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Huawei Mate 40 Pro Review Rundown

HuaweiPublished on 21 Mar 2021Last Edited on 14 Nov 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*
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Overview

Neoscore* 0%
Pros**
  • Fantastic display
  • Superb camera performance
  • Great battery life
Cons**
  • Limited app store
  • Mediocre camera

Summary

Huawei Mate 40 Pro has a triple camera module at the back. The camera module is arranged in a circular pattern in a design that Huawei has dubbed Super Ring. There are elements of P40 Pro and Mate 30 Pro here: this is very much signature Huawei design. On the negative side, the Huawei ban of mid-2019, which resulted in Google apps being unavailable, has hung like a dark cloud over every Huawei phone launch since.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.

Rundown

nextpit[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 88%
Reviewers from nextpit have found the following[***]:
The Huawei Mate 40 Pro offers a very good camera package, and in my opinion, is the best on the market. I love the versatility of the camera module that is offered by the excellent telephoto lens and the very good night mode. I also love the quality of the ultra-wide-angle and I find the software processing to be subtle and natural. The smartphone has a 4,400 mAh battery with good battery life.
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Pros[**]
  • Excellent telephoto lens
  • Super-wide-angle camera
  • Very good night mode
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • Slow charging
  • No wireless charging

notebookcheck[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 67%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
Huawei makes the competition look pretty old with the current Kirin 9000. The 5 nm SoC is the only one of its kind that doesn't need a dedicated 5G modem. At 256 GB, the UFS 3.1 storage of the Mate 40 Pro is adequately large. Huawei succeeds in exploiting the storage's potential better, which is reflected in the high write speeds.
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Pros[**]
  • Full-fledged dual speakers
  • High-resolution display
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • No aptX codec

t3[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 75%
Reviewers from t3 have found the following[***]:
The Huawei Mate 40 Pro is a smartphone packed with power, thanks to the Kirin 9000 processor, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB or 512GB of internal storage. 5G connectivity is supported too, as you would expect from a top-tier smartphone in 2020. The phone makes it easy to sideload apps from unofficial sources on the web, though core Google apps like Gmail still won't work. We've always found Huawei's EMUI software rather bloated and busy too, which doesn't help.
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Pros[**]
  • Top-tier hardware design
  • Excellent performance
  • Excellent camera
Cons[**]
  • Software struggles
  • No Google Play Store

techadvisor[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 85%
Reviewers from techadvisor have found the following[***]:
, but in general use, the phone lasted a good two days with light use. As ever, your mileage will vary depending upon how you use it, but it'll last a day, comfortably. Photos are pretty much on a par with the P40 Pro, which is to say they're some of the best available from any phone. The biggest difference is that the ultra-wide camera, with a 100-degree field of view, has a nifty ‘free-form lens'
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Fantastic cameras
  • Excellent battery life
  • Excellent cameras
Cons[**]
  • No GMS or GMS support
  • No headphone jack

techradar[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 64%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following[***]:
The phone runs Android 10 (Google banned Huawei from using its apps and services, not Android itself) with EMUI 11 laid over the top. We're big fans of EMUI - it has loads of options to change the way the phone works. It brings quite a big visual overhaul from stock Android, with vibrant backgrounds and app icons. As with most Huawei phones, EMUI has a built-in step counter, potentially making your fitness tracker redundant.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Fantastic battery life
  • Great display
Cons[**]
  • No Google apps
  • No wireless charging
  • No Google Drive

tomsguide[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 86%
Reviewers from tomsguide have found the following[***]:
Huawei has continued its air gestures system, which debuted on the Mate 30. This time around, there are more gestures you can use, allowing you to wake the phone up; swipe screens up, down, left or right; and use a pressing gesture to answer phonecalls or play/pause media. All this is powered by the same sensor that also enables Face Recognition.
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Pros[**]
  • Excellent cameras
  • Excellent battery life
  • Excellent performance
Cons[**]
  • No wireless charging
  • No 5G

trustedreviews[7]

Sentiment Score[*] 88%
Reviewers from trustedreviews have found the following[***]:
Huawei’s phones have been among the best camera phones around for a few years. At the helm is a 50-megapixel f/1.9 camera; identical to the one included with the excellent Huawei P40 Pro Plus. On the plus, the ultra-wide camera lens comes with manual focus and can grab macro photos, which is a boon. The camera also grabs decent background blur when shooting close-up objects, something few smartphones can achieve in video.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Fantastic performance
  • Excellent battery life
  • Excellent cameras
Cons[**]
  • No Google Assistant support
  • No wireless charging

References

1. ^ Huawei Mate 40 Pro review: an excellent flagship. nextpit. 2020-11-25 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ Huawei Mate 40 Pro review - Top smartphone with handicap. notebookcheck. 2020-11-26 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ Huawei Mate 40 Pro review. techadvisor. 2020-11-18 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
5. ^ Huawei Mate 40 Pro review. techradar. 2020-11-16 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
6. ^ Huawei Mate 40 Pro review. tomsguide. 2020-11-24 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
7. ^ Huawei Mate 40 Pro Review. trustedreviews. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
*. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher\'s own rating, if available, as a result.
**. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher\'s own bullets points, if available, as a result.
***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher\'s own, if available.
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