Against all odds, troubled Huawei at an event in Munich Germany earlier today unveiled its second flagship of the year – the Huawei Mate 30, Mate 30 Pro, Mate 30 5G and the Porsche Design Mate 30 RS. As expected, the entire Huawei Mate 30 series will ship with some of the most advanced hardware in the industry including a Quad-camera setup in a Halo Ring, with an open-source version of Android 10, and that suggests it is without Google’s full backing. So virtually we are dealing with a Mate 30 series without Google Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Google Hangouts, and Google Play Store to install third-party apps.
Huawei’s latest devices, the Mate 30 P30, in particular, is aimed at latest devices from Huawei’s rivals including the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro, the Note 10 series from Samsung, and the upcoming Google Pixel 4 slated to arrive later in October.
Huawei Mate 30 series Pricing
Huawei is touting its latest devices as the most powerful in the industry, and that would have been unarguable only if the Chinse firm can make up for the lack of Google’s support. Talking of the pricing, the Huawei Mate 30 base model starts at about €799/ $884 USD), the Mate 30 Pro at €1099/$1216 USD, the Mate 30 Pro 5G at €1199 /about $1326 USD, while the Porche Design Huawei Mate 30 RS will start at €2095 (about $2,318 USD).
While that is for the base model of each variant, you can get their respective 256GB model for a little more. The Huawei Mate 30 Pro 8G/256GB is priced at €1,099 $1,200 / £970 / AU$1,700, the Huawei Mate 30 Pro 5Gpriced at €1,199/ $1,300 / £1,060 / AU$1,900, while the premium Porsche Design Mate 30 RS with 12GB RAM, and 512GB of storage is priced at €2,095/ $2,300 / £1,850 / AU$3,400.
Here’s how the Mate 30 series pricing breaks down:
- Mate 30 Pro 8GB RAM and 256GB storage: €1,199 (1,325.67)
- Mate 30 Pro 8GB RAM and 256GB storage (4G): €1,099 ($1,215.24)
- Mate 30 8GB RAM and 128GB storage (4G): €799 ($883.41)
The Huawei Mate 30 series also get some design refinement, and much like last year’s Mate 20 series, both the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro get similar design.
On the rear side, the new Mate 30 series feature what the Chinese firm calls an “exquisite halo ring” that houses four cameras for the Pro variant, and a total of three on the Vanilla Mate 30 and is meant to mirror the look of a DSLR. More on the camera later.
Upfront, the Huawei Mate 30 Pro features what Huawei refers to as the Horizontal display – a waterfall-inspired design with sharp curves on both sides. The design actually curves at 88-degree, and with this curvature, Huawei has opted for “invisible” touch capacitive buttons for the volume rocker instead of traditional hardware keys. There is also a virtual camera shutter key both of which you can customize to sit either on the left or right-hand side.
Gone is the earpiece too, and that means Huawei has now incorporated the speaker into the upper half of the screen, while the lower half gets incorporated with a fingerprint scanner. The Mate 30, drops the Horizontal display for a Rigid OLED display which is actually just a flat display. Both phones have a notch at the top, but wider on the Mate 30 Pro.
Aside from housing the selfie cameras with a pair of 3D depth cameras, ambient light and proximity sensor, the notch on both devices is also home to a Gesture Sensor which allows users to wave to scroll and make a hand grab gesture to screenshot without touching the screen. The Mate 30 Pro also has 3D Face Unlock.
Huawei Mate 30 Pro specs.
Speaking of the specifics, the Mate 30 Pro features a large, 6.53-inch curved OLED display which Huawei calls its ‘Horizon Display’, offering an “ultimate viewing experience”. The display offers a 2400 x 1176 resolution, and an 18.4:9 aspect ratio with support for HDR.
It is powered by Huawei’s Kirin 990, and the Kirin 990 5G for the Mate 30 5G model coupled with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. We will bring you more update on the regional rollout.
Huawei is once again selling the Mate 30 and 30 Pro as a camera powerhouse. The Huawei Mate 30 Pro is obviously the most complex of the duo with a total of four Leica branded rear cameras. You get a 40MP ultra-wide cine camera, 40MP super-sensing wide camera, 8MP telephoto lens, and a 3D depth-sensing camera with support for dual OIS and AIS image stabilization, and support for 3x optical and 30x digital zoom. The Mate 30 Pro can also do 4K HDR+ 60fps capture, 7680fps ultra-slow motion, real-time Bokeh video, 4K timelapse and low-light capture.
It is fueled by a hefty 4,500mAh battery with TÜV Rheinland certified 40W wired and 27W wireless SuperCharge tech. There is also a reverse wireless charging.
Huawei Mate 30 Pro Key specs
- 6.53-inch OLED display
- 88-degree ultra curve form, with “side touch” functionality
- Kirin 990 CPU, 16-core Mali G76 GPU
- IP68 dust and water resistance
- 40-megapixel wide-angle; 40-megapixel ultra-wide-angle; 8-megapixel telephoto; Time of Flight quad-camera setup
- 32-megapixel selfie camera with AI HDR
- 198 grams, 8.8mm thick
- 4,500-mAh battery
- Reverse wireless charging
- EMUI 10, based on open-source Android
- Colors: Space Silver, Cosmic Purple, Black, Emerald Green, Vegan Leather Forest Green, Vegan Leather Orange, Porsche Design Mate 30 Pro RS edition
Huawei Mate 30
The device flaunts a larger 6.62-inch OLED screen. It drops the Horizontal display for a flat display offering 1,080 x 2,340 pixels resolution, 19.5:9 aspect ratio, HDR10, and DCI-P3U just as the pro variant. Under the hood, the device rocks the same Kirin 990 SoC, though without a 5G model.
The vanilla Mate 30 gets a 16MP f/2.2 ultra-wide camera, 40MP f/1.8 super-sensing wide camera, and an 8MP f/2.4 telephoto and focus-assist laser with OIS and AIS image stabilization and support for 3x optical and 30x digital zoom. The Mate 30, as well as the Pro variant, come with a dual-LED flash, a laser focus sensor, and a color temperature sensor. The selfie camera is a 32MP f/2.0 sensor laced with a 3D tech for Soli-like air gestures to control app scrolling and is able to detect your eye movement and adjust screen orientation accordingly.
Embedded inside the Mate 30 is a 4200mAh battery complete with 40W wired and 27W wireless charging support, as well as reverse charging.
Huawei also took the wrap off the Porsche Design Huawei Mate 30 RS available in red and black in premium leather finish, glittering glass band in 12GB RAM with 512GB storage version and similar specs as the Mate 30 Pro 5G. The Porsche edition eschews the circular camera for a squarish camera array with leather backing and a stripe running down the middle.