Huawei has officially finally taken the wraps off its latest smartphones of the Mate 40 series and has introduced a trio of devices that includes the Huawei Mate 40, the Mate Mate 40 Pro, and the Mate 40 Pro Plus flagship smartphones, featuring the first 5nm SoC with 5G capabilities, better camera performances, new design and more.
The new Mate series of smartphones features OLED display panels with rounded corners. The Mate 40, which is the base model, holds a 6.5-inch OLED display with a screen resolution of 2376 x 1080 pixels. The Mate 40 Pro and the Mate 40 Pro Plus variant features a larger 6.76-inch OLED panel and has a screen resolution of 2772 x 1344 pixels. Huawei does mention on its official spec sheet that the screen resolution is slightly lower when you count the rounded design of the display. That said, both the Mate 40 Pro and the Mate 40 Pro+ does come with a refresh rate up to 90 Hz. During the event, Huawei mentions that it was very easy for them to clock the refresh rate to 120Hz for the new models. However, the company decided to stick to 90Hz, since 120Hz panels consume a lot of battery life. Huawei states that the 90Hz is the perfect balance for the user who wants to experience a smooth user interface while not impacting battery life.
The base Mate 40 smartphone is 8.8mm thick and weighs approximately 188g. The bigger Mate 40 Pro smartphone is slightly thicker at 9.1mm and weighs heavier at 212g. The Mate 40 Pro Plus smartphone has a thickness of 8.8mm and has a weight of 230g. All three smartphone does feature splash and water resistance with IP68 certification. One of the common things between the three devices is the new and powerful Huawei Kirin 9000 5G SoC. Huawei claims it’s the first 5nm processor with an integrated 5G modem in the market. The chip comes in an octa-core CPU configuration, featuring a single Cortex A77 performance cores clocked at 3.13GHz speeds, another three Cortex A77 cores clocked at a slightly lower 2.54GHz speeds, and four Cortex A55 cores clocked at 2.05GHz speeds as power-efficient cores. The NPU (Neural-network Processing Unit) of the chipset comes in dual Big core and tiny core configuration.
The chip also packs the 24-core Mali G78 which delivers over 50% better performance than the Adreno GPU of the Snapdragon 865+ processor from Qualcomm. However, the Mate 40 actually has the Kirin 9000E variant that packs a 22-core Mali G78 GPU. The smartphone runs on Android 10 OS but with Huawei’s EMUI 11 software. The Mate 40 comes in 128GB and 256GB capacities with 8GB RAM. The Mate 40 Pro comes in 256GB capacity and 8GB RAM. The Mate 40 Pro Plus also comes in 256GB capacity but with a larger 12GB RAM.
The most notable changes between the three smartphones are in the camera department. The new devices come with a “Space Ring” design where the camera lenses are placed around the ring and not inside the circle. The Mate 40 features three different cameras, with the main shooter packing a 50MP image sensor with F1.9 as its aperture. Huawei mentions that the 50MP Ultra Vision shooter has an image sensor size of 1/1.28″, which means the sensor can collect more light and information to deliver better image quality, colors, and low-light capability. The second camera is a 16MP sensor for ultra-wide angle shots and with an aperture of F2.2 (also can be used for macro shots), along with the 8MP telephoto shooter with OIS and F2.4 as the aperture.
The Mate 40 Pro, on the other hand, also comes with the 50MP shooter, but the rest of the cameras are different from the Mate 40 base model. The second camera of the Mate 40 Pro features a 12MP telephoto shooter with F3.4 as its aperture with support for OIS. The third camera is a 20MP Cine shooter with F1.8 for ultra-wide shots. The Mate 40 Pro Plus model comes with a more advanced camera configuration with a total of 4 cameras and one 3D depth-sensing camera. The Mate 40 Pro+ sports the 50MP main camera and the 12MP telephoto shooter, along with another telephoto camera with an 8MP sensor and with F4.4 aperture. Then comes the 20MP camera sensor for ultra-wide shots. There is also the ToF camera for depth sensing capabilities. The cameras are backed with Leica-based lens enhancements.
The new devices are capable of 4K video recording at 60fps. While the rear-facing cameras are different between the new smartphones, they all have the same selfie sensor. The front-facing shooter packs a 13MP sensor with F2.0 as its aperture. However, the Mate 40 Pro and Pro+ comes with a front-facing depth-sensing camera. Huawei mentions that the new cameras come with a “free-form lens” that is designed to sort out the barrel distortion effects when shooting wide-angle photos.
