Huawei have revealed their latest cutting edge smartphones with the Huawei Mate 40 series in a press conference last night. Comprising of the Huawei Mate 40, Huawei Mate 40 Pro and Huawei Mate 40 Pro+, these new smartphones incorporate a world’s first 5nm 5G SoC, as well as Huawei’s new Space Ring Design for the back camera.
According to Huawei, Singapore can look forward to the Huawei Mate 40 Pro variant in Black and Mystic Silver, with pricing and availability to be revealed soon. No word was given if the Mate 40 and the Mate 40 Pro+ variants will also be coming to Singapore.
The 3 new devices are similar in many ways: Each with the Space Ring Design, an OLED 90Hz screen (Huawei says they chose not to do 120Hz for a good balance between battery life and smoothness), the Mali-G78 GPU, a 50MP main camera with a huge (for a phone) 1/1.28″ sensor, an under-screen fingerprint sensor, among others. But if you want to stay on the cutting edge, the Pro and Pro+ models are what you should be considering.
Both the Mate 40 Pro and Pro+ come with 6.76-inch 1344×2772 pixels displays (vs the Mate 40 6.5-inch 1080×2376 display). The Mate 40 also comes with the slightly lower-powered Kirin 9000E 5G chipset, while both pro versions have the Kirin 9000. But if you’re considering the Huawei phones, you’ll be looking at the cameras, and different, they are.
All About The Cameras
As mentioned, all 3 phones will come with the 50MP main camera, though the Huawei Mate 40 Pro+ will have optical image stabilisation (OIS) for this camera too. The Mate 40 comes with a 16MP f/2.2 wide-angled camera, as well as an 8MP f/2,4 telephoto one that will give you 3x optical zoom.
On the standard Mate 40 you get a 16MP f/2.2 ultra-wide one and an 8MP f/2.4 telephoto one, offering 3x optical zoom and optical image stabilization (OIS); there’s also the 13MP f/2.8 front camera. On the Pro, the wide-angled camera becomes a 20MP f/1.8 camera, and 12MP f/3.4 telephoto camera with OIS – giving you 5x optical zoom. And on the Pro, the front camera is paired with a 3D depth sensor for facial recognition.
The Pro+, however, gives you a 20MP f/2.4 ultra-wide camera, a 8MP f/4.4 periscope camera with 10x optical zoom and OIS, a 12MP f/2.4 telephoto camera with 3x optical zoom and OIS, and a camera for depth sensing – giving you up to 20x optical zoom and 100x digital zoom. The wide-angled lens comes with a world’s first free-form lens in a mobile phone, and it promises to remove distortion you usually get.
All the cameras are backed with Huawei’s new image signal processor, and have been co-engineered with Leica.
For the 3 phones, you’ll also get a chock load of various video modes, including a 3840fps at 720p mode on the Pro models in case you really want SLOOOOWWWW motion. All of them come with an upgraded gyro-electronic image stabilisation, so you might just be able to leave that gimbal at home.
Really, Just Get The Pro Versions
Both the Huawei Mate 40 Pro and Pro+ come with 66W (!!) wired charging, as well as 50W (!!) wireless charging for their 4400 mAh batteries, while the Mate 40 will get 40W wired charging on a 4200 mAh battery. Huawei also claims you can charge (and use) their phones at even -5 degrees celsius, thought it’s not like we’ll be flying anywhere to test that anytime soon.
The Pro versions also come with stereo speakers touted to have 150% stronger bass.
Oh, and the Pro phones are IP68 water/dust resistance rated, while the Huawei Mate 40 is just IP53 – so don’t drop the latter into water.
Huawei also claimed that they’ve built-in more longevity into their phones, promising only a 2.5% drop in performance after 36 months – just in time for a new phone contract. It’s a huge claim, and for those who don’t want to change their phone every year, a welcome one.
A Whole New EMUI
With the new generation of phones comes a new UI for Huawei phones: EMUI 11. The new version is touted to have an improved user interface, with a more dynamic, graphic always-on display that you can customise easily. There’s also the option for EOD – Eye-On Display – which turns the screen on when you glance at your phone.
There’s also better gesture control, such as the option the answer your phone with just a wave of your hand. Compatibility with Huawei laptops continue with smart multi-window and multi-screen collaboration for all you multi-tasking junkies.
And even if you miss Google, Huawei is bringing Petal Maps and Petal Search, adding more functionality.
Some of you are gonna love this – the Huawei Mate 40 series comes with an optional case that has a ring light built in! I mean, more cases should be like that. It uses wireless charging to stay powered, and so can only be used with the Mate 40 Pros, and … and I just love the idea. Is it new? I don’t know, but this really seems like an elegant solution.
There’s also a new generation M-Pen 2 stylus which works on the new phones, a 50W Wireless Car Charger, a wired 60W Car Charger, and a 12,000 mAh 66W power bank.
Oh, and this isn’t an accessory, but Huawei also announced the Porsche Design Huawei Mate 40 RS which is a snazzy version of the Huawei Mate 40 Pro+, but also comes with an infrared thermo sensor, and a premium leather case.
“Each year the HUAWEI Mate Series brings the most exciting technology together into one stunning package,” said Richard Yu, Executive Director and CEO of Huawei Consumer BG. “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.”
You can check out the full launch event below: