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Update, September 17, 2019 (9:40AM ET): We’ve updated the rumor hub with new renders and colorways from Evan Blass, including the Porsche and vanilla Mate 30 variants. We’ve also embedded a supposed hands-on with the Mate 30 Pro — you can check all of this out in the design section.

We’ve also added more supposed leaks regarding a 7,680fps super slow-mo recording mode, and apparent battery/charging details for the Mate 30 Pro. This can be found by scrolling to the specs section.

Original article: The Huawei Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro are the next expected flagship smartphones from the Chinese manufacturer. The Huawei Mate 30 Pro, in particular, should continue on the legacy of being the top-tier smartphone from Huawei.

Similar to how Samsung organizes the releases of its flagships, Huawei tends to release a killer flagship in the P series early in the year and then follow that up with a new entry in the Mate series later on. The Mate 30 series has been confirmed to launch on September 19 in Munich, Germany.

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However, Huawei is facing some extremely difficult problems right now with being on the United States government’s Entity List, which effectively bars it from doing business with U.S.-based companies — which includes Google and Android. We are not sure if the Huawei Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro will land in the same fashion as they have in previous years.

Either way, the following rumors are what we know (or think we know) about the Huawei Mate 30 and Huawei Mate 30 Pro so far. Be sure to bookmark this page and visit often as we will be updating it with new information as we find it.

Huawei Mate 30 and Huawei Mate 30 Pro: Name and release date

Huawei Mate 20 Pro

The most recent entries in Huawei’s P series — the Huawei P30, P30 Lite, and P30 Pro — stuck with the naming convention introduced with the Huawei P20 series by jumping up ten digits. We fully expect the next line of Mate smartphones to follow the same trajectory and ship as the Mate 30 series.

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Last year, along with the vanilla Mate 20 and the Mate 20 Pro, Huawei also shipped the Mate 20 X (an enormous smartphone with a focus on gaming) and the confusingly named Huawei Porsche Design Mate 20 RS (an ultra-expensive version of the Mate 20 Pro with Porsche design elements). We have no information to suggest one way or the other if Huawei plans to release 30-series updates for the X device, but a Porsche model has recently leaked.

Huawei's next Mate device is launching on September 19, making it an earlier launch than last year's models.

For years now, Huawei has launched the latest Mate smartphones in October to best take advantage of holiday sales. This year, despite troubles with the U.S. administration, Huawei is bringing the launch forward to September 19. When and where the Mate 30 series will go on sale, and for how much, is anyone’s guess.

Huawei’s troubles with the U.S. government cast a dark shadow on pretty much everything it does. There’s no telling how those troubles will affect the release of the Mate 30 phones.

Huawei Mate 30 and Huawei Mate 30 Pro: Design

A photo of a man holding the Huawei Mate 20 Pro.

Our first piece of concrete information on the Mate 30 Pro’s design came from Weibo in August, where someone published what’s alleged to be a marketing image of the upcoming smartphone. Based on the image, the Mate 30 Pro will one-up its predecessor and feature a rear quad-camera system.

The biggest upgrade related to the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro was the triple-lens camera setup on the rear, which was arranged in a squircle formation. We see a slightly different arrangement here, with a circular camera housing hosting four cameras here.

Huawei Mate 30 Pro leaked marketing imageWeibo

The image also shows off the Mate 30 Pro’s green and light purple color options. Finally, we see the return of the polarizing display notch. The marketing image is very different from apparently leaked renders that feature a punch hole selfie camera, though these renders are dubious at best based on subsequent leaks.

The Mate 30 series could one-up its preceding series and add a fourth camera.

This low-quality image has seemingly been corroborated by Onleaks and Pricebaba in early September, with the duo posting renders apparently showing the Mate 30 Pro in more detail. We see a wide notch and circular camera housing here too, with the former reportedly featuring three cameras and the latter hosting four sensors. But we don’t seem to have volume buttons — check it out below.

The images are also very different from what we initially expected. The running premium smartphone trend so far in 2019 is to do away with the display notch and, instead, opt for one of two other design choices: a full-screen display with a pop-up selfie camera (such as with the OnePlus 7 Pro) or a punch hole front-facing camera (such as with the Samsung Galaxy S10 series).

The wider notch and circular camera housing indeed seems to be the case, as prolific leaker Evan Blass posted a raft of images on Twitter on September 16. The renders show the Mate 30 Pro (second image), but also a standard Mate 30 with a narrower cutout, and a Porsche Design model. Check them out below.

The serial tipster followed up with these images by posting the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro in all their colorways. It’s believed that the phones will be available in Space Silver, Cosmic Purple, Black, and Emerald Green. Check the color options out below.

Apparent Huawei Mate 30 series

We’ve also seen a live video supposedly showing off a brief Mate 30 Pro hands-on. The clip, originating on Weibo (h/t: SlashLeaks), shows three front-facing sensors in a notch as well as that distinctive camera housing. You can view the clip below.

For what it’s worth, Blass also showed off apparent Mate 30 Lite renders. This reveals a similar rear camera housing as the Mate 20, but foregoes the notch in favor of the punch-hole cutout.

Huawei Mate 30 and Huawei Mate 30 Pro: Specs and features

If some leaks out of China (via IT News) are to be believed, the specs for the Huawei Mate 30 Pro will be quite formidable. Since this is arguably Huawei’s most important flagship, that makes perfect sense.

According to rumors, the Mate 30 Pro will feature a 6.71-inch AMOLED display, which is enormous. That display could also feature a 90Hz refresh rate, which we saw earlier this year on the OnePlus 7 Pro. With a 90Hz refresh rate, scrolling through apps and web pages will appear much smoother and certain games will look crisper than on other phones, most of which feature 60Hz refresh rates.

