Having announced the powerful new Kirin 990 5G Octa-core processor a couple of weeks ago at IFA 2019, Huawei has taken the wraps off of the new Mate 30 series of handsets during an event held in Munich, Germany. Comprised of the Mate 30, and the Mate 30 Pro, Huawei has once again thrown in the kitchen sink in terms of hardware. There’s a lot to cover, so join us after the break for the low-down on Huawei’s newest flagships and to see if a certain burning question has finally been answered.
Powered by the 4G or 5G version of the Kirin 990 octa-core processor, the Mate 30 Pro boasts a big 6.53-inch Flex OLED FHD+ (2400 x 1176) waterfall display which results in a bezel-less finish on the sides of the phone with virtual power and volume buttons. There is 8GB RAM and 256GB of built-in storage with support for Huawei’s Nano memory card technology. Battery capacity has been increased to 4,500mAh, with 40W wired SuperCharging and 27W wireless charging.
At the top is a wide notch that includes a 32MP selfie camera, a 3D depth sensor, gesture sensor, as well as ambient light and proximity sensors. There’s an in-display fingerprint reader, as well as Screen Sound Technology that outputs sound via vibrations in the display.
Sporting a glass and metal construction, the Mate 30 Pro has a distinctive and possibly polarizing circular housing for the rear cameras. Some say it looks a little like a washing machine door, but I think it kinda resembles a traditional camera lens adaptor. We’ll be sure to take a closer look when we get a Mate 30 Pro in to review.
Talking about cameras, the Mate 30 Pro brings even more photographic chops to the table, its 40MP primary camera has an F/1.8 aperture while the ultra-wide Cine Camera (also 40MP) has an F/1.6 aperture. The 8MP telephoto lens has an F/2.4 aperture with 3x optical zoom, 5x hybrid zoom, and up to 30x digital zoom in total, and as you would expect in 2019, a Time-of-Flight sensor is also included. Low-light photography is said to be further improved over the incredible results produced by the P30 Pro, and there are some neat video features such as ultra-slow motion video at 7680fps.
EMUI 10 has gained a bunch of new tricks, including the following:
- EMUI10 operating system featuring a contemporary magazine inspired the layout
- Always-On-Display (AOD) with the color of the lock screen changing throughout the day
- Dark Mode brings enhanced legibility making the screen look gentler and more comfortable when night falls
- Intuitive Side-touch Interaction to customize invisible virtual keys for volume adjustment, gaming, and camera set-up as well as being ideal for both right and left-handed users
- AI gesture control for contactless screen interaction, whereas AI Auto-Rotate and AI Private View are all designed to improve users experience
- HiCar smart travel for advanced, seamless connectivity between the device and a car’s communication and entertainment system
- Multi-screen Collaboration allows users to transfer data and control multiple screens between Huawei devices
- HUAWEI 3D Face Unlock and In-screen Fingerprint to provide advanced data security and privacy protection with (HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro only)
That’s the Mate 30 Pro, but what about the Mate 30? Well, it has a larger 6.62-inch non-waterfall display, a trio of rear cameras consisting of a 40MP main sensor, a 16MP wide-angle lens, and an 8MP telephoto lens, which seems pretty similar to the cameras on the regular P30 that launched back in March. Under the hood is the same 4G or 5G Kirin 990 processor, a 4,200mAh battery along with SuperCharge technology and 27W wireless charging. Its notch is narrower than on the Pro and houses fewer sensors as a result.
The big question we’ve been waiting for Huawei to answer is whether the Mate 30 series will have access to Google’s apps and services out of the box. And the answer to this 64-million Dollar question is no, at least not yet. The range will launch running Android 10 with Huawei’s EMUI 10 interface running on top but without the Play Store or Google services, at least for now. Some Google apps can be installed via other app stores, but others will need to be sideloaded, which will have malware spreaders licking their lips in anticipation unless Huawei finds a secure solution.
There is chatter that Huawei may bring back the ability to unlock the bootloader of the Mate 30 handsets, but it’s just chatter at this point in time. For the moment, this is pretty much a moot point because Huawei hasn’t said when or where the Mate 30 range will go on sale. So as before, it’s a case of ‘watch this space’.
Available in Space Silver, Emerald Green, Cosmic Purple, and Black, the Mate 30 series can also be ordered in Forest Green Vegan Leather and Orange Vegan Leather. It’s great to see some different options on the table, and a welcome return of a fabric rear panel.
If you were wondering how much the Mate 30 Pro will cost you, well, prepare to make your wallet weep. The 4G version of the Mate 30 Pro is priced at €1,099 while the 5G version will cost you €1,199. The regular Mate 30 is pretty cheap by comparison at just €799.
What do you think about the Mate 30 or 30 Pro? Will the lack of Google apps and services put you off from upgrading or does the sheer volume of features and hardware win you over? Let us know in the comments below.