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Huawei Mate 40 Pro
Huawei Mate 40 Pro
Huawei Mate 40 Pro
Huawei Mate 40 Pro
Huawei Mate 40 Pro
Huawei Mate 40 Pro

Informr score
The Huawei Mate 40 Pro currently has an Informr score of 8.4 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 31 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

What's good

  • Great battery life
  • Excellent performance
  • Good camera

What's bad

  • Limited App list
  • Expensive
  • Large selfie camera cut-out

This phone could’ve been the phone of the year if not for the Google Ban of 2019. It has all the right stuff, a great camera, a friendly feel, beautiful screen. How much does the lack of Google apps matter? Here’s what you need to know…


The Huawei Mate 40 Pro is a design dream. Reviewers thought the curved screen was a joy to hold. Although the dimensions suggest it’s a large phone, many noted that it doesn’t feel that big since it’s relatively thin and light. The glass front and back plates give the phone a premium feel, although reviewers noted that the black model picked up fingerprints incredibly easy.


A 6.76-inch, OLED HDR 10 screen takes up most of the phone’s face. Reviewers noted bright and sharp colors, declaring the screen impressive overall. However, unless your app or streaming service of choice supports HDR, they won’t use the screen to its fullest. The only complaint we could find surrounded the selfie camera cutouts. Many reviewers felt the two lens cutouts are distracting.


With the apps that everyone is accustomed to using not being there, it’s hard to test their performance. However, for what reviewers could test, they found the phone snappy and without lag -- even during multitasking settings. The phone is fast and reliable, but understand that a lack of Google App support will make your app choices and overall experience very different than most Android phones in 2020.

Software & Storage

The Huawei Mate 40 Pro offers Android 10 with an overlay called EMUI 11. Reviewers loved the software tweaks available -- such as dark mode, eye comfort adjustments, and the ability to change color temperature. The phone includes 256GB onboard storage -- a larger amount than many Android phones shipping this year -- but be aware that there are very few cloud storage options available on Huawei’s app store.


The Mate 40 Pro is one of the best available today. There are numerous options for enhancing photos and the pictures it captures are phenomenal. Reviewers said that this was the best camera on a phone that they’ve seen thus far. With the range of photography options and 4K video recording, there’s little to be disappointed about when it comes to the photography and videography elements of this phone.

Battery Life

A whole day on a single charge isn’t a lot to ask of a modern smartphone and the Huawei Mate 40 Pro does just that. Reviewers said the lack of apps being available may have contributed to that but there’s nothing conclusive there. The other exciting part is that the phone offers both wireless and wired fast charging. So, you you won’t be stranded without your phone as long as you keep your charger handy.


Top and bottom grilles give the Huawei Mate 40 Pro stereo sound capabilities. Reviews note that they are loud and very clear, but unfortunately they lack bass -- much like any smartphone these days. There’s no headphone jack, so you’ll have to use Bluetooth or a pair of USB-C headphones if you want better audio quality.

Specs at a Glance

  • Glass chassis
  • 6.76-inch OLED HDR 10 display
  • Octa-core 3.13 GHz HiSilicon Kirin 9000 5G Processor
  • 8GB of RAM
  • Android 10 with EMUI 11 overlay
  • 256GB of storage
  • 50MP/ 20MP ultra-wide/12MP 5x zoom camera
  • 4400mAh battery

Bottom Line

In general, it seems as though Huawei nailed just about everything. But the dispute with the US government and, along with them, Google means the phone won’t always support the apps you have learned to rely on. If you’re the type that doesn’t use social media services or media streaming on your phone this is a fine choice.

Reviewers note that the Huawei Mate 40 Pro is most suited for photography enthusiasts. It has a phenomenal camera and 256GB to save pictures with. However, if you keep up with pop culture trends and download the latest apps, you’ll want to look elsewhere.

Android Authority says, “Hardware-wise, Huawei has made a contender for the best all-around smartphone in 2020. The Mate 40 Pro hangs with the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, Oppo Find X2 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max. If you don’t need Google services, the Huawei Mate 40 Pro is a fantastic top-end option.”

