22 October 2020
UPDATE (October 14th, 2020):
Huawei has released a new teaser highlighting the Mate 40 camera module. It shows a glimpse of the module suggesting that it could be octagonal in shape. If this is true, it will be a first for Huawei and will surely stand apart in the crowd. However, it is hard to say whether all Mate 40 series models will have this shape or only the most premium one.
Original (October 12th, 2020)
It is finally official. The next-gen Huawei Android flagship series Mate 40 will launch on October 22nd. The announcement was made by Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei's consumer business, via a poster shared on Weibo. The event will take place in Beijing, China and will kick off at 10:00 AM CEDT. Like all other launch events in 2020, it will also be an online keynote.
The event is strictly for the Chinese launch of the new smartphone lineup. There are no words on when we would see the global availability of these new phones. There are speculations that it could happen within months of the local release but it is not confirmed yet. Nevertheless, we will keep you posted on all the developments related to global launch plans.
If we talk about the Mate 40 series, there are speculations of three models: Mate 40, Mate 40 Pro, and Mate 40 Pro Plus. Huawei's flagships are known for top of the line hardware specifications and superb camera capabilities. We have seen it improve the camera performance of predecessors each year and set a new benchmark for itself as well as competitors.
The Pro model is expected to sport quad cameras on the back panel and dual cameras on the front. There are also speculations of punch-hole display panels with a high refresh rate that will result in a higher screen-to-body ratio. It will also ensure that there is no notch to spoil the viewing experience of the users. It goes without saying that the phones will have a flagship processor coupled with support for 5G connectivity. Since Huawei is still banned from dealing with Google, the phones will arrive without Android and Google Play store.