Huawei Mate 40 Series

Huawei recently announced the Huawei Mate 40 series which will be composed of the base Mate 40, Mate 40 pro, Mate 40 Pro + and the Mate 40 RS Porsche Design edition. Now, Some of you may not know the difference between Huawei’s Mate and P series. According to Huawei, the Mate series focuses on pixels and processors and tends to be ahead of the phones on having the latest processor. The P series however, targets those who are more concerned about the design sense, new colors and photo-taking capabilities. Over the years, Huawei has adopted the tendency of releasing it’s Mate series in the second semester of the year and this year is by no means any different featuring three Mate 40 devices and a Porsche Design Edition on top of the list.

These four devices as would expect share in some of the features and specs across the board. Of these four devices, one holds the sweet spot in terms of specs and features and that is the Mate 40 Pro. On top of that, Huawei regards the Mate 40 Pro to be the signature smartphone in the series. Here is a list of these shared features:

– OLED 90Hz display with HDR10

– Android 10 based on EMUI with no Google Play Services

– Main camera is a 50 MP, f/1.9, 23mm (wide), 1/1.28″, 1.22µm, omnidirectional PDAF, Laser AF

– Expandable storage via NM (Nano Memory) up to 256GB

– 13 MP selfie camera with f/2.4, 18mm (ultrawide)

– Under display fingerprint reader

Those are about the only shared features that these devices share. Here’s a table of comparison for all three devices:

HUAWEI MATE 40 HUAWEI MATE 40 Pro HUAWEI MATE 40 Pro +
Dimensions 158.6 x 72.5 x 8.8 mm (Glass) / 9.2mm (Leather) 162.9 x 75.5 x 9.1 mm (Glass) / 9.5mm (Leather) 162.9 x 75.5 x 8.8 mm (6.41 x 2.97 x 0.35 in)
Weight 188 g (Glass) / 184 g (Leather) (6.49 oz) 212 g (7.48 oz) 230 g (8.11 oz)
Build Glass front, glass back or eco leather back, aluminum frame

IP53 dust and splash protection

Glass front, glass back or eco leather back, aluminum frame

IP68 dust/water resistant

Glass front, ceramic back, aluminum frame

IP68 dust/water resistant

Display OLED, HDR10, 90Hz OLED, HDR10, 90Hz OLED, HDR10, 90Hz
Screen Size 6.5 inches, 102.7 cm2 (~89.3% screen-to-body ratio) 6.76 inches, 115.7 cm2 (~94.1% screen-to-body ratio) 6.76 inches, 115.7 cm2 (~94.1% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1080 x 2376 pixels (~402 ppi density) 1344 x 2772 pixels, 18.5:9 ratio (~456 ppi density) 1344 x 2772 pixels, 18.5:9 ratio (~456 ppi density)
Glass Type Gorilla Glass 6 Gorilla Glass 6 Gorilla Glass 6
OS Android 10, EMUI 11, no Google Play Services Android 10, EMUI 11, no Google Play Services Android 10, EMUI 11, no Google Play Services
Chipset Kirin 9000E 5G (5 nm) Kirin 9000 5G (5 nm) Kirin 9000 5G (5 nm)
CPU Octa-core (1×3.13 GHz Cortex-A77 & 3×2.54 GHz Cortex-A77 & 4×2.05 GHz Cortex-A55) Octa-core (1×3.13 GHz Cortex-A77 & 3×2.54 GHz Cortex-A77 & 4×2.05 GHz Cortex-A55) Octa-core (1×3.13 GHz Cortex-A77 & 3×2.54 GHz Cortex-A77 & 4×2.05 GHz Cortex-A55)
GPU Mali-G78 MP22 Mali-G78 MP24 Mali-G78 MP24
Card Slot NM (Nano Memory), up to 256GB (uses shared SIM slot) NM (Nano Memory), up to 256GB (uses shared SIM slot) NM (Nano Memory), up to 256GB (uses shared SIM slot)
Internal Storage 128GB/256GB 256GB/512GB 256GB
Memory/RAM 8GB 8GB 12GB
Main Camera 50 MP, f/1.9, 23mm (wide), 1/1.28″, 1.22µm, omnidirectional PDAF, Laser AF
8 MP, f/2.4, 85mm (telephoto), PDAF, OIS, 3x optical zoom
16 MP, f/2.2, 17mm (ultrawide)
50 MP, f/1.9, 23mm (wide), 1/1.28″, 1.22µm, omnidirectional PDAF, Laser AF
12 MP, f/3.4, 125mm (periscope telephoto), PDAF, OIS, 5x optical zoom
20 MP, f/1.8, 18mm (ultrawide), PDAF
50 MP, f/1.9, 23mm (wide), 1/1.28″, 1.22µm, omnidirectional PDAF, Laser AF, OIS
12 MP, f/2.4, (telephoto), PDAF, OIS, 3x optical zoom
8 MP, f/4.4, 240mm (periscope telephoto), PDAF, OIS, 10x optical zoom
20 MP, f/2.4, 14mm (ultrawide), PDAF
TOF 3D, (depth)
Video 4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120/240fps, 1080p@960fps, gyro-EIS 4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120/240/480fps, 720p@960fps, 720p@3840fps, HDR, gyro-EIS 4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120/240/480fps, 720p@960fps, 720p@3840fps, HDR, gyro-EIS
Selfie Camera 13 MP, f/2.4, 18mm (ultrawide) 13 MP, f/2.4, 18mm (ultrawide)
TOF 3D, (depth/biometrics sensor)
13 MP, f/2.4, 18mm (ultrawide)
TOF 3D, (depth/biometrics sensor)
Video 4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/240fps 4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/240fps 4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/240fps
Sound Yes, with Headphone Jack Yes, with stereo speakers Yes, with stereo speakers
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth 5.2, A2DP, LE 5.2, A2DP, LE 5.2, A2DP, LE
GPS Yes, with dual-band A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, QZSS, NavIC Yes, with dual-band A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, QZSS, NavIC Yes, with dual-band A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, QZSS, NavIC
NFC Yes Yes Yes
Radio No No No
USB USB Type-C 3.1, USB On-The-Go USB Type-C 3.1, USB On-The-Go USB Type-C 3.1, USB On-The-Go
Sensors Fingerprint (under display, optical), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, color spectrum Face ID, fingerprint (under display, optical), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, barometer, compass, color spectrum Face ID, fingerprint (under display, optical), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, barometer, compass, color spectrum
Battery Li-Po 4200 mAh, non-removable Li-Po 4400 mAh, non-removable Li-Po 4400 mAh, non-removable
Charging Fast charging 40W
Fast wireless charging 40W
Fast charging 66W
Fast wireless charging 50W
Reverse wireless charging 5W
Fast charging 66W
Fast wireless charging 50W
Reverse wireless charging 5W
Colors Mystic Silver, White, Black, Green, Yellow Mystic Silver, White, Black, Green, Yellow Ceramic White, Ceramic Black