Phone Arena states, “The Huawei Mate 40 Pro encapsulates the best in smartphone technology. It has an industry-leading screen, an ample chipset, and a great camera system on the back. It’s all premium, except Google Services is still missing and Harmony OS isn’t quite ready. This phone is a beast but in order to be tamed, it needs patience and an adventurous spirit at the same time. If you can get through the software learning curve, then you’ll be perfectly happy with this device.”

Operating system
Operating system
3.13 GHz
3.13 GHz
Screen Size
Screen Size
50+ MP, f/1.9
50+ MP, f/1.9
4400 mAh

What the Critics Are Saying...

Fortress of Solitude
Fortress of Solitude

The Huawei Mate 40 Pro is an affordable flagship that offers quite a lot across the board. You get quite a bang for your buck with the ever-growing Huawei ecosystem through its AppGallery and Petal Search services.

- Evan Saunders, Fortress of Solitude

The Huawei Mate 40 Pro has a fantastic camera system that brings a much-needed boost in what we previously considered as Huawei’s camera’s Achilles heel: the colors. Once again, new hardware comes to save the day, and the new color temperature sensor lifted the overall Huawei low-light and night-vis...

- Hubert Nguyen, Ubergizmo

Sure, I’ve been commending and recommending modern HUAWEI smartphones for years now. Their solid build quality, great design, snappy performance, stellar cameras, and the all around experience makes it easy to recommend them hardware-wise. But it’s the software and services that really made me hold...

- Anton D. Nagy, Pocketnow

Once again, Huawei produces a beautiful smartphone to appeal to the Google-avoiders and geeks who are up for some sideloading. If that’s you, the Mate 40 Pro’s expansive screen, rich design, nippy interface and excellent camera will leave you grinning from ear to ear. For everyone else, the Google-s...

- Basil Kronfli, TrustedReviews

In a perfect world, this phone would definitely be up there among the phones that we could wholeheartedly recommend. Here’s to hoping political challenges resolve themselves soon.

- GadgetMatch

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Common Questions

We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Huawei Mate 40 Pro user manual here.

Huawei backs up the Mate 40 Pro with a 2 Years parts & labour warranty.

If your Mate 40 Pro has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Huawei support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Huawei's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.

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Screen Size

The Huawei Mate 40 Pro's screen size is 6.76 inches with 1344 x 2772 pixels resolution.

3.13 GHz

There is a HiSilicon Kirin 9000 5G (5 nm) Octa-core 3.13 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on the Android 10 operating system (OS).

50+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 50+ MP, f/1.9 camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 13+ megapixels resolution.

256 GB

Internal memory is 256 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.


The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 4400 mAh battery. Huawei's performance ratings are 1424 minutes, 753 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Mate 40 Pro Specs

Release Date November 13, 2020
Regions Available United Kingdom
Operating System Android 10

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Processor HiSilicon Kirin 9000 5G (5 nm) Octa-core 3.13 GHz
Internal Storage 256 GB
Hearing Aid Compatible Unknown
TTY/TDD Unknown
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Unknown
Manufacturer Warranty 2 Years
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Data Cable
Mobile / Cellular Data
5G, 4G/LTE
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
SIM card size
Dual SIM Yes
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared Yes
Bluetooth 5.2
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, AAC, LDAC
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Memory Expansion Slot No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Main Camera
Resolution / Aperture
50+ Megapixels, f/1.9
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, ISO, Multi-shot, Night mode, Panorama, Self-timer, 2nd camera feature (20 MP, F1.8, Ultra-wide), 3rd camera feature (12 MP, F3.4), HDR, Slow motion recording
Video Recording Formats
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution / Aperture
13+ Megapixels
Additional Front Camera Info
Aperture F2.4
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 240 fps
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology OLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1344 x 2772 pixels
Pixel Density 456 pixels
Size 6.76 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen, 90Hz display support
Power & Battery
Battery Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 4400 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging Yes
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Up to 1005 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to 753 minutes
Internet Use (Cellular) Unknown
Talk Time Up to 1424 minutes
Standby Time Up to 40 days
Mixed Usage
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Material Aluminium
Colors Mystic Silver, Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 16.29 x 7.55 x 0.91 cm (6.4 x 3 x 0.4 in)
Weight 212 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged design No
IP Rating IP 68
Headset Jack No
External Speakers Stereo
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Input / Keyboard Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
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