Honor V40 review: change for the experience

Looking at the newly launched mobile phone models in 2021, the Honor V40 may be the most telling mobile phone. Whether you are a fan of Honor or not, in fact, everyone’s sentiment towards HONOR V40 is the same. Both look forward to seeing this “first step” and are curious about the lack of Huawei’s support. After this step, Honor will return. What can be obtained.

But for users who really want to buy this phone, naturally they still want to know more about the product. My own opinion is consistent with consumers. Whether the phone is good or not requires a real experience as a reference. Even though the Honor V40 is a very special mobile phone, whether it can make everyone willing to pay for it, I still have to test it.

This time before the release of the Honor V40, I personally got the real machine for the first time. After a few days of testing, I also had a lot of different feelings. In short, if you are curious about the Honor V40, you want to know how this phone is? What are the upgrades? What are the changes? Is it still the glory we are familiar with? Next, I will give you a detailed introduction.

Honor V40

Appearance: Appearance design with unique recognition

The mobile phone is a typical representative of the combination of art and technology. When a new phone comes out, in addition to stacking advanced and cutting-edge innovative technologies, the appearance is always a highlight.

From the front, the Honor V40 still uses the classic shape of the front dual-hole digging camera, but the diameter of the two holes is smaller. The screen size is as high as 6.72 inches, with a waterfall screen design and a curvature of 80 degrees, so the screen is almost invisible on both sides, which looks very advanced.

The upper forehead and chin have been narrowed, and the screen-to-body ratio has been further improved, as high as 93.24%. The positive look and feel will be more immersed.

The metal middle frame is used all around, and the texture is good, better than the plastic frame. The four corners have also been rounded, and the slight arc is just right, which shows that Honor is more mature in detail.

Honor V40

The power button and volume button are all concentrated on the right frame, the color and material are the same as the frame, and they are well integrated, more harmonious and unobtrusive. There are SIM card slot, Type-C charging port and speaker in sequence from left to right at the bottom, all of which are available.

Honor V40
Honor V40

Let’s take a look at Honor V40’s control of the thickness and weight of the fuselage. 5G mobile phones are becoming lighter and thinner than the general trend, and Honor V40 performs well in this regard. The thickness of the whole machine is 8.04mm and the weight is 186g. It will not disappoint everyone in terms of visual perception and feel. It can take care of the vast majority of users. Personal experience, at least in my opinion, the Honor V40 is still very good in grip comfort.

Let’s take a look at the back design of HONOR V40. To be honest, it looks impressive at first glance. The Honor V40 has three colors: Magic Night Black, Titanium Silver and Rose Gold. The one I got in my hand is the Titanium Silver version.

The first thing that catches the eye is the matte body, which really interprets what is called the beauty of haziness. It has a subtle matte texture to the touch, looks advanced, and it is not easy to touch fingerprints.

Honor V40
Honor V40
Honor V40

Next is the camera module. The MATRIX CAMERA camera matrix composed of three lenses, a laser focus sensor and a flash is unique in style and very recognizable. On the right side of the camera module, there is also a large rectangular area of ​​high-gloss glass, which forms a sharp contrast with the hazy glass body below, bringing users a balance of hand and beauty.

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In terms of appearance design, Honor V40 combines rational rectangular space with perceptual color changes, and uses multiple 1:3:9:27 equal ratio rectangles to re-divide the plane, creating a multi-dimensional recursive visual structure on the plane. For example, the camera matrix, main shooting area, bright surface, etc., under different angles, will show a scattering-like spectrum and light path, which is very beautiful.

In order to achieve such a light and shadow effect, Honor V40 is the first to adopt a double-layer texture coating design scheme. One layer is sharp linear light and the other layer is fuzzy surface light, and it assists seamless splicing and mold transfer process. Brings a natural and beautiful light and shadow effect.

There is no doubt that if you simply judge victory or defeat on the basis of appearance, the Honor V40 is definitely the best looking one in the previous V series. Boldly breaking through the conventional curiosity design, it has its own unique trendy charm, and it demonstrates the unique and unique pioneering attitude. For the Yan Value Party, this may be a product that is easy for people to fall in love with.

