Huawei Mate 40 Pro – The best phone you shouldn’t buy

Huawei, the smartphone manufacturer that has unfortunately been added to Trump’s USA ban keep pulling out all the stops to show that their phones are technically advanced than everything else on the market and now they have released their latest model – the new Huawei Mate 40 Pro 5G.

Fitted with a 6.76-inch OLED 90Hz refresh rate edge to edge display, the screen seems like it wraps all the way around the frame. In fact, it curves so much that the buttons for the lock screen and volume have been moved further back too. It has two selfie cameras, a 13MP wide angle selfie camera and a 3D depth sensing camera used for 3D Face Unlock and also has an optical in-display fingerprint sensor for additional security options, especially as this is the year of the facemask.

At the back of the phone, the user is treated to an array of cameras in what Huawei calls a Space Ring formation as an homage to balance and symmetry. There is a 50MP ultravision wide angle camera, a 20MP ultra wide camera and a 12MP Telephoto camera.

The new phone is powered by the Kirin 5nm 9000 chipset, a first in a smartphone with 5G connectivity, meaning it is FAST. It is IP68 dust and water resistant and if you can’t put it down long enough to charge, the 4400mAh battery can be charged via 66W ultrafast wired charging or 50W wireless charging. The screen also has a new feature that makes always-on display look dated. This is ‘eyes on display’ meaning it will light up and show notifications when you look at it.

Gaming or watching films has got that much better with true stereo speakers, a downward facing speaker at the bottom and another speaker at the top which is separate from the earpiece.

However, there is one major caveat that needs to be added in whenever talking about Huawei phones outside of China – there are no Google applications – meaning no Gmail, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Uber or anything that uses a Google component in the app. As much as it is one of the best phones on the market, it isn’t one that can be recommended. But if that doesn’t phase you, the Mate 40 Pro will be available in Black or Mystic Silver with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage for £1,099.99.