Mate 40 Pro
Mate 40 Pro

The Huawei Mate 40 Pro is one of the best phones out there, its cameras take incredible pictures, and it has a wonderful screen thanks to its curved screen and slender structure, but unfortunately there are no Google apps, especially the Play Store.


  • Great cameras
  • Great design
  • Long lasting battery


  • Limited application list
  • very expensive
  • Large aperture for selfie camera

Fast Talk (Mate 40 Pro)

Unfortunately, due to the Huawei ban in mid-2019, it resulted in the unavailability of Google apps

the most important of which is the Play Store, where you get your apps,

but we hope that a day comes and we review the phone without that problem.

The Huawei Mate 40 Pro is great to use by all accounts, but you will find it difficult to use it as your daily smartphone due to the lack of useful applications provided by AppGallery, so you will get the least benefit from Huawei alternatives.

The apps included in the phone are the apps, Tiktok, Snapchat, Amazon Shopping, Tinder, and Telegram.

But as for the pros, the Huawei Mate 40 Pro has a great feel in the hand, thanks to its aluminum-filled glass design and the side buttons in easy-to-reach positions.

It also performs well, as it handles games, and photo and video editing very well.

The Huawei Mate 40 Pro has a price of 1099 £ / $ 1999.

there’s is a pretty pill box cut out in top corner of the display which I was a little worried about at first

because anytime I see that I’m like what did they put up next to the selfie camera,

like you have this whole huge immersive display with razor thin bezels and you did a pill box cut out. 

but inside this one, you get a standard selfie camera and another 100 degree ultrawide, so not some like pointless monochrome or depth sensor or anything like that. 

it’s actually a significantly wider selfie camera, I haven’t seen that since the pixel 3 XL, but I thought it was great back then and I still think it’s great. 

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Mate 40 Pro Design: Elegant and unique

This is Huawei’s latest flagship phone, the Mate 40 pro has just been announced. 

The Huawei Mate 40 Pro is a sleek looking device, built from curved glass and aluminium. 

as you might expect from a modern flagship. ours in the mystic silver finish, the phone is quite comfy in the hand.

and I like the ring-shaped camera bump on the back. The finish though is quite breathtaking, it’s just more than just silver. 

Mate 40 Pro Design
Mate 40 Pro Design

depending on how it catches light, it bursts into an array of different colours. 

Another thing you’ll notice is that the physical volume keys are back the previous model

the Mate 30 pro utilized a software slider instead. and of course as a tier flagship.

The Mate 40 pro brings full ip68 water and dust resistance.

Mate 40 Pro OLED Display

on the front is a 6.7 inch curved OLED display with a somewhat odd 1344 by 2772 pixel resolution. 

this works out to a pixel density of  460 ppi. The Huawei Mate 40 Pro’s screen is slightly more curved than what we saw last year, at 88 degrees around the edges. 

The difference is really quite subtle though as is the popular trend the Huawei Mate 40 Pro has a fast 90 hertz screen refresh rate and 240hz touch sampling rate. 

Mate 40 Pro OLED Display
Mate 40 Pro OLED Display

This means that swiping on this display is quite smooth and responsive. 

this OLED display is top class and content on screen looks crisp and bright maximum brightness is great, up to nits with the slider.

and it boosts up to over 800 nits auto mode when in bright conditions.

as far as colour reproduction goes there are plenty of optical in settings, with multiple colour modes and a colour wheel for customisation. 

by using it we were able to get some really accurate colour here. 

Features: TOF camera, hands-free gesture controls

One design element that might not be for everyone though is the pill shape cutout for the dual selfie cam. 

At least it includes an upgraded tof camera which is behind some cool features. 

These include some hands-free gesture controls you can scroll and even swipe by moving your hand inside of the camera. 

and it’s handy for taking screenshots too, you have to be very deliberate 

with your gestures for them to be registered though. 

Mate 40 Pro Cameras

it doesn’t seem super practical for everything used on the go just like the mate 30 pro. 

Another feature using the TOF camera is smart screen rotation, the UI will detect which orientation to use based on where your face is. 

and auto rotate to face you. 

This can be super convenient if you’re using the phone while lying in bed, where the UI would otherwise auto rotate the wrong way based on the accelerometer. 

This camera also can detect if there are other faces watching the screen, and the phone can hide sensitive notifications based on that.

of course the TOF camera also enables an extra secure face unlock, which even works in the dark. 

otherwise you can unlock the phone with the under display optical fingerprint reader. 

