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Review of Huawei Mate 40 Pro : Affordable Smartphone For Real Photography Experience

The first Smartphone with a 5nm fabricated chipset. The camera sensor is refined by Leica. Waterfall display design with a very elegant gradient color combination. The stereo speakers are of very high quality, while being designed to be waterproof. There are so many advantages that Huawei brings, making the Huawei Mate 40 Pro very competitive when compared to other flagships.

So, what’s not to like, then? What makes this smartphone difficult to recommend? Again, application compatibility in it. A situation that unfortunately still has to go on today. Almost perfect, but not quite right for me. Is it suitable for My friends? Check out the full review below.

Design

All I can promise, from design to camera, will be full of compliments from me. Not because I was paid, because as a flagship, the Huawei Mate 40 Pro is that good. Especially the rear camera design which carries the new language style “Space Ring”. At first glance, it made me and several people think of iPod classic.

In addition to the Leica logo that brings a luxurious impression, the Huawei Mate 40 Pro also comes with premium curved glass material. The material is not easily dirty or imprinted with fingerprints, although it tends to be slippery without the use of a soft case.

Unlike the previous series, the Huawei Mate 40 Pro is still equipped with a physical volume button, although the virtual button is still available via the curved screen. This smartphone also has IP68 certification for water and dust resistance. Its weight is still quite awake at 212 grams, with a thickness of 9.1mm where the camera module is not too thick or protruding.

Overall, the Huawei Mate 40 Pro looks expensive and quite comfortable in the hand. What is a little unfortunate, other color variants with vegan leather material are not officially present in Indonesia. Even though the color choice is quite interesting, it can be a differentiator from other flagship series.

Display

Luxury still continues to the screen display. When other flagships return more to flat screen designs, Huawei is still arming the Mate 40 Pro with a Horizon Display that is curved 88 degrees in the left and right corners. Visually, it certainly adds to the expensive value. But how does the software work to increase usage?

The panel itself is 6.76 inches in dimensions, with a resolution of 1344p which provides a pixel density of 456ppi. It is quite high, supports the HDR10 standard, and is already 90Hz (can be set to constant or adaptive). Even though the left and right corners are curved quite sharply, the screen is quite good at rejecting the palms, aka not being squashed easily.

I’m more worried about falling or striking, anyway. Even though there is screen protection installed by default, you still have to be careful if it falls. Another drawback might be felt if you were displaying content that was indeed displayed from end to end of the screen, where the content in the curved section would certainly look less clear.

I think the color reproduction is very good, and also bright when used outdoors. Including the fingerprint sensor which is instant and responsive even if my fingers get wet or sweat easily. At best, what is a little annoying is that the front camera setup is quite large. Although it presents interesting features.

Camera

One of the key features that are featured on this smartphone is of course the camera. In the Space Ring behind it, there are four sensors, each of which has a different function. The main camera sensor has a resolution of 50MP f / 1.9, has a large physical sensor dimension at 1 / 1.28 inches and supports PDAF.

One other sensor that is also underdogs is the ultra-wide 20MP f / 1.8. Yes, arguably the biggest and brightest in its class, which is also supported by Octa PDAF. The current sensor is a 12MP f / 3.4 periscope which provides 5x optical zoom with OIS, plus a laser autofocus sensor to aid in fast focus shooting in all lighting conditions.

Using optics from Leica, Huawei boasts its AI capabilities that can detect various objects and scenarios, which are then enhanced in real-time. In my opinion, it is quite successful, it’s just that when it is used for photos of close objects, sometimes AI automatically changes the sensor from wide to ultra-wide, where of course the photo quality will be slightly reduced. Just tap “x” if the suggestions don’t match.

So what about the photo quality? In my opinion, of course it can compete with the best camera flagship in its class. The results of the photos from the three different sensors have uniform and consistent color accuracy, as well as the details of the ultra-wide sensor are still quite preserved (even though it produces photos in a 3: 2 ratio and is not as wide as other smartphone’s ultra-wide cameras).

Speaking of ratios, I am confused why from last year Huawei did not provide the option to take photos in a 16: 9 ratio. The options are only 4: 3, 1: 1 (box) or fullscreen. Even though now is the era of content for Instagram Stories or TikTok, so it will be a bit of a hassle because you have to crop or don’t know exactly the right framing. Hopefully this option can be present via a software update.

The one I use the least is the night mode on the Huawei Mate 40 Pro. For two reasons; sometimes photos from auto mode look brighter, and take too long to take pictures. Starting from – + 7 seconds when using the main sensor, up to a dozen seconds when using the ultra-wide. On the plus side, the auto mode is really good enough in dark light conditions.

