при интенсивном обращении к устройству оно едва ли потребует дозаправки в середине дня.

В нашем традиционном тесте с воспроизведением Full HD-видео на максимальной яркости с включенными обновлениями и уведомлениями смартфон чуть не добрался до шестнадцати часов непрерывной работы — результат очень хороший.

Для зарядки используется порт USB Type-C, поддерживается система быстрой зарядки с комплектным адаптером мощностью 30 Вт. Полностью смартфон заряжается чуть более чем за час. Беспроводная зарядка не поддерживается.

⇡#Заключение

Xiaomi POCO F2 Pro оставляет смешанные чувства. С одной стороны возвращение «покофона» получилось достаточно приятным: нешаблонный дизайн с выдвижной камерой, отличный AMOLED-дисплей как в Mi 10, мини-джек, хорошая автономность вкупе с быстрой проводной зарядкой и полновесная флагманская производительность.

С другой — у POCO F2 Pro совсем непонятное позиционирование. Это больше не ультимативно дешевый способ получить флагманскую платформу текущего поколения, а «еще один убийца флагманов» на манер Xiaomi Mi 10 и OnePlus 8 Pro – дешевле на 7-8 тысяч, но и экран — без режима 90 Гц, и беспроводной зарядки нет, и лицевая панель не изогнутая, и камера намного проще (хотя и с действительно впечатляющим макро-режимом). Для кого в таком случае создавался этот аппарат? Для фанатов 5 тысяч лишних баллов в AnTuTu или искренних приверженцев проводных наушников (при том, что особенного качества звука POCO F2 Pro не демонстрирует)? Может, для оригиналов, которые любят выдвижные фронталки? Вопрос очень сложный, и, боюсь, ответом на него станет… еще одна длительная пауза с выпуском следующего «покофона». Пауза, которая может растянуться навсегда. Ну или экономия в несколько тысяч рублей при топ-производительности все-таки победит.

Достоинства:

  • выдвижная камера (никаких вкраплений в экран);
  • максимально мощная аппаратная платформа;
  • крупный AMOLED-дисплей с очень подробными настройками;
  • лучшая в мире макро-камера (при обычной основной);
  • хорошие способности для видеосъемки;
  • мини-джек, ИК-порт.

Disadvantages:

  • нет влагозащиты (только брызгозащита);
  • нет слота расширения памяти;
  • камера без оптического зума;
  • нет стереодинамиков;
  • нет режима 90 Гц.


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who is the best “drags” 108 megapixels? / Smartphones

who is the best “drags” 108 megapixels? / Smartphones


Mobile cameras are becoming more sophisticated, diverse and technologically advanced. A modern smartphone, not only the flagship one, but even the budget one, can no longer do with one camera, today you need at least two cameras, and ideally three or four. However, with the increase in the number of cameras, the number of megapixels is growing. I have repeatedly said and wrote in reviews and comparative tests that today there is no practical sense in resolving above 12-14 megapixels. But last year a new round of megapixel race began. Cameras appeared on 48, 64 and even 108 megapixels. These are not entirely honest megapixels, since such cameras use the Quad Bayer filter, but at the output we actually get a huge image – up to 12000 × 9000 pixels. At the moment, this is the maximum for smartphone cameras, and today we will compare the two leaders of the megapixel race – Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra and Xiaomi Mi Note 10.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra (left) and Xiaomi Mi Note 10 (right)

Here we will not compare all the built-in cameras in different modes, but focus on the main cameras with a resolution of 108 megapixels. We already had separate reviews of both the Samsung Galaxy Note S20 Ultra and Xiaomi Mi Note 10 – read it if you suddenly missed it. It is worth noting here that both devices use sensors manufactured by Samsung: Samsung ISOCELL Bright HMX and ISOCELL Bright HM1. In both cases, this, of course, is a Quad Bayer sensor with subpixels clustered in four. Rather, this is completely true only for the Xiaomi smartphone – it has four (2 × 2) sub-pixels combined, and in standard mode the camera takes 24-megapixel pictures. The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra subpixels are combined in nine (3 × 3), so in the default mode we get 12-megapixel images. The size of the sensor in the main camera of smartphones does not differ – 1 / 1.33 “, as the size of each subpixel does not differ – 0.8 microns. So technically the subjects are in equal conditions, and our test should reveal differences in the quality of optics and the ability to processing the resulting image. Since there are only two subjects, there is no point in the rating scale with a lot of points, so the best smartphone in each test gets 1, the worst – 0.

I will add that when shooting at maximum resolution, the night mode does not work, as well as the zoom, so the testing program this time is quite simple: we do a dozen test scenes and evaluate sharpness and detail. Let’s get started.

⇡ # Scene 1

We start with the simplest scene – a city landscape on a sunny day. No difficulties should arise for smartphones: the lighting is more than enough, the scene is quite contrasting plus static – there are no moving objects in the frame.

On the left is a frame with a Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, on the right is a frame with Xiaomi Mi Note 10

Pay attention to different colors – the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra tends to be warmer, the Xiaomi Mi Note 10 tends to be cooler. At the same time, the color rendition of the latter seems more realistic. But we will not pay attention to this fact – we look exclusively at the sharpness of the picture and detail.

We look at the crop from the central part of the frame – and we see that the right picture is sharper, this is especially noticeable if you look at the stairs on the pipe. Xiaomi’s algorithms do better with small details.

  • Samsung – 0,
  • Xiaomi – 1.

⇡ # Scene 2

We complicate the task – we take a frame at dusk, when it was almost dark, and the city turned on the illumination. Let me remind you that neither Samsung nor Xiaomi allow you to use the night mode when shooting with maximum resolution. However, there is still enough light to do without it.

On the left is a frame with a Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, on the right is a frame with Xiaomi Mi Note 10

And here we see the opposite picture: Samsung gave a “cooler” picture, Xiaomi – a warmer one. True, the Galaxy S20 Ultra also overshadowed the sky, in reality it was closer to what Xiaomi did.

On crop from the central part of the frame, the effects of noise reduction algorithms are visible. It seems that Samsung first applied the Blur filter, and then – Sharpen. Xiaomi turned out better, plus it has better-designed brightly lit areas of the frame.

  • Samsung – 0,
  • Xiaomi – 1.

⇡ # Scene 3

Add some bright colors – let’s move on to shooting well-lit objects at close range. Separately, it is worth emphasizing that this is not macro photography, we are not testing this mode today.

On the left is a frame with a Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, on the right is a frame with Xiaomi Mi Note 10

The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra again shows a warmer picture than Xiaomi, and here it conveys better real colors. Although I do not exclude the possibility that some people may like the frame with the Mi Note 10 in terms of color. Let’s enlarge the raspberry in the center and see which camera is better at conveying small details.

In my opinion, both smartphones didn’t do the best, but Samsung’s result is a bit more decent, so he takes the point in this scene.

  • Samsung – 1,
  • Xiaomi – 0.

⇡ # Scene 4

In the previous test scenes, we looked at fragments from the central part of the frame, and now we will try to evaluate the sharpness at the edges of the frame. The next scene was shot in a room with rather dim artificial light.

On the left is a frame with a Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, on the right is a frame with Xiaomi Mi Note 10

Well, here it is impossible not to note how terribly colors are transmitted in the picture from Xiaomi. Typically, the difference in color rendering is small, but here is another matter – this is a clear marriage, for which you need to lower the score. Pay attention to the sharpness in the upper right corner of the frame.

As before, Xiaomi is more careful about small details, its “noise reduction” works more carefully. Samsung shows itself worse, but it was much better able to “understand” the scene and capture as close to real colors. Despite the fact that, according to our main criterion, Xiaomi is ahead of Xiaomi, I would say that there should be a draw in this scene.

  • Samsung – 1,
  • Xiaomi – 1.

⇡ # Scene 5

Let’s evaluate the elaboration of details on a low-contrast frame section. Here we came across a white bas-relief – excellent material for comparison.

On the left is a frame with a Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, on the right is a frame with Xiaomi Mi Note 10

It seems I’m starting to notice a pattern – Xiaomi aims to make warm artificial lighting cooler. And Samsung in this respect is more honest, although it demonstrates a tendency to exaggerate in the other direction. Be that as it may, both pictures can be considered variations on the theme of normal color rendering: there is no such glaring sloppiness as in the previous scene.

Again, a more accurate attitude to the details of the Xiaomi Mi Note 10 camera should be noted, so the leadership in this test is obvious.

  • Samsung – 0,
  • Xiaomi – 1.

⇡ # Scene 6

We will test smartphones in the genre of architectural photography, although this unpretentious scene may well pass for the urban landscape. As you can see, the weather is cloudy, but the level of illumination is quite sufficient so that the use of noise canceling is minimal. At least it should be in theory.

We note the warmer color gamut from Samsung and the more realistic color rendering from Xiaomi, and also look at the clock crop from the left tower.

In addition to the fact that one minute passed between the shot with the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra and Xiaomi Mi Note 10, one can note a higher detail in the picture from the last. Crops from any other part of the frame show about the same result. Apparently, Xiaomi devoted more time to image processing algorithms.

  • Samsung – 0,
  • Xiaomi – 1.

⇡ # Scene 7

Not the most aesthetically pleasing scene, but with a lot of small details, which means that both 108-megapixel cameras have a chance to prove themselves in all its glory.

On the left is a frame with a Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, on the right is a frame with Xiaomi Mi Note 10

Once again, it should be noted that the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra gives a warmer picture, and Xiaomi Mi Note 10 – a colder one. The truth in this case was somewhere in between. Here you can peer at the pictures for one hundred percent magnification for a long time and select fragments for comparison, but for the purity of the experiment, let’s pay attention to the central part of the frame.

It is difficult to say straight away who is better, who is worse, but if you look at the threads, as well as at the parts on the green pipe behind the valve, it becomes clear that Xiaomi is again better at dealing with small details. However, in this particular case, Samsung is literally stepping on its heels.

  • Samsung – 0,
  • Xiaomi – 1.

⇡ # Scene 8

We will continue to look at the small details and make another shot in the genre of urban landscape. It is still the same cloudy weather, there is a lot of gray sky in the frame, it may look inconspicuous, but the level of illumination here is more than sufficient.

On the left is a frame with a Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, on the right is a frame with Xiaomi Mi Note 10

The picture with Xiaomi makes a more pleasant impression, the color saturation was clearly increased here, Samsung tried a little less in this regard. But we must give him his due – on the left side of the frame on the tree branches there are no chromatic aberrations. Xiaomi has it, but one cannot say for sure here whether this is the result of using better optics or whether this defect is fixed by software. Samsung’s karma has one small plus, but what about sharpness and detail?

And here already the result of the whole test becomes predictable. Despite all the efforts of the Galaxy S20 Ultra, his opponent copes with small details better. Although the results are very mixed in some test scenes, the overall superiority of the Chinese smartphone is becoming more and more obvious. The irony is that, we recall, it uses a Samsung sensor.

  • Samsung – 0,
  • Xiaomi – 1.

⇡ # Scene 9

We will continue to deal with the genre of cityscape and small details. Please note that in the next scene we have the opposite result. Samsung shows a brighter and richer picture in colder tones, Xiaomi shows a dimmer and warmer tones. Lighting on the street at that moment did not change – there was a uniform continuous cloudiness.

On the left is a frame with a Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, on the right is a frame with Xiaomi Mi Note 10

This location already appeared in our comparative tests, then we figured out which budget smartphone has the best camera, but there was a slightly different perspective, and the weather was different. And the dollar exchange rate was different, and the coronavirus did not threaten anyone. Sorry, distracted. Let’s look at one hundred percent crop from a gray bas-relief.

In color, I like the shot from the flagship Samsung, but if we talk about sharpness and detail, here we have a draw – each smartphone gets a point.

  • Samsung – 1,
  • Xiaomi – 1.

⇡ # Scene 10

Need more small details, otherwise what’s the point of 108 megapixels? Let’s go into the bookstore and take a shot in bright artificial light – and let this be our last test scene.

On the left is a frame with a Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, on the right is a frame with Xiaomi Mi Note 10

Notice how large the discrepancy in color is. Here, the situation is almost the same as in the fourth scene, but without extremes. The picture with the Galaxy S20 Ultra is clearly more attractive, richer and more contrast, but, in principle, the picture from Xiaomi has the right to life.

A very interesting feature pops up when comparing enlarged fragments. If you look at books in the foreground, then the sharpness will be slightly higher for a Samsung smartphone – probably, artificial intelligence understands that it is dealing with text, and applies the appropriate filter. But in the background (where the presence of text may not be obvious to artificial intelligence) Xiaomi has a much better result. Look, for example, on the inscription “Sunset of Europe” on the cover and on the roots of books – it is much better read. So here I would give Xiaomi victory. This may be a controversial decision, but it practically does not affect the overall test result.

  • Samsung – 0,
  • Xiaomi – 1.

⇡ # Bonus track

By the way, initially I had the idea to add other smartphones with a high resolution of matrices to the comparison, namely the Realme X2 Pro with a 64 megapixel sensor and the Huawei Mate 30 Pro with a 40 megapixel matrix in the main camera. However, the difference in the size of the final image was too large to be able to correctly compare. But so that the test pictures do not disappear in vain, let’s look again at the first and fifth test scenes. Well, just in case, I note that this subsection of the article will in no way participate in the final scoring.

From left to right: Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, Xiaomi Mi Note 10, Realme X2 Pro, Huawei Mate 30 Pro

Please note that Realme X2 Pro copes more or less well, but if we talk about small details, then Xiaomi is a cut above all, at least in this scene. Huawei smartphone is in the outsiders.

However, in the fifth scene, he is not so bad, at least I can not call him a clear outsider, but the detail is not as good as it could be.

From left to right: Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, Xiaomi Mi Note 10, Realme X2 Pro, Huawei Mate 30 Pro

This may sound a little out of place in the material where we compare the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra and Xiaomi Mi Note 10, but I would really advise you to take a closer look at Realme X2 Pro. This is one of the best smartphones in terms of price and performance. And from the moment we first met him, he even managed to get a little cheaper.

⇡ # Conclusions

Perhaps now is the time to remember that the first owners of Galaxy S20 smartphones complained about problems with the camera, namely, problems with autofocus and incorrect display of skin tones. Even Samsung itself recognized the problem – and began to work on fixing it. Naturally, I was aware of this before the start of testing, so I initially ruled out dynamic scenes, as well as close-up shots of people. Perhaps the tendency to warmer shades is also a consequence of the problem, but be that as it may, the sharpness of the picture and detail were the determining factors in this test. And in this regard, the Xiaomi smartphone turned out to be better. The final table with the results is as follows, the score is 9: 3 in favor of the Chinese model.

Scene 1 Scene 2 Scene 3 Scene 4 Scene 5 Scene 6 Scene 7 Scene 8 Scene 9 Scene 10 Amount
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 3
Xiaomi Mi Note 10 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 nine

The price difference between the Galaxy S20 Ultra and Mi Note 10 is now more than double. Yes, I understand that the S20 family also has more affordable models with the same 108-megapixel camera and that this smartphone is newer and trickier, but in terms of the quality of shooting at maximum resolution, the Mi Note 10 turned out to be better. And here I would like to remind you that all smartphones with multi-megapixel cameras take pictures in lower resolution by default, and if so, then the resolution of 108 megapixels in many respects remains more of a marketing ploy than a real necessity. Rather, it is more needed to simulate digital zoom without loss of quality, but this is a topic for a separate material. Perhaps next time we’ll deal with finding out whose monstrous zoom is better.

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Neoflex and Tyk will develop the Open API in Russia. IT Market

Neoflex and Tyk will develop the Open API in Russia. IT Market



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| 07/14/2020

Neoflex, the developer of IT platforms for digital business transformation, and Tyk, the developer of the open source API Management Platform, have entered into a cooperation agreement.

Tyk enables companies to provide partners with data and business services in a safe and seamless way, enabling them to integrate them into their digital solutions.

Tyk includes API Gateway, API management dashboard, developer portal, sandbox for testing, API documentation management system, detailed analytics. At the same time, the platform provides
reliable and safe use of these APIs due to scaling, various authentication methods, a multi-level monitoring system, the ability to control the frequency of API calls depending
from agreed quotas. Tyk integrates seamlessly into the microservice architecture, supporting Docker and Kubernetes containerization, and integration with the existing CI / CD process.

Today, API Management platforms have become a global trend and one of the essential elements of digital transformation. In recent years, in Russia, interest in implementing Open API platforms has been
shows the banking sector more. This is due to the expansion of the product offer by banks by non-banking products and the creation of ecosystems within which it is convenient for customers and partners of banks
interact with each other.

Neoflex expects that the partnership will allow it to more effectively solve the tasks of organizations for which the Open API are part of the business model.

Software (computer software), Open API

Neoflex, Tyk

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Huawei P40 Pro Smartphone Preview: Eye of the Storm / Smartphones

Huawei P40 Pro Smartphone Preview: Eye of the Storm / Smartphones


This is the second flagship of Huawei, coming out in the days of the active stage of a trade war between the United States and China – and, accordingly, under the sanctions of Google. The first, the Huawei Mate 30 Pro, reached store shelves slowly and carefully, as if probing the soil. Huawei P40 and P40 Pro are going to break into the traditional mode, even despite the AppGallery instead of Google Play and the inability to somehow put Google Mobile Services – neither officially, nor even in a pirated way. Currently, all paths are blocked. But Huawei does not despair and continues to make impressive gadgets.

Huawei P40 and P40 Pro do not revolutionize in the manner of their predecessors (that the P20 Pro, that the P30 Pro dramatically broke the situation in the world of mobile photography), they follow the path set by the company without sudden movements: a little more advanced cameras, a little more grown up screens, more slightly improved charging, another iteration of the proprietary hardware platform. Another application for the title of the best flagship smartphone generation.

