This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.
Huawei's latest smartphone, the Mate 40 Pro, is released overseas. First of all, it is now available in the Chinese market. This time I got the Chinese version (model NOH-AN00) in Hong Kong where I live. The Mate 40 Pro seems to be selling very well in China, and even in Hong Kong, the number of Mate 40 Pro's in stock at the import stores was quite low.
The Mate 40 Pro has a display size of 6.76 inches, 2722 x 1344 pixels, since the P40 Pro launched in spring 2020 was 6.58 inches 2460 x 1200 pixels and last year's previous Mate 30 Pro was 6.53 inches 2400 x 1176 pixels, it is larger and higher resolution.
As you can see from the screen, Google services are not included and HMS (Huawei Mobile Services) is on it. The language settings had Japanese from the start, so you can use it in Japanese.
It comes in four colors, but the one I got is black. The back of the phone has a glossy finish. The camera unit at the top of the center of the device has a circular base, and I thought it might look like an iPod at the online presentation, but I don't feel that way because the actual device is large in size and has a high-quality feel. Instead, the symmetrical design is beautiful, and it feels more stable than other recent smartphones with a large camera unit on the top left corner.
The Mate 40 Pro measures 162.9 x 75.5 x 9.1 mm and weighs 212 grams, and it feels a bit heavy. It has a Horizon Display with curved sides, and double-tapping it allows you to view the volume buttons as soft keys. When I grabbed it, I didn't experience any accidental touches with my fingers that hit this side part of the device.
Incidentally, the P40 Pro measures 158.2 x 72.6 x 9 mm and weighs 209 grams, while the Mate 30 Pro measures 158.1 x 73.1 x 8.8 mm and weighs 198 grams. The Mate 40 Pro has a larger display, which makes it larger in size.
The camera unit sticks out, but it's not high enough to be a concern. If you put a case on it, it will be flush with the surface. What I like about this design is when you place it on a desk or table. The center of the device sticks out, so it won't wobble from side to side when placed on a desk.
There are two front cameras: a 13-megapixel and a ToF, which may seem like a regression since the P40 Pro and Mate 30 Pro had 32 megapixels and a ToF, but the Mate 40 Pro's front camera is super wide-angle, and that of the P40 Pro and Mate 30 Pro is wide-angle. Considering selfies indoors, etc., a camera with a wider angle of view would be more convenient to use. The punch hole with two front cameras in a row is somewhat noticeable. This was also true for the P40 series.
The display refresh rate has been increased to 90Hz, but you can also set up the dynamic mode (automatic switching between 90Hz and 60Hz) for battery life.
The OLED display allows it to be always on. Text and graphics can be displayed on the screen even during sleep mode. Graphics can also be animated. You can also use your own photos. You can also enter your own text in the template, so you can write to-dos and reminders.
The best feature of the Mate 40 Pro is the HiSilicon Kirin 9000 chipset, and when I measured its performance with AnTuTuTu, it was 661765 with performance mode on and 508295 with it off. That's certainly a high performance.
DXOMARK scores the camera performance at 136 and the front camera performance at 104, both of which are the highest of any smartphone currently available. There appear to be four cameras, one of which is a laser sensor for focusing and other purposes.
I took some shots of the streets of Hong Kong in standard mode, 1X. The following photos are scaled down to 1200x900 pixels.
In night mode, it takes 5-6 seconds to capture and process the image.
The Mate 40 Pro is Huawei's latest flagship model, so I was able to be fully satisfied with the texture, response, and camera. However, as things stand now, we might not be able to expect it to sell outside of China and Europe, and we'd like to see high-performance smartphones powered by the Kirin 9000 make their way to Japan, even if only a few.
This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl. The Japanese edition of Engadget does not guarantee the accuracy or reliability of this article.