Huawei Mate 40 And 40 Pro: Everything We Know So Far

 The Huawei Mate 40 Pro is probably the most eagerly awaited launch of the year for the Chinese company. The Mate 30 Pro successor is expected to close 12 months of mixed fortunes for the Chinese giant who for the first time in its history saw its top global smartphone shipments, but lose a lot of ground outside of China because of the continuing impact of the US trade ban.

Now it's September, meaning we 're getting closer and closer to the rumoured launch date of the Huawei Mate 40. The successor to the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro is expected to drop this autumn and we've already seen leaks about what big changes could be on store for this year's Huawei flagship. The Tech Hub has gathered the latest news, leaks and rumours so you can read everything you need to know about the Huawei Mate 40.

The Mate line is where Huawei typically demonstrates the latest and greatest technology making the Mate 40 one of 2020's most awaited launches. Rumors this year suggest we'll see a brand new 5 nm processor and some of the flagship phablet's seriously fast charging skills.

However, the question on everyone's lips is whether the Mate 40 will mark Huawei 's return to Google's apps. The Mate 30 was launched last year with a restricted version of the Android operating system and there was no unexplained lack of access to popular Google apps. We 're excited to see how if the app isn't making a comeback, Huawei will compensate for Google's absence with hardware and applications.

We don't have any definitive answers yet, but we can guess, and we'll update you accordingly as news and rumours begin to roll in. The launch of the Huawei P40 series in March 2020 gives us an early look at Huawei 's vision for the year and hints at those phones.

Every major release of Huawei is still a key event in the smartphone calendar, however, and the Mate series represents the highlight of the mobile portfolio of the company. Looking back at previous Mate versions, the Mate 40 Pro expects an updated chipset, bold design decisions and notable camera improvements from the P series based on photography wouldn't be far-fetched.

Here's what you need to read on the Huawei Mate 40. We have rounded up everything we know about the Mate 40 Pro — as well as the Mate 40 vanilla — with all the leaks, rumours and information that have been reported so far. Here's what we know about the Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

Let's Get Back To The Chase:

  • What is it, then? The Huawei Mate Successor 30
  • When are they out? Maybe October 2020
  • What does it cost? What do flagship mobile phones cost

Huawei Mate 40 And 40 Pro: Design

Huawei 's emphasis on camera hardware is likely to continue with the Mate 40 Pro with an alleged design that draws attention to that too.

Leaked renders (via PriceBaba) indicate a pill-style selfie camera cutout, similar to the Huawei P40 Pro, will appear on the Mate 40 Pro phone. That would be a first for the Mate line, which has historically selected notches. The Mate 30 Pro needed a large notch for face authentication which housed additional sensors. It's not clear if Huawei will fit these components into the cutout, or whether it will follow the secondary infrared camera found on the P40 Pro and P40 Pro Plus.

The screen size of the Huawei Mate 40 Pro is estimated to be 6.7-inches wide. That would be marginally larger than the 6.53-inch display offered by the Mate 30 Pro, but renders on the Mate 40 Pro indicate a less violent "waterfall" edge. This should please users who hated the practicability compromise on the Mate 30 Pro for aesthetics.

The Mate 40 Pro could have a circular camera array at the back, protruding from the phone's actual body by more than a millimetre. It shows four sensors that match the Mate 30 Pro. Tipster OnLeaks also claims that the Mate 40 Pro would be thicker than the Mate 30 Pro, measuring its camera array more than 10 mm deep and 9 mm around its side. OnLeaks also indicates that a telephoto lens would be one of the camera on the Mate 40 Pro.

In early sketches (as seen above), an IR blaster, a single-speaker grille, and the return of physical volume and power controls on the phone side are also hinted at.

Huawei Mate 40 And 40 Pro: Release Date

Huawei has not revealed an official release date for the Mate 40, but we expect the phone to arrive in October 2020. Thus it makes sense for the Mate 40 following suit with an autumn update.