The negative thing, if you want to use night mode, you can guess whether it will be darker (although the details are better) than auto mode or lighter. And it is also not suitable for taking with objects that cannot be steady or at rest.

Yes, apart from the rear camera, the 13MP f / 2.4 front camera on the Huawei Mate 40 Pro is also able to provide good details. The sensor is very wide, and even though it was cropped for a better-fitting selfie, it still looks of good quality. Meanwhile, for video recording, 8K cannot yet, indeed. However, the resulting 4K 30 / 60fps video quality is quite good. Huawei provides HDR capabilities automatically, and switching between sensors is also smooth.

Uniquely, when it first entered video mode, the default sensor used was ultra-wide. Also present are other supporting features such as steady shot or manual mode for both photos and videos. Plus the selected filters include the typical Leica camera filters.

Other Features

Being a flagship, of course this premium Huawei smartphone comes with several gimmick features that in my opinion can increase usage. The first thing I want to appreciate is the vibration motor and the quality of the stereo speakers. It is very convenient when activated for the virtual keyboard, while the speaker makes me rarely turn on the Bluetooth speaker, it’s so nice and loud.

Well, apart from the front camera, inside the punch-hole of the Huawei Mate 40 Pro there is a 3D Depth Sensing Camera. The face unlock feature can still run even though I’m wearing a mask. The air scroll feature is also useful when your hand is unable to touch the screen glass but you want to scroll through content on Instagram and YouTube. Plus, the sensor can correct the screen position. So even if the chili is lying sideways, the screen is still in portrait mode.

The always-on display also works in conjunction with the 3D Depth Sensing sensor. If the smartphone is placed on the table, the user only has to look at the eye towards the screen, and the Huawei Mate 40 Pro screen will turn on by itself. After being looked at, die alone. Either cool or a little scary (because it means the sensor is always active 24/7), depending on the perception of Gizmo friends.

HMS

Just like the P40 Pro Plus , the Huawei Mate 40 Pro also runs EMUI 11 based on Android 10. And of course, no Google Play services. Alias ​​must use an alternative to Huawei Mobile Services provided by Huawei, and download the application from Huawei AppGallery. Unfortunately, the situation is still the same as my experience using EMUI months ago.

Indeed, the application on AppGallery has come a long way (there is already Grab, for example). And applications that are not available can be searched from third-party application stores via Petal Search. It can be downloaded, it can be installed, but it is not necessarily possible to run it thanks to the absence of Google Play Services earlier.

Access to YouTube, Google Keep and Google Photos can still be obtained via a browser or browser (although the experience has decreased significantly). Applications from Microsoft such as Edge, Outlook and To Do still work, although To Do always displays an incompatible notification every time it is accessed.

But then, one day, I had to attend a meeting using the Amazon Chime platform. It has been installed, but it is not accessible. Even through the browser it looks less good. That way, there’s no other alternative but to access it from my iPhone or laptop. In my opinion, these things should not happen when using a flagship, and this is the biggest issue that Huawei has to fight.

Processor + Performnace

Running a home-made chipset, the Kirin 9000 5G on the Huawei Mate 40 Pro is arguably one of the best out there. With a 5nm fabrication, the clock-speed reaches 3.13GHz on the CPU core, coupled with the RAM capacity and relieved internal storage. It can still be added via an NM (nano memory) card, a type of memory card that is less common.

With more than 14 billion transistors in it, making the performance of this smartphone fast and awake. I rarely find lag, and the temperature is always maintained. Likewise with its gaming abilities, as well as its contribution that makes AI features really useful and accurate (like the air scroll above).

And like today’s flagships, this chipset also supports 5G. But of course it is still locked, considering that government regulations have not been completed. A fast processor also serves to present Huawei’s special features that can be run with one ecosystem device, such as Multi-screen Collaboration.

Battery

For a smartphone that has a 4,400 mAh capacity battery, the Huawei Mate 40 Pro can last a day with my intensive use. The capacity is not as big as other flagships or mid-range smartphones that reach 5,000 mAh, but it seems to be helped by a power efficient chipset.

Not only performance, the charging is also fast, supports the 66W standard via cable and 50W wirelessly (wireless). With the built-in adapter (and cable), my 30 minutes of charging can reach almost 90% (approximately 45 minutes for a full charge). Remember, you have to use a special adapter and cable, yes. Because the protocol is special, not Power Delivery or Qualcomm Quick Charge.

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