In addition to a fresh quartet of sharp depictions of the Mate 30 Pro's eye-catching paint jobs, Agarwal is laying out the full spec sheet of Huawei's "next big thing." Without further ado, let's dig in.
This is not a brand that likes to play it safe when it comes to the visual impact of its high-enders, and while the Mate 30 Pro strongly resembles its forerunner in many ways, other design elements will certainly feel fresh, original, and bold to Mate 20 Pro owners. For one thing, although the large screen retains that wide notch needed to rival the 3D Face Unlock technology of Apple's past few iPhone generations, the curves of the Mate 30 Pro are significantly more "aggressive" than those of its predecessor.
This is the so-called "waterfall" display approach where side bezels are eliminated altogether as the actual screen extends further around the edges of the handset's frame. While many are calling this the inevitable next step on the path to a truly bezelless smartphone design, others are not impressed with either the aesthetics or the usability of a waterfall display that might need to be handled with extreme care to avoid accidental touches.
Elsewhere, the Huawei Mate 30 Pro switches from a square-shaped to a circular camera module just as other brands are jumping on the square bandwagon, while the overall measurements of this bad boy suggest we're looking at an ever so slightly taller, wider, and thicker Mate 20 Pro with a larger screen and battery.
The 6.53-inch panel here is likely to draw quite a bit of attention with not just its towering size and aggressive waterfall design, but also a somewhat disappointing resolution of 2400 x 1176 pixels. That's down from 3120 x 1440 pixels for the 6.4-inch Mate 20 Pro although it's also roughly equal to the 2340 x 1080 resolution of the 6.47-inch P30 Pro. At the end of the day, you should know the difference between a Full HD+ and QHD screen is pretty much unnoticeable in real life, so if it helps keep the retail price reasonable, this "downgrade" is unlikely to be a problem.
A significantly bigger problem would be the rumored absence of Google apps and services on the software side of things, but unfortunately, we'll just have to wait and hear from Huawei how it intends to deal with the US ban as far as Android use is concerned. The leaked Mate 30 Pro spec sheet does include a generic mention of Android 10-based EMUI 10.0 software, but it's unclear if we're looking at a licensed or unlicensed version of the world's most popular mobile OS.
Meanwhile, the four cameras on the back of this Kirin 990 powerhouse are bound to be its key selling point, apparently combining a 40MP "super wide angle movie" lens with f/1.8 aperture, a 40MP wide angle shooter with f/1.6 aperture and OIS, an 8-megapixel telephoto sensor with f/2.4 aperture and OIS, and a trendy 3D depth camera. The list of photography features Huawei is expected to aggressively promote is almost comically lengthy, including everything from "ultra high speed" snapshots to "super night scene", portrait mode, panoramic mode, document scanning, 4D prediction chase, time-lapse photography, smart filters, and voice-activated photos.
Perhaps more importantly, it seems the Mate 30 Pro will only support 3x optical zoom, 5x hybrid zoom, and up to 30x digital zoom, compared to the 5x optical zoom and 50x digital zoom capabilities of the P30 Pro.
On the bright side, the Huawei Mate 30 Pro will eclipse both the Mate 20 Pro and P30 Pro in terms of battery capacity, with a gigantic 4,500mAh cell under the hood supporting blazing fast 40W wired and 27W wireless charging. The new guy is also essentially guaranteed now to adopt Screen Sound Technology eliminating the need for a dedicated earpiece as vibrations are sent directly through the display to generate sound.