Huawei had just announced their latest flagship smartphones, Mate 40 Pro and Mate 40 Pro+. Both devices will be the first Android devices in the world to be using the 5 nanometer chipset – Kirin 9000. Complete with Ultra Vision Cine Camera system and video editing features to make it the ultimate vlogging smartphone for 2020.
Singapore can look forward to the HUAWEI Mate 40 Pro variant in Black and Mystic Silver, with pricing and availability to be revealed soon. No news on the Mate 40 Pro+ launch date in Singapore yet.
Design With A Flow
Taking reference from the Mate 30 Pro, the new Space Ring design on the rear camera system now looks more chic. It does reminds me of the old iPod dialer wheel design. With an 88° curved side, the new HUAWEI Horizon Display creates an immersive display that looks almost bezel-less from the front. The silky curve also makes the device more comfortable to hold.
Huawei reintroduces the physical volume controls after removing it on Mate 30 Pro. Huawei takes customer feedback very seriously. But they also kept the virtual volume button for those who like to control the volume from either left or right side of the screen. Best of both worlds.
HUAWEI Mate 40 Pro will be available in Black and White, as well as an enchanting Mystic Silver, a finish with a colour-shifting effect that evokes the mysteries of the unseen. There are also two vegan leather variants, Sunflower Yellow and Olive Green. Meanwhile, HUAWEI Mate 40 Pro+ features an exquisite nano-tech ceramic back panel available in two iconic colours: Ceramic White and Ceramic Black.
The Kirin 9000 Series is fully equipped for 5G, capable of handling intensive computations and multi-tasking operations with ease. Embedded in HUAWEI Mate 40 Pro and HUAWEI Mate 40 Pro+, the Kirin 9000 is the most sophisticated and the world’s first 5 nm 5G SoC (System On Chip) available, delivering vastly improved performance and power efficiency over its predecessor. For the first time ever, the flagship 5G SoC has more than 15.3 billion transistors, making it the densest and most full-featured 5G SoC to date. That’s 30% more transistors than Apple’s A14 Bionic chip. The powerful CPU features a three-tier heterogeneous architecture with cores running base clocks as fast as 3.13 GHz. Also integrated into the SoC is a 24 -Core Mali-G78 GPU, as well as an innovative NPU featuring dual large cores and one tiny core, taking on-device AI to a new level.
The 24-Core Mali-G78 GPU in HUAWEI Mate 40 Pro and HUAWEI Mate 40 Pro+ is the most powerful GPU ever seen on a Huawei device. This delivers advanced graphics performance and is complemented by an amazing audio visual experience for immersive gameplay. This GPU is 52% faster than that on the Qualcomm SnapDragon 865+.
The 90Hz display works together with 120Hz touch sample rate for greater responsiveness and now features an x-axis linear motor that provides haptic feedback to correspond with the visual experience. This entertainment set-up is completed with two stereo speakers to create cinematic experiences with super bass stereo.
The HUAWEI Mate 40 Series is also equipped with the battery technology that is needed to keep up with the demands of 5G, supporting the fastest iteration of HUAWEI SuperCharge. And yes, Huawei will have a 66W SuperCharge charger packed inside the box. How convenient. And both Mate 40 Pro and Mate 40 Pro+ will support 50W wireless charging too. But for that you will need to get a new wireless charger that can do that.
Best In Class Camera System
Still co-engineered with Leica, the new rear camera system on the Mate 40 Pro now drop from four to three cameras – Wide, Ultra Wide and Telephoto. But what replaced the fourth Time of Flight (ToF) camera is a Laser Focus sensor. Which in my opinion is more useful. And I bet focusing can be faster and more accurate with this new sensor.
Mate 40 Pro+ will have a penta camera setup. The five cameras will include – Wide, Ultra Wide, 3x Optical Zoom, 10x Optical Zoom and a 3D Depth sensing camera.
When it comes to cinematic videography, the HUAWEI Mate 40 Pro and HUAWEI Mate 40 Pro+ are unparalleled. The Dual Cine Cameras feature a 3:2 cinema-style shooting ratio sensor. Capturing high quality footage is easier than ever with Steady Shot, while the XD Fusion HDR Video ensures balanced exposure, even when users are capturing with extreme lighting contrast. Other evolutions include Tracking Shot, while Story Creator allows
for true cinematic effects. Background music, filters and effects can also be added with ease. Not neglecting audio, HUAWEI Mate 40 Series features Audio Focus, Audio Zoom, and dual stereo speakers.
The Ultra Wide Cine Camera now offers an even wider field of view, as well as richer detail, improved low light performance and distortion correction algorithms, allowing users to capture beautiful expansive landscapes, while the Super Sensing Wide Camera provides true high definition shots. Image quality has been further enhanced with Full Pixel Octa PD AutoFocus. Improved distortion correction targets the face, body and limbs, making the ultra-wide angle lens useful in more scenarios than ever. HUAWEI Mate 40 Pro features a Periscope Telephoto Camera to support 10x hybrid zoom and 50x digital zoom, and HUAWEI Mate 40 Pro+ takes it further with a dual-telephoto camera system that enables 20x hybrid zoom and 100x digital zoom.
The Ultra Vision Selfie Camera on the HUAWEI Mate 40 Series take selfies and videos to new heights with support for 4K capture and the option to shoot in one of three available fields of view, ranging from up close and personal to ultra-wide. Slow-Motion Selfie at 240fps adds even more versatility to the front camera by letting you add dramatic flair when documenting your fast-paced actions.
More Intuitive Features
New additions to Smart Gesture Control, will give you total hands-free control of your device. Simply hover your hand over the device to wake it up or navigate your phone with swipes left, right, up and down all supported. There is also an air tap call answering gesture.
New dynamic Eyes on Display can be activated at a glance, with fully customisable interactive displays hosting all the information you need from your phone. The ring of unwanted incoming calls can be reduced by making eye contact with your phone, while auto-sleep is automatically disabled as long as the device has your attention.
Multi-screen Collaboration offers a brand-new way for you to operate multiple devices at once, running up to three apps simultaneously, combining smartphone and PC to deliver unique experiences. And, when you need to present content on your smartphone screen to others, all it takes is just one tap on the pull-down Multi Device Control Panel.
When it comes to privacy and security, the EMUI 11 operating system has always featured comprehensive security solutions to protect Huawei device users. The Trusted Execution Environment operating system is CC EAL5+ certified, which is the highest certification level for commercialised security microkernel. EMUI 11 also comes with new privacy features. When transferring images, you can easily purge sensitive personal data such as location, time and device details from the file before it is sent. Note Lock keeps personal notes personal by securing the content with a PIN or biometrics.
HUAWEI Mate 40 Series comes equipped with the innovative Huawei Mobile Services (HMS), bringing you a smarter, richer, more convenient and secure smartphone experience. During the launch, Huawei also unveiled new apps available for global Huawei users, including Petal Search, a search engine with support for multiple types of searches; Petal Maps, a map app that utilises the HUAWEI Mate 40 Series’ gesture control feature; and HUAWEI Docs, a powerful unified word document service. These apps come together to lead the way towards a better digital life for the 700 million Huawei device users worldwide.