The Chinese giant, Huawei has unveiled their flagship Mate 40 Series today. The lineup consists of four devices – Huawei Mate 40, Mate 40 Pro, Mate 40 Pro+ and a Mate 40 RS Edition with Porsche design. The fact that the company is having issues releasing their smartphones in different parts of the world due to the ongoing ban and inability to use Google apps has not stopped them from churning out some of the best hardware in the industry. Let us break down the specifications of each device in detail.
Huawei Mate 40
Beginning with the entry-level model in the series, the Huawei Mate 40 features a 6.5-inch flat OLED display with a resolution of 2,376 x 1080 pixels. The display sports a 90Hz refresh rate along with 240Hz touch sampling rate. Under the hood, it is powered by the new Kirin 9000E SoC which is less powerful than its Pro models. The chipset has 22-core GPU and an NPU with a big core. The memory maxes out at 8GB of RAM, unlike its big brothers.
Moving to the camera department, the triple camera setup begins with an upgraded 50MP sensor which has an aperture of f/1.9. Its followed by a 16MP ultrawide sensor carrying an aperture of f/2.2 and finally an 8 MP telephoto sensor capable of up to 3x zoom. The battery unit holds a capacity of 4,200 mAh and supports 40W fast wired charging but does not come with wireless charging.
The pricing and availability of the smartphone have not been revealed by the company.
Huawei Mate 40 Pro
Shifting our focus, to the Pro devices, it gets upgrades in almost all the fields when compared to the non-Pro model. It features a larger 6.76 OLED curved display with a resolution of 1,334 x 2,772 pixels. The curved display makes way for both hardware buttons as well as virtual ones. The refresh rate of the display is set at 90Hz in combination with 240Hz touch sampling rate. The stereo speakers, 3D audio and linear motor vibration add to the multimedia and gaming experience.
It is powered by the latest Kirin 9000 Chipset based on 5 nm architecture. Out of the 4x Cortex-A77 cores, one is clocked at a whopping 3.13GHz and the rest includes 4x Cortex-A55 cores. Unlike the regulate Mate 40, the GPU unit is Mali-G78 with 24-cores and dual NPU cores.
Speaking of cameras, the quad-camera setup begins with a 50MP sensor with the largest f/1.28″ sensor which is the biggest in the industry. The lens has an aperture on f/1.9 and supports OIS along with 1.22-micron pixels. As its a Huawei camera, the features it brings to the table are nothing short of astounding. It’s capable of shooting 4K videos at 60fps and Full HD videos at 480fps. If you want to take it to the limit, there’s another 3,840 fps mode at 720P resolution. The second one in the list is a second-generation 20MP Cine camera with an f/1.8 ultrawide lens. Its free form lens is the world’s first in a smartphone and can help minimise distortion of the ultrawide shots.
The 12MP telephoto sensor, 125mm lens combination can zoom up to 5x optically and comes with an f/3.4 aperture and OIS. The 13MP selfie camera is accompanied by a depth sensor in the Pro models. It’s capable of shooting 4K videos at 60fps and Full HD videos at 240 fps slow-motion.
The software is based on EMUI 11 and this version might be one of the last before the move to the Harmony OS. The under-display fingerprint scanner handles security. It’s backed up by a 4,400 mAh battery that supports 66W fast charging via the USB Type-C port. In addition, it supports 50W wireless charging and reverse wireless charging. The connectivity features include 5G, WiFi 6+ capable of achieving 2.4Gbps speed among other standard options. It comes with an option to expand the storage via the NM card slots.
The single 8/256 GB version of the Huawei Mate 40 Pro will retail in Europe at EUR 1,200 in a wide variety of colours.
Huawei Mate 40 Pro+
This smartphone packs most of the specifications and features seen on the Pro model. From display to the processor, all remains the same. The major difference can be observed in the zooming capabilities of the camera. The 8MP periscope camera can reach a spy-worthy 10x optical zoom thanks to the f/4.4 aperture lens. In addition, the Pro+ also features additional 12MP camera for 3x zoom shots.
The Mate Pro+ version comes with a ceramic back and the 12/256 GB version will be sold of EUR 1,400. It will be available in Black and White colours.
Porsche Design Huawei Mate 40 RS
This year too, the company has collaborated with the design firm, Porsche to bring out the Special Edition smartphones with Ceramic finish. Even though both the Pro+ model and the RS Edition shares the same finish, there is no chance for you to mix up two of them. Quite strikingly, the rear cameras are tucked in a rounded octagon frame with a vertical stripe running down the middle.
The Porsche Design Huawei Mate 40 RS with 12GB RAM and 512GB go on sale for a whopping EUR 2,300 as a collector’s item.
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