Huawei has officially announced its Mate 30 series, featuring the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro. As the name implies, the Huawei Mate 30 Pro is the more interesting smartphone in the series, with a higher-resolution display, more advanced camera features and a bigger battery.
In addition to the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro, Huawei also announced two other more expensive smartphones at today’s launch event: the Mate 30 5G and the Porsche Design Mate 30 RS.
We’ve got a run-down of all four new Huawei Mate 30 flagships right here, and we’ll be bringing you our hands-on first impressions of the phones as soon as we get some time with them.
Huawei Mate 30 Pro price
The Huawei Mate 30 price is €799 (around ₦317,000, $880, £700, AU$1,300). That gets you the 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. For more storage space and premium features, the Mate 30 Pro price is €1099 (around ₦433,000, $1,200, £970, AU$1,700) which gets you 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.
Both of those devices have 4G connectivity. However, if you want a handset that can connect to the new 5G networks, you’ll need the Huawei Mate 30 Pro 5G. It costs €1199 (around ₦469,000, $1,300, £1,060, AU$1,900) for 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.
The Porsche Design Mate 30 RS goes at €2095 (around ₦829,000, $2,300, £1,850, AU$3,400) for 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage for your significant outlay.
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”. At its edges, the screen curves at an 88-degree angle.
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. Also, there isn’t a volume button on the side of the handset. Instead, users can control it by tapping then sliding your finger along the curved side of the screen.
Round the back, Huawei 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 colours: Classic Black, Space Silver, Cosmic Purple and Emerald Green. It also comes in a Vegan Leather Edition, with two colour choices; orange and forest green. Furthermore, it is IP68 dust and water resistance.
The Mate 30 has a larger 6.62-inch display. However, it has a lower 2340 x 1080 resolution and a 19.5:9 aspect ratio, plus a smaller 26.2mm wide notch.
The Huawei Mate 30 will also be available in four colours with a glass finish: Classic Black, Space Silver, Cosmic Purple and Emerald Green. It is also 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. Although, they have large screens, with the bezels all the way around the displays shrunk down massively. This means the handsets are much easier to hold in one hand.
Huawei Mate 30 Pro specs
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 are also OIS and AIS image stabilisation and support for 3x optical and 30x digital zoom.
The Mate 30 Pro has a more advanced system. It has four rear cameras engineered in partnership with camera brand Leica. Also, there’s a 40MP ultra-wide cine camera, 40MP super-sensing wide camera, 8MP telephoto lens and a 3D depth-sensing camera. You also get dual OIS and AIS image stabilisation and support for a 3x optical and 30x digital zoom.
Furthermore, the Mate 30 Pro is a series video recording machine. There’s support for 4K HDR+ 60fps capture, 7680fps ultra-slow motion, real-time Bokeh video, 4K time-lapse and low-light capture.
Huawei Mate 30 Pro performance and features
Both the Huawei Mate 30 Pro and Mate 30 pack in the flagship Kirin 990 chipset. It features a 5G modem for the 5G variants of each handset.
Huawei promises groundbreaking 5G speeds will be possible with the Mate 30 Pro 5G and Mate 30 5G. 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 Mate 30 has a 4,200mAh power pack.
Both phones support super-fast 40W wired charging and 27W fast wireless charging. Huawei also doubled the speed of its reverse wireless charging, which allows you to use the Mate 30 as a wireless charging pad for other devices.
The Mate 30 and 30 Pro comes with the firm’s EMUI 10 interface which features its own dark mode, new animations, and fresh colour themes. EMUI 10 supports an always-on display which can show you the time, date, battery and notifications. It also has a variety of colour and design options.