Huawei Mate 30 Pro and its waterfall display star in new live photo

Huawei Mate 30 Pro and its waterfall display star in new live photo
The latest real-life photograph of the Huawei Mate 30 Pro surfaced today on China's micro-blogging site Weibo (via Android Authority). Even though it was housed in a case, we could still easily spot the curved waterfall display with a side that drops straight down at close to a 90-degree angle. The wide notch at the top of the display also makes an appearance. The new Mate 30 line is expected to be unveiled on September 19th.

The top-of-the-line model, the Mate 30 Pro, will reportedly feature a 6.6-inch Super AMOLED display sporting a QHD+ resolution and a 90Hz refresh rate. The 50% faster refresh rate will allow for buttery smooth scrolling and improved graphics for mobile game players. This isn't the first time that photos of the Mate 30 Pro have appeared. Last month, the phone was photographed wearing the same case as the one seen in today's picture, but from the opposite angle. The back of the phone and the circular camera module were disguised by the case.

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The homegrown Kirin 990 chipset will be under the hood of the Mate 30 Pro. The chip is designed by Huawei's HiSilicon unit and manufactured by TSMC using its 7nm process. Not only does it include a Neural Processing Unit (NPU) for AI/Machine Learning capabilities, the chip also includes an integrated 5G modem. A quad-camera setup is on the back with two 40MP cameras (primary + Ultra-wide), an 8MP telephoto and a Time of Flight (ToF) depth sensor. The latter measures the time it takes for infrared light to bounce off a subject and return to the camera. With this data, the Huawei Mate 30 Pro will be able to compute more precise depth measurements to improve the bokeh effect on portraits shot by the phone.


A 4500mAh battery is expected to keep the lights on, and because of the U.S. supply-chain ban, we could see an open-source version of Android pre-installed. This means that the Mate 30 line will not have the Google Play services version of Android installed, nor will it ship with Google's core Android apps including the Play Store, Gmail, Calendar, Search and others. However, the head of the manufacturer's consumer devices group, Richard Yu, hinted at IFA last month that it is working on a workaround that would allow Google's apps to be downloaded on an open-source version of Android.

Meanwhile, Huawei says that it just might hold the key to getting its name taken off of the U.S. Commerce Department's Entity List. That would allow the company to once again purchase components and software from U.S. suppliers. According to Bloomberg, the company's Chief Security Officer Andy Purdy said the other day, "Can I imagine a trade deal where the U.S. government doesn't agree to talk to us? No, I can't." The executive pointed out something that we've said numerous times; the ban against Huawei is hurting U.S. companies more than it is negatively impacting the Chinese manufacturer. That is because Huawei spent $11 billion on its U.S. suppliers last year and this amounts to revenue that will be impossible for these U.S. firms to replace. Take Micron Technologies for example; this U.S. memory chip supplier's top customer in 2018 was-you've got it-Huawei.

And while U.S. President Donald Trump has said in the past that he would consider using Huawei as a bargaining chip in order to get better terms for a U.S.-China trade deal, Trump has recently walked back that comment by saying that the U.S. will not do business with Huawei. The manufacturer is seen as a security threat in the U.S. because it can be compelled at any time to use its devices to spy on U.S. consumers and companies.

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61 Comments

1. LawnBoy

Posts: 192; Member since: Feb 23, 2019

4500 mAh Camera? Who does your editing?

2. maherk

Posts: 6891; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Why does the Google search bar looks like it was taken from Android KitKat or even an older version?

5. QuantumRazer

Posts: 145; Member since: Apr 27, 2019

Because Android devices on development usually run on AOSP.

12. Phonehex

Posts: 764; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

It looks like its from some device in 2009 lol.

3. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2216; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Huawei is just about out of magic tricks. Once you see the first trick they all become the same. Their is nothing compelling of their brand, but just buying a phone.

6. meanestgenius

Posts: 22109; Member since: May 28, 2014

Going by your logic, you can say that for just about every smartphone brand, especially Apple.

9. OneLove123

Posts: 1100; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

Damn, you're cruel.lol

13. meanestgenius

Posts: 22109; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lmao I'm saying, it's rather hypocritical for him to say that about Huawei when the entire industry, ESPECIALLY Apple, hasn't really been churning out innovation for a few years now. I feel that Huawei has actually been innovating more than most.

14. Venom

Posts: 3601; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I agree. They are running out of things to copy. This isn't about every other smartphone brand. This is about Huawei.

17. meanestgenius

Posts: 22109; Member since: May 28, 2014

It’s a bit hypocritical to they are copying anything when no smartphone OEM, including your favored Google, hasn’t produced any mind-boggingly original. The Pixels are literally Googles attempt to make an iPhone running Android. And don’t act like you aren’t referring to my comments here, because we all know that you are. You literally are doing the very thing you claimed I was doing a short while ago in the latest Nokia article.

34. Venom

Posts: 3601; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Lol, paranoid much? I never named dropped you so get over it. The Pixel phones are not trying to be the iPhones of Android. That's just you spewing bs again just because you disagree with what's been said about Huawei.

