Huawei P40 launch live blog: today's big phone unveiling as it happened


The Huawei P40 is here, and after a turbulent year for the Chinese company this is Huawei's opportunity to show off its top-end handsets that it hopes will blow away competition like the Samsung Galaxy S20 .
Today (March 26) was the launch for the Huawei P40 family, and due to the coronavirus pandemic the company decided to pull it Paris launch and just have an online-only event.
That means we watched Richard Yu (CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group) take to a stage somewhere in the world, where he unveiled the handset to an almost audience-less room.
Below you can see what happened at the launch:
Everything you need to know about the Huawei P40 series
Huawei P40 launch live blog
All times in UK Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)
14:18 - And that's it! The Huawei P40 launch is all done. You can learn all about the Huawei P40 family and more below but we're now logging off. Hope you've enjoyed following along!
14:17 - April 7 is the big day for the Huawei P40 and Huawei P40 Pro. The Huawei P40 Pro Plus will be landing at some stage in June, and we don't currently know what markets the three phones will be available in.
The Huawei P40 will cost €799 (about £730, $870, AU$1,450) with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, while the P40 Pro will cost €999 (about £900, $1,100, AU$1,800) for the same specs. The Huawei P40 Pro Plus is set to cost an eye-watering €1399 (about £1,300, $1,500, AU$2,500) and comes with 8GB of RAM and 512GB of space.

14:17 - The Watch GT2 is set to launch at €199 euros. We don't know when that'll be out though.
14:14 - We knew it was coming, here's the Huawei Watch GT2e. Huawei is calling it an even more "dynamic" design than the existing device. It has a stainless steel case, a concealed crown and the strap is integrated to the device itself.
There's a Kirin A1 chipset inside, and the company believes this watch will last for 14 days from a single charge. That's unlikely to be the case if you're using it for lots of workouts.
It has storage for up to 500 songs on it, an SpO2 monitor and 100 workout modes as well.
14:10 - Huawei Watch GT update now, and we're talking about the two week battery life that you'll find on the watch.
14:07 - We're now talking about the Huawei Sound X speaker that is made in combination with French brand Devialet. This was previously unveiled at the Huawei replacement MWC 2020 event back in February.
Hopefully we'll hear about when it's coming, or where you'll be able to buy it. We have everything crossed...
14:03 - That's it for the Huawei P40 series. The launch has only been running for just over an hour now, so it's likely we'll continue to see something else from the company. We're expecting to hear about a new version of the Watch GT 2.
13:59 - We're talking about Huawei Mobile Services now, and Richard Yu is being quite candid about the US Huawei ban.
It's positioned as an alternative solution to the Google Play Store with 400 million monthly active users. Remember Huawei is a very popular brand in China, so a lot of the users will be based there.
You'll be downloading apps directly from the Huawei App Gallery. We recently went through the service to find the options that are available on the App Gallery and you'll find what we found here .
13:55 - There's a video phone calling app from Huawei as well called MeeTime that looks to be the default option on the Huawei P40 series.
13:53 - There's a new voice assistant on the phone called Celia. It'll allow you to do things like set alarms or change settings on your phone in a similar way to how Siri or Google Assistant does.
It's not sure when this will be launching or where you'll be able to get it either.
13:50 - Convenient multi-window is the main element here, and it seems to work like split screen does on Android but it has a few smoother features that may make it easier to use.
13:49 - EMUI 10.1 is the software Huawei is running on this handset. Richard Yu just said it's set to bring "more things" and we're about to dive into what that means for the way you use your phone.
13:48 - The battery details moved too fast for our eyes then. We do know that there's 40W wireless charging on the Huawei P40 Pro Plus, but you'll have to opt for a separately purchased charger for that.

13:45 - Now into the meat of the power. It's the Kirin 990 5G that we saw in the Huawei Mate 30 Pro that will be powering each of these phones. That's even further confirmation that each of these handsets will be 5G compatible.
We've seen 5G phones from the company before, but this is the first time the full range has been 5G-ready.
13:40 - It's very likely we'll be moving off camera soon to dive into the specs that you can expect in each of these phones. Hopefully there's more to come on the software you can expect too.
13:38 - There are lots of video elements that we'll dive into when our hands on reviews are live too as they're too much to list right here. One highlight is directional audio zoom that uses three microphones to work out what direction audio is coming from.
We don't know exactly what that'll be able to do in the long run, but it's an interesting idea that we haven't seen on Huawei handsets before.

