The firm is probably offering these incentives because the phone can't run Google services, meaning you're reliant on Huawei's own app store and Petal Search, a second way to install apps which aren't available in App Gallery.

When you go to Huawei's website to buy the Mate 40 Pro, you'll be shown a message explaining this and asking you to agree to it before purchase.

Huawei Mate 40 Pro release date

Back in September 2019, the Mate 30 Series was announced and was the first phone to fall foul of the US trade ban, which meant no Google services, despite the presence of Android 10 on the range.

And as that ban shows no signs of being lifted, Huawei has to forge ahead with its own services running on open-source Android.

How much does the Mate 40 Pro cost?

  • The Mate 40 Pro has 8GB/256GB and costs £1099 / €1199. It's the only model available in the UK.
  • The Mate 40, with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage costs €899.
  • The Mate 40 Pro+ has 12GB/256GB and costs €1399.

If you want to go all out, the Porsche Design Mate 40 RS has 12GB RAM and 512GB of storage and costs €2295.

Where to buy the Mate 40 Pro

If you're comfortable without Google services and the workarounds to install apps - as well as the fact that some apps (mostly UK banking apps) are simply not available, then here's where you can buy a Mate 40 Pro:

Huawei tells us that EE, Three and Currys PC World will also sell the phone, but as of 13 November, the phone wasn't even listed on those sites.

Get the latest information on where to buy the Mate 40 Pro

Mate 40 Pro specifications

Here are the key specs of the Mate 40 Pro:

  • 6.76in 2772x1344 OLED 88° Horizon display (456ppi)
  • Under-screen fingerprint sensor
  • 5mn Kirin 9000 chipset with built-in 5G
  • 8GB RAM / 256GB storage for European model
  • 50Mp main camera, 20Mp ultra-wide, 12Mp 5x telephoto
  • Front cameras: Wide + UIltrawide 13Mp with 3D face scanning
  • 4400mAh battery
  • 66W Super Charge
  • 50W wireless charging + wireless reverse charging
  • USB-C
  • Stereo speakers
  • NFC
  • Support for NanoMemory cards
  • 75.5x162.9x9.1mm
  • 212g
  • IP68 dust + water resistance
  • EMUI 11 software running on open-source Android 10
  • Mystic Silver signature colour along with black, white, vegan leather yellow or green

The screen uses what appears to be the same 88-degree curved edges as the Mate 30 Pro's 'Horizon' screen. Resolution (and size) are increased compared to the 6.53in 2400x1176 display on the Mate 30 Pro, and has the same DCI-P3  colour gamut, nor whether the refresh rate will be higher.

Cameras

It looks very much as if the Mate 40 Pro borrows heavily from the P40 Pro in the camera department.

The main camera has a 50Mp sensor with an f/1.9 lens. The 12Mp 5x zoom has an f/3.4 lens, which again is the same as on the P40 Pro.

The ultra-wide - the primary lens used for video - is not from the P40 Pro as it has a 20Mp resolution with an f/1.8 aperture.

Huawei didn't detail what the fourth lens is for, but judging by previous Huawei phones, it's likely to be a Time-of-Flight sensor for sensing depth.

Huawei Mate 40 pro

At the front, things get interesting with a 13Mp selfie camera (a much lower resolution than the 32Mp camera in recent P-series models) and a 13Mp ultra-wide camera next to it. They can switch automatically when they detect multiple people in the frame, and it also acts as a cine camera, which means it can shoot 4K60 and unlimited 240fps slo-mo just like the rear.

Together they enable 3D face scanning for more secure face unlock and also for gestures, called Smart Sensing such as moving your hand above the screen to swipe or scroll without touching it. This is a feature which the Mate 30 Pro has too.

What's new is EOD - eyes-on display - which makes the always-on display light up when the cameras detect your eyes are looking at the phone.

Processor

The Mate 40 series uses the next-generation Kirin 9000 processor.

This is the first to use a 5nm process, and has eight cores. Four run at 2.04GHz, three at 2.54GHz and one at 3.13GHz. Huawei revealed it has 15.3 billion transistors and is 10% faster than the 865+.

It's also 52% faster in terms of GPU power than Qualcomm's processor, a more impressive figure.

The NPU - the 'AI' chip - is 2.4x faster than the competition, as well as being 150% more power efficient. The CPU part is 25% more efficient, while the GPU is 50% better on power consumption.

The 4400mAh capacity is smaller than the Mate 30 Pro's battery, but charging will be faster thanks to the 66W SuperCharge which gives almost a full charge in 30 minutes.

Not that you can buy one without importing it, but the Mate 40 key specs are as follows:

  • 6.5in 2376x1080 OLED 68° Horizon display
  • Under-screen fingerprint sensor
  • 5mn Kirin 9000 chipset with built-in 5G
  • 50Mp main camera, 16Mp ultra-wide, 8Mp 3x telephoto
  • Front camera: 2D face scanning
  • 4200mAh battery
  • USB-C
  • EMUI 11 software running on open-source Android 10
  • Mystic Silver signature colour along with black, white, vegan leather yellow or green

Related: EMUI 11 hands-on

When is the Mate 40 release date?

  • Launch date: 22 October
  • Release date: 13 November

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