Huawei's P30 Pro is one of the best camera phones on the market, if not the best, but it's not the last device we are expecting to see from the Chinese company this year.
The Mate 30 series is due out before the end of the year and rumours suggest three variants will be present - one of which is said to run Huawei's new HarmonyOS. Here is everything we know and have heard so far about the Mate 30, Mate 30 Pro and Mate 30 Lite.
- Mid-September 2019
- Huawei Mate 30 Lite at IFA 2019
Typically, the Huawei Mate series is released in October. The Mate 10, Mate 10 Pro and Mate 10 Porsche Design were revealed on 16 October 2017, while the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro were announced on 16 October 2018.
That might change for the Mate 30 though after comments from Dr. Wang Chenglu at Huawei's Developer Conference suggested an event date of 19 September, which supports other rumours. We might see a Mate 30 Lite announced at IFA 2019 in Berlin, however, which takes place at the beginning of September.
A leaked product roadmap meanwhile, suggests 5G models of the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro could appear in December, so a couple of months after the LTE variants are expected.
Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro design
- Premium designs
- IP68 for Mate 30 Pro
- Square camera housings
The Huawei Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro are expected to follow in the design paths of their predecessors. We're expecting the Leica-branded camera system again, but possibly in a circular housing to make its way onto the new devices and we're expecting to see premium, metal and glass build qualities.
Exciting colour options are also expected and at leats the Mate 30 Pro should offer IP68 water and dust resistance.
Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro display
- Mate 30: Full HD+
- Mate 30 Pro: Quad HD+, Under-display fingerprint sensor
- 90Hz refresh rate for Mate 30 Pro
If Huawei follows the same pattern as last year, the Mate 30 will have a Full HD+ display, while the Mate 30 Pro will see a Quad HD+ display. In 2018, the Pro model was smaller than the standard model, though there has been reports that the Mate 30 Pro will offer a 6.7-inch display, which would be 0.4-inches larger than its predecessor and 0.1-inches larger than the Mate 20. It's not yet clear if the Mate 30 could also increase its size.
The Pro model ditched the physical fingerprint sensor in 2018, switching to an under-display fingerprint reader, while the standard model had a circular fingerprint sensor under the camera housing on the rear. With both Huawei P30 and P30 Pro featuring under-display sensors, we'd expect the same on the Mate series. There's also been talk of a 90Hz refresh rate for the Mate 30 Pro, like the OnePlus 7 Pro offers.
Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro hardware
- Kirin 985/990
- 4000mAh plus batteries
- Android with EMUI 10
- Mate 30 Lite might run on HarmonyOS
The Huawei Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro are both expected to run on the same chipset, which will be the latest Kirin processor. The processor is expected to be announced at consumer electronics show IFA and it is expected to be called the Kirin 990.
The Mate 30 will likely offer a drop in RAM compared to the Pro model, but both should have at least 128GB of internal storage and Huawei's version of the microSD - called NM - for storage expansion. It's claimed the Mate 30 will have a 4200mAh battery, while the Mate 30 Pro is said to be coming with a 4500mAh battery.
Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro camera
- Mate 30: Triple rear Leica camera
- Mate 30 Pro: Quad rear Leica camera, 5x optical, 50x digital zoom
Leica camera hardware is expected on both the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro, but the Pro model is likely to see camera enhancements over the standard model. Five times optical zoom has been reported for the Mate 30 Pro, along with 50x digital zoom.
It's also reported the Mate 30 Pro will have a quad rear camera consisting of an ultra-wide lens, regular lens, telephoto lens and a 3D ToF lens. The standard Mate 30 meanwhile, is said to have a triple rear camera.
Huawei Mate 30 specs breakdown
Here's a breakdown of the specs expected for the Huawei Mate 30.
- 6.5-inch+ display
- Full HD+ resolution
- Kirin 990 chipset
- 4GB RAM+
- 128GB storage+
- NM storage expansion
- Triple rear Leica camera
- 4200mAh battery
Huawei Mate 30 Pro specs breakdown
Here's a breakdown of the specs expected or reported for the Huawei Mate 30 Pro.
- 6.3-inch+ display
- Quad HD+ resolution
- In-screen fingerprint sensor
- Kirin 985/990 chipset
- 6GB RAM+
- 128GB+ storage
- NM storage expansion
- Quad rear Leica camera
- 4500mAh battery
- 25W wireless charging
- 55W fast charging
- Reverse wireless charging
- IP68 water and dust resistant
Huawei Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro rumours: What's happened so far?
19 August 2019: Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro battery capacities revealed
A Weibo post, spotted by GSM Arena has shown off the battery cells claimed to be heading for the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro.
According to the report, the Mate 30 will offer a 4200mAh battery, while the Mate 30 Pro will have a 4500mAh battery.
16 August 2019: Huawei Maps to intro on Mate 30? Map Kit hints at Google Maps replacement
A report from China Daily suggests that Huawei is working on its own mapping service, as an alternative to Google Maps, due to arrive in October, which could co-incide with the arrival of the Mate 30 handset.
16 August 2019: Huawei Mate 30 leaks with waterfall screen in real life images
Leaker Ice Universe tweeted some real life images from an anonymous leaker on Weibo showing the purported Mate 30 Pro with a waterfall display.
The device is shown in the hands of someone on a train, and while the rear is covered, concealing the camera housing shape, the screen shown runs off the edge of the device.
