Huawei has a must-see new launch planned for later this month, with the Chinese firm confirming plans to unveil its new Mate 40 on October 22. The technology giant revealed the online launch date via its official Twitter page with a post that simply said, “Unprecedented Power is coming. Don’t miss the announcement on 22.10.20.”
The Mate series has long been Huawei’s most power-packed smartphones and it’s clear that the Mate 40 could take performance to a whole new level. Rumours about the Mate 40 remain pretty thin on the ground, but we’re expecting a device with the usual palm-stretching edge-to-edge screen, quad rear camera system, and access to the latest 5G speeds.
If Huawei follows in the footsteps of the Mate 30 and P40 series, the new Mate 40 will be a solid piece of hardware, but sadly, Android fans will probably want to give it a very wide berth.
That’s because Huawei continues to be banned from dealing with US companies and that means it won’t have any access to the popular suite of apps from Google including Gmail, Google Photos, Chrome and that all-important Google Play Store. Huawei is doing its best to convince users that they don’t need Google with the firm recently announcing the launch of its very own app store called the Huawei App Gallery.
This service is getting better by the day, but it’s still long, long a way off having everything you’ll find on the Play Store.
The US ban could also mean that this will be the very last Mate phone to feature the Huawei-designed Kirin processor with Huawei expected to have to develop something totally new for its future phones to avoid any deals with US companies (one of the conditions of the ban).
“Unfortunately, in the second round of U.S. sanctions, our chip producers only accepted orders until May 15. Production will close on Sept. 15,” Sais Huawei CEO Richard Yu during a conference in August. “This year may be the last generation of Huawei Kirin high-end chips.”
We’ll have to wait and see what Huawei has in store but there’s not too long left to wait with the big reveal taking place next Thursday at 1pm BST.
Express.co.uk will bring you all the news live from this event so watch this space if you are a huge Huawei Mate series fan.