Mate 40 Pro Cameras:  incredibly sharp detail

you’ve got the same 50 megapixel ultra vision primary lens with built-in optical image stabilization that you got on the Huawei P40 pro which is absolutely fine because that was a fantastic camera. 

I expect nice natural looking colours, incredibly sharp detail. 

they’re nice bright colourful results despite the fact we’re in the dingy studio, very crisp detail indeed. 

you do have an AI mode that you can switch on which will just boost the colours and such for depending on the actual subject. 

Mate 40 Pro sharp details

you can get the usual range of filters that you can play around with as well if that’s your bag. 

and of course you’ve got very flexible camera tech as well, so for instance you can tap into the ultra wide angle lens, it’s a 20 megapixel effect. 

it’s actually the second gen cine camera as one way terms it, it’s very clever video features which I will cover in a bit then the third lens in this Huawei Mate 40 Pro setup is a 12 megapixel periscope lens once again with a five times optical zoom again. 

you can dive all the way up to hybrid zoom of 10 times, and indeed if you keep on zooming in, you can go all the way up to 50 times zoom on the mate 40 pro.

The app, emui 11, UI

now technically actually you know that one’s not that technically impressive, they are still kind of far apart, it’s just smart. 

So Huawei mate series each year feels like it’s consistently built to just show off the best that they can technically achieve.

and they have the p series at the beginning of the year which is typically more

photography focused and they make a bunch of other phones, but it’s just another phone they make that is very technically impressive. 

It’s running emui 11 here, not my favourite UI as I’ve talked about, but it doesn’t mean there aren’t any nice features. 

there are multitasking features and quick launchers and customisation and plenty of stuff like that, but it’s the app situation that’s still a sticking point.

Huawei’s app gallery continues to grow which is great, but it’s still missing some pretty fundamental pieces that I would say most people would find needed daily on their phone, Instagram, YouTube, some of my favourite productivity apps aren’t here, all of the Google apps. 

and sometimes I’ll actually just list them in the app gallery, but as literally web apps. 

they’re actually making pretty significant improvements to their first party apps,

so they’re alternatives to stuff we’re used to. 

so they have their own shopping app, they have their own browser, they have their own mapping and navigation apps, and that’s awesome.

Mate 40 Pro Speakers

We had a very pleased experience with this reader in terms of speed and reliability. 

it’s up there with the best available. Unlike the many recent Huawei phones that vibrate their displays to produce sound for voice calls, the Huawei Mate 40 Pro has a conventional earpiece.  

it isn’t used toward a stereo speaker setup though even better. you get a dedicated second speaker for stereo sound. 

Mate 40 Pro speakers

These speakers aren’t front facing, but located on the top and bottom of the phone. 

The Huawei Mate 40 Pro earned a very good rating in our loudness test, and the audio quality is great.

a nice improvement over the single speaker of last year’s model, you get nice vocals, lively highs and even some bays.

Performance: Battery Life, charging, specs

Huawei Mate 40 Pro also has a 4400 milliamp hour battery, pretty solid flagship size cell, and it supports up to 66 watt charging which is insanely fast. you might remember I just looked at the OnePlus 8t with its 65 watt fast charging.

so I guess they literally want up that, but that whole thing went zero to 100 in under 40 minutes which is crazy. 

and then on top of that you can do 50 watt wireless charging which is incredible. 

now to get that you’ll need like the exact right wireless charger that’s compatible,

probably built by huawei, and the setup has to be just bright. 

but the fact that it’s able to achieve that at all is technically impressive. 

then to top off everything inside this phone is power by their new Kirin 9000 chip.

which is actually a five nanometer chipset and so this and apple’s 14 bionic in the new IPhones are the first nanometer chipsets shipping and any smartphones this year.

so that’s of course bleeding edge and all those extra transistors translates generally into performance and efficiency improvements. 

it gives you stuff like fusion HDR video with real time processing of every frame, and just great overall performance throwing around apps in multitasking and throughout this whole UI.


The Huawei Mate 40 Pro has a camera that is amazingly detailed,

so if you mainly use your smartphone for photography, this phone is for you.

And if you don’t mind the lack of the app like the majority of people, you might not mind AppGallery’s lack of popular titles, so the phone is also suitable for you, but if you’ve always stuck with Insta or Facebook, you will find this phone hard to enjoy.


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