Screen: a good and exciting screen

Different from the previous generation of LCD screens, Honor V40 chose to be equipped with an OLED screen, becoming the first model of the V series to be equipped with an OLED screen. Here we first take a look at the basic situation about the Honor V40 screen:

Screen size: 6.72 inches
Screen resolution: 1236×2676
Screen refresh rate: 120Hz
Screen touch sampling rate: 300Hz
Screen color: 1 billion colors Primary color display
dot density: 440ppi
Color gamut: DCI-P3 wide color Domain equipped with color reproduction engine
Screen brightness: full domain peak brightness 800nit
Contrast: 5000000:1
Display enhancement: HDR10

From the configuration point of view, the Honor V40 has invested a relatively large cost on the screen. The standard FHD+ resolution is more obvious than many current 1080P mobile phones. After all, the resolution is higher and the screen is more delicate.

In addition, the pixel density of the Honor V40 screen is as high as 440ppi, which is in the top position in the industry. With the ultra-high resolution, high brightness and high contrast, the Honor V40 screen resolution reaches the retina level.

Secondly, it has a high refresh rate that improves the user experience significantly. Everyone is familiar with the effect of high screen refresh. The higher the screen refresh rate means the more pictures are displayed per second. It also means that the action between each frame will look smoother and more consistent, so The 120Hz screen presents twice the amount of content per second than the 60Hz screen, and the smoothness of the 120Hz screen will be more intuitive when browsing news, Weibo, and Moments.

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Comparison of 120Hz screen and 60Hz screen to brush Weibo (Left is Honor V40)

In the course of the game, the 120Hz screen has more obvious advantages. For example, in FPS games, the transition of the screen is natural and faster at the moment of mirroring, and there will be no frame loss, freezes, etc., making it easier for players to lock the target.

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90Hz and 60Hz lens opening speed comparison (Left is Honor V40)

In addition to high definition and high refresh rate, the Honor V40 also supports a 300Hz touch sampling rate. With the built-in hardware-level super-sensing touch engine, in the chicken game, the response to the gun and aiming will be faster and more accurate. For competitive games where every second counts, its advantages are self-evident.

It is worth noting that the Honor V40 has also increased the 16.7 million colors of the traditional flagship screen to 1.07 billion colors. Each color point of the 10bit screen can display 2 to the 10th power of color depth. Compared with 8bit, the former has a color transition. It will be smoother, and at the same time more realistic and accurate in color reproduction, which can provide extremely high quality performance.

At the same time, the screen of Honor V40 also supports DCI-P3 wide color gamut. DCI-P3 is a mature color standard used in digital cinema, matching all color gamuts in movies as much as possible. For display devices, the larger the color space that can be displayed, the richer the color changes, and of course the better. Not only that, Honor V40 is also equipped with a color reproduction engine, which can accurately convert different color coding formats to achieve the same color accurately to the P3 color gamut, and the pictures shown are often more realistic and delicate.

Honor V40
Honor V40

In terms of eye protection, Honor V40 is not only the first model in the industry to support TÜV Rheinland’s global eye protection certification 2.0, but its excellent ambient light management capabilities also left a deep impression on me. Although most mobile phones have automatic dimming function, the brightness adjustment range of Honor V40 is larger, reaching 4096 levels, and it is more sensitive to external light changes. In short, Honor V40 can always present the most suitable The brightness of human eyes and the actual viewing experience will be more comfortable.

The ultimate 5G download speed: 5G has been developed for more than a year, and I believe users have some understanding of it. We have done a lot of tests on the speed of mobile phones in the 5G network environment. I am still optimistic about Honor. Even if the V40 did not use Kirin chips but replaced it with Dimensity 1000+, the expectation is value. Nothing has changed.

On the one hand, due to the comprehensive performance of Dimensity 1000+ is very balanced, it supports 5G dual card dual standby, and also supports 5G dual carrier aggregation to double the rate of 5G, the 5G signal acceptance range is wider, and the connection is more stable. On the other hand, Honor still has a deep technical background in 5G technology, which will become part of the advantages of Honor V40.

Judging from the actual test results of the professional 5G speed test software Speedtest, it also confirmed my previous views. The 5G rate of Honor V40 has a peak downlink rate of 930Mbps/s and an uplink rate of 90.5Mbps/s, which exceeds most of the models we have tested at the same location.

Honor V40

So what is the performance of the real download speed? This time I downloaded the mobile game “Tianyu” through the Honor App Store. The main body of the game is 1874.9MB and nearly 2 Gs. It takes only 23 seconds and the download speed is super fast. There is no doubt that such a 5G experience is still very exciting.

Game: A more stable high-frame gaming experience: Dimensity 1000+ is built with advanced 7nm technology, 8-core architecture, 4 2.6GHz Cortex-A77 cores and 4 2.0GHz Cortex-A55 small cores, in the GPU In terms of Dimensity 1000Plus built-in 9-core Mali-G77, compared to G67, the picture performance has increased by 40%.

