Huawei unveils Mate 40 flagship series: outstanding cameras, powerful processor and prices from 900 euros
Today, the Chinese tech giant Huawei unveiled its latest flagship smartphones, the Mate 40 series. Despite the fact that this year has turned out to be far from the easiest for the company, the manufacturer has made every effort to ensure that the new devices satisfy the wishes of the most discerning users.
The base model of the new family is Mate 40. Unlike its older brothers, protected from moisture penetration according to the IP68 standard, it can only boast of compliance with IP53, which, among other things, is sufficient for high-quality protection against splashing water. Contrary to early leaks, the smartphones received a similar design.
However, the base Mate 40 has a 6.5-inch screen, while the Mate 40 Pro and Pro + boast 6.67-inch screens. The refresh rate of AMOLED screens of all three versions of the smartphone is 90 Hz. Both the Mate 40 and Mate 40 Pro and Pro + have waterfall displays that are curved to the sides of the devices. In the case of the basic model, the curvature of the edges of the matrix is 68 degrees, while the older versions boast an 88-degree curvature.
As for the chipset, as previously reported, Huawei’s flagship smartphones are based on HiSilicon’s own Kirin 9000 processor. This chip is made according to the 5nm process technology and, according to Huawei, is one of the most productive mobile processors. It contains 30 percent more transistors than the new Apple A14 Bionic, which is the basis of the iPhone 12 series. In addition, this chip uses a 24-core Mali-G78 GPU, which provides the highest level of performance in the most demanding games. Huawei says the Kirin 9000 is significantly more energy-efficient than its predecessor. The CPU now uses 25 percent less power than the comparable component of last year’s Kirin 990, graphics are 50 percent less power-hungry.
The Huawei Mate 40 will certainly delight users who prefer devices with eye-catching and memorable designs. Mate 40 smartphones boast a Mystic Silver glass body color that can look completely different under different lighting conditions. As for the Mate 40 and Mate 40 Pro, the body of these devices will receive two finishes. In addition, to glass black, white and Mystic Silver, Huawei will offer customers devices in yellow and green cases covered with artificial leather. The most advanced Mate 40 Pro + boasts black and white cases made from durable nano-ceramics.
All devices in the Mate 40 series boast fast charging with up to 66W of power. Also worth noting is 50W wireless charging. It is important that the devices are capable of charging at temperatures below zero degrees Celsius. And most importantly, smartphones are able to function smoothly even in severe frost.
The cameras on the Mate 40 series deserve accolades. As announced, they feature the largest sensors on the market, ensuring maximum image quality even in poor lighting conditions. All devices of the family received the main 50-megapixel sensor with an aperture of f / 1.9.
In the base Mate 40, this sensor is complemented by an ultra-wide-angle 16MP sensor and an 8MP telephoto camera. The declared optical zoom is 5x. In the Pro model, the main sensor is complemented by a 20MP ultra-wide-angle cinematic camera and a 12MP periscope. The camera of the device provides a 7x optical zoom. The ultra-flagship Mate 40 Pro +, in addition to a 50-megapixel main sensor, boasts a 20-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera, a depth sensor, an 8-megapixel camera with periscope optics, and a 12-megapixel telephoto module. The device boasts a 17x optical zoom.
It should be noted that all versions of the smartphone have the same design as the main camera module. However, as for the front camera, the basic model of the series received only one sensor, which, nevertheless, can boast of outstanding quality. Advanced modifications received two sensors each. Separately, Huawei noted the use of free-form lenses in smartphone cameras, allowing you to get rid of distortion at the edges of pictures taken with wide-angle cameras.
The last smartphone shown during the presentation was the Porsche Design Mate 40 RS, which features a distinctive design co-developed with the German brand. The device received the same cameras as the Mate 40 Pro +, but they are inscribed in an octagonal block. From the technological “chips” of this version of the smartphone, it is worth noting a sensor for measuring temperature, which works over a wide range.
The Mate 40 with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of permanent memory will cost 899 euros. The Mate 40 Pro with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage will cost 1199 euros. The Mate 40 Pro + will be available with 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage for 1,399 euros, while the premium Porsche Design Mate 40 RS with 12 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage will cost 2,295 euros.