Huawei has announced that its latest new flagship, and though the Chinese phone-maker may be embroiled in various Android and chipset headaches, the Mate 40 Series is now available for purchase in Mzansi. The Huawei Mate 40 Pro is build on the same aesthetic we’ve seen the company use before, but with a new “Space Ring” design at the back that clusters the numerous cameras into a circle.
The Mate 40 Pro is available in black and white locally, while other countries get an additional Mystic Silver finish that shimmers according to the angle of the light.
Design only takes you so far, of course, so the Mate 40 Series taps Huawei’s latest silicon inside. That’s the Kirin 9000 Series, a 5nm 5G SoC that the company says uses the most powerful GPU in any of its phones to-date. Alongside the CPU, which runs at up to 3.13 GHz, there’s a 24-core Mali-G78 GPU. A 3-core NPU – with two big cores and a more frugal tiny core – is also included.
Altogether they power the 6.76-inch display on the phone. Huawei isn’t using a 120Hz panel, topping out at 90Hz instead, though there’s a 240Hz touch sampling rate.
As for the cameras, that’s arguably the topic Huawei fans have been most excited about. There’s a whole host of sensors on the back, with the Mate 40 Pro having a 50-megapixel wide camera (f/1.9 with OIS), a 20-megapixel ultra-wide (f/2.4), an 8-megapixel 10x periscope lens (f/4.4 with OIS), a 12-megapixel 3x telephoto (f/2.4 with OIS), and a ToF camera for depth sensing. Altogether, Huawei says, you’ll get a maximum 17x optical zoom range.
For power, meanwhile, there’s the latest version of Huawei SuperCharge. That supports up to 66W of power, and can handle extreme low-temperatures too.
Cut out of the official Google Android apps – and the Play store – you’ll find that Huawei is still pushing its own EMUI platform. EMUI 11 delivers things like hand gestures – such as swiping up or down in front of the phone to scroll, left or right to flip through galleries, or pressing inward to answer calls or play/pause music – and split-screen views with floating windows for multitasking. There’s that 1080p MeeTime video calling app, its own Petal Search and Petal Maps app, and a virtual assistant called Celia that, according to Huawei’s Akhram Mohamed, is now supported in 15 countries.
The Mate 40 Pro will set you back R19 999 at launch which includes the Huawei Freebuds 4i and Huawei Wireless charger.