The 30 series of the Huawei Mate was revealed in September 2019, while the Mate 20 came out in October 2018. Because of this, if we were to ask a guess for the release date of Mate 40 Pro, it would be in September or October 2020 at some point. However, given the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on other smartphone manufacturers and the ongoing US ban on Huawei, we would not be shocked if the Chinese company postponed the launch of the Mate 40 Pro at a later date.

As for the name, Huawei's consumer business chief, Yu Chengdong has reported that as planned the Huawei Mate 40 moniker will be receiving the 2020 Mate series. Even if we hadn't seen Mate 40 Pro leaks before, it wouldn't have been a stretch to think that in addition to the regular Mate 40, there would be several devices in the lineup including a Pro model. Previous Mate lines also saw luxurious limited editions of Porsche Models, and usually disappointing versions of Lite. Whether these variants will reprise their positions in the Mate 40 cast, however, is uncertain.

One leak pointed to October for a global phone release, when we saw the launch of a similar rival, the Google Pixel 5.

That isn't exactly when you can buy them though. You may not be able to buy them easily at all, since the availability of the range Mate 30 is unknown when writing to the Huawei ban – the US won't get them, but there's no confirmed availability right now even among the likes of the UK and Australia. So for the Huawei Mate 40 series this could well be the case too.

In addition, a Weibo tipster whose name translates to 'Mobile Chip Expert' reported Huawei was on track to release the Mate 40 in October (via Playfuldroid) in June. Roughly eight million Mate 40 telephones are due to be delivered in the fourth quarter, according to the report. We are tempted to believe this as an October release would remain in line with previous releases, but we take these reports with a grain of salt, as always.

If the Weibo consumer is right, this means that the U.S. sanctions against Huawei renewed in May will not postpone the tech giant's scheduled release of the Mate 40 – but more on that below.

Huawei Mate 40 And 40 Pro: Pricing And Availability

Huawei is actually keeping hush on the price as well. It's too early to say how much the Huawei Mate 40 Pro would cost but it can be used as a rough comparison to the previous Mate versions. The Huawei Mate 30 Pro, for example, was launched at €1.099 (~$1.296), which is €50 more than the Huawei Mate 20 Pro launch price. If the pricing of the Mate 40 Pro were to follow this trend and the ever-increasing flagship prices on the world market, we could see a price of between €1,200 and €1,300, or possibly even higher, everywhere.

The price depends on whether you are going for the Mate 40, Mate 40 Pro or a 5 G smartphone version. For a phone that lacks Google services, that's a pretty penny, but it would place the Mate 40 Pro in the same category as the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, with which it competes on specs and features.

That's all we know about the Huawei Mate 40 Pro so far, but for the next Huawei flagship we have a few expectations of our own. Read on for our wish list for the Mate 40 Pro!

Huawei Mate 40 And 40 Pro: What We Really Want To See

We 're a few months from the predicted release and until now, Huawei hasn't let much slip over the rumoured Mate 40 series.

Ditch view of waterfall?

The Mate 30 Pro was one of a few phones which launched last year with a waterfall display. This pattern sees the edges of the screen spill at a much more dramatic angle than a standard curved monitor.

Since they simply weren't realistic, our own Bogdan Petrovan hated that element. On the P40 Pro series Huawei has opted for a more conventional curved frame. Here's hoping for the Mate 40 Pro to follow suit.

The Huawei Mate 30 and the Huawei Mate 30 Pro in particular are decent phones but with one big flaw and a range of smaller ones. Here's how they could develop the next version:

Android Total:

Our wish list for the Huawei Mate 40 doesn't end at full Android (complete with Google Mobile Services), but begins there.

Without this the phone is however decent it will be hampered in other respects. So we really hope that Huawei will be able to come to an understanding with the US that will allow it to resume using Google's apps and services.

Bring The Volume Keys Back:

The Mate 30 Pro made several bold choices in design including dropping some actual volume buttons. You can also use motion controls to change the volume, and while these work well while the show is on, when it's off they don't work at all.

This is a real inconvenience so we want to use physical volume buttons or gesture controls to operate when the monitor is off for the Huawei Mate 40 series.