Huawei P40 Pro Huawei P40 Huawei P30 Pro Huawei Mate 30 Pro
CPU HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G: eight cores (2 × ARM Cortex-A76, frequency 2.86 GHz + 2 × ARM Cortex-A76, frequency 2.36 GHz + 4 × ARM Cortex-A55, frequency 1.95 GHz), graphics core ARM Mali-G76 MP16; HiAI architecture 5G modem HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G: eight cores (2 × ARM Cortex-A76, frequency 2.86 GHz + 2 × ARM Cortex-A76, frequency 2.36 GHz + 4 × ARM Cortex-A55, frequency 1.95 GHz), graphics core ARM Mali-G76 MP16; HiAI architecture 5G modem HiSilicon Kirin 980: eight cores (2 × ARM Cortex-A76, frequency 2.6 GHz + 2 × ARM Cortex-A76, frequency 1.92 GHz + 4 × ARM Cortex-A55, frequency 1.8 GHz), graphic core ARM Mali-G76; HiAI architecture HiSilicon Kirin 990: eight cores (2 × ARM Cortex-A76, frequency 2.86 GHz + 2 × ARM Cortex-A76, frequency 2.36 GHz + 4 × ARM Cortex-A55, frequency 1.95 GHz), graphic core ARM Mali-G76 MP16; HiAI architecture
Display OLED, 6.58 inches, 2640 × 1200 OLED, 6.1 inches, 2340 × 1080 AMOLED, 6.47 inches, 2340 × 1080 OLED, 6.53 inches, 2400 × 1176
RAM 8 GB 8 GB 8 GB 8 GB
Flash memory 256 GB 128 GB 256 GB 128/256 GB
SIM cards Two nano-SIM, nano-SD memory card slot Two nano-SIM, nano-SD memory card slot Two nano-SIM, nano-SD memory card slot Two nano-SIM, nano-SD memory card slot
Camera Leica, quad module, 50 + 40 + 12 MP + TOF, ƒ / 1.9 + ƒ/ 1.8 + ƒ/ 3.4, five times optical zoom, ten times hybrid zoom, optical stabilizer, ultra wide viewing angle Leica, triple module, 50 + 16 + 8 MP, ƒ / 1.9 + ƒ/ 2.2 + ƒ/ 2.4, triple optical zoom, optical stabilizer, ultra wide viewing angle Leica, quad module, 40 + 20 + 8 MP, ƒ / 1.6-ƒ / 3.4 + TOF camera, tenfold hybrid zoom, optical stabilizer, ultra wide viewing angle Leica, quad module, 40 + 40 + 8 MP + TOF, ƒ / 1.6 + ƒ/ 1.8 + ƒ/ 2.4, triple optical zoom, optical stabilizer, ultra wide viewing angle
Fingerprint scanner On screen On screen On screen On screen
Connectors USB Type-C USB Type-C USB Type-C USB Type-C
Battery 4200 mAh 3800 mAh 4200 mAh 4500 mAh
Dimensions 158.2 × 72.6 × 8.95 mm 148.9 × 71.1 × 8.5 mm 158 × 73.4 × 8.4 mm 158.1 × 73.1 × 8.8 mm
Weight 203 g 175 g 192 g 198 g
Dust and moisture protection IP68 SHZ53 IP68 IP68
operating system Android 10 with a proprietary shell EMUI 10 (without Google Mobile Services) Android 10 with a proprietary shell EMUI 10 (without Google Mobile Services) Android 9.0 Pie with a proprietary shell EMUI 9.1 Android 10 with a proprietary shell EMUI 10 (without Google Mobile Services)
Price 69 999 rubles 49 999 rubles 45 000 rubles 59 990 rubles

Externally, both the Huawei P40 and the Huawei P40 Pro, which of course we can talk more about, since it was he who fell into the hands of 3DNews, have not changed much – but very much in the spirit of the times. A curved frameless display, glass both front and back, metal edges, iridescent colors … But at the same time, instead of a cutout, there is a front camera in the display surface – in the case of the P40 Pro it’s already double, like the Samsung Galaxy S10 +. And behind, of course, is a huge block with cameras, sensors and a flash – rectangular and black. So it’s accepted now. It doesn’t say that it’s beautiful, but already familiar, yes.

Colors are not as interesting as last year – the fashion for bright shades gradually passes. Huawei P40 will be presented in black and silver cases, and P40 Pro – in black, silver and blue. How they will look will become clear at the presentation, but the Matte Gray P40 Pro that fell into our hands is not defiant, noble and accurate. But also – yes – a little boring.

If we talk about the size of the device, then we are dealing with a standard flagship smartphone today, even, surprisingly, a little more compact than most competitors – thanks to the screen with a diagonal of 6.58 inches. And about Huawei P40 with a 6.1-inch display, there’s nothing to say. It is convenient to hold the smartphone in your hand, but it, as befits a glass gadget with beveled edges, is slippery – it is better to immediately hide it in a regular silicone case. Both models do not have a mini-jack, while the Huawei P40 received protection only in class IP53 (splash protection), while the P40 Pro is protected according to IP68 (you can immerse the whole thing in the water for a short time; you can, but don’t need it).

With the filling, there were also no special surprises. The most anticipated hardware platform with a small bonus is the Kirin 990 5G. Yes, yes, it is this version, as in Huawei Mate Xs, and the manufacturer will not block the 5G modem programmatically – you can check its performance in the 5G test zone. Huawei P40 received 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of flash memory, P40 Pro – 8 and 256 GB, respectively. The memory class is still unknown, but it is hardly a question of the LPDDR5 RAM, but a flash of the UFS 3.0 standard is quite possible. You can expand the volume using a proprietary NanoSD card. According to first impressions, the Huawei P40 Pro works very quickly – however, it was not worth expecting anything else. Moreover, no Google services there slow down the work … well, let’s not talk about sad things, they already said.

The screens on all versions of the model are OLED, but the Pro has it not only larger, but also with a higher resolution, which is unusual for Huawei, which adhered to the rule “only Full HD”: 2640 × 1200 pixels. At the same time, the screen refresh rate reaches 90 Hz – not 120 Hz appearing on the flagships, but also in the spirit of the times. At the same time, there are no visible restrictions on resolution and frequency in various applications.

Huawei would not be itself if it had not shifted all the emphasis in introducing its new flagship smartphone to the camera. True, this year we did not see anything supernatural.

On the left – a picture in normal resolution (12.5 megapixels), on the right – at maximum (50 megapixels)

First of all, the main module was updated (Huawei does not traditionally indicate the authors of the sensor), resolution (from 40 to 50 megapixels) and dimensions (up to 1 / 1.28 inches) grew. A 50-megapixel RYYB sensor is installed in both the P40 and P40 Pro, together with a 26 mm equivalent focal length lens and aperture f /1.9, but in the Pro version this module is equipped with optical stabilization, but in the “normal” version it is not. In this case, pictures are taken by default with a resolution of about 12.5 MP, but if you wish, you can enable the 50-megapixel mode. A couple of examples are above.

From left to right: wide viewing angle, standard viewing angle, fivex zoom, tenx zoom

Further, there are already some discrepancies. In addition to the 50-megapixel module, the P40 also has the usual wide-angle module with a resolution of 16 megapixels and an 8 megapixel telephoto module, which provides triple optical zoom. The P40 Pro received a 40-megapixel wide-angle “cinematic” camera as in the Mate 30 Pro, as well as a periscopic 12-megapixel module with a fast lens f /3.4, which provides fivefold optical zoom and tenfold hybrid. Like in the P30 Pro, but the resolution has increased, the quality has grown.

From left to right: in the upper row – a wide viewing angle, a standard viewing angle; in the bottom row – fivex zoom, tenx zoom, fiftyx zoom

It is worth saying that the smartphone Huawei P40 Pro + is also presented, the output of which in Russia is still in question. His, in fact, the only difference was the camera, which provides even greater zoom – up to 100x in digital format in the manner of the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, while the P40 Pro stopped at 50x. Alas, I failed to find out any details about the “plus” device before the announcement.

In general, Huawei claims that there is an increase in the quality of photos and videos – first of all, however, due to software and the new AI engine. For example, the P40 camera can reduce glare when shooting through glass, and not only combine several frames into one for the HDR effect or high-quality night shooting, but also remove unnecessary objects from them. How this works – it will become clear in the future, with serial smartphone firmware, while the P40 Pro has quite normal modes. We’ll leave some conclusions regarding the quality of photos and videos (the limit ISO has increased for videos, stabilization has improved, while still being able to write slow-motion video at up to 7680 frames per second).

Examples of shooting on the front camera Huawei P40 Pro

The front camera on the P40 Pro has become dual – along with the main 32-megapixel sensor, a TOF camera is working here. There would be expected, as when shooting on the main unit, video with software bokeh, but no; only photos that were already before. The maximum that smartphone developers have been able to achieve is 4K video on a selfie camera. It’s also not bad, but was it worth it to fence a garden with eating up space on the screen?

Huawei P40 received a battery with a capacity of 3800 mAh, and the P40 Pro with a capacity of 4200 mAh. Already now I can say that with the autonomy of the new “firmware” everything is very good, like the last one, the charge does not go away in a day, even if you turn on the 90 Hz update mode and do not skimp on the brightness of the display. Included with all P40s are chargers with a power of 40 W, which allow you to charge your smartphone in just over an hour. And what’s more, the new flagships also support 40 W wireless charging! If you find her. And yes, this is the record for today.

These are the evolutionary flagships of Huawei, emerging in the midst of an ideal storm – in the midst of sanctions against Huawei, the coronavirus pandemic and the great fever of the world economy. And this announcement, which took place, no matter what, according to the schedule, is very pleased with the very fact of its holding – some stability today will definitely not hurt us.

In Russia, you can pre-order the Huawei P40 Pro and Huawei P40 from April 2, 2020 (with pre-order as a gift, Huawei FreeBuds 3 wireless headphones are offered), and from April 10, smartphones will go on sale. The recommended retail price is 69,999 rubles for the Huawei P40 Pro and 49,999 rubles for HuaweiP40


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not special, but among the best / Smartphones

not special, but among the best / Smartphones


⇣ Content

It would seem, which smartphones are we waiting for the most? Flexible hybrids from Samsung and Huawei, the new iPhone, the next budget monsters Xiaomi … But I personally really looked forward to the second generation of Find X – it was painfully curious to get a debut smartphone under this name, which shook the swamp of brands repeating one after another in the summer of 2018. OPPO did not even rush and moved away from the schedule “update the series once a year”, smoothly preparing the second generation for release a year and a half after the first. And could not surprise.

OPPO Find X2 is a “simple” flagship, without a retractable camera, with buttons on the case, without any solution breaking our ideas about smartphones – design, technical or ergonomic. However, there are two positions in which Find X2 still stands out. This is the first smartphone in official Russian retail with Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 on board – to say the most powerful Android smartphone at the moment. He also has a unique screen, which has received a whole cluster of relevant technologies and a special coprocessor for processing images like a cherry on a cake. Let’s see if the gadget, which is not very original, but very relevant in its characteristics, can gain popularity, which it did not manage to gain from its unusual predecessor.

It is also worth saying that there is another version of the flagship OPPO – Find X2 Pro. It features an improved camera with a 13-megapixel telepodule with 5x optical and 10x hybrid zoom, and the 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle module is replaced by a 48-megapixel one, with the same viewing angle and improved stabilization when recording video.

⇡ #Specifications

Oppo find x2 Oppo find x Samsung Galaxy S20 + Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max Huawei Mate 30 Pro
Display 6.7 inch AMOLED
3168 × 1440 pixels, 513 ppi, capacitive multitouch
6.4 inches AMOLED,
2340 × 1080 pixels, 401 ppi, capacitive multitouch
6.7 inches, Dynamic AMOLED, 1440 × 3200, 525 ppi, capacitive multitouch 6.5 inches, Super AMOLED, 2688 × 1242 (19.5: 9), 458 ppi, capacitive multitouch, TrueTone technology 6.53 inch OLED
2400 × 1176 pixels, 409 ppi, capacitive multitouch
Protective glass Corning Gorilla Glass 6 Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Corning Gorilla Glass 6 No information Corning Gorilla Glass 6
CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon 865: one Kryo 585 core with 2.84 GHz frequency, three Kryo 585 cores with 2.42 GHz frequency, four Kryo 585 cores with 1.8 GHz frequency Qualcomm Snapdragon 845: four Kryo 385 Gold cores, 2.8 GHz frequency + four Kryo 385 Silver cores, 1.7 GHz frequency Samsung Exynos 990: two custom cores with a frequency of 2.73 GHz, two cores of an ARM Cortex-A76 with a frequency of 2.6 GHz, four cores of an ARM Cortex-A55 with a frequency of 2.0 GHz Apple A13 Bionic: six cores (2 × Lightning, 2.65 GHz + 4 × Thunder, 1.8 GHz) HiSilicon Kirin 990: eight cores (2 × ARM Cortex-A76, frequency 2.86 GHz + 2 × ARM Cortex-A76, frequency 2.09 GHz + 4 × ARM Cortex-A55, frequency 1.86 GHz); HiAI architecture
Graphics controller Adreno 650 Adreno 630, 710 MHz Mali-G77 MP11 Apple GPU (4 cores) ARM Mali-G76 MP16
RAM 8/12 GB 8 GB 8 GB 4 GB 8 GB
Flash memory 128/256 GB 256 GB 128 GB 64/256/512 GB 256 GB
Memory card support Not Not there is Not Yes (only Huawei nanoSD)
Connectors USB Type-C USB Type-C USB Type-C Lightning USB Type-C
SIM cards Two nano-SIM Two nano-SIM Two nano-SIM One nano-SIM and one eSIM Two nano-SIM
2G Cellular GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
CDMA 800/1900 & TD-SCDMA
GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz CDMA 800/1900 GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
3G Cellular HSDPA 800/850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz HSDPA 800/850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz HSDPA 850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz
CDMA2000 1xEV-DO
HSDPA 800/850/900/1700/1800/1900/2100 MHz HSDPA 800/850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz
4G Cellular LTE: ranges 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 32, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42 , 66 LTE Cat.16 (up to 1024 Mbps): ranges 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 32, 34 , 38, 39, 40, 41, 66 LTE Cat. 20 (2000/150 Mb / s), ranges 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 32, 38, 39, 40 , 41, 66 LTE-A (up to 1600/150 Mbps), ranges 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 29, 30, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 46, 48, 66, 71 LTE: no information
Wifi 802.11a / b / g / n / ac / ax 802.11a / b / g / n / ac 802.11a / b / g / n / ac / ax 802.11a / b / g / n / ac / ax 802.11a / b / g / n / ac
Bluetooth 5.1 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.0
Nfc there is Not there is Yes (Apple Pay) there is
Navigation GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS GPS (Dual Band), A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo, QZSS
Sensors Light, proximity, accelerometer / gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass) Light, proximity, accelerometer / gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass) Illumination, proximity, accelerometer / gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass), barometer, ANT + Light, proximity, accelerometer / gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass), barometer Light, proximity, accelerometer / gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass), IR sensor, Face ID
The fingerprint scanner Yes, on the screen Not Yes, on the screen Not Yes, on the screen
Main camera Triple module, 48 + 12 + 13, ƒ / 1.7 + ƒ / 2.4 + ƒ / 2.2, hybrid autofocus with the main and zoom cameras, optical stabilization with the main and zoom cameras, dual LED flash Dual module, 16 + 20 MP, ƒ / 2.0 + ƒ / 2.0, phase detection autofocus, optical stabilization, LED flash Fourth module: 12 + 12 + 64 megapixels + depth sensor, ƒ / 1.8 + f / 2.2 + f / 2.0, double optical zoom, optical stabilizer, ultra-wide viewing angle, LED flash Triple module, 12 + 12 + 12 megapixels, ƒ / 1.8 + ƒ / 2.0 + ƒ / 2.4, LED flash, phase detection autofocus and five-axis optical stabilization – mainly for telemodules Quad module, 40 + 40 + 8 MP + TOF, ƒ / 1.6 + ƒ / 1.8 + ƒ / 2.4, hybrid autofocus, optical stabilization, dual LED flash
Front-camera 32 MP, ƒ / 2.4, fixed focus, no flash 25 MP, ƒ / 2.0, fixed focus, no flash 10 MP, ƒ / 2.2, no autofocus, no flash 12 MP, ƒ / 2.2, no autofocus, no flash 32 MP, ƒ / 2.0, fixed focus, no flash
Nutrition Non-removable battery: 15.96 Wh (4200 mAh, 3.8 V) Non-removable battery: 12.9 Wh (3400 mAh, 3.8 V) Non-removable battery: 17.1 Wh (4500 mAh, 3.8 V) Non-removable battery: 15.04 Wh (3969 mAh, 3.8 V) Non-removable battery: 17.1 Wh (4500 mAh, 3.8 V)
The size 164.9 × 74.5 × 8 mm 156.7 × 74.2 × 9.6 mm 161.9 × 73.7 × 7.8 mm 158 × 77.8 × 8.1 mm 158.1 × 73.1 × 8.8 mm
Weight 192 grams (in the glass version), 209 grams (in the ceramic version) 186 grams 186 grams 226 grams 198 grams
Housing protection IP54 Not IP68 IP68 IP68
operating system Android 10, ColorOS shell Android 8.1 Oreo, ColorOS shell Android 10 native shell iOS 13 Android 10, shell EMUI 10
Current price 72 990 rubles Not on sale (at the start it was 69,990 rubles) 70 190 rubles From 99 990 rubles 59 990 rubles

OPPO Find X2 – information about the filling according to the CPU Z application

⇡ #Design, ergonomics and software

The first OPPO Find X was very surprising in appearance. At first glance, it was an ordinary Smartphone Smartfonovich, but then you look again and you notice that the front panel has no cut-out or interspersed with a frontal in the corner of the screen, and there is no camera on the rear panel. The module with cameras extended from the housing. Find X2 – the same Smartphone Smartfonovich and the first, and second, and all subsequent views. There is nothing unusual in his appearance.

The curved display is almost without frames without a cutout – the front camera is mounted on its surface, but its lens is so small that you can’t even notice it right away. However, there is nothing surprising and special in this solution – for example, we saw a miniature front-end in the vivo X30 Pro. The back panel is also quite standard: glass, again with beveled edges and with a block of three cameras in the corner. It looks nice, especially against the backdrop of a craze for square blocks of 4-5 cameras, but nothing unusual.

