Huawei Mate 40 Pro Review with Pros and Cons

Huawei’s latest flagship phone, the Mate 40 Pro has been announced. So what cool new features does it have? Let’s find out in our Huawei Mate 40 Pro review.

Mate 40 Pro is a sleek looking device, built with curved glass and aluminum – as you might expect from a modern flagship smartphone of 2020.

Huawei Mate 40 Pro box contents:

  1. Huawei Mate 40 Pro handset
  2. TPU Plastic case
  3. Earphones
  4. 66W charger
  5. USB-C cable
  6. Sim ejector tool
  7. Paperwork

Mate 40 Pro: Design and Build

Huawei Mate 40 Pro comes with a Matte back finish
Huawei Mate 40 Pro comes with a Matte back finish

The mystic silver color of Mate 40 Pro is really trippy. Dpending on the angle that you’re looking at it at, it gives you a very different color. This has a matte finish, which I do like. It reminds me a little bit of the P40 Pro silver frost finish but it’s definitely a lot more colorful.

We have the space ring design where the cameras are placed. The Mate 30 Pro has all the four cameras within a circle, whereas on the Mate 40 Pro, they are actually on the ring itself.

We have a metal frame and as the Mate 30 Pro had, the Mate 40 Pro has a very curved display. Huawei call this a horizon display and it’s got an 88° angle curve. And that brings us on nicely to the display.

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Physical Overview and Connectivity

Now let’s take a look around the device. So we’ve got nothing on the left hand side. On the right hand side we’ve got a power button as well as a volume rocker. Now this is a physical volume rocker. On the Mate 30 Pro, Huawei did go for a touch solution. So I’m glad they’ve kind of gone back and gone down the physical buttons.

They just seem to work better, especially when it comes to volume. At the top, we do have an infrared sensor, something which we really don’t see much of these days. So Huawei is still holding onto that. And then we’ve got one of the two speakers. So we’ve got one speaker at the top and one speaker at the bottom. So we do have stereo speakers. Also at the bottom, there is a USB type C port, as well as a SIM card tray.

Huawei Mate 40 Pro features a 90Hz Flex OLED display
Huawei Mate 40 Pro features a 90Hz Flex OLED display

Now in this SIM card tray, you do have space for a SIM card as well as a nano memory card. So that’s a proprietary memory card which you can get to expand the storage on here. Internally, you do get 256GB of storage with 8GB of RAM.

Huawei Mate 40 Pro Display review

This is a 6.76 inch Flex OLED display. So I believe the flex is because it kind of flexes over the sides. This has a 2722 x 1344 resolution. So it’s almost Quad HD, but it’s not quiet Quad HD. It does have a 90Hz refresh rate.

Huawei Mate 40 Pro has a curved display
Huawei Mate 40 Pro has a curved display

So, it looks like Huawei is trying to go for a bit of a balance between resolution and refresh rate, rather than just going for one or the other. From what I can see, it looks like a very good display.

We do have a small top and bottom bezels, but the bezels on left and right, you pretty much can’t see, thanks to that curve. We have a pill shaped punch out for a dual selfie camera setup like we had on the P40 Pro. However, these are a little bit different.

There is a resemblance with those very curved edges on the Mate 40 Pro, but the top and bottom bezels are a little bit smaller. We had a notch for the Mate 30 Pro. We don’t have this on the Mate 40 Pro. We have that pill shape cut out and if we bring in the P40 Pro, you can see once again there is that resemblance with that pill shape cut out.

Huawei Mate 40 Pro camera review

Front cameras

Huawei Mate 40 Pro and Huawei P40 Pro
Huawei Mate 40 Pro and Huawei P40 Pro

The Mate 40 Pro has a 13 MP primary ultra wide camera for group selfies and a 3D TOF sensor for depth sensing.

When you’re taking selfies, if the Mate 40 Pro detects that there’s more people in the shot, then it will automatically switch to the ultra wide camera. There’s also a bunch of sensors in this pill cut out, and that is for 3D face ID.

As always, it does work really well, and it’s very fast. But we also have the option of the in-display fingerprint scanner. So, I do like that we’ve got these options especially  nowadays where we’re all wearing masks.

You know, face ID is very convenient and it’s quicker generally. But having the option of the in-display fingerprint scanner as well is definitely nice to have.

Rear cameras

Now let’s take a look at the rear facing camera. So, as mentioned we actually have the cameras inside this ring. The primary camera is a 50-megapixel ultra vision camera, which has an RYYB sensor. The RYYB instead of the RGB means that you can capture more light and as well as that, this is a very large size sensor.

It’s one over 1.28 inches, which makes it one of the largest sensors on any smartphone and as far as I can tell, this is a very similar, if not the same sensor, as we’ve got on the P40 Pro. This is good news because the P40 Pro takes some amazing images.

There’s a 20-megapixel ultra wide camera, for all of the ultra wide photos and videos. We’ve then got a 12-megapixel Periscope zoom camera, which is going to give you 5 times optical zoom, 10 times hybrid zoom, and up to 50 times digital zoom.