No Vignetting, The Same Curves:

This is another thing that only applies to the Huawei Mate 30 Pro instead of the normal Mate 30 but it has a steeply curved screen that looks fantastic – at least most of the time.

Unfortunately, those curves also produce screen vignetting, which we'd like to see resolved for the next versions. But assuming that Huawei can do we would love those sharp curves to be present on both the Mate 40 and Mate 40 Pro.

No More Bother:

While the Huawei Mate 30 and particularly the Mate 30 Pro generally look fine, they both look increasingly dated sporty notches. So we want the company to produce an all-screen interface with no notch and hopefully no punch hole for the Huawei Mate 40 series as well.

A Better Description:

The Huawei Mate 30 Pro has 'only' a 1176 x 2400 screen, considering its typically cutting-edge specifications, whereas the regular Mate 30 has a similar 1080 x 2340 resolution.

Although these are not poor resolutions, they are not quite QHD and several rivals now have QHD+ displays, so we'd like to see a raise on the Huawei Mate 40 range to at least 1440 x 2560.

A Stylus In Box:

The Mate series is a competitor to the Samsung Galaxy Note series in several respects - larger alternatives to the 'primary' flagship line of each group. Additionally, however, the Note range stands out through Samsung's S Pen stylus, which is a key component of each model.

Although the Huawei Mate 30 Pro supports the M-Pen from Huawei, it does not come with it, and the functionality is more constrained than the S Pen from Samsung.

Thus we want the M-Pen to be a core component for the Huawei Mate 40 series. It should be delivered with the product, placed in a storage slot, and filled with features to help you get the most out of the undoubtedly big screen.

A Picture On Computer:

We suppose 2020 may be the year we start seeing in-screen cameras in phones, and we want one of them to be the Huawei Mate 40 (or at least the Huawei Mate 40 Pro). That would not only be an amazing feature in its own right, it would also help get rid of the notch that we lamented above.

Huawei Mate 40 And 40 Pro: Specs A Massively Retrofitted Processor

Huawei 's CEO of consumer business Richard Yu has reported that the Mate 40 will be the final handset to feature the company's high-end Kirin processor (via Android Authority), as the company will stop producing the chip after September 15, when the US ban starts.

This was not the first we 'd heard of will be kitted with a Kirin chip from the Huawei Mate 40. The Mate 40 will be powered by a 5 nm Kirin processor, according to the same Weibo leakster who confirmed the handset is on track for an October update.

Huawei typically debuts a new Kirin flagship processor every year in the Mate series, with that chipset then being included in the P series of the following year. We are anticipating the same phase this year, but we have our fingers crossed for a major update on the Mate 40 Pro specs board.

The Kirin 990 wasn't a major improvement over the Kirin 980, keeping, for example, the same Processor and GPU cores. We have seen enhanced silicon and camera learning capabilities on the system (i.e. 4K/60fps), but hopefully Huawei will adopt the latest Cortex-X1 and Cortex-A78 CPUs from Arm for a massive step forward. Also, Arm's Mali-G78 would be a nice improvement over the Mali-G76 GPU from the Kirin 990.

Huawei Central also announced the company had started manufacturing a 5 nm Kirin chip just weeks after the Mate 30 series was launched last September. The plan is to debut the SoC in the second half of 2020, according to industry sources, leading many to believe the chip would be introduced alongside the Mate 40.

More recently, Playfuldroid announced that it is planned that the 5nm chipset - codenamed 'Baltimore' - will be called the Kirin 1000. The successor to the Kirin 990 5 G is rumoured to have Coretex-A78 Processor cores and will possibly be released alongside the Mate 40.

Some of the top handsets of 2019, including the OnePlus 7 Pro, Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus, iPhone 11 and the Huawei Mate 30 Pro, were designed on a 7 nm process. The Mate 40 should be able to deliver higher quality, longer battery life and improved performance by reducing the process to 5 nm.

Huawei Mate 40 And 40 Pro: 8 K Recording And Snap Video

The Galaxy S20 series from Samsung offers 8 K recording, which in theory makes for a big leap over 4 K video recording. We would like to see the Huawei Mate 40 Pro camera also support this feature, but not only to have a higher resolution format.

