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Huawei Mate 30 Pro leaks in full with a 'waterfall' display, circular quad camera setup, and no volume buttons

Huawei Mate 30 Pro leaks in full with a 'waterfall' display and circular quad camera setup
While it remains unclear if Huawei will be able to announce a commercial release date for its next flagship duo, it's no longer a secret that the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro will be officially unveiled on September 19 in Munich, Germany. It's also no big surprise that the two high-end devices have been repeatedly leaked and pictured in advance of their launch event, with the clearest and most reliable renders yet revealed earlier today by @OnLeaks (who else?) in collaboration with the folks over at Pricebaba.

Interestingly, it seems that the well-known, incredibly prolific, and trustworthy leaker had been sitting on this particular exposé for a couple of weeks, initially hesitating to make it public due to the "trickiness" of the rendered design. Ultimately, the decision to share these factory CAD-based images came by popular demand, but you should keep in mind certain little details may not have been rendered 100 percent accurately after all.

A "waterfall" display with a wide notch and no physical volume rocker

We're pretty sure you're familiar with a so-called "waterdrop" notch, aka a small screen cutout used to accommodate the front-facing camera on a growing number of low to mid-end phones in addition to certain flagships. Like the Mate 20 Pro, the Huawei Mate 30 Pro is expected to snub that elegant design choice, going with a much larger notch that will not only house the necessary sensors for an iPhone-rivaling 3D facial recognition system but also a grand total of three front shooters.

What you might not be so familiar with is the so-called "waterfall" screen, which Oppo first unveiled a little while ago to take "borderless smartphone innovation to new heights." That's basically an evolution of the dual-curved concept Samsung originally brought into the mainstream, with the display stretching further over both edges of the Mate 30 Pro. That certainly looks... different, but we're still not sure how practical and functional it will be.

The same pretty much goes for Huawei's other unusual choice, as the physical side-mounted volume buttons will apparently be leaving the building to make room for a "touch-sensitive area" requiring users to "slide their finger up and down to adjust the volume." That's something Samsung purportedly considered for the Galaxy Note 10 as well before deciding to adopt a largely conventional flagship design.

An exciting quad camera system

Huawei is known for its imaging innovations and pioneering moves, but after inspiring the square camera trend, it looks like the company will be switching to a circular setup composed of four lenses displayed in groups of two. The dual LED flash, an additional sensor, and the Leica logo will be positioned to the left of the actual camera module which is widely expected 
to include not one but two 40MP shooters, as well as an 8-megapixel telephoto lens and one of those trendy 3D ToF (Time-of-Flight) sensors.

The primary 40-megapixel camera could be endowed with variable aperture ranging from f/1.4 to f/1.6 for different lighting conditions and shooting scenarios, while the secondary 40MP lens is rumored to take care of ultra-wide snapshots. Since the 40 + 8 + 20MP + ToF quad camera arrangement on the back of the P30 Pro is already pretty spectacular, we can't wait to see how Huawei plans to take everything to the next level.

Dimensions, ports, and other rumored specs

Due to those drastic new curves of the waterfall display, it's hard to correctly assess the diagonal of the Huawei Mate 30 Pro, but current estimates are circling 6.6 inches, which would make this bad boy even larger than the already jumbo-sized 6.4-inch Mate 20 Pro. Thanks to some razor-thin bezels, however, the overall physical measurements are expected to remain largely the same, at 158.1 x 73.6 x 8.7mm. Hence, while we're not saying the Mate 30 Pro will be compact, you should be able to maneuver it with relative ease... all things considered.

Made from a premium combination of glass and metal, the powerhouse is pretty much guaranteed to pack a brand-new Kirin 990 SoC with a built-in 5G modem, while a hefty 4,500mAh battery should be more than capable of keeping the lights on for a fair amount of time between charges. Speaking of charging, the Mate 30 Pro is likely to support up to 55W wired and 25W wireless speeds, unsurprisingly sporting a USB-C port, two microphones, a loudspeaker, IR blaster, but no headphone jack.

Lastly, one very important thing you need to keep in mind is that the Huawei Mate 30 Pro might not run a licensed version of Android with full access to Google apps and services. That means no Chrome, no Gmail, no Google Maps, and most importantly, no Play Store. 

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