Huawei Mate 30 Pro leak hints at return of wide notch, Face ID-like tech

Huawei Mate 30 Pro leak hints at return of wide notch, Face ID-like tech
The Mate 20 Pro's notch

The Huawei P30 Pro has been selling incredibly well since it launched in April but with the Galaxy Note 10 and iPhone 11 just around the corner, sales will undoubtedly be impacted. To counteract this Huawei will be releasing the Mate 30 Pro later this year and now we know what the flagship might look like from the front.

The wide notch returns but it's still full of tech


Originally published on Chinese social network Weibo (via Slashleaks), a new photo shows what is claimed to be the Huawei Mate 30 Pro’s front panel. Specific details such as the size of the display weren’t shared but the glass panel itself does appear to reveal quite a bit because, just like its predecessor, the flagship is set to retain the same frontal setup wherein a curved OLED display is paired with a relatively wide notch. This time around, though, the curvature on either side of the screen will be much more pronounced and the notch itself should be ever so slightly smaller.

On the regular Mate 20 and the entire P30 series, Huawei uses a noticeably smaller waterdrop-like notch which, although more aesthetically pleasing to many, leaves no room for a 3D facial recognition system. The latter was one of the Mate 20 Pro’s standout features and from the look of things, Huawei wants to retain the feature on this year’s Mate 30 Pro, hence the presence of a larger notch.


On a separate design note, today’s leak suggests the upcoming flagship will adopt a more angular design that’s in line with that of the Galaxy Note 10 series. Presumably, Huawei is doing this in order to better differentiate the Mate series from the P lineup, the latter of which is associated with more rounded designs.

The Mate 30 Pro could ditch the square camera module


Although this leak doesn’t reveal much in terms of the Mate 30 Pro’s rear design, recent rumors suggest a major change is planned for the flagship. Last year Huawei introduced a new design language which utilized a large square-shaped camera module on the rear. The natural step would be for the company to continue with this look, but with countless leaks currently suggesting both Apple and Google are going to use similar designs this year, Huawei is reportedly switching things up again.

Like Motorola’s Moto Z and Moto G smartphones, the Mate 30 Pro will apparently adopt a circular module on the back. It’s expected to house the usual LED flash and a total of four individual cameras. One of these will act as the primary sensor while another is rumored to be a Time-of-Flight sensor. Huawei will probably also include a super-wide-angle shooter and a periscope-like camera similar to the one found on the P30 Pro.

Flagship specifications and possibly 5G support


Paired with everything mentioned above is expected to be a range of flagship specifications. These should include Huawei’s upcoming Kirin 990 chip and potentially support for 5G networks as standard. Additionally, a minimum of 8GB of RAM and 128GB of expandable storage seem likely, although variants with higher amounts are to be expected.

The Huawei Mate 30 Pro will probably ship with Android 10 Q straight out of the box alongside the upcoming EMUI 10 custom overlay. Other features should include support for at least 40W fast charging, reverse wireless charging, and IP68 water and dust resistance.

Huawei’s next flagship is rumored to arrived in mid-October followed by a release towards the end of the month. It will be accompanied by the standard Mate 30 and potentially a larger Mate 30 X and ultra-premium Mate 30 RS Porsche Design.

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16 Comments

1. Habib111

Posts: 40; Member since: Feb 12, 2019

Huawei has a good market so couple of changes might not effect the reputation that much as long as it has features like always

2. eyaleng

Posts: 9; Member since: Jan 25, 2019

Notch + ban = D.O.A

3. ijuanp03

Posts: 529; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Based on the leaks, i like the design more of the Mate 20 Pro.

4. NateAdam8

Posts: 435; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

This always makes me laugh my ass off when Android does the notch it's all good but when Apple does the notch it's crap, Is the Notch a good or bad thing cause people need to pick a side and stick with it. I'm not a Apple or Android Sheep but it's just getting stupid.

5. TBomb

Posts: 1276; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Lots of people on both sides don't like the notch. Just because some Android fans say they like a notch doesn't mean all of Android likes the notch on Android and not on iPhone. Same for the other way around. It's also true that not all notches are created equal. Essential Phone notch vs LG notch vs iPhone notch vs PIxel 3xl notch are all very different. What you're seeing is the product of Apple haters commenting on the notch as being stupid & Android phones with notch getting lost among all of the other Android OEM news (there's lots of company's so the non-notch news is multiplied), and then seeing people who have notch opinions speaking up on these articles.

6. alanrock

Posts: 281; Member since: Oct 04, 2018

notch was blasphemy until O/U/V urban extravaganza, and now we are all cool and polite ...

7. maherk

Posts: 6749; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

After using both the P30 Pro and the Mate 20 Pro, I would rather have the fast and consistent fps with a small notch, over face id and a wide notch.

8. UnlimitedSkye03

Posts: 288; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

After seeing Note 10's punch hole camera, I'd rather have a notch instead :/

14. shawman

Posts: 40; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

speak for yourself. Tiny hole >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> big ass notch.

15. UnlimitedSkye03

Posts: 288; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

It looks like a freakin' hole for an ID. and if you "hide" the notch it'll have a smaller bezel like look but if you "hide" the punch hole camera it certainly looks way thicker than the one having a big ass notch, well except for the pixel 3 xl.

9. cmdacos

Posts: 3969; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

That unibrow design is ancient. Not helping themselves grow that's for sure

10. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 587; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

These notches need to go.. I don't see why they didn't center the flash on the camera set up, it'd look alot better.

11. UnlimitedSkye03

Posts: 288; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

I agree with notches needs to go, the under display camera should be the next tech for the flagships, but regarding the flash not in the middle well I haven't seen any camera centering the flash, that would be weird, it's like highlighting the flash instead of the camera, just my thoughts. But we're not sure what design it'll really come out, some say it'll come with a rectangle camera setup rather that circular one.

12. clarity

Posts: 52; Member since: Jun 19, 2017

Mate 20 Pro's FaceID was just amazing. It was the phone I took out of my pocket and it'd be already unlocked. I'll never buy a Huawei because of Kirin chipsets and custom roms but I recommend them 100% to everyone who isn't a rom addict.

13. NateAdam8

Posts: 435; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

Huawei throw of Donald Trump and make all of the Huawei smartphones by giving more US Carriers Bands and sell them under globally unlocked.

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