Huawei Mate 30 Pro leak shows that when Apple and Google zig, Huawei likes to zag

Huawei Mate 30 Pro leak shows that when Apple and Google zig, Huawei likes to zag
Say what you want about Huawei, but when everyone zigs, they like to zag. While the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro weren't the first phones with a square camera module on the back, they might have been the most widely known. And now that Apple and Google plan to steal the look for the iPhone 11 and Pixel 4, respectively, Huawei is allegedly changing things up. A photograph first posted on Weibo (via Slashleaks) shows what is claimed to be a glass rear panel for the upcoming Huawei Mate 30 Pro due to be unveiled in October.

A look at the image reveals a circular cutout for the camera module that will be mounted in the center of the rear panel. While it is a change from last year's Mate 20 line, it's not like Motorola hasn't employed a circular camera module for a few years now. But if the picture is legitimate, it does show that Huawei is aware of the wider use of the square this year and is looking to differentiate itself from other high-end devices like the iPhone 11.

With all of the current confusion over what Huawei can buy from U.S. suppliers, it is hard to say exactly what the specs of the Mate 30 Pro will be. We do expect it to be powered by the Kirin 985 chipset, manufactured by TSMC using its 7nm+ process; this uses electro ultraviolet lithography (EUV) to more precisely mark the silicon and allows more transistors to be placed inside the chip. More transistors equal more power and lower energy consumption. The phone is rumored to carry a 6.71-inch AMOLED display, possibly with a 90Hz refresh rate like the OnePlus 7 Pro. If that rumor is right, scrolling will be buttery smooth and playing mobile games will be even more enjoyable. We expect Huawei to stuff a battery with a capacity of 4000mAh or higher into the phone. And like the Mate 20 Pro,  not only will the Mate 30 Pro support wireless charging, it will also allow for reverse wireless charging too. This allows the device to share some of its battery life with another phone or device that can be charged wirelessly.

Huawei remains on the U.S. Commerce Department's Entity List


So the camera module on the Mate 20 Pro might be round. More importantly, what can we expect from the sensors themselves? Well, we should see a primary camera in the neighborhood of 40MP, an 8MP telephoto camera with 3x optical zoom, and a 20MP Ultra-wide camera. There also should be a Time-of-Flight sensor that measures how long an infrared beam takes to bounce off a subject and return to the camera. This data is quickly crunched to compute an accurate depth measurement for the bokeh effect used when shooting portraits.


Normally, of course, we'd tell you to expect the latest version of Android to be pre-installed on the handset. But with Huawei still on the Entity List according to the White House, it isn't terribly clear just what can and can't be sold to the manufacturer. The latest "clarification" is that the company can buy parts from U.S. vendors that are widely available and are not security risks. That still leaves us unsure whether one could say that the Google Play service version of Android is widely available. If Google is still out, the phone will use Huawei's own HongmengOS with its App Gallery storefront.

It's not like the Huawei Mate 30 Pro will be sitting on the shelves of any U.S. carrier anyway. Apparently, it's one thing to sell parts to Huawei so that U.S. suppliers can make money and another thing to let Huawei actually sell its phones in the states. The fear is, and again we'll mention it, that the communist Chinese government will invoke the law that allows it to ask firms like Huawei to spy on its behalf. Though denied often by the manufacturer, U.S. lawmakers fear that Huawei phones and networking equipment contain backdoors that will send intelligence and information on intellectual property to Beijing.

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13 Comments

1. Demo-jay

Posts: 71; Member since: Feb 13, 2018

Lumia 1020

10. d1g1te

Posts: 63; Member since: Oct 04, 2016

Finally...

2. JcHnd

Posts: 280; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

That looks like a Motorola case... it's like they've switched designs, with the One family motorola is using the mate 20 camera design and they now are taking the old Motorola circular design... weird XD

3. Fred3

Posts: 536; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

What phone was they using to take that pic with?

4. User123456789

Posts: 926; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Iphone

13. mackan84

Posts: 479; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

Actually looks like a iPhone 6 :)

5. alanrock

Posts: 315; Member since: Oct 04, 2018

how many cameras Huawei could put in there ? ...

9. Vogue1985

Posts: 465; Member since: Jan 24, 2017

As many as possible or maybe one nice big one, either way, the proportions of the case look. doesnt look generic like the back of the Note 10 which likes like every other wannabe iphone/huawei p20/p30 .

6. KingSam

Posts: 1453; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

Wasn't this reporter as a Photoshop on other sites.

7. jacky899

Posts: 431; Member since: May 16, 2017

Why are they downgrading optical zoom from 5x in the P30 Pro to 3x in the Mate 30 Pro? Despite the other major upgrades, Im glad I got the P30 Pro because the 5x or they call 10X optical zoom is a true technological marvel that I find very practically useful. I wouldnt give that up for anything.

8. Vogue1985

Posts: 465; Member since: Jan 24, 2017

Been talking about the round camera setup for the Iphone and the Note. Looks like Huawei got the memo, i cant wait to see what coming from, we need competition and they always bring. Bet you after all the nonsense thats been happening, they will go ALL out.

12. Polaris1983

Posts: 33; Member since: May 22, 2019

mmm approves of the phone as google needed a slap in the face for that.

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