Today, Huawei announced the Mate 30 Pro and the Mate 30 during its keynote in Munich, Germany. The phones haven't leaked as badly as the Pixel 4, but we've known quite a bit about them before the launch. The Mate 30 series focuses on photography and comes with the Kirin 990 chip, the first SoC with an integrated 5G modem. They're also the first Huawei devices that have to launch without Google apps, which might make it harder to sell them outside of China.

Mate 30 Pro

Like most other high-end smartphones these days, the Mate 30 Pro comes clad in glass front and back, with its 6.53-inch display curving 88 degrees around the sides. Its camera module on the rear is quite reminiscent of Nokia Lumia phones of old or the Nokia 7.2 of new. 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.

The Kirin 990 SoC with its integrated 5G modem should give the Mate 30 Pro a better battery life than most other current 5G phones which have to rely on extra circuits to receive the new transmission standard. It's coupled with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. Although lacking Google apps, Android 10 is still pretty recognizable. Huawei offers a system-wide dark mode capable of inverting apps that don't natively support it and brings a new custom always-on-display interface to the table.

Specs

Display 6.53-inch OLED, 2400x1176, 18.4:9 aspect ratio
Software Android 10 running EMUI 10
CPU 8-core Kirin 990 SoC with 16-core GPU (integrated 5G variant available)
RAM 8GB
Storage 256GB, expandable via NM card
Battery 4,500mAh, 40W wired and 27W wireless charging, reverse wireless charging
Rear cameras 40MP 27mm f/1.8 primary lens; 16MP 17mm f/2.2 ultra-wide; 8MP 80mm f/2.4 OIS telephoto; 40MP "Cine Camera," 4K 60fps, ISO 51200, 7680fps ultra-slow-motion; laser focus
Front camera 32 MP selfie camera, 3D depth camera, gesture sensor
Connectivity 5G, 4G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC
Miscellaneous Dual-SIM (only one 5G-capable), in-screen fingerprint reader, 3D face unlock
Measurements 198g
Colors Black, Space Silver, Cosmic Purple, Emerald Green, Vegan Leather Forest Green, Vegan Leather Orange
Price Regular version: €1100, 5G version: €1200

The Mate 30 Pro clearly focuses on photography. It has three photo cameras on its rear: a 40MP f/1.8 primary lens, a 16MP f/2.2 ultra-wide camera, and an 8MP 80mm f/2.4 OIS telephoto, accompanied by a laser focus. Despite lacking a dedicated periscope zoom camera, the company claims its software extends the 3x optical telephoto zoom digitally, making it comparable or better than other flagship's capabilities in this regard. Optical and digital image stabilization certainly helps with that.

The three photography-focused lenses are joined by another 40MP "Cine Camera" dedicated to video shooting. It supports 4K 60fps filming and enables low-light videography with its ISO 51200. When 60fps isn't enough, it also gives you a 720p 7680fps ultra-slow-motion mode (yes, you read that fps number right). A real-time bokeh mode is supposed to create the illusion of a low depth of field, but it's questionable how well this will work.

The front camera is joined by a few other sensors that have a couple of tricks up their sleeves. They can recognize gestures and follows your eyes to intelligently rotate the screen, but most importantly, they provide a secure face login mechanism à la Apple's Face ID. For redundancy, Huawei also added a fingerprint reader sitting inside the display.

The 30 Pro comes with a 4,500mAh battery, which can be charged at up to 40W wired and 27W wirelessly. Just like the Samsung Galaxy Note10, the Mate 30 Pro is also capable of reverse wireless charging. Another special characteristic is the lack of a physical volume rocker on the device. Instead, it uses touch-sensitive panels, letting you slide across its side to adjust the volume or tap the frame to trigger the shutter in the camera app.

The Mate 30 Pro will be available for €1100, coming with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage at this price. The 5G version costs €100 more at €1200 with the same specifications.

Mate 30

The two phones announced today are pretty similar but remain distinguishable. The Mate 30 doesn't have a curved display, opting for a regular flat screen instead, and sports a smaller notch lacking the gestures-enabling sensors. At 6.62 inches, its display is bigger than its sibling's. While it retains the same Kirin 990 chip, it loses the 5G capabilities and only has a 4,200mAh battery. It also doesn't have the video camera, though it keeps the same array of photography-focused lenses.

Specs

Display 6.62-inch OLED, 2340 x 1080, 19.5:9 aspect ratio
Software Android 10 running EMUI 10
CPU 8-core Kirin 990 SoC with 16-core GPU
RAM 8GB
Storage 128GB, expandable via NM card
Battery 4,200mAh
Rear cameras 40MP 27mm f/1.8 primary lens, 16MP 17mm f/2.2 ultra-wide, 8MP 80mm f/2.4 OIS telephoto, laser focus
Front camera 24 MP
Connectivity 4G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC
Miscellaneous Dual-SIM, fingerprint reader
Measurements 196g
Colors Black, Space Silver, Cosmic Purple, Emerald Green, Vegan Leather Forest Green, Vegan Leather Orange
Price €800

An additional Porsche Design Huawei Mate 30 RS variant was also introduced today, sporting 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage and a unique back design.

The regular Mate 30 with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage will be available for €800 while the Porsche Design version will go for €2100.

Google apps

Since the devices are coming without Google apps, they also won't be able to take advantage of Google Play Services that allow applications to access some system APIs, mapping data, and push notifications. To combat this issue, Huawei introduced its own HMS Core suite replicating Play Services functionality. The company touts more than 45,000 apps are already integrated with HMS Core and says it incentivizes developers with money to port their apps, but it remains to be seen whether Huawei can convince the most important third-party developers. Making matters more complicated, CEO Richard Yu is telling reporters that you can't sideload the Play Store and need to rely on the pre-installed AppGallery or other third-party sites and stores like Amazon.