The Huawei Mate 30 Pro and Huawei Mate 30 are finally official. The Phones boasts incredible cameras, a gorgeous design, and a powerful processor. The phone also introduces 40-watt fast charging and 27-watt Wireless charging.
Huawei Mate 30 Pro
The veil has finally been removed from the Huawei Mate 30 Pro and Huawei Mate 30. The devices come with a lot of innovations. The two devices the tone setters that show what we can expect from Huawei and Honor the coming year.
The upcoming phones from Huawei and Honor will come with the 7-nanometer Kirin 990 chipset, EMUI 10 based on Android 10, a camera set-up with two 40 MP cameras and improved fast-charging technology.
Due to the trade ban that the US government imposed on Huawei in May, Google cannot sell an Android license to Huawei. EMUI 10 is therefore based on the open-source version of Android (AOSP) that comes without Play Store or Google apps, or Google Mobile Services.
To counter the ban Huawei has introduced its own package of alternative apps called Huawei Mobile Services that includes the Huawei App Gallery as an application store. It is known that Huawei is researching alternative ways to get Google services on board at EMUI 10.
Design And Display
Let’s take a look at the display first. Huawei opted for a gorgeous looking 6.53-inch OLED panel that comes with an 18: 4: 9 aspect ratio and a resolution of 2400×1176 pixels. This is, however, a downgrade from 3120 x 1440p but this change may result in improved battery life.
The screen is curved at the sides with an even sharper bend of 88 degrees compared to its predecessor. The curve is so pronounced that Huawei has to replace the volume buttons with a touch gesture which Huawei calls Slide Touch at the side. You have to double-tap the side of the phone and the slide your finger across either side to change the volume.
There is a smaller screen notch that offers space for an arrangement of sensors that enable advanced face recognition. The screen also comes with HDR 10 support, filters blue light and is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 6. Always-On Mode is also there and for the first time supports the M-Pen stylus (which can sense 4,096 levels of pressure).
Coming to the design, Huawei Mate 30 Pro is a gorgeous looking phone with a waterfall display and cool new circular camera module at the back.
The housing of the Mate 30 Pro is made of aluminum frame and Gorilla Glass 6 at the back. The phone IP68 certified which means it is waterproof up to 1.5m for 30 minutes underwater. As we have written above, the physical Volume buttons have been replaced with Slide Touch.
Just like the Huawei P30 Pro, the earpiece is missing on the Mate 30 Pro. Huawei uses a technology called electromagnetic levitation to deliver audio through the screen. This also means that there are no stereo speakers. The only speakers reside at the bottom of the phone along with the USB-C port and SIM slot.
The Mate 30 Pro is the first to use the latest chipset from Huawei, the HiSilion Kirin 990. Huawei has improved the 7-nanometer process of the Kirin 980 and thus provides more energy efficiency.
The two most powerful Cortex-A76 cores of this chipset have a clock speed of 2.86 GHz. Besides, there are also two cores clocked at 2.36 GHz that are responsible for less demanding tasks. The four other Cortex-A55 cores are the most energy-efficient with 1.95 GHz.
Huawei also has improved the Neural Processing Units (NPUs). The so-called ‘Da Vinci NPU’ has two large dual NPUs and a smaller NPU core. Also, Huawei claims to have improved its graphics capabilities of the Kirin 990 with a 16-core GPU. The chipset also has an integrated 5G modem that enables video calls in 4K quality and of course also supports dual sim, 2G, 3G, and 4G LTE.
In addition to the chipset, there are various models in terms of storage and working memory. The base model comes with 128 GB of internal memory and 8 GB of RAM, there is another variant with 256 GB of storage and 8 GB of RAM. In both cases, Huawei uses faster UFS 3.0 storage.
Battery and fast charging
This time Huawei comes with a larger battery of 4500 mAh that can be charged with the 40-watt fast charger or 27-watt wireless charger from Huawei. Huawei has made the battery lighter in weight than its predecessor.
‘Reverse Wireless Charging’ has also been improved, which is a feature that allows the phone with its back to charge other devices that use the Qi standard. The Mate 30 series is also the first Huawei phone to receive the new EMUI 10 software shell based on the AOSP version of Android 10.
Huawei introduced greater improvements in terms of camera. This time the square camera module has been replaced with a round module that is reminiscent of a camera lens.
The camera module holds four cameras. The first is the so-called SuperSensing Cine Camera that consists of two cameras having a primary camera with a 1/1.54-inch sensor and f/1.6 aperture. The second one is a wide-angle lens with a 1/1.7-inch sensor. Both cameras have 40MP resolutions.
Huawei says that with this SuperSensing Cine Camera the phone can make 720p slow-motion videos with a remarkably high frame rate of 7680 fps. It can also shoot 1080p slow-motion videos at 960fps.
The camera also comes with a new time-lapse video function, filming in 4K with the wide-angle lens. Both cameras are also better suited to take pictures in underexposed conditions thanks to the large sensor and the large aperture.
There is also the 8 MP telephoto lens with an f/2.4 aperture, which is again good for 3x optical zoom and 5x hybrid zoom, whereby the quality is further improved with software. It is said that Huawei has chosen to exclude the Periscope telephoto camera. May be Huawei has made that feature exclusive to the P series of phones.
The three cameras are assisted with laser autofocus. The fourth and last camera is a Time of Flight (ToF) sensor that can take 3D measurements of objects and also take photos with realistic bokeh effect.
Face Recognition And Front Camera
On the front of the phone, we also find such a ToF camera as part of the face recognition in the smaller ‘notch’. There is also a 32 MP selfie camera that can take wide-angle selfies. Huawei uses an infrared scanner and DOT Projector to recognize your face in quickly and accurately with 3D Face Unlock. For more tighter security Huawei has also included an under the display optical fingerprint.
The phone has a dedicated sensor to recognize hand gestures, which works in combination with Huawei’s in-house Da Vinci NPU. NPU also has one more trick of its sleeves, it tracks your head to decide how to auto-rotate the UI based on the position of your head.
Huawei Mate 30
Huawei also announced Huawei Mate 30, the non-pro version of the series. The most striking difference is the smaller notch in the screen compared to the Pro version. It has a larger 6.62 inch OLED flat display panel.
The phone comes with a smaller 4200 mAh battery, but with the same fast charging capabilities. Instead of 40 MP wide-angle lens of the Pro version, the Standard Mate 30 comes with a 20MP wide-angle lens.
Price, Colors, And Availability
The Huawei Mate 30 Pro and Huawei Mate 30 will come in several colors namely Emerald Green, Space Silver, Cosmic Purple, and Black. The two new Forest Green and Orange variants use vegan leather on the back instead of glass. The official release date is still a mystery. We will update you on it as soon as we get to know about it.
The Huawei Mate 30 Pro will cost €1099 at launch while the 5G variant will be available for €1199. The Mate 30 will cost €799 which is a great price.