A year ago, Huawei introduced the Huawei Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro, the first two devices from the company that arrived without the Google application ecosystem. Today the company presented its new series, the Huawei Mate 40, which this time is not about two devices, but three. Following the scheme of the Huawei P40, Huawei has presented the Huawei Mate 40, Mate 40 Pro, and Mate 40 Pro+.
The first of them and we could say that the most “basic” is the one we are dealing with in this article. We are talking about the Huawei Mate 40, a high-end device that keeps the huge curved screen, and the triple camera of its Pro brother, but loses the double front camera. We will now get to know it better.
Huawei Mate 40 Datasheet
|Huawei Mate 40|
|Dimensions and Weight||158.6 x 72.5 x 88 mm|
Resolution FullHD + (2,376 x 1,080 pixels)
90 Hz refresh rate
|Processor||Huawei Kirin 9000E|
|Internal Storage||256 GB|
|Main Camera||50 MP RYYB f / 1.9|
Wide angle 16 MP f / 2.2
Telephoto x3 8 MP f / 2.4
|Front Camera||13 MP f / 2.4|
Fast charge 40W
|OS||Android 10 with EMUI 11|
Without Google apps
|Connectivity||5G NSA and SA|
USB Type C
GPS dual band
|Others||On-screen fingerprint reader|
Curved and with a photographic module
The device continues to rely on the design that Huawei showed in the Mate 30. Thus, the phone has a simple rear where there is a huge photographic module with four lenses. There is no fingerprint reader here, but the company has decided to take it under the screen. That gives us a preview of one fact, and that is that the screen is OLED.
We’ll talk about it right away, but first, let’s stop at the detail. Although, the device allows users to take advantage of the curved screen to do actions, such as increasing and lowering the volume by sliding on the edge, this time Huawei has preferred to keep the physical volume and start buttons on the right edge. Following the construction, the Huawei Mate 40 Pro and Mate 40 Pro+ are IP68 certified, but this one is IP53.
So we move on to talk about the screen. Huawei has mounted a 6.5 inch 68º curved OLED Flex panel with FullHD+ resolution (2,376 x 1,080 pixels). Its refresh rate amounts to 90 Hz, something already typical of the Android high-end, and its sample rate stays at 240 Hz. It represents the DCI-P3 color space and HDR content. Note that it does not have a notch, but Huawei has opted for a perforation in the upper left corner that will take selfies and unlock the screen using Face Unlock in two dimensions.
The Five Nanometers Reach the Mate 40
The engine consists of a Kirin 9000E five-nanometer EUV processor, an SoC similar to the Mate 40 Pro and Mate 40 Pro+, but with a slightly less powerful GPU and less big core on the NPU. We are talking about a processor that reaches an incredible 3.13 GHz speed, which mounts a Mali-G78 22-core GPU. It doesn’t look like it will be short on power, but it will have to wait for the performance tests. It is also compatible with 5G networks thanks to the Balong 5000 modem.
This interesting processor is powered by a 4,200 mAh battery. Although the Huawei Mate 40 Pro and Mate 40 Pro have 66W fast charge and 50W wireless fast charge, this device is left alone with a 40W fast charge. The SuperCharge cable and charger are required to use it.
The operating system is Android 10 with EMUI 11. Like other devices from the company, the Huawei Mate 40 does not have Google applications pre-installed, so users will have to depend on Huawei’s HMS and AppGallery application store to access the apps. There is news related to HMS, one of them being Petal Search, a complete search engine to find information of all kinds; and Celia, Huawei’s voice assistant.
We arrive at the end, and it is time to talk about the camera, where we find a similar (although not identical) configuration in both the Mate 40 and the Mate 40 Pro. In this case, there is a set of three sensors, the main one being a 50-megapixel RYYB sensor with an f/1.9 aperture. It is accompanied by a 16-megapixel f/2.2 wide-angle and an 8-megapixel f/2.4 optical zoom telephoto with OIS. A 13-megapixel sensor takes care of the selfies.
Price and Availability of Huawei Mate 40
The Huawei Mate 40 will be available in silver, white, black, green vegetable leather, and orange vegetable leather for €899 (around £810 / $1,065 / AU$1,500). There will only be an 8/256 GB version.