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    Honor V40 Review: Honor’s First Post-Huawei Phone With 50MP Primary Camera, MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ And Android 10

    Honor held a new mobile phone product launch conference on Jan. 22, wherein the company launched the new V-series Honor V40.

    This is the first mobile phone launched by Honor since its split in 2020. The Honor V40 was largely developed when Honor was under Huawei‘s wing, and this is reflected in its aesthetic.

    Design

    The Honor V40 houses a dual camera oval cutout like the P40 Pro in the front. The phone adopts a hyperboloid design and upfront, there’s a digging screen with a selfie camera and temperature and light sensors. The screen ratio is 93.24 percent

    The 80 percent arc of the curved-screen is moderate as compared to the waterfall screen. The back of the phone uses a rectangular space design element, which houses the camera module and the description of the camera in English.

    The back of the Honor V40 uses a double-layer texture coating process. Another visible form of the double-layer coating process is the Honor logo, which is placed at the bottom of the back. The side of the phone features a stainless steel middle frame, which is pale gold.

    At the top of the middle frame, there’s the antenna partition, microphone, and infrared sensor, while the bottom features the SIM card slot, USB Type-C port, microphone, and speaker openings. There’s only one antenna partition on the side of the fuselage, but the right side of the fuselage has a power button and volume button.

    The dimensions of the V40 are 163.07×74.26×8.04mm, and it weighs in at 189 grams. Users are likely to feel some weight in the hand, however, the phone will never fall.

    Screen experience

    The V40 features a 6.72-inch curved OLED screen with a resolution of 1236×2676 pixels and 10-bit (8+2bit) 1 billion primary color display support. The color gamut supports DCI-P3 wide color gamut, with a 5000000:1 contrast ratio, and HDR10 display support.

    The screen uses color restoration engine technology, which increases the accuracy of color restoration and automatically identifies P3 and sRGB sources. A benchmark test conducted on the Honor V40 screen showed the phone’s color gamut measured up to 99.6 percent sRGB, 84.3 percent Adobe RGB and 89.9 percent DCI P3.

    As far as color accuracy is concerned, the average color deviation of the phone is 0.53, while the highest color deviation is 2.82, which is red. In other words, the color accuracy of the screen is very good.

    In terms of grayscale display, the Honor V40 displayed 256-level grayscale colors. The phone displays the delicate and natural grayscale from white to black and the transition between extreme black and white can be achieved as well. See the difference.

    The Honor V40 can be observed from two different viewing angles of approximately 90 degrees and 45 degrees oblique angle. Looking at high-definition photos, it can be seen that the screen color of the V40 is bright and saturated and the sky, grass, and the trees look very bright.

    Thanks to HDR10 display technology, the Honor V10 shadow display of the tree backlight is also rich in details. In another picture, we see that the Honor V40’s screen offers a more delicate display of color gradients, and with 1236×2676 high-resolution support, the display effect of the photo also looks more detailed.

    Performance

    The Honor V40 comes with the Dimensity 1000+ flagship chip from MediaTek, which uses a 7nm process technology. The core architecture is an 8-core design with 4 Cortex-A77 large cores and 4 Cortex-A55 small cores. It packs a Mali- G77 GPU and comes with an APU upgraded to version 3.0, which delivers a stronger AI performance.

    Honor V40 supports GPU Turbo X graphics acceleration engine, which improves graphics computing capabilities through software and hardware collaboration technology. This allows computing resources to be potentially supplied to CPU and GPU resource exchange, as well as AI model intelligent perception adjustment.

    Moreover, the phone supports a global 120Hz super-sensing screen display engine, with a 300Hz touch sampling, which enables users to always maintain a smooth and silky screen and a faster operation rate during the game. For the test, the Peace Elite game was used.

    In about 20 minutes of full high-quality game time, the V40 reached an average frame rate of 39.8fps (full-frame 40fps). The overall gaming experience was smooth with any obvious drop frame situation. The highest temperature of the Honor V40 near the rear camera module at the end of the game could reach 38.8 degrees Celcius.

    The Honor V40 supports the customized version of the Honor game assistant, which has a specially customized UI theme and has the Hunter Boost game full-blood engine support. This allows the phone to fully release its performance potential while playing games.

    The Honor Mobile Assistant supports a slew of other functions including display enhancement and 4D vibration, especially 4D vibration, which provides an immersive gaming experience. The addition of 4D vibration to games such as Glory of the King can enhance the combat impact of the game characters’ sense.

    Photography

    At the back, the V40 houses a 50MP super-sensitive main camera, an 8MP ultra-wide-angle camera, and a 2MP macro camera, along with a laser focus sensor. Upfront, the phone features a 16MP shooter for selfies and video calling.

    When tested, the photos captured by the Honor V40 in plenty of light during the day turned out to be clear, but the colors were slightly flat. The Far Glory logo on the distant building was clearly visible after zooming in the photo.

    The V40 uses a 2MP macro camera to capture macro photos. As seen in the sample below, the V40 is capable of focusing and shooting at a very close distance, but 2MP is slightly less in terms of screen resolution.

    In light conditions, the Honor V40 offers acceptable brightness and purity, and the dynamic range is good. When zoomed, the road sign and ads across the street in the photo were not blurred, and the resolution at night is also acceptable. The phone also supports scene camera mode.

    System experience

    The Honor V40 runs the Magic UI 4.0 system based on Android 10, and the UI design and functional use aren’t very different from previous Honor branded phones. Users do not need to register a new account, and the app that comes with Honor V40 Magic UI 4.0 system is similar to the original, including smart life, and more.

    Summary

    As the first mobile phone launched by Honor after its split from Huawei, the Honor V40 is a decent product, which comes with a unique ID design, excellent screen, powerful fast charging, and the same system functions as previous models.

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