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Huawei Mate 40 series with Kirin 9000, 50MP rear cameras launched: price, specifications

On: October 22, 2020

After months of leaks, Huawei finally announced the Huawei Mate 40 series through an online launch event. Keeping true to its promise, the Mate 40 phones have arrived with beefed hardware and top-end cameras.

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The Mate 40 lineup includes the Mate 40, Mate 40 Pro, Mate 40 Pro+ and the Mate 40 RS Porsche Design. The Mate 40 phones are packed with top-of-the line specs such ‘waterfall’ displays with extremely curved edges, the 5nm Kirin 9000 chipset, 50-megapixel penta-lens cameras and 66W fast charging support.

Huawei Mate 40 and Mate 40 Pro specifications and features

Huawei Mate 40

The Huawei Mate 40 debuts with 50-megapixel triple cameras

The Huawei Mate 40 has a 6.56-inch OLED display that has a punch-hole cutout for the single 13-megapixel selfie camera that supports 4K video recording. Coming back to the display, it comes with features like 68-degree curved edges, Full HD+ resolution, a 90Hz refresh rate, a 240Hz touch sampling rate, and an in-display fingerprint reader.

The Huawei Mate 40 Pro has a 6.76-inch OLED display with an 88-degree curvature towards its left and right edges. It features full HD+ resolution, a 90Hz refresh rate and 240Hz touch sampling rate. The display is integrated with a fingerprint sensor and it has a pill-shaped cutout for a 13-megapixel main selfie camera and a 3D ToF (Time of Flight) lens. The Mate 40 Pro supports 3D face unlock and 3D gestures. The front camera supports up to 4K video recording and 240fps slow-motion video shooting.

The rear shell of the Huawei Mate 40 Pro has a circular camera module that houses a Leica engineered quad-camera system. It comprises three cameras, including a 50-megapixel (RYYB) SuperSensing main camera with f/1.9 aperture and omnidirectional autofocus, a 20-megapixel ultra-wide Cine lens with freeform technology for reducing distortion in wide-angle shots, a 12-megapixel (RYYB) telephoto lens with 125mm focal length and 5x optical zoom support, and a 3D ToF lens. The camera housing also includes a laser autofocus unit, ambient light colour sensor, and dual-tone LED flash.

Huawei Mate 40 Pro

The Huawei Mate 40 Pro has 50-megapixel quad cameras

The Mate 40’s rear-mounted circular camera housing has the same 50-megapixel primary lens without OIS support. It also includes an 8-megapixel telephoto lens with OIS, and a 16-megapixel ultra-wide lens. The Mate 40 is fuelled by the 5nm Kirin 9000E, which features slightly weaker GPU and NPU capabilities than the Kirin 9000 chipset that powers the Mate 40 Pro.

The Mate 40 Pro comes with up to 12GB LPPPDR5 RAM and up to 512GB UFS 3.1 storage. There is a nanoSD card slot for expansion. A 4,400mAh battery is packed inside the Mate 40 Pro. It supports 66W wired and 50W wireless SuperCharge fast charging technology. The phone also supports 5W reverse wireless charging. The Mate 40 has a smaller 4,200mAh battery with 40W fast charging support.

The other features of the Mate 40 and Mate 40 Pro include an IP68 rated dustproof and water-resistant chassis, EMUI 11 based on Android 10, support for Huawei M Pen 2 stylus, dual SIM, 5G, Wi-Fi 6+, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, IR sensor, USB-C, and stereo speakers (not available on Mate 40).

Huawei Mate 40 Pro+ and Porsche Edition specifications and features

Huawei Mate 40 Pro+

The Huawei Mate 40 Pro+ comes with a 50-megapixel penta-lens sup and ceramic rear

The Huawei Mate 40 Pro+ features the same display, in-screen fingerprint reader, Kirin 9000 chipset, battery, and front cameras that are available on the Mate 40 Pro. However, it differs in the rear camera segment thanks to its penta camera module.

The Mate 40 Pro Plus’ penta-lens setup has the same 50-megapixel main camera, 20-megapixel ultra-wide, 12-megapixel telephoto and 3D ToF sensors as the Mate 40 Pro, and comes with and an additional 8-megapixel periscope telephoto lens with 250m focal length, support for 10x optical zoom and 100x digital zoom. Instead of the glass rear found on the Mate 40 Pro, the Plus edition features a ceramic rear.

The Mate 40 RS Porsche Design comes with a premium rear design with an octagon-shaped camera module, and it is only the phone in the series to support 8K video recording. The Mate 40 series lack support for Google apps and services.

Huawei Mate 40 series pricing and availability

The Huawei Mate 40 that comes with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage is priced at €899 (~Rs 78,400) in Europe. It comes in multiple colours like silver, white, black, green, and yellow. The Mate 40 Pro with 8GB RAM and 256 GB storage costs €1,199 (~Rs 1,04,600) and it comes same hues the Mate 40.

The Mate 40 Pro+ with 12GB of RAM and 256GB storage is priced at €1,399 (~Rs 1,22,000) and it can be bought in Ceramic Black and Ceramic White colours. The Porsche Design model with 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage will set buyers back at €2,299 (~Rs 2,00,500). There is no word on the availability of the Mate 40 series in India yet.

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