OPPO Find X2, the front panel is completely occupied by the screen. In the corner - a miniature hole in the front camera, under the upper edge - the earpiece

OPPO Find X2, the front panel is completely occupied by the screen. In the corner – a miniature hole in the front camera, under the upper edge – the earpiece

OPPO Find X2, rear panel: in the corner - a unit with three lenses of the main camera, a dual LED flash and a microphone

OPPO Find X2, rear panel: in the corner – a unit with three lenses of the main camera, a dual LED flash and a microphone

But apart from the word “pretty,” it’s difficult to pick up any epithets – it’s impossible to recognize that you have exactly OPPO Find X2 in your hands, and not some Huawei or Xiaomi. There are two colors: black (the case is covered with ceramics in this case) and “marine” – the second option and came to our test. The color, admittedly, is beautiful. Although no, it’s still pretty.

OPPO Find X2, left side: two volume keys

OPPO Find X2, left side: two volume keys

OPPO Find X2, right side: gadget enable / disable key

OPPO Find X2, right side: gadget enable / disable key

A smartphone with a screen diagonal of 6.7 inches, where this same screen occupies 90.9% of the front surface, is no longer so scary in size. In an era when on sale you can find the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra or folding smartphones with 8-inch panels, such a gadget may seem a bit large, but that’s all. It is not even very much larger and heavier than the first Find X, although it had a “only” 6.4-inch display. Due to the curved edges both in front and behind, holding a smartphone in your hand is quite convenient, but scary. It is glass and slippery – it is better to immediately hide it in a complete silicone case, since it practically does not spoil its appearance.

OPPO Find X2, top: microphone, plastic wiring for antennas

OPPO Find X2, top: microphone, plastic wiring for antennas

OPPO Find X2, bottom: USB Type-C port, SIM card slot, microphone and main speaker

OPPO Find X2, bottom: USB Type-C port, SIM card slot, microphone and main speaker

A set of functional elements typical of a modern Android smartphone. The only thing that makes you raise your eyebrow a bit is the power key and volume buttons located opposite each other. However, such a technique is not uncommon. There is no mini-jack.

The fingerprint scanner is located in the sandwich of the screen – and this is not surprising in our time either. Actually, OPPO Find X along with vivo NEX was one of the first smartphones with a similar solution for a fingerprint sensor. Here the sensor is optical – it does not respond to the touch of a wet finger, but on the whole it is smart and almost doesn’t stupid with recognition. To further accelerate the process of user recognition, you can add face recognition using the front camera – but this, once again, we must make a reservation, not the most reliable and not the safest method.

The smartphone is running an Android 10 operating system with ColorOS 7.1 shell. This is the main advantage of OPPO smartphones over their brothers in the BBK concern – vivo. Entered almost simultaneously on the Russian market, these two brands differ greatly in their approach to their shells. OPPO adapts it noticeably faster to European ways and leads to a common denominator with the familiar software environments. The shutter of notifications in the usual place, normal Russification, adequate pictograms – everything is like in people. But it cannot do without specifics, however, in this case it’s rather positive. I note the “media sharing” function – you can create on one smartphone up to three parallel spaces with the same applications, but hidden by personal information. A friend asked to take a phone call – switched to “guest mode”, and let him call, he will not see anything personal.

There is also a quick access sidebar, typical of many curved smartphones – I personally never use it, but it can be convenient when watching a movie. We already talked about the Relax application before – it helps to take a break from the smartphone, offering both visual relaxation and various types of breathing exercises. In general, the shell is fast, functional and friendly. But not sinless – I also encountered errors, which I got rid of only after rebooting the gadget, and with slowdowns.

⇡ #Display and sound

The OPPO Find X2 has a curved AMOLED display with a diagonal of 6.7 inches in an atypical format (19.8: 9) and a resolution of 3168 × 1440 pixels. The pixel density is 513 ppi. OPPO claims that this is perhaps the best mobile screen to date – and, apparently, is not exaggerating.

In addition to using a high-quality matrix on organic LEDs with Quad HD-resolution, support for the HDR10 standard, support for a refresh rate of 120 Hz, a touch surface working at a frequency of 240 Hz, and 10-bit color are claimed. A special charm is in a separate graphic coprocessor Ultra Vision Engine, which deals exclusively with the image on the screen, in the manner of specialized chips on TVs. This allowed the introduction of several add-ons in terms of video: a purely software one that allows you to slightly improve the picture on Youtube or in some player from the Play Market, and a hardware one that works with a limited number of streaming services like Netflix and Amazon. The main thing that it allows you to do is to bring the picture to the HDR10 + standard with 10-bit color and increased frame rate. I would not say that on a relatively small screen of a smartphone this work is striking, and the idea of ​​watching movies on a mobile device seems to me somewhat blasphemous – but this is an obvious application for the title of the best multimedia smartphone in the world. OPPO intends to drop Sony (and iPhone) from the pedestal.

The theoretical slope of the OPPO Find X2 screen is undeniable, but nobody canceled the instrumental measurements. The manufacturer claims that the peak brightness can reach 800 cd / m2 – I will not undertake to dispute this figure, especially since it is achieved clearly at automatic brightness on a sunny day. But in the room, the maximum brightness level measured by us is 494 cd / m2. That for the OLED panel, in general, a wonderful indicator, without any discounts. There is every reason to believe the manufacturer’s statements.

In the display settings, you can change the font size, activate the blue filter, adjust the color temperature and choose from three color presets: bright (suggested by default), gentle and cinematic. I measured the color rendering of the display in all three modes. Also, the Always-On Display mode is offered, in which time and notification icons are displayed – it also needs to be activated in the settings, by default it is turned off. You can set the operation of this mode by the clock so that it does not bother you at night. With incoming calls or notifications, a multi-colored outline illumination is turned on.

OPPO Find X2, gamma in bright color mode. Yellow line - Find X2 indicators, dotted - reference gamma

OPPO Find X2, gamma in bright color mode. Yellow line – Find X2 indicators, dotted – reference gamma

OPPO Find X2, color temperature in bright color mode. Blue line - Find X2 indicators, dashed - reference temperature

OPPO Find X2, color temperature in bright color mode. Blue line – Find X2 indicators, dashed – reference temperature

OPPO Find X2, color gamut in vivid color rendering mode. Gray Triangle - DCI-P3 Coverage, White Triangle - Find X2 Coverage

OPPO Find X2, color gamut in vivid color rendering mode. Gray Triangle – DCI-P3 Coverage, White Triangle – Find X2 Coverage

In bright mode, we see a color space that almost exactly matches the DCI-P3 standard, as the manufacturer promised. The average gamma is 2.25, the curves behave relatively stably. The color temperature is slightly increased and fluctuates mainly in the range of 7 500-8 000 K. The shades will be colder than due, which affects the accuracy of color reproduction. The average deviation of DeltaE over the extended Color Checker palette (grayscale + a wide range of color shades) is 4.44 (at a rate of 3 and a reference value of 2).

OPPO Find X2, gamma in delicate color rendering mode. Yellow line - Find X2 indicators, dotted - reference gamma

OPPO Find X2, gamma in delicate color rendering mode. Yellow line – Find X2 indicators, dotted – reference gamma

OPPO Find X2, color temperature in delicate color rendering mode. Blue line - Find X2 indicators, dashed - reference temperature

OPPO Find X2, color temperature in delicate color rendering mode. Blue line – Find X2 indicators, dashed – reference temperature

OPPO Find X2, color gamut in a gentle color reproduction mode. Gray Triangle - sRGB Coverage, White Triangle - Find X2 Coverage

OPPO Find X2, color gamut in a gentle color reproduction mode. Gray Triangle – sRGB Coverage, White Triangle – Find X2 Coverage

In the gentle mode, the color space narrows to the sRGB standard, the color temperature gets warmer, approaching the standard (6,500 K), the average gamma changes slightly (2.17), and the average DeltaE deviation for the Color Checker palette is 3.78, which is all equally does not fall within the normal range.

OPPO Find X2, gamma in cinematic color mode. Yellow line - Find X2 indicators, dotted - reference gamma

OPPO Find X2, gamma in cinematic color mode. Yellow line – Find X2 indicators, dotted – reference gamma

OPPO Find X2, color temperature in cinematic color rendering mode. Blue line - Find X2 indicators, dashed - reference temperature

OPPO Find X2, color temperature in cinematic color rendering mode. Blue line – Find X2 indicators, dashed – reference temperature

OPPO Find X2, color gamut in the cinematic color mode. Gray Triangle - DCI-P3 Coverage, White Triangle - Find X2 Coverage

OPPO Find X2, color gamut in the cinematic color mode. Gray Triangle – DCI-P3 Coverage, White Triangle – Find X2 Coverage

The cinematic mode is unusual – it combines warm colors and a wide color gamut that perfectly matches the DCI-P3 standard. The average gamma is 2.18, the color temperature is at the reference level (6,500 K), and the average DeltaE deviation for the Color Checker palette is 3.67. The Find X2 screen does not reach the level of professional monitors, but in general, both the adjustment range and its quality are commendable.

As for PWM, this AMOLED panel has a problem to a certain extent, but it is not very pronounced – you can notice flicker only at a brightness close to a minimum, the frequency is above 150 Hz.

There is no mini-jack, but otherwise the smartphone may well please lovers of high-quality sound both when using the adapter and when transmitting wireless data – all the necessary profiles (aptX, LDAC) are in place, there are problems with the volume, as, for example, in OPPO Reno, not. Unless I noted not always the ideal channel stability, from time to time when transmitting data via Bluetooth there were interruptions, but not long and insignificant. The smartphone has stereo speakers (along with the main one – on the lower edge – the earpiece works under the upper edge of the gadget) – they sound moderately loud and with nice detail for the smartphone.

⇡ #Iron and performance

I repeat, OPPO Find X2 is the first of many flagship smartphones of 2020 officially available on the Russian market that are equipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 platform.

Brief technical specifications of the flagship platform Qualcomm model of the beginning of 2020. Eight fresh Kryo 585 cores: one upscale 2.84 GHz Cortex-A77 modified core; three productive modified 2.4 GHz ARM Cortex-A77 cores and four energy-efficient 1.8 GHz modified ARM Cortex-A55 cores. The graphics subsystem is Adreno 650. The new AI Engine AI Engine 5, which consists of the new Hexagon Tensor Accelerator and Sensing Hub. The manufacturing process is 7 nm. Qualcomm claims an increase in overall performance by 25% compared to the Snapdragon 855, and graphic – by 20%. Energy efficiency at the same time increased by 25%.

Everything is quite logical, without revolutions, but it was only partially possible to fix a breakthrough in synthetic tests. The increase is clearly visible in the Antutu 8 benchmark, good performance is seen in the Webxprt browser test, but the graphical tests did not demonstrate the power of the system. In GFXBench, the new platform behaves in much the same way as the old.

In fact, you can safely talk about excessive performance – for today, tomorrow, and the day after tomorrow the power of the Snapdragon 865 is enough to cope with everyday tasks at maximum speed (applications open very quickly), and with resource-intensive applications, without restrictions on graphic settings and frame rate.

With cooling, the OPPO Find X2 is also all right. Tactile heating is not felt at full load, and the benchmark CPU Throttling Test does not reveal serious problems. The decrease in frequency occurred to 89% of the maximum – this is quite an acceptable indicator. Average performance was an impressive 224 GIPS.

OPPO Find X2 does not have a memory expansion slot due to a microSD card, but there is enough memory in the only version available in Russia – 256 GB (UFS 3.0). With RAM in general expanse – not only is it here of the LPDDR5 standard (another benefit of using the Snapdragon 865), but the volume is impressive – 12 GB.

⇡ #Communications and wireless communications

In OPPO Find X2 there are two slots for nano-SIM, both work with 4G networks. Formally, a 5G modem is installed in the smartphone, but in the Russian version it will be disconnected programmatically, it is impossible to take advantage of it, but we have nowhere to go. The manufacturer does not indicate the maximum speed of the LTE connection, but I did not notice any restrictions, taking into account the capabilities of our network, all the necessary ranges are supported.

OPPO Find X2, SIM card slot

OPPO Find X2, слот для SIM-карт

В отличие от того, что было у предшественника, здесь набор беспроводных модулей не выглядит обрезанным — NFC есть, флагман соответствует стандартам. Остальные модули тоже подобающие: Bluetooth 5.1, Wi-Fi  802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax (Wi-Fi 6), ну и двухдиапазонный GPS плюс ГЛОНАСС, BeiDou, Galileo.

⇡ #Camera

OPPO Find X2 – второй после Huawei Mate 30 Pro смартфон с выделенной камерой для съемки видео. Как и в творении Huawei, это широкоугольный модуль, но другого типа, без системы Quad Bayer: Sony IMX708, 12 мегапикселей, размеры 1/2,4 дюйма, «кинематографическое» соотношение сторон 16:9 и объектив с углом обзора 120 градусов (эквивалентное фокусное расстояние — 16 мм) и светосилой ƒ/ 2.4. Естественно, он служит не только для съемки видео, но и для фотографирования с расширенным углом обзора — но, как можно заметить по фокусному расстоянию, двукратного расширения он не даст.

Ключевой особенностью этого модуля стоит назвать технологию объединения пикселей — для съемки видео в разрешении 1080p он объединяет соседние светочувствительные датчики для улавливания большего количества света. Технически размер пикселей достигает 2,8 мкм. Правда, для фото или записи 4К-видео подобные уловки не работают. С широкоугольным модулем работает только цифровая стабилизация на видео, оптический стабилизатор недоступен. Автофокус есть.

Два других модуля более привычны. Это классический Sony IMX586 для камеры со стандартным углом обзора (ЭФР — 26 мм), разрешением 48 Мп и объективом светосилой ƒ/1,7, а также телефотомодуль (ЭФР — 52 мм) с разрешением 13 Мп и объективом светосилой ƒ/2,2. С обоими работает гибридный (фазовый + лазерный) автофокус и оптический стабилизатор. Оптический зум составляет, как несложно подсчитать, 2x. Доступен также пятикратный гибридный зум и двадцатикратный цифровой — качество фото в последнем случае не вызывает воодушевления.

Слева — снимок без «искусственного интеллекта», справа — с «искусственным интеллектом»

По качеству съемки фото OPPO Find X2 нельзя назвать выдающимся смартфоном — он вполне уверенно себя чувствует при съемке на широкий угол, на основную камеру и с двукратным зумом при нормальном освещении (детализация и динамический диапазон не вызывают вопросов), но пятикратный гибридный зум уже здорово снижает качество изображения, плывет детализация, сильно проявляются шумы. Есть встроенный «искусственный интеллект», который должен улучшать картинку, но делает он это излишне активно — цвета становятся ядовитыми, контурная резкость превышает норму. Злоупотреблять ИИ в камере Find X2 не стоит. Впрочем, полностью его отключить вообще нельзя — некоторые кадры все равно получат свою дозу украшательства, и ничего с этим не поделать. HDR активирован по умолчанию.

Слева — снимок в стандартном режиме, справа — в ночном

При недостаточном освещении камера OPPO Find X2 вполне дееспособна — в ней предусмотрен специальный ночной режим с объединением серии кадров, сделанных с различной эскспозицией. Причем по отношению к другим подобным решениям у OPPO даже есть преимущество — отдельно активировать этот режим не обязательно, смартфон включает его самостоятельно, а съемка проводится за полторы-две секунды, ждать по шесть-восемь секунд не нужно. Правда, и эффект не столь яркий, как у тех же смартфонов Huawei, но в целом качество ночной съемки вполне приличное.

Есть фирменные фильтры, доступные как для фото, так и для видео (набор, к слову, разный). Примеры фильтров для видео я приводить здесь не стал, примеры фото с фильтрами можно увидеть выше.

Доступна и портретная съемка с программным размытием заднего плана, несмотря на отсутствие специального модуля time of flight (TOF). Размывает фон смартфон корректно, в очередной раз вызывая сомнения в том, что TOF-модуль вообще так уж необходим. Есть встроенный бьютификатор — по счастью, отключаемый.

Слева — оригинальная сцена, справа — исправленная смартфоном картинка

Добавлю про любопытный режим «распознавания текста» — в кавычках, потому что при его активации OPPO Find X2 не распознает текст на самом деле, переводя его в файл, но довольно умело устраняет геометрические искажения на изображении, позволяя сохранить фото со слайдом или текстом в идеальном формате. Very comfortably.

Интерфейс приложения камеры аскетичен, прост и удобен, у меня к нему не возникло никаких вопросов. Набор доступных опций небольшой, но все необходимое (кроме, возможно, съемки в формате RAW) есть, в том числе и режим с ручными настройками — только в нем, кстати, можно активировать съемку с предельным разрешением в 48 мегапикселей.

Милые причуды опознавания объектов и перевода оболочки

Милые причуды опознавания объектов и перевода оболочки

Видеосъемка доступна с разрешением вплоть до 4К и скоростью до 60 кадров в секунду. В этом режиме, правда, не работает стабилизатор — по-настоящему эффективен он только при съемке с Full HD-разрешением. Но с любым разрешением позволено менять угол обзора — от широкого до пятикратного гибридного зума. Причем качество в диапазоне от широкого угла до двукратного зума остается стабильно хорошим.

Из программных наворотов отмечу возможность размытия заднего плана на видео — без TOF-камеры, повторюсь. Работает довольно уверенно, хотя контуры объекта съемки могут слегка смазываться. Также по умолчанию OPPO Find X2 умеет «приближать» звук на видео — эта функция постепенно проникает на все современные смартфоны.

Селфи-камера, несмотря на крохотный объектив, тоже очень достойная: это Quad Bayer-сенсор разрешением 32 мегапикселя (Sony IMX616), по умолчанию он делает 8-мегапиксельные снимки, объектив светосилой ƒ/2,4. Есть размытие фона, бьютификатор — в общем, все как надо. Вспышки и автофокуса нет.

