The Huawei Mate 40 series is official, still crippled by lack of Google apps

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At an internet launch event today, Huawei CEO Richard Yu took to the stage to unveil the embattled Chinese firm’s latest flagship smartphone lineup. The Mate 40 series is without Google programs and services, and Huawei’s App Gallery is also without an assortment of other popular apps. So while the hardware is undoubtedly impressive, it’s hard to get excited about a set of devices that will not mean much to western audiences.

The Mate 40 series is powered by Huawei’s new 5nm Kirin 9000 5G processor, however when rumors are to be considered, Huawei just has around 10 million of these stockpiled so there may be a limitation to how many of these telephones it could create. As a result of ongoing trade limitations imposed by the US administration, it’s not currently possible for Taiwanese manufacturer TSMC to supply any more semiconductors to Huawei built using US technology. Add to the fact that these phones are not compatible with a number of popular programs, and Huawei faces an uphill struggle in changing serious quantities of units out China.

It is a shame because Huawei has once more produced some exceptionally persuasive hardware. The Mate 40 Guru has a sizable 6.76-inch OLED screen with excessively curved edges that incline round the sides. A wide camera cutout homes a 13MP selfie camera (120°) and 3D confront unlock detectors, while there’s also an in-display fingerprint scanner for people who prefer that biometric method. The 4,400mAh battery is capable of rapid 66W wired and 50W wireless charging. The conventional Mate 40 has a 6.5-inch OLD screen with the identical 90Hz refresh speed, one punch hole cutout for your selfie camera, along with also an in-screen fingerprint scanner. There is also a Mate 40 Pro+ model and Porsche Design Mate 40 RS with a few lavish flourishes.

Huawei’s recent flagships have included excellent camera programs that just the likes of Apple and Google can compete with, and the Mate 40 series is apparently no different. All versions use the huge 50MP RYYB primary sensor that lets an extraordinary amount of light in. About the Mate 40 Pro, this is accompanied by a 20MP ultra-wide (120°), 12MP periscope lens with 5x optical zoom. The Mate 40 includes a slightly less striking 16MP ultra-wide and 8MP telephoto (3x zoom), but it is still sure to take great photos.

The Mate 40 series will send with EMUI 11 applications (according to Android 10) and Huawei’s App Gallery replaces the Google Play Store. Aside from the apparent Google apps which are not present, others like Netflix, Slack, and Zoom are not accessible and plenty more won’t work as expected either. This makes these phones a difficult sell in Europe, regardless of the great strides Huawei continues to make in the hardware department.

Pricing starts at $899 for the Mate 40 (8/128GB) with the Mate 40 Pro (8/256GB) costing $1,199 (#1,099). In addition to the mobiles, Huawei also unveiled a few new accessories such as $299 (#299) FreeBuds Studio over-ear noise-canceling headphones, a $695 (#629) Porsche Design Watch GT two, and a set of Huawei x Gentle Monster sunglasses with built-in speakers for $299 (#310).

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