Winning the smartphone super camera race with the Huawei P40 Pro+

Published July 24, 2020, 2:57 PM

by Art Samaniego

Real talk, people buy smartphones nowadays with its cameras as a major come-on. In an informal survey I conducted on my social media accounts, it is one of the most prevalent reasons why people decide to get one (“use it on social media or communication,” by the way, is also on top of the list). Many of the respondents said that the phone’s look and feel is another major factor, too, when deciding to get a unit.

If your main reason why you need a smartphone is to use it on social media, then it does not matter if you get that 65 thousand pesos phone or that 5 thousand pesos device as they could perform the same function without you even noticing the difference. But if you need to attract more engagements on your post by showing food pictures that readers could taste, and flower pictures that viewers could smell, then choosing between a cheap device with mediocre camera performance or a better-equipped one is a no-brainer.

Like many of my friends, the camera is the top reason why I buy a new phone. For me, all the usual features are just add-ons and are common in almost all android devices.

Coming from the Huawei P40 Pro, the DXOMark champion as of this writing, there is no other option for me but to get the updated version of this device that got the highest score in DXOMark “leaving even the best competitors in the dust”. So, when Huawei made the P40 Pro+ locally available, I immediately got a unit to upgrade my P40 Pro, and it did not disappoint me.

From the initial setup where all the apps, settings, files, wallpaper and even the looks and feel of my “old” P40 Pro were copied to the new P40 Pro+; to the connectivity to my Huawei MateBook D15 where I could move files between devices; and up to securing my files and contents via the Huawei Back up, everything could be done easily with just a few clicks and taps.

Compared to my previous Huawei device that features a 12-megapixel periscope telephoto lens with one 5x zoom camera, the Pro+ version has two optical zoom cameras of 3x and 10x zooming capabilities respectively, and that has made a lot of difference in the quality of photos this device could give. Also, this twin optical zoom combined with the camera’s master AI mode could produce up to 100x hybrid zoom that could put other brand’s 100x zoom hype to shame.

But don’t just take my words for it, here are the cameras of the Huawei P40 Pro+ doing the talking:

The Manila Bulletin building, home of the country’s longest running newspaper.
Check the photo below where the arrow is pointing to.
The Bayleaf Hotel, Intramuros at 100x hybrid zoom of the Huawei P40 Pro+
At the MB lobby you would find a coffee shop, Paper+Cup, serving the best pastries and coffee to employees and visitors.
At the corner of the lobby is the MB Tech Lounge, this is where we hang out with friends and talk about anything tech.
The reading area on the second floor of the Manila Bulletin building. Lots of interesting goodies on display here.
The tables at the reading area are recycled bowling lanes.
Kids are confused when they see this at the reading area of the Manila Bulletin.
The editorial office. Can you guess what movie inspired the design of this room?
Using the AI mode of the P40 Pro+ .
If you need to attract more engagements on your post by showing food pictures that readers could taste, and flower pictures that viewers could smell, then choosing between a cheap device with mediocre camera performance or a better-equipped one is a no-brainer.
You could taste the dessert at the Cafe Ilang-ilang of the Manila Hotel by just looking at the photo taken using the Huawei P40 Pro+.
The Cafe Ilang-ilang of the Manila Hotel is now open for dine-in and take out.

I continue to shoot whatever things, places and people I pass by as we all struggle to get through the hard days of the ongoing pandemic.

And all I can say is, using the Huawei P40 Pro+ has brought more clarity, and life, out of even the simplest subjects I shot.

Truly a winner, hands down.

 
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