Even in the face of a tough ban from the US government, Huawei took out the Mate 40 series, the high-end suite of flagship devices that can put other phones to shame even in this busy fall launch period. With a faster display, a faster chipset, and faster charging, the Mate 40 Pro is Huawei’s answer to the 2020 premium flagship smartphone race. There’s no Google Play as usual, but Huawei indeed brings us something that cannot be found on other smartphone brands, such as IR blaster and the 3.5mm headphone jack.
IR blaster is back on all Huawei Mate 40 series
IR blaster is the technology used to control TVs, set-top boxes, air conditioning units and other devices. You can use your phone to remote control your entire world just by downloading a remote app. IR blaster is the most popular in the early 2010s, but now it is seldom seen in US phones and many high-end mobile phones. To make use of this technology, you’d better choose from Chinese manufacturers like Huawei and Xiaomi. The application of IR blaster on Huawei Mate 40 can be great news for some people, especially those who are perennially losing the remote control.
You can now enjoy wired listening with Mate 40’s 3.5mm headphone jack
It is important to note that Huawei only restored the 3.5mm earjack on the vanilla Mate 40, while it is replaced by USB Type-C earjack on either the Mate Pro and the Mate Pro+. However, this is still amazing. Despite the trend of wireless headphones, some people still prefer wired earphones not only because they are cheap, but because they no longer need to hunt for an adapter and bear signal interruption. The 3.5mm port feels simple, elegant, and user-friendly.
The Huawei Mate 40 comes with a 3.5mm headset, and the other two models are bundled with a USB Type-C earphone. No USB-C-to-headphone jack adapter included, but the bundled earphone is quite enough as long as you won’t lose it. The 3.5mm headphone jack is more common than IR blaster, and other smartphones equipped with this technology include Google Pixel 4a, Samsung Galaxy S10 series, Sony Xperia 1 II, and Motorola Edge Plus.
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