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Official render reveals the HUAWEI Mate 40 series' unique camera array

Physical volume buttons could also make a welcome return to the Mate line, too.

Published onOctober 14, 2020

  • An official render of a HUAWEI Mate 40 series phone has surfaced online.
  • The render suggests at least one of the phones in the series will sport an octagonal camera array.
  • It seems the phone will also sport physical volume buttons.

Growing tired of the all-too-common rectangle camera arrays on flagships? The HUAWEI Mate 40 series may represent something of a break. According to a teaser (via GSMArena) posted to Weibo by HUAWEI’s head of mobile product, He Gang, at least one of the phones in the range will sport an octagonal camera array.

Judging by the render, the eight-sided array will occupy a large portion of the phone’s upper third. It’s a stark departure from previous non-official renders portraying the Mate 40 with a circular camera array. The render doesn’t give us much info on the actual sensor arrangement or how many shooters will be present. HUAWEI fans will likely be hoping for the P40 Pro Plus‘ excellent penta-camera setup.

Other design info we can glean includes the welcome return of a physical volume rocker and power button. This should make the Mate 40 considerably more usable than the HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro with its quirky touch controls. The teaser reveals little about the phone’s internals or specs, but we do know for sure this will be the last Mate series with flagship Kirin silicon.

We don’t have to wait long for an official announcement, though. HUAWEI will debut the Mate 40 series on October 22 in China. You may have to wait a little longer for availability in other global markets, though.

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