Today, Huawei made an announcement we’ve been expecting for quite some time, revealing the Mate 30 series. The Mate 30 series is comprised of a number of different phones, including the standard Mate 30, the Mate 30 Pro, a 5G version of the Mate 30 Pro, and an extravagant limited edition Mate 30 RS made alongside Porsche.
While the standard Mate 30 might be Huawei’s bread and butter with this family of devices, it’s the Mate 30 Pro 5G that might get the most attention.
Huawei says that the Mate 30 Pro 5G is the “world’s first 2nd generation 5G smartphone.” All the phones in the series use Huawei’s 7nm+ Kirin 990 SoC, and in the 5G Mate 30 Pro variant, the 5G modem is built into the chipset. The Kirin 990 5G supports 2G, 3G, and 4G networks along with 5G non-standalone (NSA) and standalone (SA) modes, and with 14 antennas dedicated to 5G on the Mate 30 Pro 5G, it certainly covers a lot of bases.
Of course, outside of 5G, one the major curiosities about the Mate 30 series is the Leica-branded circular camera array on the back of each phone. On the standard Mate 30, the camera setup is comprised of a 40MP SuperSensing camera, 16MP ultra-wide camera, and an 8MP telephoto lens. The Mate 30 Pro, on the other hand, swaps out the 16MP wide-angle lens in favor of a 40MP Cine camera and adds a 3D depth sensing camera as well.
As far as design is concerned, the Mate 30 Pro features what Huawei calls a “Horizon Display” that curves around the edges of the devices – something that was indicated in leaks leading up to this reveal. The Pro also does away with side buttons, at least when it comes to volume keys. Instead, you’ll find that both sides of the Mate 30 Pro are touch sensitive, allowing you to determine where you want the volume buttons, though it might take some time to adjust to the phone’s “invisible virtual keys.”
As for the limited edition Porsche model – officially called the Porsche Design Huawei Mate 30 RS – there don’t seem to be a ton of differences between it and the Mate 30 Pro 5G, aside from obvious changes to aesthetics. Like the Mate 30 Pro, the Porsche Design RS uses a Kirin 990 5G. It also has the same camera set up around back, and both phones use a 4,500 mAh battery (the standard Mate 30 has a slightly smaller 4,200 mAh battery running the show).
Phones in the Mate 30 series won’t be using Google Mobile Services.
All phones in the series can be charged wirelessly and through Huawei’s 27W wireless and 40W wired SuperCharge system. All of the phones also offer reverse wireless charging too, so you can charge other devices using your phone as the power source.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the phones in the Mate 30 series won’t be using Google Mobile Services. Instead, they’ll run on Huawei’s own EMUI10 operating system and use a suite of first-party mobile services. Huawei is investing $1 billion in developer incentives for its new mobile services system, so it’s clearly trying to make the best of a bad situation rather than waiting to see if it can reverse its trade woes in the US.
If you were hoping for a set of inexpensive flagships to challenge the R15 000+ phones from Apple and Samsung, you aren’t going to find them here. Huawei’s pricing scheme for the Mate 30 series closely resembles that of Samsung and Apple, with the standard Mate 30 with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage starting at €799 (R14 799) and the 4G Mate 30 Pro with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage running €1,099 (R17 999).
The Mate 30 Pro 5G ups the cost even further at €1,199 (R19 640) and the Porsche Design Mate 30 RS rounds out the list on the high end. With its 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage, it’ll set you back a whopping €2,095 (R34 100).
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