Samsung's flagships also allow you to remove 33MP frames from 8 K video, giving you an effectively bursting mode of sorts. We 'd love to see the Huawei Mate 40 Pro offer a similar feature which gives the table more versatility. This may be useful for circumstances where the option between picture and video is not available.

Some hoped that the Mate 40 series would be the first smartphone to feature the front-facing Visionox under-display sensor. These reports, however, are supposed to have been quashed by tipster Digital Chat Station (via GSMArena), who claims to have kept a Mate 40 sample and says there is no selfie camera buried on the show.

Other rumoured specs include a novel front camera and charging capabilities on the handset.

Huawei Mate 40 And 40 Pro: A Remedy For The Bug Condition

It's no secret that recent Huawei phones are having a bit of an app problem. The perfect scenario for the Mate 40 would be the Google Play Store and the millions of apps inside making a comeback, but it's highly unlikely given the stepping up US ban. In any case, this is also an opportunity for Huawei to add to its own App Gallery a few big hitters that don't need Google services.

There's also the issue of third-party apps that need some type of Google services. Huawei will need to collaborate with these developers and provide rewards to ensure the App Gallery can land these applications.

Huawei Mate 40 And 40 Pro: Recharging Faster

Back in October 2018, the Mate 20 series debuted 40W charging and it still holds up amazingly well today. This tech means you can top up your 4,200mAh+ battery in about an hour.

But the likes of Oppo and other competitors have stepped up in the past 12 months to deliver 65W streaming. This means, as the Oppo Reno Ace reveals, you can fill up a 4,000mAh battery in just 35 minutes. With 40W charging, we would be fine but wouldn't it be cool to see 45 minutes or less charging times?

On the positive hand, a more powerful 66W charger might be expected to come with the Mate 40. This month, China Compulsory Certificate (via Huawei Central) certified a charger labelled HW-110600C00 with a max. 66W. The Mate 30 was fitted with a 40W battery, which could theoretically lead to faster charging for the Mate 40.

Huawei Mate 40 And 40 Pro: Put Back Funding Of MicroSD

Back in late 2018 with the launch of the Mate 20 series, Huawei launched Nano Memory (NM) cards, and it's basically a proprietary memory card format. The NM cards fit into a nano-SIM tray for what it's worth and are obviously 45 per cent lower than microSD cards.

But who cares when it's not easy to find NM cards and they are so darn expensive? Amazon UK, for instance, lists a 128 GB card at just over £ 40 (~$51). In the meantime, for £ 15 to £20 (~$19 to ~$25), a standard 128 GB microSD card can be had. What is the point of expandable storage if you need to go through the hoops in order to get this? Hopefully the Huawei Mate 40 Pro returns, as unlikely as that may be, to a regular card format.

Huawei Mate 40 And 40 Pro: More Magic In Golden Snap

The Huawei P40 series introduced a so-called camera-related Golden Snap suite of features, and it certainly makes for crowd-pleasing software. Any of these features include the ability to eliminate reflections in walls, as well as the ability to delete background people. The latter is not new, but theoretically, today 's powerful chipsets can do it better than ever before.

We 'd love to see these features come to the Mate 40 Pro, but hopefully Huawei 's computational photography table will carry equally innovative tricks. We will not say no to either Samsung Single Take mode, Lumia Action Shots or Dual Exposure Controls that are inspired by pixels.

Huawei Mate 40 And 40 Pro: Software Will It Run Android 10

The Mate 40 is supposed to be on Android 10's open source version. This is attributable to the decision of President Trump to extend the ban on US Huawei firms. The Management Order – extended on May 13 – prevents Huawei from installing Google Mobile Services on its phones by May 2021.

Fortunately, we've already seen Huawei deal with this with the Mate 30, so we've got a great idea of what we're in for this time around. However, it is not ideal unless Huawei has enhanced the experience. The absence of Google apps was the main reason why we were unable to suggest the Mate 30 Pro, when we looked at it late last year, despite its smooth performance.

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