We know, we know. The question on your mind is ‘heck the specs, tell us about Google Maps!” While Huawei has found some workaround for the latter, the former are way more impressive when it comes to the new Mate 30 that sits right smack in the middle specs- and price-wise when compared to its Pro and Lite siblings.
Huawei Mate 30 design and display
Offered in the two vegan leather and four matte-to-gloss transitional glass finishes that you see above, the 30 design is unique and intriguing. Whether you choose the faux leather, or the glass ones, Huawei promises they won’t be slippery, at least at the places where you usually rest your fingers.
Huawei Mate 30 sports a 6.62-inch OLED display with FHD+ resolution (2340 x 1080). It is, thankfully, not a “waterfall” one, or, as Huawei now calls it, Horizon Display, but a good ol’ rigid OLED screen.
Huawei Mate 30 specs and battery life
Samsung took the laurels of announcing the first second-gen 7nm processor – Exynos 9825 – before Huawei this year, unlike what happened with Huawei’s Kirin 980 last fall. Samsung was also the first to announce an integrated all-in-one 5G chipset – the Exynos 980 – which solders midrange chippery together with a 5G modem for the first time. Until now, all 5G phones came with one extra Qualcomm, Samsung or Huawei 5G modem tacked on separately that puts extra drag on the battery and RAM capacities.
The Kirin 990 that Huawei announced this month, however – the first high-end mobile applications processor combined with an efficient 5G modem in a true system-on-a-chip style – is now in phones like the Mate 30, whereas Samsung has still to tip any handsets where the Exynos 980 will be used. Both the Kirin 990 processor cores and the 5G modem chip are laid out with the most efficient process available at the moment – a second generation 7nm EUV lithography, just like the Exynos 9825.
Sadly, these don’t include the high-frequency mmWave bands that Verizon, T-Mobile and the US carrier networks currently use for 5G in general. In 2020, however, all major US carriers will start rolling out their low-band 5G networks en masse. Needless to say, Huawei has a snowball’s chance in hell to have phones on US carriers given the White House administration animosity towards its products but it’s cool that we are finally getting a true 5G SoC for high-end phones.
Huawei Mate 30 camera
The Mate 30 isn’t ploughing ahead with record zoom levels or new sensor shenanigans, yet it does introduce a wildly capable photography kit with some new features taken from its Pro sibling, and made possible by the new Kirin 990 chipset.
There is a triple rear camera on the back, consisting of a 16MP ultra wide-angle (with f/2.2 aperture), 40MP SuperSensing (f/1.8 aperture), and 8MP telephoto camera (f/2.4 aperture), plus a laser focus sensor to round the circle. For selfies, Huawei offers a capable 24MP shooter with f/2.0 aperture.
The camera can shoot 720p Super Slow-Mo at 7680fps, 4K Time-lapse, Ultra high definition Night photography, Ultra wide-angle photography, and there is noise control for clearer quality, supported by Kirin’s AI capabilities.
Huawei Mate 30 price and release date
Starting at EUR 799, the Mate 30 sits in the golden middle, given that its Pro version is EUR 1099, and will be available for purchase next month in two vegan leather and four matte-to-gloss transitional glass finishes. These are Space Silver, Cosmic Purple, Black, and Emerald Green for the glass options, while the Vegan Leather versions come in flashy Orange or Forest Green.
Whether or not the Mate 20 will find willing buyers in places like Europe, depends on how the trade deal with China progresses, and, concurrently, the relationship with Google regarding its Android apps.