Honor V40 experience: Will it be the 5G explosion on the new journey?

243 days, nearly 8 months. For domestic mobile phone manufacturers, this cycle can update their low, medium and high product lines in a fast pace, and even offer two flagship products.

But for Honor, in the past 8 months, the situation has been severe, new products are almost blank, and the market share has changed dramatically. Regarding the changes that have taken place in Honor, we will not repeat it again in space, and this is not the focus of this article, but the glory that has re-started after more than two hundred days, and what kind of product is the Honor V40.

MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ "New Glory" debut

After the establishment of New Honor, the choice of processor for its smartphones is confusing, and it is a hot topic of discussion among consumers and the industry. A few days ago, Samsung Exynos Orion liked the official Weibo of Honor, and they speculated that Orion might join forces with Honor. Although the Honor V40 finally selected the MediaTek Dimensity 1000+, a mid-to-high-end chip, it is not ruled out that there will be products equipped with Samsung Exynos or even Qualcomm Snapdragon chips in the future.

MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ is an "old face". As early as 8 months ago, a corresponding product was launched. To know the choice of processor, it is often when a new product is approved. New Honor's product V40, using MediaTek 1000+, is reasonable in terms of time.

At present, Dimensity 1000+ is still positioned as a flagship chip in the MediaTek chip sequence, which is the same level as Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 and Kirin 990 5G. Refined to the various parameters of the SoC, Dimensity 1000+ also uses the 7nm process, and the CPU architecture is a 4+4 A77+A55 large core plus small core combination. GPU uses the new ARM architecture Mali-G77, performance and energy efficiency control can be called flagship level.

This time, MediaTek also upgraded the Dimensity 1000+ APU to version 3.0. The performance is 2.5 times higher than 2.0. This efficiency improvement can be reflected in the AI ​​image processing, background blur, object recognition and Several aspects of speech recognition.

The above are all theoretical analyses. Let's first use the benchmark software to see what the strength of the Honor V40 equipped with Dimensity 1000+ chips is. It is stated in advance that this run is based on the Magic software version. After receiving the Honor V40, a total of two rounds of software updates exceeding 5GB have been received. There may be more frequent system optimizations after the listing. (The running score and physical experience are for reference only.)

On the whole, similar to our previous debut in Dimensity 1000+, in terms of overall strength (running score), it is slightly weaker than Snapdragon 865, and similar to the level of Snapdragon 855+.

Specific to the actual experience, the Honor V40 is equipped with a 6.72-inch OLED screen with a resolution of 1236×2676 (resolution 15% higher than 1080p), and supports 120Hz refresh rate and 300Hz sampling rate. The high refresh rate of the screen can bring a smooth game picture and reduce the smear when moving fast.

At present, in the "Peace Elite" game, Honor V40 has not yet obtained the official high frame rate mode. By default, it can only turn on "Smooth" (up to HDR) + "Limit", and enable anti-aliasing . From the line chart of the device status obtained by PerfDog, it can be seen that almost 60 frames can be run, and there are very few freezes in the scene of multiple characters or multiple textures.

After using the GFX toolbox to "go to the back door" to force the 90Hz refresh rate on, it can be seen from the monitoring software PerfDog that the frame rate of the Honor V40 has stabilized above 85 frames throughout the entire process. When entering the game, as well as in multi-textured urban areas and multiplayer battles , There will be cases of frame drop, but when searching for materials, "living dead men" or even three-person melee, the frame rate will stabilize at 90 frames. At this time, the CPU utilization is about 60%, but the GPU is nearly full.

At this time, PerfDog monitored that the temperature of the CPU was about 50 degrees, but there was no obvious heat sensation on the body, only a slight warmth near the camera.

Aside from the game, in the actual experience, Magic UI 4.0 under the 120Hz blessing, whether it is multi-task switching, or browsing social software such as Weibo, WeChat, etc., it has a very smooth touch, almost no frame drop. . However, when sliding from the homepage to a negative screen, there is a high probability that there will be a small freeze, and the negative screen will also reload. The high probability is that the system is not optimized.

MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ is a sufficiently good SoC. In addition to performance, it was also the first processor to support 5G + 5G dual-card at that time. Therefore, Honor V40 also supports dual-on 5G. This feature is for the future. The technology prepared by the trend is also the general trend of the current products.

The Honor V40, which chose the MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ processor, did not appear "rushed" because of the short adaptation time. From the performance point of view, it is in line with the market positioning of Honor V40's main price of about 3000 yuan.

