As a successor to the Huawei Mate 30, the Huawei Mate 40 brings to life Huawei plans for a better standard Huawei Mate smartphone. This year, Huawei is offering one of the first 5nm processors, an improved camera system, an improved chassis design, and lots more.
Where to Buy Huawei Mate 40
Huawei Mate 40 Key Specs and Features
- 6.5 inch OLED Display, 1080 x 2376 Pixels (402 PPI), 90Hz Refresh Rate, HDR10+
- Android 10; EMUI 11, no Google Play Services
- Octa-core Kirin 9000E 5G (5nm)
- 8GB RAM
- 128GB / 256GB
- 50MP + 8MP + 16MP Triple Rear Camera
- 13MP Front camera
- IP68 dust/water resistant
- 40W Fast Charging Capacity
- 4200 mAh Li-Po Non-removable Battery
Design and Display
The Huawei Mate 40 does a good job of creating its own design scheme with little traces from its predecessor. It’s all about offering a modern design, with hopes that it will appear satisfactory to many enthusiats.
Perusing the front of this device, it’s evident that Huawei chose to keep the curved display we saw on last year’s model. Am guessing Huawei statistics or maybe intuition says enthusiats prefer the curved display.
Whereas they may be enthusiasts who dig this curved display, there are still enthusiats like me who would have preferred a flatter display, Just like the type of flat display we got on the iPhone 12, Which will help avoid accidental presses.
This display is 6.5-inches in size and is boarded by one of the thinnest bezels on a smartphone. The resolution on this display is 1080 x 2376 Pixels, which is slightly higher than what we got on the Mate 30.
Still, 402 PPI density and a 90Hz refresh rate, which isn’t the most favorable choice for many, considering the fact that there are a ton of smartphones pushing the limit with a higher refresh rate. Honorable mentions to the Xiaomi Mi 10T 5G which has a 144Hz refresh rate.
Moving on to the rear of the Huawei Mate 40, we discover a circular camera module with a rendition different from what we had on the Mate 30.
Huawei moved the cameras from being inside the circle to being on the ring engulfing the inner circle. Huawei has termed this design a space ring, which was inspired by the first photo of a black hole.
Enthusiasts who decided to purchase the Huawei Mate 40 will have three color options that include Mystic Silver, White, Black, Green, and Yellow.
This year, Huawei didn’t really go the extra mile with camera upgrades. The cameras featured on the Huawei Mate 40 aren’t really outlandish in comparison to its predecessor. However, we have got some changes that can be considered as upgrades.
On the rear, we have a triple camera setup comprising of a 50MP primary camera with an aperture of f/1.9, an 8MP telephoto camera with an aperture of f/2.4, and a 16MP ultrawide camera with an aperture of f/2.2.
This rear camera setup is capable of recording videos maxed at 4k @ 60fps. There is a slo-mo mode hinged at 1080p @ 960fps. Please note that these cameras were co-engineered with Leica.
Upfront, we have a single 13MP camera instilled in a punch hole on its display. This camera has an aperture of f/2.4 videos shot with this camera is maxed at 4K 60fps. However, enthusiats can also shoot 1080p videos up to 240fps.
On the hardware performance department, Huawei is pushing the extremes with the Hi-Silicon Kirin 9000E 5G, which happens to be one of the first 5nm processors, in a similar light as the A14 Bionic chip on the likes of the iPhone 12 Pro and the iPad Air 2020.
Other performance facilitators include 8GB RAM, storage options of 128GB and 256GB, a Mali-G78 MP22 GPU, and a 4200mAh battery. Enthusiats will also get a 40W fast charge, to reduce charge duration.
The software on Huawei smartphones has somewhat become an issue of concern in the past few years. This is as a result of the trade sanctions they received from the United States prohibiting them from trading with American companies.
One of the problems with not being able to trade with American companies is the inability to feature Google services on Huawei smartphones, owing to the fact that Google is an American company.
The Huawei Mate 40 runs Android no doubt, but what is an Android smartphone without core Google services?
In other to solve this plight, Hauwei is continued working on first-party apps, that would take the place of the missing Google app services. In this light, Huawei has made provisions for a separate gallery, map e.t.c.
Huawei also encouraged mainstream app developers to contribute to their apps store. To this end, we have got the likes of Amazon, Snapchat, Titok, and Tinder on the Huawei app store.
