Huawei unveiled the smart flagships of the new Mate 30 series in Munich: Mate 30, Mate 30 Pro and the Mate 30 RS as expensive Porsche Design Edition. However, the partly impressive hardware overshadows the Android 10 without Google services. Nevertheless, a market launch in Europe is planned.
According to rumors, Huawei is said to have already fixed the global launch event for the Mate 30 series in Munich in February and booked the exhibition hall well before the company was hit by Donald Trump's export blockade and thus since 18 August many technologies from the United States can no longer use for new products – including Google's services for smartphones, such as Google Play Services, the store and the many apps of the search engine giant.
App Gallery instead of Google Play
Huawei has yet to present his new Mate 30 series, which runs on Android 10 and EMUI 10, but forcibly relinquishes all Google services. This in turn means that the smartphones are likely to be comparatively uninteresting for the European market, although Huawei still wants to offer the devices in this country – only one appointment is still missing. The Mate 30 Pro 5G with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of memory costs 1,199 euros, without 5G and with weaker SoC it is 1,099 euros. The normal Mate 30 is in the LTE version at 799 euros with 8 GB of RAM, the price of the 5G version is currently missing. Huawei will offer the smartphones as in China with its own store “App Gallery”, which currently can not compete with the offer of the Google Play Store.
Display like a waterfall in the frame
In terms of hardware, the Mate-30 series can be seen, starting with the new flagship, the Mate 30 Pro. Its just over 6.5-inch OLED display with HDR support pulls like a waterfall far into the frame of the smartphone and is interrupted in the upper part of a comparatively wide Notch in the style of Apple, in which the sensors for the 3D-Face -Unlock like the Mate 20 Pro sits. In addition, there is a built-in fingerprint sensor integrated into the display. The Notch also has a sensor for gesture control by hand, for example, to scroll through the display without touching it. The display draws so far into the frame that no buttons could be installed on the left for the volume rocker. Swipe gestures on the left edge of the display take over this function now.
Kirin 990 with 5G support
Powerful hardware sits behind the display, including the Kirin 990 5G developed by HiSilicon, which Huawei's consumer boss Richard Yu had unveiled at the IFA. In particular, the 7 nm SoC offers a faster GPU with 60 percent more computing units. The 5G version of the smartphone incorporates the Balong 5000 modem to cover the new and older wireless standards with a modem. The SoC is supported by 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB or 256 GB of memory.
For a long battery life is to provide an energy storage with 4,500 mAh, which can be wired with up to 40 watts and wirelessly with up to 27 watts.
Quad camera with twice 40 megapixels
The back is adorned with a now circularly enclosed quad-camera, whereby three usable lenses and a depth sensor are used. The camera splits many components with the camera of the P30 Pro, however, renounces the five-fold optical zoom with light-deflecting prism. Instead, the zoom is designed as triple as last year and if necessary five times in hybrid mode on the image information of the other lenses and a digital crop. The main camera works with 40 megapixels, the telephoto with 8 megapixels and the ultra wide-angle lens again with 40 megapixels. Huawei promises a high quality especially at night and recently also for videos in up to 4K with 60 FPS with optical and digital image stabilization. Videos can now be recorded in slow motion at up to 7,680 FPS at unknown resolution.
Mate 30 and Mate 30 RS Porsche Design
One level below the Mate 30 Pro ranks the normal Mate 30, also equipped with Kirin 990 in the slightly faster 5G version. Here the display is a bit bigger, but not bent to the edge. The Notch does not have a 3D Face Unlock, but the display has a fingerprint sensor. The battery is slightly smaller at 4,200 mAh, the third camera has a lower resolution with 16 megapixels.
A special position has the Mate 30 RS Porsche Design, which is based on the Mate 30 Pro and was decorated with a back in black or in red leather. In it runs vertically running a strip with Porsche Design logo. The smartphone costs 2,095 euros and is equipped with 12 GB of RAM and 512 GB of memory.