Hyperboloid screen + "Pioneer Design" quite recognizable

Since the upgrade of the brand's LOGO and Slogan in 2018, Honor has gradually shifted towards "trend doctrine", aiming to become a technology trend brand for young people. Subsequently, in the 2020 products, "LOGO Design" was introduced, and the products used AG technology and more fashionable color matching.

The Honor V40, which debuted after many months, still continues the "trend" design style, with a double-layer texture coating on the back. If you look closely, you can see that the HONOR LOGO is suspended on the surface, which is very delicate.

On the whole, most of the glass on the back of the Honor V40 uses AG technology, but the camera area is mirrored glass, which is seamlessly spliced ​​with AG matte glass, which is more natural. The use of these two different styles of glass also increases the recognition of Honor V40.

The Honor V40 combines a 50-megapixel main camera, 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle, 2-megapixel macro lens, flash, and laser focus sensor to form the entire camera module.

Coming to the front, Honor V40 is equipped with a 6.72-inch "80° hyper-curved screen", and the familiar "pill" dual camera is in the upper left corner. The Honor V40's screen not only supports 120Hz high refresh, but also supports a global brightness of 800 nits. It is easy to see the screen in the midday sun.

In addition, this screen also has a 10bit original color display, and supports color management, which can be accurately restored to the P3 color gamut, and the color reproduction is more accurate.

The curved screen can bring a more immersive visual experience. It can use visual dislocation to "narrow" the frame, giving people a sense of holding the screen, but the price is "false touch."

When I started to experience the Honor V40, I deliberately avoided touching the edge of the screen for fear of accidental touch and misoperation. A few days later, the false touch mechanism of the Honor V40 completely dispelled this concern. Whether it’s vertical screen browsing, horizontal screen viewing, video, or playing games, there are few accidental touches, almost the same experience as a straight screen mobile phone.

However, the "super-curved screen" of the Honor V40 squeezes some space in the frame. The original volume and power buttons are closer to the back. It may take a while to get used to it for the first time.

The 6.72-inch screen naturally makes the Honor V40 an out-and-out big man, but it does not mean that it is heavy. The thickness is controlled at 8.04mm, the weight is 186g, and the presence on the hand is just right. The center of gravity of the Honor V40 is well controlled, and one-handed holding does not feel top-heavy.

Outsole + RYYB arrangement of the main camera, "blur", night shots are stronger

The Honor V40 uses a "three-camera combination", a 50-megapixel "super-sensitive" main camera, with an 8-megapixel 119° ultra-wide-angle and a 2-megapixel macro camera, and the front is 16 million pixels.

This 50-megapixel main camera has a specific size of 1/1.56 inches, which is 25% larger than the previous Honor V30 Pro camera sensor area, and the sensor adopts RYYB arrangement, which can get more than ordinary RGB arrangement sensors. The amount of light entering is theoretically stronger in low light.

At the same time, the Honor V40’s 50-megapixel main camera is in the "four-in-one mode" by default, with an output of 12.5 million pixels (a single pixel size is about 2.0μm), and the full-pixel (50 million pixels) mode is hidden in the camera interface Among the level 2 menus, calling is slightly troublesome. However, in normal shooting, unless there is a need for high-pixel output, it is more recommended to use a four-in-one 12.5 million pixel, which can not only get a purer picture, but also relieve the pressure of high-pixel storage. (12.5 million pixels volume 3MB, 50 million pixels volume 10MB.)

In daylight, with "AI photography", the colors of the photos obtained by Honor V40 are more pleasing. With the enhancement of computational photography, scene recognition has become more and more accurate. AI's color grading will not be superfluous. On the contrary, there is a feeling of just right, which is more and more inseparable.

In addition, the advantages of the Honor V40 camera outsole are obvious. The most intuitive feeling is the enhancement of the "blur" ability, especially when shooting "close-ups" or using 2x, 5x telephoto.

▲ The physical blur is very natural (especially when shooting close-ups at close range).

▲ Main camera 2x digital cropping.

Now, whether it is a flagship or a mid-range camera, because the main camera has high pixels, it can directly rely on digital cropping at 2x or even 5x zoom, thus abandoning the telephoto lens. The same is true for the Honor V40. With 50 million pixels at 2x and 5x zoom, the picture still has good clarity. In addition, in the camera interface, 2x and 5x are not designed for quick switching. They are still more traditional push-pull styles. It is slightly inconvenient to use. I hope that subsequent versions can add the function of quick switching of focal lengths.

