September’s charm of bringing us new tech continues as we have been introduced to new, much-anticipated smartphones. These are from Huawei and yes, I’m talking about the Mate 30 Lineup. It consists of three models: The standard base Mate 30, the top gun flagship Mate 30 Pro, and the limited-edition Porsche Design Mate 30 RS.
Now, if you’re unfamiliar with Huawei’s flagship releases, they have two flagships annually, launching at different times of the year, much like Samsung and OnePlus. Earlier this year, we got the P30 series that gave us the amazing P30 Pro. Now, that would be replaced by the Mate 30 Pro that just came out. So let’s have a quick look at what the new phones have to offer.
Design-wise, there’s a lot to take in. The device is completely redesigned in a way that makes it completely different from the P30 Pro and last year’s Mate 20 Pro. You have a 6.62″ and a 6.53″ OLED display on the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro respectively. Both displays have rounded edges, like what we’ve been used to seeing on modern smartphones. However, unlike any other smartphone, the amount of curve is way more. Huawei calls it the Horizon Display and it is truly spectacular.
The amount of screen curve means that the side bezel is almost non-existent. Which is probably why Huawei has decided to ditch side buttons on this device in favor of touch-sensitive controls, which are pretty cool to use, especially the volume slider.
At the back of the Mate 30 Pro, you’ll find the Quad camera setup. Yes, we live in a time where smartphones, have 4 camera sensors, and that’s without counting those at the front. 3 of them are the familiar main, telephoto and ultrawide sensors. The new addition in these devices is the addition of a Cine Camera. It’s there for advanced videography and extreme low-level photography.
Powering all the Mate 30 devices is Huawei’s own HiSilicon Kirin 990 CPU. It is the most powerful chipset by the brand and has what it takes to go head to head with the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 855, which is the current market standard for a flagship smartphone. The Kirin 990 also supports 5G connectivity, which is why both the Mate 30 and the Mate 30 Pro will come with 5G variants as well.
Giving juice to everything are the huge batteries. Their capacities are 4200mAh for the Mate 30 and an impressive 4500mAh for the Mate 30 Pro. Sure they’re phones out there with 5000mAh batteries. However, out of all the flagships the Mate 30 Pro is to compete against, it has the largest cell. And if it’s battery optimization is as good as the P30 Pro, we have a winner in the flagship battery test.
And it doesn’t end there as charging the massive battery won’t be a hassle. The reason for that is because the Mate 30 will come bundled with a 40W fast charger. If wires aren’t your thing, you can wirelessly charge your Mate 30 at 27W, which is more than what most phones offer with wired charging. You still have the reverse wireless charging expect that now it works twice as fast, which is a step in the right direction.
Overall, the Mate 30 smartphones are impressive when it comes to raw numbers and features. I will cover all of them in a full review once we get a hold of the devices. However, there’s something that needs addressing. It’s the Huawei issue, that happened and it resulted in Google revoking its right from the Chinese brand. In the launch event, there was no mention of Google Services, which probably means Huawei actually went through with its own HarmonyOS, which is impressive, to say the least. What will be the fate of Huawei and it’ latest and pretty impressive smartphone? Only time can tell.