Oct 22nd, 2020 publishUpdated   Nov 3rd, 2020, 11:42 am

After months of anticipation, the Huawei Mate 40 series of devices were unveiled today.

The main challenge for the new phones is Huawei’s continued issues with the US which keeps the devices from featuring the Google Play Store. The Huawei App Gallery has dramatically expanded over the last 18 months, but it still lacks most of the most popular apps used by consumers outside of China.

That being said, Huawei is still leading the charge in the smartphone space, increasing its sales year-over-year and delivering new innovations in hardware and software. Pushing this forward in the second half of the year, Huawei unveiled the new Mate 40, Mate 40 Pro and Mate 40 Pro+

Design

On the outside, the Mate 40 and Mate 40 Pro devices look very similar with curved displays, a metal frame and glass back. The circular camera array on the back of the phone that we saw last year and been enlarged with what Huawei is calling the “Space Ring Design.”

The phones are available in a wide selection of color and material options ranging from glass to vegan leather and ceramic. Huawei is also including IP68 rating and the Pro series.

Cameras

As expected, the main focus of the Mate 40 devices is the camera experience. starting off with the main 50MP sensor found on all three devices, Huawei is using a new 50MP 1/1.28″ sensor which is the largest sensor in a smartphone, allowing the devices to capture more detail and improve low-light performance, an area in which Hauwei has been leading for the last few years.

The Mate 40 also features a 16MP ultrawide camera and an 8MP 3x telephoto camera. The Mate 40 Pro swaps out those two cameras for a 20MP ultrawide and 12MP 5x periscope camera while the Mate 40 Pro+ uses a 20MP ultrawide, ToF, 12MP 3x telephoto and 8MP 10x periscope camera in addition to the 50MP main camera.

The Mate 40 has a single front-facing camera, but the Pro and Pro+ also feature a 13MP 100-degree ultrawide camera for capturing images that will allow you to fit in more friends or show off the world around you.

Processor & Performance

The new Kirin 9000 sports -built-in 5G and is built on a new 5nm process, allowing it to cram in 30% more transistors than the A14 chipset. Huawei claims that the Kirin 9000 is also 10% faster than the SD865 with a 52% bump in GPU performance.

Battery

For their batteries, the regular Mate 40 is equipped with a 4200mAh cell while the 40 Pro and Pro+ come with a 4400mAh cell. This year Huawei has bumped up the charging speeds of all three phones to 66W with 50W wireless charging on the Pro models.

Displays

While many smartphone makers are moving away from curved displays, Huawei is leaning into it more this year, featuring a 68-degree curve on the Mate 40’s 6.5-inch FHD+ panel and an 88-degree curve on the 6.76-inch QHD+ display found on the Pro devices. All of the OLED displays feature a 90Hz refresh rate with 240Hz touch sampling.

Prices

  • Huawei Mate 40: €899 Euro (8GB RAM, 128 storage)
  • Huawei Mate 40 Pro €1,199 (8GB RAM, 256GB storage)
  • Huawei Mate 40 Pro+: €1,399 (12GB RAM, 256GB storage)
  • Huawei Mate 40 Porsche Design: €2,289 (12GB RAM, 512GB storage)

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