As for the battery, the Mate 40 comes with a 4200 mAh battery with support for 40W SuperCharge. However, the base model does not come with wireless charging capability. That said, the Mate 40 Pro and its plus variant house a 4400 mAh battery with support for 66W SuperCharge. Unlike the base model, the Pro models do feature wireless charging support up to 50W. The new smartphones come with a fingerprint scanner that is integrated within the main display. The Pro models also feature the Face Unlock capability.
Huawei Consumer Business Group (BG) today bolstered its product line-up with the advanced HUAWEI Mate 40 Series, the latest revolutionary flagship smartphones that empower users to leap further ahead. Showcasing the pinnacle of Huawei technology, the new Series reinforces Huawei’s dedication to innovation and its unrelenting determination to create the best Mate ever.
The HUAWEI Mate 40 Series has the Mate Series DNA at its core. Over the last eight years, there have been 10 outstanding generations of Mate Series devices and now the latest flagship smartphones take Mate to new heights with the best technology in the industry. From powerful performance to unique user interactions, everything about the HUAWEI Mate 40 Series has been fine-tuned to provide the most exciting smartphone experience possible. HUAWEI Mate 40 Pro and HUAWEI Mate 40 Pro+ incorporate the world’s first 5 nanometer 5G SoC, Ultra Vision Cine Camera system and the iconic Space Ring Design, as well as a smarter, more attentive digital experience.
Richard Yu, Executive Director and CEO of Huawei Consumer BG said: “Each year the HUAWEI Mate Series brings the most exciting technology together into one stunning package. This is what defines the Mate Series DNA and is all made possible by our dedication to innovation. In these unprecedented times, we remain committed to creating a better future, with innovative technology that delivers a positive and meaningful impact on the lives of consumers. In the future, we will continue working closely with our partners to bring the Seamless AI Life experience to consumers all around the world.”
Pre-orders for the HUAWEI Mate 40 series will being in UAE in November.
Leap further ahead with the iconic Space Ring Design
Marrying iconic design with innovative technology, HUAWEI Mate 40 Pro and HUAWEI Mate 40 Pro+ are informed by the design principle that form manifests function. The uncompromised design of the HUAWEI 88° Horizon Display creates an immersive viewing experience in a compact package, while the silky curve also means the devices are comfortable to hold. The handsets also offer IP 68 dust and water resistance, a choice of both virtual and physical volume controls and enhanced mistouch prevention algorithms.
Objects of sheer beauty, the HUAWEI Mate 40 Pro and HUAWEI Mate 40 Pro+ devices carry a small front camera cut-out, which is packed full of technology, with 3D Face Unlock, an Ultra Vision Selfie Camera and Smart Gesture Control.
Turn the devices over and you will see that the HUAWEI Mate 40 Series adopts the Space Ring Design, an evolution of the HUAWEI Mate Series’ iconic circular and symmetrical design. HUAWEI Mate 40 and HUAWEI Mate 40 Pro are available in Black and White, as well as an enchanting Mystic Silver, a finish with a colour-shifting effect that evokes the mysteries of the unseen. There are also two vegan leather variants, Yellow and Green. Meanwhile, HUAWEI Mate 40 Pro+ features an exquisite nano-tech ceramic back panel available in two iconic colours: Ceramic White and Ceramic Black.
Leap further ahead with Kirin 9000 setting a new standard for performance
Powering the best Mate ever, the Kirin 9000 Series is fully equipped for 5G, capable of handling intensive computations and multi-tasking operations with ease. Embedded in HUAWEI Mate 40 Pro and HUAWEI Mate 40 Pro+, the Kirin 9000 is the most sophisticated 5nm 5G SoC available, delivering vastly improved performance and power efficiency over its predecessor. For the first time ever, the flagship 5G SoC has more than 15.3 billion transistors, making it the densest and most full-featured 5G SoC to date. The powerful CPU features a three-level power efficiency architecture with cores running at clock frequencies of up to 3.13GHz. Also integrated into the SoC is a 24-core Mali-G78 GPU, as well as an innovative NPU featuring two big cores and one tiny core, taking on-device AI to a new level.
The 24-core Mali-G78 GPU in HUAWEI Mate 40 Pro and HUAWEI Mate 40 Pro+ is the most powerful GPU ever seen on a Huawei device. This delivers advanced graphics performance and is complemented by an amazing audio visual experience for immersive gaming. The 90Hz display works together with 240Hz touch sampling rate for greater responsiveness and now provides haptic feedback to correspond with the visual experience. This entertainment set-up is completed with dual stereo speakers to create experiences with super bass stereo.
