It’s summer now, which means we’re getting closer to the rumoured Huawei Mate 40. The Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro successor is expected to launch this autumn and we’ve already heard a number of whispers about what might be in store for the flagship this year. Here’s everything we know about the Huawei Mate 40 so far.
We’re excited for this smartphone, as the Mate series is where Huawei tends to show off its latest and greatest technology. This year we’re expecting a brand new 5nm processor and even faster charging skills from the flagship phablet line.
The most pressing question for Huawei is whether we’ll see the return of Google apps this year. Last year, the Mate 30 shipped out with a limited version of the Android operating system and the lack of access to Google apps definitely put a dampener on the release. We’re excited to see what other features Huawei will offer to make up for Google’s absence. Read on for everything we know about the Huawei Mate 40 so far, including the release date, price, rumours and news.
Huawei Mate 40 release date – when will the Mate 40 launch?
Huawei has not officially announced a release date for the Mate 40, but we expect the phone to launch in October 2020.
The Huawei Mate 30 came out in September 2019, the Mate 20 in October 2018 and the Mate 10 in November 2017, so the Mate 40 following suit with an autumn release makes sense.
Furthermore, a Weibo tipster whose name translates to ‘Mobile chip expert’ claimed in June that Huawei is on track to release the Mate 40 in October (via Playfuldroid). According to the leak, around eight million Mate 40 phones are due to be shipped in the fourth quarter. We’re tempted to believe this as an October release would remain in line with previous models, but, as always, take these rumours with a grain of salt.
If the Weibo user is correct, this means that the US sanctions against Huawei renewed in May will not delay the tech giant from releasing the Mate 40 on schedule as planned – but more on that below.
Huawei Mate 40 price – how much will the Mate 40 cost?
Huawei is also keeping hush on the price right now. Looking at the Mate 30 for inspiration, we’d expect the Mate 40 to land somewhere in the £700 – £1,000 region, depending on whether you opt for the Mate 40, Mate 40 Pro or a 5G version of the handset.
Huawei Mate 40 specs – what chip will the Mate 40 have?
We’re a few months from the predicted release and Huawei has not let much slip about the rumoured Mate 40 series.
One thing we (think we) know is that the Huawei Mate 40 will be kitted with a new chip. According to the Weibo leakster who revealed that the handset is on track for an October release, the Mate 40 will be powered by a 5nm Kirin processor.
This isn’t the first we’ve heard of the 5nm chip. Huawei Central reported that the company had begun producing a 5nm Kirin chip just weeks after it launched the Mate 30 series last September. According to industry sources, the plan is to debut the SoC in the second half of 2020, leading many to presume the chip will be launched alongside the Mate 40.
More recently, Playfuldroid has reported that the 5nm chipset – codenamed ‘Baltimore’ – is expected to be called the Kirin 1000. The Kirin 990 5G successor is rumoured to be equipped with Coretex-A78 CPU cores and will likely be announced alongside the Mate 40.
Some of 2019’s top handsets were built on a 7nm process, including the OnePlus 7 Pro, Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus, iPhone 11 and the Huawei Mate 30 Pro. Shrinking the process down to 5nm should allow the Mate 40 to offer greater efficiency, a longer battery life and boosted performance.
Other rumoured specs include a novel front camera and the phone’s charging capabilities.
Some hoped the Mate 40 series would be the first smartphone to feature Visionox’s under-display front-facing camera. However, these rumours have supposedly been quashed by tipster Digital Chat Station (via GSMArena), who claims to have held a sample of the Mate 40 and says there is no selfie camera buried in the display.
On the positive side, the Mate 40 could be set to come with a more powerful 66W charger. This month, a charger labelled HW-110600C00 with a maximum 66W was certified by China Compulsory Certificate (via Huawei Central). The Mate 30 shipped with a 40W charger, so this upgrade could potentially mean faster charging for the Mate 40.
Huawei Mate 40 software – will the Mate 40 run Android 10?
The Mate 40 will likely run on an open source version of Android 10. This is due to President Trump’s decision to extend the ban on US companies dealing with Huawei. The executive order – which was extended on May 13 – prevents Huawei from installing any Google Mobile Services on its handsets until May 2021.
Luckily, we’ve seen Huawei deal with this already with the Mate 30, so we have a better idea of what we’re in for this time around. Though, unless Huawei has improved the experience it isn’t ideal. The lack of Google software was the key reason we were unable to recommend the Mate 30 Pro when we reviewed it last year despite its otherwise strong performance, so hopefully we’ll see some software improvements this time around.