The Huawei Mate 30 Pro has been officially announced, and it’s arrived alongside two other handsets, the Huawei Mate 30 and the Huawei Mate 30 Lite.It’s the Mate 30 Pro which is the most interesting of the trio, boasting the biggest screen, most power and more advanced camera features.However, we’ll be giving you a run down of all three new Huawei Mate 30 flagship smartphones right here, so you can work out which – if any – is best for you.The Huawei Mate 30 Pro launch is still happening and we’re updating this page with more details as they’re revealed on stage.
Huawei Mate 30 Pro release date and price
We’re still waiting for Huawei to announced the Mate 30 release date, but we’ll update this section as soon as we know more.As for the Huawei Mate 30 price, that’s also currently still unknown, but you expect it to be more expensive than the Huawei P30 Pro which launched earlier this year.
Huawei Mate 30 Pro design and display
The Huawei Mate 30 Pro has a large, 6.53-inch curved OLED display which Huawei calls its “Horizon Display” offering an “ultimate viewing experience”.It has a resolution of 2400 x 1176, an 18.4:9 aspect ratio and support for HDR. Inside the notch there’s a new gesture sensor along with two 3D depth cameras and a selfie camera.There’s no visible earpiece on the front of the Mate 30 Pro, with the speaker built into the display, plus there isn’t a volume button on the side of the handset, with it instead being controlled by sliding your finger along the curved side of the screen.Round the back, Huawei has changed the shape of its camera setup with a large circular finish housing four sensors.The Huawei Mate 30 Pro will be available in four colors: Classic Black, Space Silver, Cosmic Purple and Emerald Green, and it is IP68 dust and water resistance.If those colors, or the glass finish they come in, don’t take your fancy the Mate 30 Pri also comes in a Vegan Leather Edition, with two color choices; orange and forest green.
The Huawei Mate 30 has a larger 6.62-inch display, but with a lower 2340 x 1080 resolution and a 19.5:9 aspect ratio plus a smaller 26.2mm wider notch.The Huawei Mate 30 will also be available in four colors with a glass finish: Classic Black, Space Silver, Cosmic Purple and Emerald Green, and it is IP53 dust and water resistance. And it will also be available in the two vegan leather options.Huawei went to great lengths on stage to explain just how compact its new flagship smartphones are, even though they have large screens, with the bezels all the way round the displays shrunk down massively. It claims this means the handsets are much easier to hold in one hand.
Huawei Mate 30Huawei Mate 30 ProScreen size6.62-inch6.53-inchScreen aspect ratio19.5:918.4:9Screen resolution2340 x 10802400 x 1176Battey4,200mAh4,500mAhHuawei Mate 30 Pro cameras
The Mate 30 Pro has four rear cameras which have been engineered in partnership with camera brand Leica. The Huawei Mate 30 camera setup includes a 16MP f/2.2 ultra-wide camera, 40MP f/1.8 super-sensing wide camera, 8MP f/2.4 telephoto and a laser focus. There’s OIS and AIS image stabilization and support for a 3x optical and 30x digital zoom.
Huawei Mate 30 Pro specs and performance
Both the Huawei Mate 30 Pro and Mate 30 pack in the flagship Kirin 990 chipset, which features a 5G modem for the 5G variants of each handset. Huawei is promising groundbreaking 5G speeds will be possible with the Mate 30 Pro 5G and Mate 30 5G, although we’ll have to wait for our review units to see if they can live up to the claims.There’s dual-SIM support, with both SIM cards able to support a 5G connection at the same time.The 990 chip provides improvements in CPU performance, latency and GPU performance over the previous model.The Huawei Mate 30 Pro comes with a 4,500mAh battery, while the Huawei Mate 30 has a 4,200mAh power pack.Both phones support super-fast 40W wired charging, and 27W fast wireless charging.
The Huawei Mate 30 Pro, Mate 30 and Mate 30 Lite we’re extensively leaked before launch, here’s everything we learned ahead of the event.
What does Huawei’s trouble with Google mean?
Before we dig into further leaks and rumors, it’s important to address the fact the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro are unlikely to come with access to Google’s services. That’s likely to be a big problem for some users.Analyst Dominic Sunnebo, Director of Consumer Insights at Kantar, told TechRadar, “If the Mate 30 does release without access to key Google apps, like Maps and YouTube, it will struggle to sell in any meaningful volumes across Europe. “Google apps are bread and butter for the majority of users and not having access is a risk few will be willing to take.”Suunebo continued, “Huawei has the scale and expertise to bring out an operating system capable of competing with Android from an interface and efficiency point of view, but without key Google apps it will not be a viable solution in Europe.”