13:30 - A new AI technology on the phone aims to show you the best shot that you've taken by taking photos before and after the time you hit the shutter button.
It'll then show you what the phone thinks is the best shot, but you can then also choose your own shot.
Plus one feature allows you to take out a shot of a passerby in the photo. The camera will realize when someone wasn't meant to be in the shot and take them out. We're excited to see how this works in real life.

13:26 - Dual optical zoom on the Huawei P40 Pro Plus allows for 3x optical zoom or 10x optical zoom by using another telephoto camera. We're very excited to try this part out, but note that this is just reserved for the top-end phone, which is very likely to be expensive.
It also allows for 100x maximum zoom, which is the same as the Galaxy S20 Ultra .
13:25 - The Ultra Vision sensor is the thing Huawei wants you to takeaway from this launch. It's a whole new technology for the company, and it may provide the company will one of the best camera phones of 2020.

13:21 - We haven't been able to fully wrap our heads around the camera tech that's being unveiled here. We'll hopefully be able to have more information when we handle the phones.
Below you can see all the specs that we've heard about on stage so far:
13:18 - We missed a lot of the Huawei P40 camera tech, but the Pro comes with a 40MP Ultra Wide camera, a 50MP RYYB Ultra Vision Wide camera and a 5x optical telephoto.
There's also a time of flight sensor on the rear, and it looked like that wasn't a feature on the Huawei P40.
The P40 Pro Plus is what Richard Yu calls the company's "camera monster". It's a 40MP ultra wide, 50MP Ultra Vision wide and a time of flight sensor.
That's then paired with two separate telephoto shooters... why you'd want that is currently unclear though. I'm sure Huawei will elaborate in a moment.
13:17 - We're onto camera now, and that's sure to be the main focus of this show as Huawei takes pride in its camera technology.
It's calling the P40 the "most powerful Ultra Vision camera". The P40 comes with a triple camera, P40 Pro a quad camera while the P40 Pro Plus comes with a penta shooter.
13:15 - The Huawei P40 and Pro Pro both come in black, deep sea blue, ice white as well as silver front and blush old. The P40 Pro Plus comes in ceramic white and ceramic black.

13:13 - The phone comes with a new in-screen fingerprint sensor that the company claims is better than before as it's larger and faster.
13:08 - As expected, the Huawei P40 series comes with a Quad-Curve overflow display. That means the screen is curved at the top and bottom as well as on the sides of the handset.
It looks like a unique design that we haven't seen on any other flagship phones.
13:06 - The Huawei P40, Huawei P40 Pro and Huawei P40 Pro Plus have all just been unveiled on stage by Richard Yu.
That third phone is a brand new line for the Huawei flagship series. We originally expected it to be called the Huawei P40 Pro Premium, but instead the company has opted for Plus.
13:00 - Huawei CEO Richard Yu has just walked out on stage at the P40 launch, and we're just getting underway. Here we'll be talking you through all the latest on the next phones from the company.
Let's get started!
11:45 - It's looking increasingly likely that we might see a Huawei P40 Pro Plus 5G (aka the Huawei P40 Pro Premium) alongside the P40 and P40 Pro, as an extensive specs list for the phone has just leaked , right ahead of its likely announcement.
If rumors are to be believed it has a slick 120Hz refresh rate, a hefty 12GB of RAM, and 10x optical zoom, among other things. Could this be the star of Huawei's show?
11:30 - What are you hoping to see today? You can vote below in our Twitter poll:
10:05 - Oh, and we forgot to mention we have a guide that tells you how to watch the Huawei P40 launch live . That way you can follow along with the launch as we talk about it in this live blog.
09:50 - It's a matter of hours until we'll be hearing about the Huawei P40 series, and we've put together this live blog so you can follow along with the latest as it happens. The launch is set to start at 1PM GMT / 9AM ET / 6AM PT / 11PM AEST.
What are we expecting to see today? It's anticipated that Huawei will announce a variety of new products, and we've put together a handy guide to them below from the current leaks and rumors.

Huawei P40 - The Huawei P40 won't be the top-end handset from the company, but it's still set to be a flagship that's suitable for the average person.
Huawei P40 Pro - We're expecting big camera upgrades for the whole P40 series, but it's likely a lot of them will be debuting on the P40 Pro considering the shooter the company included on the P30 Pro .
Huawei P40 Pro Premium - This is a new line in the Huawei family, and it's rumored to be the top-end handset money can buy from the company. Exactly what it'll do differently to the other two phones is currently unclear.
Huawei Watch GT 2e - This is a strange one. Huawei has confirmed it's coming, but it seems to just be a redesign of Watch GT 2. With a name like GT 2e, that may mean it's a more affordable product though.
Something else - Huawei is always keen on having a surprise at its launches so we may hear about something we haven't seen leaked before.

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