Huawei confirms that it will present the Mate 40 series on October 22. These smartphones could be the last to benefit from a Kirin chip.
A sacred dose of mystery still surrounds the Huawei Mate 40 series. In addition to the classic model, this new family of products should also welcome the Mate 40 Pro and the Mate 40 Pro +. If these devices pique your curiosity, you'll be delighted to hear that the brand has officially announced the date of its keynote conference.
The Mate 40 series will be unveiled on October 22 at 2 p.m. (Paris time). Huawei Mobile in fact split a tweet inviting the public to follow the event online.
– Huawei Mobile (@HuaweiMobile) October 10, 2020
To turn things up, the Chinese giant claims that a " unprecedented power "Is approaching and also speaks of" take a leap forward ". Like their predecessor, the Mate 40, Mate 40 Pro and Mate 40 Pro + should be pretty compendium of technologies.
A particular context
However, with the US embargo on Huawei drastically tightened this year, this generation of products should have a bitter flavor.
As a reminder, the US government, under the impetus of its President Donald Trump, accuses Huawei of wanting to spy on the citizens of the United States on behalf of China – the two countries are indeed at war in a bitter trade battle – and therefore has harshly sanctioned the group. Consequence: US companies can no longer work with Huawei – with exceptions.
The latest smartphones with Kirins?
Huawei devices no longer benefit from Google services or the Play Store. But it doesn't end there: The United States also prevents foreign companies from supplying Huawei if their products are based on American technology. The Chinese giant is thus threatened even with its Kirin chips, which it is not sure it can continue to manufacture.
There are fears that the Mate 40, Mate 40 Pro and Mate 40 Pro + are the brand's latest smartphones with a Kirin chip.
Another sign that would show how much the United States is putting sticks in Huawei's wheels, sellers outside of China would not expect to have Mate 40s in stock before 2021. This is indeed what argues. the leaker Evan Blass on his Voice page. We can also assume that the Covid-19 health crisis is not helping at all.
In the future, the Chinese manufacturer hopes to be able to count on Qualcomm to design its smartphone chips – the San Diego firm has reportedly requested a waiver. On the software side, Huawei is also preparing the ground to leave the Android universe in favor of its home system HarmonyOS. It is thus planned that smartphones under EMUI 11 can be converted to this new OS.
We may learn more on October 22, even if the Mate 40 will run on Android stripped of Google.