Huawei Mate 30 Pro news and rumors
Our closest look at the likely Huawei Mate 30 Pro design comes from leaked renders, showing a circular camera block and a curved screen with a notch. The standard Mate 30 has also been leaked with a similar design, but a smaller notch and a flat screen.We’ve also seen a shot of the Huawei Mate 30 Porsche Design, which trades a glass back for a leather one and has a different camera arrangement, but otherwise looks similar to the leaked Mate 30 Pro. An image of a leather-backed case with a strap for this model has also leaked.Then there’s the Huawei Mate 30 Lite, which has a punch-hole camera rather than a notch, and the rear snappers aren’t arranged in a circle. All of these can be seen below.
Specs alongside these images suggest that the Huawei Mate 30 Pro will have a Kirin 990 chipset, a 6.7-inch screen and a 4,000mAh battery.We’ve seen a similar design previously, as a leaked render shows a circle camera block with the lenses aligned in an X shape. It’s a futuristic design for sure, but it’s rather surprisingly large, and could be obnoxious in physical form.That circular block can be seen again in another leak (below), albeit without the ‘X’ configuration and oddly only seemingly housing three lenses. This leak also highlights the large notch, and seems to show a headphone port on the standard Mate 30, but not on the Mate 30 Pro.
While a design like the ones above is looking likely, we’ve also seen a Huawei patent which shows a phone case with space on the back for a different camera arrangement.You can see the image below and based on that it looks like there could be room for five rear lenses, up from three on the Huawei Mate 20 Pro and four on the P30 Pro.Of course, patents don’t always become real devices, and even if this does get used it might not make it to the Huawei Mate 30 Pro, but it would make sense for Huawei to increase the number of lenses on its flagship, given that a number of other phones are doing the same.
This could point to extra lenses on the Huawei Mate 30 Pro. Image Credit: MobielkopenIt’s almost certain the Huawei Mate 30 series will come with 5G onboard, or at least one version of the phone will come with the next-gen internet tech.The brand new Kirin 990 has been confirmed to feature in the next phones from Huawei, and 5G is one of the big improvements alongside better performance for generic tasks.A spec leak from a SlashLeaks contributor seems to provide a lot of details about the upcoming phone included the fact it’ll come with either 8GB or 12GB of RAM.The leak, as you can see below, suggests the phone will only come with a 512GB storage size. The leak doesn’t reference the standard Mate 30 though, so it may be we see different specs on that handset.
Another report suggests Huawei may be able to include 25W wireless charging, which should mean super quick recharge times for your phone when using wireless pads.The Mate 30 Pro is also likely to have at least four rear cameras, given that the Huawei P30 Pro does, and it might have a similar design to that phone, including a tiny notch and hardly any bezel.Having said that, multiple leaks have now shown a design with a larger notch, along with a curvier screen. The curves of the screen can be seen below.
But we’ve also seen an older set of renders supposedly showing the handset with a punch-hole rather than a notch. The over-sized camera block matches the cutout in the patent leak above, and appears to house at least four cameras.On the front, this Huawei Mate 30 Pro leak suggests the handset will have dual front-facing cameras, surrounded by screen in a similar fashion to the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus.
Is this our first proper look at the Huawei Mate 30 Pro? (Image Credit: IT Home)Big camera blocks are starting to become one of the major design points for phones set to launch in the second half of 2019, with the Google Pixel 4 also tipped to adopt a larger bump.
As well as the actual design of the cameras, we’ve heard a tiny bit about the camera capabilities, thanks to Huawei trademarking the phrases ‘Cine Lens’ and ‘Camera Matrix’.We’re expecting the former to be a lens with specific features designed for video recording, but the latter is a bit of a mystery at the moment, as it could refer to many things.Elsewhere, a leak has suggested that at least one of the phones will have four rear cameras, consisting of two 40MP lenses, an 8MP lens, and a time-of-flight (ToF) depth sensor.On the front of the Huawei Mate 30 Pro, leaked images of the display show screen cut-outs for many cameras – more than for a dual-lens front-facing snapper, as some smartphones have, so it’s possible that the device will have Apple-style facial unlocking.There’s going to be an extra Huawei Mate 30 device that isn’t the Lite, normal or Pro version, and that’s the Huawei Mate 30 RS Porsche Edition. We don’t know much about this phone other than the fact Huawei has confirmed it itself, but we’re expecting it to have a minor spec bump over the other Mate 30 devices.
On the eve of the Huawei Mate 30 launch, a final leak showed off everything about the Mate 30 Pro, which slightly takes the thunder from Huawei’s sails for its launch event. That is, if the leak proves to be true, and we’ve no way of knowing if it is. There isn’t long to wait to know for sure though.