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Huawei Mate 40 Pro Review

The Mate 40 Pro is Huawei’s latest superphone, which the company hopes will go up against the iPhone 12 Pro and Samsung’s Galaxy S20.

Huawei Mate 40 Pro inherits the design of the Mate 30 Pro, further developing it with an even larger circle for its main camera, returning the physical volume control buttons and borrowing from the P40 Pro the large ellipse cut out in the display.

The smartphone has a large 6.76 “display with OLED panel, Quad HD resolution of 2772×1344 pixels, up to 90 Hz refresh rate and 240 Hz touch sensor. In the settings you can choose between 60 Hz, 90 Hz or dynamic adjustment according to the content, which optimizes battery consumption. Below the display there is a fingerprint scanner, and 3D face scanning is supported as a second option for protection with biometric data. pleasing to the eye effect, but it is a matter of personal taste whether you will like it or you will prefer a less curved or even flat screen, because it would be more comfortable.

As for the design, I mentioned that Huawei has returned the physical volume control buttons, after experimenting only with virtual ones in last year’s model. However, the new Mate 40 Pro retains the option to reduce and enlarge by sliding your finger along the curve of the screen. The other key element of the design, but most of all of the characteristics of the device is its main camera. It is triple and is shaped like a ring on its back panel. This circle is much larger than previous similar solutions of Huawei, and the idea is to focus on perhaps the strongest advantage of the device. In addition, the company explained that this arrangement gives more distance between the sensors and allows more precise distribution.

But what do we have here. The Mate 40 Pro uses a 50 MP main sensor with a rather large size of 1 / 1.28 “, complemented by an aperture of f / 1.9 and an advanced autofocus system called omnidirectional PDAF. The sensor has large pixels with a size of 1.22 µm or twice as much when combining 4 pixels in 1. This is a big leap over the previous Mate, but is actually a well-known P40 Pro sensor, interestingly, there is no OIS here, but that hasn’t stopped DxOMark from announcing the Mate 40 Pro as the best camera phone they’ve tested so far.

The second camera is 12 MP with a periscope system, which has OIS and provides a very serious 5x optical and up to 50x digital zoom.

The third camera is 20 MP with ultra-wide range and f / 1.8 aperture. This is the so-called from Huawei Cine Camera and more precisely its second generation. It seems to be one of the highlights of the Mate 40 Pro’s sensor system.
There are no more cameras, but in the ring you see laser autofocus, which has replaced the 3D ToF sensor. According to the manufacturer, there is no need for a more advanced solution (3D ToF) sensor, as the processor takes over its tasks.
In general, with this camera Huawei relies on the already proverbially good shots in low light and even complete darkness, as well as video capabilities, with a whole bunch of new modes and facilities for users, especially aimed at vloggers. Here I will mention Steady Shot, Tracking Shot, Story Creator and others, which I will test in the coming days and will look in detail in the review. The new XD Fusion HDR engine promises excellent exposure, even in changing lighting conditions.

The selfie camera is a large ellipse cut into the display following the example of the P40 Pro, but its size is smaller. There are 13 MP cameras with a wide range, as well as a 3D camera for measuring the depth of the frame and better portraits, as well as for navigation and control of the phone with gestures. The selfie camera automatically expands its range if it detects three people, and also supports slow motion videos with 240 fps.
This brings me to the configuration, which is based on the brand new Kirin 9000 chipset, which is manufactured in a 5-nanometer process and includes a built-in 5G modem. The processor uses 4 Cortex-A77 cores, one at 3.13 GHz and 3 at 2.54 GHz, complemented by four Cortex-A55 cores at 2.05 GHz, and the graphics chip is a Mali-G78 with 24 cores.
The battery has a capacity of 4400 mAh, which is less than (4500 mAh) Mate 30 Pro, but Huawei introduces a new 66 W fast charge and the charger for it is included in the device. The manufacturer promises from 0 to 70% charge in 30 minutes. Super fast 50 W wireless charging is also supported, as well as reverse wireless charging.

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Mate 40 Pro also has stereo speakers, which are from the top and bottom of the phone, and does not use the dryer. The sound is high quality and loud, and the speakers are well balanced. The device has a body with a thickness of 9.1 mm and weighs 212 grams, comes with high protection against dust and water IP68 and is based on Android, covered by the company’s interface EMIUI 11. And here there is no access to Google services and applications, which actually marks 1 year since Huawei no longer offers them in its devices – Mate 30 Pro was the first top model of the company without GMS.


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