HUAWEI will no longer be launching the Mate 40 series in 2020.
According to reliable tipster Evan Blass, the HUAWEI Mate 40 series won't be seeing the light of day until 2021. Still, the Chinese market could be getting the hotly-anticipated lineup this year.
The latest development seemed to have taken a new route over speculations as of late that the HUAWEI Mate 40's launch would be delayed this year. HUAWEI was initially thought to be announcing its Kirin 9000 chipset at its September 3 IFA keynote, with the full reveal of the next-generation flagship Mate series following suit.
Neither of these announcements materialized.
While the reasons behind the delay aren't confirmed yet, it is speculated that it may have something to do with HUAWEI finally getting cut off from TSMC and no longer being able to source OLED panels from Samsung and LG in the process.
And although HUAWEI claimed it stocked up enough of these processors, with a reported 10 million units, these numbers may only be sufficient for the local Chinese market.
On the other hand, some circles point to the HUAWEI Mate 40 series' limited global demand as the culprit. The lineup is already projected not to sell in the United States, for obvious reasons. The same can be said in the Indian market.
HUAWEI's situation in Europe is likewise marred with a bad rap. Some countries have already blocked the beleaguered smartphone manufacturer's equipment from their carriers. Nevertheless, none of these regions seemed to have issues with HUAWEI phones themselves.
Ultimately, HUAWEI has projected a sharp 30% lower sales for the new Mate series.
For now, the HUAWEI Mate 40 is tipped to be introduced to the Chinese market in October. Details surrounding its international release plans are still up in the air.
As per rumors, the Mate 40 will launch with a 6.4-inch panel, while the Mate 40 Pro variant will feature a larger 6.7-inch waterfall display. The fingerprint sensor is likely to be embedded within the display.
The Mate 40 is also tipped to sport a dual-sensor selfie camera, slated to be housed in a pill-shaped cutout. The series' handsets will also have a quadruple-camera setup on its rear, headlined by a 108-megapixel lens.
The HUAWEI Mate 40 and Mate 40 Pro are reportedly the very last HUAWEI phones to come equipped with Kirin chipsets.