In the database of the Chinese regulator TENAA, a new Huawei smartphone has appeared … which is similar to the Huawei P40. Apparently, the company has decided to release a more affordable version of the model, which will most likely be called Huawei P40 4G – based on certification documents, the device does not support 5G.
It turns out that Huawei managed to stock up not only with Kirin 990 5G SoCs, but also with the usual Kirin 990 with an LTE modem – this version is present in the line. It differs not only in the modem, but also in the CPU and NPU frequencies – they are slightly lower than that of the Kirin 990 5G.
Since Huawei P40 4G is already certified, the premiere can be expected soon. And the cost of such a model will definitely be lower than that of a regular P40 with 5G support.
Huawei P40 specifications
- 6.1-inch (2340 x 1080 Pixels) FHD+ OLED display
- HUAWEI Kirin 990 5G (2 x Cortex-A76 Based 2.86 GHz + 2 x Cortex-A76 Based 2.36 GHz + 4 x Cortex-A55 1.95 GHz) processor with ARM Mali-G76MP16 GPU, Dual Big Core + Tiny Core NPUs(Neural-network Processing Unit)
- 8GB RAM with 128GB storage, expandable memory up to 256GB with NM card
- Android 10 with EMUI 10.0
- Dual SIM (nano SIM + eSIM)
- 50MP RYYB Ultra Vision camera with f/1.9 aperture, 16MP ultra-wide camera with f/2.2 aperture, 8MP telephoto camera with 3x optical zoom, dual-tone LED flash
- 32MP front camera with f/2.2 aperture, IR Camera for Face unlock, 4k video recording
- In-display fingerprint sensor
- Water, dust resistant (IP53)
- USB Type-C Audio
- Dimensions: 148.3×71.6×8.5mm; Weight: 175g
- 5G SA/NSA, Dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ax (2.4GHz and 5GHz) (wave2), Bluetooth 5.1 LE, GPS (L1 + L5 dual band), NavIC, NFC, USB 3.1 Type-C (GEN1)
- 3800mAh (typical) battery with 22.5W SuperCharge
Huawei’s HarmonyOS turns out to be a clone of Android 10
The problem was compounded by the limited access to the beta version of HarmonyOS. Now, Ron Amadeo from ArsTechnica Ron Amadeo was able to test it and draw conclusions.
HarmonyOS is “just Android 10” he said. He describes HarmonyOS as a fork of Android with an EMUI user interface and a few minor changes. At the same time, even the user interface remained an exact copy of the EMUI version that Huawei installs on its Android smartphones.
According to Amadeo, there is nothing wrong with creating Android forks and running as operating systems under your own brand; but you should do it openly and transparently:
Forking Android and launching your own rebranded operating system is totally fine. But be upfront about that. Say “HarmonyOS is a fork of Android” instead of “HarmonyOS is not a copy of Android”. Don’t call HarmonyOS “all-new” when pretty much the opposite is true.
In early January, a top Huawei manager announced that HarmonyOS is not a copy of iOS and Android and listed the main differences.