⇡ #Offline work

Но в чем точно не разочаровал OPPO Find X2, так это в вопросе зарядки — фирменная система Super VOOC обновлена и стала еще эффективнее. При этом по автономности ничего интересного, скорее даже наоборот — раздвоенная батарея суммарной емкостью 15,96 Вт·ч (4200 мА·ч, 3,8 В) со скрипом справляется с потребностями смартфона. Если пользоваться Find X2 на полную катушку — с включенными 120-Гц режимом обновления экрана и энергосберегающим режимом только на последних 15 %, заряда хватает со скрипом на 7-8 часов. Причем, как ни странно, заряд заметно уходит и в режиме ожидания — в среднем по 5-7 % в час. Вероятно, эта проблема исчезнет с будущими обновлениями прошивки, но пока так. При серьезной нагрузке смартфон необходимо подзаряжать в течение дня, до вечера он не доживет.

Наш традиционный тест с воспроизведением Full HD-видео на максимальной яркости, при включенном беспроводном соединении, с действующими обновлениями, OPPO Find X2 прошел спокойно, пусть и без блеска — 10 часов.

Но вот заряд подходит к концу, и у вас есть пять-десять минут на то, чтобы пополнить батарейку — тут-то Find X2 и проявляет себя в полный рост. С фирменным зарядником мощностью 65 Вт он способен за 10 минут зарядиться процентов на 30-35. На полную зарядку уходит около 35 минут! При этом перегрева нет, смартфон остается прохладным. Опасности быстро израсходовать ресурс сдвоенного аккумулятора тоже нет — по крайней мере, так утверждает производитель, и ему можно верить: система Super VOOC существует уже не первый год, «побочные эффекты» не замечены. Беспроводная зарядка, к слову, не поддерживается.

⇡ #Заключение

OPPO Find X2 не столь радикален, как его предшественник, — это не плевок в лицо общественному вкусу и не попытка внедрить какие-то уникальные фишки в вялотекущий процесс развития смартфонов. Но при этом он куда более конкурентоспособен — как раз за счет неяркости и отказа от резких движений: невыдающиеся (но заметные) преимущества соседствуют с малозначительными недостатками. NFC на месте, хрупкие элементы отсутствуют, экран действительно превосходный, слабая автономность компенсируется архибыстрой зарядкой.

Главное же преимущество OPPO Find X2 прямо сейчас — аппаратная платформа. Смартфон просто очень вовремя вышел, опередив всех своих (будущих) многочисленных соратников по использованию Qualcomm Snapdragon 865. Если вы хотите самый мощный Android-смартфон, да еще и с LPDDR5-оперативкой (12 Гбайт!), а также флеш-памятью UFS 3.0, – то вам сюда. Первенство свое Find X2 скоро потеряет, но замах на звание лучшего мультимедийного смартфона — с едва ли не лучшим на рынке экраном — сохранит. Осталось только преодолеть пропасть, созданную все еще малой известностью бренда, за который многим страшновато платить большие деньги. Тем более что в главном соревновании современных смартфонов — в качестве фотосъемки — Find X2 не выделяется.

Advantages:

  • максимально мощная сегодня аппаратная платформа;
  • 12 Гбайт оперативной памяти LPDDR5;
  • превосходный AMOLED-дисплей с частотой 120 Гц;
  • отличные способности к видеосъемке (фотосъемку ни к достоинствам, ни к недостаткам не отнесем);
  • любопытная функциональность оболочки;
  • феноменально быстрая зарядка.

Disadvantages:

  • нет пыле- и влагозащиты;
  • нет слота для карты памяти;
  • слабая автономность;
  • нет беспроводной зарядки;
  • скучный дизайн и скользкий корпус;
  • нет мини-джека.


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one against the whole world / Smartphones

one against the whole world / Smartphones


⇣ Content

Huawei P40 Pro came out in the midst of a ten-point storm – everything came together: from US sanctions against Huawei itself (of course, where without it) the coronavirus pandemic. I already wrote about this in a preliminary review of the gadget. The decision to release the smartphone after all, despite difficult times, looks bold and even a little desperate – but all the more interesting to get to know this device. What is Huawei ready to contrast the situation with the flagships of Apple and Samsung?

To begin with, Huawei has adopted Samsung’s manner of releasing three versions of the flagship at once – in spite of the S20, S20 + and S20 Ultra, the P40, P40 Pro and P40 Pro + are presented. Moreover, the “plus” version (which differs from the usual Pro only in a camera with an increased zoom) is not yet planned for release in Russia – only the P40 and P40 Pro are presented here. They differ even more strongly: the P40 received a relatively small display (6.1 inches) without curved edges, a triple camera with three times optical zoom, a smaller battery and twice less powerful wired charging, as well as lack of moisture protection (there is only IP53 splash protection )

The Huawei P40 Pro offers a curved 6.58-inch OLED display and a quad-camera with fivex zoom, as well as IP68 moisture protection. The entire family of fortieth flagships received the proprietary hardware platform Kirin 990 5G (boasting an active 5G modem and made using the FinFET Plus EUV process technology), support for fast wireless charging (27 W) and a new main camera module – with a hitherto unprecedented 50-megapixel sensor. Later in this review, we will talk exclusively about the Huawei P40 Pro.

⇡ #Specifications

Huawei P40 Pro Huawei Mate 30 Pro Samsung Galaxy S20 + Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max OPPO Find X2
Display 6.58 inches, OLED, 2640 × 1200, 441 ppi, capacitive multitouch 6.53 inch OLED
2400 × 1176 pixels, 409 ppi, capacitive multitouch
6.7 inches, Dynamic AMOLED, 1440 × 3200, 525 ppi, capacitive multitouch 6.5 inches, Super AMOLED, 2688 × 1242 (19.5: 9), 458 ppi, capacitive multitouch, TrueTone technology 6.7 inch AMOLED
3168 × 1440 pixels, 513 ppi, capacitive multitouch
Protective glass No information Corning Gorilla Glass 6 Corning Gorilla Glass 6 No information Corning Gorilla Glass 6
CPU HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G: eight cores (2 × ARM Cortex-A76, frequency 2.86 GHz + 2 × ARM Cortex-A76, frequency 2.36 GHz + 4 × ARM Cortex-A55, frequency 1.95 GHz); HiAI architecture 5G modem HiSilicon Kirin 990: eight cores (2 × ARM Cortex-A76, frequency 2.86 GHz + 2 × ARM Cortex-A76, frequency 2.09 GHz + 4 × ARM Cortex-A55, frequency 1.86 GHz); HiAI architecture Samsung Exynos 990: two custom cores with a frequency of 2.73 GHz, two cores of an ARM Cortex-A76 with a frequency of 2.6 GHz, four cores of an ARM Cortex-A55 with a frequency of 2.0 GHz Apple A13 Bionic: six cores (2 × Lightning, 2.65 GHz + 4 × Thunder, 1.8 GHz) Qualcomm Snapdragon 865: one Kryo 585 core with 2.84 GHz frequency, three Kryo 585 cores with 2.42 GHz frequency, four Kryo 585 cores with 1.8 GHz frequency
Graphics controller ARM Mali-G76 MP16 ARM Mali-G76 MP16 Mali-G77 MP11 Apple GPU (4 cores) Adreno 650
RAM 8 GB 8 GB 8 GB 4 GB 8/12 GB
Flash memory 256 GB 256 GB 128 GB 64/256/512 GB 128/256 GB
Memory card support Yes (only Huawei nanoSD) Yes (only Huawei nanoSD) there is Not Not
Connectors USB Type-C USB Type-C USB Type-C Lightning USB Type-C
SIM cards Two nano-SIM Two nano-SIM Two nano-SIM One nano-SIM and one eSIM Two nano-SIM
2G Cellular GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
CDMA 800/1900 & TD-SCDMA
GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz CDMA 800/1900 GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
3G Cellular HSDPA 800/850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz HSDPA 800/850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz HSDPA 850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz
CDMA2000 1xEV-DO
HSDPA 800/850/900/1700/1800/1900/2100 MHz HSDPA 800/850/900/1700 / 1900/2100 MHz
4G Cellular LTE: ranges 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 26, 28, 32, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41 LTE: no information LTE Cat. 20 (2000/150 Mb / s), ranges 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 32, 38, 39, 40 , 41, 66 LTE-A (up to 1600/150 Mbps), ranges 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 29, 30, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 46, 48, 66, 71 LTE: ranges 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 32, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42 , 66
Wifi 802.11a / b / g / n / ac / ax 802.11a / b / g / n / ac 802.11a / b / g / n / ac / ax 802.11a / b / g / n / ac / ax 802.11a / b / g / n / ac / ax
Bluetooth 5.1 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.1
Nfc there is there is there is Yes (Apple Pay) there is
Navigation GPS (Dual Band), A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo, QZSS, NavIC GPS (Dual Band), A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo, QZSS GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo
Sensors Illumination, proximity, accelerometer / gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass), Face ID Light, proximity, accelerometer / gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass), IR sensor, Face ID Illumination, proximity, accelerometer / gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass), barometer, ANT + Light, proximity, accelerometer / gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass), barometer Light, proximity, accelerometer / gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)
The fingerprint scanner Yes, on the screen Yes, on the screen Yes, on the screen Not Yes, on the screen
Main camera Quad module, 50 + 40 + 12 MP + TOF, ƒ / 1.9 + ƒ / 1.8 + ƒ / 3.4, hybrid autofocus, optical stabilizer, dual LED flash Quad module, 40 + 40 + 8 MP + TOF, ƒ / 1.6 + ƒ / 1.8 + ƒ / 2.4, hybrid autofocus, optical stabilization, dual LED flash Fourth module: 12 + 12 + 64 megapixels + depth sensor, ƒ / 1.8 + f / 2.2 + f / 2.0, double optical zoom, optical stabilizer, ultra-wide viewing angle, LED flash Triple module, 12 + 12 + 12 megapixels, ƒ / 1.8 + ƒ / 2.0 + ƒ / 2.4, LED flash, phase detection autofocus and five-axis optical stabilization – mainly for telemodules Triple module, 48 + 12 + 13, ƒ / 1.7 + ƒ / 2.4 + ƒ / 2.2, hybrid autofocus, optical stabilization with the main and zoom cameras, dual LED flash
Front-camera Dual module: 32 MP, ƒ / 2.2 + TOF camera, fixed focus, no flash 32 MP, ƒ / 2.0, fixed focus, no flash 10 MP, ƒ / 2.2, no autofocus, no flash 12 MP, ƒ / 2.2, no autofocus, no flash 32 MP, ƒ / 2.4, fixed focus, no flash
Nutrition Non-removable battery: 15.96 Wh (4200 mAh, 3.8 V) Non-removable battery: 17.1 Wh (4500 mAh, 3.8 V) Non-removable battery: 17.1 Wh (4500 mAh, 3.8 V) Non-removable battery: 15.04 Wh (3969 mAh, 3.8 V) Non-removable battery: 15.96 Wh (4200 mAh, 3.8 V)
The size 158.2 × 72.6 × 8.95 mm 158.1 × 73.1 × 8.8 mm 161.9 × 73.7 × 7.8 mm 158 × 77.8 × 8.1 mm 164.9 × 74.5 × 8 mm
Weight 203 grams 198 grams 186 grams 226 grams 192 grams (in the glass version), 209 grams (in the ceramic version)
Housing protection IP68 IP68 IP68 IP68 IP54
operating system Android 10, shell EMUI 10 Android 10, shell EMUI 10 Android 10 native shell iOS 13 Android 10, ColorOS shell
Current price 69 990 rubles 59 990 rubles 70 190 rubles From 99 990 rubles 72 990 rubles

Huawei P40 Pro – information about the filling according to the CPU-Z application

⇡ #Design, ergonomics and software

Huawei P40 Pro is not a breakthrough gadget in terms of design – it is a compilation of ideas used by different companies over the past years. There is a curved display, a dual front camera inscribed directly on the surface of the screen (which we have not seen anywhere except in the Samsung Galaxy S10 +), and a rectangular block with rear cameras. The latter, however, is already a generally accepted design move. Apple opened the Pandora’s box, and similar black squares are found constantly.

Of the unusual, I note only the edging of polished aluminum – usually all the same, the edges are painted in the color of the case. Otherwise, the whole apparatus is covered with glass, with curved edges both in front and behind – thanks to this it is more convenient to hold it in your hand, but it also glides more strongly. This is a common misfortune of a modern smartphone, it is solved only by “packing” it in a case (the Huawei P40 Pro comes with a case made of transparent silicone).

Huawei P40 Pro, front panel: in the corner of the screen is a dual camera unit with an additional IR sensor

Huawei P40 Pro, front panel: in the corner of the screen is a dual camera unit with an additional IR sensor

The color variations of the case this year are calm, dim: the P40 Pro is presented in black, silver and blue. All three look relevant, they are distinguished by pleasant polishing, especially I note the Matte Gray version that just came to our test. On the other hand, of course, it’s boring – the fashion for catchy colors and gradients, unfortunately or fortunately, recedes.

Huawei P40 Pro, rear panel: in the corner - a large unit of the main camera with four lenses, a microphone, sensors and a dual LED flash

Huawei P40 Pro, rear panel: in the corner – a large unit of the main camera with four lenses, a microphone, sensors and a dual LED flash

The camera unit protrudes strongly above the body, which is quite expected given the periscope module located in it. It’s already awkward to somehow highlight this moment in a negative way – smartphones without protruding cameras are practically gone.

Huawei P40 Pro, the left side is free from functional elements

Huawei P40 Pro, the left side is free from functional elements

Huawei P40 Pro, right side: power / lock keys on the smartphone and volume control

Huawei P40 Pro, right side: power / lock keys on the smartphone and volume control

Functional elements are quite familiar: the lock / power and volume keys on the right side, the USB Type-C port and the speaker on the bottom. Yes, the hardware buttons are in place, the rejection of the volume key in the Mate 30 Pro is considered unsuccessful – and right. At the top we see a sensor that is easily mistaken for an infrared port for communication with household appliances – but no, this is a regular light sensor that simply did not fit on the front panel. There is no mini-jack, while the case is at least dustproof and waterproof according to the IP68 standard.

Huawei P40 Pro, the upper side: a light sensor and a microphone

Huawei P40 Pro, the upper side: a light sensor and a microphone

Huawei P40 Pro, bottom: SIM / memory card slot, microphone, USB Type-C port, main speaker

Huawei P40 Pro, bottom: SIM / memory card slot, microphone, USB Type-C port, main speaker

The absence of a visible section of the conversational dynamics is explained by the use of a piezoelectric element built into the screen – the same scheme is used in the P30, and in the Mate 30, and in the Mate Xs.

A block of front cameras is interesting – here, in addition to two lenses, there is just an IR sensor, but it is needed for the more correct operation of the local Face ID, a user identifier by face. Because of this, the block turned out to be so wide – but at the same time, it did not prevent us from placing the usual icons in the status bar. It’s a little crowded there, but everything fit.

In addition to the face recognition system, which, thanks to the IR sensor, works quietly in any light, without screen illumination, there is also a fingerprint scanner built into the display – with an optical sensor, which works quite well. Screen sensors are still not up to the speed of capacitive ones, but progress is noticeable. At least the P40 Pro unlocking process does not cause irritation: the percentage of failures is very low, the only thing to endure is the extra fractions of a second that are required for recognition.

A lot has been written about the features of the unusual in the software plan for the life of Huawei smartphones in 2020, including 3DNews. Here is an article on Huawei Mobile Services, and here it’s directly about the experience of working with the P40 Pro without the ability to put Google Mobile Services. I will not repeat here and describe in detail what has already been said. In short: we are dealing with a smartphone based on Android 10, with the EMUI 10 shell (we also have a separate article about it), on which Google services cannot be installed. Yes, none is possible: from the Google Play store to the Google Pay payment tool, even the Youtube application does not work. But half a year after the introduction of strict sanctions by Google, Huawei learned to live with it – even without workarounds with installing GMS using third-party software.

The AppGallery company store partially helps, partially you can use third-party programs to install apk files not from the store. The vast majority of applications work on a smartphone without restrictions. For almost two weeks of continuous use of the Huawei P40 Pro, I experienced a minimum of inconvenience, most of which is associated with the inability to transfer my data from a Google account. Even with contactless payment, the problem is still being solved – from April 10, the Wallet.Pay system will be launched, jointly developed by Huawei and the Russian software developer Cardsmobile. While it will work only with MasterCard, support for 40 banks has already been announced, including all key ones. It is argued that it will be possible to pay wherever the terminals support a contactless card using NFC. It was not yet possible to verify these allegations – for a number of obvious reasons.

For the rest, EMUI 10 seems to me to be one of the best shells for Android – fast, stable, good looking. The Huawei P40 Pro is a pleasant smartphone to use, but the flaw associated with the lack of GMS is still impossible to ignore.

⇡ #Display and sound

Huawei P40 Pro received a curved OLED display with a diagonal of 6.58 inches and a resolution of 2640 × 1200 pixels. Though a little, but still more traditional for Huawei Full HD. The pixel density is 441 ppi. It is worth noting that 6.58 inches is the entire diagonal of the screen, along with the part given under the curved edges. That is, the working surface is noticeably smaller.

The main change compared to last year’s flagships is support for a refresh rate of 90 Hz. Not a record frequency, there are already models with 120 hertz displays on the market, but the screen in this mode works with any resolution. By default, the frequency is set to 60 Hz, marked in the settings as “low” – you can switch to “high” yourself, but be prepared not only for smoother scrolling of the screen, but also for a noticeably faster battery charge.

The remaining display parameters are quite familiar: the “sandwich” is classic, with a really good oleophobic coating, viewing angles are free. Huawei claims compliance with the HDR10 standard and DCI-P3 color gamut. Well, the more interesting it is to carry out instrumental measurements of the color rendering of the P40 Pro screen.

The measured limit level of brightness without software enhancement for auto-tuning is 441 cd / m2. If necessary, it will still grow up – in the sun you will definitely not experience any problems, you can use your smartphone as usual.

