Not one, not two, not three, but four Mate 40 phones were announced during Huawei’s annual Mate event. The non-Google premium phones are called Mate 40, Mate 40 Pro, Mate 40 Pro+, and Mate 40 RS. The last one is a special edition design, in partnership with German automobile manufacture Porsche, that uses Ceramic White and Ceramic Black for a trademark look. It has a hefty price tag of €2,300(~Php131,900) for the single-variant 12GB/512GB. As for the rest of the lineup, here’s how their prices and models look like:
- Mate 40 8GB/128GB – €899(~Php51,500)
- Mate 40 Pro 8GB/256GB – €1,199(~Php68,700)
- Mate 40 Pro+ 12GB/256GB – €1,399(~Php80,200)
The Plus and non-Pro variants have no official release date yet, but the Mate 40 Pro is going to become available on November 13th in the UK. Given that the prices are typically higher in Europe than the rest of the world, expect the Mate 40 Series to be less expensive in the Philippines.
With that out of the way, let’s start with what each has to offer.
Mate 40 Features
The standard Mate 40 is straightforward, with no bells and whistles flagship-level phone from the company. It has a standard 6.5″ diagonal size screen, with FHD+ OLED, compatible with HDR10+ and 90Hz refresh rate. Though the company refused to jump to 120Hz, the touch response has been improved to 240Hz for a more responsive experience.
At the core, however, is a slightly reserved Kirin 9000E. It’s still a 5nm chipset with a powerful octa-core processor, but the GPU core drops to 22 for the Mali-G78. Other than that, it still packs the same NPU and Balong 5000 5G modem.
The main camera gets a 1/1.28” 50MP f1.9 sensor, which is distributed across the Mate 40 lineup. However, the accompanying lenses are less capable than the rest, with the 8MP OIS telephoto and 16MP ultrawide. All that can be found in a donut-shaped camera module. There’s a 13MP selfie camera housed inside a pinhole cutout, too.
The battery is rated 4200mAh and supports 40W fast charging. No wireless charging nor reverse here, however.
Huawei Mate 40 comes in Mystic Silver, White, Black, Green, and Yellow colors.
Mate 40 Pro Features
Moving on to the Mate 40 Pro, the screen is slightly larger than 6.76 diagonal, but the resolution nearly reaches 1440p. The build looks almost the same, along with the IP68 water and dust resistance.
The main camera gets paired with a 12MP OIS periscope lens that offers up to 5x optical zoom, and the ultrawide is a bit sharper thanks to the 20MP. Video recording reaches up to 4K@60fps as well, with up to 3840fps on 720p and up to 480fps on 1080p. As for the selfie camera, the 13MP sensor comes with ToF 3D for depth and biometric purposes.
Starting with the Mate 40 Pro, you now find stereo speakers, Face ID, a bigger 440mAh battery with incredible 66W wired charging, and 50W wireless charging that works with Huawei’s wireless charger only (for now). Additionally, you can charge other accessories using 5W reverse wireless.
At the heart of the Mate 40 Pro and up is the Kirin 9000 chipset. The eight-core CPU now reaches up to 3.13GHz, making it the most powerful Android chipset at the moment. Backing up that claim further is the world’s first 24-core Mali-G78 GPU that offers nearly over 50% better performance than Snapdragon 865+.
Mate 40 Pro+ Features
For the Mate 40 Pro+ variant, the experience is nearly the same. Its standout feature is the addition of an 8MP OIS periscope lens to offer up to 10x optical zoom. On the less flashy side of things, there’s a ToF 3D lens on the back to make offer a Penta-camera experience.
Another major difference is the build quality as we’re now looking at Ceramic White and Ceramic Black finishes. It also means that the Mate 40 Pro+ is a hefty device, clocking in at 230g.
Mate 40 Pro+ RS Features
Carrying the technical spec sheet of the Mate 40 Pro+, the Porsche Edition screams luxury thanks to its over-the-top design. Aside from looking like a transformer from the outside, the software gets tweaked a little bit to complement the appearance. Other than that and the packaging, you’re getting the same Mate 40 Pro+ experience.
Huawei Mate 40 specs, price, availability in the Philippines
- Display: 6.5-inch FHD+ OLED 90Hz, HDR10+
- Design: Glass back and front, aluminum frame, IP68
- Dimension and Weight: 158.6 x 72.5 x 8.8 mm , 188g
- Chipset: Kirin 9000E 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 MP22
- RAM: 8GB
- Memory: 128GB UFS 3.1 expandable via nano memory
- 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, optical zoom
16 MP, f/2.2, 17mm (ultrawide)| video recording up to 4K@60fps with EIS and OIS
- Selfie Camera: 13 MP, f/2.4, (wide)
| video recording up to 4K@30fps
- Connectivity: 5G, LTE, Bluetooth 5.2, WiFi 6, GPS, USB-C 3.1, audio jack, NFC, Infrared
- Security: in-display fingerprint scanner, Face Unlock
- Battery: 4200mAh(40W)
- Audio: mono speaker
- OS: Android 10, EMUI 11, no Google Play Services
- Colors: Mystic Silver, White, Black, Green, Yellow
- Price: €899(~Php51,500)
- Release date: TBD