Huawei Mate 40 Pro review

The best camera phone ever? The Huawei Mate 40 Pro sets a new benchmark – but is still a smartphone that most will avoid

Huawei Mate 40 Pro
(Image: © Basil Kronfli/Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

We’re left with very few quibbles when it comes to the Huawei Mate 40 Pro’s camera - it’s exceptional across photography and video capture, beating out competition from Apple, Google, and Samsung. There are still software limitations around Google services, so be aware of them, but add to the mix the Mate 40 Pro’s stunning screen, brilliant speakers, and ample power - not to mention that nippy charging; mobile photography doesn’t get much better than this.


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    Best-in-class low light photography

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    Excellent 5x optical zoom

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    Stable, low-noise video


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    No Google Mobile Serivces

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    Erratic automatic camera switching

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    Can get warm while gaming

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The Huawei Mate 40 Pro follows on from the success of the P40 Pro and P40 Pro Plus, arguably the two best camera phones around. With the P40 Pro introducing Sony’s incredible IMX700 1/1.28″ 50MP sensor, its low light performance, shallow depth and ample detail for a smartphone blew us away when combined with Huawei’s smart imaging software. Now, the sensor’s back for round two, this time in the Mate 40 Pro.

Combining a big screen, stereo speakers, new styling, the most powerful chipset on the Android scene, and a Leica-branded camera setup; the Mate 40 Pro is pulling out all the stops from the offset. Known for one-upping the competition, Huawei also introduces the world’s fastest wired and wireless charging in its latest flagship, as well as a huge storage capacity. 

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Basil Kronfli

Basil Kronfli is a freelance technology journalist, consultant, and content creator. He trained in graphic design and started his career at Canon Europe before moving into journalism. Basil is also experienced in video production, independently running the YouTube channel TechEdit, and during his time at Future, he worked alongside the Digital Camera World team as a senior video producer.