Huawei announces the Mate 40 Series with the 5nm Kirin 9000

Huawei announces the Mate 40 Series with the 5nm Kirin 9000

Despite all odds stacked against it, Huawei recently hosted its Smart Life event for 2020 where it unveiled a host of new devices. During the event, the company unveiled the new Huawei EyeWear II, FreeBuds Studio, Porsche Design Huawei Watch GT2, and the Huawei Mate 40 Series. The Huawei Mate 40 Series consists of 4 new devices, including the Huawei Mate 40, Mate 40 Pro, Mate 40 Pro+, and the Porsche Design Mate 40 RS. Here’s everything you need to know about the latest flagship smartphones from the Chinese OEM.

Huawei Mate 40 Series: Specifications

SpecificationHuawei Mate 40Huawei Mate 40 ProHuawei Mate 40 Pro+
Dimensions & Weight
  • 158.6 x 72.5 x 8.8mm
  • 188g
  • 162.9 x 75.5 x 9.1mm
  • 212g
  • Mate 40 Pro+
    • 162.9 x 75.5 x 8.8 mm
    • 230g
  • Porsche Design Mate 40 RS
    • 162.9 x 75.5 x 10.1 mm
    • 234g
Display
  • 6.5-inch flexible OLED
  • 2376 x 1080p
  • 90Hz refresh rate
  • 240Hz touch sampling rate
  • 6.76-inch flexible OLED
  • 2772 x 1344p
  • 456ppi
  • 90Hz refresh rate
  • 240Hz touch sampling rate
  • 6.76-inch flexible OLED
  • 2772 x 1344p
  • 456ppi
  • 90Hz refresh rate
  • 240Hz touch sampling rate
SoC
  • HiSilicon Kirin 9000E
    • 1x ARM Cortex A-77 @ 3.13GHz
    • 3x ARM Cortex A-77 @2.54GHz
    • 4x ARM Cortex A-55 @2.04GHz
  • 5nm TSMC process
  • ARM Mali-G78MP24 GPU
  • HiSilicon Kirin 9000
    • 1x ARM Cortex A-77 @ 3.13GHz
    • 3x ARM Cortex A-77 @2.54GHz
    • 4x ARM Cortex A-55 @2.04GHz
  • 5nm TSMC process
  • ARM Mali-G78MP24 GPU
  • HiSilicon Kirin 9000
    • 1x ARM Cortex A-77 @ 3.13GHz
    • 3x ARM Cortex A-77 @2.54GHz
    • 4x ARM Cortex A-55 @2.04GHz
  • 5nm TSMC process
  • ARM Mali-G78MP24 GPU
RAM & Storage
  • 8GB RAM
  • 128GB UFS 3.1 storage
  • 8GB RAM
  • 256GB UFS 3.1 storage
  • Huawei’s NM card expansion slot
  • 12GB RAM
  • 256GB UFS 3.1 storage (512GB on Porsche edition)
  • Huawei’s NM card expansion slot
Battery & Charging
  • 4,200mAh battery
  • 40W SuperCharge wired fast charging
  • 4,400mAh dual cell battery
  • 66W SuperCharge wired fast charging
  • 50W wireless fast charging
  • Reverse wireless charging
  • 4,400mAh dual cell battery
  • 66W SuperCharge wired fast charging
  • 50W wireless fast charging
  • Reverse wireless charging
Security
  • In-display fingerprint scanner
  • 3D Face unlock
  • In-display fingerprint scanner
  • 3D Face unlock
  • In-display fingerprint scanner
Rear Camera(s)
  • 50MP f/1.9, RYYB primary camera with OIS
  • 16MP f/2.2, wide-angle camera
  • 8MP f/2.4, telephoto camera with OIS
  • 50MP f/1.9, RYYB primary camera with OIS
  • 20MP f/1.8, wide-angle camera
  • 12MP f/3.4, 5x periscope telephoto camera
  • 50MP f/1.9, RYYB primary camera with OIS
  • 20MP f/2.4, wide-angle camera
  • 12MP f/2.4, 3x telephoto camera with OIS
  • 8MP f/4.4, 10x periscope telephoto camera
  • ToF sensor
  • Color Temperature Sensor (Porsche Edition only)
Front Camera(s)
  • 13MP f/2.4, wide-angle camera
  • 13MP f/2.4, wide-angle camera
  • 3D ToF sensor
  • 13MP f/2.4, wide-angle camera
  • 3D ToF sensor
Port(s)USB 3.1 Type-C portUSB 3.1 Type-C portUSB 3.1 Type-C port
AudioMono speakerDual stereo speakersDual stereo speakers
Connectivity
  • 5G
  • Bluetooth 5.2
  • Wi-Fi 6
  • NFC
  • 5G
  • Bluetooth 5.2
  • Wi-Fi 6
  • NFC
  • 5G
  • Bluetooth 5.2
  • Wi-Fi 6
  • NFC
SoftwareEMUI 11 based on Android 10 with Huawei Mobile ServicesEMUI 11 based on Android 10 with Huawei Mobile ServicesEMUI 11 based on Android 10 with Huawei Mobile Services
Other Features
  • IP53 certification
  • IP68 certification
  • IR Blaster
  • IP68 certification

