Huawei Mate 40 Pro arrives high end competititors with high performance processor, spectacular design and 5G as main claims - Huawei is clear that it wants to compete against the biggest. It has already done so with the sensational Mate 30 Pro, a device that could easily be among the best mobiles of last year, and everything points to its new flagship going down the same path.

The Huawei Mate 40 Pro is a frankly interesting device that stands out, mainly, for having a high-performance processor, a spectacular design, a very powerful photographic section and 5G connectivity —although that's not all—.

The new flagship of Huawei comes with the clear intention of fighting at the top of the podium, and I am clear that it will be a very tough rival to beat at the hardware level after this first contact.

It is the first thing that comes through the eyes: a very premium finish that stands out just by looking at it, but that is also transmitted when you have it in your hands.

The Mate 40 Pro also manages to offer a unique and very recognizable look thanks to that circular module where the rear camera is housed. In addition, despite leaving traces, it conveys a finish with elegance and class, which makes it perfect for professionals.

The sensations in the hand are really positive: it does not slip and, despite its large size, it is handled with comfort.

Also striking is the return of the sound buttons, an element they decided to remove in the Mate 30 by pressing on the side. I personally like this return to its origins, as it has made me easier to handle. I've always preferred to have some physical controls even though the design can win without them.

Huawei Mate 40 Pro arrives high end competititors

Finally, the Mate 40 Pro incorporates a stereo speaker system that is located at both the top and bottom of the device, and the truth is that it defends quite well for listening to music or watching anything you have in mind.

Another point that has boosted Huawei with respect to its previous model has been the screen. First it eliminates the notch by a hole in this to accommodate the selfie camera; second, by its fantastic OLED front of 6.67 inches with resolution 2.772 x 1.344 pixels, which has a slight curvature on the sides.

All this makes the experience in this first contact is much more immersive than in the previous generation, since no edge is seen on the screen. To this is added the absence of the notch and a refresh rate of 90hz that makes everything look much more fluid.

It is clear that all the points mentioned are very relevant, but everything would collapse without a good processor that moved the device, and the truth is that here Huawei seems to have hit the nail.

The Mate 40 Pro incorporates a Kirin 9000, of which Huawei highlights that it is the first and only 5nm 5G chip and explain that it will be much faster than the Kirin 990. Specifically, 50% faster.

Everything on the device looks and looks great with a downright good response, at least in this first contact. The operating system responds perfectly with its new gestures, dark mode and great customization, but of course, as is already usual on Huawei devices, it comes without Google services.

Nor have I been able to test in depth the AppGallery, the store of Huawei, but not having some apps of daily use the same can take its toll in the long term. In any case, I have seen progress in this regard, but it is too early to draw conclusions.

The truth is that during this first contact the sensations are frankly positive and everything responds to the expected.

It is also important to highlight the 4.400 mAh battery that promises fast charging with a power of 66W and wireless charging that promises to fill the device with energy in less than 30 minutes.

Where it has also undergone an interesting renovation this Mate 40 Pro is in the photographic section that, a priori, promises to leave some very interesting results.

The rear camera will have a 50-megapixel main sensor, a 20-megapixel ultra-wide angle, a 12-megapixel 5X Periscope mode telephoto and a 7x optical zoom.

Among the improvements is the portrait mode of the selfie camera, which makes the look of the photographs even more real and with a blur much more achieved than average thanks to the sensor that they have called 3D Depth Sensing Camera. It also highlights that the AI is able to move the lens away and vary between the main lens and the wide angle in a natural way if more people are added to the screen or if, simply, it is rotated.

But if something stands out in this section is for the video mode. It is capable of shooting 4K at 60 frames per second, in addition to having some specific features for this section, such as the Steady Shot, to improve stability, or the tracking Shot, which follows a target constantly and focuses it continuously are some details of this movement.

At the moment, in these first impressions, the camera has yielded very interesting results, but it is necessary to go much deeper to get a more global idea of how far it can go.

One fact that has delighted me is the function of the screen off. Until now, the device always kept some alerts, time and the screen lock image always present. Now, the device stops showing this if no one is looking and only appears if you tilt your head and the device notices that you are looking at it.

Something to point out that they are looking for a battery saver, reflects much more: a much more refined interaction with the device.

This is clear with the new gestures that allow you to control the device without touching it, getting close enough to unlock the terminal with facial recognition or much more.

The Huawei Mate 40 Pro will only have a single purchase option and will be sold with 8GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal memory for 1199 euros.

Regarding its release date, at the moment there is no exact day on which the device can be purchased.

Huawei Mate 40 Pro arrives high end competititors

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Research shows that masks block coronavirus particles, but not even professionals offer complete protection

A study by Japanese researchers reveals that masks can offer protection against the spread of coronavirus through airborne particles, but do not completely eliminate the risk, according to Reuters.

Japanese researchers warn that not even professional-grade masks can offer complete protection.

Cotton masks reduced uptake of the virus by up to 40% compared to not wearing masks. The use of N95 masks blocked up to 90% of the particles, but even some could sneak.

Researchers have also analyzed the role of masks in preventing the spread from the infectious person to know how much they slow the dispersion of particles caused by cough.

The results reveal that when the coughing person wore a cotton and surgical mask, more than 50% of the spread of the virus was blocked.

The findings are important as the scientific consensus grows around that coronavirus can spread through the air and stay in it for several hours.

This has increased research around which measures are most effective at protecting oneself, especially now that the upwelling again threatens the reopening of the economy.

In fact, in another recent study published in Physics of Fluids, scientists Amit Agrawal and Rajneesh Bhardwaj have estimated how much a mask can reduce the spread of a cough-dispersed drop.

Research reveals that the first 5 to 8 seconds after coughing are the ones that matter to suspend the droplets exhaled in the air and, consequently, for the spread of the disease. After that time, the cough cloud typically begins to disperse.

Scientists have found that the volume of the cloud without a mask is about 7 times greater than with a surgical mask and 23 times greater than with an N95 mask.

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