Huawei Mate 30 Pro has officially been released. As usual, the specs and numbers are beastly. The Chinese company’s most powerful phone to date features the latest Kirin 990 with built-in 5G and a camera that can deliver up to 7680fps (not a typo) of slo-mo. That, for a starting price of €1,099 (~63k) for the 8GB/256GB model. While the 5G-enabled Mate 30 Pro will cost €1,199 (~69k). Last but not least is the Porsche Design Edition Huawei Mate 30RS (12GB/512GB) that will set you back at €2,095 (~120k).
Introducing Huawei Mate 30 Pro
Huawei’s latest flagship phone comes in a new design. Gone are the square camera module of last year, instead, we’re getting a rounded module that’s said to mimic the look of a mirrorless camera. Dominated by glass and metal, the display design is also new. Featuring 88-degree of side curves, the 6.53″ OLED panel is like Vivo Nex 3 with its waterfall design. The exception is that Huawei is calling it Horizon Display. This leaves the power button on the right side and nothing else. As for the volume rocker, you need to double-tap on a specific portion of the curvature to bring up and adjust the volume.
While Huawei decided to use 1080p resolution for the Mate 30 Pro’s display, it’s introducing a new color science that’s said to be more cinematic and delivers 25% more efficient blue light filter.
Two 40MP Cameras
Known about putting up numbers, Huawei has done it again with Mate 30 Pro’s cameras. The main setup is packed with two 40MP sensors — main and ultrawide. The third sensor is an 8MP 3x telephoto that can go up to 5x hybrid zoom and 30x digital zoom. Though not as impressive as P30 Pro, it’s still useful to have. As for the 4th sensor, it’s a 3D Time-of-Flight (ToF) sensor that allows for bokeh shots. Huawei is also claiming that its phone can do portrait shots when using the telephoto lens, as well as live bokeh like Samsung’s Live Focus.
Back to the 40MP duo, both are RYYB-based sensor. This means both main and ultrawide sensors can let in more light when shooting under low-light situations. Another absurd feature that Huawei is introducing is 7,680fps slow-mo. Early samples show that the Mate 30 Pro delivers it very well, with no digital artifacts or whatsoever. In addition to that, the phone can finally record 4K @ 60fps along with 4K HDR timelapse.
On the flip side, the selfie camera is commanded by a 32MP wide sensor. It sits together with a 3D ToF camera. Unfortunately, it’s still capped at FHD @ 30fps video recording.
Right at the core of Huawei Mate 30 Pro is Kirin 990 chipset. While performance and optimization have expectedly improved, the main highlight here is 5G connectivity. Although the chipset comes with built-in 5G modem, Huawei is making this feature available on the Mate 30 Pro 5G model. It supports two 5G SIM slots for non-standalone and standalone 5G modes. That said, it will use sub-6GHz instead of mmWave.
Battery-wise, Huawei has increased the capacity to a whopping 4500mAh. While it still uses 40W SuperCharge technology, wireless charging is now up to 27W. As for reverse wireless charging, it’s said to be three times faster than before. We’re guessing it’s around 12W to 15W.
Surprisingly, Huawei Mate 30 Pro comes with Android 10 out of the box. That said, it still has the company’s flavor — EMUI 10. It introduces system-wide dark mode, Always-on Display, the aforementioned pressure-sensitive side taps, and a new design that looks like Samsung’s One UI. Adding to the smart functionalities is hands-free gesture control that allows users to scroll and grab a screenshot. Security-wise, the company is using 3D facial mapping to unlock the device (second is the under-screen scanner). It can recognize face orientation for the screen to adapt automatically.
Huawei may have announced the European prices of Mate 30 Pro, but that doesn’t mean it’s already available to purchase. The company is mum about availability, including China and the rest of Asia.
Huawei Mate 30 Pro 5G specs, price, availability in the Philippines
- Display: 6.53-inch Full HD+ OLED, Corning Gorilla Glass 6 (back and front), DCI-P3 HDR, HDR10
- Design: aluminum frame, glass back and front, IP68 water and dust resistant
- CPU: HiSilicon Kirin 990 (7 nm+)
- RAM: 8GB
- Memory: 256GB expandable UFS 3.0 with dedicated nano-memory of up to 256GB
- Camera: 40 MP, f/1.6, 27mm (wide), 1/1.7″, PDAF, OIS
8 MP, f/2.4, 80mm (telephoto), 1/4″, PDAF, OIS, 3x optical zoom
40 MP, f/1.8, 18mm (ultrawide), 1/1.54″, PDAF
3D TOF camera
- Selfie: 32 MP, (wide) + ToF Camera (3D face unlock), 1080p video
- Connectivity: 5G(separate model), 4G LTE, Bluetooth 5.1, WiFi ac, GPS, USB Type-C, NFC, infrared port
- Security: under-screen fingerprint scanner, 3D facial mapping
- Battery: 4500mAh with 40W SuperCharge, 27W Wireless Charging, 12W-15W Reverse Wireless Charging
- OS: Open-source Android 10 with EMUI 10
- Colors: Space Silver, Emerald Green, Cosmic Purple, Black, Vegan Leather Forest Green, Vegan Leather Orange
- Price: estimated around €1,099 (~63k) to €1,199 (~69k) before taxes
- Release date: October in the Philippines