The Huawei Mate 40 Pro is Huawei’s latest flagship receiver and one of a selected band whose prices are truly exorbitant at a price of £1,099.99 (VAT included) with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage.
You can also buy Samsung’s Galaxy Note 20 Ultra (12GB/512GB) for £1,029 or Apple’s iPhone 12 Pro Max (6GB/128GB) for £1,099.
The Mate 40 Pro has a 6.76-inchcurved OLED display, measures 75.5 mm by 162.9 mm by 9.1 mm and weighs 212 g.
It is powered by the 5nm Kirin 9000 SoC with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage, expandable via proprietary Nano Memory card (at the expense of a SIM slot).
It’s been over a year since Huawei was banned from using Google apps and services on its phones by the US administration.
Workarounds are available, however, you can access some google apps through Huawei’s web browser.
But if you’ve tried using Gmail or Sheets this way rather than using the app, even on an excellent screen like the Mate 40 Pro’s 6.76-inch OLED.
The absence of Google’s app store means that the third-party apps you use on a daily basis may not be available.
Huawei has its own on-device app store, theAppGallery,which can be searched online.
It also has a service called Petal Search that you can use to find apps similar to the ones you’ll be giving up on.
There’s also Phone Clone,which is a direct, t-time copy of apps from your existing receiver to a Huaweiphone.
So, despite Huawei’s efforts on the software front,the Mate 40 Pro starts with a remarkable and for many, insurmountable disadvantage when set against phones from other manufacturers.
What you start with is Huawei’s EMUI 11 running on Android 10 (minus Google services).
This gives things a familiar look, with screens filled with app icons in a familiar layout and an easily navigable settings area.
EMUI 11 allows for very granular control and is very popular, including gesture controls that don’t require you to touch the screen to complete actions.
You can take a screenshot by making a gripping gesture about 20-40 cm fromthe screen, hold your hand 30-40 cm from the screen,then move it towards the screen to pause/resume music or answer a call in speaker mode and hold your hand 30-40 cm from the screen and make a downward movement to “scroll” through information screens.
There are many preloaded apps: Huawei has its own book store, music and video players, health apps, gallery, file manager, web browser, notepad, document production apps, presentations, spreadsheets and memos, sound recorder, contact manager, calculator, remote control (using the built-in IR blaster), weather app and more.
There are a lot of software pre-installed on Android 10/EMUI 11 Mate 40 Pro,along with folders containing links to recommended apps.