A set of screen settings, with the exception of the refresh rate indicated above, is typical for a smartphone with EMUI 10, which a lot have passed through our hands over the past six months. I note only the lack of auto-adjustment of the color tone depending on the lighting – a “flickering” parameter that is found only in Huawei tablets, and comes across from time to time in smartphones. In terms of color rendering options, two options are available – normal and bright, and the color temperature can be adjusted independently. By default, the display works with vivid color reproduction. I measured the performance of the P40 Pro display in both modes.

Huawei P40 Pro, bright mode, gamma. Yellow line - P40 Pro indicators, dashed - reference gamma

Huawei P40 Pro, bright mode, gamma. Yellow line – P40 Pro indicators, dashed – reference gamma

Huawei P40 Pro, bright mode, color temperature. Blue line - Mate 20 Pro indicators, dotted - reference temperature

Huawei P40 Pro, bright mode, color temperature. Blue line – P40 Pro indicators, dotted – reference temperature

Huawei P40 Pro, bright mode, color gamut. Gray Triangle - DCI-P3 Coverage, White Triangle - P40 Pro Coverage

Huawei P40 Pro, bright mode, color gamut. Gray Triangle – DCI-P3 Coverage, White Triangle – P40 Pro Coverage

In bright mode, the color gamut is approximately DCI-P3. The average gamma is slightly increased – 2.3, while the curves are absolutely clear. The color temperature is also slightly higher than normal, but also remains even in the entire range (at the level of 7,400 K) – this is clearly not a flaw, but a conscious desire to make the colors a little colder. The average deviation of DeltaE over the extended Color Checker palette (shades of gray + a wide range of color shades) is 3.95 – this does not fit into the reference borders, but it does not significantly break out. The norm, recall, is 3.00.

Huawei P40 Pro, normal mode, gamma. Yellow line - P40 Pro indicators, dashed - reference gamma

Huawei P40 Pro, normal mode, gamma. Yellow line – P40 Pro indicators, dashed – reference gamma

Huawei P40 Pro, normal mode, color temperature. Blue line - P40 Pro indicators, dotted - reference temperature

Huawei P40 Pro, normal mode, color temperature. Blue line – P40 Pro indicators, dotted – reference temperature

Huawei P40 Pro, normal mode, color gamut. Gray Triangle - sRGB Coverage, White Triangle - P40 Pro Coverage

Huawei P40 Pro, normal mode, color gamut. Gray Triangle – sRGB Coverage, White Triangle – P40 Pro Coverage

In normal color rendering mode, coverage is reduced to the sRGB standard. The average gamma remains almost unchanged (2.31), the colors are slightly warmer (the curve is kept at 7,000 K), and the average deviation DeltaE approaches the normal range of 3.24. In general, this mode is really more honest, but there is no need to switch to it from a vivid need – slightly colder and more saturated colors in this case do not harm the image. You can safely choose the mode that you like best – the display in both is set up rather well.

The sound capabilities of the Huawei P40 Pro are not impressive. The absence of a mini-jack immediately puts an end to the serious audiophile prospects of the gadget – but without wires the P40 Pro transmits a signal with quite sufficient quality, there is support for all the necessary profiles (aptX, aptX HD, LDAC). The external speaker is lonely, monophonic, located at the bottom – there is enough volume, but there is no need to talk about sound quality.

⇡ #Iron and performance

Huawei P40 Pro runs on the HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G platform. Here we can say about the number of smartphones that passed through our hands with the 990th on board, but in fact there was only one – Huawei Mate Xs. Kirin 990 5G is not only distinguished by an integrated 5G modem, but also by a different technological process – not just 7 nm, but with the use of EUV lithography.

The composition of the platform does not change: eight processor cores (two ARM Cortex-A76 clocked at 2.86 GHz + two ARM Cortex-A76 clocked at 2.09 GHz + four junior ARM Cortex-A55 cores clocked at 1.86 GHz), graphics in the form of a 16-core ARM Mali-G76, well, a special module for operations related to machine learning (NPU).

In terms of performance, the Huawei P40 Pro is not a leader, but in the general group – its power is enough to run any modern games with a high frame rate and not lose time downloading applications. Everything is fine for the flagship, but the margin is less than that of smartphones on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 (and 855, to be honest) or the current iPhone. Serious drawdowns of the frame rate in online games should not be expected in the near future, but you won’t be given any advantages compared to the rest of the P40 Pro. At the same time, Huawei claims that a high level of performance in the shell itself (the time it takes to launch applications, the speed of the basic systems) will remain for a long time thanks to intelligent algorithms of work involving neural networks.

Huawei P40 Pro has no cooling problems, unlike most of its fellow tribesmen, including the same Mate Xs or the predecessor P30 Pro. The CPU benchmark Throttling Test demonstrates that under load the platform lowers frequencies to 91% of the maximum with an average performance level of 206 GIPS – the result is very good, although the curve towards the end of the 15-minute test went down, albeit quite smoothly. You should not have serious problems with lowering frequencies during long gaming sessions.

Huawei P40 Pro received 8 GB of RAM LPDDR4X and a 256 GB drive standard UFS 3.0. Quite a normal level, but again not a record. You can increase the volume of the drive using a proprietary NM memory card, which is put in place of the second SIM card.

⇡ #Communications and wireless communications

The Huawei P40 Pro has a built-in 5G modem, and it is not disconnected – if you wish, you can try to connect to next-generation networks in the test area (so far only Tele2 operator provides this option) – of course, then, after exiting self-isolation mode. This option may be more useful in countries where 5G is being deployed more actively, with local SIM cards. The ranges N79, N38, N7 are supported. But in any case, at the moment this is more an abbreviation in the list of characteristics than a seriously useful function.

LTE is still more relevant, and with the support of 4G networks the smartphone is all right – even if the speed at which the local LTE modem is capable is not disclosed. With the supported ranges, too, everything is fine – the list is extensive, all the frequencies relevant to us are in place.

Slot for two nano-SIM cards or one nano-SIM and one nanoSD

Slot for two nano-SIM cards or one nano-SIM and one nanoSD

The Wi-Fi modem learned to work with Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax), and the Bluetooth module here is version 5.1. This is the breaking news for the Huawei P40 Pro. Otherwise, the compulsory program is carried out: NFC, a navigation module with two-channel GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo, QZSS (this is the Japanese geographic system), NavIC (and these are Indians).

⇡ #Camera

Many wondered which trump card for the camera Huawei will take out this time. 200x zoom? Two hundred megapixels? A camera-studded rear panel? After all, Huawei cannot do without revolutionary advances in mobile photography in relation to the P series – it just so happened. Но нет, все-таки может, P40 Pro (да и P40 Pro+) не стали мощным скачком вперед — это заметный, но эволюционный прогресс.

В первую очередь он коснулся, конечно, главной камеры, получившей сенсор Ultra Vision разрешением 50 мегапикселей (использована система Quad Bayer) и физическими размерами 1/1,28″ — на сегодняшний день это самый крупный сенсор в смартфоне. У Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, к примеру, — 1/1,33″. A single pixel (combined from four subpixels using the Quad Bayer system) reaches a size of 2.44 microns. Как и в прошлогодних флагманах, используется система цветовых фильтров RYYB вместо RGB, что позволяет светочувствительным элементам улавливать больше света. С этим сенсором работает объектив эквивалентным фокусным расстоянием 23 мм и светосилой f/ 1.9. Есть оптическая стабилизация и гибридный автофокус.

По умолчанию главная камера делает снимки с разрешением 12,5 мегапикселя, но в любой момент можно включить режим максимального разрешения и получить изображения на 8192 × 6144 точки. Примеры — выше. Отмечу, что угол обзора более узкий, чем заявленный для объектива, — EXIF свидетельствует о ЭФР 27 мм. Huawei традиционно «химичит» на программном уровне.

Главная особенность этого сенсора — он действительно позволяет снимать при недостаточном освещении… даже не активируя фирменный ночной режим. Причем не всегда понятно, какой снимок получается лучше: с задействованием многокадровой экспозиции и машинного обучения или без них. Разбирая кадры, я порой надолго задумывался, глядя на снимки с базовым углом обзора, — какой же кадр где. Ранее такого не случалось. С остальными углами обзора намного проще — отличить «докрученный» кадр от обычного не составляло труда. Другое дело, что это «какой снимок лучше» работает в обе стороны — камера Huawei P40 Pro даже в режиме по умолчанию порой перебирает с повышением детализации, балансом светов и теней и прочим. Картинка не всегда естественно смотрится как при слабом освещении, так и при натуральном.

Иногда случаются и такие ошибки, как на кадре выше, — их стоит списать на софт, который к моменту написания обзора еще не финализирован и явно будет допиливаться до большего совершенства. Также на тестовом смартфоне не работали несколько заявленных в презентации функций: программное удаление оконных бликов и умное «сложение» снимков из серии.

Выше я написал про три рабочие камеры. “Почему три?” — может зацепиться внимательный читатель. Да, всего здесь четыре камеры: про одну я уже сказал выше, еще две отвечают за широкий угол и зум (здесь — оптический пятикратный), а вот четвертая — эта TOF-камера, которая нужна исключительно для корректного размытия фона при съемке портретов, причем как на фото, так и на видео.

Здесь надо сказать подробнее о широкоугольном и телефотомодуле. Первый напрямую переехал с Mate 30 Pro – это та самая «встроенная видеокамера», к работе которой были тогда вопросы. Забегая вперед, скажу, что вопросы особенно никуда не делись, но как широкоугольная фотокамера она справляется с обязанностями отлично: используется 40-мегапиксельный (схема Quad Bayer) сенсор физическими размерами 1/1,54 дюйма и форматом 3:2, с ним работает объектив светосилой ƒ/1,8 и эквивалентным фокусным расстоянием 18 мм. Он выдает 10-мегапиксельные снимки формата 3:2 — не удивляйтесь нестандартному для смартфонов соотношению сторон. И качество снимков в режиме широкоугольной съемки очень высокое — совершенно точно даже без лобового сравнения можно сказать, что в этом плане смартфон выходит лучшим в сравнении со всеми конкурентами, благо и автофокус имеется.

В верхнем ряду: съемка с широким углом, с нормальным углом и с пятикратным оптическим зумом. В нижнем ряду: с десятикратным гибридным зумом и пятидесятикратным цифровым

В верхнем ряду: съемка с широким углом, с нормальным углом и с пятикратным оптическим зумом. В нижнем ряду: с десятикратным гибридным зумом и пятидесятикратным цифровым

В верхнем ряду: съемка с широким углом, с нормальным углом и с пятикратным оптическим зумом. В нижнем ряду: с десятикратным гибридным зумом и пятидесятикратным цифровым

Телефотомодуль новый: используется 12-мегапиксельный сенсор, размеры которого не заявляются. С ним работает перископическая линза светосилой ƒ/3,4 и эквивалентным фокусным расстоянием 125 мм — чуть больше чем пятикратный зум, если отсчитывать от 23 мм, и чуть менее чем пятикратный, если от 27 мм. Среднее арифметическое, впрочем, не врет — оптический зум тут реально примерно равен 5х. Доступен и 10-кратный гибридный, и 50-кратный цифровой зум. Есть оптический стабилизатор, работает гибридный автофокус. Прогресса в коэффициенте приближения в сравнении с P30 Pro нет — он имеется только у P40 Pro+. Но в качестве фото прирост есть, и очень заметный. На телефотомодуль можно достаточно спокойно снимать как днем, так и ночью — с применением ночного режима, конечно. В целом подросли и резкость, и динамический диапазон, и работа с цветом улучшилась. Общий прогресс в фотосъемке, если вынести за скобки сырое программное обеспечение, налицо.

Портретный режим не изменился. Здесь, как и всегда у Huawei, есть две опции — выбрать «обычный» режим размытия заднего плана, с возможностью изменять степень размытия и выбирать «диафрагму» постфактум, или портретный режим без выбора диафрагмы, но с набором эффектов размытия и регулируемой бьютификацией. В любом случае доступны три фокусных расстояния на выбор, пригодные как для ростовых портретов, так и для поясных или крупных планов. Размывает фон P40 Pro отменно, тон кожи передает качественно, с резкостью никаких проблем.

Набор фильтров при съемке не менялся уже несколько лет — есть парочка «лейковских» фильтров (да, не стоит забывать, что тут камера, как обычно, забрендирована Leica) и набор уже своих, без флера легендарной немецкой компании. Примеры работы фильтров — выше.

Приложение камеры не изменилось — и это не очень хорошая новость. Выглядит аккуратно, логика расположения элементов отличная, набор возможностей хорош (можно и в RAW снимать, и HDR принудительно включить), но вот управление зумом, особенно при видеосъемке, реализовано плохо. Переключаться между фиксированными вариантами угла обзора и зума неудобно (надо попадать в кружок на длинной шкале — а если промахнешься, окажешься в зоне цифрового зума), а при видеосъемке попросту невозможно — можно только тянуть ползунок по шкале, постоянно промахиваясь мимо нужного значения. Жду не дождусь, когда это исправят.

По видеосъемке Huawei P40 Pro тоже не сделала большого рывка вперед, остановившись примерно на уровне Mate 30 Pro, – но все-таки с некоторой эволюцией. Смартфон умеет снимать 4K-видео с частотой до 60 кадров в секунду при работающей стабилизации, а Full HD-видео — с объединением соседних пикселей в группы, создающие светочувствительные элементы размером 4,48 мкм, что обеспечивает и отличную чувствительность при ночной видеосъемке, и повышенную четкость картинки при дневном свете. Впрочем, качество будет лучше, если не поднимать частоту выше 30 кадров в секунду.

При видеосъемке доступна регулировка фокусного расстояния: от широкого угла до примерно двукратного зума она производится почти без потерь качества, далее качество изображения серьезно ухудшается — на зум-камеру смартфон не переключается, используется цифровой зум. В широкоугольном режиме четкость изображения все еще ниже, чем при стандартном угле обзора, несмотря на применение специального сенсора, созданного для видео, — но разница уже меньше, чем в Mate 30 Pro. Huawei работает над ошибками. На месте и уже знакомые приемы с применением искусственного интеллекта, выделяющие объект на фоне и размывающие задний план либо лишающие его цвета. Есть и режим замедленной съемки: в Full HD можно снимать с частотой до 960 кадров в секунду, а в 720p – с частотой до 7680 кадров в секунду. Это по-прежнему очень впечатляет.

Двойная фронтальная камера состоит из 32-мегапиксельного сенсора (Quad Bayer — конечные снимки получаем с разрешением 8 Мп) с объективом светосилой ƒ/2,2 без автофокуса и вспышки и, конечно же, TOF-камеры. Как минимум размывает фон фронталка ничуть не хуже тыльного модуля — вообще к качеству селфи не придерешься, селфи-камера тут реально хороша.

Но на общем фоне ее выделяет не качество фото, а возможность писать 4K-видео — блогерам определенно понравится. Динамический диапазон у фронтального модуля слабый, но сам факт уже выдающийся.

⇡ #Offline work

Huawei P40 Pro оснащен аккумулятором емкостью 15,96 Вт·ч (4200 мА·ч, 3,8 В). Взглянув на размер и тип дисплея, а также на возможность включить повышенную частоту обновления экрана, можно прямо в уме посчитать примерную автономность. Итак, давайте прикинем за три секунды… И да, вы правы — при включенном режиме 90 Гц и на высоком разрешении смартфон сядет, не дожидаясь конца дня. При включении производительного режима, который необходим для максимальной эффективности в играх (именно в нем я тестировал смартфон в «железных» бенчмарках) заряд уйдет уже за 7-8 часов. Если же включить темный режим, пригасить экран хотя бы до 40-50% от максимума и активировать режим 90 Гц только в играх, то Huawei P40 Pro вполне себе живет сутки. Обычная автономность на сегодняшний день — но даже это, к сожалению, некоторый регресс по отношению к P30 Pro и Mate 30 Pro, которые спокойно жили день практически в любых условиях. Здесь же лучше все-таки запастись внешним аккумулятором или как минимум носить с собой зарядное устройство.

В нашем традиционном (но уже обновленном) тесте с воспроизведением Full HD-видео, на максимальной яркости, с включенным Wi-Fi и автообновлением, результат очень неплох — 12,5 часа. Как минимум с распределением задач аппарат справляется.

Для зарядки используется актуальный порт USB Type-C (USB 3.1), работает фирменная система быстрой зарядки Huawei Super Charge мощностью 40 Вт, которая позволяет зарядить батарею менее чем за час. Предварительная информация о поддержке беспроводной зарядки мощностью до 40 Вт, увы, не подтвердилась. Смартфон все равно удерживает высокий уровень, установленный еще Huawei Mate 30 Pro, но не выше — все те же 27 Вт. Также смартфон, равно как и предшественник, умеет заряжать сопутствующие устройства сам — причем с той же мощностью, 27 Вт.

⇡ #Заключение

Huawei P40 Pro – смартфон не революционный, но вполне способный подхватить скипетр и державу царя мобильной фотографии. Это как в известной апории Зенона об Ахиллесе и черепахе — пока конкуренты догоняют прошлое поколение смартфонов Huawei, китайцы делают новый шаг. В этот раз, правда, не такой широкий, как в прошлые годы, но, кажется, достаточный. Прогресс что в съемке с широким углом, что в съемке с зумом очевиден, ночная съемка и так была хороша.

В остальном же это достаточно типичный флагман образца начала 2020-го: дизайн обычный, зато без выреза; крупный OLED-экран (в данном случае — очень хорошо настроенный) с частотой обновления до 90 Гц, но бывает и быстрее; мощная, но не лучшая аппаратная платформа; достаточно памяти, но бывает как больше, так и быстрее (LPDDR5, здесь же — LPDDR4); рядовое качество звука. Ну и конечно, здесь нет Google Mobile Services – это буквально с каждым месяцем воспринимается все менее критично, но все же часть привычек придется менять и немного выкручиваться.

В первую очередь Huawei P40 Pro предназначен для тех, кто ставит качество фото/видеосъемки на верхнюю строчку в списке возможных достоинств смартфона — и готов ради этого кое-чем пожертвовать. Впрочем, незначительно — это в любом случае мощный и актуальный смартфон почти без слабых мест. Почти.

