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Huawei Mate40 Pro evaluation: smaller appearance, more powerful inner core



This year, Huawei’s Mate40 series of mobile phones can be said to be long overdue.In accordance with the rhythm of previous years, Huawei will release a new generation of Kirin chips at the IFA International Consumer Electronics Exhibition in Germany in September, and then release the latest Mate flagship mobile phone in the next few weeks. But this year, due to various reasons, Huawei Mate40 series did not meet with us until the end of October.

Fortunately, the new phone was successfully released. After the global press conference, we got the Huawei Mate40 Pro and saw that it has a brand new design and is equipped with the Kirin 9000 flagship chip. A week later, we had an in-depth experience with Huawei Mate40 Pro. Next, let’s talk about whether the waiting for Huawei’s flagship is worth it.

Exquisite star ring design smaller double perforated screen

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In terms of appearance design, let’s first conclude that Huawei Mate40 Pro may be the most balanced generation of Mate so far. The “balance” mentioned here means that it is not controversial and is recognized by users of all ages.

Of course, I believe that when many people see the rendering, they think it is like a remote control or MP3, but after getting the real phone, people around me basically praised the appearance of Huawei Mate40 Pro. This is a typical “true” The machine is better than the picture.

Huawei has always been quite bold in the design of the camera system. When the Mate20 series was released, a square camera module was taken out, and netizens called it “Yuba” at the time. In the Mate30 series, Huawei changed its mindset when the rectangular lens was in the limelight and introduced the ring design. Today, the Mate40 series has been redesigned on the basis of the Mate30. The logo is placed in the center, and the flash is integrated into the ring, making the whole more coordinated and refined.

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And this so-called “star ring design” is not as simple as a big circle and a small circle. The cameras are arranged symmetrically in the ring. Even the periscope cameras that jump out are well hidden, and the center left part is slightly concave. Yes, it forms a stepped combination with the overall body, visually reducing the protruding and bulky feeling of the camera module.

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Besides color matching, Huawei Mate40 Pro has a total of five colors, the secret silver of AG frosted glass, which is the one we got, which reflects neon-like light patterns under the light, and the center is left empty due to different heights. , And the overall reflection of the fuselage is also slightly different, the overall visual effect is more plump.

The plain version also brings two new colors of Populus euphratica in summer (green) and Populus euphratica in autumn (yellow), one is lush in summer, and the other is yellow leaves in autumn. Compared with last year’s Qingshan Dai and Danxia Orange It is restrained and has a touch of vitality. In addition, the white space in the middle of the camera is not a single golden color, but has a shell-like texture.

In addition, there are glaze white and bright black, classic and calm colors, coupled with the axis-symmetrical design, the familiar business sense is back.

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This is another reason why I mentioned that the design of Huawei Mate40 Pro is very balanced. Under the simple and exquisite design, different colors can bring different styles. There is always one that suits you.

The only thing that makes people more concerned, Huawei Mate40 Pro weighs 212 grams, which is far from thin. And the machine is a bit generous in the hand, especially for girls.

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Huawei Mate40 Pro also has some important changes. The physical buttons on the side are back. Due to the super-curved ring screen, which is what we often call the waterfall screen, last year’s Huawei Mate30 Pro cancelled the physical buttons. Although the virtual buttons are cool, they are not so convenient.

Huawei Mate40 Pro obviously noticed this problem. The volume buttons and the switch have returned to the right side of the screen, but due to the ultra-narrow bezel and the compression of the waterfall screen, the physical buttons can only occupy the position of the back panel of the fuselage. Compromise, but brings a better experience. Users who are used to adjusting the volume on the left can still use the virtual buttons.

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Another difference is that Huawei Mate40 Pro does not continue to use screen sound technology, the earpiece with a micro-slit design is back, and the dual speakers are not absent. In addition, Huawei Mate40 Pro still has IP68 dustproof and waterproof performance.

The front of the phone is equipped with a 6.76-inch 88° super-curved ring screen. The bangs disappeared and replaced by a front dual-punch camera from the P series.

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We put Huawei Mate40 Pro and P40 Pro together, and found that Huawei Mate40 Pro has a narrower punch hole, but has more functions, such as ultra-wide-angle shooting, 3D face payment, and AI airborne control. It has to be an improvement.

Huawei Mate40 Pro supports up to 90 Hz refresh rate and 240 Hz touch sampling rate. Why not use 120Hz refresh rate? According to Yu Chengdong’s statement at the press conference, 90Hz is already smooth enough, and there will be better battery life.

