Chinese Huawei does not give up just because it has been shut out of Google’s own Android apps and services. On the contrary, now they are hitting the big drum and launching their Mate 40 series of flagship mobiles. The one that looks to be most relevant for the Swedish launch is the Mate 40 Pro, which on paper is a high-performance flagship mobile with monster cameras.
By “high performance” we mean the 5-nanometer technology used in the manufacture of the Kirin 9000 circuit that powers the phone. Huawei will be the first with 5 nm for Android, and the new Kirin chip will be significantly more powerful than Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865 circuits. Otherwise, the Mate 40 Pro is equipped with dual speakers, IP68 rating and support for wireless charging up to 50W. The battery size is 4,200 mAh.
The design on the back can best be described as unconventional, with the camera sensors placed on a large, black ring that does not seem to protrude much from the phone body itself. With the exception of the selfie camera plate, the screen covers virtually the entire front of the phone, and the panel itself is a 6.76-inch OLED variant with QHD resolution and heavily rounded edges. The image refresh rate lands at 90 Hz.
The camera set in turn consists of a large (1 / 1.28) main sensor of 50 megapixels with optical image stabilization. The 12-megapixel telescope (periscope) offers 5x optical zoom, and is accompanied by a 20-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens. In front is a 13-megapixel selfie camera that is equipped with extra good depth vision for beautiful portraits.
The specialists in Dxomark has already had the Mate 40 Pro under the microscope and gives good marks for the generous dynamic range, which seems to give very good results in dim photos. The color and detail reproduction also receives a great deal of praise. The cameras have become something of Huawei’s flagship lately, so it will be exciting to find out exactly what they are for in a detailed test.
Video recording with Mate 40 Pro can be done in up to 4k at 30 or 60 frames per second. Particular effort has been devoted to developing a record-breaking stabilization function for those who want to record fast-moving movies.
The software is its own Emui 11, which is based on Android 10. And then without Google-specific apps and services that many take for granted in an Android experience. However, Huawei has worked hard to expand its own app flora in the App Gallery, while the Phone Clone feature allows users to move apps from one phone to another. There is also a search widget, called Petal Search, which further increases the availability of the programs and services the user may be missing.
Mate 40 Pro will go on sale in Sweden on November 16 at a price of SEK 13,000. We get access to the colors black and silver and a configuration with 8 GB of frame and 256 GB of storage space. Keep an eye on us on the M3 after a thorough test of the mobile!