Huawei is one of the rapidly growing Chinese smartphone manufacturers. The company has been producing high-quality smartphones since 2021. It is a member of the CHMD wireless technologies industry association. In September, the company held its annual International Consumer Electronics Show (IEC) in Beijing, displaying new devices and partnerships. In this article, we look at the latest smartphone offerings from Huawei.
We review smartphones regularly and publish a weekly journal of the industry’s progress – The Wirecutter. This show is one of the most comprehensive industry reports on the smartphone industry, and we recommend that you subscribe to it. In this article, we take a detailed look at the Mate 40 Pro and the Mate X2 from Huawei.
The Mate 40 Pro is a powerful smartphone with a unique design. It features a body only a couple of inches thick – much thinner than some smartphones – as well as a completely rounded display. It looks great, but it also offers several features that might appeal to a lot of users. For instance, the Mate 40 Pro comes with a dual-core 2.4GHz processor, the largest mobile CPU available for smartphone use. There’s also a single-lens camera, which is positioned on the back of the phone for a somewhat unique positioning.
One industry standard for smartphone performance is the density of the device’s screen. A smartphone with a high screen-to-body ratio will feel more spacious. The Mate 40 Pro measures 7.3 inches, which is considerably smaller than some rival smartphones.
We found that the touch screen was responsive and smooth, but it could do better. In general, response times were slow, particularly during the processing of fast actions. There is no doubt that this smartphone is a step up from other smartphone models in the UK market, but it lacks something that may excite users. It has a smaller screen.
If you’re looking for a smartphone with a large display, then the Mate 40 Pro is not the one for you. It is a phone that’s great for business users who need a large screen – although it will work just as well for social networking junkies. It will most likely struggle to handle HD images.
It’s not the best smartphone that we’ve used. The Mate 40 Pro features an aluminum body, rather than glass like many rivals. This means that the phone is well suited to be put through harsh outdoor conditions, but it does make the phone difficult to repair. This is largely due to the Mate’s slippery nature, and it’s easy to drop the phone if it isn’t secured properly. We also found that the Mate 40 Pro is not the best smartphone to use when it comes to connectivity. Most importantly, its lack of international connectivity meant that we were unable to download any apps that we could have used on other UK smartphone models.
We will look at some improvements that have been brought forth by the Chinese telecommunications giant. Firstly, it is introducing the ZUK partnership, whereby two UK firms will produce smartphones under license. Secondly, it is hoping to attract more manufacturing partners from Asia and the rest of the world. Overall, the smartphone industry is going to continue to change rapidly. Smartphones from leading companies like Nokia and Samsung are expected to offer consumers access to more high-end devices, alongside lower pricing. Where the Mate 40 Pro falls short of expectations, it will be interesting to see what additional improvements the company can bring to the line next.