The Huawei Mate 40 Pro blends a lot of elements that have made Huawei smartphones popular, offering a great design, bleeding-edge tech, and support for the emerging 5G standard. However, the lack of Google services is a major Achilles heel for the device, and many regular users may decide to choose other devices because of this limitation
Those who are willing to live without the apps and features provided by Google will enjoy a gorgeous device that oozes style. The pearlescent finish offers an impressive spectacle as several color tones surface and disappear when the device is moved or viewed from a different angle.
A 6.76-inch panel framed by ultra-thin bezels offers a solid user experience and an impressive look thanks to an edge-to-edge approach. It delivers vibrant images that please the eye, an excellent reading experience even when small text is encountered, and works well even in sunlight.
Four camera sensors can be found on the rear, forming a would camera array which delivers vibrant photos. Fans of zoom photography will love the 5x optical zoom, as the images remain insanely detailed. A smart stabilization system offers a helping hand when photos and videos are recorded.
At the heart of the device, there is a Kirin 9000 processor, which offers an impressive performance. It is coupled with 8GB of RAM and can handle demanding games and apps with ease, even if it scores below other flagships in benchmark tests.
EMUI 11 is quite smooth, and many common apps can be found in the AppGallery storefront which is included by default. The Petal Search app offers the option to search and download APK files from additional sources that are known to be secure.
Overall the Huawei Mate 40 Pro is a great device for many potential customers despite the lack of Google Play services.