The Huawei Mate 40 is the entry level model in the new Mate 40 series and while it misses a couple of the bangs and whistles of the Pros, it’s still a very capable phone.
The screen is smaller – 6.5-inch vs 6.76-inch – flatter and will smaller 68-degrees curve vs 88-degreees. It’s also slightly less crisp with a resolution of 2376x1080px compared to the 2772x1344px on the Mate 40 Pro and Pro+. You still get 90Hz refresh rate, 240Hz touch sampling and most importantly, it’s still an OLED.
The triple camera setup on the rear is more conventional with no periscopes. The Mate 40 still has the main 50MP f/1.9 shooter with the largest sensor currently on the market from its more expensive counterparts, but comes with a toned down 16MP f/2.2 ultrawide unit and an 8MP f/2.4 3x telephoto camera.
The Kirin 9000E chipset is also a step below what the Mate40 Pro offers. The Mate 40 has the same octa-core CPU, but a 22-core GPU to the regular Kirin 9000’s 24-core and an NPU with a single Big Core to the 9000’s Dual Big Core. RAM tops out at 8GB and not the 12GB, reserved for the Pro’s.
The final big differentiator are the battery and charging. The Mate 40 gets a smaller 4,200mAh power pack with slower 40W wired charging and no wireless charging either.
Huawei didn’t reveal when we can expect the Mate 40 to hit stores, but it will cost €899 with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.