We had the opportunity to try out the HUAWEI Mate 40 Pro, and here is our hands-on experience of the Black model!
HUAWEI Mate 40 Pro Black : A Hands-On Experience!
The HUAWEI Mate 40 Pro is the mainstream model in the HUAWEI Mate 40 series. Its Black colour option has a highly-reflective glass surface.
Built around the new Kirin 9000 mobile platform, our review sample comes with 8 GB of LPDDR5 memory and 256 GB of UFS 3.1 storage.
The HUAWEI Kirin 9000 is the world’s first 5nm 5G SoC, with :
- a high-speed Arm Cortex-A77 core running at 3.13 GHz,
- three sustained-performance Arm Cortex-A77 cores running at 2.54 GHz, and
- four low-power Arm Cortex-A55 cores running at 2.05 GHz
- two Big-Core NPUs + 1 Tiny-Core NPU
- integrated HUAWEI Balong 5000 multi-mode 5G modem
Its Horizon Display has 88° curved edges on both sides, which supports virtual controls, even though it comes with physical volume control buttons.
This 6.75-inch OLED display boasts a resolution of 1344 x 2772 pixels, a 90 Hz refresh rate and a 240 Hz touch sampling rate.
The display has a pill-shaped punch hole, which conceals its 13 MP front camera (f/2.4 aperture) and a 3D depth sensor. It doesn’t have an LED flash but uses screen flash instead.
Arranged in its Space Ring design at the back, its Leica triple camera system is made up of :
- a 50 MP main camera, with f/1.9 aperture,
- a 20 MP ultra-wide camera, with f/1.8 aperture,
- a 12 MP periscope camera with 5X optical zoom, and
- a laser autofocus system.
The HUAWEI Mate 40 Pro comes with an IR emitter at the top, with a pair of microphone and speakers.
A second set of microphone and speaker is located at the bottom, next to the USB Type C port and the hybrid SIM tray.
Its double-sided hybrid SIM tray supports either two nano SIM cards, or a single nano SIM card with a HUAWEI NM card. The HUAWEI Mate 40 Pro also supports an eSIM.
The HUAWEI Mate 40 Pro is powered by a 4,400 mAh battery, and supports both 66 watt wired charging and 50 watt wireless charging.
It comes with a 66 watt HUAWEI SuperCharge adaptor in the box, allowing for super-fast charging.
HUAWEI Mate 40 Pro : Specification Comparison
|Specifications||Mate 40||Mate 40 Pro||Mate 40 Pro+|
|Display Size||6.5-inch OLED||6.76-inch OLED|
|Display Resolution||1080 x 2376 pixels||1344 x 2772 pixels|
|Display Features||DCI-P3 colour gamut
90 Hz refresh rate
240 Hz sampling rate
|Operating System||EMUI 11 (based on Android 10)|
|Platform||Kirin 9000E||Kirin 9000|
|Processor||1 x Arm Cortex-A77 (3.13 GHz)
3 x Arm Cortex-A77 (2.54 GHz)
4 x Arm Cortex-A55 (2.05 GHz)
|NPU||1 x Big-Core
1 x Tiny-Core
|2 x Big-Core
1 x Tiny-Core
|GPU||Mali-G78 MP22||Mali-G78 MP24|
|Memory||8 GB LPDDR5||12 GB LPDDR5|
|Storage Options||128 GB / 256 GB||256 GB|
|External Storage||NM Card (up to 512 GB)|
|Front Camera||13 MP camera (f/2.4)||13 MP camera (f/2.4)
+ 3D depth sensing camera
|50 MP (f/1.9)||50 MP (f/1.9)||50 MP (f/1.9)|
|16 MP (f/2.2)||20 MP (f/1.8)||20 MP (f/2.4)|
|–||12 MP, 5X (f/3.4)||8 MP, 10X (f/4.4)|
|8 MP, 3X (f/2.4)||–||12 MP, 3X (f/2.4)|
|–||Laser Autofocus||ToF Camera|
|Connectivity||5G / 4G / 3G / 2G
Wi-Fi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax (2.4 GHz + 5 GHz)
Bluetooth : BT 5.2
USB : USB 3.1 Gen1Type C
|GPS Support||GPS, AGPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, NavIC|
|Fingerprint Sensor||In Display|
|Audio||Dual stereo speakers|
|Battery||4,200 mAh||4,400 mAh|
|Charging||40 watt wired||66 watt wired
50 watt wireless
8.8 / 9.2 mm
9.1 / 9.5 mm
|Weight||184 g / 188 g||212 g||230 g|
HUAWEI Mate 40 Pro : Price + Availability
The HUAWEI Mate 40 Pro will be available in five colour options (from left to right) – Mystic Silver, White, Black, Green, Yellow.
It has a launch price of €1,199 with 8 GB RAM and 256 GB storage.
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