As we watched 2020 come to a close, the last major flagship finally entered our hands - the Huawei Mate 40 Pro. In a nutshell, Mate 40 series devices feature Huawei's latest flag-ship-tier chipset, the Kirin 9000 system-on-chip, which supposedly had CPU, NPU, and GPU performance eclipsing rivals across the board. Huawei kept vital design elements of the Mate series on the Mate 40 range while giving it a small spin to spruce up the device. Dubbed the Space Ring Design, the central portion is no longer black like the rest of the camera housing, and Huawei did away with the differently polished border for a modern, cleaner appearance.
On the Mate 40 Pro's rear comes a triple camera system led by a 50MP Ultra Vision Camera (wide angle). Like most of Huawei's flagship and some mid-range handsets, its computational aspects lend lots of imaging power to its cameras. Even in challenging conditions, the cameras can capture detail without overly-sacrificing accuracy, and it prioritises good colourisation above all else. Light detection still needs a little more work, though, and it’s less consistent at auto-exposure across different lenses. Notably, the main camera does not have optical image stabilisation.
AT A GLANCE
HUAWEI Kirin 9000 5G
6.76-inch, OLE D, 2,772 x 1,344 pixels, 90Hz refresh rate, 240Hz touch sampling rate
50MP Ultra Vision Camera, f/1.9 20MP Cine Camera, ultra-wide angle, f/1.8 12MP telephoto Camera, f13.4, 05
256GB internal storage Huawei Nano Memory expansion up to 256GB)
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