The phone is stunning in a lot of ways
Huawei has officially announced their new Mate 30 series of smartphones, and like before the star of the show is the Mate 30 Pro.
The new smartphone is chock full of class-leading features that we haven’t seen on a Huawei phone before. Here are all of the new features you can expect from the new smartphone:
It has a new, Horizon FullView display
Forget about curved screens – the next big trend in smartphone design is Waterfall displays. While AMOLED displays like the ones found on Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10 Plus curve gently to the side, the one on Huawei’s Mate 30 Pro is angled almost 90 degrees (88 degrees to be exact) and is integrated to half of the side of the phone.
We’ve seen this tech earlier this week on vivo’s NEX 3, and Huawei calls their implementation of the tech “Horizon Display”. It’s amazing to behold in person, with text, videos, and photos wrapping around the side of the phone.
The display itself is pretty large, with the Mate 30 Pros’ display coming in at 6.53-inches, and since the sides of the phone are now half-covered by the panel, Huawei used virtual buttons on the side for volume and power controls.
It’s one of the few phones in the world that has a dedicated camera for video
Having a dedicated camera for video is quite a unique thing, and while Huawei isn’t the first company to put a dedicated sensor purely for video (Sharp’s Aquos R2 is the first) they’ve certainly made sure that the Mate 30 Pro is the best one out there.
Aside from the 40-megapixel SuperSensing camera with an f/1.8 aperture co-developed with Leica, the Mate 30 Pro also has a 40-megapixel Cine Camera with a 40-megapixel sensor, f/1.8 aperture along with both OIS and EIS. The dedicated video camera can shoot in ISOs as high as 51200, and capture 4K videos up to 60FPS, as well as shoot ultra-slow motion videos up to 7680 FPS.
Rounding off the cameras is a 16-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera and an 8-megapixel telephoto lens that can shoot up to 3x optical, 5x hybrid and 30x digital.
Faster, Smarter Kirin 990 processor
The Mate 30 Pro is equipped with Huawei’s brand-new Kirin 990 flagship chipset that was unveiled earlier this month during IFA in Berlin.
The Kirin 990 is an improvement over the Kirin 980, and is built on a 7nm+ EUV process, and features a powerful Mali-G76 MP16 GPU with an upgraded GPU Turbo.
Because the Kirin 990 is a 5G-capable chip, Huawei used a special graphene film on the chipset to carry the heat away from the important bits. Less heat = better performance.
As with Huawei’s previous Kirin chipsets, the Kirin 990 is an AI powerhouse thanks to the new, Huawei-developed Da Vinci architecture.
A notch that serves a purpose
Lots of phones have moved away from the notch nowadays, but Huawei still sees the value of that little cutout on a phone’s display, especially when it houses an array of sensors and cameras that improve the device’s security and usability.
Aside from housing the 32-megapixel front camera, the notch also houses a gesture sensor, two 3D depth cameras, as well as the ambient and proximity sensors.
The 3D depth cameras help the phone when it comes to recognizing people using the device, and allows the AI in the phone to hide sensitive notifications when other people are peering over your shoulder.
Big battery and fast wireless charging
The Mate 30 Pro’s beautiful body hides a rather massive 4500mAh inside of it. And while Huawei’s still sticking with its 40W SuperCharge tech to keep the battery topped up, it’s introducing faster wireless charging to the Mate 30 Pro for the first time.
The Mate 30 Pro supports wireless charging speeds of up to 27w, which is as fast as Qualcomm’s earlier implementations of its fast charging tech. Even better, Huawei’s also improved the reverse charging output on the Mate 30 Pro by 3x, allowing it to charge other devices (and phones) faster than ever before.
Huawei Mate 30 Pro specs
- HiSilicon Kirin 990 octa-core processor
- 8GB RAM
- 6.53-inch FLEX OLED Horizon display, DCI-P3 HDR support, 2400×1176 resolution
- 256GB internal storage, expandable via Nano memory card
- Quadruple Leica rear cameras: 40-megapixel 17mm f/1.8 ultra-wide Cine camera; 40-megapixel 27mm f/1.6 SuperSensing Camera with OIS; 8-megapixel 52mm f/2.4 telephoto camera; 3D Depth Sensor; Laser Autofocus, LED Flash, 4K60 video recording, up to ISO 51200, 7680FPS ultra slow-motion video, 4K HDR+ Timelapse, dual OIS and AIS
- 32-megapixel f/2.0 front camera
- Dual SIM
- 3G, 4G, 5G
- WiFi, Bluetooth, Dual-band GPS, NFC
- In-display fingerprint scanner, 3D Face Unlock, IP68 rating
- 4500mAh battery with 40w wired charging, 27w wireless charging, and 3rd-gen reverse wireless charging
- EMUI 10