The upcoming Huawei Mate 40 first render have now leak and showcased an absolute massive setup of the rear camera, plus some significant improvements over the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro last year.
First, it looks like this is probably the Mate 40 ‘s non-Pro version, with the renders bearing some similarities to the Huawei P40 Pro released earlier this year.
Gone is the big display notch, replaced by a punch hole – added this year as well to the P40 series. The rear camera setup has the familiar circular “stove top” design that evolved late-2018 since its first appearance on the Mate 20 Pro. A triple camera setup plus a sensor, which is unknown yet, will be played on host. A safe guess will be another Time-of – Flight sensor or depth-sensing unit.
The Mate 40 render also showcases several extra top frame sensors, which still lack any explanation whatsoever. This may just be an IR-blaster — an inclusion that has persisted with many Huawei flagships amid dwindling across other Android devices.
The hardware can be interesting but there is no doubt that the software is going to be a sore point here. With Huawei already firmly on the US government’s Entity List, it’s also very doubtful that the Mate 40 series would launch officially installed with Google apps. The Chinese firm is also pressing forward with its home-brew AppGallery, which as of July 2020 already boasts about 750 million active users.
Despite looking especially interesting in these renders, the Mate 40 is facing an uphill struggle in markets outside of mainland China as buyers are still reeling from the lack of Google Play Store and slim pickings on the AppGallery. We are still interested, however, in seeing just what the device might bring the table in the coming months.