The luxurious Kirin 9000

One of the biggest highlights of Huawei Mate40 Pro is its 5-nanometer Kirin 9000 chip. This is also the world’s first integrated 5G chip using a 5nm process technology. According to official data, this SoC integrates 15 billion+ transistors. The CPU adopts a three-level energy efficiency architecture of 1 super large core + 3 large cores + 4 small cores, and the highest frequency can reach 3.13GHz.

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GPU is also directly full, the first 24-core Mali-G78 GPU cluster, compared to Kirin 990, image processor performance increased by 60%. Let’s use the actual game to experience it, and pass the “Original God” to test. The game “Original God” has relatively high requirements for mobile phone configuration, especially for the GPU performance of mobile phones.

Use Huawei Mate40 Pro to run Use Huawei Mate40 Pro to run “Yuan Shen”

During the test, I adjusted the game quality to the highest and set the frame rate to 60 frames. During the 20-minute game, the average FPS was 54.1. Combined with the game screen, it was found that in the forest scene, the frame rate has been maintained at about 50FPS, while in the indoor scene, whether it is simple running or fighting, it can be maintained at about 60FPS , And the FPS fluctuation of the two stages is very small.

Use Samsung Note 20 Ultra to run Use Samsung Note 20 Ultra to run “Yuan Shen”

In the same game scene, try again with Samsung Note 20 Ultra equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+. The average frame rate is only 49, and the fluctuation is greater.

The AI ​​engine of the Kirin 9000 has also been upgraded. The Kirin 9000 chip adopts Huawei’s new generation of NPU, with an innovative dual-core + micro-core NPU architecture, which improves the performance by 100% compared to the Kirin 990. The improvement of Kirin 9000 AI performance also makes Huawei Mate40 Pro’s camera capability further, we will look at it later.

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In terms of charging, the battery capacity of Huawei Mate40 Pro is 4400 mAh, using 66W wired fast charging and 50W wireless fast charging. In our test, using 66W wired fast charging, about 30% charging in 5 minutes, 50% charging in 12 minutes, and 90% in 30 minutes. At this time, Huawei Mate40 Pro starts the smart charging mode. In order to extend the battery life, it takes 20 minutes to slowly charge to 100%.

Flagship image inherited from P series

The rear camera of Huawei Mate40 Pro is inherited from the P series of positioning image exploration. The hardware has not changed much. It uses a combination of ultra-wide-angle, main camera and telephoto. Without stacking materials and making up numbers, Huawei Mate40 Pro uses these three cameras to bring the strongest imaging system in the Mate series.

The 50-megapixel main camera still uses a 1/1.28-inch RYYB sensor. Half a year has passed, and it is still the largest cell phone camera sensor. Let’s watch the samples directly.

Huawei Mate40 Pro main camera shootingHuawei Mate40 Pro main camera shooting

Huawei Mate40 Pro is still a familiar bright style, but it does not appear to be too rich in our impression, but presents a visually very comfortable and bright performance.

Huawei Mate40 Pro main camera shootingHuawei Mate40 Pro main camera shooting

From this photo, you can also clearly see the power of this 1/1.28-inch outsole. After focusing on the flowers on the back, the flowers on the front have been blurred to a certain extent, and the leaves in Beijing also appear very natural. Bokeh.

Huawei Mate40 Pro main camera shootingHuawei Mate40 Pro main camera shooting

In the evening, Huawei Mate40 Pro also restored the light atmosphere at the time very well. It was not overly bright, the details in the dark were rich, and the lighting was not overexposed.

Huawei Mate40 Pro night scene mode shootingHuawei Mate40 Pro night scene mode shooting

Coming to the night scene part that Huawei is good at, suppressing highlights while preserving details has become the basic skill of Mate40 Pro. In most cases, on the basis of restoring the visual effects of the scene, the photos can be appropriately brightened, and the color performance is also very comfortable. Next, we also found a competitor for Huawei Mate40 Pro to compete with the recently released iPhone 12.

Huawei Mate40 Pro night scene mode shootingHuawei Mate40 Pro night scene mode shooting

iPhone 12 night scene mode shootingiPhone 12 night scene mode shooting

In this group of comparisons, the photos taken by the two phones have good details. The color reproduction of Huawei Mate40 Pro is more accurate, while the iPhone 12 is a bit yellow. Due to the longer exposure time, Huawei’s sky is brighter, while the iPhone 12 retains the night feel.

