Huawei will be introducing its newest top smartphone, the Mate 40 Pro, next week. We now have official pictures and a large part of the technical data of what is perhaps the last high-end device from the Chinese group, which is severely affected by the US embargo.
The Huawei Mate 40 Pro has a 6.76-inch OLED display that has a resolution of 2772×1344 pixels and thus achieves a pixel density of 456 PPI. We don’t yet know whether the screen supports an increased refresh rate.
What is certain, however, is that the panel is strongly curved back at the edges, so that the impression of a borderless screen is created when the phone is viewed directly from the front. An optical fingerprint reader, which is supposed to unlock the smartphone quickly and reliably, is located directly under the display surface.
New Kirin 9000 SoC with 5nm structure width and 5G modem
The Huawei HiSilicon Kirin 9000 is the last new high-end SoC manufactured by TSMC before the US embargo came into force for Huawei. The chip offers a total of eight cores, four of which use the ARM Cortex-A55 architecture and work with a maximum of 2.04 gigahertz.
In addition, there are three further high-end cores which, according to current knowledge, use the ARM Cortex-A77 architecture and offer a maximum clock rate of 2.54 gigahertz. On top of that, Huawei runs a fourth Cortex-A77 core with a maximum clock rate of at least 3.13 gigahertz, so that, according to the first benchmarks, the overall package offers more than sufficient performance that overtakes the current Snapdragon 865 Plus with similar clock rates.
In addition to the fast CPU cores, the chip also has an ARM Mali-G78 graphics unit, the Huawei-typical neural processing engine for processing data from the field of artificial intelligence, and an integrated 5G modem, which is probably only in Sub -6 GHz networks. The Kirin 9000 is also the first SoC from Huawei that was manufactured on a 5-nanometer scale and thus offers an even narrower structure than its predecessor.
Huawei sells the Mate 40 Pro in Europe in only one version: this has eight gigabytes of RAM and 256 GB of internal flash memory based on UFS 3.1, which cannot be expanded using a microSD card slot. In China, there will also be variants with up to 12 gigabytes of RAM. In addition, special editions are planned, including a Mate 40 RS and a “Pro +” model, which differ primarily in terms of adapting the design and the camera equipment.
Ultra-powerful triple camera system with Leica optimization
Speaking of cameras: With the Huawei Mate 40 Pro, the manufacturer relies on an extremely powerful package in which three cameras optimized in cooperation with Leica deliver images. In addition, however, a new autofocus system is built-in, which combines laser autofocus with a new type of additional camera sensor, which also functions as a kind of autofocus helper.
However, it is still unclear how exactly this new system works, which combines optical and laser autofocus. In addition to the individual LED flash, there is also a color temperature sensor that should help the Mate 40 Pro to always reproduce realistic colors.
50 megapixels for the main camera, 3D gesture control at the front
The three main sensors of the large camera unit consist of a 50-megapixel sensor with an F / 1.9 aperture and an optical image stabilizer, a 20-megapixel sensor for ultra-wide-angle shots with an F / 1.8 aperture, and a zoom -Camera with 12 megapixels resolution and F / 3.4 maximum aperture size. Among other things, the camera system should be able to record 8K videos and offers a 5x physical magnification for zoom recordings.
In the pill-shaped cutout on the front of the Huawei Mate 40 Pro, there is a 13-megapixel camera with an F / 2.4 aperture, which Huawei provides with a 3D sensor. In combination, this system should enable the smartphone to be operated with gestures, similar to what is already known from other devices. All the user has to do is move his hand over the display to interact with the phone.
Fast charging function with 65 watts
The version intended for Europe of the Huawei Mate 40 Pro has a 4400mAh battery. Huawei always supplies a new SuperCharge power adapter, which is connected to the device via USB Type-C port (3.1 Gen 1) and provides a maximum charging power of up to 65 watts.
This should allow the smartphone to be charged extremely quickly so that it is fully operational again within less than an hour. Wireless charging is also supported here – including the option of reverse charging to charge wireless accessories such as Huawei’s FreeBuds.
Android 10 without Google apps and services
Other features include a NanoMemory slot for Huawei’s special memory cards, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, and WiFi 6 support. The 75.5 millimeters wide and 162.9-millimeter long smartphone is 9.1 millimeters thick and weighs 212 grams. The Mate 40 Pro still runs with Android 10 due to the massive problems that put Huawei under pressure as a result of the US sanctions and use the current EMUI 11.x interface. Instead of the usual Google services and apps, Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) are used here.
There is probably little choice when it comes to colors in Europe: Huawei wants to offer the new Mate 40 Pro in black and silver. Other colors are certainly to be expected for China. We are not yet able to provide any information on prices and availability, as we simply do not have them.