Huawei Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro to be unveiled on September 19th

Huawei Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro to be unveiled on September 19th
Huawei took to its official Twitter account today to announce that it will unveil the Mate 30 series on September 19th. For PhoneArena readers, this is not a surprise; back on August 11th we told you that the company's president of software development, Wang Chenglu, had leaked that date to Hi-tech.mail. The Mate 30 Pro will be the manufacturer's most advanced non-foldable phone released this year, and under normal circumstances, demand for the line might have taken Huawei to the top of the smartphone industry in terms of shipments. But this has not been a normal year for the firm.

Back on May 16th, the U.S. Commerce Department put Huawei on its Entity List for security reasons. That prevents the company from accessing the U.S. supply chain it spent $11 billion on last year. While some exceptions are being made to allow Huawei to service existing customers, the manufacturer is shut off from purchasing memory chips from Micron and other components from Intel and Qualcomm. But what might hurt the company the most is its inability to license the Google Play services version of Android for new devices. Last week, Google told the media that the Mate 30 line will not be able to use the version of Android it licenses, nor will the phones be able to employ Google's core Android apps or include the Google Play Store.

The Huawei Mate 30 line will sell well inside China thanks to a wave of patriotism


While Huawei unveiled its own HarmonyOS last month, the company said that it will not use the new software on high-end devices. Huawei might have to turn to an open-source version of Android similar to the FireOS variant used by Amazon for its tablets. Amazon also used this forked version of Android for the Fire Phone, one of its biggest flops (if not the biggest). Even if Huawei decides to install an open-source version of Android on the Mate 30 phones, the models will still sell pretty well in China. The ban has ignited a wave of patriotism among Chinese consumers that led Huawei to claim 38.2% of the domestic market during the second quarter. That is more than double the 18.3% market share in China owned by runner-up Oppo from April through June. For the first half of 2019, which included 6 weeks on the Entity List, Huawei delivered 118 million handsets worldwide. Last year it shipped 206 million phones.


The Huawei Mate 30 Pro is believed to feature a 6.7-inch AMOLED curved edge display that will have a 90Hz refresh rate. That is 50% faster than the rate found on traditional smartphone displays and will lead to smoother animation for game players and buttery smooth scrolling. It also could reduce battery life which is one of the reasons why the Mate 30 Pro should ship with a 4500mAh capacity battery inside. Another feature that calls on the phone's battery is reverse wireless charging. This allows the handset's rear panel to be used as a wireless charging pad to power up certain accessories and compatible phones. The Mate 30 will reportedly be equipped with a 4200mAh battery.


Photos of the Mate 30 Pro show that it will have a waterfall display. This means that the sides of the screen are curved and drop down at nearly a 90-degree angle. Those looking straight at the phone's display won't be able to notice the thin side bezels on the device, and the Mate 30 Pro will sport a wide notch at the top of the screen. Powering both phones will be Huawei's homegrown Kirin 990 chipset. Designed by its HiSilicon unit, the SoC is manufactured by TSMC using its 7nm process and will include an integrated 5G modem chip and a Neural Processing Unit (NPU) for AI tasks.

The Mate 30 line has moved to a circular camera module from the square found on the back of the Mate 20 Pro. This is a bit ironic since both Apple and Google are turning to square camera modules this year for their new handsets. Speaking about the rear cameras, four of them will be inside the circular module belonging to the Mate 30 Pro. We could see two 40MP snappers (one for primary use, the other for ultra-wide-angle shots offering a 120-degree field-of-view), an 8MP telephoto camera with a 5x optical zoom, and a Time of Flight (ToF) depth sensor to improve the bokeh effects on portraits.


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28 Comments

1. Derekjeter

Posts: 1515; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

It sucks that Huawei is a spy for Chinese government but it also sucks that this orange racists bastard is only looking out for his best interest. True innovation is only coming from Huawei or One plus. Neither Samsung or Apple have shown us anything worth buying. The Note 10 and iPhone 11 will just be another over priced hardware that only fan boys will buy that just don’t compare to Huawei and one plus best.

4. Alex_12

Posts: 54; Member since: May 30, 2018

They started investing only last 2 years and their smartphones are very expensive. If you are looking for innovation then you should look for Pixel line specially Pixel 4.

6. Papa_Ji

Posts: 855; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

Pixel just sucks....