According to the AnTuTu running score test, the Honor V40 equipped with Dimensity 1000+ ran out of 466,564 points, which is an upper-middle level.

Honor V40

To measure the performance of a mobile phone, playing games is undoubtedly the most direct and intuitive test method. Three games, “Peace Elite”, “King of Glory” and “Cross Fire” were selected for testing, and the maximum frame rate mode was turned on. The test results are as follows:

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“Peace Elite” ran 90 frames stably
Honor V40
“Crossing the Line of Fire” ran stably for 120 frames
Honor V40
“King of Glory” runs steadily at 60 frames

From the actual results, “Peace Elite” has higher requirements for configuration, but the Honor V40 can still run at full 90 frames. In some intense scenes, or when loading a large number of maps, there is no frame drop. “King of Glory” can also be stabilized at around 60 frames. From the jungle to the laning, and then to the fierce team battle, there is no frame drop or freeze in the whole process, which is very good. 

In “Cross Fire”, the highest 120Hz mode is also supported, and the Honor V40 can maintain 120 frames stably most of the time. Very few frame rate fluctuations still appear at the moment of death, but have nothing to do with the mobile phone. More It’s the game mechanics.

Honor V40

Here we have a whim, compare the number of frames between the Honor V40 and the model equipped with the Snapdragon 865 to observe the gap between the two in the game test. From the comparison results, both in “Peace Elite” can run the entire game with a full frame value.

This performance is due to the Honor V40’s tuning of Dimensity 1000+, which gives full play to the performance of this chip. In actual games, it can also bring a good experience. On the other hand, Honor V40 has greatly improved the software and hardware coordination capabilities through the GPU Turbo X graphics acceleration engine. With this function, the mobile phone CPU and GPU can give priority to the supply of system resources, thereby breaking through the hardware shackles and supporting high frames for some Rate mode games provide stable and extreme smooth experience.

In addition to a stable performance experience, for players, mobile phone vibration feedback is also one of the important functions that cannot be ignored, especially during the game, when the fingertip touches the screen, causing delicate vibrations, they tend to be more immersed.

Honor V40

The type of mobile phone motor is not unique, but the Honor V40 is more special, with a built-in Z-axis + X-axis dual linear motor. In a word, the “buzzing” and “dada” are more intense, and it vibrates during horizontal screen games. The feedback is simple and clear, not sloppy, and the impact is more real. Of course, the biggest advantage is that in the game, the 4D three-dimensional vibration experience makes the player’s game experience more immersive.

The more regrettable thing is that the Honor V40 does not support enough games for 4D shock. At present, only a few games such as Happy Xiaoxiaole, New Gods and Demons Land, Glory of the King, and New Swordsman are supported. More games are still being adapted. in.

In addition to giving bonuses to the game in terms of hardware and software, the Honor V40 also pays great attention to the details of the experience. For example, during the entire game process, there is no accidental touch on the curved screen. This is because the Honor V40 has been specially upgraded to prevent accidental touch. The full-screen gestures and status bar are locked, and the gaming experience on the curved screen has been qualitatively improved. Secondly, after players enter the game space, they can also turn on features such as Do Not Disturb, allowing us to focus more on the game itself and enjoy private time.

Image: Outsole sensor + RYYB, taking pictures is worth looking forward to: In terms of image system, Honor V40 has a rear 50 million pixel super-sensitive camera + 8 million ultra-wide-angle camera + 2 million macro camera three-camera module, the camera performance is still good, here we are Speak with proofs:

Honor V40
Honor V40
Honor V40

This is a set of outdoor daytime main photo proofs. It can be seen that with the support of 50 million pixels, the main camera resolution is quite strong, and the details of the proofs are also very clear. The details of the building, the outline of the branches and the texture of the ground masonry All are accurately recorded. In addition, the main camera’s restoration of colors is also in place, with vivid color levels and good overall performance.

It is worth noting that when shooting some scenes with a large dynamic range, turning on the HDR function can better show the light and dark details and make the proofs more textured.

As you can see in the figure below, the gap between before and after the HDR function is turned on is still very obvious. After turning off the HDR function, the overall brightness will drop a lot, and the shadows of the building are also a bit too dark. When HDR is turned on, the picture is brighter, and the patterns, colors and hue of the picture in the shadows all have a change towards high saturation and high contrast, and the proofs look more flavorful.

