- The Huawei Mate 40 series, including the Huawei Mate 40 Pro, will be officially revealed on October 22.
- The reveal was made by Huawei’s Consumer Business CEO Richard Yu via Weibo.
- Unfortunately, the Mate 40 Pro won’t have Google apps and could be the last of its kind.
Update: October 10, 2020: Huawei Consumer Business CEO Richard Yu has confirmed, via Weibo (h/t GSMArena), that the Huawei Mate 40 series will be revealed on October 22. The reveal will be made starting at 8 AM Eastern time (5 AM Pacific time).
Original story: October 9, 2020: Things have been relatively quiet surrounding the Huawei Mate 40 and Huawei Mate 40 Pro (for obvious reasons). However, we still expect the phones to launch at some point this month, and a leaker claims to know exactly when that will happen.
According to leaker @rodent950 (who has had reliable info in the past), Huawei could launch the Mate 40 series globally on October 22. In China, pre-sales could start that same day for an in-store date of October 30.
Unfortunately, the tipster didn’t know if October 30 would also be the date you could buy a Mate 40 device throughout the rest of the world.
For the record, Android Authority hasn’t received any word from Huawei about any launch events, so we can’t affirm or deny this leaker’s claims.
Huawei Mate 40 Pro: The last of its kind
While we are excited to see what the Mate 40 Pro has to offer, we are certain that it won’t have any Google apps on board. We also know that this will be the last smartphone from Huawei to feature a Kirin chipset, as the Huawei ban now blocks the company from even producing its processors.
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In a way, the Huawei Mate 40 Pro is the last of its kind. By this time next year, unless something seriously drastic changes, Huawei phones will be nothing like the Mate 40 Pro. There won’t be Kirin chipsets and there likely won’t even be Android onboard, to say nothing about Google apps.
Once we know the Mate 40 launch date for certain, we’ll be sure to update you with the news.
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