Huawei launches fresh phones despite chip freeze

Sun Online Desk

23rd October, 2020 11:39:55 printer

Huawei launches fresh phones despite chip freeze

Huawei has unveiled its Mate 40 smartphones claiming they feature a more "sophisticated" processor than Apple's forthcoming iPhones.

The component was made using the same "five nanometre" process as its US rival's chip, but contains billions more transistors.

However, Huawei has had its supply of the chips cut off because of a US trade ban that came into effect in September.

The basic Mate 40 model - which Huawei said costs €899 ($1,049; £800) - has a 6.5in (16.5cm) OLED display. Three more expensive versions - ranging in price up to €2,295 - have 6.8in OLED screens.

In each case, the screens offer a 90Hz refresh rate - meaning the equivalent of 90 frames per second - which is higher than Apple's newest iPhones but less than Samsung's S20 series, BBC reported.

One of the main ways the different models are differentiated are by their cameras:

-the basic Mate 40 has a single selfie camera and three rear cameras (wide-angle, ultra-wide angle and telephoto)

-the Mate 40 Pro adds a 3D face-unlock sensor, and improves the specifications of the rear ultra-wide and telephoto cameras

-the Mate 40 Pro+ adds a fourth rear "super-zoom" camera and a fifth depth-sensing camera for improved shallow-focus shots

-the Porsche Design Mate 40 RS introduces an infrared thermometer, allowing the device to check the local temperature

-For the time being, the firm only plans to put the Pro model on sale outside China, where it will cost £1,100.