Huawei Mate 40 Pro arrives: no Google but packs a camera punch
Huawei’s latest smartphone has tons of camera innovations - plus new headphones!
The Huawei Mate 40 is here and it’s a big-screen phone with plenty of specs promise. Huawei has had a time of it of late, what with Google Play Services being taken off its smartphones and its current 5G battles, but that hasn’t stopped the company putting out top-notch products.
The Huawei Mate 40 Pro is a smartphone with a 6.76 OLED - 2772 x 1344 curved screen. It has an 88-degree curve and boats no side borders because of this.
Those who have been paying attention to Huawei’s Mate range will note that the handset has shifted away from a notch and now has a punch-hole 13MP selfie camera on the front.
There are three cameras on the back, a whopping 50MP main camera, a 20MP ultra-wide lens and a 12MP periscope lens - also on board is a jaw-dropping 7x optical zoom. These can all be found in a new Space Ring Design on the rear.
TikTok fans will be happy as there is a new video mode that allows you to edit 15 second video snippets in Story editor mode.
Another interesting camera feature is a 'steadicam' mode which follows a subject through a scene without you having to move the handset - this should make those weird shaky panning shots a thing of the past.
When it comes to charging, Huawei has upped the speed of its wireless charging by an impressive 85% and its wired charging by 60%.
A new chip means that GPU and CPU power has also been supercharged - with a 50% improvement in graphical prowess.
As with all recent Huawei smartphones, the big thing missing here is Google Play and all the Google apps that go with it. This will be a blow to many who are tied to the G Suite, but Huawei has revealed it is improving its own app store, with a more editorialised offering.
Huawei has also revealed a new range of headphones. Its first over-ear effort is called Huawei FreeBuds Studio and they come packing 24bit audio, an increased driver size and hi-res sound.
They look rather lovely, with Active Noise Cancellation and a battery life that leaves many rivals in the dust. If you switch the ANC off then you can get 24 hours’ playback on a charge. It’s 20 hours with the ANC on and a 10 minute charge will get eight hours’ play out of them.
There’s good news if you are, like us, a fan of the Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro smartwatch. Huawei has teamed up with Porsche once more to give it a design makeover. The Porsche Design Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro comes with a new design by Porsche, customised Sapphire lens, the buttons have been changed to pistons and there’s now a ceramic case.
Watch faces have been customised and you get exclusive watch faces that inherit the same look as the in-dash components of the Porsche display.
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