Huawei had been on a roll with consumers in the Europe and UK flocking to buy its handsets, but the US government threw a huge spanner in the works by adding Huawei to a trade blacklist.
Fortunately that decision was reversed and Google - and other US companies - can now do business with Huawei as normal. So there are no worries any longer about whether future phones such as the Mate 30 will have access to Android and future versions.
However, refusing to be Trumped, Huawei has now developed its own Harmony OS, or Hongmeng in China. It's likely that the Huawei Mate 30 could be the first Huawei phone to run this OS, rather than standard Android.
With that out of the way, let's get on to the rumours about the upcoming range of phones which is sure to include the Mate 30, Mate 30 Pro and possibly the Mate 30 Lite.
The current flagship, the Mate 20 Pro, is an excellent phone and its successor should be even better. It packs in a whole load of features including the Kirin 980 processor, three rear cameras, an in-screen fingerprint sensor, 3D face scanner and reverse wireless charging as well as normal wireless charging.
So what else can Huawei do to improve upon both the Mate 20 Pro? That's the question we'll attempt to answer here based upon the latest rumours, patents, leaks and the stuff we want to see in the new phone.
Mate 30 Pro release date rumours
Expected announcement date: 19 September 2019
Huawei has adopted a twice-yearly release schedule for its 'dual flagships' as it calls them. It launches the new P-series phones early in the year and then updates the Mate series later in the autumn. On that basis we'll see the P40 in March 2020.
For the past couple of years, the new Mate phone has launched in the middle of October and until recently there was no reason to suspect Huawei would change things around in 2019.
However, at Huawei's first developer conference during a briefing for the upcoming EMUI 10 interface, the Software president for Huawei's Consumer Business, Dr. Wang Chenglu, told media that the Kirin 990 processor, plus the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro would launch in Europe on 19 September.
Mate 30 Pro price rumours
With flagship phone prices on the rise, it's possible that the Mate 30 will be the most expensive Huawei phone yet.
The Mate 20 Pro costs £899, up from the £799 that the Mate 10 Pro cost. Could the Mate 30 Pro cost £999? It's not beyond the realms of possibility, but we suspect it won't rise that much.
Ultimately, we'll have to wait until the announcement in October to find out.
Mate 30 Pro feature & spec rumours
If one thing is sure, the Mate 30 will get an upgraded processor. Huawei usually announces the chip at IFA in September before launching the phone and it will be called the Kirin 990, according to Dr. Wang Chenglu from Huawei. This will be paired with Balong 5000 5G modem.
Huawei's CEO, Richard Yu, says that Huawei will continue to focus on AI in 2019. In an open letter he stated, "We believe in the power of AI and are committed to using technology to extend the boundaries of what is humanly possible. For example, we are working with several organizations to leverage Huawei AI to help deaf children learn to read by translating select children’s books into sign language, and to develop a tool that identifies visual abnormalities."
Again, this isn't a surprise. All phone chip makers are investing in AI R&D and predict that within the next decade phones will have proper artificial intelligence rather than the 'AI' assistants and apps that we're seeing today.
The Kirin 990, then, will likely take the next step in making this a reality with even better NPU performance.
When it comes to the display, it's thought to be a 6.71in beast using AMOLED technology and will have a smooth 90Hz refresh rate like the OnePlus 7 Pro. Renders show a punch-hole notch in the top-left that houses two cameras. It will still have an in-screen fingerprint scanner, it's thought.
On 27 July, posted photos of what appears to be the cover glass for the Mate 30 Pro. And if genuine, could prove the punch-hole rumours are false, since they have a clear notch in the top:
Mate30 Pro pic.twitter.com/vtQTpQ80M4— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) July 27, 2019
Of course, you can probably take this with the same pinch of salt as many of the other rumours.
There are plenty of conflicting rumours about the Mate 30 Pro's cameras. But Huawei is sure to improve upon the Mate 20 Pro and P30 Pro, you'd think.
One of the most recent rumours comes from well-known Twitter leaker @universeice who says there will be four cameras: 40Mp + 40Mp + 8 Mp + TOF.
There are no more details than this, so we'll have to speculate that the two 40Mp cameras could be the main sensor, plus an upgraded sensor for the ultra-wide lens. It's likely the 5x zoom will be the 8Mp sensor (via GSMArena), and TOF is a depth sensor. If this is true, the camera setup will be similar to the P30 Pro which has wide, ultrawide and telephoto lenses.
Some renders of cases, such as the one above, show a rectangular arrangement but other rumours suggest Huawei will stick with the Mate 20 Pro's square setup:
Other specs include a 4200mAh battery with 55W fast wired charging support. Colours will reportedly be Black, Red, Gold White, Blue, Chrome White, Classic Blue, and Classic Red.
Punch-hole cameras are still pretty new, but it seems as if their days are numbered. Xiaomi and Oppo are already teasing under-screen cameras, and a couple of videos have been released showing them in action. And judging by patents spotted by WinFuture, it looks like Huawei is also working on putting selfie cameras beneath the screen - presumably in a bid to have an all-screen phone with no notch or thick bezels.
Of course, the appearance of patents doesn't mean the feature will definitely find its way into production, nor that the Mate 30 will have an under-screen camera (this doesn't agree with the leaked renders which show punch-hole cameras), but there is always a possibility.
Some of the images from the patent, below, suggest that the camera could be used in different apps (including, obviously, the camera app), but as with most rumours, we'll just have to wait until the inevitable leaks ahead of the Mate 30 launch event to find out whether it will get an in-screen camera or not.
We'll update this article as and when more details emerge on the Mate 30 Pro.
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