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, circular quad camera setup, and no volume buttons
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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43 Comments

1. Ghost04

Posts: 522; Member since: May 03, 2014

The phone sounds pretty interesting. And I am sure the Google issues will be solved before International launch just like Honor 20 series. Waiting to see what the actual product and its Final specs

2. BL4NKF4CE

Posts: 138; Member since: Aug 06, 2017

Specs are probably an easy guess: Kirin 990 CPU 8-12GB RAM 128-512GB Storage 6.3-6.7" 2K screen

10. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

This will straight up be the phone of the year. The phone is looking like a master piece as onleaks didn't actually want to release the renders because he said it was too hard to replicate. Infact I even believe this doesn't actually do the phone justice tbh. So many things actually intrigue me here, the design, the waterfall display, the battery life, the cine lens, the new UI, the camera quality and how they handle the volume rocker. And lol at anybody who thinks this phone won't ship with Android. The fact that they are launching it in Munich is also a fantastic indicator of that.

3. dimas

Posts: 3382; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Pretty design and rumored specs but a phone with s**tty emui and no playstore = expensive brick

6. BL4NKF4CE

Posts: 138; Member since: Aug 06, 2017

It's not like it's hard to install the play store.

15. tbreezy

Posts: 49; Member since: Aug 11, 2019

Stop being logical, people do not like that around here. ;)

17. hansip87

Posts: 228; Member since: Nov 10, 2015

Well Pretty people can't do that so yeah it will not sell..

30. QuantumRazer

Posts: 149; Member since: Apr 27, 2019

In my country Meizu and Xiaomi phones are sold without Play Store pre-installed, while the instructions to sideload one from their own app stores are clearly written on the product boxes. I see many people using phones from those two companies without having any issues and most of them are non-tech savvy ones.

37. Kloak

Posts: 82; Member since: May 27, 2018

Well at least the 30% of world population can, since in China no smartphone has it.

40. ECPirate37

Posts: 338; Member since: Jul 14, 2011

What's wrong with Emui? Everyone complains about it but no one can say what's wrong. I have both the Mate 20 Pro and Galaxy Note 10+ as my daily driver and I find Emui to be equally enjoyable, and even more robust than Samsung's skin. Also, as Blankface said, sideload the play store just like I did on the Mate 9 I got in China a few years ago. Takes less than 15 minutes to set everything up and get it running.

4. torr310

Posts: 1674; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Waterfull screen is useless except for esthetic reason. I don't buy it.

5. torr310

Posts: 1674; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Huawei should unlock the bootloader...

22. dimas

Posts: 3382; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Huawei will never do that. They are scared if 3rd party developers see how they run their system, half of their low-end phones have built-in malwares so they want to make sure bootloader will not be inspected.

31. QuantumRazer

Posts: 149; Member since: Apr 27, 2019

Because locking the bootloader will definitely prevent the people from VIEWING the system files, am I right? /s And how do you even include malware into bootloader anyway?

7. Sparkxster

Posts: 1240; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Such a stunning design! So beautiful and elegant!!

43. Venom

Posts: 3722; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I don't know, I don't think that design looks gorgeous at all. I'm thinking beast but a hideous beast, not an elegant beast.

45. meanestgenius

Posts: 22264; Member since: May 28, 2014

You are absolutely correct, Sparkxster. It’s all of those tings you said, plus a beast. Best smartphone release of the year right here, mark my words. It will even be better than other Android releases that are forthcoming, like the Pixel 4 line, IMO.

8. meanestgenius

Posts: 22264; Member since: May 28, 2014

This smartphone is GORGEOUS! I can’t wait for this beast to be released. Huawei has such beautiful hardware for smartphones. I’m so eager to what, if any, alternative they have planned for the lack of a PlayStore to supply apps.

9. hopper

Posts: 78; Member since: May 08, 2017

No Google services means most of the financial apps like banking and payment apps won't work since they can't find out if device is rooted or not. And if u try to side load, gd luck with battery drain

42. Venom

Posts: 3722; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

And that means Huawei won't be able to get access to your financial records and information.

46. meanestgenius

Posts: 22264; Member since: May 28, 2014

Because Google having access to that is a good thing? Yeah, right.

44. ECPirate37

Posts: 338; Member since: Jul 14, 2011

Could you explain? I side load Google Apps on my phone each year when I get a new Huawei in China, and my battery doesn't seem to take a hit for it. Or if it has been hurting my battery, I would be amazing at how long it would go without that. haha It lasts over a day of heavy use as is. And as far as banking, all of my apps work fine.

11. ishaqthkr

Posts: 159; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

No Bootloader unlock = no buy for me

12. LawnBoy

Posts: 198; Member since: Feb 23, 2019

Bring back flat screen. These curved displays are horrible. I would never buy a TV set were the left and right sides bend backwards out of site so why do I want my phone screen to do so.

13. redmd

Posts: 1943; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

No Google services means no for me. Besides the P30 pro is still serviceable at a now discounted price.

14. Pcworld1976

Posts: 172; Member since: Sep 18, 2018

Washing machine from behind iPhone copy in front

16. MsPooks

Posts: 169; Member since: Jul 08, 2019

Samsung Edge Display: "Impractical. Fragile. Touch issues." Huawei Waterfall: "Much sexy. Much gorgeous. Much practical." Samsung removes 3.5mm jack: "Booh! Hate it! No more music!" Huawei removes jack AND buttons: "Much daring! So boldness! Who needs them?" I'm seeing a pattern. :-D

27. Fred3

Posts: 561; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

I thought I was the only one who noticed lol

28. QuantumRazer

Posts: 149; Member since: Apr 27, 2019

Said no one ever.

38. Kloak

Posts: 82; Member since: May 27, 2018

I do remember the own samsung making adds to mock the lack of headphone jack and the notch of a phone, or was just my imagination?

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