An All-around Enhanced Sensory Experience: Honor V40 Review


Honor is back on the field as a new player following the brand’s independence. Fans anticipate that the new Honor will bring better products, while technology enthusiasts anticipate that the new Honor will bring more new and inspired innovations to the cell phone market. Honor V40, as a phone born during a period of brand change, its performance reflects the current ability of Honor internal control of the product to a large extent.

And, as the first phone released after the brand’s independence, the Honor V40’s performance will be the absolute consumer’s first impression of this new Honor. This first shot is not loud enough, may determine the glory brand’s future direction, so we will talk about this flagship today, to see if it lives up to its name, can meet the expectations of the outside world.

Exquisite, is the author’s hands on the first feeling of glory V40, this sense of refinement from the glory has always been excellent workmanship. This workmanship input is difficult to present in the publicity diagram, but is also one of the decisive factors affecting the actual user experience, ranging from the paragraph sense clear and crisp side buttons to the back cover and frame seamless articulation.

curved screen configuration curved back cover However, the Honor V40 differs from the majority of phones on the market in several ways. For starters, the front of the Honor V40 has an exaggerated curvature of the flying waterfall screen, the screen edge of the bend angle of 80 degrees, this bend to the screen bezel also “hidden,” from the front to look at the past as if the screen on both sides of the existence of no bezel.

According to the data, the screen ratio of the Honor V40 reached 93.24 percent with the help of this screen.

The Honor V40 (Titanium Air Silver)’s back uses a large area of AG frosted glass process, which has the advantage of significantly reducing the problem of fingerprint staining on the glass surface, and the hazy feeling brought by frosted glass is also preferred by many people. However, glory boldly use the process of glossy glass in the upper part of the back cover, the rectangular area extending from the camera module, and another coating in the glass below, so that this area presents a sharp line of light different from the frosted part. The Honor V40 uses a 6.72-inch OLED display with a resolution of 2676*1236, which is slightly higher than the standard 1080P screen, giving the entire back cover a boost and also making the Honor V40 very recognizable. It also has a 120Hz screen refresh rate and a 300Hz touch sampling rate, which is useful for both everyday use and gaming.

The Honor V40 also has a 10bit color depth display. This means that each of the three primary colors in the Honor V40’s screen can display 210, for a total of 1024 colors, and the three color points can form 10243, for a total of approximately 1.07 billion colors.

In comparison, traditional cell phones’ 8bit screens can only display about 16.77 million colors. In terms of actual use, the 10bit color depth screen has a significant advantage when displaying gradient scenes. More colors are filled in during the gradient, so the color change of the screen will be smoother and less prone to color gradation; additionally, Honor has added a natural color display function to this screen.

This function can detect external light conditions and then adjust the screen’s color temperature. At first glance, this function does not appear to have a particularly interesting effect, but in practice, it improves the author’s screen reading experience by adjusting the screen color temperature to match the outside world, and the effect appears to be similar to actual paper in general.

The Honor V40 employs the Tiangui 1000 SoC, which is manufactured in a 7nm process and, in theory, can provide excellent power consumption performance. In terms of the CPU, the Tiangui 1000 employs four Cortex-A77 large cores and four Cortex-A55 small cores, as well as a Mali-G77 9-core GPU, giving the Honor V40 a solid hardware foundation upon which to build the actual user experience. It’s worth noting that many of the models that use the Tiangui 1000 have encountered tuning issues that prevent the phone from performing as it should. After actual use, the smoothness of the Honor V40 in everyday scenes is excellent, with excellent transition animations with the release of performance, making every click and slide of the phone quick and followable, without delay.

The Honor V40 achieved an average frame rate of 39.9 FPS with only three minor lags in a 20-minute game of Peace Elite, which is quite good among the current crop of flagships.

This demonstrates that Honor’s tuning of the SoC, the Tiangui 1000, is quite accurate. Glorious officials stated that they used the new generation of GPU Turbo X on the Glorious V40, which technology can regulate the rendering of the game screen throughout the game process, when monitoring the game scene with high performance demand can quickly carry out the supply of computing resources to ensure the stability of the frame rate. Furthermore, Honor has made further upgrades to the Glorious V40 in order to make the user’s gaming experience more enjoyable.

As previously stated, the Honor V40 screen has a touch sampling rate of 300Hz. With its assistance, even a novice like me can clearly feel the response speed of each operation faster, especially in the firefight with the opponent, probe, positioning, and shooting each operation can be quickly reflected in the game.

In the hands of experts, the benefit brought by this screen will be more obvious. The Honor V40 comes with a 4000mAh battery, which is considered moderate when compared to the overall cell phone market.

