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8.1/10
Informr score
The Huawei Mate 40 Pro currently has an Informr score of 8.1 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 17 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

What's good

  • Great battery life
  • Excellent performance
  • Good camera

What's bad

  • Limited App list
  • Expensive
  • Large selfie camera cut-out

This phone could’ve been the phone of the year if not for the Google Ban of 2019. It has all the right stuff, a great camera, a friendly feel, beautiful screen. How much does the lack of Google apps matter? Here’s what you need to know…

Design

The Huawei Mate 40 Pro is a design dream. Reviewers thought the curved screen was a joy to hold. Although the dimensions suggest it’s a large phone, many noted that it doesn’t feel that big since it’s relatively thin and light. The glass front and back plates give the phone a premium feel, although reviewers noted that the black model picked up fingerprints incredibly easy.

Display

A 6.76-inch, OLED HDR 10 screen takes up most of the phone’s face. Reviewers noted bright and sharp colors, declaring the screen impressive overall. However, unless your app or streaming service of choice supports HDR, they won’t use the screen to its fullest. The only complaint we could find surrounded the selfie camera cutouts. Many reviewers felt the two lens cutouts are distracting.

Performance

With the apps that everyone is accustomed to using not being there, it’s hard to test their performance. However, for what reviewers could test, they found the phone snappy and without lag -- even during multitasking settings. The phone is fast and reliable, but understand that a lack of Google App support will make your app choices and overall experience very different than most Android phones in 2020.

Software & Storage

The Huawei Mate 40 Pro offers Android 10 with an overlay called EMUI 11. Reviewers loved the software tweaks available -- such as dark mode, eye comfort adjustments, and the ability to change color temperature. The phone includes 256GB onboard storage -- a larger amount than many Android phones shipping this year -- but be aware that there are very few cloud storage options available on Huawei’s app store.

Cameras

The Mate 40 Pro is one of the best available today. There are numerous options for enhancing photos and the pictures it captures are phenomenal. Reviewers said that this was the best camera on a phone that they’ve seen thus far. With the range of photography options and 4K video recording, there’s little to be disappointed about when it comes to the photography and videography elements of this phone.

Battery Life

A whole day on a single charge isn’t a lot to ask of a modern smartphone and the Huawei Mate 40 Pro does just that. Reviewers said the lack of apps being available may have contributed to that but there’s nothing conclusive there. The other exciting part is that the phone offers both wireless and wired fast charging. So, you you won’t be stranded without your phone as long as you keep your charger handy.

Audio

Top and bottom grilles give the Huawei Mate 40 Pro stereo sound capabilities. Reviews note that they are loud and very clear, but unfortunately they lack bass -- much like any smartphone these days. There’s no headphone jack, so you’ll have to use Bluetooth or a pair of USB-C headphones if you want better audio quality.

Specs at a Glance

  • Glass chassis
  • 6.76-inch OLED HDR 10 display
  • Octa-core 3.13 GHz HiSilicon Kirin 9000 5G Processor
  • 8GB of RAM
  • Android 10 with EMUI 11 overlay
  • 256GB of storage
  • 50MP/ 20MP ultra-wide/12MP 5x zoom camera
  • 4400mAh battery

Bottom Line

In general, it seems as though Huawei nailed just about everything. But the dispute with the US government and, along with them, Google means the phone won’t always support the apps you have learned to rely on. If you’re the type that doesn’t use social media services or media streaming on your phone this is a fine choice.

Reviewers note that the Huawei Mate 40 Pro is most suited for photography enthusiasts. It has a phenomenal camera and 256GB to save pictures with. However, if you keep up with pop culture trends and download the latest apps, you’ll want to look elsewhere.

Android Authority says, “Hardware-wise, Huawei has made a contender for the best all-around smartphone in 2020. The Mate 40 Pro hangs with the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, Oppo Find X2 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max. If you don’t need Google services, the Huawei Mate 40 Pro is a fantastic top-end option.”