Advantages:

  • прекрасная основная камера;
  • фронтальная камера тоже на уровне — и с возможностью снимать 4K-видео;
  • замедленная съемка с частотой до 7680 кадров/с;
  • очень быстрая как проводная, так и беспроводная зарядка, в том числе есть и обратная зарядка;
  • качественный и хорошо настроенный OLED-дисплей;
  • влагозащита по стандарту IP68.

Disadvantages:

  • нет Google Mobile Services;
  • скользкий корпус;
  • рядовой звук;
  • нет мини-джека.

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OPPO, in a fierce battle for the attention of the public (if in China it has been doing well for a long time, then outside the Middle Kingdom smartphones of this brand are kind of invisible) created in the spring of 2019 almost the most recognizable middle-class devices. Reno, not distinguished by their characteristics, were noted primarily for the design – a very characteristic strip with an outgrowth on the rear panel was combined with a retractable camera unit, and extendable at an angle.

It seemed like a good design code was found, one could even say identity series – but Reno3 destroys our fresh, like April shoots on trees, ideas about the sequence of Chinese companies. The novelty is deprived of both strips on the rear panel, and a sliding unit with a front camera – instead, a selfie module is placed on the surface of the screen. OPPO Reno3 Pro, like the recently released Find X2 flagship, successfully merges with the mass of their kind (and they merge with each other). OPPO plans to take its new hope for success in the middle price segment with a combination of characteristics, rather than a unique design.

OPPO Reno3

Before analyzing in detail what specific characteristics and capabilities Reno3 has in service, it’s worth diving into the intricacies of the lineup for a minute. Fact that there are four versions of the third Reno, of which two will be sold in Russia. The first is “Ordinary” Reno3, which would have previously received the name Reno3 Z: a ​​6.4-inch screen with a “drop” notch, the Mediatek MT6779 Helio P90 hardware platform, the quad camera is slightly simpler than the Pro version, but with a 44 MP front-end. The second is Reno3 5G (it will not be in Russia), it is, as you might guess, different from regular Reno3an integrated 5G modem, as well as a completely new Mediatek MT6885Z Dimensity 1000L hardware platform and for some reason a modified quad camera with a 64 megapixel main module.

OPPO Reno3 Pro in blue

OPPO Reno3 Pro in blue

There are also two versions of Reno3 Pro – “regular” and 5G. In the “usual” one uses a dual front camera (which makes the smartphone immediately look like the Huawei P40), the Mediatek Helio P95 platform, a 6.4-inch screen and a quad camera with a 64-megapixel main module. In Russia, there will be the version that received the 5G abbreviation in the name, but with the modem turned off (yes, that’s not easy). In short: the screen is already 6.5 inches, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G platform, a quad camera with a main 48-megapixel module (but slightly different than in Reno3), the only front-facing camera with a resolution of 32 megapixels and an improved set of wireless modules.

The devil himself will break his leg, to be honest – OPPO with its spring update has been a bit over the head. In this article we will talk about a smartphone that entered the international market as OPPO Reno3 Pro 5G, and in Russia it is sold simply as Reno3 Pro.

⇡ #Specifications

OPPO Reno3 Pro OPPO Reno2 OnePlus 7T Huawei P40 Xiaomi Mi Note 10
Display 6.5 inches Super AMOLED
2400 × 1080 pixels, 401 ppi, capacitive multitouch
6.5 inches, AMOLED,
2400 × 1080 pixels, 401 ppi, capacitive multitouch
6.55 inches Fluid AMOLED
2400 × 1080 pixels, 402 ppi, capacitive multitouch
6.1 inches OLED
2340 × 1080 pixels, 422 ppi, capacitive multitouch
6.47 inches, AMOLED,
2340 × 1080 pixels, 398 ppi, capacitive multitouch
Protective glass Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Corning Gorilla Glass 6 Corning Gorilla Glass 5 No information Corning Gorilla Glass 5
CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G: one Kryo 475 Prime core, 2.4 GHz + one Kryo 475 Gold core, 2.2 GHz, six Kryo 475 Silver cores, 1.8 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G: two Kryo 470 Gold cores, 2.2 GHz + six Kryo 470 Silver cores, 1.8 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus: one Kryo 485 Gold core, 2.96 GHz frequency + three Kryo 485 Gold cores, 2.42 GHz frequency + four Kryo 485 Silver cores, 1.78 GHz frequency HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G: eight cores (2 × ARM Cortex-A76, frequency 2.86 GHz + 2 × ARM Cortex-A76, frequency 2.36 GHz + 4 × ARM Cortex-A55, frequency 1.95 GHz); HiAI architecture 5G modem Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G: two Kryo 470 Gold cores, 2.2 GHz + six Kryo 470 Silver cores, 1.8 GHz
Graphics controller Adreno 620 Adreno 618 Adreno 640 ARM Mali-G76 MP16 Adreno 618
RAM 8 GB 8 GB 8 GB 6/8 GB 6 GB
Flash memory 128/256 GB 256 GB 128/256 GB 128/256 GB 128 GB
Memory card support Not Yes (hybrid) Not Yes (only Huawei nanoSD) Not
Connectors USB Type-C USB Type-C 3.5mm Mini Jack USB Type-C USB Type-C USB Type-C 3.5mm Mini Jack
SIM cards Two nano-SIM Two nano-SIM Two nano-SIM Two nano-SIM Two nano-SIM
2G Cellular GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
CDMA 800
GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz CDMA 800/1900 GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
3G Cellular HSDPA 800/850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz HSDPA 800/850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz HSDPA 800/850/900/1700/1800/1900/2100 MHz HSDPA 800/850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz HSDPA 800/850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz
4G Cellular LTE: ranges 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 20, 28, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41 LTE: ranges 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 18, 19, 20, 26, 28, 32, 38, 39, 40, 41 LTE Cat. 18 (up to 1200 Mbps): ranges 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 32, 34 , 38, 39, 40, 41, 66 LTE: ranges 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 26, 28, 32, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41 LTE Cat.15 (up to 800 Mbps): ranges 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 18, 19, 20, 26, 28, 38, 40
Wifi 802.11a / b / g / n / ac 802.11a / b / g / n / ac 802.11a / b / g / n / ac 802.11a / b / g / n / ac / ax 802.11a / b / g / n / ac
Bluetooth 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.1 5.0
Nfc there is there is there is there is there is
Navigation GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo GPS (Dual Band), A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo, QZSS, NavIC GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo
Sensors Light, proximity, accelerometer / gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass) Light, proximity, accelerometer / gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass) Light, proximity, accelerometer / gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass) Illumination, proximity, accelerometer / gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass), Face ID Light, proximity, accelerometer / gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass), IR sensor
The fingerprint scanner Yes, on the screen Yes, on the screen Yes, on the screen Yes, on the screen Yes, on the screen
Main camera Four-module, 48 + 8 + 13 + 2 megapixels, ƒ / 1.7 + ƒ / 2.2 + ƒ / 2.4 + ƒ / 2.4, optical stabilization with 48-megapixel module, phase autofocus with main and telephoto modules, dual LED flash Four-module, 48 + 8 + 13 + 2 megapixels, ƒ / 1.7 + ƒ / 2.2 + ƒ / 2.4 + ƒ / 2.4, optical stabilization with 48-megapixel module, phase autofocus with main and telephoto modules, dual LED flash Triple module: 48 megapixels, ƒ / 1.6 + 12 megapixels,, / 2.2 + 16 megapixels, ƒ / 2.2, optical stabilization with the main camera, phase detection autofocus, dual LED flash Triple module, 50 + 8 + 16 MP, ƒ / 1.9 + ƒ / 2.4 + ƒ / 2.2, phase detection autofocus, optical stabilizer, dual LED flash Quintuple module: 108 MP, ƒ / 1.7 + 12 MP, ƒ / 2.0 + 20 MP, ƒ / 2.2 + 5 MP, ƒ / 2.0 + 2 MP (macro), ƒ / 2.4 , phase detection autofocus with three cameras (contrast + laser with wide-angle), four-LED flash
Front-camera 32 MP, ƒ / 2.4, fixed focus 16 MP, ƒ / 2.0, fixed focus 16 MP, ƒ / 2.0, fixed focus Dual module: 32 MP, ƒ / 2.2 + TOF camera, fixed focus, no flash 32 MP, ƒ / 2.0, fixed focus
Nutrition Non-removable battery: 15.3 Wh (4025 mAh, 3.8 V) Non-removable battery: 15.2 Wh (4000 mAh, 3.8 V) Non-removable battery: 14.44 Wh (3800 mAh, 3.8 V) Non-removable battery: 14.44 Wh (3800 mAh, 3.8 V) Non-removable battery: 19.98 Wh (5260 mAh, 3.8 V)
The size 159.4 × 72.4 × 7.7 mm 160 × 74.3 × 9.5 mm 160.9 × 74.4 × 8.1 mm 148.9 × 71.1 × 8.5 mm 157.8 × 74.2 × 9.67 mm
Weight 171 grams 189 grams 190 grams 175 grams 208 grams
Housing protection Not Not Not IP54 Not
operating system Android 10, ColorOS shell Android 9.0 Pie, ColorOS shell Android 10, OxygenOS shell Android 10, shell EMUI 10 Android 9.0 Pie, MIUI Shell
Current price 49 990 rubles 37 990 rubles 37 720 rubles for the 8/128 GB version, 38 800 rubles for the 8/256 GB version 44 990 rubles 35 690 rubles

OPPO Reno3 Pro – information about the filling according to the CPU-Z application

⇡ #Design, ergonomics and software

I already said a couple of words about design above, I won’t spray: OPPO Reno3 Pro looks modern, relevant, even, probably, stylish, but absolutely unremarkable. The manufacturer deliberately deprived the gadget of its own face – this will probably help to make it more massive, but stand out by buying another Reno, you now will not work.

Both the front and back panels are covered with tempered glass Gorilla Glass 5 and bent around the edges – the smartphone, despite its impressive dimensions, is comfortable to hold. But at the same time, it is very slippery, which is inevitable for glass curved cases. Put your Reno3 Pro on the cover right away.

OPPO Reno3 Pro, front panel: in the upper left corner of the screen - the front camera, under the upper edge of the case - the earpiece

OPPO Reno3 Pro, front panel: in the upper left corner of the screen – the front camera, under the upper edge of the case – the earpiece

At the same time, thanks to the rejection of the camera hidden in the casing, it was possible to make the Reno3 Pro noticeably thinner – 7.7 against 9.0 mm. It also affects the perception of the gadget and the convenience of handling it. The front camera does not eat up too much space, although it did not work to make such a miniature lens like the vivo X30 Pro or OPPO Find X2. But on the status bar everything you need is placed without problems.

OPPO Reno3 Pro, rear panel: in the corner - a unit with four cameras and a dual LED flash

OPPO Reno3 Pro, rear panel: in the corner – a unit with four cameras and a dual LED flash

Available color variations of the case: black (as in our case), white, blue (with a gradient). I add that the black case has a reflection of blue, slightly shimmering in the light.

OPPO Reno3 Pro, left side: two volume buttons / camera shutter

OPPO Reno3 Pro, left side: two volume buttons / camera shutter

OPPO Reno3 Pro, right side: gadget lock / power key

OPPO Reno3 Pro, right side: gadget lock / power key

I have already mentioned the ordinary design of the Reno3 Pro several times, but it should be noted that the block with four cameras is not solved in a standard way for this season, when the lenses are assembled in a large square or rectangle, but in a more traditional and, perhaps, more elegant – with an elongated die. Slightly raised above the body, of course.

OPPO Reno3 Pro, top: microphone

OPPO Reno3 Pro, top: microphone

OPPO Reno3 Pro, bottom: SIM card slot, microphone, USB Type-C port and main speaker

OPPO Reno3 Pro, bottom: SIM card slot, microphone, USB Type-C port and main speaker

The functional elements are standard: there is no mini-jack for no reason, the earpiece is inscribed under the upper edge, which was not easy – the screen still occupies the vast majority of the front surface (92.1%). The on / off keys of the gadget and the volume / shutter button of the camera are located on opposite sides of the case, the SIM card slot is located below, near the USB Type-C port and the main speaker. Moisture and dust protection has not been declared – most likely, the case will calmly respond to splashes or raindrops, but you should not drop your smartphone into the water.

The fingerprint scanner is located below the screen – an optical sensor is used. There is also a face recognition system. But the operation of both user identification systems could not be verified – in the test Reno3 Pro, a mode was established in which there was no access to these functions. It can be assumed that everything should be fine with a smartphone with this, yet OPPO has rich and successful experience in this area – but assuming one thing and speaking reliably is another. Alas, we are forced to leave without comment.

The smartphone is running an Android 10 operating system with ColorOS 7.1 shell. I talked about it in detail in the OPPO Find X2 review. In short – this is not without small flaws, but is rapidly developing and adapting to the European user, a system that you can already handle today without experiencing serious inconvenience. It is fast, it works stably enough (although, again, the demo mode of the test Reno3 Pro does not give the right to draw far-reaching conclusions), it can offer an interesting set of unique functions (Relax application for relaxing from a smartphone, atypical user profiles, quick access panel, not tied to a curved screen) and almost annoying awkward Russification.

⇡ #Display and sound

The OPPO Reno3 Pro screen matrix is ​​clearly inherited from Reno2, but with some improvements. It’s the same Super AMOLED with a diagonal of 6.5 inches and a resolution of 2400 × 1080 pixels, but now it is curved at the edges (it’s more convenient to use, but the work surface is slightly smaller). The pixel density is 401 ppi – the result is average, but in fact sufficient for most users. It’s almost impossible to see the pixelation, except that in 4K video there may be a little lack of sharpness.

There are no problems with the viewing angles, an oleophobic coating is available, and high-quality – it is not difficult to wipe the prints. But all this was before, the main innovation of the Reno3 Pro display in comparison with its predecessor is the refresh rate of 90 Hz. You can enable it at any time, it does not work at some special permission or in dedicated applications. The smoothness of the update applies to all applications and screens of the smartphone.

The measured brightness was 488 cd / m2 – approximately at the level of Reno2. This is a very good indicator for the OLED screen, which can be seen on the graph. For comparison, the Huawei P40 Pro data is presented there – simply because the direct price competitor Reno3 Pro – P40 – has not yet reached us. But about him, we will also write in the near future.

In the display settings, you can change the font size, activate the blue filter, change the color temperature, turn on the system for displaying clocks and notification icons on a locked smartphone. There are presets for color rendering – you can choose between “bright” (extended color space) and “gentle” (sRGB) modes. By default, the smartphone is set to “bright” mode, I measured the color rendering of the screen in both.

OPPO Reno3, gamma in the

OPPO Reno3 Pro, gamma in the “bright” color rendition mode. Yellow line – Reno3 Pro indicators, dotted – reference gamma

OPPO Reno3 Pro, color temperature in

OPPO Reno3 Pro, color temperature in “bright” color rendering mode. Blue line – Reno3 Pro indicators, dotted – reference temperature

OPPO Reno3 Pro, color gamut in the

OPPO Reno3 Pro, color gamut in the “bright” color mode. Gray Triangle – sRGB Coverage, White Triangle – Reno3 Pro Coverage

In the “bright” mode, the color space approaches the DCI-P3 standard. The average range of shades of gray is 2.27, the curves scatter a little in light shades, but not too much. The color temperature is elevated and stays mostly at the level of 8,000 K with a short-term dip of up to 7,000 K. The colors are cold by default. The average deviation of DeltaE over the extended Color Checker palette (shades of gray + a wide range of color shades) is 3.67 (with a norm of 3 and a reference value of 2).

OPPO Reno3 Pro, gamma in the

OPPO Reno3 Pro, gamma in the “gentle” color mode. Yellow line – Reno3 Pro indicators, dotted – reference gamma

OPPO Reno3 Pro, color temperature in the

OPPO Reno3 Pro, color temperature in the “gentle” color mode. Blue line – Reno3 Pro indicators, dotted – reference temperature

OPPO Reno3 Pro, color gamut in the

OPPO Reno3 Pro, color gamut in the “gentle” color rendering mode. Gray Triangle – sRGB Coverage, White Triangle – Reno3 Pro Coverage

In the tender mode, the color space is very close to the sRGB standard. The average gamma is 2.28 with relatively calm behavior of the curves, the color temperature ranges from 7,000 to 8,000 K. The average DeltaE deviation for the extended Color Checker palette is 3.53, which is also not very far from the norm (3.00). The display is not configured perfectly, but pretty well.

“Sounds” OPPO Reno3 Pro is not bad. With headphones, he presents no surprises: there is no mini-jack, the sound path is normal, there is support for all modern Bluetooth profiles necessary for transmitting Hi-Res sound. But external speakers can please with stereo and its pretty high quality. OPPO Reno3 Pro is not only loud, you can even recognize a certain breed in its sound. If you wish. Still, this is a smartphone.

Iron and performance

OPPO Reno3 Pro is one of the first smartphones based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G platform, introduced in December 2019 along with the flagship Snapdragon 865. The platform consists of eight Kryo 475 cores: one redesigned high-end 2.4 GHz Cortex-A76 core, one productive 2.2 GHz ARM Cortex-A76 core and 1.8 GHz six energy-efficient ARM Cortex-A55 cores. The graphics processor is Adreno 620, the clock frequency of which is not disclosed, but in version G it should be increased relative to the usual Snapdragon 765. The manufacturing process is 7 nm.

OPPO is very consistent in choosing processors for Reno series smartphones: the first had a Snapdragon 710, the second had a Snapdragon 735G, the third (in the Pro version) had a Snapdragon 765G. Three in a row. The new platform, as can be understood by the letter at the end of the name, is designed for more powerful systems and is designed for gamers. Well, it doesn’t stand here for nothing – yes, it does not rise to the level of flagship platforms 765G, but there is enough power to run any game from Goole Play and play it at high graphic settings. It’s probably not worth counting on the maximum frequency in the main online games, but playing them relatively comfortably is quite possible.

