We all knew they were coming and Huawei has today officially unveiled its latest flagship smartphones, the Huawei Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro. The company unveiled this duo about an hour ago at an event in Germany. In addition to the two standard devices, Huawei also unveiled the premium Porsche Design Mate 30 RS.
The one device we did not see is the Huawei Mate 30 Lite but we should be seeing it in the wild in the coming weeks.
None of the devices unveiled came as a surprise as we pretty much knew about them from the leaks that have been on the web the past couple of weeks.
Since Huawei has not resolved the problems it has with Google, the Mate 30 phones announced still come with Android 10 but do not have Google Play Services.
The Huawei Mate 30
The standard model is the Huawei Mate 30 that will have a base price of €799 (approximately Ksh 92,000) for a 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage space. This is not cheap in any way but Huawei says the tech they pack is pretty good for the price.
For the display, we are looking at a massive 6.62 inch one with a resolution of 1,080 x 2,340 pixels. This display supports HDR10. Still on the display, it does have a notch at the top and features an in-display fingerprint reader.
For the cameras, the Huawei Mate 30 comes with a triple camera setup at the back made up of a 40MP sensor with RYYB color filter, the 8MP telephoto camera with 5x hybrid zoom and 3x optical zoon and a 16MP ultrawide sensor. The cameras have been made in partnership with Leica and if we are to go with the cameras on the Huawei P30 series, I expect good performance on the ones on the Mate 30. For the selfie camera, we get a 24MP sensor.
Powering the Mate 30 is the Kirin 990 chipset paired with either 6GB or 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage space. A 4,200 mAh battery comes as standard on this model with 27W wireless and 40W wired charging support.
The Huawei Mate 30 Pro
The Huawei Mate 30 Pro on the other hand comes with a 6.53-inch display with a resolution of 1,176 x 2,400 pixels. This display curves on the edges, a design Huawei calls “Horizon Display”. This is an OLED display with HDR10 support, Always On Mode and support for M-Pen stylus. With the display covering the edges of the phone, Huawei has used virtual keyboards on the Mate 30 Pro.
For the cameras, the Huawei Mate 30 Pro has four of them, a 40MP Super Sensing camera, a 40MP ultra wide camera, an 8MP sensor with 3x optical zoom and 5x optical hybrid zoom and the last one is a 3D ToF sensor. A 32MP selfie camera sits at the front notch.
The Mate 30 Pro uses the same Kirin 990 chipset paired with 8GB of RAM and either 128 or 256GB of internal storage space. The company has included the powerful Mali-G76 MP16 GPU with an upgraded GPU Turbo.
The battery used on the Mate 30 Pro is slightly bigger than the standard Mate 30. It is a 4,500 mAh one with fast charging support.
For price, the Mate 30 Pro will be available starting from €1,100 (approximately Ksh 126,000).
The phones have just been announced and I will update you on when they are available locally.