As seen in previous leaks, the Huawei Mate 40 Series features a new circular ring design on the back for the camera module. Huawei calls it the “Space Ring Design” as it echoes the spirit of exploring and unraveling the mysteries of the universe(?). Over on the front, the Mate 40 Pro and Mate 40 Pro+ feature a 6.67-inch flexible OLED display that curves around the edges at an 88° angle. The display offers a resolution of 2772×1344 pixels, a 90Hz refresh rate, and a pixel density of 456ppi. It has minimal bezels on the top and bottom edges, with a pill-shaped hole punch cutout for the front-facing camera module on both the higher-end variants. The regular Mate 40, however, features a smaller 6.5-inch FHD+ OLED display with a resolution of 2376 x 1080 pixels and a 90Hz refresh rate. Unlike the Pro variants, the edges of the display on the Mate 40 are curved at a 68° angle.

The Huawei Mate 40 Series is the first from the company to feature the Kirin 9000 SoC, which is an octa-core chip built on a 5nm process. The chip has 4x big ARM Cortex A-77 cores, with one core clocked at 3.13GHz and three clocked at 2.54GHz, and 4x small ARM Cortex A-55 cores clocked at 2.04GHz. It’s the world’s first 5nm chip to feature an integrated 5G modem, and it includes ARM’s Mali-G78MP24 GPU. The SoC is paired with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage on the Mate 40 Pro and 12GB of RAM on the Mate 40 Pro+, with a dedicated Huawei NM card expansion slot. The Porsche Design variant features 512GB of storage.

5 colors of the Huawei Mate 40 Pro on white background

Huawei Mate 40 Pro

In the camera department, the Huawei Mate 40 features a 50MP f/1.9 primary camera, a 16MP f/2.2 wide-angle camera, and an 8MP f/2.4 telephoto camera. The Mate 40 Pro features the same primary camera, but it includes a 20MP f/1.8 wide-angle camera and a 12MP f/3.4 5x periscope camera. The top-end Mate 40 Pro+ also features the same primary camera, but it includes a 20MP f/2.4 wide-angle camera, an 8MP f/4.4 10x periscope camera with OIS, a 12MP f/2.4 telephoto camera, and a ToF sensor. The Porsche Design Mate 40 RS features the same camera setup as the Mate 40 Pro+, but it includes an additional color temperature sensor.

Black and white Huawei Mate 40 Pro Plus on white background

Huawei Mate 40 Pro Plus

The front-facing camera module on the Mate 40 Pro and Mate 40 Pro+ includes a 13MP f/2.4 wide-angle selfie shooter and a 3D ToF sensor. The selfie camera on the device offers a feature called intelligent FoV, which automatically detects if there are multiple people in the frame and adjusts the field of view to accommodate all people.

Porsche Design Huawei Mate 40 RS

Rounding off the hardware on both Pro variants is a 4,400mAh dual-cell battery that offers support for 66W wired fast charging and 50W wireless fast charging. The devices also offer support for reverse wireless charging, which will let users charge other devices wirelessly by placing them on the back panel.

In terms of software, the Huawei Mate 40 Series runs Huawei’s custom Android skin EMUI 11 based on Android 10. As expected, the device includes Huawei Mobile Services with Huawei AppGallery, Petal Maps, and other Huawei services built-in.

While the software is still stuck on Android 10, Huawei has included a couple of new features for the Huawei Mate 40 Series, including a new Eyes on Display (EOD) feature which only brings up the AOD content when you’re looking at the phone, air gesture controls, multi-screen collaboration, email conversation mode, and smart multi-window mode.

Pricing & Availability

The Huawei Mate 40 Series is priced as follows:

  • Huawei Mate 40 (8GB+128GB): €899
  • Huawei Mate 40 Pro (8GB+256GB): €1,199
  • Huawei Mate 40 Pro+ (12GB+256GB): €1,399
  • Porsche Design Huawei Mate 40 RS (12GB+512GB): €2,295

The Huawei Mate 40 and Mate 40 Pro will be available in 5 color variants: Black, White, Mystic Silver, Green, and Yellow. The Huawei Mate 40 Pro+ will be available in two color variants: Ceramic white and Ceramic black. As of now, Huawei hasn’t shared any info regarding the availability of these new devices. We’ll update the post with the missing info as soon as it’s available.

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