10. meanestgenius

Posts: 22191; Member since: May 28, 2014

If it wasn’t for the camera on Pixels, which isn’t the best, they would be a generic smartphone that gets overlooked by everyone. And way too many bugs and issues.

15. Shubham412302

Posts: 580; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

They should name them bugs instead of pixel. Every pixel lineup has some huge issue both software and hardware but people just forget it.

27. meanestgenius

Posts: 22191; Member since: May 28, 2014

Exactly, Shubham412302. Couldn’t have said it better myself.

26. Venom

Posts: 3676; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

So are you going to elaborate or you just going to resort to erroneous statements?

28. meanestgenius

Posts: 22191; Member since: May 28, 2014

You should be asking yourself that question.

7. Priyam009

Posts: 54; Member since: Oct 23, 2018

Pixels are ugly af and Huawei's innovation is 10 times than that of Pixel from camera hardware to self developed processor and outstanding after sales service to name a few!

9. meanestgenius

Posts: 22191; Member since: May 28, 2014

Exactly. Huawei smartphones are far more innovative than what Google has done with the Pixel line.

21. hamaidx

Posts: 99; Member since: Apr 28, 2015

Oh Innovation ... is it.. best ever innovation did by google is copying a copy cat - Look at Pixel 4 & i11 ... guess Tim and Sundar had a love child.... go figure... Innovation my ass !!

29. meanestgenius

Posts: 22191; Member since: May 28, 2014

For real. I keep saying that Pixels are like a love letter from Google to Apple, lol.

11. Mikele

Posts: 172; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

But no proofs so far on Huawei being a spy to Chinese Govt. The Rockfella only using the company for tariff bargain on Chinese goods coming to US

22. hamaidx

Posts: 99; Member since: Apr 28, 2015

Exactly to the point!

20. rsiders

Posts: 1970; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Don't forget the new Note 10 sports a gorgeous 1080p screen. It's all the rage these days.

2. Feanor

Posts: 1379; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

The article claims that this phone will be the most advanced Huawei. If things turn out as expected, this phone will have the most advanced HARDWARE Huawei ever made, but given that the software part may end up more limiting than a Tizen or Sailfish phone, it will actually end up being the LEAST advanced Huawei from a usage point of view. Who's gonna care about 90Hz screen refresh rate and "waterfall" screen curvatures if they cannot have Gmail or Google Maps on their phone?

18. mootu

Posts: 1527; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

Maybe you should ask the 150 million Chinese people that buy Huawei phones every year. And guess what?, theres not a Google app anywhere on the device.

3. meanestgenius

Posts: 22191; Member since: May 28, 2014

It sucks that Huawei is stuck in the middle of this dirty politics nightmare, but I'm glad that they are moving ahead with the launch of the Mate 30 line, and have remained professional throughout this entire fiasco. The Mate 30 line looks to have the best hardware around on a smartphone when launched. It's we consumers that are the biggest losers out of this political propaganda BS.

5. John.v2

Posts: 45; Member since: Sep 08, 2014

More than anything else... More than the phone.... I am very excited for HarmonyOS.... Really wanna see if its a real competitor... Huawei has the best R&D... And they have the ability to surprise...

13. ScottsoNJ56

Posts: 125; Member since: Oct 01, 2017

They already said they won't use it probably because it won't work on a smartphone

8. MihaiRO

Posts: 30; Member since: Jun 07, 2019

Sad to say that ,but I really think this phone,it'll end an innovative period created by Huawei...I own Mate 20 Pro,I am happy with this one,especially by camera hardware and software.But without Google,Huawei will be as a Lumia phone,good camera,hardware and no suport for anything else.Sad to say,I think T-Rump and Apple won this time... I'll continue but not Samsung or Apple:One Plus series and China inovative technology!!!

12. Mikele

Posts: 172; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

Passing moments for Huawei but I believe smth good is on the table for Mate 30 series

19. mootu

Posts: 1527; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

Why would it end their innovative period? They are the dominant brand in the worlds largest smartphone market, they sell around 150 million phones in China per year and they use zero Google apps in China. That is just it's smartphone business, they are the worlds largest telecoms supplier, most western companies are around 2 years behind them tech wise. Trump and Apple have won nothing and all they are doing is disrupting the European phone market.

14. redmd

Posts: 1941; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Please let there be a Huawei Mate 20 X successor.

17. tangbunna

Posts: 480; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

love the xenon flash. but why they dont make big ring flash for that big camera circle ?

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