Ending months of rumors HUAWEI has finally taken the wraps off the HUAWEI Mate 30 series that includes mainly the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro but alongside a Porsche Design HUAWEI Mate 30, RS has also tagged along.
The Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro are the successors to the last year’s Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro with significant upgrades, especially in the camera and performance department.
Both the devices pack quad rear cameras placed in a big circular housing and integrate the latest 7nm+ EUV octa-core Kirin 990 SoC with built-in 5G modem, hence there is a 5G variant of the Mate 30 Pro as well. The SoC in both the phones is coupled with Da Vinci NPU, 16-core GPU, and up to 8GB RAM. However, the regular Mate 30 features 128GB internal storage whereas the Mate 30 Pro comes with 256GB built-in storage.
While both the devices support 40W wired fast charging, 27W wireless charging, and reverse charging they differ in size of their batteries with the Mate 30 getting 4,200mAh battery and the Mate 30 Pro packing a bigger 4,500mAh battery.
The Mate 30 Pro has a 6.53-inch FLEX OLED curved display with 18.4:9 aspect ratio while the Mate 30 features a 6.62-inch flat Rigid OLED display with 19.5:9 aspect ratio. Displays in both the phones support DCI-P3 HDR.
Since the sides are taken up by the sliding display the physical volume buttons on the Mate 30 Pro have been replaced with virtual keys which HUAWEI calls “Side-Touch Interaction”. The Mate 30 Pro is IP68 certified compared to IP53 certified Mater 30, meaning the latter is only splash resistant.
Both of the phones run EMUI 10 based on Android 10 with dark mode and gestures controls via a 3D sensor placed in the wide notch upfront. The duo also gets in-display fingerprint scanner as well as Face Unlock feature for biometrics.
Turning to the camera, the Mate 30 Pro makes use of dual 40MP sensors at the back- a 40MP wide-angle f/1.7 sensor and another 40MP f/1.8 ultra-wide-angle sensor. An 8MP f/2.4 telephoto sensor with 3x optical zoom and a 3D ToF camera round off the quad-camera setup.
The rear of the Mate 30 also sports quad cameras but there is only one 40MP sensor with f/1.8 aperture which is paired with a 16MP f/2.2 ultra-wide-angle sensor, an 8MP f/2.4 telephoto sensor with 3x optical zoom, and a “laser focus” sensor instead of a 3D depth sensor.
On the front, the Mate 30 Pro has dual selfie camera system comprising 32MP sensor and a 3D depth sensor. However, the Mate 30 makes do with a single 24MP selfie shooter.
Talking about the luxurious Porsche Design Mate 30 RS, it is same as the Mate 30 Pro 5G in terms of specs and features, but unlike the Pro model, it comes in 12GB RAM and 512GB storage variant, priced at whopping EUR2,095.
The main difference, however, lies in its rear design as it features a leather back panel with a vertical glass stripe that includes the quad-camera. Also, the Porsche edition has just two limited color options: Red and Black compared to an array of color options of the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro
The Mate 30 starts at EUR799 for the 8GB RAM+128GB storage while the Mate 30 Pro and Mate 30 Pro 5G starts at EUR1,099 and EUR1,199, respectively for the 8GB RAM+256GB storage. The Mate 30 series will go on sale next month in Europe but no exact date has been shared as yet.
Last but not least, Although HUAWEI Mate 30 series runs Android 10, it will be devoid of Google services such as Play Store, Gmail, Google Maps, etc. thanks to the US restricting Google from selling services to HUAWEI because of its ongoing trade war against China.
The HUAWEI Mate 30 series will, however, ship with HUAWEI Mobile Services (HMS) which already has more than 45,000 apps. The company has announced an investment of $1 billion into its software ecosystem for its further development.