Below is a separate specs and features table of the Huawei RS Porsche Design (Everything is the same as the Mate 40 Pro Plus except a minor difference in No. of Cameras, storage option and size in width):

HUAWEI MATE 40 RS PORSCHE DESIGN
Dimensions 162.9 x 75.5 x 10.1 mm (6.41 x 2.97 x 0.40 in)
Weight 234 g (8.25 oz)
Build Glass front, ceramic back, aluminum frame

IP68 dust/water resistant

Display OLED, HDR10, 90Hz
Screen Size 6.76 inches, 115.7 cm2 (~94.1% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1344 x 2772 pixels, 18.5:9 ratio (~456 ppi density)
Glass Type Gorilla Glass 6
OS Android 10, EMUI 11, no Google Play Services
Chipset Kirin 9000 5G (5 nm)
CPU Octa-core (1×3.13 GHz Cortex-A77 & 3×2.54 GHz Cortex-A77 & 4×2.05 GHz Cortex-A55)
GPU Mali-G78 MP24
Card Slot NM (Nano Memory), up to 256GB (uses shared SIM slot)
Internal Storage 512GB
Memory/RAM 12GB
Main Camera 50 MP, f/1.9, 23mm (wide), 1/1.28″, 1.22µm, omnidirectional PDAF, Laser AF, OIS
12 MP, f/2.4, (telephoto), PDAF, OIS, 3x optical zoom
8 MP, f/4.4, 240mm (periscope telephoto), PDAF, OIS, 10x optical zoom
20 MP, f/2.4, 14mm (ultrawide), PDAF
TOF 3D, (depth)
Video 4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120/240/480fps, 720p@960fps, 720p@3840fps, HDR, gyro-EIS
Selfie Camera 13 MP, f/2.4, 18mm (ultrawide)
TOF 3D, (depth/biometrics sensor)
Video 4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/240fps
Sound Yes, with stereo speakers
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth 5.2, A2DP, LE
GPS Yes, with dual-band A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, QZSS, NavIC
NFC Yes
Radio No
USB USB Type-C 3.1, USB On-The-Go
Sensors Face ID, fingerprint (under display, optical), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, barometer, compass, color spectrum
Battery Li-Po 4400 mAh, non-removable
Charging Fast charging 66W
Fast wireless charging 50W
Reverse wireless charging 5W
Colors Ceramic White, Ceramic Black, Collector Edition

The Huawei Mate 40 Pro is where premium starts for the Mate 40 Series, may not be as premium as the Mate 40 Pro Plus but it’s a premium device in it’s own right.

