The Huawei Mate 40 will be unveiled on the 22October, we know it as Huawei has confirmed, and it will likely land alongside the Huawei Mate 40 Pro. But although we are now very close to that date, we still know remarkably little about the phone.
There have been a few rumors, but far less than what we would typically get at this point in a flagship launch, as Huawei itself has teased a thing or two, but that leaves us still many more questions than answers.
You'll find five of the biggest questions below - these are things we don't do but know, and in some cases you can't even guess much, but what are the major aspects of the Huawei Mate 40.
1. The price
So far there have been no rumors about the price of the Huawei Mate 40, so we're really left behind. We can at least turn to the Huawei Mate 30 for an idea. This startedat € 799 (around $ 880 / £ 700 / AU $ 1,300), while the Huawei Mate 30 Pro launched for £ 899.99 / AU $ 1,599 (around $ 1,200).
So we could look for similar solutions for the Huawei Mate 40, but not necessarily - prices change often for new phone models.
As a rule, they increase, so you may have to pay more, but since Huawei has not been authorized to access Google mobile services and the Google Play Store, it is possible that it seeks to entice buyers with a lower price. Although this ban is also in place for the Huawei Mate 30 range. In any case, for now, pricing is within everyone's reach.
2. Camera configuration
The camera is generally one of the most exciting aspects of Mate phones . In our review of the Huawei Mate 30 Pro, for example, we praised its "appareil premium low-light photo ”.
Camera details are therefore among the things that interest us the most, and they are also an aspect that has been both leaked and teased a bit, but not enough to get a clear picture from a distance (no pun intended).
A teaser showing part of the Huawei Mate 40 (Image credit : Huawei)
A teaser image showed what appears to be an unusual octagonal layout, while that leaks indicated some sort of 3D imaging and a new 'freeform' camera lens, which apparently can reduce distortion in wide-angle shots.
But we don't have still no idea how many and what type of lenses, how many megapixels there will be, or really anything on the other side of the camera. We expect big things, but it remains to be seen what.
3. Screen specifications
Another key aspect of the Huawei Mate 40 about which we hardly know anything is the scree n.
There have been some big leaks, with @OnLeaks (a leaker with a solid track record) claiming via HandsetExpert that the Huawei Mate 40 will have a screen of around 6.4 inches (a claim supported by a certification list marked with @stufflistings , which indicates a screen size of 6.5 inches).
@OnLeaks also said - via PriceBaba - that the Huawei Mate 40 Pro will have an around 6.7 inches, but we would take all of that with a pinch of salt, and there is no word of resolution or refresh rate.
Huawei doesn't always use very high resolutions, even on its flagships, and the highest refresh rate you'll find on any of its phones is 90Hz, while many competitors like the OnePlus 8T and Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra run up to 120Hz, so it will be interesting to see if the Huawei Mate 40's display gets a boost.
The Huawei Mate 30 Pro only has 'a screen at 60 Hz (Image credit: TechRadar)
4. Th The power
As for the screen, there have been some leaks regarding the Huawei Mate 40 chipset, but they are not all aligned, some calling it the Kirin 1000, others the Kirin 1020, and still others the Kirin 9000 .
What they all agree on is that it will be a 5nm chipset. So far, the only smartphone chipset made with a 5nm process is the A14 Bionic from the iPhone 12 range, and it is a move that could make it more powerful than any other Android chipset. But we just won't know until the Huawei Mate 40 range launches.
We also don't know how much RAM the phones will have, so there are a lot of questions here.
5. Whether you will be able to buy it
Perhaps the most important question about the Huawei Mate 40 is whether you will even be able to buy it. If you are in the US, we can answer that question now, and the answer is unfortunately no - or not without importing it anyway.
Due to the current ban on Huawei in the country, you can't easily get it but this ban - and the resulting limitations on its access to Google services - has meant that the availability of Huawei phones in other regions has also been limited. The Huawei Mate 30, for example, did not land in the UK, while the Mate 30 Pro did.
It is therefore unclear whether some, all or none of the models in the Huawei Mate 40 range will land like in UK and Australia.
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