Patronizing the web versions of the missing Google apps could also act as a backdoor. Apps like Gmail, Google calendar have web versions.
For connectivity, the Huawei Mate 40 rocks a 3.5mm headphone jack, a USB Type-C port, NFC, Bluetooth 5.2, and Dual-band WiFI.
Internet connectivity on the Huawei Mate 40 is maxed at 5G, which means enthusiasts can utilize 5G internet connectivity for downloads, uploads, and streaming.
Huawei Mate 40 Price and Availability
Huawei Mate 40 price starts at around $1,063 for the base 8GB /128GB variant. This translates to about 406,000 Naira in Nigeria, 115,706 KSH in Kenya, and 6,198 GHC in Ghana.
Huawei Mate 40 Specs
Here are a few specs of the Huawei Mate 40:
- Platform: Android 10, EMUI 11, no Google Play Services
- Processor: Kirin 9000E 5G (5nm) (1×3.13 GHz Cortex-A77 & 3×2.54 GHz Cortex-A77 & 4×2.05 GHz Cortex-A55)
- GPU: Mali-G78 MP22
- Memory: 8GB
- Colours: Mystic Silver, White, Black, Green, Yellow
- Dimension: 158.6 x 72.5 x 8.8 mm
- Weight: 188 g
- SIM Type: Nano-SIM
- SIM Count: Dual-SIM
- Display: 6.5-inches 1080 x 2376 Pixels, 402 PPI, OLED, HDR10+, 90Hz
- Screen Protection: –
- Foldable Display: No
- Rear Camera: 50MP (Primary) f/1.9 + 8MP (Telephoto) f/2.4, Optical Zoom + 16MP (Ultrawide) f/2.2
- Rear Camera Features: Leica optics, LED flash, panorama, HDR, [email protected]/60fps, [email protected]/60/120/240fps, [email protected], gyro-EIS
- Front Camera: 13MP, f/2.4, HDR, Panorama, [email protected], [email protected]/240fps
- Built-in Storage: 128GB / 256GB
- Memory Card Support: Yes (Up to 256GB)
- Bundled Cloud Storage: –
- 2G GSM: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
- 2G CDMA 1X: 800 / 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100
- 3G WCDMA: –
- 3G CDMA EVDO: –
- 4G LTE: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 26, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41
- 5G: 1, 3, 28, 38, 40, 41, 77, 78, 79, 80, 84 SA/NSA/Sub6
Internet & Connectivity
- GPRS: Yes
- EDGE: Yes
- 3G/WCDMA/HSPA: Yes
- HSPA+: –
- CDMA EVDO: –
- 4G LTE: Yes
- 5G: Yes
- WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct
- Wi-Fi Hotspot: Yes
- Bluetooth: Bluetooth 5.2, A2DP, LE
- NFC: Yes
- Infrared Blaster: Yes
- USB Port: USB Type-C 3.1, USB On-The-Go
- SMS/MMS: Yes
- Instant Messaging: –
- Push Emails: –
- Email Protocol: Yes
- Music Player: Yes
- Video Player: Yes
- FM Radio: No
- Loudspeaker: Yes
- 3.5mm Jack: Yes
- Navigation: dual-band A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, QZSS, NavIC
- Maps: –
Sensors & Control
- Digital Compass: Yes
- Accelerometer: Yes
- Proximity Sensor: Yes
- Light Sensor: –
- Barometer: –
- SpO2: –
- Pedometer: –
- Heart Rate Monitor: –
- Gyroscope: –
- Fingerprint Scanner: Yes (Under Display)
- Iris Scanner: –
- Face Unlock: –
- Stylus Pen: No
- Intelligent Digital Assistant: –
- Motion Sensing / Gesture Control: –
- Voice Control: –
- Video Streaming: Yes
- Active Noise Cancellation: –
- Wireless Charging: –
- Built-in Mobile Payment: –
- Water Resistant: Yes (IP68, up to 2m for 30 mins)
- Dust Resistant: Yes
- Image Editor: –
- Video Editor: –
- Document Viewer: –
- Document Editor: –
- Battery: Non-Removable 4200mAh Li-Po Battery
- Talktime: –
- Standby Time: –
- Fast Charging: 40W Capacity