8 GB of RAM LPDDR4X interact with the platform in Reno3 Pro – Snapdragon 765G does not support the LPDDR5 standard, this season mid-range smartphones will not get the fastest RAM possible. This will remain the privilege of the flagships.

The OPPO Reno3 Pro cooling system has proved to be wonderful – including, therefore, it’s quite safe to take this smartphone into account for lovers to seriously hack. In the synthetic test CPU Throttling Test, there was no reduction in frequencies at all (and no dynamics in this regard, a very smooth performance curve), and the average performance was 156 GIPS.

In the first Reno there was no memory card slot, in the second it was, in the third (in our version) it disappeared again. From what? Why? Who knows. But the amount of memory is quite sufficient so as not to worry much about this issue – 256 GB (UFS 2.1).

⇡ #Communications and wireless communications

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G includes a 5G X52 modem, but OPPO does not declare its presence in the Russian version of the smartphone, and at the same time it does not write directly about the disabled software support for working with fifth-generation networks. In any case, today for us working with 5G is not too relevant, it makes no sense to focus on this.

With LTE OPPO, Reno3 Pro works as normal. The manufacturer does not report the modem speed, but the list of ranges is extensive and all the frequencies we need are present in it. Unfortunately, it is not possible to seriously test the performance of the LTE modem in the current conditions, but it seems that it is hardly Reno3 Pro that will show any weakness here. At least in the suburbs, communications worked well.

OPPO Reno3 Pro, SIM card slot and / or memory card

OPPO Reno3 Pro, SIM card slot or SIM card and memory card

The OPPO Reno3 Pro has all the necessary wireless modules, it even demonstrates some chic in this respect: Bluetooth 5.1, Wi-Fi 802.11a / b / g / n / ac (it did without Wi-Fi 6 anyway) and NFC with support Google Pay The navigation module works with the main systems: GPS (including A-GPS), GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo.

⇡ #Camera

Compared to its predecessor, the OPPO Reno3 Pro has hardly received any development in terms of the rear camera – although in our time it is in this area that all the main differences between one generation of smartphones and the other are usually concentrated. Almost the same camera unit is installed here as in Reno2, with a few exceptions.

The main camera will not surprise anyone. This is the main module of 2019 – Sony IMX586 with a resolution of 48 megapixels (physical dimensions of the sensor – 1 / 2.0 “), equipped with a lens aperture ƒ/ 1.7 and with an equivalent focal length of 26 mm. Phase autofocus and optical stabilizer are provided. By default, using this module, the user receives images with a resolution of 12 megapixels with a grouping of pixels, but you can switch to 48 megapixel mode at any time.

The second camera is used for an extended viewing angle, we also saw it in Reno2: 8 megapixels (physical size of the sensor – 1 / 3,2 “), a lens with EGF 13 mm and aperture ƒ/ 2.2, without autofocus. For a double optical zoom, a 13-megapixel camera is used (the physical dimensions of the sensor are 1 / 3.4 “) with a lens combining 52 mm EGF and aperture ƒ/ 2.4. With it, we can take shots with double optical zoom, also on the standard scale for choosing the focal length, a five-fold zoom is proposed – hybrid. Pictures taken with a normal viewing angle and zoom get a resolution of 12 megapixels (with the ability to take 48 megapixel pictures on the main camera), and shooting on a wide-angle module is carried out with a resolution of 8 megapixels. The fourth camera is equipped with a 2-megapixel monochrome sensor (1/5 “) and a lens with aperture ƒ/ 2.4. The purpose of this module OPPO does not disclose: most likely, it helps when shooting portraits, perhaps somehow involved in night shooting.

The overall level of shooting remained approximately the same as that of Reno2, with minimal progress thanks to advanced software processing. Со стандартным углом обзора камера снимает хорошо — при достаточном освещении радует достойный динамический диапазон и приятная цветопередача. Смартфон слегка приукрашивает действительность, но не критично. На широком угле заметно падает и детализация, и динамический диапазон, но при естественном свете или ярком искусственном получить хорошие снимки все еще можно. Неплохо проявляет себя камера с двукратным зумом. А вот гибридный пятикратный уже не слишком радует — картинка рассыпается, даже при нормальном освещении очень активно включаются алгоритмы шумоподавления, «убивающие» детали. Сохранилась и прежняя претензия к тому, что баланс белого и цветопередача скачут в зависимости от того, какую камеру вы выбираете. Не хватает единообразия и гладкости при переходе.

Ночная съемка — не сильная сторона OPPO Reno3 Pro. Смартфон может «выудить» какую-то картинку даже в условиях кромешной темноты (см. нижний пример из предложенных), но говорить о по-настоящему качественной работе камеры смартфона в темноте не приходится. Гаджет порадует сразу двумя «ночными» режимами работы — в обычный он переходит при недостаточном освещении и старается программно доработать изображение; вечером, в сумерках, лучше пользоваться камерой таким образом. Когда же света становится критически мало, стоит перейти в специальный ночной режим, в котором Reno3 Pro занимается привычным для многих собратьев делом — склеивает изображение из множества кадров, сделанных с разной экспозицией. Делает он это довольно средне — картинка относительно гладкая и светлая, но лишена естественности. «Мозги» смартфона слишком стараются и не знают меры.

В портретном режиме есть программное размытие заднего плана, которое работает неплохо, особенно если не пытаться «открыть диафрагму» на максимум — тогда становятся слишком заметны артефакты по контуру объекта. Недостаток портретного режима очевиден — в качестве базы используется картинка, полученная при помощи оптики с эквивалентным фокусным расстоянием 26 мм, и мы видим заметные пространственные искажения, которые особенно мешают при съемке крупным планом. Ростовые или поясные портреты на OPPO Reno3 Pro при этом можно делать вполне неплохого качества. Доступен встроенный бьютификатор.

Слева – снимок без «Усиления цветности», справа – с «Усилением цветности»

В OPPO Reno3 Pro нельзя просто взять и отключить нейросетевые вычисления в базовом режиме фотосъемки — для этого необходимо перейти в «профессиональную» вкладку с ручными настройками. В ином случае смартфон будет обязательно распознавать сцену и немного подстраивать изображение согласно своим представлениям о прекрасном. При этом работает ИИ относительно аккуратно, отключать его желания не возникает, за исключением некоторых моментов, связанных со сложным освещением. Но ситуацию можно «усугубить», включив режим Dazzle Colors, который в русской версии ОС называется «Усиление цветности». В нем смартфон сильно поднимает насыщенность — снимки здорово теряют в естественности.

Приложение камеры хорошо знакомо и по прошлым версиям ColorOS — оно довольно удобное (переключение между фокусными расстояниями камеры организовано точно лучше, чем у Huawei), но не слишком функциональное: настроек минимум, возможности снимать в RAW нет.

По общему уровню камера Reno3 Pro несколько отстает от большинства конкурентов — если для состояния на осень 2019-го это отставание казалось некритичным, то теперь, с выходом Xiaomi Mi Note 10 и Xiaomi Mi 10, а также OnePlus 7T и тем паче Huawei P40, — текущее предложение OPPO в среднем классе выглядит аутсайдером.

OPPO Reno3 Pro умеет снимать видео в 4К с частотой до 30 кадров в секунду или в Full HD с частотой до 60 кадров в секунду. Доступны два варианта стабилизации — обычная и профессиональная. Оба работают только в Full HD-разрешении и очень эффективны. Примеры можно увидеть выше. Сохранилась возможность снимать видео с искусственным боке, которую мы также видели и на флагмане Find X2.

Фронтальная камера в OPPO Reno3 Pro получила 32-мегапиксельный сенсор (система Quad Bayer, снимки делаются с разрешением 8 Мп) с объективом светосилой ƒ/2,4, без автофокуса, но со вспышкой. Качество съемки хорошее — получить нормальные селфи можно как с идеальным светом, так и при неярком искусственном освещении. Есть портретный режим и продвинутый бьютификатор с возможностью уменьшить или увеличить глаза, сгладить кожу и т. д.

⇡ #Offline work

OPPO Reno3 Pro получил аккумулятор на 15,3 Вт·ч (4025 мА·ч, 3,8 В). Батарея рядовой емкости, и смартфон показывает ожидаемые результаты по автономности. Если не активировать постоянный 90-герцевый режим, пользоваться темной темой интерфейса и не держать яркость экрана на максимуме — он спокойно проживет день, а при максимальной нагрузке — 8-9 часов. Если «свистать всех наверх», то аккумулятор разрядится уже за 10-12 часов даже при рядовой нагрузке.

В нашем традиционном тесте с воспроизведением Full HD-видео на максимальной яркости, при включенном беспроводном соединении, с действующими обновлениями, OPPO Reno3 Pro продержался более 11 часов. Хороший результат.

Для восстановления заряда аккумулятора используется система быстрой подзарядки VOOC 4.0. Не Super VOOC, как в серии Find X, с его разделенным на два аккумулятором и получасовым полным циклом зарядки, но тоже плохо. На то, чтобы зарядить OPPO Reno3 Pro от нуля до ста процентов, у фирменной зарядной системы мощностью 30 Вт уходит час. При этом смартфон не греется — утверждается, что этот метод вообще почти не влияет на ресурс аккумулятора.

⇡ #Заключение

OPPO Reno3 Pro обменял необычный дизайн и стопроцентно узнаваемое собственное лицо на… Действительно, на что он это обменял? По сути, мы имеем дело с эволюционным развитием серии без резких движений — новая, более мощная платформа среднего класса, почти такой же AMOLED-дисплей, но с загнутыми краями и частотой 90 Гц, свежая фронталка, обновленная зарядка, стереофонические динамики. И на этом более-менее все. Даже тыльная камера оставлена без изменений. Конкуренты при этом не сидят сложа руки, и ситуация по сравнению с осенью, когда Reno2 выделялся на общем фоне именно своей непохожестью на остальных, сейчас еще жестче.

Это хороший смартфон без явных слабых мест. Но и без явных сильных, и именно в этом его проблема. При цене 50 тысяч рублей он оказывается несколько на перепутье — не очень понятно, для кого он и за счет чего должен выигрывать конкуренцию у Huawei P40 (или даже Huawei P30 Pro — для которого доступны гугл-сервисы!), OnePlus 7T/7T Pro, Xiaomi Mi Note 10.

Advantages:

  • яркий и качественно настроенный AMOLED-дисплей;
  • fast charge;
  • хорошее качество съемки на фронтальную камеру;
  • стереодинамики.

Disadvantages:

  • нет пыле- и влагозащиты;
  • нет слота для карты памяти;
  • съемка на основную камеру на прошлогоднем уровне;
  • рядовой дизайн.


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flagship for normal hands / Smartphones

flagship for normal hands / Smartphones


⇣ Content

Usually we do a full review of only one version of the flagship smartphone, but now we will make an exception, because several circumstances coincided at once: the lull in the market caused by the raging coronavirus crisis, the big difference between the Pro version and the regular one – including the difference in size and positioning. In general, I decided to talk about the P40 version a little more. This is still a shortened version of the review: I won’t dwell on the software at all (enough has already been said about it), but I tested the stuffing, but here I’ll just give the results without comment – it uses exactly the same hardware platform as in the P40 Pro. But for the rest I’ll analyze everything as in a regular review.

Briefly about the differences between P40 and P40 Pro. There are three versions of the flagship – P40, P40 Pro and P40 Pro +. The P40 Pro + version will not be in Russia, and the P40 and P40 Pro are already sold at a price of 44,990 rubles and 69,990 rubles, respectively. Huawei P40 received a small display (6.1 inches) without curved edges, a triple camera with three times optical zoom, a smaller battery and twice less powerful wired charging, as well as lack of moisture protection (only IP53 splash protection). Huawei P40 Pro carries a curved 6.58-inch OLED display and a quad camera with fivex zoom, as well as IP68 waterproof design. All P40s received the proprietary hardware platform Kirin 990 5G (with an active 5G modem, yes, and performed according to the 7 nm FinFET Plus EUV process technology), support for fast wireless charging (27 W). At the same time, the key innovation of the camera – the new 50-megapixel RYYB-sensor – is present on all three P40s, including the younger one, which will be discussed in this article.

Huawei P40 and P40 Pro side by side

⇡ #Specifications

Huawei P40 Huawei P40 Pro OnePlus 7T OPPO Reno3 Pro Xiaomi Mi Note 10
Display 6.1 inches OLED
2340 × 1080 pixels, 422 ppi, capacitive multitouch
6.58 inches, OLED, 2640 × 1200, 441 ppi, capacitive multitouch 6.55 inches Fluid AMOLED
2400 × 1080 pixels, 402 ppi, capacitive multitouch
6.5 inches Super AMOLED
2400 × 1080 pixels, 401 ppi, capacitive multitouch
6.47 inches, AMOLED,
2340 × 1080 pixels, 398 ppi, capacitive multitouch
Protective glass No information No information Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Corning Gorilla Glass 5
CPU HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G: eight cores (2 × ARM Cortex-A76, frequency 2.86 GHz + 2 × ARM Cortex-A76, frequency 2.36 GHz + 4 × ARM Cortex-A55, frequency 1.95 GHz); HiAI architecture 5G modem HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G: eight cores (2 × ARM Cortex-A76, frequency 2.86 GHz + 2 × ARM Cortex-A76, frequency 2.36 GHz + 4 × ARM Cortex-A55, frequency 1.95 GHz); HiAI architecture 5G modem Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus: one Kryo 485 Gold core, 2.96 GHz frequency + three Kryo 485 Gold cores, 2.42 GHz frequency + four Kryo 485 Silver cores, 1.78 GHz frequency Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G: one Kryo 475 Prime core, 2.4 GHz frequency + one Kryo 475 Gold core, 2.2 GHz frequency, six Kryo 475 Silver cores, 1.8 GHz frequency; 5G modem Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G: two Kryo 470 Gold cores, 2.2 GHz + six Kryo 470 Silver cores, 1.8 GHz
Graphics controller ARM Mali-G76 MP16 ARM Mali-G76 MP16 Adreno 640 Adreno 620 Adreno 618
RAM 6/8 GB 8 GB 8 GB 8 GB 6 GB
Flash memory 128/256 GB 256 GB 128/256 GB 128/256 GB 128 GB
Memory card support Yes (only Huawei nanoSD) Yes (only Huawei nanoSD) Not Not Not
Connectors USB Type-C USB Type-C USB Type-C USB Type-C USB Type-C, 3.5 mm minijack
SIM cards Two nano-SIM Two nano-SIM Two nano-SIM Two nano-SIM Two nano-SIM
2G Cellular GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz CDMA 800/1900 GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
CDMA 800
GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
3G Cellular HSDPA 800/850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz HSDPA 800/850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz HSDPA 800/850/900/1700/1800/1900/2100 MHz HSDPA 800/850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz HSDPA 800/850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz
4G Cellular LTE: ranges 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 26, 28, 32, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41 LTE: ranges 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 26, 28, 32, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41 LTE Cat. 18 (up to 1200 Mbps): ranges 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 32, 34 , 38, 39, 40, 41, 66 LTE: ranges 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 20, 28, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41 LTE Cat.15 (up to 800 Mbps): ranges 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 18, 19, 20, 26, 28, 38, 40
Wifi 802.11a / b / g / n / ac / ax 802.11a / b / g / n / ac / ax 802.11a / b / g / n / ac 802.11a / b / g / n / ac 802.11a / b / g / n / ac
Bluetooth 5.1 5.1 5.0 5.0 5.0
Nfc there is there is there is there is there is
Navigation GPS (Dual Band), A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo, QZSS, NavIC GPS (Dual Band), A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo, QZSS, NavIC GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo
Sensors Illumination, proximity, accelerometer / gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass), Face ID Illumination, proximity, accelerometer / gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass), Face ID Light, proximity, accelerometer / gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass) Light, proximity, accelerometer / gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass) Light, proximity, accelerometer / gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass), IR sensor
The fingerprint scanner Yes, on the screen Yes, on the screen Yes, on the screen Yes, on the screen Yes, on the screen
Main camera Triple module, 50 + 8 + 16 MP, ƒ / 1.9 + ƒ / 2.4 + ƒ / 2.2, phase detection autofocus, optical stabilizer, dual LED flash Quad module, 50 + 40 + 12 MP + TOF, ƒ / 1.9 + ƒ / 1.8 + ƒ / 3.4, hybrid autofocus, optical stabilizer, dual LED flash Triple module: 48 megapixels, ƒ / 1.6 + 12 megapixels,, / 2.2 + 16 megapixels, ƒ / 2.2, optical stabilization with the main camera, phase detection autofocus, dual LED flash Four-module, 48 + 8 + 13 + 2 megapixels, ƒ / 1.7 + ƒ / 2.2 + ƒ / 2.4 + ƒ / 2.4, optical stabilization with 48-megapixel module, phase autofocus with main and telephoto modules, dual LED flash Quintuple module: 108 MP, ƒ / 1.7 + 12 MP, ƒ / 2.0 + 20 MP, ƒ / 2.2 + 5 MP, ƒ / 2.0 + 2 MP (macro), ƒ / 2.4 , phase detection autofocus with three cameras (contrast + laser with wide-angle), four-LED flash
Front-camera Dual module: 32 MP, ƒ / 2.2 + TOF camera, fixed focus, no flash Dual module: 32 MP, ƒ / 2.2 + TOF camera, fixed focus, no flash 16 MP, ƒ / 2.0, fixed focus 32 MP, ƒ / 2.4, fixed focus 32 MP, ƒ / 2.0, fixed focus
Nutrition Non-removable battery: 14.44 Wh (3800 mAh, 3.8 V) Non-removable battery: 15.96 Wh (4200 mAh, 3.8 V) Non-removable battery: 14.44 Wh (3800 mAh, 3.8 V) Non-removable battery: 15.3 Wh (4025 mAh, 3.8 V) Non-removable battery: 19.98 Wh (5260 mAh, 3.8 V)
The size 148.9 × 71.1 × 8.5 mm 158.2 × 72.6 × 8.95 mm 160.9 × 74.4 × 8.1 mm 159.4 × 72.4 × 7.7 mm 157.8 × 74.2 × 9.67 mm
Weight 175 grams 203 grams 190 grams 171 grams 208 grams
Housing protection IP53 IP68 Not Not Not
operating system Android 10, shell EMUI 10 Android 10, shell EMUI 10 Android 10, OxygenOS shell Android 10, ColorOS shell Android 9.0 Pie, MIUI Shell
Current price 44 990 rubles 69 990 rubles 37 720 rubles for the 8/128 GB version, 38 800 rubles for the 8/256 GB version 49 990 rubles 35 690 rubles

Huawei P40 – information about the filling according to the CPU-Z application

⇡ #Design, ergonomics and software

Externally, the Huawei P40 is almost no different from the P40 Pro – and this is logical, the design code at least within the framework of one series should be respected. You can recall, for example, the scattering of new OPPO Reno3, where not only are there four modifications, but also the design differs quite dramatically. Here, all the key points coincide – a dual front camera module in the corner of the screen, a rectangle protruding above the case with a set of rear cameras, a glass case with a metal edging in front and behind. There is only one serious difference, in fact, except for the dimensions: in the P40 Pro the display is curved at the edges, here it is absolutely flat.

