The Mate 40 Pro, Huawei ‘s newest and greatest smartphone, has now been officially released as a direct follow-up to last year’s Mate 30 series.
Let’s get the nitty gritty out of the way, as there are still no Google Play Services on the new handsets, like all previous Huawei launches. Instead, for the lifespan of the Mate 40 Pro, you will be dependent on the growing Huawei AppGallery and HMS unless we see a major US and Huawei U-turn and get a GMS reinstatement.
That’s the obvious omissions out of the way, as an interesting one is the rest of the kit here. With what we assume is going to be the final Kirin processor packed inside, the Mate 40 Pro will ship. Trade controls and problems mean that before sanctions are eased, it’s unlikely we’ll see a lot of HiSilicon.
The chipset of the Kirin 9000 series is based on a 5 nm architecture, which Huawei says is the first 5nm 5G processor in the world. This new chip uses an 8-core CPU with a 24-core GPU, while with 8 GB of RAM, the Mate 40 Pro will ship. 12GB of RAM will come with a bumped Mate 40 Pro+. Both devices will also be packaged in internal 4,400mAh cells along with outstanding wireless charging support for 50W.
Without any severely stacked camera hardware, it would not be a flagship Huawei phone, and the Mate 40 Pro and Pro+ do not disappoint on paper. Both devices come with a 50-megapixel main sensor, 20 megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens, and periscope zoom lenses.
With a 10x zoom alongside a 12-megpixel 3x zoom lens, the Pro+ sports an 8-megapixel periscope camera. This is purportedly capable of using optical zoom and visual enhancements up to 17x. As for the Mate 40 Pro, only a 5x optical zoom is included in its triple camera system, but it provides 7x hybrid zoom capabilities.
A 6.67-inch AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate and optical in-display fingerprint readers are offered for both devices. There is an upper-left dual punch-hole notch that provides 3D face unlock support as well. A depth sensor and a 13-megapixel max resolution camera are included in the selfie set-up.
For the regular Mate 40 Pro, which comes in a solo configuration of 8GB/256GB, pricing is expected to start at EUR 1,200. They will be available in black, white, silver, green , and yellow. The Pro+ model comes in black or white in a single 12GB/256GB configuration and is priced at EUR 1,399. The standard Mate 40 Pro will go on sale in the UK directly from the Huawei Store from November 12.