The HUAWEI Mate 40 Series is also equipped with the battery technology that is needed to keep up with the demands of 5G, supporting the fastest iteration of HUAWEI SuperCharge.
Leap further ahead with an all-round imaging system engineered to make photography simple
The camera system on the HUAWEI Mate 40 Series has been co-engineered with Leica to provide the best camera solution possible and sees breakthrough upgrades to the ultra-wide angle lens, powerful high-definition main camera, impressive telephoto camera and more. With the Dual Cine Cameras and Dual Ultra Wide Cameras on HUAWEI Mate 40 Pro and HUAWEI Mate 40 Pro+, users can capture amazing wide angle videos and images from both the front-and rear-facing cameras.
When it comes to cinematic videography, the HUAWEI Mate 40 Pro and HUAWEI Mate 40 Pro+ are unparalleled. The Dual Cine Cameras feature a 3:2 cinema-style shooting ratio sensor. Capturing high quality footage is easier than ever with Steady Shot, while the XD Fusion HDR Video ensures balanced exposure, even when users are capturing with extreme lighting contrast. Other evolutions include Tracking Shot, while Story Creator allows for true cinematic effects. Background music, filters and effects can also be added with ease. Not neglecting audio, HUAWEI Mate 40 Series features Audio Focus, Audio Zoom, and dual stereo speakers.
The Ultra Wide Cine Camera now offers an even wider field of view, as well as richer detail, improved low light performance and distortion correction algorithms, allowing users to capture beautiful expansive landscapes, while the Super Sensing Wide Camera provides true high definition shots. Image quality has been further enhanced with Full Pixel Octa PD AutoFocus. Improved distortion correction targets the face, body and limbs, making the ultra-wide angle lens useful in more scenarios than ever. HUAWEI Mate 40 Pro features a Periscope Telephoto Camera to support 10x hybrid zoom and 50x digital zoom, and HUAWEI Mate 40 Pro+ takes it further with a dual-telephoto camera system that enables 20x hybrid zoom and 100x digital zoom.
The Ultra Vision Selfie Camera on the HUAWEI Mate 40 Series take selfies and videos to new heights with support for 4K capture and the option to shoot in one of three available fields of view, ranging from up close and personal to ultra-wide. Slow-Motion Selfie adds even more versatility to the front camera by letting users add dramatic flair when documenting their fast-paced actions.
Leap further ahead with an all new user experience
HUAWEI Mate 40 Pro and HUAWEI Mate 40 Pro+ are set to revolutionise how consumers integrate smartphones into their lives with new user-centric features including Smart Gesture Control, which allows total hands-free control of your device. Simply hover your hand over the device to wake it up or navigate your phone by swiping left, right, up and down. There is also an air press gesture for call answering.
A device that is always there for you, the all new dynamic Eyes on Display on HUAWEI Mate 40 Pro and HUAWEI Mate 40 Pro+ can be activated at a glance, with fully customisable interactive displays hosting all the information you need from your phone. The ring of incoming calls can be reduced by making eye contact with your phone.
Improved MeeTime functionality is a gateway to a better connected, more intelligent life. When combined with the power of Huawei’s 1+8+N ecosystem, Multi-screen Collaboration offers an intuitive way for users to operate multiple devices at once, running several apps simultaneously, combining smartphone and PC to deliver unique experiences.
When it comes to privacy and security, the EMUI 11 operating system has always featured comprehensive security solutions to protect Huawei device users. The Trusted Execution Environment operating system is CC EAL5+ certified, which is the highest certification level for commercialised security microkernel. EMUI 11 also comes with new privacy features. When transferring images, users can easily purge sensitive personal data such as location, time and device details from the file before it is sent.
HUAWEI Mate 40 Series comes equipped with the innovative Huawei Mobile Services (HMS), bringing users a smarter, richer, more convenient and secure smartphone experience. During the launch, Huawei also unveiled new apps available for global Huawei users, including Petal Search, a search engine with support for multiple types of searches; Petal Maps, a map app that utilises the HUAWEI Mate 40 Series’ gesture control feature; and HUAWEI Docs, a unified word document service. These apps come together to lead the way towards a better digital life for the 700 million Huawei device users worldwide.