One of the main distinguishing features of the Huawei P40, which can be considered one of the main advantages of the smartphone, is compactness. Meeting today a powerful smartphone with a screen diagonal of less than 6.3-6.5 inches is not easy, and now the P40 is one of the few. It is unlikely that the pendulum will swing back, but the request for small smartphones that can be controlled with one hand with a certain dexterity still exists – and the fact that Apple did not bury the idea of ​​iPhone SE, and finally released the second generation of the “small”, confirms this.

Huawei P40, front panel: in the corner of the screen is a dual camera unit with an additional IR sensor

Huawei P40, front panel: in the corner of the screen is a dual camera unit with an additional IR sensor

Huawei P40, rear panel: in the corner is a rear camera unit with three lenses and a dual LED camera

Huawei P40, rear panel: in the corner is a rear camera unit with three lenses and a dual LED camera

Interacting with the Huawei P40 is really comfortable – there is a half-forgotten feeling of a certain unity with the gadget. It’s funny that I’m saying this about a smartphone with more than six-inch display – but it really feels like that. Due to the curved back, the device is comfortable to hold in your hand – comfortable, but … slippery: polished glass, classic. Be especially careful when laying it on a not completely flat surface. And it’s better to immediately pack it in a complete case. In my kit, there was no cover, by the way, so I can’t report on my impressions.

Huawei P40, the left side is free from functional elements

Huawei P40, the left side is free from functional elements

Huawei P40, right side: power / lock keys of the smartphone and volume control

Huawei P40, right side: power / lock keys of the smartphone and volume control

I fully described the design impressions in the P40 Pro review – I won’t repeat it. The design is modern, relevant, “correct”, but boring, of course. On the Russian market, the P40 is available in only two color variations, the most dull: black and silver. Dull, but massive, yes.

Huawei P40, top face: light sensor and microphone

Huawei P40, top face: light sensor and microphone

Huawei P40, bottom: SIM card / memory card slot, microphone, USB Type-C port, main speaker

Huawei P40, bottom: SIM card / memory card slot, microphone, USB Type-C port, main speaker

There is no news in comparison with the Pro version on functional elements. Despite the simplified class of moisture protection (IP53 instead of IP68 – the gadget is protected from splashes, but it is no longer possible to drop it into the water), the mini-jack has not returned, all the keys are concentrated on the right side, and the USB Type-C port and the main speaker are on the bottom.

The fingerprint scanner is built into the “sandwich” of the screen – it is an optical sensor that will not respond to the touch of wet fingers, but it works as it should with dry fingers. Everything is like on Pro – decent speed (at least not annoying), there are no problems with accuracy either. The face recognition system, as in the “firmware”, is not simple, but using the combined efforts of the front camera and IR sensor – due to this, it can be used in the dark. True, the accuracy does not increase from this – if you wish, you can also deceive the local Face ID with a photograph, there is no depth sensor or recognition by retina.

Programmatically, the Huawei P40 is no different from the P40 Pro – it has Android 10 with a quickly updated EMUI 10 shell: fast, functional, beautiful, but without Google Mobile Services and the ability to somehow install them – at the time of writing, there is no reliable way. We have already written a lot about how to live in a new Huaway reality, I will refer you to these articles: about Huawei Mobile Services, about P40 Pro without Google Mobile Services. Well, to the review of the P40 Pro itself.

⇡ #Display and sound

Huawei P40 received a 6.1-inch OLED display with a resolution of 2340 × 1080 pixels. The pixel density is 422 ppi. Not a record and lower than that of Pro, but in general it’s enough, the picture is smooth. More budgetary, if you forgive such a word when talking about a smartphone for 45 thousand, the status is confirmed by the absence of an increased frequency mode – the screen works exclusively at a frequency of 60 Hz. Only the P40 Pro and P40 Pro + received the 90-Hz display, but I wouldn’t get rid of grief because of this – firstly, it is not 120 Hz, that is, the effect is not so noticeable, and secondly, most direct competitors have such there is still no option. Only OnePlus, for the rest, high-hertz screens received exclusively flagships for 60-70 thousand and gaming smartphones like ROG Phone and Black Shark. It probably hits the prospects of the P40 as a smartphone for gamers, but let’s be honest – he would not have claimed this title with his relatively small screen.

The panel in the Huawei P40 is set to high-quality – with good viewing angles, a normal oleophobic coating (you can remove the factory film without the slightest doubt). But the manufacturer no longer declares compliance with the HDR10 standard and the color gamut of DCI-P3 – although, looking ahead, I’ll say that everything is in order with DCI-P3.

The measured limit level of brightness without software enhancement for auto-tuning is 452 cd / m2 – even higher than the P40 Pro. For a screen using organic LEDs, this is a good level – you won’t have problems with viewing something on the screen on a sunny day. If necessary, it will still grow due to dynamic brightness control.

Screen settings are already known by Huawei P40 Pro: successful implementation of Always-On Display, the lack of auto-adjustment of the color tone depending on the lighting, the ability to choose the color rendition according to one of two presets (“bright” and “normal”) with acceptable color temperature adjustment to your taste . I measured color reproduction with bright and normal presets at the default color temperature.

Huawei P40, bright mode, gamma. Yellow line - P40 indicators, dashed - reference gamma

Huawei P40, bright mode, gamma. Yellow line – P40 indicators, dashed – reference gamma

Huawei P40, bright mode, color temperature. Blue line - indicators P40, dotted - reference temperature

Huawei P40, bright mode, color temperature. Blue line – indicators P40, dotted – reference temperature

Huawei P40, bright mode, color gamut. Gray Triangle - Coverage DCI-P3, White Triangle - Coverage P40

Huawei P40, bright mode, color gamut. Gray Triangle – Coverage DCI-P3, White Triangle – Coverage P40

In the “bright” mode, the color gamut, as I noted above, roughly corresponds to the DCI-P3 standard. The gamma is adequate – 2.31 with the normal behavior of the curves. The color temperature is slightly increased – it gradually grows from dark to light shades from 7,000 to 7,500 K. The average DeltaE deviation for the extended Color Checker palette (shades of gray + a wide range of color shades) is 3.58, with the norm of 3.00. The result is normal.

Huawei P40, normal mode, gamma. Yellow line - P40 indicators, dashed - reference gamma

Huawei P40, normal mode, gamma. Colored lines – indicators P40, dotted – reference gamma

Huawei P40, normal mode, color temperature. Blue line - indicators P40, dotted - reference temperature

Huawei P40, normal mode, color temperature. Blue line – indicators P40, dotted – reference temperature

Huawei P40, normal mode, color gamut. Gray Triangle - sRGB Coverage, White Triangle - P40 Coverage

Huawei P40, normal mode, color gamut. Gray Triangle – sRGB Coverage, White Triangle – P40 Coverage

In the “normal” color rendering mode, the coverage is narrowed to the sRGB standard. The average gamma is lower (2.21), while the gamma curves are slightly less even, but the color temperature is absolutely standard (6,500 K with almost no fluctuations), and the average DeltaE deviation lies exactly at the normal limit of 3.00. Huawei is true to itself – at least the manufacturer sets up the screens of older models approximately the same, at a consistently high level.

The sound is the same as in the P40 Pro – the channel is only digital, there is no problem with wireless data transfer (aptX, aptX HD, LDAC profiles are supported), the wired channel is not impressive. The speaker is monophonic – there is no colloquial speaker as such, a piezoelectric element is used instead.

⇡ #Performance and Wireless

Huawei P40 received the current flagship platform of the company – HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G. Two processor cores (two ARM Cortex-A76 clocked at 2.86 GHz + two ARM Cortex-A76 clocked at 2.09 GHz + four junior ARM Cortex-A55 cores clocked at 1.86 GHz), a graph in the form of 16 -nuclear ARM Mali-G76, a special module for operations related to machine learning (NPU), a 7-nanometer process using EUV lithography.

Kirin 990 5G provides a sufficient level of performance so that all current applications open and work quickly (unless, of course, they even start on a smartphone without Google Mobile Services), any games run and work at a good (but not extreme for some projects) frame rate. In a direct collision with competitors based on Snapdragon 865 (and even 855), the Kirin 990 5G will be slightly inferior, primarily in terms of gaming performance, but overall nothing critical, a completely normal modern level, especially for the P40 price category.

There is no problem with throttling, like P40 Pro – CPU Throttling Test recorded a decrease in frequencies of at least 92% of the maximum with an average performance level of 184 GIPS.

There are no options in Russia in memory – only the option with 8 GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 128 GB of UFS 3.0 flash is available. Not much, but you can increase the volume with an NM card with a capacity of up to 256 GB. It is not easy to find, it is actually the endemic of Huawei smartphones, which is produced only by Huawei, but you can find and order it. I would not attribute a specific card to the bright flaws of the model.

Slot for two nano-SIM cards or one nano-SIM and one nanoSD

Slot for two nano-SIM cards or one nano-SIM and one nanoSD

With wireless connections, the Huawei P40 is standard. The modem supports both a 5G connection, which is completely irrelevant for us today, and 4G (speed is not specified) for all the bands needed in Russia and the CIS (and not only). There are two nano-SIM card slots, one of them is hybrid and can be occupied by a memory expansion card. Wireless modules are the most relevant: Wi-Fi 802.11a / b / g / n / ac / ax, Bluetooth 5.1, NFC, a navigation module with dual-channel GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo, QZSS, NavIC.

⇡ #Camera

The most global simplification compared to the P40 Pro, of course, has concerned the rear camera. At the same time, the main module was kept unchanged – it is an Ultra Vision RYYB sensor with a resolution of 50 megapixels (Quad Bayer system used) and physical dimensions of 1 / 1.28 “. A single pixel (combined from four subpixels using Quad Bayer system) reaches 2.44 microns The lens works with this sensor with an equivalent focal length of 23 mm and aperture f/ 1.9. There is optical stabilization and phase detection autofocus.

By default, the Huawei P40 takes pictures with a resolution of 12 megapixels on the main camera, but you can switch to a 50-megapixel format – using a special add-in or in professional mode.

When shooting with a standard focal length, you can count on a good result both in daylight and in artificial light or at night. True, there are questions about the processing system – like on the P40 Pro, pictures can not always please with naturalness, both when activating the AI ​​assistant (enabled by default), and without it. This is manifested primarily when shooting at night, when the smartphone can produce an image with excessively aligned dynamic range and oversaturated colors.

Above, you can see an example of the work of the AI ​​assistant when shooting during the day – in this case, its intervention seems quite appropriate, although, of course, such an excessive “juiciness” is for an amateur.

On the left – a snapshot in normal mode, on the right – in the night

And here is an example of the camera working in night mode – the top pictures are taken with an extended viewing angle, the bottom ones are on the main module. Please note that a picture without using night mode is brighter, but at the same time paler than in night mode. Neural network processing, unlike multi-frame exposure, does not quite honestly work out lighting, but the result is in any case not bad. Huawei P40 is well within the tradition of the manufacturer to produce mobile “night vision devices.” But in this case – only when shooting on the main module: neither a wide-angle nor a telephoto camera can achieve such a high-quality result.

The wide-angle module here is noticeably simpler than in the P40 Pro, it’s not a 40-megapixel movie camera, but a regular 16-megapixel sensor with an equivalent focal length of 17 mm and aperture f /2.2. A positive difference from most competitive offers is the availability of autofocus. With good lighting, it allows you to achieve excellent shots, but is lost at dusk and darkness – and the night mode does not save the situation, it is not easy to get a sharp image. The dynamic range is also noticeably limited, and even the obligatory software HDR does not completely correct the situation (Huawei traditionally uses “fast” HDR in standard mode and full-fledged, requiring time to shoot multi-frame exposure and further gluing – when activating a special one from the settings menu). The telephone module is also simplified – 8 megapixels, EGF 80 mm, aperture f /2.4. Three times optical and five times hybrid zoom are available, there is an optical stabilizer. What I just said about the P40 wide-angle camera also applies to the zoom module – at night it is practically useless, but works fine in good light. One detail – when switching to zoom mode, you need to wait one or two seconds for the application to switch from digital zoom from the main module to a special camera. Such slowness is a little annoying, but not critical.

The Huawei P40 did not receive a special TOF module for blurring the background during photo or video shooting (yes, there is such an option for video as well, like the big flagships), but this did not affect the portrait mode at all – the smartphone shares the plans very much great, bokeh effects draws beautifully. I will add about the ability to shoot portraits using three focal lengths, which distinguishes the P40 / P40 Pro from a number of competitors. The on-site personalizer is for lovers.

Monochrome shooting

Monochrome shooting

Macro examples on the Huawei P40

Остальные программные возможности тоже знакомы по P40 Pro, «малой» ничего не лишился: есть и набор фильтров с присутствием брендированных Leica, и монохромный режим, и возможность макросъемки, причем с выбором фокусных расстояний (для этого используется широкоугольный модуль — причем по умолчанию включается цифровой зум до стандартного угла обзора), и панорама, и даже специальный режим для съемки под водой. А вот анонсированного на официальной презентации режима склейки серии с формированием единого «лучшего» снимка пока так и не появилось, стоит ждать будущих прошивок. С бликами на стекле «мозги» смартфона также не справляются.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=/HvaUld3G19k

По видео P40 здорово уступает Pro-версии — нет специальной камеры, соответственно, съемка с широким углом заметно ниже по качеству, нежели со стандартным. Также заметно страдает съемка с зумом. И зум, и широкий угол доступны только на частоте 30 кадров в секунду. Но если не менять фокусные расстояния, P40 выдает картинку ничуть не хуже — съемка ведется в формате 4K с частотой до 60 кадров в секунду, в любом разрешении и при любой частоте доступна «умная» стабилизация, объединяющая цифровой и оптический стабилизатор; качество видео — очень хорошее. Про доступность фирменных эффектов вроде размытия заднего плана при съемке человека или выделения его цветом на черно-белом фоне я уже писал выше. Но с 40-мегапиксельным киномодулем выплеснулась и замедленная съемка с запредельной частотой в 7680 кадров в секунду. Тут есть только опция съемки в Full HD с частотой до 960 кадров в секунду — с 32-кратным замедлением. Тоже неплохо, но не так впечатляюще, конечно.

А вот селфи-камера ровно та же, что и в P40 Pro. 32 мегапикселя (Quad Bayer, снимки делаются с разрешением 8 Мп), ƒ/2,2, без автофокуса и вспышки, зато с дополнительным TOF-модулем и возможностью снимать 4K30p-видео. Одна из лучших селфи-камер на сегодняшний день, на мой вкус.

⇡ #Offline work

Huawei P40 получил аккумулятор емкостью 14,44 Вт·ч (3800 мА·ч, 3,8 В), но для смартфона с экраном диагональю 6,1 дюйма этого вполне хватает — по своей автономности P40 совершенно точно превосходит старшую версию. При нормальной работе смартфон держит батарею сутки вполне уверенно, при экстремальной нагрузке живет 10-12 часов.

В нашем тесте с воспроизведением Full HD-видео, на максимальной яркости, с включенным Wi-Fi и автообновлением, результат составил чуть более 13 с половиной часов.

Для зарядки используется актуальный порт USB Type-C (USB 3.1), работает фирменная система быстрой зарядки Huawei Super Charge меньшей мощности, чем в Pro-версии, — 22,5 Вт против 40 Вт. С ее помощью смартфон заряжается полностью чуть более чем за час. Беспроводная зарядка не поддерживается.

⇡ #Заключение

Huawei P40 смотрится чуть сиротливо, если сравнивать его с Pro-версией и другими полноразмерными флагманами: камера заметно урезана по возможностям (как по фото, так и по видео), отсутствует влагозащита по стандарту IP68, экран без режима повышенной частоты обновления, нет беспроводной зарядки, а проводная уступает по мощности.

Только сравнивать его не надо — во-первых, на на российском рынке на P40 установлена действительно адекватная цена, во-вторых, это один из самых интересных смартфонов с относительно небольшим экраном из всех. Действительно удобный и при этом мощный смартфон — из альтернатив можно вспомнить только Google Pixel 4 (официально нет на российском рынке и стоит больше), Samsung Galaxy S20 (стоит на 25 тысяч больше), iPhone 11 (стоит на 15 тысяч дороже). Забавно, но прямой конкурент, совпадающий по большинству параметров, по сути, один — Sony Xperia 5. Конечно, есть большое «но»: отсутствие Google Mobile Services, но Huawei довольно шустро сокращает проблемность этой проблемы.

Advantages:

  • прекрасная основная камера;
  • фронтальная камера тоже на уровне — и с возможностью снимать 4K-видео;
  • замедленная съемка с частотой до 7680 кадров/с;
  • очень быстрая как проводная, так и беспроводная зарядка, в том числе и обратная зарядка;
  • качественный и хорошо настроенный OLED-дисплей;
  • влагозащита по стандарту IP68.

Disadvantages:

  • нет Google Mobile Services;
  • скользкий корпус;
  • рядовой звук;
  • нет мини-джека.


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