Phone Arena states, “The Huawei Mate 40 Pro encapsulates the best in smartphone technology. It has an industry-leading screen, an ample chipset, and a great camera system on the back. It’s all premium, except Google Services is still missing and Harmony OS isn’t quite ready. This phone is a beast but in order to be tamed, it needs patience and an adventurous spirit at the same time. If you can get through the software learning curve, then you’ll be perfectly happy with this device.”


Operating system
Android
Processor
3.13 GHz
Screen Size
6.76"
Camera
50+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Tom's Guide

The Huawei Mate 40 Pro carries the same strengths and weaknesses as the company's other recent phones. The hardware is excellent for the most part, and class-leading in some places. But the software issues mean it's not suitable for the average user, who should turn to flagships from Samsung or OneP...

- Richard Priday, Tom's Guide
uSwitch

The Mate 40 Pro has many of the elements to make a great phone. The cameras impress and the rest of the package is solid too. The lack of Google Play and subsequent services is a major loss. This is likely to be a deal breaker for those that would otherwise enjoy the experience. The accessibility fe...

- Joe McIndoe, uSwitch
Tech Advisor

With the Mate 40 Pro it’s simple. Don’t buy it. I’d love to recommend that you do: the hardware is fantastic and it takes amazing photos and videos. But the situation with apps means that warnings are plastered all over the place when you view the phone on retailers’ websites. Even Huawei’s own site...

- Jim Martin, Tech Advisor
TechRadar

The Huawei Mate 40 Pro is one of the best phones around in terms of hardware – its cameras take incredible pictures, its screen looks great, and it feels wonderful in the hand thanks to its curved display and slender build. It’s just a shame that the software lets the phone down so badly. The lack o...

- Tom Bedford, TechRadar
T3

The Huawei Mate 40 Pro excels in terms of its design, camera and battery, though software issues continue to keep it from being a five-star phone offering. Make sure the handset offers everything that you're going to need before investing in this pricey smartphone.

- David Nield, T3


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Screen Size
6.76"

The Huawei Mate 40 Pro's screen size is 6.76 inches with 1344 x 2772 pixels resolution.

Processor
3.13 GHz

There is a HiSilicon Kirin 9000 5G (5 nm) Octa-core 3.13 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 10 operating system (OS).

Camera
50+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 50+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 13+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
256 GB

Internal memory is 256 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
4400mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 4400 mAh battery. Huawei's performance ratings are 1424 minutes, 753 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Mate 40 Pro Specs

Overview
Release date November 13, 2020
Regions available United Kingdom
Mobile / Cellular Data
5G, 4G/LTE
Networks
5G:
700/850/900/1800 /2100/2300/2500/2600/3500/3700 MHz
LTE:
700/800/850/900 /1500/1800/1900/2000/2100/2300/2600/3500 MHz
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1700/1900 /2100 MHz
Data:
HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE, 5G
SIM card size
Nano-SIM
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System Android 10

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Processor HiSilicon Kirin 9000 5G (5 nm) Octa-core 3.13 GHz
Internal Storage 256 GB
RAM 8 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible Unknown
TTY/TDD Unknown
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 2 Years
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Data Cable
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 4400 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging Yes
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Up to: 1005 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 753 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 1424 minutes
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Mystic Silver, Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 16.29 x 7.55 x 0.91 cm (6.4 x 3 x 0.4 in)
Weight 212 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged design No
IP Rating IP 68
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology OLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1344 x 2772 pixels
Pixel density 456 pixels
Size 6.76 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen, 90Hz display support
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared Yes
Bluetooth 5.2
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, AAC, LDAC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 1.9
Resolution
50+ megapixels
Multi-camera
Yes
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, ISO, Multi-shot, Night mode, Panorama, Self-timer, 2nd camera feature (20 MP, F1.8, Ultra-wide), 3rd camera feature (12 MP, F3.4), HDR, Slow motion recording
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
13+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
Aperture F2.4
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 240 fps
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AMR, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, OGG, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, FLV, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack No
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Unknown
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Unknown
Document Viewer Yes
Weather Yes
Stocks Unknown
Maps Yes
NotePad Unknown
Voice Memos / Recorder Unknown
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps
More
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