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Left: Turn off HDR, Right: Turn on HDR

The Honor V40 is equipped with a separate ultra-wide-angle lens, so that when facing some tall and wide scenes, you can also store all the sights into your lens without taking a step back .

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Super wide-angle proofs
Honor V40
Super wide-angle proofs

In terms of telephoto, the Honor V40 supports up to 10x digital zoom, which can help us shoot some distant scenery.

Honor V40

For night scenes, the main camera advantage of Honor V40 has also been significantly brought into play. This time, the Honor V40 is equipped with a 1/1.56 inch flagship super large sensor, which is 25% more than the 1/1.7 inch area of ​​the Honor V30 Pro.

In addition, the RYYB ultra-sensitive sensor can also increase the amount of light by 40% compared with the ordinary sensor, which further enhances the imaging effect of the Honor V40 at night or in low light environments.

Thanks to the RYYB super-sensitivity color arrangement and the powerful light input brought by the super-sensitivity outsole sensor, the Honor V40 can still take real night scene proofs in indoor low light conditions, and the proofs are very pure and there is no noise.

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Let’s look at a set of outdoor night scene proofs. In the case of too much ambient light, this proof still faithfully restores the real picture that the human eye can see. Through the optimization of the night scene mode, the picture noise is handled very well, and there is almost no appearance in the sky and building shadow areas. Noise, the picture is very clean, the color details are preserved to the greatest extent, and there is no color cast.

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Honor V40
Honor V40
Honor V40

Battery life & charging: The overall performance is satisfactory.

The Honor V40 has a 120Hz high-brush screen and also supports 5G. What about its battery life? For this, we also did a 5-hour battery life test to simulate the use of heavy mobile phone users within 5 hours. Before the test began, we turned on the 5G network and Wi-Fi switches, turned off Bluetooth, NFC, positioning, and screen resolution. And the refresh rate is set to smart switching, the screen brightness and volume are both 50%, and the phone background is cleared.

The contents of the 5-hour battery life test are as follows: in the default camera state, the video recording is turned on, the test time is 30 minutes; the 1080P movie at XX station, the test time is 90 minutes; the maximum frame rate is enabled for playing “Peace Elite”, the test time is 90 minutes; Weibo Information flow, the test time is 30 minutes; the mobile phone Taobao information flow is 30 minutes, and the test results are as follows:

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5 hours heavy use

On the whole, Honor V40 with a built-in 4000mAh battery, after 5 hours of continuous toss, still can still maintain more than 30% of the power, its battery life level is not very powerful, but it is relatively balanced and can It is quite satisfactory to meet the daily needs of normal users.

Of course, the existence of fast charging can also provide power support for continuous battery life to a certain extent. Compared with the previous generation, this time Honor V40 has made greater progress in fast charging. It adopts 66W wired fast charging solution. This solution not only has first-class charging speed, but also adopts cell shunt technology, which can reduce cell heating and avoid batteries. Capacity splitting and loss extend battery life.

Here is also a 30-minute charging test for the Honor V40. From the actual measurement, the 66W charging speed is indeed very impressive, charging to 46% in 15 minutes, nearly half of the battery; 30 minutes, charging to 89%, the charging speed is still the same The level of the first echelon is usually used to rejuvenate the phone, and the effect is still very obvious.

In addition, Honor V40 also supports 50W wireless fast charging, which is faster than many wired fast charging, and the addition of this dual fast charging combination solution provides another layer of protection for extending the battery life of the mobile phone.

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30 minutes charge

Objectively speaking, the Honor V40 is still very good in terms of texture and experience, especially in terms of appearance design, screen quality, image function and fast charging. We can see that the Honor V40 uses very fierce materials and hides an amazing burst of power. . From my personal point of view, Honor V40 is another product that changes everywhere. Compared with the previous V series, the V40 uses an OLED screen, supports faster fast charging, and has a dual linear motor… and these changes are exactly the side that Honor actively communicates after experiencing self-breakthrough.

Of course, we still have to have the most basic understanding of the Honor V40, perhaps because of the special role of “linking the link”, making it not a model that completely abandoned the past, but it also did not rest on its laurels, but brought it Some new changes, these changes will also become a key factor in determining its position in the hearts of users.

In short, Honor V40 retains the shadow of the past, and at the same time has a surprisingly new side. If you are a true fan of Honor and stay true to your feelings, Honor V40 can still satisfy you; but if you desire to see the difference of Honor, Then the Honor V40 will not disappoint you either.

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