Huawei flagships have stood out from the crowd over the past couple of years thanks to their cameras. And if leaked Mate 40
and Mate 40 Pro
renders courtesy of Steve Hemmerstoffer are anything to go by, the next set of Huawei flagships could double down on that strategy.
Some of the biggest camera modules in recent years
The Huawei Mate 40 and Mate 40 Pro, which are expected to arrive in the coming months, seem to be an almost perfect blend of the popular Huawei Mate 30 Pro
and P40 Pro
Huawei has taken the circular camera module that graced the Mate 30 series last year and increased its size quite dramatically. The bump houses three larger sensors and a mysterious fourth sensor, which could be a laser autofocus setup or a 3D Time-of-Flight sensor, on the standard Huawei Mate 40 flagship.
The premium Mate 40 Pro, on the other hand, replaces the mysterious sensor with an impressive periscope shooter. But whether that is the 5x optical zoom used on the P40 Pro or the 10x optical zoom lens used on the P40 Pro+
remains to be seen.
In both cases, the cameras are coupled with an advanced dual-tone LED flash system that sits along the left edge of the rear panel. Speaking of the rear, the device has been rendered with a glass panel, but last year Huawei also introduced a vegan leather option that could make a return in 2020.
There is no word on the related specs just yet, but Huawei usually throws everything it can at the camera department. So it certainly wouldn't be surprising to see the same thing happen with the high-end Mate 40.
Huawei is sticking with curves and holes on the display
Huawei first adopted curved-edge displays on the flagship Mate 20 Pro
two years ago. Since then, they've become a trademark design feature of the Mate series and have also been used frequently on the popular Huawei P lineup.
That's why it's certainly no surprise to see that curved-edge screens coupled with in-display fingerprint scanners have been selected for both the Huawei Mate 40 and Mate 40 Pro. There are some very important differences, however.
Whereas the standard model settles for a 6.4-inch display complete with relatively subtle curves, the Pro-branded device goes all-out with a waterfall display that measures in at 6.7-inches.
In both cases, those are coupled with slim bezels and an extra-wide punch hole for the two selfie cameras. The resulting devices measure in at 158.6 x 72.5 x 8.9mm (Mate 40) and 162.8 x 75.5 x 9mm (Mate 40 Pro) excluding the camera bumps.
Huawei Mate 40 series announcement, launch, chipset
Both Huawei Mate 40 flagships look set to be announced in October or November with the next-generation Kirin 1020 chipset based on the 5-nanometer process. But due to the US government restrictions on Huawei at the moment, rumors are floating around about possible variants with different processors.
The devices are expected to hit shelves in China shortly after their debut ahead of an international launch that includes Europe. There, Huawei has been struggling to compete recently, but the company won't be pulling out of the market anytime soon.
Unfortunately, there is no word on pricing just yet and discounts due to the lack of Google apps and services are highly unlikely.