A few days ago, the Huawei P50 series was released. This smartphone comes with a lot of qualities, as usual, it tops the DxOMark image rating in a single trial. This means that the Huawei P50 series is the current camera king. However, this device has its own downsides. The most notable is the lack of 5G support. Both versions (Kirin 9000 and Snapdragon 888) supports up to 4G LTE network. Although the current experience gap between 5G and 4G is not significant, and 5G still has more expensive tariffs, 5G is a trend after all. The lack of 5G in the Huawei P50 series is now reflecting in the price of older flagships like the Huawei Mate 40 and Mate 30 series.
According to reports, on third-party platforms, there is an increase in price for the Huawei Mate 40 and Mate 30 series. Among them, Huawei Mate 40 Pro 5G (128GB) has the highest increase in the second-hand market. The price of this device is about 6,363 yuan ($985), an increase of 323 yuan ($50) relative to the beginning of June. This is a price increase of about 5.34%. For the Huawei Mate 30 Pro 5G (128GB), at the end of July, it has a price increase of 293 yuan ($45) relative to the beginning of June. This is a price increase of about 7.71%. The current second-hand market price is about 4093 yuan ($633).
Huawei Mate 40 specifications
- 6.5-inch (2376 x 1080 Pixels) FHD+ OLED display,90 Hz refresh rate
- HUAWEI Kirin 9000E 5G (1 x Cortex-A77 3.13 GHz + 3 x Cortex-A77 2.54 GHz + 4 x Cortex-A55 2.05 GHz) processor with ARM Mali-G78 MP22 GPU, Big Core + Tiny Core NPUs (Neural-network Processing Unit)
- 8GB RAM, 128GB storage
- Android 10 with EMUI 11
- 50MP RYYB Ultra Vision camera with f/1.9 aperture, OIS, 16MP ultra-wide Cine camera with f/2.2 aperture, 8MP telephoto camera with 3x optical zoom, OIS, Laser Sensor, LED flash
- 13MP front camera with f/2.4 aperture
- In-display fingerprint sensor
- 3.5mm audio jack, Stereo speakers
- Dimensions: 158.6×72.5×8.8mm(Glass) / 9.2mm (Leather); Weight: 188g (Glass) / 184g (Leather)
- 5G SA/NSA, Dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ax (2.4GHz and 5GHz), Bluetooth 5.2 LE, GPS (L1 + L5 dual band), NavIC, NFC, USB 3.1 Type-C (GEN1)
- 4200mAh (typical) battery with 40W HUAWEI SuperCharge
On official platforms, the prices of these smartphones remain the same. However, these devices are difficult to get on these platforms. Obviously, the market prefers to have a 5G device irrespective of the features it carries. Huawei will have to cope with this because it will not go away anytime soon. Whether or not Huawei will have a solution to build 5G mobile chips remains to be seen.