Huawei Mate 40 Pro Hands-on Review: Kirin 9000 5nm Technology


Huawei has made steady steps and officially released the Mate40 series flagship as scheduled. More than expected, the number of models released by Huawei this time exceeded any previous generation of the Mate series, reaching a new historical peak. There are four new models: Mate40, Huawei Mate 40 Pro, Mate 40 Pro+, Mate40 RS Porsche Design, and unexpectedly low-key A total of five models of the Mate30 E Pro are coming.

Innovative configuration and stacking power are the most in Mate history: DxOMark’s Leica ultra-sensitive imaging system, Huawei’s most breakthrough 66W wired/50W wireless fast charging, and Kirin 9000, which leads the Android camp with 5nm process technology, the new 5G SoC…

After intensive reports and bombardment by the media at home and abroad, everyone has a preliminary understanding of the Huawei Mate 40 series, but I must also ask, what is the initial experience of the real phone? iGeekphone gave Huawei Mate 40 Pro a short hands-on experience for the first time, and I share it with you for reference.

Design & Appearance

Huawei Mate40 series is not in innovative configuration and dense stacking, it is extremely delicate in appearance. The 88° curved ring screen and curved glass body conform to the stable product positioning of the Huawei Mate series, and it is also artistic. The Mate series has always been the pinnacle of Huawei mobile phones in terms of the sense of grade and the creation of high-end flagships.

There is no doubt that Huawei Mate40 Pro measurements are at the top level in the industry today. Thanks to the high screen-to-body ratio brought by the multi-curved screen, hands-on experience can show excellent immersion. The display content continues from the middle of the screen to the edge of the screen, which has a great visual impact.

During the experience, we found that this feeling will be more obvious when browsing pictures or playing videos on this screen. Specific to the screen parameters, the 6.76-inch screen size of the Huawei Mate40 Pro is larger than the previous one (Mate30 Pro is 6.53 inches), and the resolution is 2772×1344. The biggest change is that it supports up to 90Hz refresh rate and is still OLED. Material, smooth and smooth operation.

Look at the oval black area in the upper left corner of the screen. The opening position and size are similar to those of Huawei P40 Pro. There are 13 Megapixel selfie lenses plus a 3D ToF lens. The viewing range is wider. The mobile phone can automatically switch three gears when taking horizontal selfies and group photos Wide-angle shooting, supports distortion correction, slow-motion selfies, front and rear dual video recording, 4K video recording, 3D face recognition, and AI airspace operation.

There are two speakers on the top and bottom, which means that Huawei Mate40 Pro uses a dual stereo speaker design. The screen sound finally returns to the speaker’s sound. The sound is clearer and the call effect is better. The physical volume buttons that were once canceled on the Mate30 Pro are now back on the Huawei Mate40 series while retaining the virtual volume bar.

In terms of the back body, the Huawei Mate series has always led the trend, and it is also the most recognizable part of the series. The Huawei Mate40 Pro is available in bright black, glaze white, secret silver, and two plain leather versions. What we got was the white glaze.

The octagonal camera module revealed in the previous warm-up poster is exclusive to Huawei Mate40 RS. In comparison, the rear lens of Huawei Mate40 Pro is more like a vinyl record, and the corner transitions are still rounded.


In the past, HiSilicon’s new flagship chip of Kirin will have a separate conference. Due to the special environment this year, Kirin 9000 lost its own conference and can only be unveiled with the Mate 40 series. However, this also makes it a Huawei Mate40. The series is particularly a highlight that deserves attention.

Kirin 9000 is the world’s first and only 5G SoC manufactured in a 5nm process. It integrates 15.3 billion transistors and breaks the 15 billion mark for the first time. It is currently the 5G SoC with the most transistors and the most complete functions. Compared with other members of the Android camp where all members are 7nm or older, it is believed that for a long period of time, Kirin 9000 will lead the Android camp with process dividends.

In terms of the architecture of Kirin 9000, the CPU part is eight cores, including a 3.13GHz A77 core, three 2.54GHz A77 cores, and four 2.04GHz A55 small cores, slightly surpassing the Snapdragon 865 Plus 3.1GHz, which is currently the highest frequency Mobile phone processor.

The Kirin 9000 integrates a 24-core Mali-G78 GPU, which is far more than the Kirin 990 Mali-G76. The number of cores is more than half, and the graphics performance has changed drastically.

Due to the short hands-on time, the performance of various large-scale games has not been tested here. Please look forward to our follow-up detailed evaluation.


Mate40 Pro is equipped with a rear Leica quad camera, including a 50-megapixel main camera (1/1.28 inch + RYYB + F1.9), a 20-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens (F2.2), a 12-megapixel telephoto lens (F2.4), laser focus The lens realizes 5x optical zoom, 10x hybrid zoom, 50x digital zoom through the periscope optical zoom structure, and supports 8K video recording.

This solution is basically the same as the Huawei P40 Pro, except that the 4000W ultra-wide angle that has been polished for a long time has been replaced with a new outsole (1/1.5”) and 2000W pixel CMOS.

Taking advantage of the night, we tested the night photography capability of Huawei Mate 40 Pro, and it is still as strong as ever. The following samples were taken from 11 pm to 2 am, with dim yellow street lights.


Due to the extremely limited hands-on time on site, we can’t do everything in one article for the time being about the 66W wired fast charge +55W wireless fast charge of Huawei Mate40 Pro, the performance of Kirin 9000, more interactive gameplay, and the new highlights of the imaging system. Get started briefly and have a preliminary understanding of Huawei Mate 40 Pro.


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