Huawei Has Unveiled Its Next Generation of 5G Mate 40 Flagship Smartphones
It hasn’t been a great year for Chinese tech giant Huawei, which has had to soldier through the trade war between the United States (US) and China, as well as the Trump administration’s ban on its access to US software or technology—which includes access to Google and chips created with US technology.
During the virtual event for the Mate 40 series, last night, Mr Richard Yu, executive director and chief executive officer of Huawei consumer business group, revealed that Huawei was having “a very difficult time”.
“We are suffering from the US government's third round of bans,” he said.
But despite speculations that Huawei might not have enough chips to manufacture its flagship smartphones due to the ban, the leading Chinese phone manufacturer announced four new models in its Huawei Mate 40 series—the Mate 40, Mate 40 Pro, Mate 40 Pro+ and Porsche Design Mate 40 RS.
All four models from the series will run on Huawei’s Kirin 9000 processor, the tech firm’s latest 5G SoC (system-on-chip) with more than 15.3 billion transistors. Only Mate 40 Pro will retail in Singapore however, available in black and mystic silver. Here’s what to know about the phone.
Available in two shades for its Singapore launch, the Mate 40 Pro in black features a pure-toned glass cover that is sleek and practical, while the phone in mystic silver reflects a tapestry of light and colour with its pearlescent sheen. The phone features an edge-to-edge 88-degree Horizon Display with rounded corners for a stunning visual and ergonomic experience, with a visually pleasing Space Ring camera system at the back of the phone.
As mentioned above, the Mate 40 Pro runs on Huawei’s Kirin 9000 processor, which features a powerful CPU with a big core clocking at up to 3.13Ghz for improved performance and power efficiency; a 24-core Mali-G78 GPU for impressive image processing, offering a heightened gaming experience and a re-imagined NPU that supports a wide range of AI functions that include gesture controls, object recognition, and camera features.
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Mate 40 Pro also offers features to optimise work and productivity, such as the upgraded Multi0screen Collaboration that supports the display of multiple phone apps on your PC; a resizable floating window that allows you to toggle between your active apps with ease, a Notepad that allows you to scan, extract and share text and image; and support for the Huawei M-Pen 2 to write, draw or sketch seamlessly across multiple Huawei displays.
Four lenses sit in the Space Ring camera system—a 50-megapixel, f/1.9 aperture Ultra Vision camera; 20-megapixel, f/1.8 aperture Ultra Wide Cine camera; laser sensor; and 12-megapixel Telephoto camera that supports up to 10x hybrid zoom and 50x digital zoom.
The high-performing camera system is complemented by AI features like the XD Fusion HDR Video mode, which optimises colours, brightness and contrast, and details; Steady Shot for stabilised videos even when you’re on the move; and Tracking Shot to keep subjects within the centre of the frame at all times.
At the front, a 13-megapixel Ultra Vision Selfie Camera integrates a wide-angle lens and a gesture sensor which supports up to three types of wide angles in the adaptive selfie mode. It also supports features such as 4K video, ultra-wide view recording, front and rear dual-view video, and slow-motion selfie videos.