Indeed, Huawei plans to launch their flagship Mate series phones this year. According to rumours, they will launch Mate40 and Mate40 Pro on Q4 2020. Latest leaks suggests Huawei will launch these new flagships in October.
As for the name, Huawei’s consumer business chief, Yu Chengdong confirmed that 2020’s Mate series will receive the Huawei Mate 40 moniker. Even if we hadn’t already seen Mate 40 Pro leaks, it wouldn’t have been a stretch to imagine there would be multiple devices in the lineup besides the vanilla Mate 40, including a Pro edition. Previous Mate series have also seen lavish Porsche Design limited editions and typically disappointing Lite variants. However, it’s unclear if these variants will reprise their roles in the Mate 40 lineup.
As per our sources, Huawei Mate40 base varaint with 8GB of RAM and 128GB storage will be priced at ¥4999/$731/€618. Probably, will launch the next month globally.
Honestly, this time the Mate40 series will not come with Android services. So the people in China might be interested to buy these mobiles but don’t expect that type of sales in other countries.
The Huawei Mate40 Pro could be priced as follows. Base varaint with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage will be priced at ¥6399/$636/€792. It will also launch along with Mate40.
Huawei Mate 40 Pro’s screen size is rumored to measure 6.7-inch. That would be slightly larger than the Mate 30 Pro’s 6.53-inch display, but renders suggest a less aggressive waterfall edge on the Mate 40 Pro. This time cameras also see the improvement than last generation Mate series phones.
According to the rumours, the Huawei Mate 40 will have a 6.4-inch display – which is a little smaller than the Mate 30. There’s also been talk of a 6.67-inch display which is said to feature a 90Hz refresh rate. Resolutions haven’t been mentioned but the Mate 30 has a Full HD+ resolution with HDR10+ support so we’d expect at least that for the Mate 40.
The Mate 40 Pro is said to have a 6.7-inch display – which is little larger than the Mate 30 Pro. A Full HD+ resolution is expected on the Mate 40 Pro, as like the Mate 30 Pro offers. It’s said that the Mate 40 Pro will have a waterfall display and also offers a 90Hz refresh rate.
It’s likely that cameras will be the main focus of the Mate 40 series, especially in the case of the Pro model. It’s been claimed the Huawei Mate 40 could feature a freeform lens but we suspect if this does appear, it will be reserved for the Mate 40 Pro or Mate 40 Pro+ if there is one.
According to reports, the Mate 40 will have a triple rear camera consisting a 50-megapixel sensor, 20-megapixel ultra-wide sensor, 8-megapixel telephoto sensor and laser autofocus will be on board. The Mate 40 Pro meanwhile, is reported to have a 50-megapixel wide-angle sensor with liquid lens technology, an 80-megapixel Cine sensor, along with a periscope and Time of Flight sensor. None of these specifications are confirmed yet though.
Huawei’s own Kirin chips that underpin its top smartphones cannot be manufactured after 15 September 2020. The Mate 40 and Mate 40 Pro will use already-stockpiled chips however.
These new devices are rumoured to come with a 5nm chip though, and it’s claimed it will likely be the Kirin 1000.
Based on the rumours, the Huawei Mate 40 and Mate 40 Pro will have very prominent rear camera housings – even more so than the Mate 30 series did. Renders suggest both will be circular with the Mate 40 featuring a triple camera and the Mate 40 Pro featuring a quad camera.