The base variant in the new Huawei P40 series is the Huawei P40. It comes with fewer features compared to its siblings, like a 6.1″ display, triple rear cameras, 3800mah battery, 6/8GB RAM, 128/256GB storage. Huawei has developed its own skin called HarmonyOS which runs on Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) in the core. Now, if you’re one of the Huawei P40 users and want to download or install HarmonyOS on your handset then you can follow this full guide.
Harmony OS and Its Features
Harmony OS is a distributed and unified operating system that has been developed by Huawei to run on its devices including mobiles, TVs, headsets, and more. Due to the multi-kernel design, the operating system selects suitable kernels for devices with diverse resources. HarmonyOS is a next-generation operating system that brings interconnection and collaboration between smart devices easily. It offers simple interaction and enhanced performance.
HarmonyOS (HongMeng OS) is completely different from Android and iOS because it’s a microkernel-based distributed OS that can run across all platforms with a trustworthy and secure architecture. It supports seamless collaboration across devices so that app developers can easily build their apps once and then edit/update accordingly. According to the company, it has a couple of highlighted features that we’ve mentioned below.
- Seamless Experience
- Smooth Performance
- Privacy and Security
- All-in-One Operating System
- New Home Screen
- Control Panel
- Service Widgets
- Service Center
- Smart Folder
- HarmonyOS Fonts
- Super Device
- Huawei Share
- Smart Home
- Task Center
- Better Performance
- App Guard
- Collaborative Security
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Huawei P40 Specifications: Overview
The Huawei P40 has a 6.1 inches OLED display with a dual Full HD+ resolution and a dual punch hole to the left. It has a screen-to-body ratio of 86.3 percent, an aspect ratio of 19:5:9, a pixel density of 422 Pixel Per Inch (PPI), and a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels.
Coming to the internals of the Huawei P40, it sports the Kirin 990 5G SoC, which is built on the 7nm process. This setup includes two Cortex A76 cores that clock at 2.86GHz, another two Cortex A76 cores that clocks at 2.36GHz, and finally four Cortex A55 cores that clock at 1.95GHz. On the GPU side, it sports the Mali G76 MP16 GPU. Talking about the memory side, it comes with 6, and 8GB of RAM. Further, it comes with 128, and 25GB of UFS 3.0 internal storage. Further, this internal storage is also expandable via the nano memory card up to 256GB. The smartphone runs on EMUI 10.1, which is based on Android 10 (AOSP + HMS).
Coming to the optics, the Huawei P40 sports a triple rear camera setup arranged vertically in a rectangle, i.e., like its siblings. This setup includes a primary 50MP with f/1.9 aperture, OIS, and omnidirectional PDAF. It pairs with an 8MP telephoto sensor with f/2.4 aperture, OIS, 3x optical zoom, and PDAF. Further, it gets a 16MP ultra wide-angle sensor with f/2.2 aperture and autofocus. It gets Leica optics, LED flash, and support for HDR photos. To the front, it gets a 32MP sensor with f/2.2 aperture and PDAF. It also gets an IR TOF 3D (biometric sensor). Just like its siblings, both the front and rear can shoot videos in 4K resolution.
The Huawei P40 packs a smaller 3,800 mAh battery and gets support for 22.5 fast wired charging tech. However, it doesn’t get support for wireless and wireless reverse charging.
Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth 5.1, A2DP, LE, GPS with dual-band A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, QZSS, NavIC, NFC, Infrared port, and USB 3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector. Sensors onboard include Infrared face recognition, fingerprint (under display, optical), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, and color spectrum. This smartphone gets protection for IP53 dust and splash protection.
How to Install HarmonyOS 2.0 on Huawei P40
It’s quite easy to install the latest HarmonyOS on your Huawei P40 or even any Huawei device whatsoever. Just follow this guide to complete the installation process with other requirements.
In terms of the requirements, you’ll have to simply follow a few things before proceeding.
- Make sure to charge your Huawei P40 device sufficiently (more than 50%) to avoid occasional shutdowns during the software update process.
- As the HarmonyOS is in beta form at the time of writing this article, you should backup all the important data on your device for your benefit.
- Keep your device system up-to-date so that you won’t gonna encounter any kind of system glitch or compatibility issues.
- You’ll require a faster and more stable internet connection to install the update which would be around 2.7GB in size most probably.
Read More: How to Install Google Play Store on Any Huawei HarmonyOS 2.0 device
Instructions to Install:
Now, you’re ready to proceed with the HarmonyOS update installation. So, without wasting any more time, let’s jump into it.
- Go to the Settings menu on the device > Scroll all the way down and select System Updates.
- Make sure to set the Region to China from Language. [This is important no matter which country you’re living]
- You should have logged into your Huawei ID on the device for sure.
- Now, open the Huawei AppGallery application > Tap on Me (profile icon) at the bottom right corner.
- Tap on your Huawei ID to open Account Center > Go to Settings at the bottom.
- Set the Country/Region to China from here too. [Important]
- It may ask you to enter the password for your provided email account. Just input the valid password to confirm.
- Next, go back to the home page of the Huawei AppGallery app and search for ‘My HUAWEI’.
- Tap on the Support app page and make sure to update it to the latest version (if any).
- Once the Support app has been updated, just reboot your Huawei P40 device to apply changes. [Long-press the Power button and then select Restart]
- After restart, open Huawei AppGallery > If prompted, tap on Agree > Now, all the language will be shown in Chinese.
- Search for the ‘My HUAWEI’ app which is the Support application and update it.
- Wait for the app to get updated > Now, open the My HUAWEI app on the device.
- Once the My HUAWEI app setup interfaces open, tap on Next.
- Next, tap on Agree > The HMS Core will start updating some additional resources or the latest version with the latest version of My HUAWEI app. So, wait for it to complete.
- If it asks to change the country/region then select ‘Yes’ and select China from the list.
- Now, tap on Get Started > As the My Huawei app interface opens, tap on the Update icon shortcut (red color).
- Once the HarmonyOS page loads up, tap on Try it Now > Select your specific device model which will be listed there. [In this case, select Huawei P40]
- Tap on the Blue button at the bottom > Tap on the Blue button again from the bottom right side.
- You’ll have to select the blue button multiple times to confirm and proceed.
- Tap on the Public Test Description file (in the blue button) > Select Download to grab the beta profile.
- Now, the Huawei Public Beta Testing Notice page will appear > Just tap on Agree.
- Once the profile has been installed, you’ll see the same on the screen.
- Head over to the Settings menu on the device > Scroll all the way down and select System Updates.
- Tap on Software Update and the device system will start checking for the latest software update automatically.
- Just tap on Download and Install > Wait for the update process to be completed as it may take some time.
- Once the software update has been installed, reboot the device to apply changes.
- Wait for the device to boot into the HarmonyOS system for the first that may take some time.
- Finally, go through the initial setup process, and enjoy!
It looks like Huawei has done a great job with the system optimization and stability on HarmonyOS which is much better than the EMUI skin. Whereas the app compatibility and support on multiple devices will make it much more convenient to use seamlessly in the same ecosystem. However, the HarmonyOS build is currently available in China only and multiple device models or specific variants aren’t supported right now.
It may take some time for other Huawei devices that are available globally. Still, if you’re interested in using HarmonyOS on your Huawei P40 then you can do that too by following this guide.
That’s it, guys. We assume this guide was helpful to you. For further queries, you can comment below.