Huawei Mate 30, Mate 30 Pro arrive - but without Google services

Friday, 20 Sep, 2019

According to Huawei CEO Richard Yu, the company will have an upcoming HMS Ecosystem Incentive Program, where it would invest $1 billion Dollars to encourage developers to build apps and get them marketed on Huawei phones outside China. The question is whether or not the phones will ever launch in the US.

They're water and dust proof too: the Mate 30 Pro is IP68 rated, while the standard Mate 30 is IP53 rated, keeping it safe from the elements. Again, on both sides of the stripe there's genuine red or black leather depending on the model.

"Huawei has Apple soundly beaten when it comes to form factor design but even these beautiful-looking devices are going to struggle to see any volume without the Google ecosystem", analyst Richard Windsor said in a note before the launch.

We've seen Samsung's Edge displays for a few years now, but Huawei's equivalent, the Horizon Display, goes even further off the front of the phone, extending to nearly 90 degree over either side. Apart from a medium-sized notch, the curved screen is barely obstructed by any bezels at all, coming with a smaller chin than most other Android devices. Both are OLED displays, which should make for great brightness and high quality images.

On the inside, the Mate 30 Pro runs on the new Kirin 990 5G processor, made by Huawei subsidiary HiSilicon, which packs more than 10.3 billion transistors into a space the size of a fingernail.

There's other things to know - such as a 3D biometric face unlock, fingerprint sensor that can unlock in 0.3 seconds or less, virtual L and R gamepad keys for gaming and the like, but much of this information isn't really key.

Together with the newly presented Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro.

The new phones were launched in Munich on Thursday (Sept 19) afternoon at the Rethink Possibilities event.

Huawei says the phone's "brain" - the Kirin 990 chipset unveiled at a recent tech fair in Berlin - outperforms the Qualcomm-powered 5G rivals already on the market from Samsung.

Mr Yu said that the company had experienced 26% growth in demand for its smartphones over the January-to-August period, compared to the same eight months in 2018.

Of course, given today's launch was a typical marathon presser from Huawei, the Mate 30 series isn't all the firm showed off.

The Huawei Mate 30 Pro looks to be the best phone the company has produced to date, with specs that enable it to go toe to toe with the top phones from Samsung, Apple and others. There's always the chance that you'll be able to import the handset if you can't buy it through domestic outlets, but getting Google's services onto the phone is likely to be a complicated process. With a newly introduced Cinematic Color system and DCI-P3 HDR, it's a display to be reckoned with, on paper at least. For the Mate 30 Pro, the device now features a dual main-camera system that uses a 40MP 1/1.54-inch light sensor that has a maximum ISO rating of 512,000 that can capture video with extended dynamic range as well as super slow-mo at an incredible 7680fps in 720p resolution.