3.13GHz CPU, Curved OLED screens, 66W charging and gesture control in many scenarios
Huawei has officially unveiled the Mate 40 line of smartphones. Interestingly, during the announcement, almost nothing was said about the base model Mate 40, and most of all about the Mate 40 Pro and Mate 40 Pro +. At the end of the announcement, the Mate 40 RS Porsche Design was also presented.
The most important thing in smartphones is cameras. And here Huawei has tried its best. To begin with, the main module in all models is represented by a 50-megapixel sensor of an optical format 1 / 1.28 inches with a resolution of 50 megapixels. Perhaps, next year, smartphones will have inch sensors, but so far this sensor is one of the largest, with 1.22 micron pixels. This module uses optical stabilization (Mate 40 Pro + only) and a wide-angle lens with an aperture of f / 1.9.
The main camera allows you to record 4K video at 60 fps and Full HD video at 480 fps. The front camera also supports slow motion video recording – Full HD at 240 fps. In fact, Huawei even shot a commercial showing slow-motion videos at 240 fps, shot with the main and front cameras. He also demonstrated a mode that allows simultaneous video recording from two cameras – the main one and the front one.
Interestingly, 8K video recording is announced only for Huawei Mate 40 RS Porsche Design, although technically it is an analogue of Mate 40 Pro +.
The second module is the so-called second generation cine camera. It is represented by a sensor with a resolution of 20 megapixels and an ultra wide-angle lens with an aperture of f / 1.8. In the Mate 40 Pro +, this module uses the so-called “free form lens” glass, which allows, if not to get rid of distortion, then to minimize it. In the base Mate 40, the second module is different – with a 16-megapixel matrix and a conventional (not cine) lens.
Next are the modules that provide optical zoom. The Mate 40 has an 8-megapixel sensor, an f / 2.4 aperture lens and 3x optical zoom. In total, the Mate 40’s camera provides 5x optical zoom. The Mate 40 Pro uses a module with a 12-megapixel sensor, an F / 3.4 aperture lens and a 5x optical zoom, but the total optical zoom is 7x.
For optical zoom in the Mate 40 Pro +, two sensors are responsible: 8- and 12-megapixel. The former provides 3x zoom, the latter 10x. Summing up the capabilities of all sensors, we get a 17x optical zoom in the older model of the line (Mate 40 RS Porsche Design in terms of characteristics is fully consistent with the Mate 40 Pro +).
The front camera in the Mate 40 is a single embedded, with a 13-megapixel sensor. In Pro models, it is supplemented by a second module for scene depth analysis. By the way, Huawei has already compared the cameras of the Mate 40 Pro +, Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra and iPhone 11 Pro Max. Guess who won?
The Mate 40 received 6.76-inch OLED screens with a resolution of 1344 x 2772 pixels. The displays are curved, they go to the sidewalls at an angle of 88 °. Alas, there is no question of 120 Hz frame rate, the maximum is 90 Hz. But on the other hand, the sensor reading frequency is increased to 240 Hz.
The base Mate 40 received a 4200 mAh battery, all other models use 4400 mAh batteries. Wired charging, of course, via the USB-C port – 66 watts. There is also 50W wireless charging and reverse wireless charging. Huawei rightly believes that the Mate 40 with a 4400 mAh battery lasts longer than the Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G. The difference, apparently, is primarily due to the use of a 5-nanometer SoC in Huawei smartphones.
As Huawei said earlier, the Mate 40 are built on a Kirin 9000 single-chip platform – a 5-nanometer with an integrated Balong 5000 modem.The SoC has 15.3 billion transistors and has an eight-core CPU and a 24-core (!) GPU Arm Mali-G78 … The high-performance Arm Cortex-A77 core (four in total) is clocked at a record 3.13GHz. Also in the CPU configuration are four energy efficient Cortex-A55 cores.
Together with the Kirin 9000, the Kirin 9000E single-chip platform is also presented – it is a little simpler: the neural processor (NPU) is represented by two cores, not three, and the GPU has 22 cores, not 24.
Mate 40 received EMUI 11 shell based on, alas, only Android 10. We will tell you more about the interface in a separate news, here we just note that Huawei promises three years of smartphone operation with performance “out of the box”.
Huawei Mate 40 in a version with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of flash memory is priced at 900 euros. The cost of the Mate 40 Pro (8 GB RAM + 256 GB flash memory) is 1200 euros. And for the Mate 40 Pro + with 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of flash memory, Huawei asks for 1400 euros. The most expensive is the Mate 40 RS Porsche Design. Read more about him in a separate newsletter.