22 January 2020
Huawei has officially launched its latest Android flagships Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro at an event held in Munich, Germany. Both are the newest Mate lineup offering and direct successors to last year's Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro. While they do bring all of the 2019 flagship specs and features, they are also loaded with features that make them stand out from the crowd.
Talking about unique features, the first thing that you will notice straight away is the edge-to-edge curved display which Huawei is calling Horizon Display. It is the same display that you might have heard about as waterfall display in recent times. It is essentially a curved display but with higher curved angles. Huawei is claiming an industry-leading 88-degree curved angle for its display which quite higher than what we saw with the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ and Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max.
It should be noted that the Horizon Display is available only on the Mate 30 Pro. It is a 6.53-inch Quad HD+ (2400 x 1176 pixels) Flex OLED display with 18.4:9 aspect ratio. It features DCI-P3 HDR and anti-Blue light support as well. The standard Mate 30 comes with a 6.62-inch Full HD+ (2340 x 1080 pixels) Rigid OLED FullView display with 19.5:9 aspect ratio. It has a smaller notch at the center as you find on many other modern smartphones. The notch is used for housing the selfie camera, 3D depth camera, gesture sensor, ambient light, and proximity sensor.
The Huawei Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro are powered by a 4,200mAh and 4,500mAh battery respectively. These feature support for 40W fast charging and 27W wireless charging. Both the flagships arrive in four color variants called Space Silver, Emerald Green, Cosmic Purple, and Black. There are two more variants called Vegan Leather Forest Green and Vegan Leather Orange where the phones feature a Vegan Leather back panel instead of glass. All the variants also feature IP68 certification for dust and water resistance but the Mate 30 offers IP53 certification.
Huawei flagships are well-known for their exceptional camera performance and it is taking the same to the next level with the Mate 30 Pro. It features a quad rear camera setup within a circular module that Huawei says is inspired by professional cameras. The four cameras include a 40-megapixel ultra-wide Cine sensor with f/1.8 aperture, a 40-megapixel SuperSensing wide-angle sensor with f/1.6 aperture, an 8-megapixel telephoto sensor with f/2.4 aperture, and a 3D depth-sensing sensor.
The second and third sensors also come with optical image stabilization. The camera setup is capable of offering up to 45x zooming range and numerous other features like 4K at 60fps videos, super slow-motion videos, and video portrait mode. On the front, it has a 32-megapixel camera.
The quad-camera setup is also available on the standard Mate 30 but with a different set of sensors. It has a 40-megapixel SuperSensing wide-angle sensor with f/1.8 aperture, a 16-megapixel ultra-wide-angle sensor with f/2.2 aperture, an 8-megapixel telephoto sensor with f/2.4 aperture, and a laser focus sensor. It also offers optical image stabilization and up to 45x zooming range. You will get a 25-megapixel front camera with the smartphone.
Under the hood, Huawei Mate 30 lineup comes with the recently unveiled Kirin 990 processor with 5G support. It is the company's first processor with integrated 5G modem. It will be running EMUI 10 based on Android 10 out of the box and as per the keynote, it seems like Mate 30 lineup is set to miss out on Google apps and services. Huawei talked about its own App Gallery and Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) as an alternative for Google Play Store and Google Play Services respectively. It has set a goal of $1 billion investment in the ecosystem for the future.
The Huawei Mate 30 starts at EUR 799 for the 8GB/128GB variant and Mate 30 Pro starts at EUR 1,099 for the 8GB/256GB variant. There is also the Mate 30 Pro 5G which is priced at EUR 1,199 for 8GB/256GB model.
If you are interested in the Huawei Mate 30 RS Porsche Edition, it will cost you EUR 2,095 for the 12GB/512GB variant. It is a special edition in collaboration with Porsche Design and a continuation of the partnership between the two companies. It features a premium design with Genuine Leatherback to differentiate from the standard variants. There are no details regarding the release dates for any of these models.