Huawei Mate40 Pro night scene mode shootingHuawei Mate40 Pro night scene mode shooting

iPhone 12 night scene mode shootingiPhone 12 night scene mode shooting

In the case that the dark details and sky brightness are similar, the far away lights of the Huawei Mate40 Pro retain the details, while the iPhone 12’s light boards are overexposed.

Enter the album immediately after shooting, you will see the effect of algorithm optimizationEnter the album immediately after shooting, you will see the effect of algorithm optimization

This sample of extreme low light also reflects the blessing of Huawei Mate40 Pro’s chips and algorithms. Enter the album immediately after shooting, and you can see the comparison before and after optimization. However, if you use the night scene mode in this position, the photo will be ghosted due to the long exposure time of handheld shooting.

Huawei Mate40 Pro wide-angle shootingHuawei Mate40 Pro wide-angle shooting

In the wide-angle part, Huawei Mate40 Pro has a 20-megapixel 100-degree wide-angle lens. Although there is no free-form lens on Pro+, the distortion is well controlled through algorithm correction. But there is still a pity that it is not wide enough, just “wide angle”, not “super wide angle”.

Huawei Mate40 Pro 5x optical zoom shootingHuawei Mate40 Pro 5x optical zoom shooting

Huawei Mate40 Pro does not carry an ordinary telephoto lens, but directly uses a periscope optical zoom, supporting 5x optical zoom, 10x hybrid zoom and 50x digital zoom.

In terms of video shooting, it supports up to 4K resolution video recording and 720p 3840fps super slow motion video. The anti-shake is also further upgraded, and there are different gameplay methods such as AI follow-up, HDR, and micro movies.

The front has three focal lengths: 1x, 0.8x and wide-angleThe front has three focal lengths: 1x, 0.8x and wide-angle

The dual film camera system is Huawei’s description of the Mate40 Pro imaging system. “Dual” refers to the combination of the rear and front cameras. The front is a 13 million pixel wide-angle camera with 1x, 0.8 There are three focal lengths: double and wide-angle to meet a variety of selfie needs. The video also has the highest 4K resolution and 240fps slow motion at 720p to choose from.

There is also a small egg, the ring flash protective shell, which can protect the phone and transform into a magical selfie, with almost no negative reviews. The ring flash protective case uses the reverse wireless charging of the Mate40 Pro and has three color temperature changes. When folded, it can fill the rear light, and after it pops up, it can fill light when taking selfies.

AI air control and smart scan code payment

Huawei Mate40 Pro is equipped with the new EMUI 11 system, which has better wireless multi-screen collaboration performance, more free UI customization, etc. What is more worth mentioning is the newly upgraded AI air control and smart code scanning payment.

The front camera of Huawei Mate40 Pro has a built-in attitude sensor, which has a certain improvement in the ability to capture motion compared with the previous generation, bringing a richer air control experience. In addition to the previous up and down sliding, a left and right sliding is also added, which can facilitate page turning or sliding screen.

With hovering and bright screen, air pressing and air capture screenshots, the AI ​​air control of Huawei Mate40 Pro has formed a relatively mature interactive system, but the learning cost is still too high, and it is difficult for beginners to succeed at one time. The practical scenarios of the system also require continuous exploration in the future.

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Smart scan code payment gives Huawei Mate40 series a more convenient scan code payment capability. After encountering a code scanning device that is adapted and supported by Huawei, you only need to move the unlocked main interface of the phone close to the code scanning device to perform smart identification and pop up the selected payment QR code to complete the payment. Of course, the premise is still the code scanning equipment that Huawei adapts and supports.

Of course, Huawei EMUI 11 still has many interesting new features, you can experience it yourself after getting started.

to sum up:

This year, mobile phone brands have all suffered a lot of pressure, but for Huawei, it has gone through many obstacles before launching the Huawei Mate 40 series. Fortunately, this time the Mate 40 Pro did not disappoint us, and the design went further, bringing with it a highly recognizable and exquisite “star ring” design. The physical buttons and the micro-slit handset have also returned. Although some black technology is missing, it is more practical and has a better experience. Even the volume of the double punch, which is difficult to break through, is further reduced.

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In terms of performance, the 5-nanometer integrated 5G chip and 24-core GPU used by the Kirin 9000 are once again a world leader. In terms of taking pictures, despite being compatible with the P40 Pro, the Mate 40 Pro still maintains the outstanding imaging of Huawei products, and has been further improved through chips and algorithms. It can be said to be the current camera king among Android phones.