When the Mate 30 Pro arrived in 2019, it was a very difficult time for Huawei, with the dubious honor of being the first major smartphone from the brand to be released without installing the Google app. This otherwise impressive device went sour and similarly ushered a succession of bewildered Huawei phones.
Now the Mate 40 Pro is here, and it is the first Mate series phone to come after fully embracing Huawei’s mobile service (HMS) and app gallery. Has it changed the fate of the Mate 40 Pro and brought it back into the mainstream unlike the Mate 30 Pro, which was described as an “enthusiast phone” due to software restrictions. let’s find out.
One thing that never changes is Huawei’s amazing understanding of design and amazing attention to detail. The Mate 40 Pro is absolutely fantastic to watch and hold. This avoids the heaviness of the P40 Pro Plus, retains the cascading 88-degree horizon screen, and is fully proportioned and weighted. This is also a big improvement from the Mate 30 Pro, where I questioned the quality of the build and was disappointed with the sharp edges.
Get closer and more is revealed. Despite being placed differently than other phones because of the cascading screen, the power and volume keys are well shaped and fall naturally on your finger. Screen, as always, divided opinion. I think it looks amazing, very futuristic and cool. However, it sometimes gets a bit awkward to use, as Huawei’s keyboard extends sideways and some keys are a bit awkward to press. I have not yet spent enough time with the phone to assess edge detection.
In our photos, the phone is in Mystic Silver color, and it varies between Silver, Blue, Gold, Pink, Yellow and different shades. this is amazing. The panel itself is soft, warm and smooth, and resolves fingerprint smoothness well. Yet it never feels slippery. At the back, Huawei taps into the design language of the Mate 30 Pro with another circular camera module, housing four cameras and a flash unit.
The camera system is co-engineered with Leica, a fact made clear by the branding at the center of the module. I mention this because it is an example of Huawei’s design details. The circular plate reflects light differently from the rest of the phone, and it almost stands out much as it seems to light from certain angles. In fact, the Huawei Mate 40 Pro is one of the best phones I’ve seen this year.
Screen and software
The Mate 40 Pro features a 6.76-inch OLED screen with 2772 x 1344 pixel resolution and a 90Hz refresh rate, and is beautiful for video, as well as Huawei has greatly upgraded audio. It has dual stereo speakers with an enhanced bass response. WSJN Happy The music video is full of bright colors and jumps off the screen of the Mate 40 Pro, but is sometimes not saturated even with active Vivid mode in the phone’s display settings. Audio is also very good with excellent stereo separation due to the clever placement of the speakers.
Can always be set on-screen, so it reacts to your look, meaning the screen stays black until you see or tap the phone. Maybe it should be called an occasional screen now? This is a strange feature, and fortunately it is an option. Always viewable on screen is my personal preference, as I can always see the time or notification icon from afar. Knowing this is amazingly effective when you are looking at the screen, at which point it springs to life. However, it depends on the conditions and angles. It cannot see you until you are looking almost directly at the phone, and it gets confused if the light shines in the selfie cameras.
Always on screen is a part of Huawei’s EMUI 11 software onboard, built on the Google-free version of Android 10. I’ve already had a look at EMUI 11, but how does App Gallery cope with the productivity of the Mate 40 Pro focus? It depends on what you need. I need Microsoft Outlook and teams, but neither app is officially available through the App Gallery. I also need Asana, Trello, Zoom and Slack, but none of them are available. I also like the Google Docs app, but for obvious reasons, it’s not even in the app gallery – and never will be.
These are seven apps that I consider very basic requirements for productivity on a smartphone, but the App Gallery does not have them. Yes, there are some workarounds. For example, you can install something using an APK file, but this is less than ideal from a security and functionality point of view. Some apps require Google Mobile Services to operate, and if it does, it will not work on the Mate 40 Pro.
This is not new news, and I got the same situation when I recently revisited the P40 Pro with the beta version of EMUI 11. Huawei targets different people with the Mate series than the P series, so Microsoft teams may be more important than Snapchat or TickTock for anyone watching the Mate 40 Pro, and when Unless you are ready for some time to find and install these apps, some may not work correctly with the worry, the Mate 40 Pro will probably not meet your needs.
The camera has always been Huawei’s strong point, and the Mate 40 Pro is no exception. It essentially uses the same camera setup as the P40 Pro, but the all-new Silicon drives it. Despite Huawei’s ongoing problems with US government restrictions, it has built the Kirin 9000, the world’s first 5-nanometer mobile chipset with integrated 5G, which claims to have the most powerful mobile system-on there -A-chip.
If you’re waiting for the specs in depth, Huawei hasn’t been able to get too far with them at the time of writing, but I’ve been able to go out with the phone and take a few photos, and the results are far more assured From a series of numbers. The following pictures were all shot in the early evening, as the sun was setting. For the most part, I think they are fantastic.
Huawei and LeEco manage to inject a lot of atmosphere and emotion into shots taken on the Mate 40 Pro. For example, take a look at the 5x zoom photo of the tree and see how it captures the golden sunset, dark clouds and autumn colors and light on the trees.
Shoot wide-angle and it very closely mimics the results from the standard camera, keeping the same striking colors, detail and dynamic range without noticeable distortion. It is rare that both cameras produce images similar to this one. That said, wide-angle shots are not dramatically wide on some competing phones. Like the P40 Pro, the Mate 40 Pro still struggles with dynamic range in certain lighting conditions, failing to reveal as much as it wants in the shadows, but it doesn’t happen all the time.
The dual-camera selfie setup has really evolved in the shot, with dual wide-angle cameras that fit your partner more in the shot. It even has auto-switching when it recognizes more than one person in the frame. The user interface of the app has not changed and is still easy to use, as well as lots of modes and filters to try out. The camera’s overall capability and breadth of features make the Mate 40 Pro a truly impressive, incredibly versatile and highly capable photographic companion.
Price, Model and Availability
The Mate 40 Pro is priced at 1,199 euros, which is over $ 1,418. For reference, the Mate 30 Pro was priced at a relatively reasonable 900 British pounds, or about $ 1,180 when it was released in 2019. Huawei will also release a standard 899 Euro / $ 1,060 Mate 40 and 1,399 Euro / $ 1,655 Kate 40 Pro Plus, and continues. To work with Porsche Design, resulting in the Porsche Design Mate 40RS Luxury Edition, with an eye-watering price of 2,295 euros, or $ 2,715.
While there will not be an official release in the US, the Mate 40 Pro will likely be sold in the UK and across Europe, as well as in China. It did not announce a release date for the Mate 40 Pro during the launch event.
When I write this it flows with rain, meaning I can’t go out and take more pictures with the Mate 40 Pro, and actually I am Want to to do. The camera system has a mass of capability, and I’m more excited about it based on these initial results than I was about the P40 Pro.
Although, EMUI 11 is sleek and quick, the app gallery is not just filled with what I need to do and what I need to work on and as time progresses it becomes a problem for Huawei . It also means that I cannot take advantage of the true capacity of the new Kirin 9000 processor. How do I feel after a day or so with the Mate 40 Pro? Truly sublime hardware and the immense technological advances of the camera, but the software does not have the right tool for me to use the phone all the time.
One year from the Mate 30 Pro, and sadly, the story has not changed dramatically for you and me. Huawei’s Ecosystem Advance – of which there are many – is still not enough to take the Mate 40 Pro to the power of other big flagships such as Samsung’s Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, or the upcoming iPhone 12 Pro Max.