The Mate 30 Pro was discovered in the subway and features a waterfall screen design.— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) August 16, 2019
Its back side matches the leaking protective case.
Image from anonymous leaker to Weibo@锋潮科技 pic.twitter.com/XKCyLSJI2v
15 August 2019: Mate 30 Pro case leak suggests circular rear camera housing
Notorious leaker, Ice Universe, has published an image of a case reportedly destined for the Huawei Mate 30 Pro.
The case was published on the leaker's Instagram and it shows a circular cut out for the rear camera system, replacing the square design seen on the current Mate 20 Pro.
14 August 2019: The upcoming Huawei Mate 30 Series will have 25W fast charging support
A report from Gizmochina has claimed the Huawei Mate 30 series will have support for 25W fast charging. That's what the Samsung Note 10 is capable of, bettering anybody else on the market.
It's not clear if both the standard and Pro model will get this feature though.
12 August 2019: It looks like the Huawei Mate 30 will be with us in mid-September
The Huawei Mate 30 will be launched at an event on 19 September. The launch detail was dropped in comments from Dr. Wang Chenglu at the Huawei Developer Conference where he said we'd get a closer look at Huawei's EMUI 10 user interface on that date.
We know the Mate 30 series will be the first handsets to get the new software - based on Android Q - natively, although a beta version is expected to appear on the P30 Series from 8 September.
9 August 2019: Huawei announced HarmonyOS
Huawei revealed its own in-house operating system called HarmonyOS at its Developer Conference in Shenzhen. The OS has previously been called HongMengOS and ArkOS in previous rumours.
Huawei mentioned at the launch that it intends to keep using Android but said that if it "can not use Android in future [it can] immediately switch to HarmonyOS". A leaker on Twitter has claimed the Mate 30 Lite would launch with the new software, while the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro would offer Android with EMUI 10.
Huawei Mate 30- Android 10/EMUI 10— Teme (特米) (@RODENT950) August 8, 2019
Huawei Mate 30 pro- Android 10/EMUI 10
Huawei Mate 30 Lite- HongMeng OS* (Chinese model) Android 10/EMUI 10
Launch mid-September#HuaweiMate30Series pic.twitter.com/hjnydT0gI8
4 July 2019: Huawei Mate 30 Pro render leak reveals quad camera in a tasty design
Slashleaks published a render of what it claims is the rear of the Mate 30 Pro. The render shows a different design to the Mate 20 Pro, with a circular camera housing rather than a square camera housing and an additional lens.
Not much information was offered but the render shows Leica branding, as you would expect, along with 5x optical zoom.
1 July 2019: 5G Huawei Mate 30 and 30 Pro could launch in December
A leaked product roadmap suggests Huawei is planning to launch 5G models of its Mate 30 series in December.
The roadmap shows the already-announced 5G Mate 20 X with a July 2019 release, which is now confirmed, and foldable Mate X with a September 2019 launch, suggesting it's a plausible map.
17 June 2019: Huawei Mate 30 concept renders appear online
A report from China has published some concept renders of the Mate 30 Pro, showing a device with a dual punch hole camera in the top left of the screen, and a quad rear camera on the back, arranged in a V-shape.
The report claimed the screen would have a 90Hz refresh rate, like the OnePlus 7 Pro, and it also suggested the Mate 30 Pro would be capable of 5x optical zoom and 50z digital zoom. Bear in mind these are just concept renders though so don't get too excited just yet.
14 June 2019: Huawei's alternative OS HongMeng gets trademarked
Huawei has extensively trademarked HongMeng on both the Worldwide Intellectual Property Organisation and the European Union Intellectual Property Organisation, suggesting this is what the company's new operating system could be called.
Both Ark and Oak have also been seen in rumours but based on the filings, it looks like HongMeng is a more likely name for the new mobile platform that will help Huawei achieve its post-Android future.
10 June 2019: Huawei's own Oak OS could come to Mate 30 in October
It's been reported that Huawei is working on its own operating software that is based on the open source version of Android and claimed to be called Oak OS.
Global Times has reported that the software may be announced earlier than the Mate 30 itself, but if the Google ban stays in place, it is likely Oak OS is what we will see on the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro.
7 May 2019: Mate 30 Pro specs leak
Chinese news site new.qq.com reported that the Mate 30 Pro will feature a 6.71-inch OLED display, a 5G modem, a Kirin 985 processor and a 4200mAh battery capacity with 55W wired fast charging.
The report also suggested the Mate 30 Pro design would have an in-display fingerprint sensor, as well as a quad camera consisting of an ultra-wide lens, regular lens, telephoto lens and a 3D ToF lens. It is not yet clear if the Mate 30 Pro will have the same zoom capabilities as the Huawei P30 Pro.
28 March 2019: Huawei Mate 30 in testing
GSM Arena reported that an Huawei official in Malaysia claimed the company was already testing Mate 30 devices and that the device would arrive in September or October.
The report also mentions the Kirin 985 chipset, which is said to deliver higher clock speeds, but with a similar architecture to the Kirin 980 chipset.
2 January 2019: Huawei patents smartphone case with room for penta-lens camera
Huawei filed a patent for a smartphone case with a large cut out on the rear. The patent was filed with the China National Intellectual Property Administration and it shows a cut out that's larger than the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro designs.
It is thought the cut out might be for a penta-lens rear camera - something Nokia launched at Mobile World Congress in February 2019 in the Nokia 9.