Huawei launched four new smartphones at today’s global launch event for their Mate 30 series in Munich. The Mate series is Huawei’s high-end line of smartphone with co-engineering partnership with Leica since 2016.
As expected, the new smartphones do not have Google support as Huawei is still in the entity list preventing them to do business with US companies. That means the phones will not have Google apps like Gmail, YouTube, Maps or the Play Store. They will run on Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) Core instead. According to Huawei, their HMS core is already integrated with over 45,000 apps and they will invest $1 billion into its software ecosystem.
The lineup includes the 6.62-inch Mate 30 and 6.53-inch Mate 30 Pro priced at €799 and €1099, respectively. The Mate 30 Pro 5G model will cost €1,199. The phones will be available in black, space silver, cosmic purple, emerald green, and the new vegan leather orange and forest green.
The Huawei Mate 30 Pro is the most interesting model in the series with all the high-end specs one could ever wish for in today’s flagship phone. The 6.53″ Flex OLED Horizon Display has a super resolution of 2400×1176 and an aspect ratio of 18.4:9. It supports DCI-P3 HDR for high saturation and contrast and emits 25% less of harmful blue light. It also features a new rendering engine for a more cinematic colour.
Despite the display size, the Huawei Mate 30 Pro is still comfortable to hold as it is more compact than the other big smartphones like the Galaxy Note 10. It has a true edge-to-edge borderless screen curved on the edge at 88 degrees. The notch on top houses the ambient light and proximity sensor, 3D depth camera, gesture sensor and selfie camera.
Like the P30 Pro, the Mate 30 Pro also comes with acoustic display technology for an earpiece-less look. The curved sides are buttonless and Huawei’s implementation of side touch is similar to Vivo’s Nex 3.
Huawei claims that the Mate 30 series smartphones are powered by the world’s most advanced 5G SoC with the most advanced antenna design. Fast Wireless SuperCharge is also supported.
When it comes to camera, the back of the phone has a circular section that houses four lenses: an Ultra-Wide Cine 40MP (18mm) f/1.8, a SuperSensing Wide 40MP (27mm f/1.6 with OIS, a Telephoto 8 MP (80mm) f/2.4 with OIS and a 3D Depth Sensing sensor. For video recording, Huawei touted that the Mate 30 is the world’s first smartphone with dedicated 40MP Cine Camera that supports 4K 60 fps video resolution, ISO 51200 for ultra low-light sensitivity for videos, 7680 fps for ultra slow-motion, 4K HDR+ time-lapse, real-time Bokeh for depth of field and dual AIS + OIS for stable recording.
Overall, Huawei announced a series of phones that packs a punch. However, without Play Store and official support from Google, they may be still a tough sell.