Huawei launches Mate 30 Pro with quad-camera system and waterfall display

Ruben Fields
September 19, 2019

Huawei has not yet confirmed the local launch dates and pricing for these smartphones.

The Horizon display on the Mate 30 Pro has no physical volume buttons.

As expected, the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro are not cheap. Unsurprisingly, unofficial information also abounds for the Mate 30 Pro and its siblings.

However, both share these characteristics.

The Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro don't have volume keys. Sure, it will look and feel much the same, but the core applications we all know and love are missing. According to Huawei, the Mate 30 series' design cues are inspired by Leica cameras and their flat elements with curved sides.

Huawei was full of praises for its Kirin 990 5G chip. The Mate 30 Pro is still based around standard Android rather than Huawei's Harmony OS, but an open source version of the operating system with EMUI 10 on top and no Google apps or services on board. Apps such as Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and more are available, and built-in apps (Email, Calendar and the like) can be configured to sync with Google's services anyway, so those without advanced needs might not even notice that Google's services are missing. We heard a lot about these handsets before they launched, but the one thing we were all itching to find out was whether they'd ship running Android. However, the demand is clearly there for sub-7-inch devices.

For starters, the Mate 30 Pro features a brilliant 6.53-inch OLED display with curved edges, reaching an incredible 88 degrees around the edge of the phone - that's nearly to horizontal. Of course, we've seen these before, most notably in the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge and later, but the Mate 30 Pros screen does appear to stretch further into the edge of the device. At 198g vs the iPhone 11 Pro Max's 226g, it's also a manageable weight too. The Processor is supported by at least 8GB of RAM and 128GB/256GB of internal storage.

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"If Europe had its own ecosystem for smart devices, Huawei would use it ... that would resolve the problem of European digital dependency" on the United States, Xu told German business daily Handelsblatt.

Its battery capacity is 4500 mAh and it supports 40W cable and 27W wireless fast charging. Huawei brands this Huawei SuperCharge. The reverse wireless charging feature that was introduced on the previous Mate flagship has been upgraded as well for faster charging. But aside from the main sensor, they differ. While the P30 Pro has the rear camera lenses positioned in a vertical line in the top left, the Mate 30 Pro follows on from where the Mate 20 Pro, which positioned them in a square in the centre, by placing four lenses into a circular emblem to the centre, with the flash off to side.

It retains the same notch as the previous-generation Mate 20 Pro which houses a 32MP front-facing camera and the hardware necessary to facilitate Huawei's Face ID 2.0 facial recognition feature.

For cameras, we're looking at a triple-lens camera on the back, packing the following sensors: 16-megapixel super wide-angle (f/2.2), 40-megapixel wide-angle (f/1.6; OIS), and 8-megapixel telephoto (f/2.4; OIS).

In simple terms, this means even better night shots, crisp, stunning portraits and wide angle photos to make you wet yourself with glee. It also has a smaller 4200mAh battery, versus the 4500mAh cell found on the Mate 30 Pro; and is certified IP53 for water-resistance, while the Pro is rated IP68 for dust and water.

The Huawei P30 Pro comes in five variants, several of which are attractive. The new Porsche Design Huawei Mate 30 RS features handcrafted premium leather on the back with a long vertical glass stripe.

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