The dust has barely settled on the launch of Samsung’s Note 10 smartphone when, already, a competitor is coming up hot on its heels.
Chinese tech giant Huawei is making plans for the launch of its Huawei Mate 30 range, which will include the Mate 30 Pro, and the phone could be arriving as early as September.
The president of Huawei’s Consumer Business Software, Dr. Wang Chenglu, reportedly told a Russian news site that the Mate 30 Pro will be first shown on September 19 in Europe. Last year, the company launched the Mate 20 range in London in October so this year’s launch could be a lot earlier.
Here’s everything we know so far about the new Huawei Mate 30 range.
Huawei P30 Pro vs Mate 30 Pro
The Huawei Mate 30 Pro is not to be confused with the P30 Pro which came out earlier this year, though it’s understandable if sometimes you can’t tell the difference between the two phone ranges.
The Mate range is the business-focused smartphone from Huawei, often including brand new tech first like the addition of wireless power-sharing which debuted on the Mate 20 Pro device last year. The P range, on the other hand, is more consumer-focused, often with a great camera set up.
The easy way to think about it is the P range is like the Samsung Galaxy S range, whereas the Mate range is more like the Samsung Note.
It’s likely there will be a Mate 30 Pro released in September, alongside a smaller Mate 30 which won’t feature all of the same features as the flagship range.
Huawei Mate 30 Pro design
The design of the Huawei Mate 30 and Pro phones is under wraps at the moment, aside from how the cameras will look on the back of the phone.
After going for quite a substantial notch on the Mate 20 Pro last year, leaked renders are pointing to the 2019 version opting for a punch hole selfie on the left side of the phone, similar to the one seen on the Samsung Galaxy S10 phones. The punch hole is for sure the sleekest way to include a selfie camera so if Huawei chooses to go down this route then the Mate 30 Pro should look pretty good.
When it comes to the back of the phone, the camera formation is expected either in a circle formation or a rectangular block in order to fit the new lens setup in. The rectangular formation looks fairly ugly, but then again this isn’t too dissimilar from the leaks we’ve seen of the new iPhone and Google Pixel cameras, pointing to an ugly camera set up as a 2019 phone trend.
According to the Chinese publication IT House, the Mate 30 Pro will feature a 90Hz screen refresh rate, like the OnePlus 70 Pro, and for the first time, it will have an AMOLED glass screen. AMOLED screens, like the ones Samsung uses, are usually better quality and more flexible than the OLED screens Huawei usually goes for, so this is a big improvement if true.
Huawei Mate 30 Pro camera
Last year’s Mate 20 Pro sported three camera lenses on the back with a flash in a quad formation. It looks like this design could be switched up in favour of a circular arrangement, which will include two 40MP sensors, one of which will be an ultra-wide sensor.
There is likely to be the inclusion of a third telephoto sensor, as well as a time of flight lens like the P30 Pro.
According to IceUniverse, a known tech leaker, the Samsung Note 10 “has no chance of beating Mate 30 Pro in terms of camera hardware”.
Huawei Mate 30 Pro specs
The Huawei Mate 30 Pro is likely going to be powered by Huawei’s new processor, the Kirin 985 processor, which is set to be unveiled in the next few weeks, alongside the Balong 5000 modem.
This is a major hint that the Mate 30 Pro will have 5G connectivity, however Huawei may do a separate 5G version with this set up, akin to the Mate 20 X 5G phone it released earlier this year.
Other rumours point to the phone having a 4,200 mAh, the same size as last year. It’s surprising that Huawei wouldn’t improve this but last year’s Mate 20 Pro can easily handle two days of power without a top up, so no need to worry that this device will power down when you’re on the go.
Despite the issues with the US and Google this year, the Huawei Mate 30 Pro will ship with Android Q alongside its own EMUI 11 operating system.
Huawei Mate 30 Pro release date and price
If the rumours are true, the Huawei Mate 30 Pro could get a release date as early as September 16. It’s likely the phone will be on sale a few weeks later, so you could potentially get your hands on a new Huawei phone by mid-October.
This year’s P30 Pro was available from £899, so expect the prices to be more expensive for the Mate 30 Pro device as it packs more tech than the P range.
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