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Leaked Mate 40 and Mate 40 Pro renders confirm a more practical design for the Huawei Mate series

The Mate 40 series looks like a cross between the designs of the Mate 30 and P40 series. (Image source: @OnLeaks)
The Mate 40 series looks like a cross between the designs of the Mate 30 and P40 series. (Image source: @OnLeaks)
The designs of the Huawei Mate 40 and Mate 40 Pro have been revealed, and they may not be to everyone's tastes. The volume button has returned to the Pro model and the notch from the Mate 30 series has gone, but there is no escaping that comically-large rear-facing camera housing.
Alex Alderson,

The release of the Mate 40 series is fast approaching, with Huawei expected to announce its next flagship smartphones in September or October. While there have been countless rumours about the series, there has been little by way of concrete information about the Mate 40 or Mate 40 Pro. However, @OnLeaks has teamed up with HandsetExpert and Pricebaba to publish high-quality renders of both devices.

If you are unaware of @OnLeaks, then he has an excellent track record of delivering renders of devices months before their release dates. Seemingly, these are based on leaked CAD renders, so there could be some minor changes between the designs presented here and the final handsets that Huawei releases later this year.

Two of the biggest changes from the Mate 30 to Mate 40 series are Huawei's implementation of physical buttons and front-facing cameras. Last year, Huawei went with a notch for the Mate 30 series, but the Mate 40 series will follow its P40 siblings in having punch-hole displays instead. The move to hole-punch displays also means that Huawei has probably omitted any 3D face unlocking technology from the Mate 40 or Mate 40 Pro.

The Huawei Mate 40. (Image source: @OnLeaks & HandsetExpert)
The Huawei Mate 40. (Image source: @OnLeaks & HandsetExpert)
The Huawei Mate 40. (Image source: @OnLeaks & HandsetExpert)
The Huawei Mate 40. (Image source: @OnLeaks & HandsetExpert)

Additionally, the volume button has returned, which Huawei did not include on the Mate 30 Pro. The curved screen from the Mate 30 Pro has returned for its successor though, as the renders below demonstrate. The Mate 40 also has a curved display, but its curvature is not as steep as it is on the Mate 40 Pro.

The Mate 40 and Mate 40 Pro have similar back panels, including a Lumia 1020-esque camera housing. However, only the Mate 40 Pro appears to have a periscope camera, which is denoted by the presence of a rectangular lens.

The Mate 40 and Mate 40 Pro will be the first devices to launch with EMUI 11, Huawei's in-house answer to Android 11. The devices will apparently have 6.4-inch and 6.7-inch displays, respectively. The Mate 40 will measure 158.6 x 72.5 x 8.9 mm, while the Mate 40 Pro will come in at 162.8 x 75.5 x 9 mm.

The Huawei Mate 40 Pro. (Image source: @OnLeaks & Pricebaba)
The Huawei Mate 40 Pro. (Image source: @OnLeaks & Pricebaba)
The Huawei Mate 40 Pro. (Image source: @OnLeaks & Pricebaba)
The Huawei Mate 40 Pro. (Image source: @OnLeaks & Pricebaba)

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Alex Alderson, 2020-08- 4 (Update: 2020-08- 4)
Alex Alderson
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Prior to writing and translating for Notebookcheck, I worked for various companies including Apple and Neowin. I have a BA in International History and Politics from the University of Leeds, which I have since converted to a Law Degree. Happy to chat on Twitter or Notebookchat.