▲ The 2x digital cropping effect is not bad, and the 5x digital cropped picture is enough to send a ticket circle.

RYYB has more light input, and the "four-in-one" can simulate large pixels, so Honor V40 has the advantage of low-light shooting in hardware. In low light, you can get a good-looking photo without "night scene mode".

But after switching to the "night scene mode", Honor V40 will detect the light ratio of the entire screen, calculate the long exposure time (basically 7s~8s), and then start the exposure from the highlights to the dark, and finally get a night scene photo.

It can be seen from the photo parameters that in the night scene mode, due to the extension of the shutter time, the ISO is reduced to 340, which is almost close to that in daylight, and the overall picture is cleaner. Looking at the photo again, the suppression of highlights and the noise in the shadows are all well restored, and the white balance of the photo is more accurate.

66W + 50W dual fast charging, no longer anxious to use

The Honor V40 has a large screen, a thin and light body, and also uses a larger camera module, and is equipped with dual linear motors and dual speakers, so the battery capacity comes to 4000mAh. This capacity is not large in 5G mobile phones, and it is just enough.

However, fortunately, MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ is equipped with "5G UltraSave" technology, which can be dynamically adjusted to make the 5G baseband more power-saving, and dual-on 5G can also have longer battery life.

After actual measurement, turn on the "smart" screen refresh rate and resolution, and in the case of dual-on 5G, the battery can last until home at night. However, if you frequently chat, play games, and watch videos, the battery will drop a bit quickly, and you will need to recharge the battery before you get off work to avoid seeing "red" on the battery on the way home.

Speaking of charging, Honor V40 supports the "dual fast charge" solution, 66W wired plus 50W wireless. The wired fast charging solution adopts the "single cell three-pole ear solution", which can reduce the heating of the cell and has a longer cycle life. Wired and wireless fast charging are both proprietary protocols, and both require dedicated charging heads and chargers to achieve the corresponding fast charging power.

According to actual measurement, it took 36 minutes to charge the Honor V40 from completely dead to 100%, of which 56% can be charged in the first 15 minutes. This means that you can charge your phone for 15 minutes before going out, and you can return your phone to a state of peace of mind. In addition to the private protocol for fast charging, the Honor V40 also supports a PD protocol of about 18W, which is convenient for charging in other ways.

To be honest, the 4000mAh dual 5G mobile phone actually has no advantages in terms of battery life. Under daily high-frequency use, the performance of the Honor V40 is average. But with 66W fast charging and support for 50W wireless charging, it brings a different experience. In the case of urgent need for electricity, you can use 66W wired charging for 15 minutes.

Usually, it can be placed on the Qi wireless charging board for standby. Although it is not as fast as 50W, it can maintain the power of the Honor V40 in real time. On the whole, the past few days of using the Honor V40 did not cause me anxiety about battery life.

Continue to build 5G explosive phones

The product strength of Honor V40 is mainly concentrated on the screen, camera, and fast charging. These features are easily perceived by consumers. The curved screen can bring a more immersive feeling, and the 120Hz screen can make the sliding more delicate. The camera with the RYYB array on the outsole makes night shots clearer, and the dual fast charging of wired and wireless can reduce anxiety.

The Honor V40 is also the first time that Honor has used a non-Kirin SoC in its product line. Overall, it did not bring a bad user experience, but to be honest, at this node, the Dimensity 1000+ SoC is not a bright spot, and Honor For the Dimensity 1000+ SoC, it seems that it is still a bit incomplete and unoptimized. It may be due to the "engineering machine", but as time goes by, I believe that the Honor V40 and Dimensity 1000+ will have better performance.

The Honor V40 is a model that "connects the next and the next" after the independence of the new Honor. Although it is not perfect, it is at this node that it can be delivered to the market and consumers with the best specifications and performance.

In 2019, Honor accounted for 13% of the market share, becoming the second-growing mobile phone brand and ranking fourth. At that time, not long after the release of the Honor V30 series, Honor President Zhao Ming said that he would create a 5G explosion model to promote the arrival of the 5G mobile phone replacement wave.

A year later, the mobile phone market has changed dramatically and the situation is grim. More than 200 days later, the new Honor, which has stabilized its position, launched a new generation of V series. The purpose is very clear. The Honor V40 will continue to continue the concept of "5G explosion".

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