Huawei Mate 30 Series Launched – Specs and first impressions

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Huawei claims to “rethink” the Smartphone with its “ground-breaking” new HUAWEI Mate 30 Series.

HUAWEI Mate 30 Series – Key Specs

  • All-new Handset Features
  • Flagship Kirin 990 5G SoC
  • Quad Camera System
  • “SuperSensing” Cine Camera
  • Unique Halo Ring Rear Design
  • HUAWEI 3D Face Unlock and In-Screen Fingerprint

Huawei today unveiled the new HUAWEI Mate 30 Series at an exclusive launch event in Munich. Setting new standards in every area from aesthetic design through to hardware engineering and software innovation, the HUAWEI Mate 30 Series is the world’s first second generation 5G smartphone and is said to represent the “pinnacle of mobile technological development”.

Benefiting from Huawei’s 32-years of expertise in communication technologies and a decade in design innovation, the HUAWEI Mate 30 sports a unique look that goes with attractive edge-to-edge design, which curves at an angle of 88 degrees to maximise the display area. But it retains an increasingly dated notch design for its front-facing camera array.

Said to be inspired by the design principle of minimalism, the HUAWEI Mate 30 Series stands out among many of today’s flagships that have been shifting towards all screen and pinhole/cutout displays. The Mate 30 Series features an OLED “HUAWEI Horizon Display”, which offers an immersive viewing experience. It also features Acoustic Display Technology to deliver high-quality audio through a sound emitting screen. The Mate 30 Pro introduces a Side-touch interaction feature (we’ve seen similar attempts at this from from Sony in the past) to replace the side volume buttons with invisible virtual keys. We think it’s a risky choice, but are looking forward to see how it performs. This feature will also allow users to customise the volume key position on either sides of the device, which could be a boost for people with smaller hands.

HUAWEI Mate 30 Series – Camera

Famed for its mobile photography credentials, Huawei has a lot of expectation coming into this release. They’re hoping to meet the high bar set by previous devices with an integrated quad-camera that includes a 40-megapixel “SuperSensing Cine Camera”, and a dual main camera system (16MP ultra-wide + 8MP telephoto). The HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro sports a quad camera system with the 40MP Cine Camera, 40MP SuperSensing Camera, an 8MP Telephoto Camera and a 3D Depth Sensing Camera. Both set ups are strong.

The SuperSensing Cine Camera is a Dual-main that features a large 1/1.54-inch sensor size with a high maximum Video ISO of 51200 to capture videos with an extended dynamic range at 4K/60fps as well as ultra slow-motion at the highest 7680 fps. We honestly suspect that fps figure could be a typo in the announcement pre-release as 1000fps is more than adequate for most real-world situations. It also supports 4K Low-light Ultra-wide time-lapse video. The HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro also offers pro-bokeh capabilities while recording. Additionally, the second of the dual-camera system is a 1/1.7-inch HUAWEI SuperSensing Camera is claimed to attract 40% more light, promising strong performance in low-light conditions with an impressive light sensitivity range of ISO 409,600.

The 8MP HUAWEI Telephoto Camera offers 3x optical zoom, 5x Hybrid Zoom and up to 30x Digital Zoom. Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) + AI Stabilisation (AIS) and 3D Depth Sensing, complete the package making the HUAWEI Mate 30 Series a highly versatile smartphone for photography and videography. A front-facing 3D Depth Sensing Camera delivers pro-bokeh effects using depth-of-field information for selfies and portraits.

HUAWEI Mate 30 Series – Battery and performance

While the HUAWEI SuperCharge and EMUI 10 promise to offer long-lasting battery life for heavy mobile users and an enhanced user experience. The Mate 30 will carry a 4,200mAh battery, the Mate 30 pro takes it up a notch with a 4,500mAh cell.

The new devices run on the recently announced the Kirin 990 5G SoC – the first to integrate processing units and a 5G modem on the same chip using the 7nm+ EUV process. This configuration in the Mate 30 Pro includes 14 antennas for 5G and a super-sized 16-core GPU, which promises to deliver fast performance and high-power efficiency.

Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group, said: “The HUAWEI Mate 30 Series unleashes the full potential of the smartphone. Designed to stand out, it challenges convention while delivering an unrivalled user experience. The era of 5G is an opportunity to rethink smartphone technology and the HUAWEI Mate 30 series is the ultimate expression of what’s possible.”

What do you guys think? Impressed? Considering Huawei is facing so much scrutiny do you think the Huawei Mate 30 Series does the job or is it not enough to keep their brand in mind when considering your next device?

For more information please visit: http://consumer.huawei.com

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