The aforementioned renders by Evan Blass and on Weibo also show that the Mate 30 Pro and/or Porsche model might have a so-called waterfall display. This means the curved edges drop off the side of the phone in a more dramatic manner than other phones with curved screens.

The Mate 30 Pro could feature a massive display with a 90Hz refresh rate as well as the upcoming Kirin 985 processor.

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Rumors and Huawei’s teases lead us to believe the Mate 30 Pro could come with the Kirin 990 processor paired with the Balong 5000 modem. If the Mate 30 ships with the Kirin 990, built on the 7nm EUV manufacturing process, it will have support for 4K/60fps video recording, and an integrated 5G modem. Huawei has already suggested the Mate 30 will be its first 5G phone.

According to known leaker Ice Universe and ITHome, the Mate 30 Pro will feature two 40MP cameras. While one will reportedly be the primary sensor, the second will reportedly serve as the phone’s ultra-wide sensor. There’s also talk of a third 5x telephoto sensor set at 8MP.

ITHome also reports that the phone will pack a rather ridiculous 7,680fps video recording mode for super slow-motion clips. Huawei is currently believed to use software-enhanced 960fps super slow motion as opposed to a native solution like Samsung and Sony phones. Going to 7,680fps recording means it could be eight times slower than rival devices, but time will tell whether it’s native or interpolated (if it is indeed coming).

Elsewhere, rumors have been swirling that the Mate 30 Pro will have a 4,200mAh battery, which is the same as the Mate 20 Pro. This was strengthened by a leak purportedly showing the Mate 30 Pro battery with a capacity of 4,500mAh. The same post (on Weibo) reaffirmed the 4,200mAh size for the regular Mate 30. The 4,500mAh figure for the Mate 30 Pro was also touted by ITHome.

It would be strange if Huawei didn’t upgrade the battery capacity at least somewhat, but a 4,200mAh size for the base Mate 30 and an even larger cell for the Pro model is terrific, especially when paired with 40W wired charging. Huawei might not think this needs much improvement.

Huawei’s latest wireless charging pad (CP61) has hit the FCC, and it may have revealed faster wireless charging speeds for the Mate 30 series. Huawei’s previous charging pad (CP60) offers 15 watt wireless charging speeds, but the filing for the new pad reveals a maximum output of 30W. This isn’t a guarantee of 30W fast wireless charging, as the filing hints that this tech isn’t compliant with the FCC’s requirements just yet. Check out the screenshot below.

huawei wireless charger 30 watts fcc

The FCC filing also reveals that the new wireless charging pad has input of five to ten volts and four amps (20 to 40 watts). By comparison, the older charging pad (CP60) offered input of five to 12 volts and two amps (10 to 24 watts). This doesn’t necessarily mean that the new charging pad will actually deliver much faster speeds, but it certainly seems that way.

Lending credence to the faster wireless charging is the aforementioned ITHome story, claiming that the phone will pack 40W wired charging and 27W wireless charging.

The Mate 20 Pro shipped with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. It’s very likely these specs would get upgraded, possibly to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage, to better compete with Samsung, OnePlus, Xiaomi, etc.

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The alleged renders from Onleaks and Evan Blass also don’t seem to show a 3.5mm port, but at least USB-C and an IR blaster are apparently coming to the phone.

Finally, Huawei will reportedly ship the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro with Android 10 underneath EMUI 10. While some reports state Huawei will launch a Hongmeng OS-equipped phone in the same quarter as the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro’s launch, others indicate there is no plan for a HarmonyOS phone this year.

Huawei has also confirmed in September that the Mate 30 series won’t offer pre-installed Google services when it launches in the West. But the company revealed that it was testing a workaround, adding that it would be “quite easy” for users.

Huawei Mate 30 and Huawei Mate 30 Pro: Price

Since the Mate 20 series is arguably Huawei’s most premium line, you can expect each device launched to be expensive. How expensive, though, is unclear.

It’s very possible the U.S. government ban that Huawei faces could force it to alter its pricing strategy. If suppliers can’t work with the company and it needs to get parts from other sources, that could drive up prices. Conversely, Huawei could instead elect to cut corners and bring pricing down — or, at the very least, leave it the same.

Overall, the pricing of the Mate 30 series is something we can’t possibly predict this early in the game due to the Huawei ban. However, we can take a gander at last year’s pricing for the Mate 20 series and assume things won’t go too much lower. Here are those prices:

  • Huawei Mate 20
    • 4GB RAM + 128GB Storage — 799 euros (~$898)
    • 6GB RAM + 128GB Storage — 849 euros ( ~$954)
  • Huawei Mate 20 Pro
    • 6GB RAM + 128GB Storage — 1,049 euros (~$1,178)
  • Huawei Mate 20 X
    • 6GB RAM + 128GB Storage — 899 euros (~$1,010)
  • Porsche Design Huawei Mate 20 RS
    • 8GB RAM + 256GB Storage — 1,695 euros (~$1,904)
    • 8GB RAM + 512GB Storage — 2,095 euros (~$2,353)

Huawei smartphones have never had a major presence in the U.S., but the Entity List ban makes us certain we won’t see the Mate 30 series launch in the States at all. It’s likely the phone will launch in Europe, the United Kingdom, Huawei’s native China, and other nations. Usually, Huawei staggers the launches throughout the globe, so you should expect that to happen this year, too.

Once again, any or all of this could change due to the Huawei ban. We’ll have to wait and see how it all pans out.

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