As it is every year, the last few months are for the upper echelons of the tech giants in the industry. Samsung is known for having its keynotes the earliest around August, closely followed by Apple in September. As for Huawei, it almost always holds its keynotes in October. However, it has since moved up the timeline by releasing its entire Huawei Mate 30 series earlier than expected.
This will also be the first range of high-end smartphones from Huawei that will not feature any Google-related products and services. Unlike its competitors, Huawei has always been known to offer different variants when it comes to its premium flagship smartphones. This year, Huawei has introduced three new devices, mainly the Mate 30, the Mate 30 Pro, and the Mate 30 Lite.
There’s also the Huawei Mate 30 5G series, which is capable of supporting soon-to-come 5G networks.
Both the Huawei Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro are cut from the same cloth, albeit slightly different in terms of materials. While the former features a slightly curvier body and a smaller notch, the latter has a much sharper edge to its design as well as a bigger notch at the front.
There are also four new colours to choose from for the Huawei Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro, mainly black, cosmic purple, space silver, and emerald green. There will be two additional colours for the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro 5G variants — forest green and orange.
All Huawei Mate 30 variants will come with a SuperSensing triple camera array at the back while its higher tier Mate 30 Pro models will have four. Huawei has also decided to go away from its boxy design for its cameras from the previous year and instead opted for what it calls a ‘halo ring’. All Mate 30 devices come with a 40MP SuperSensing camera lens, an 8MP telephoto lens, and a 16MP ultra-wide angle lens. As for its superior, it replaces its ultra-wide lens for 40MP cine camera lens. This allows you to shoot in ultra low-light, ultra-slow motion, and even in ultra-wide angle.
The Mate 30 models carry a FullView 6.62-inch OLED display while the Mate 30 Pro models feature a Horizon Display with a 6.53-inch OLED screen. The latter’s new design of the screen is eerily similar to what Samsung has incorporated into its Galaxy Note devices with curved sides. But one aspect of it that Huawei has succeeded in making the Mate 30 Pro truly seamless; gone are the physical side buttons, which are replaced with an innovative side-touch interaction.
While all the Mate 30 devices are powered by Android 10 (Android’s latest operating system), Huawei is using a Google-free open source version. This is due to the US trade ban scandal that has hit Huawei over the past few months. Thankfully, Android 10 has plenty of innovative software features, courtesy of Huawei’s EMUI 10 custom skin.
This includes a better Always-On Display feature as well as the new Dark Mode. Other notable updates comprise greater artificial intelligence and hands-free gestures.
Unfortunately, due to the absence of Google services, all of the Huawei Mate 30 devices will not come with the Google apps you have come to know and love such as Google Play Services as well as the Google Play Store. But you will have the Huawei Mobile Services with over 45,000 apps readily available.