The Huawei Mate 40 will be the next big release from the Asian firm. If we look at the brand’s history in the last 3 years, Huawei could present up to three different models under the name Mate 40: the Mate 40 Lite, the Mate 40 Pro, and the Mate 40. A few months after the supposed presentation of the phones, what we are supposed to see in the last quarter of the year is slowly being revealed. This time I have gathered all the rumors that hover around the Mate 40 to put us on the table and bring together what we know until the time of the most expected launch of the Chinese manufacturer.
Design very similar to the Mate 30
Yesterday, a new rumor came out from Digital Chat Station, one of the most reliable sources in China regarding the world of smartphones, which assures that the Mate 40 will not have a camera under the screen as had been stated from the beginning.
This makes us assume that the company will once again opt for a design very similar to what it unveiled in 2019 with the Mate 30, with a notch on the top of the screen that would house the sensor-based face unlocking system. In this respect, Huawei could opt for a notch very similar to that of the P40, P40 Pro and P40 Pro+, with an island format much smaller than that of the Mate 30.
The rest of the visual aspects of the device are still a mystery, although everything points to the fact that we will once again find straighter lines than those of the P series. Unfortunately, there are no filtered images to date, as has been the case with this type of smartphone.
Forget about the 120Hz, we are still on the 90Hz
The Huawei P40 Pro was heavily criticized for incorporating a 90 Hz display panel. Despite the criticism, Huawei seems to have opted for the same movement. This was confirmed by Rodent950 a few days ago, another source with some fame within the mobile phone world.
Kirin Processors in Danger, MediaTek to the Rescue
A recent rumor suggests that Huawei might stop working with his own invented Kirin processors. The reason? By using TSMC’s technology, the United States could veto the relationship between the two companies to put the manufacturer in serious trouble. Huawei would then be forced to work with processors from his home country, China.
Today, the most important manufacturer in China is Mediatek. The source claims that Huawei is already working to manufacture a 5-nanometer processor from other manufacturers. It also claims that the launch of the new processors could be delayed until 2021, so it is not ruled out that the Huawei Mate 40 will have a powered version of the Kirin 990 that currently operates with the P40.
Cameras: A Revolutionary Lens and 108 Megapixel Sensor
In the middle of last month, another rumor was emerging around Mate 40, and more specifically, from its cameras. On the one hand, Huawei would be developing with the company, Largan Precision, a 9P FreeForm demonym lens that would help improve light entry for higher exposure images.
This lens would also serve to reduce the distortion caused by wide-angle lenses as well as reduce the chromatic aberration created in cameras of this type. This was confirmed by the CEO of Largan Precision. Added to the rumor that Ming-Chi-Kuo launched in March in relation to the Mate 40, everything points to Huawei’s plans becoming a reality with the presentation of its new flagship.
Meanwhile, several sources are saying that the new version of the Mate series could come with sensors of as much as 108 megapixels. This resolution would be intended to improve the zoom offered by the different cameras in the device, which is not unreasonable considering that Samsung did the same with the Galaxy S20 Ultra a few months ago.
Goodbye Android, Welcome HarmonyOS
Another rumor from Rodent950 says that Huawei will finally get rid of Android to officially introduce HarmonyOS for mobiles. The Huawei Mate 40 would be the first smartphone of the brand to have the Chinese firm’s system. Does this mean that Android applications will no longer be compatible with the firm’s mobiles?
Nothing could be further from the truth. Huawei claimed that HarmonyOS is based on Linux. In theory, this will allow us to run Google system applications without any problems. Where we might find some compatibility is when installing Google’s services unofficially, something we’ll have to see as soon as we have the chance to test the device in hand.
The Official Presentation will be on….
October 1st of this year. Rodent950 also confirmed that Huawei would launch its new range of phones on China National Day, which coincides with the beginning of October. If we take the presentation of the Mate 20 and Mate 30 as a reference, everything points to the fact that the Rodent950 rumor could be true.
Unfortunately, Spain and the rest of the world would take a few more months, as we have seen over the last few months with the P series. What is not known yet is the price, although it should not differ too much from what has been seen in other models of the brand, such as the P40 Pro or P40 Plus. It is expected that the price will be from $899 to $1,399 for the Pro version.