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The Huawei Mate 40 series has been leaked in its entirety a day before launch

The Huawei Mate 40 series will be on October 22
The Huawei Mate 40 series will be on October 22 (image via DuanRui on Twitter)
The entire Huawei Mate 40 lineup has been leaked just a day before its October 22 release. The Mate 40 Pro features a triple-camera array; the Mate 40 Pro+ gets an additional telephoto lens and the Mate 40 RS a temperature sensor on top of all that. Prices are expected to start at €1,129 (US$1,340) for the Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

If the Kirin 9000's AnTuTu showing is anything to go by, the Huawei Mate 40 series has all the markings to disrupt the high-end smartphone market, lack of Google Play services notwithstanding. If a new leak is to be believed, the phone is deserving of all the hype generated around it. Twitter leaker @RODENT950 has posted the Huawei Mate 40 series' complete spec sheet. It confirms several aspects of the phone leaked earlier, such as its 6.7-inch QHD+ waterfall display clocked at 90Hz. It retains the under-display fingerprint scanner of its contemporaries, along with its pill-shaped cutout for the front-facing cameras. The 13MP selfie camera is assisted by a ToF sensor that facilitates iPhone-esque 3D Face Unlock. It also allows users to perform basic hand gestures, as we saw on the Google Pixel 4 series.

The leak suggests that Huawei may have a total of four devices in store for us- the garden variety Mate 40, the Mate 40 Pro, the Mate 40 Pro+, and the Mate 40 RS. Little is known about the entry-level Mate 40, but the remaining three devices are billed to come with nearly identical specifications. For starters, all devices will use UFS 3.1 memory and LPDDR5 RAM. Storage expansion is possible only via Huawei's proprietary memory cards. A 4,400mAh battery will power the flagships. It can be charged at 65W via a cable and at 50W wirelessly. However, the latter will require a custom-designed wireless charging pad.

Huawei still reigns supreme when it comes to smartphone cameras, and the Mate 40 series is all set to keep that streak going. The Mate 40 Pro's triple-camera array consists of a 50MP Ultravision sensor, a 20MP ultra-wide-angle lens, and a 12MP telephoto lens with 5x optical zoom. Huawei has thrown in a laser autofocus module in the mix too. The slightly higher-end Mate 40 Pro+ uses two telephoto lenses instead of one. The 8MP module supports 8X optical zoom and the 3MP module 3X. The laser autofocus mechanism is replaced with yet another ToF sensor. Lastly, the Huawei Mate 40 RS also comes with a sensor that can measure temperatures.

The Huawei Mate 40 Pro will come in three memory variants- 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB. Some Chinese variants will ship with up to 12GB of RAM. On the other hand, international versions of the device will only feature 8GB. That is somewhat disappointing, given the phone's massive €1,129 (US$1,340) price tag. Thankfully, the Huawei Mate 40 Pro+ and Mate 40 RS do not have that problem. 12GB of RAM is standard across the board, with storage varying between 256GB and 512GB. Other features include support for Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2.


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Anil Satyanarayana, 2020-10-21 (Update: 2020-10-21)