OnLeaks, HandsetExpert, PriceBaba Huawei Mate 40 leaked renders show massive circular camera bump and waterfall display

Huawei Mate 40 leaked renders show massive circular camera bump and waterfall display

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Despite many setbacks, Huawei is still pushing forward with new smartphone launches. Last year, the company launched the Huawei Mate 30 series, the first smartphones from the company that, as a direct result of U.S. trade sanctions, didn’t ship with Google Mobile Services preloaded. With the Mate 30, Huawei doubled down on packing impressive camera hardware and bleeding-edge features. Earlier this year, they followed up with the Huawei P40 series, a trio of smartphones that packed even more bleeding-edge features like 10X optical zoom and 40W wireless charging (in the Pro+ model). Now, Huawei is gearing up to launch the Huawei Mate 40 lineup, and we have a good understanding of what they’ll look like thanks to famed leaker OnLeaks. He partnered with two different publications for his Mate 40 series leaks: HandsetExpert in the case of the Mate 40 and Pricebaba in the case of the Mate 40 Pro.

The Huawei P40 Pro made some headlines for launching with a display that curved not only to the sides but also to the top and bottom of the device. That might not be what we will see in the Huawei Mate 40, though. Instead, we have something more similar to what we saw with the Mate 30. In the case of the standard Mate 40, the display is noticeably curved to the sides like on other Huawei smartphones. However, the Huawei Mate 40 Pro has a waterfall display similar to the one in the Mate 30 Pro. Unlike the Mate 30 Pro, though, the Mate 40 Pro seems to ditch the virtual controls for volume rockers and instead features a standard physical volume rocker. On both smartphones, the notch is replaced with a dual hole-punch camera cutout similar to the one we saw with the P40 series. Within this hole-punch cutout seems to be a more conventional dual camera setup instead of the 3D face unlock system that was included with the Mate 30.

Huawei Mate 40 renders. It measures approximately 158.6 x 72.5 x 8.9mm (10.4mm including the camera bump). Source: @OnLeaks/HandsetExpert

The biggest star of the show, though, is the camera bump. It is massive. While similar in shape to the one in the Mate 30, the camera bump on the Mate 40 and Mate 40 Pro is noticeably bigger and more protruding. Huawei tends to make massive improvements in camera hardware with each flagship generation, so we’re expecting this massive camera bump size to be justified by what Huawei has packed into it. Judging by the renders, the regular Mate 40 will have a triple rear camera setup, while the higher-end, more expensive Huawei Mate 40 Pro will be packing a quad rear camera setup.

Huawei Mate 40 Pro renders. It measures approximately 162.8 x 75.5 x 9mm (10.4mm including the camera bump). Source: @OnLeaks/PriceBaba

Based on the dimensions, the regular Mate 40 will have a 6.4-inch display while the Mate 40 Pro will have a 6.7-inch display. As for what other specs these two phones could have, some rumors claim that Huawei will introduce the new HiSilicon Kirin 1020 processor, which is allegedly fabricated on a 5nm process. This is a big if, though: contract chip-makers have been barred from using U.S.-developed tech to make chips for Huawei, effectively barring TSMC from making Kirin processors. According to rumors, though, the production of these SoCs is apparently not affected by this action, or at least not right now, and Huawei will be getting the chips to make the phones. Regardless, it will be very interesting to see what Huawei comes up with, and we can’t wait to check it out.