It has a glass back and an Eco leather or glass back sandwiched by an aluminum frame. The device has an IP68 rating of water and dust resistance as does the Mate 40 Pro Plus and Mate 40 RS Porsche Design, meanwhile the base Mate 40 only has an IP53 rating. It has a 6.76-inch 90Hz OLED waterfall display that envelopes the sides of the phone. The three devices share the same 1344 x 2772 resolution and 18.5:9 aspect ratio (~456 ppi density) but the base Mate 40 has a lower resolution of 1080 x 2376 pixels (~402 ppi density).

There’s a capsule shaped cutout in the display, at the top right, that houses the selfie camera and ToF sensor. The base Mate 40 is the only device that does not have this type of cutout for the selfies camera, instead it features a punch hole in the display but also lacks the ToF sensor in return. Despite that, they all feature the same 13MP selfie shooter. On the rear is a matte finish with a beautiful color and finish. There’s a circular camera hub that houses the triple cameras.

Huawei’s Mate 40 series runs on Android 10 with the in-house EMUI to compliment it. As we all know, Huawei’s latest devices do not have Google Play Services but instead they have Huawei’s AppGallery for an app store. All the Mate 40 series devices have the Kirin 9000 processor in exception of the base Mate 40 which is powered by the Kirin 9000E, which is the “baby version” of the Kirin 9000. What’s the difference you ask? Well, according to Gizchina.com, both processors rock the Mali-G78 graphics and image processor but the Kirin 9000 uses a 24-core version whilst the Kirin 9000E has 22 cores. Furthermore, the NPU part of Kirin 9000 uses a combination of 2 large cores + 1 micro core. However, the Kirin 9000E is a combination of 1 large core + 1 micro core.

There are several memory and storage options for the Mate 40 Series: There is 128GB/8GB and 256GB/8GB UFS 3.1 storage for the base Mate 40, 256GB/8GB and 512GB/8GB UFS 3.1 for the Mate 40 Pro, 256GB/12GB of SFS 1.0 storage for the Mate 40 Pro Plus and 512/12GB SFS 1.0 storage for the Mate 40 RS Porsche Design.

The Mate 40 Pro comes with a set of three shooters on its back. Two of them come from the P40 Pro – the ‘main’ one and the telephoto lense, while the ultra wide-angle module is new. The main camera is the 50MP lense. It packs a large 1/1.28″ sensor with an RYYB Quad Bayer type color filter with 1.22µm individual pixel size – or 2.44µm for a 4-in-1 binned pixel. The lens has an f/1.9 aperture and a 23mm equivalent focal length. Then there’s the 12MP telephoto lense with an aperture of f/3.4, has a focal length of 125mm (periscope telephoto) which translates into 5x optical zoom, and it also has OIS.

Last on the Mate 40 Pro is the 20MP ultrawide lense which has a conventional Bayer RGB filter.

The difference is with the Mate 40 and Mate 40 Pro Plus(This one shares the extra 8MP periscope telephoto camera with the Mate 40 RS). The base Mate 40 features the same 50MP main camera as it’s bigger siblings, then the other two shooters are an 8 MP telephoto camera with an aperture of f/2.4 and has OIS and optical zoom. The third lens is the 16 MP ultrawide camera which has an f/2.2 aperture.

The Mate 40 Pro Plus and Mate 40 RS Porsche Design have an extra camera (or two, if you consider the depth sensor to be a camera) on those that are on the Mate 40 Pro. There’s an extra 8MP telephoto lens which has an f/4.4 aperture, a focal length of 240mm which translates to 10x optical zoom and has OIS. Lastly, is the TOF 3D depth sensor.

The Mate 40 Pro is powered by a 4400mAh battery as does the Mate 40 Pro Plus and RS Porsche Design. They all support 66W Fast Charging, 50W Fast wireless charging and 5W Reverse wireless charging. However, the battery in the base Mate 40 is smaller but not by much. It features a 4200mAh battery with 40W Fast Charging and 40W Fast wireless charging, unfortunately it does not support reverse wireless charging.

The Mate 40 Pro has very little competition but the twist comes to the lack of Google Play Services that the consumers have been used to and seamlessly cannot do without it after being used with it for all these years. These are premium devices but to get one you will have to do away with Google Play Services (literally everything to do with Google) and adapt to a whole new Huawei AppGallery.

The Huawei Mate 40 Series are now available for purchase from the following links:

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