Huawei teases Mate 30 Pro, reveals larger camera sensor, low-light improvements


The Huawei Mate 30 series will be officially unveiled in just 10 days at an event in Munich, Germany, and while we don't yet even know whether the phone will have Google apps on board, the company has just given us a big tease as to what the Mate 30 Pro will focus on.

And the keywords are definitely: a much better camera, faster performance and better connectivity.

The 30-second teaser has the following slogans:

  1. Look beyond the light (hints at better camera low-light performance)
  2. Go fast go large (hints at a larger camera sensor)
  3. See time differently (hints at improved slow motion mode)
  4. Power through speed (hints at better performance)
  5. Rethink charging (faster charging, duh!)
  6. Rethink speed (faster performance, duh!)
  7. Rethink connectivity (probably a teaser for 5G connectivity, let's remind you that the Kirin 990 is the world's first SoC with built-in 5G modem)
  8. Rethink darkness (again, teasing better camera low-light performance)
  9. Rethink possibilities (overall slogan for the Mate 30)

What does this teaser reveal?


As you can see, the majority of the slogans are around an improved camera and this is just what the rumors have been saying all along. We are particularly thrilled with the possibility to see finally a much larger physical sensor on the Mate 30. Despite all the advancements in computational photography, a larger pixel that comes with a larger camera sensor is still the easiest and most efficient way to boost camera quality.

The rest of the teasers around speed, performance and connectivity have a lot to do with the recently unveiled Kirin 990 chip, a piece of silicon engineered by Huawei and promising to give the Snapdragon 855 a run for its money.

The big question around the Huawei Mate 30 series, however, remains around Android. Huawei has fallen prey to a US-China trade war of massive proportions. Huawei is now a part of the US Entity List, a list of companies that US business can't do business with. Google as an Android maker and a bunch of other companies making chips are thus currently forbidden from providing their products to Huawei. If Huawei has not negotiated some special waiver, law would require the company to have the Mate 30 Pro running the open source version of Android without any Google apps on board. The Chinese company has also been developing its own operating system, but at this point in time it's hard to see any newcomer OS taking over the duopoly of iOS-Android.

In either case, we will know all about the Huawei Mate 30 series when the company lifts the veil of secrecy on September 19th in Munich, Germany. We will be there covering the launch live and giving you a first look at the new devices, so stay tuned.

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27 Comments

1. Pcworld1976

Posts: 172; Member since: Sep 18, 2018

Rethink the check to dxomark

5. meanestgenius

Posts: 22264; Member since: May 28, 2014

Going by that logic, shouldn’t we add Google, Samsung, Xiamoi, and OnePlus to that list? They’ve scored pretty high on dxomark as well. Just sayin’.

18. Mikele

Posts: 175; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

Add Apple to the list bro

20. meanestgenius

Posts: 22264; Member since: May 28, 2014

Thanks. Forgot about them.

25. Pcworld1976

Posts: 172; Member since: Sep 18, 2018

SIP but this article talks about huawei

26. meanestgenius

Posts: 22264; Member since: May 28, 2014

It doesn’t talk about dxomark either, and yet, someone mentioned them. How come you didn’t mention that to the person who mentioned dxomark, and only single me out? Must be because what I said makes too much sense. Some people can’t stand that.

10. Venom

Posts: 3722; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Rethink about the design because it definitely looks horrible.

15. meanestgenius

Posts: 22264; Member since: May 28, 2014

You say this "definitely looks horrible" but the Pixel 3A XL that looks like the OG Pixels looks good? That's hypocritical, don't you think?!

2. maherk

Posts: 6955; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Please don't bring back the RYYB sensor.

4. meanestgenius

Posts: 22264; Member since: May 28, 2014

I’m not too much of a fan of it, either. I prefer there being a b&w/monochrome sensor.

14. maherk

Posts: 6955; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

It's terrible when taking pictures with people in the frame, skin tones are always way off.

9. QuantumRazer

Posts: 149; Member since: Apr 27, 2019

Hopefully they will bring(back) RGBW sensor in near future, but I doubt Huawei will change the Bayer filter type on Mate series. Right now the RYYB sensor on P30 series introduces noticeable demosaicing artefacts so I wish they will address that.

16. maherk

Posts: 6955; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

The Mate 20 Pro takes much better pictures than the P30 Pro, and it's all because of this stupid sensor they used on the latter.

21. meanestgenius

Posts: 22264; Member since: May 28, 2014

That was actually one of the other deciding factor for me, besides the deal I got on the Mate 20 Pro. The sensor.

3. meanestgenius

Posts: 22264; Member since: May 28, 2014

I’m here for it! The Huawei Mate 30 Pro is going to be the best smartphone released this year, IMO. It’s a real shame that Huawei is caught in the middle of the political propaganda BS going on, because the biggest losers in this are consumers, as our options are being forcibly limited.

6. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Straight up. Huawei aren't here for jokes.. Huawei, Google, Huawei, Google, Huawei, Google, Huawei, *urrggghhh*

7. meanestgenius

Posts: 22264; Member since: May 28, 2014

For real. Huawei has been consistently putting out the best flagship smartphones since the P20 Pro, IMO. I had to go back to using them, and was going to get a P30 Pro while I waited to see what the Mate 30 Pro was all about, but I saw a deal for the Mate 20 Pro that I could not resist. So now I’m rocking a Mate 20 Pro, but I’m going to be honest, I’ll most likely pick up a Mate 30 Pro whether it has Google Mobile Services or not. I’m pretty good at putting the alternatives on my smartphone, if need be.

19. Mikele

Posts: 175; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

Huawei would definitely shocked the Mobile Industries with the Mate 30 series flair.... aka Rethink possiblities

8. Sparkxster

Posts: 1240; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Hopefully they have it all straightened out soon.

11. Venom

Posts: 3722; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Definitely not a case of political propaganda. It's just that Huawei can't stop stealing ideas and concepts from others and expecting to not be called out on it.

17. meanestgenius

Posts: 22264; Member since: May 28, 2014

It is definitely a case of political propaganda, and your links which show Huawei has been convicted of ideas and concepts of others? I'm sure you have them since you made this comment with such conviction.

12. Fhdleo

Posts: 16; Member since: Jan 11, 2014

Correction: Samsung Exynos 980 is the world's first SoC with built-in 5G modem.

22. vincelongman

Posts: 5724; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

No phone has been announced with the Exynos 980 yet, it was just a paper launch like the MediaTek 5G SoC No one has released a phone with a SoC with built-in 5G modem yet The Mate 30 Pro with the 990 5G will probably be the first phone to be announced with a 5G SoC, and probably the first to be released too

13. ECPirate37

Posts: 338; Member since: Jul 14, 2011

Remember the leak that showed the round camera but it had lines in the design? For some reason, that made it seem more premium to me. I'm also excited to see the colors. Lavendar is cool, but I'd love to see a bright orange. I can't wait to see the actual reveal.

23. wesley.

Posts: 217; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Now that so many other manufacturers are copying Huawei's camera with the 48mp Sony camera module with 4x pixel binning, Huawei have to up their game a bit more. How about a 1" sensor. The prices lately would merit that.

24. strawberry

Posts: 115; Member since: Feb 20, 2019

i think the design nicer than Note10

27. Ballog

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 10, 2019

In photography term 'Go fast go large' would mean a faster lens - hence larger aperture - not a bigger sensor.

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