11 September 2019
Huawei has officially confirmed that it will launch Mate 30 smartphone series on September 19th. The announcement came via an official tweet revealing that the launch event will take place in Munich, Germany. The tweet-based teaser video does not reveal much except for taglines "We're going full circle" and "Rethink possibilities".
The teaser poster has a circular ring and when combined with the "full circle" tagline, it seems like a reference to Mate 30's rumored circular quad-camera module. Huawei is likely to continue its camera partnership with Leica which we have seen in its as well as Honor flagships from last few years.
If we talk about Huawei Mate 30 specifications, the majority of the details are currently unknown. It is expected to come with the new Kirin 990 processor and may also have a 5G variant. There are also reports of 25W wireless charging support along with 4200mAh and 4500mAh battery capacities for the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro respectively.
All in all, Huawei is expected to offer impressive hardware just as it has done with other smartphones in the past. The more important thing to look out for is how it will tackle the issues that have surfaced due to the U.S. ban. The ban prohibits U.S. companies from trading with Huawei which Google is unable to offer its apps and services to Huawei devices. Even though the administration has offered a 90-day reprieval, it applies only to existing devices and excludes all new and upcoming products.
Huawei can still release Mate 30 with AOSP part of Android which is an open-source entity but there does not seem to be any way it can get to use Google apps and services, especially the Play Store. It also released its own operating system Harmony OS recently but clarified that it will prefer to use Android whenever possible. The only possible solution that seems to work is if Google gets an exemption for Mate 30 from the U.S. authorities. Nevertheless, the software support will definitely be the most important part of the launch event which is just a little over two weeks away from today.