Finally here is our first look at Huawei’s Mate 40 Pro
Huawei announced the Mate 40 Pro yesterday, and now we’ve one in hand. it’d not be easy to recommend Huawei phones outside of China, since the Trump administration’s targeted sanctions have prevented it working with US companies like Google, but devices just like the P40 Pro Plus and last year’s Mate 30 Pro have had hardware as impressive as anything on the worldwide smartphone market.
The situation shouldn’t be any different with the new Mate 40 Pro. It’s likely to be Huawei’s most advanced device yet — albeit there are still questions over the extent to which the corporate is really ready to manufacture it.
I thought the Mate 30 Pro was the best-looking phone released in 2019, and therefore the Mate 40 Pro builds thereon design. The unit I even have is within the “Mystic Silver” colorway, which Huawei is promoting the foremost heavily. It’s tons weird than the name makes it sound — the rear is frosted glass, but there’s a kaleidoscopic effect where the phone shimmers different colors counting on the sunshine . it’s great.
The camera module is circular, because it was last year, but this point the lenses are arranged during a ring round the Leica logo. i feel I preferred the Mate 30 Pro’s two-tone glossy effect a touch better, but Huawei says this year’s model was inspired by a region , so make of that what you’ll . this is often still a beautiful device from behind.
Around the front, the notch has been jettisoned in favor of a double-wide hole punch cutout for the twin selfie cameras. The OLED display may be a little bigger this year at 6.76 inches, and it still has the 88-degree “waterfall” curves on the sides , which Huawei calls a “horizon” display.
These edges mean the facility button on the side remains pushed back further to the rear than on most other phones. Unlike the Mate 30 Pro, however, Huawei has found space for physical volume buttons this point , which should be an improvement in usability.
Overall the Mate 40 Pro is looking like another physically and technically impressive Huawei flagship phone, and I’m looking forward to checking out what the corporate has managed to realize — particularly with the camera and therefore the new Kirin 9000 processor. The software, of course, are going to be another matter entirely. Stay tuned for a full review.