Huawei officially unveils Mate 30 Pro

Huawei has finally unveiled the Mate 30 series at its Rethink Possibilities event in Munich, Germany.

It’s latest and greatest Mate 30 series is quite different than anything the company has put out before, in a variety of ways.

The Mate 30 Pro features what Huawei calls a Halo Ring design, which is the circular camera setup on the back of the handset.

Huawei calls its new screen the ‘Horizon display’ which is previously leaked waterfall display, the phone has a 6.53-inch screen with that contours around the side edges of the handset at an 88-degree angle.

The phone offers a 3D display, which is often more immersive than standard displays.

Richard Yu, the CEO of the company, offered plenty of details about the handset. Huawei Mate 30 Pro has a “sophisticated” notch, according to Yu. The notch features the standard selfie camera, Ambient Light & Proximity Sensor, 3D Depth Camera and a Gesture Sensor.

The side of the handset has not only a power button but has an invisible virtual key that offers volume control. You can also use this as a shutter button.

The Mate 30 Pro comes in Cosmic Purple, Black, Silver, Emerald Green. The Emerald Green offers a gloss to a matte finish, with matte on the bottom and glossy at the top. There’s also another a ‘Vegan Leather Edition’ with an orange leather colour.

Inside the handset, the phone features a 4,500mAh battery with 27W wireless charging and 40W wired charging.

On the back, the device sports a 40-megapixel ‘Ultra-Wide Cine’ camera with an f/1.8 aperture,  a 40-megapixel ‘SuperSensing Wide’ camera with OIS and an f/1.6 aperture, an 8-megapixel telephoto camera with an f/2.4 aperture and OIS and lastly a 3D Depth Sensing camera. Huawei claims the handset has a 409,600 ISO letting the phone take pictures bright images in low-light scenes.

It also has 3x optical zoom and 30x digital zoom and is capable of taking these pictures. Yu also says the phone can take videos in ultra slow motion at 7,680fps which is an impressive feat considering the Note 10+ can only do 960fps.

The Cine Camera has a 4K 60fps video, 4K HDR+, real-time bokeh and dual OIS and AIS.

Huawei’s Mate 30 Pro also features a time-lapse functionality, though that would require to leave their handset somewhere for a while.

The Mate 30 Pro sports EMUI 10, the latest version of the company’s user interface. The phone features a new type of always-on display that changes based on whether it’s night or day. This version of EMUI 10 is based on Android 10, similar to the P30 Pro. 

With EMUI 10 and the Mate 30 Pro, the company’s new device’s Smart Gesture lets users scroll up and down a page without touching the device.

The phone will also follow the eyes of the user, which works with the auto-rotate artificial intelligence. If the user moves, the phone will auto-rotate to compensate.

The Mate 30 Pro also works with the ‘M Pen’ a stylus specially designed for the handset. Though unlike the Note series, the phone is sold separately.

Additionally, Huawei’s latest features an in-display sensor and a 3D face scanning. With its new privacy AI the phone is able to detect when someone else is looking at the display and will hide sensitive notifications.


The Mate 30 Pro also features Huawei’s Kirin 990 5G chipset allowing it to obtain quick speeds, in a 5G network. Though in Canada we currently lack a 5G network, so this doesn’t affect us very much.

In Europe, the Mate 30 Pro without 5G (with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage) costs 1099€($1,612.25 CAD). The Mate 30 Pro with 5G costs 1199€ ($1758.95 CAD). Huawei didn’t announce an official release date for its new phones.

Huawei Mate 30 Pro lacks Play Store

Richard Yu briefly mentioned that the device will use Huawei’s Mobile Service (HMS). HMS is fully open and Huawei is looking to work with developers to create new apps. Yu says that the HMS core already has 45,000 apps.

The phone is packed with Huawei-branded apps, such as Huawei Music, Huawei Video, Huawei Browser. Huawei also added its own ‘Huawei App Gallery,’ that functions as the device’s Play Store.

Due to the U.S. government ban on the China-based company, Huawei is not permitted to work with Google and use the Play Store or Google Services.

This might change, in the future as Google can apply for a license to work with Huawei, but as of right now it seems as the licensed has yet to be approved or Google perhaps did not apply for one. 

MobileSyrup has reached out to Huawei Canada to learn Canadian availability and pricing for the Mate 30 Pro.

Other devices

There’s also another Porsche Design Huawei Mate 30 Pro RS, that will not come to Canada.

The China-based company also announced the Mate 30, with a 6.62-inch display and a smaller 4,200mAh battery. Camera-wise it features a 40-megapixel primary shooter with an f/1.8 aperture, an ultrawide with a 16-megapixel camera with an f/2.2 aperture and lastly an 8-megapixel telephoto camera with an f/2.4 aperture. Going by last year, this handset will likely not come to Canada either.

Huawei has also revealed the Watch GT 2, with a new design “advance performance,” and the ability to make and receive phone calls straight on the watch. While the Watch GT series isn’t typically sold in Canada, they are often offered alongside Huawei’s latest handsets. The watch reportedly features a two-week battery life.

The China-based company will also release a TV called the Huawei Vision, which Yu describes as a large-screen smartphone.

Huawei Vision will launch with a 65-inch or 75-inch screen,  though later Huawei will sell 55-inch and 85-inch models. Huawei Vision also features eight speakers, a deflector and a subwoofer. The phone also has AI features, with a popup camera and an earpiece for video calls. When video calls are over the camera will go back into Huawei Vision.

With Huawei’s ‘One Hop’ customers can tap their phone to the remote to seamlessly what was visible on the phone’s display to Huawei Vision.