Huawei Mate 40 Pro camera review
Huawei Mate 40 Pro camera review

Finally, we also have a Laser sensor as well. If the photos from the P40 Pro and the P40 Pro Plus are anything to go by, this is going to have excellent results. But Huawei is really also concentrating on video capabilities this time too.

Video shooting

On the Mate 40 Pro, you do have real time HDR processing which is going to give you much better dynamic range. And there’s also a few new video features. One is tracking shots, where you can select your subject and it’s going to follow your subject around. There’s also steady shot, which is going to keep your footage stable.

Now, having a quick look at these on the interface, as soon as you do switch to these modes, you do switch to 1080p automatically from 4K. So this is something to bear in mind.

It looks like it does crop in on that sensor, and then it’s going to go around tracking or providing that stabilization.

Hardware of Mate 40 Pro

This is powered by the Kirin 9000 chipset, the world’s first 5nm integrated 5G chipset. So the keyword here is ‘integrated 5G’. We’ve seen that the Apple A14 is the world’s first 5nm chipset, but it doesn’t have integrated 5G. 5G is a separate modem. This is integrated on here, which should help with efficiency.

In terms of speed and performance, this has been absolutely fine in day to day and heavy usage. It is definitely one of the fastest chipsets out there right now.

Software Problems of Mate 40 Pro

Now let’s talk about the software. This does come with the latest version of EMUI (EMUI 11), which is based on Android. But, as you guys know, Google Play Services are not supported.

Huawei Mate 40 Pro and Mate 30 Pro
Huawei Mate 40 Pro and Mate 30 Pro

It means you’re not going to be able to get apps such as YouTube, Google Drive, Gmail. However, you will be able to use all of these services by a browser. And you will be able to find a lot of the other apps via the Huawei AppGallery, Petal Search, as well as third party app stores.

Personally, I’ve used APKPure quite a bit in the past, and that’s been really good in terms of finding and updating lots of different apps out there. But Huawei has been working very hard on the AppGallery, as well as Petal Search, to be able to find apps that most people use.

So of course the situation isn’t perfect by any means, but there are lots of workarounds. Huawei has also been really working on their integration amongst all of their different devices.

If you do have other Huawei devices maybe if you’ve got a MateBook laptop, some Huawei ear buds, a Huawei watch, then these are going to seamlessly integrate with each other and you’ll be able to use features such as multi-screen collaboration, which will let you fully control you Mate 40 Pro while you’re on your MateBook laptop.

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Battery and Charging

Huawei Mate 40 Pro supports 66W fast charging
Huawei Mate 40 Pro supports 66W fast charging

For the battery, we do have a 4,400 mAh battery and in my experience, Huawei devices are very good when it comes to battery life. We do have the 66W wired charger, as we mentioned earlier on.

But of course, we do have wireless charging and this time it is 50W wireless charging, which I believe is the fastest on any smartphone.

Of course you will have to buy that wireless charger separately. We still do have reverse wireless charging, so you will be able to use the Mate 40 Pro to charge your other devices wirelessly, whether that’s some earbuds or something.

Huawei Mate 40 Pro review conclusion

Huawei Mate 40 Pro will be available at  €1,199 (around Rs 1,04,000) and it will go on sale on 13 November in the UK.


  • Standout design thanks to waterfall screen and cool camera design.
  • Outstanding camera performance.
  • Bright and color accurate 90Hz display
  • Long-lasting battery life and 66W fast charging.
  • Powerful and efficient chipset.


  • No Google Play services.
  • Competitors have 120Hz displays, this one is only 90Hz.
  • Front camera cutout is a bit larger.
Huawei Mate 40 Pro review
Huawei Mate 40 Pro Review

You get a beautiful glass design with waterproofing, an awesome curved OLED display with a fast refresh rate, a powerful next-gen chipset dedicated stereo speakers, excellent battery life with super fast charging and some of the best cameras in the business.

All in all, it is the sort of premium quality you’d expect when paying top dollar for a smartphone. The biggest downside of the Mate 40 Pro is like the other Huawei phones – the lack of google support.

They have done a great job in making up for that and the Huawei app ecosystem is constantly growing but people like to stick to what they know and for a lot of them that is android with Google.

But still at the end of the day, if you don’t mind the software side of things, the Mate 40 Pro is one of the best android phones you can buy right now and deserves our recommendation.

Let me know in the comments what do you think about the Mate 40 Pro. Also, if you like this Huawei Mate 40 Pro review, dont forget to share this with your buddies.

Huawei Mate 40 Pro specifications

SpecificationsHuawei Mate 40 Pro
Display6.76 inches, 2K, OLED, 90Hz
SoftwareAndroid 10, EMUI 11, no Google Services
CPUKirin 9000 5G 
GPUMali-G78 MP24
ROM256GB, 512GB
Front cameras13 MP, f/2.4 (ultrawide)
TOF 3D (depth/biometrics sensor)
Rear cameras50 MP, f/1.9 (wide)
12 MP, f/3.4 (periscope telephoto)
20 MP, f/1.8, 18mm (ultrawide), PDAF
Battery4400 mAh
Charging66W Fast charging
50W Fast wireless charging
5W Reverse wireless charging
Fingerprint sensorUnder the display (optical)
Headphone JackNo
SpeakersStereo speakers

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