The series is packed with the company's latest Kirin 9000 chip, which Head of Huawei's consumer business Richard Yu claims has 30 percent more transistors than the A14 chip in Apple's new iPhone 12 series.
While some companies are just launching their first-generation 5G phones, the Mate 40 series is Huawei's third-generation 5G phone, with the third-generation 5G technology, Yu said.
“For Huawei nowadays, we are in a very difficult time,” Yu said at a launch event for the new phones Thursday. “We are suffering from the U.S. government’s third-round ban, this is an unfair ban making the situation extremely difficult for us.”
His comments came as Huawei is facing one of the darkest moments in its history after the US government hit the company with several rounds of intensified restrictions on its access to US technologies, including semiconductor components and equipment.