We’ve had plenty of rumors and leaks regarding Huawei’s upcoming Mate 30 & Mate 30 Pro, and Huawei, today, made it official that the Huawei Mate 30 series launches in Munich, Germany, on Thursday, the 19th Of September.
UPDATE: 19TH SEPTEMBER 2019: THE MATE 30 SERIES IS HERE!
Similar to other brands like Samsung & OnePlus, Huawei releases two flagships every year, the first one being a ‘P’ series in the first half of the year, and a ‘Mate’ series in the second half of the year. As expected, the Mate series shall come with updated specs and features. Previously, Huawei has been launching the Mate series in October to take advantage of the festive season and holidays, but this year, the Mate 30 series is slated to launch on September 19th. The series is expected to have two devices: Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro. Last year, Huawei also launched a Mate 20X (a big gaming-focused smartphone) and an expensive, limited-edition Porsche Design Mate 20RS model alongside the regular Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro phones. However, all of the sources this year hint at two models only, at least for the initial launch, with chances of special/limited-edition models being introduced later during the holidays.
Huawei Mate 30 & Mate 30 Pro Build & Design
Marketing renders for the Mate 30 pro were supposedly leaked in August, sighting at a design change for the phone’s body, especially the rear, which now has a circular camera housing, similar to the one expected on the upcoming OnePlus 7T & Vivo Nex 3. On the build, both Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro shall most probably inherit the glass sandwich body with aluminum for the phone’s skeleton. Though we aren’t sure if the leaked render was legit or not, we can believe in the circular camera housing part, as this is the design choice a lot of brands are making these days. Not just that, even the case prototypes for the Mate 30 series was leaked on Webio, which have the circular cutouts for the rear camera housing.
The less obvious part of the leaked renders is the front part of the phone which still seems to have a notch while we expected the phones to go either with the pop-up camera setup or a less-intrusive punch-hole front camera, like the Samsung S10 and the Note 10. However, we’ll have more details flow in with time, but this is what we have for now.
Huawei Mate 30 & Mate 30 Pro Specs & Features
Since these phones are Huawei’s flagship devices, specs are expected to be maxed-out. Starting from the display, the Mate 30 Pro is said to pack a 6.7-inch 2K OLED panel, supposedly 90Hz. The regular Mate 30 is rumored to pack a smaller 6.2-inch OLED panel. Both the phones shall have the under-display fingerprint sensor.
For the internals, the Mate 30 Pro could run on the new Kirin 990, which is built on the 7nm structure. The new SoC shall have an integrated 5G modem and support for 4k 60fps video recording. Huawei had also suggested that the Mate 30 would be Huawei’s first 5G phone.
For cameras, the Mate 30 Pro is said to feature two 40MP sensors, one being a regular lens while the other being a wide-angle one. The other two sensors are rumored to be telephoto/zoom and macro lenses. All of this is supposedly accompanied by a color-adjusted flash that sits outside the circular camera housing. On the front, the Mate 30 Pro is rumored to have a 16MP wide-angle camera. The smaller Mate 30 is said to have a similar rear camera setup, just with lesser MegaPixels.
Apart from this, the Mate 30 Pro is rumored to have a 4500mAh cell, and the smaller Mate 30 is rumored to have a 4200mAh cell, which is same as the older Mate 20 Pro. The power department is apparently paired with 40W fast charging and 15W fast wireless charging. Huawei could also launch their new wireless charging pad which outputs at 30W, which recently got FCC certified, which could mean the new devices having support for 30W wireless charging (which would be awesome).
Finally, for the software, the new phones are expected to ship with Android 10 out of the box with EMUI 11 on top. Though there have been rumors saying the Mate 30 phones won’t ship with Google apps due to the recent Huawei-US tussle, we believe the devices to have Google apps and support.
Launch & Pricing
Now that launch dates are finalized, we can talk about the pricing. We can expect the phones to be pricey since these are Huawei’s top of the line flagships. How expensive exactly is tough to calculate, but we’ll guess the prices to start from USD 900 (~ INR 63,000 / 800 Euros).
We’ll keep updating this article as and when we have more details.