Suppose you’ve been following HUAWEI and its development over the past quinquennial. In that case, you know very well that the two flagships, the spring P-series and the autumn Mate-series are two different animals.
The P40 – which earned our Road Warrior award for the Pro version and the Best Camera of 2020 for the Pro+ variant – is aimed towards the creative, focusing on multimedia and photography. The Mate series is the one pushing the limits of performance. It is also the device that usually introduces the latest iteration of the Kirin chipset and other advancements.
HUAWEI decided to spruce up the color palette of the Mate 40 Pro, offering it in White, Black, Olive Green, Sunflower Yellow, and the very interesting, chameleonic, Mystic Silver we have over here.
This color option shifts shades from dull silver to red through orange, yellow, green, and blue. It’s got most of the colors in the spectrum if the proper light hits it at the right angle. The matte finish of the glass also helps keep fingerprints to a decent amount.
The display is curved towards the edges, and so are all the extremities of the back panel. This makes the phone incredibly easy to grab and ergonomic. The buttons are easily reachable, with the power button on the lower side being painted in vibrant red. The volume rockers are placed towards the top, but you also can control output via the virtual buttons on the left side of the display.
At first, I didn’t know what to think about the round, Oreo-like camera arrangement on the back, with the Leica branding in its middle, painted with the same color-shifting shade as the rest of the phone’s backside. I guess this makes it a circle rather than a disc or an Oreo. You catch my drift. HUAWEI calls it “the Space Ring”.