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HUAWEI Mate40 Pro

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Huawei Mate 40 Pro

Top notch camera and build quality

Screen size: 6.76-inch
CPU: Kirin 9000
Storage: 128-256GB
Rear camera: 50 + 20 + 12MP
Front camera: 13MP
Battery: 4400mAh
Weight: 186g
Reasons to buy
+Fantastic cameras+Great design+Long-lasting battery
Reasons to avoid
-Lack of Google services-Slightly expensive

The limitations of Huawei phones without Google services have been well covered here, but look past that and you'll find the Mate 40 to be one of the most powerful flagship phones around. If anything, we have found the latest Huawei phones to be just a shade quicker and more nimble than other Android phones, and with much improved battery life, all possibly due to shedding those Google services which are a continuous drain on the system.

Understandably Huawei has pulled out all the stops here. The engineering of the Mate 40 is simply superb, from the Kirin 9000 CPU, which is the most powerful Huawei have ever produced, to the pristine 6.7-inch OLED screen with 90Hz refresh and the premium feel and finishes of the body panels.

Unsurprisingly its cameras are the real highlight. The 50MP main shooter and 5x zoom come within a hair's breadth of taking top spot in our list of best camera phones. 

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