Over the past eight years, the Huawei P series has moved from smaller releases to one of the top flagship smartphone series in the world.
But how much has changed over the years?
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Here’s a look at the history of the P series and its climb to the acclaimed flagships and the P40 Pro we know today…
The first P series smartphone
Huawei’s P series started with the Ascend P1 in 2012 — a 4.3-inch smartphone with an 8MP main camera, 1GB of RAM, and a 540 x 960 pixel display.
While conservative by today’s standards, the device was already one of the thinnest smartphones available at the time.
By October 2012, the Huawei Ascend P1 S took the title of world’s thinnest smartphone when it was launched at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES).
This would begin a series of records and world firsts for the Huawei P series.
P series records: Ascend P1 to P40 Pro
In 2013, the Ascend P2 became the world’s fastest smartphone thanks to its 1.5Ghz quad-core processor and 4G connectivity.
There was no P3, P4, or P5. But 2013 saw the introduction of the Ascend P6, followed by the Ascend P7 in 2014 and Huawei P8 in 2015.
These releases were steps towards Huawei’s focus on smartphone cameras. With the release of the P9 and P9 Plus in 2016, Huawei became the first smartphone company to co-engineer lenses with Leica.
In 2018, the Huawei P20 Pro became the first smartphone to feature a triple-lens camera. Then in 2019, the Huawei P30 Pro became the world’s first smartphone with 50x zoom.
So where do we stand in 2020? You can see a roundup of some the P40 Pro’s camera features below:
For more on the smartphone, see our feature on the P40 Pro’s best features.
P series today: P40 Pro
The P40 Pro highlights how far Huawei has come in the past eight years and why the flagship range is now one of the most competitive out there.
The smartphone features Huawei’s best smartphone camera to date, with 5G support and a polished design.
In just eight years, a lot has changed.
This article is sponsored by Huawei.
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