The Huawei Mate 40 and the Huawei Mate 40 Pro may be Huawei's top two handsets for 2020, but there are many questions that concern them. Not only the usual questions about technical data and features, but also whether they run on Android and whether they are published in much of the world at all.
We do not have specific answers yet, but we can speculate, and as soon as news and rumors emerge, we will update you accordingly. The Huawei P40 launch – expected in early 2020 – could give us a clearer answer to this question.
In the meantime, below is our wishlist for what we want from the Mate 40 series – it starts with full Android content, but there's a lot more we'd like to see.
In a nutshell
- What is it? The successor to the Huawei Mate 30
- When is it out? Late 2020
- What will it cost? What other flagship phones cost
Huawei Mate 40 Release Date and Price
The Huawei Mate 30 and Huawei Mate 30 Pro were announced on September 1
However, this is not necessarily the time you can buy them. In fact, they may not be that easy to buy, since the availability of the Mate 30 series is unclear at the time of writing due to the Huawei ban – the US will not get it, but it's not of scale. In the UK and Australia it is Availability currently not confirmed. So that could be the case for the Huawei Mate 40.
As far as the price goes, we can only look at the Huawei Mate 30 for now. The standard phone costs $ 799 ($ 880 / £ 700 / AU) $ 1,300, while the Huawei Mate 30 Pro costs $ 1,099. So the prices for the Mate 40 series can be similar.
Huawei Mate 40 News and Rumors
Almost nothing is known about the Huawei Mate 40 and the Mate 40 Pro not yet available, and it is no wonder that cell phones will not be available until the end of 2020.
However, we have heard a few things. First, they will probably run Android – but without Google Play Services, putting them in a similar situation to the Huawei Mate 30.
Huawei has developed its own operating system called HarmonyOS, but has not mentioned it. It is also rumored that the Huawei Mate 40 series will use a Kirin 1000 chipset. This chipset has not yet been announced, but according to Huawei Central, it will be the first to be made with a 5nm process (making it smaller and more efficient than the Huawei Mate 30's chipset) and in the second half of 2020 will land. The Huawei Mate 40 series is the first one that uses them.
While this is just a rumor for now, it's very credible as Huawei follows the pattern of bringing new chipsets for the Mate range to market.
What we want to see
The Huawei Mate 30 and especially the Huawei Mate 30 Pro are great phones, but with a big mistake and a number of smaller ones. So the next models could be improved.
. 1 Full Android
Our wish list for the Huawei Mate 40 does not end with a full Android (including Google Mobile Services), but starts there.
Without this, however awesome the handset may be crippled. Therefore, we sincerely hope that Huawei can reach an agreement with the US to resume use of Google's apps and services.
. 2 Returning the volume keys
The Mate 30 Pro made some daring design decisions, including the removal of physical volume keys. Instead, you can adjust the volume using the gesture control. When the display is turned on, these functions work well, but not at all when the display is off.
This is a nuisance, therefore for the Huawei Mate 40 series. We want either the physical volume buttons or the gesture control to work when the display is off.
. 3 The same curves without the vignetting
This is another issue that applies only to the Huawei Mate 30 Pro, not the standard Mate 30, but it has a steeply curved screen that looks great, at least most of the time.
Unfortunately, these curves also produce screen vignetting, which we would like to see corrected for the next models. Given that Huawei can do this, we would appreciate if those sharp turns were present on both the Mate 40 and the Mate 40 Pro.
. 4 No score left
While the Huawei Mate 30 and especially the Mate 30 Pro generally look good, both have sports scores that look older and older. That's why we want the company to deliver an all-screen, no-hole design, ideally without a hole, for the Huawei Mate 40 series.
. 5 A sharper display
Despite its most recent technical specifications, the Huawei Mate 30 Pro has "only" a 1176 x 2400 display. The standard Mate 30 has a similar resolution of 1080 x 2340.
Although these resolutions are not bad, they are not quite QHD, and many competitors now have QHD + displays, so we want a boost to at least 1440 x 2560 at Huawei Mate 40.
6. A Bundled Stylus
The Mate series is in many ways a competitor to the Samsung Galaxy Note series – bigger alternatives to the company's flagship line. However, the Note series also stands out with the Samsung S-pen stylus, which is a key component of any model.
The Huawei Mate 30 Pro supports, but does not support, the M-Pen from Huawei, and its functionality is more limited than that of the Samsung S Pen.
The M-Pen is said to be a core component of the Huawei Mate 40 series be. It should be included with the phone, fit into a slot in the phone and be equipped with many features to help you get the most out of the inevitable big screen.
. 7 An In-Screen Camera
We assume that 2020 is the year in which we see in-screen cameras in cell phones, and we want the Huawei Mate 40 (or at least the Huawei Mate 40 Pro) one of them is. Not only would this be an impressive feature, but it would also help to get rid of the notch we are moaning about.