Here is the Huawei Mate 40 Pro which has just been unveiled. The smartphone does not take advantage of Google services, but it still tries to seduce with its curved screen, Kirin 9000, fast charging and photo performance that promise to be at the top.
The Huawei Mate 40 Pro has just been made official. This does not embed Google services – no wonder that -, but that does not prevent it from highlighting several strengths to clearly show that this is a high-end device. We have already been able to take it in hand.
First of all, in terms of design, the information circulating before the presentation was true: the Huawei Mate 40 Pro has a 6.76-inch OLED screen refreshed at 90 Hz. The panel in question is very curved at the edges and offers a definition of 2772 x 1344 pixels. The device has a height of 162.9 mm, 75.5 mm in width and 9.1 mm in thickness. For weight, the scale displays 212 grams.
Two photo sensors are housed on the front in a large bubble pierced in the screen. This also houses the 3D facial recognition solution of the Mate 40 Pro which thus avoids the notch. Note also the presence of physical buttons for the volume on the right, something that the Mate 30 Pro had preferred to remove in favor of a touch functionality.
On the back, the phone wants to impose and show all its power. For this, it relies on its massive round photo module housing four sensors. It also benefits from a rear surface covered with a layer of matte glass with a satin touch like what is found on the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra for example. To continue the owner’s tour, note the absence of a jack, as well as the integration of two speaker grids (upper and lower edge) and obviously a USB-C port. The fingerprint reader is in the screen. Finally, the IP68 certification guarantees water resistance.
Power, photo and fast charge
The Huawei Mate 40 Pro has the motto ” one step ahead “. This wants to testify to the power of the new Kirin 9000 on board the smartphone. This is the new high-end chip from HiSilicon – a subsidiary of Huawei – and it is engraved in 5 nanometers. This bodes well for increased energy efficiency and optimized power. In addition, the SoC also provides compatibility with the 5G network.
On the photo side, there are a total of four sensors on the back:
- 50 megapixel main sensor (f / 1.9);
- 20 megapixel ultra wide-angle (f / 1.8);
- 12-megapixel x5 telephoto lens (f / 3.4);
- TOF sensor for depth of field.
Huawei continues to highlight its collaboration with specialist Leica and says that the Mate 40 Pro is particularly good at managing the exposure of high contrast scenes, even in low light, so as not to lose a minimum of information in your images . For the video, the manufacturer talks about improvements on stabilization and on intelligent tracking of people in motion for good sharpness.
At the front, there is a 13 megapixel sensor associated with a 3D depth sensor which allows, as mentioned above, to strengthen the security of facial recognition. The battery has a capacity of 4400 mAh and it comes with a 66 W fast charger in the phone box.
Android without Google
The Mate 40 Pro continues Huawei’s forced adventure in Android without Google. As a reminder, the Chinese company is hampered by an American embargo which prevents it from working with American companies or using American technologies – with a few exceptions.
Thus, the Mate 40 Pro runs on Android 10, but does not offer Gmail, YouTube, Google Maps, or the Play Store. Instead, the EMUI 11 interface relies on Huawei Mobile Services and its in-house app store: AppGallery.
The store in question benefits from a catalog that continues to grow according to the brand so that the user can find a number of popular applications – a good lot is still unavailable.
Added to this is the Petal Search tool which allows you to quickly find a whole bunch of applications on other download sources apart from the AppGallery and, above all, to warn the user if one of these apps requires a update. Huawei is also planning a more serious alternative to Google Maps with Petal Maps, a new mapping service that is made available in beta.
Huawei Mate 40 Pro price and availability
The Huawei Mate 40 Pro will be marketed in France at the recommended price of 1199 euros. Pre-orders start today October 22 and end on November 11.
Two colors are available: black and silver.