Huawei Mate 40 Pro Review: A Powerful Hardware with Air Gesture

Huawei Mate 40 Pro is one of the biggest android phones in 2021 and the reason is simply because of its design and the nearly unbeatable built-up.

While the Samsung Note 20 Ultra is still leading the league, Huawei drops one of the best smartphone hardware that competes with the beast. 

With Huawei Mate 40 Pro, you get devices with a great display, camera, battery, and near-mediocre software, one of the best hardware and a powerful SoC to match. 

But what exactly is the Mate 40 Pro made of?

First off, the best part of Huawei Mate 40 Pro includes the Air Gesture. Just with an air swipes from your hand, you can control the phone without touching it, isn’t that amazing?

Well in this blog post will review the smartphone and later discuss if it’s really worth buying or not. 

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So, let’s get into it;

Huawei Mate 40 Pro – Full  Review

  • Display/Design

From the back of the device up to its front, you get nothing but absolute flagship quality. Huawei has always delivered the goods in terms of design and the Mate 40 Pro isn’t an exception. 

It’s an all-glass device with aluminum railings for the network bands probably. The back got this strange-looking spherical camera array that houses all triple cameras.

Leaving the rear onto the front, the design and quality of the display illuminate the Huawei Mate 40 Pro like nothing else. It’s almost a complete bezeless 6.76-inch WHD display with HDR10 and a refresh rate of 90Hz. 

I would have preferred a much flatter screen but Huawei has chosen to go with an edge-to-edge curved display. But it still looks good, especially with the pill cutout which gives it that distinctive look. 

In terms of hardware design, this isn’t up there as one of my favorites but it does look good. Huawei also tries not to follow the trends, especially with the camera arrays. 

They went totally different from what we’re used to, in the last few months which is very good. It gives the users a variety of options to pick from.

  • Camera

Huawei devices, especially the Mate series have stood out as one of the better camera smartphones in the last few years. Does the trend continue with the Huawei Mate 40 Pro? 

Of course, it does, and it’s even better.

In terms of camera, we see a big upgrade from the Mate 30 Pro, especially with the numbers. 

Though it’s hard to tell the difference, the new set of camera hardware all sandwiched with the new Kirin 9000 SoC makes all the difference in making a mediocre shot look great.

Whether in poorly-lit or well-lit environments, trust the camera on this device to deliver on all grounds. This is a bit different from that of Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro which it’s camera is bad in night vision.

Computational photography isn’t one of Huawei’s strong points as we’ve seen with the likes of Apple iPhone and Google Pixel. But they’ve certainly nailed it with the hardware so you’re in safe hands, at least to an extent.

There are certain situations where you’ll need the AI to do its job and get out those pictures to look great. 

While we hope, for more software advancement from the Chinese giant, this should easily make it to the top 3 smartphone cameras currently and that’s a big plus.

  • Battery

Unlike other top flagships which suck in the battery department, Huawei has never been a party to that. 

Though with a 5G band support I would have expected more than a 4400mAh battery. That would have been ideal with 5G looking to be the next power bug.

But you can take solace in the fact that you get a 66W fast charger out of the box. In an era where other flagship makers are ditching the charging brick, Huawei still gives one – a fast one at that. 

If wireless charging is your thing, then 50W for charging your device is a pretty good deal. It’s a win-win situation for you on both ends.

So what’s my take? 

With better software and good optimization, then this battery could take you more hours. But truth be told, Huawei’s software isn’t well-optimized and this leads to our next section.

  • Software/Performance

EMUI was pretty sweet for some users as they did enjoy the fluidity of the UI despite the bloatware. But things took a rather unlikely turn by late 2019. 

Fast forward to 2021 and we still get to use Huawei devices without Google Play Services.

Yes, the OEM is trying to make things look great again with Huawei Services, the users have gotten accustomed to the Google ecosystem. Waiting for this new implementation from Huawei seems unusual for most. 