40. meanestgenius

Posts: 22109; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lmao lie much? Everyone knows you are referring to me with your comment, you’re not fooling anyone. Pixels are definitely Googles attempt to make an iPhone running Android. You not agreeing with it is just you spewing BS again because I said something about Google that you don’t like.

54. Venom

Posts: 3601; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Show me where I said your name then. Go on, I'll wait. Stop being paranoid. That's just what you want to think just because the Pixel 3A XL is a better device than your Nokia Pureview.

55. meanestgenius

Posts: 22109; Member since: May 28, 2014

Show me where I said you said my name as opposed to knowing you were talking about me because I mentioned other brands and you said “this isn’t about other brands.” Go ahead, I’ll wait while you deflect from this, I got time today..... See how you keep bringing up other devices, and yet, you were just saying this isn’t about other stuff? You just proved your own hypocrisy. And for the record, it is.

18. QuantumRazer

Posts: 145; Member since: Apr 27, 2019

Meanwhile your favorite company Google is running out of things to copy from Apple and now desperate enough to bring air gesture to Pixel 4, a feature that was on LG G7 and Galaxy S4... But SURE it's about Huawei and not any other companies, right?

22. Georgio

Posts: 254; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

Your Lg and samsung makes a crappy skin with a few features; while google makes a full OS every year and give it to everybody. Some of u have no logic at all

28. meanestgenius

Posts: 22109; Member since: May 28, 2014

First of all, Google didn’t even create Android, they bought the company that initially developed it. Google doesn’t “make a full OS every year”. The OS is already made, they update and further develop it by adding features, many of which are already implemented in those “crappy” skins. Guess Google doesn’t think they are so crappy, and I guess you are part of those that “have no logic at all”.

33. Venom

Posts: 3601; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Your point? Google didn't create Android, yeah, but they made it what it is today with streamlining and optimizing along with fine tuning it over the years. Just because they add a few relevant features to the build of Android doesn't mean that those skins aren't excessive like Samsung or whatever the heck Huawei has running on their phones. Consider yourself fact checked. Again.

41. meanestgenius

Posts: 22109; Member since: May 28, 2014

That’s exactly my point. Google didn’t create Android, nor does it “make a full OS every year”, since they didn’t make one to begin with. Pretty obvious what my point was. Those skins aren’t “excessive”, and Google certainly “borrows” features from said skins to make Android better. Features that smartphones that have those skins have already had. Consider your “fact check” fact checked by me...Again.

53. Venom

Posts: 3601; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

You don't have a point. You're just spewing bs as usual. What he said was pretty much correct but you being you have a problem with it because it goes against your "I hate Pixels" agenda. Rudimentary features at times, yes but a lot of those features were built into Android on the beta side, but speaking a point to you is like talking to a brick wall. Not really.

56. meanestgenius

Posts: 22109; Member since: May 28, 2014

I do have a point, you just don’t like the fact that it was me that made the valid point, lol. You’re just spewing BS in order to deflect from it, as usual. What he said was far from being correct, but you being you have a problem with what I said because it goes against your “Pixels are the best because I said so, not because it’s a fact” agenda. Google borrows feature after feature from these skins, and builds them in from what others have already implemented long before Google has. But speaking a point to you is like speaking to paint drying on a wall.

20. MihaiRO

Posts: 30; Member since: Jun 07, 2019

Just another sammy boy ....lol

52. Venom

Posts: 3601; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Well Sammy is a better OEM than Huawei even though their interface is bloated sometimes. I'll take a better Note 9 than some cheap Huawei knockoff.

57. meanestgenius

Posts: 22109; Member since: May 28, 2014

Well, Samsung makes a far better device than Google does with its Pixels, with features akin to what Huawei smartphones have. I’ll take the Note 10 over some cheap, boring Pixel any day of the week.

4. T-Dizzle

Posts: 155; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

Google apps not pre-installed, makes this phone very enticing. Bootloader unlock and it would be almost perfect.

7. meanestgenius

Posts: 22109; Member since: May 28, 2014

Looking forward to the release of this beast. I intend to get one, whether it has Google Mobile Services or not. IMO, this will be the smartphone of the year.

8. jellmoo

Posts: 2599; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

I honestly don’t see it. From the notch to the extreme curved screen, I can’t see the appeal at all. And without Google services calling it smartphone of the year seems like a really odd stretch.

11. meanestgenius

Posts: 22109; Member since: May 28, 2014

The design is decent to me. I know the notch has a polarizing effect, but I'm fine with them. I'm a fan of the curved screen, too. No GMS isn't a big deal to me, as these things can be side loaded fairly easily, and if Huawei provided instructions for a a workaround in/on the box, that's even better. It's the other things that the phone is capable of that does it for me too, like EMUI. I'm a fan of it. The hardware and cameras look to be top notch too. To each his/her own.

30. jellmoo

Posts: 2599; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

I haven't really touched EMUI since the MATE 9. It was, to me, a good device that was held back by jumbled software. Do you find it's improved since?

32. meanestgenius

Posts: 22109; Member since: May 28, 2014

Absolutely. Still looks iOS-ish with no app drawer, but the features it’s packed with is something I really dig. The UI is smoother now, more refined. They’ve really improved EMUI since the Mate 9.

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