We conducted a series of battery life tests on it in order to investigate its actual battery life. Among the tests are: 1 one hour of peaceful elite with HDR HD image quality and ultra-high frame rate, the highest image quality that the Honor V40 can open by default

2nd One hour of online video playback, bilibili platform, 1080P resolution 3 30 minutes of video recording at 1080P and 60 frames per second 4 After two and a half hours of testing, the Honor V40’s final remaining power was 58 percent, which is not a bad result and can meet the use of a day without problems. In terms of charging, the Honor V40 is equipped with 66W wired fast charging and 50W wireless fast charging, which is a top configuration in the current cell phone market and has few rivals. In the actual test, the Honor V40 wired fast charging can already charge 37 percent of the power in 10 minutes, 30 minutes to charge, and after the final 10 minutes of trickle charging, the battery was finally fully charged in 40 minutes.

However, because we do not yet have the Honor 50W wireless fast charger, we are unable to conduct additional testing. However, taking into account the loss and other factors, an hour should be able to fill the phone according to the power roughly projected. The V40 is equipped with a triple camera image module, with the top of the large main camera having a 1/1.56-inch large bottom RYYB CMOS, the number of pixels reached 5000W, and after the pixel four in one technology can be, single pixel area can reach 2m.

The larger pixel area brings a larger amount of light per unit time, which allows the phone to get a brighter picture when shooting night scenes, while keeping the sensitivity and shutter time down to ensure picture purity and film production rate. Furthermore, the Honor V40 is equipped with two secondary cameras, ultra-wide angle and macro, to adapt to more photo scenarios, and the laser focus.

The Honor V40 belongs to the faithful restoration school for exposure and color control, whether it is the green leaves in the near or distant buildings and sky colors, which are very close to what the naked eye can see.

Although the ultra wide angle lens is a secondary camera with a lower CMOS size than the primary camera, it is still very useful in actual shooting. In well-lit situations, its larger field of view provides a more stunning visual impact while maintaining sufficient sharpness and faithful color and exposure consistent with the main camera style. In night scenes, the Honor V40 main camera supports manual opening of the night mode, after which the phone will carry on shooting work for several seconds, during which the user only needs to fix the position of the hand, slight shaking, and not image imaging.

Following the completion of the shooting, this Honor V40 main camera can bring a very pure night scene image, whether it is a solid color glass wall or a slightly gradient sky, the amount of noise is controlled in a relatively low range, only a few not easily noticeable gray and white noise, and the dynamic range in night mode is also noteworthy. The brightness of the billboard at the bottom left of the screen is very high here, and without manual intervention in metering, the Honor V40 can suppress it to such an extent, while ensuring that the overall picture exposure is normal, that I am still quite satisfied. The Honor V40 also shows a fairly good dynamic range at night in the image below.

In fact, this type of photo scene is a very difficult test for the phone; the phone must take care of the highlights while not overflowing, while also ensuring that the dark parts have enough detail. The Honor V40 performs admirably, with the phrase composed of light strips properly controlled at an appropriate brightness, and the foliage in the dark and the buildings in the background rich in detail.

At the same time, the Honor V40’s white balance control is notable in this sample, and despite the multi-frame compositing technique, the Honor V40’s night mode is quite tolerant of handheld shake, as previously mentioned. The middle section of the image below is made up of quite dense LED lights, which can easily become muddled if the night composition algorithm is not mature enough.

In this area, the Honor V40 has very good resolution, and the texture details of the entire part are clearly visible.

It’s unfortunate that the Honor V40’s night mode isn’t compatible with ultra-wide angle lenses. Although its night performance is still adequate for most city night shots, as demonstrated below, image sharpness will be reduced if the illumination is a little lower. However, because this is a software issue, I expect Honor to address it in future updates.

The Honor V40 comes with Magic UI 4.0, which is based on Android 10 and allows for extensive customization. Honor added a lot of interesting features to ensure the basic experience, and here I highlight two more practical features: the first is the personalized off-screen display, which can keep some patterns and information displayed in a low-power way after you lock the screen.

Users of the Honor V40 can customize a variety of preset options, such as clocks, artistic signatures, and pictures, among others. If you don’t like the Honor content presets, you can upload your own photos to fully express yourself.

Another feature is the AI captioning function, which can capture sound from the microphone and convert it to text display in real time, or directly capture system sound for text transcription. This means that even if the sound is turned off, users can get a real-time caption display, which may be useful in certain situations.

In this case, I chose a video with subtitles for recognition transcription, and we can see from the comparison that the AI subtitles of the Honor V40 are highly accurate, and we can roughly deduce individual polyphonic words as well as words that are transcribed incorrectly due to pronunciation differences by brainstorming.

Furthermore, this feature supports the translation of English content into Chinese, but it may take longer to translate, so the subtitle delay will be slightly longer, and the usefulness is also discounted. Speaking of which, I have basically shown all aspects of the Honor V40’s performance. The results also show that the Honor V40’s hardware tuning is quite effective, and even in the face of the Tiangui chip’s less experienced tuning, it was able to unleash its performance, running with impressive smoothness and stability in the Peace Elite test.

Furthermore, the highly recognizable appearance and excellent craftsmanship of the Honor V40 can be felt by the user from the visual and tactile sense of Honor’s sincerity. In my opinion, such a first shot should be loud and powerful enough to keep the brand at the pinnacle of glory.