Huawei debuts impressive Mate 30 Series, but questions left unanswered

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Earlier Huawei unveiled its new Mate 30 Series. The latest offering has proved quite divisive in recent months, especially when it comes to dealing with the United States and China.

We were hoping that the event, which took place in Munich, would provide more clarity on the status of Google apps on the device, but sadly that has not been the case.

To that end Huawei has still remained mum on the subject, but have noted that the Mate 30 Series will run EMUI 10 and Android 10.

As such all we can only report is the hardware itself and its specifications, with Huawei Mobile South Africa yet to confirm the local pricing and availability of the Mate 30 Series. Added to this, Huawei itself did not note a global launch date, so the status of the device feels very much up in the air at the moment.

This is a pity considering some of the components that Huawei has introduced for the new Mate 30 Series. From a silicon perspective, both the regular Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro sport the new Kirin 990 SoC, which also features a 5G modem integrated into the architecture.

The big change however is on the rear, with Huawei opting for a circular camera housing that it calls the Halo Ring. This new design features three lenses, but there are differences between the Mate 30 Pro and Mate 30. The latter has a 40MP wide-angle, 40MP cine and 8MP telephoto, with the former swapping out a 16MP option instead of the second 40MP one.

In terms of the other internal specifications, 8GB RAM is on offer for both models, along with 128GB of onboard storage. There’s also a 4 200mAh battery on the regular Mate 30 and a larger 4 500mAh unit on the Pro.

Shifting back to things up front, and here there is a difference between both models. The regular option has a 6.62″ screen with selfie notch that houses a 24MP lens, and on the Pro, a 6.53″ screen is present with a curved display design that cascades on the edges akin to some Samsung Galaxy phones from a few years ago.

The last difference to note is a 3.5mm headphone jack on the regular model and USB Type-C for the Pro.

While we’re yet to get hands-on with both devices, on paper there are an impressive array of specs on offer.

The most important elements though, such as whether South Africa will be receiving it and what kind of app ecosystem the Mate 30 Series will run are unknown at the time of writing.

We’ve reached out to Huawei on both and will share that information with readers as soon as we get feedback.

Robin-Leigh Chetty

Robin-Leigh Chetty

Editor of Hypertext. Covers smartphones, IoT, 5G, cloud computing and a few things in between. Also a keen photographer and dabbles in console games when not taking the hatchet to stories.