Now that the Huawei P30 has hit the shelves, discussion has shifted to the Huawei Mate 30. We’ve heard some details about what it could bring to the table, and recently a set of renders surfaced that could show us what it will look like. It’s important to emphasise, however, that this design is far from confirmed — it’s a concept, based on patent filing, so it’s purely for entertainment purposes.
That said, some of the design elements envisaged aren’t too far-fetched. The almost-all-screen AMOLED screen, for example, is the direction Huawei is headed in, with the firm stating on more than one occasion that it’s working around the clock to eliminate all of the dead room surrounding the screen in order to create a best-in-class viewing experience — and it’s a step in the right direction.
Much of the rest, on the other hand, is rather outlandish. LetsGoDigital, the source of this revelation, used a recent patent filing for a Huawei smartphone with two screens as the basis for the renders, wherein the second display acts as a rear-facing viewfinder. But that’s more of an experimental feature, and that’s not something the Chinese titan would refrain testing on a device as significant as the Mate 30.
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That’s because Huawei typically launches a camera-centric P Series flagship in the first half of the year, later superseding it with a more well-rounded Mate Series handset sometime in the second half — and that successor usually introduces a larger screen, a more powerful processor and an ever-so-slightly bigger battery. They never reinvent the wheel, like this batch of concept renders suggests.
There’s a chance, albeit a marginal one, it could experiment with the design on a variant of the Huawei Mate 30, though. It’s about as unlikely as shuffling a deck of cards, only to have them resurface in the same order as before, but if Huawei were to trial such a design on the Mate Series, we’d presumably see a model branded the Huawei Mate 30 P or something of the sort, with the P standing for Photography.
It would never test it on the centerpiece.
What else do we know about the Huawei Mate 30?
Let’s take a look.
Huawei Mate 30 Specs
Under the hood, the Huawei Mate 30 and Huawei Mate 30 Pro are said to feature Huawei’s forthcoming Kirin 985 CPU. It’s believed to offer a higher clock speed than that of the current flagship Kirin 980, which is bundled on the Huawei P30 and Huawei P30 Pro, and is therefore faster. It won’t be a whole lot snappier, though, since it features a similar architecture — hence the incremental name bump.
The most notable change is said to come in the camera department. The top-of-the-line Huawei Mate 30 Pro is expected to trump the Huawei P30 Pro’s quad-camera with a mammoth penta-lens setup. There’s no information pertaining to how it will function, however — all we have in the form of evidence is a dubious-looking render of a case that has more than enough space for five sensors and a flash.
Huawei is also said to be working on a 5G model of the Huawei Mate 30, called the… erm… Huawei Mate 30 5G. Little is known about the technical side of the handset, though seeing as the Huawei Mate 20 X 5G comes with more RAM and a larger cell than the standard Huawei Mate 20 X, the Huawei Mate 30 5G will follow suit. But again, we haven’t heard or seen anything that supports that claim.
Huawei Mate 30 Release Date
The Huawei Mate 30 and Huawei Mate 30 Pro are undergoing extensive testing ahead of an intended release in September or October, according to Huawei’s Malaysian Product Manager Bruce Lee — which is in line with what we’ve seen from the firm before. Both the Huawei Mate 10 and Huawei Mate 20 were launched in October, hinting Huawei will stick to the same schedule this time around.
- Huawei Ascend Mate — January 2013
- Huawei Ascend Mate 2 4G — January 2014
- Huawei Ascend Mate 7 — September 2014
- Huawei Mate 8 — November 2015
- Huawei Mate 9 — November 2016
- Huawei Mate 10 — October 2017
- Huawei Mate 20 — October 2018
To add fuel to the fire, Huawei announced the Huawei P30 and Huawei P30 Pro in the exact same month it unveiled the Huawei P20 and Huawei P20 Pro. In fact, the Huawei P30 was announced 364 days after the Huawei P20. So if Huawei follows the same format for the Huawei Mate 30 and Huawei Mate 30 Pro, and we have reason to believe it will, we’re looking at a release date of October 15, 2019.
Huawei Mate 30 Price
There’s no word on how much the Huawei Mate 30 and Huawei Mate 30 Pro will cost, but that doesn’t mean we can’t make an educated forecast. The Huawei Mate 20 retailed for £499 in the United Kingdom, and the Huawei Mate 20 Pro for £899. With that in mind, we expect the Huawei Mate 30 to retail for somewhere in the region of £499 to £550 and the Huawei Mate 30 Pro between £899 and £950.