First, it’ll be a new system. And second, if it eventually works out fine, the users will be tasked with rewiring their brains to familiarize themselves with this new system.

Looking beyond that, the Huawei Mate 40 Pro still offers a good software experience. You get the latest EMUI 11 powered by Android 10 on here. We don’t expect any upgrades or security fixes though, due to obvious reasons. 

Overall, you can rarely have a bad software experience when using one of the best SoCs currently available and a huge primary memory. 

It’s all sounding like a broken record now: reinstating the Google Services will make this device a complete beast.

  • Storage/Memory

In 2021, I think the OEMs have gotten it quite alright with memory – at least to an extent. There are now sufficient primary and secondary storage options available to suit our needs as smartphone users. 

Huawei does a good job of providing 8GB RAM with 256GB of secondary storage. 

With a few extra dollars, you can get the variant with 512GB of onboard storage with 8GB of RAM. 

Both options are quite suitable as you’ve got more than enough storage space. But if you still need more, you’ve got a hybrid SIM slot that can take up to 256GB SD card storage while sacrificing one SIM card slot.

Specs Sheet of Huawei Mate 40 Pro

  • Main camera: 12MP (periscope telephoto), 50MP main (wide), 20MP (ultrawide)
  • Front camera: 13MP (ultrawide)
  • Display: 6.76″ WHD, 1344×2772P, 18.5:9 aspect ratio, HDR10
  • Network: LTE / HSPA / GSM / 5G
  • Memory: 8GB RAM (hybrid SIM slot)
  • Storage: 256GB/512GB ROM
  • Software: Android™ 10, EMUI 11
  • CPU/GPU: Kirin 9000 5nm (Octa-core Cortex A55 & A77), Mali-G78 GPU
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, GPS, WiFi 6, USB-C, OTG
  • Battery: 4400mAh Li-Po (66W fast charging), Qi wireless (50W), reverse wireless charging (5W)
  • Sensors: proximity, gyroscope, barometer, compass
  • Color: Mystic Silver, White, Black, Green, Yellow
  • Weight: 212g
  • Misc: Optical fingerprint, Huawei Air gestures, IP68 rating (water and dust). 

Price of Huawei Mate 40 Pro

The price of Huawei Mate 40 Pro is approximately $1,500 and this price will definitely varies with respect to where you’re buying from. 

The Huawei Mate 40 Pro in Nigeria will cost between N408,000 to N466,000 for the 8GB/256G variation and approximately N610,000 for the 8GB/512GB Variation.

Where to Buy Huawei Mate 40 Pro?

You can buy Huawei Mate 40 Pro on Amazon, eBay, Banggood, FlipKart and Jumia, Konga, SlotNG in Nigeria. The prices are below;

    • Amazon: Huawei Mate 40 Pro (8GB + 256GB) ~ N408,000
    • eBay: Huawei Mate 40 Pro (8GB + 256GB) ~ N466,000
    • Banggood: Huawei Mate 40 Pro (8GB + 256GB) ~$1,499 ~N572,000 | (8GB + 512GB) ~$1,599 ~N610,000
    • Jumia: Huawei Mate 40 Pro (8GB + 256GB) – N500,000

Kindly Note: Prices correct at the time of writing and are subject to change depending on when you’re reading this post.

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Conclusion: Is the Huawei Mate 40 Pro Worth Buying?

The short and honest answer: Yes, Huawei Mate 40 Pro is really worth buying.

Huawei has done a great job here and I certainly have no complaints except in the design scheme they’ve chosen to follow. 

I would have personally said the smartphone is overpriced compared to the likes of recent phones by Samsung and Xiaomi. But the huge secondary memory and the Air Gesture are just amazing.

Yes, it’s good to look different. But there are better ways to do so instead of looking like an analog smartphone. Until that happens, I still think the Huawei Mate 40 Pro is one of the better hardware you’ll see currently.

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