Huawei P40 Pro would’ve been the best Android smartphone in the world if it had access to the Play Store

There is a saying in sport that “ifs and buts” don’t count. Well, if we were living in an alternate reality, the Huawei’s P40 Pro would’ve been the best Android smartphone in the world had it not been hamstrung by the lack of the Google Play store due to the US-China trade war. The P40 Pro which was launched globally in an online stream earlier this week is a monster of a smartphone that especially elevates Huawei’s recent ascendency in mobile camera technology. Unsurprisingly, this phone has also received a score of 128 by camera benchmarking website DXOMark, eclipsing not only its predecessor but every new Android smartphone that’s come out recently and even the mighty iPhone. Let’s take a look at what’s so impressive about the P40 Pro and why it would’ve been the best Android smartphone in the world had it not been for the logjam Huawei has found itself in for the last couple of years.

Everything starts with the cameras

Since the launch of the P9, Huawei’s partnership with Leica has resulted in some of the best camera smartphones the industry has seen. Huawei, along with Google and Apple can be credited for elevating smartphone cameras the most in the last four years. In terms of still photography, one can claim, perhaps, Huawei has made the most gains.

An ascendency in industrial design

Huawei pioneered gradient finishes with the P10 in 2017, now all major smartphones save for the iPhone come with gradient finishes. Huawei takes its gradient patterns to the next level with P40 Pro.

Performance beast

When one talks about performance most people just look at through and through performance in terms of benchmarks — all Android smartphones excel at that kind of thing, but these scores don’t make a bit of a difference to the performance of this phone. For instance, both the P40 Pro and Samsung’s Galaxy S20 models don’t use the industry-standard Qualcomm Snapdragon processor which may lead many to believe that these phones aren’t that good.

And here comes the software rub

The problem isn’t the hardware on these new Huawei phones. It is fantastic — not revolutionary but an extreme evolution which pulls it ahead of Samsung’s much-needed revolution. It is the software that holds this back.

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