Huawei unveils the Mate 30 series in Ireland – but it comes with a catch

Ireland is absolutely fond of Huawei’s smartphones, with the company’s country market share percentage being one of the highest it boasts in Europe. At an event in Munich, Germany, on September 19th the company announced its new Huawei Mate 30 series comprised of the Mate 30 and the Mate 30 Pro. While the regular variant is a decent device in its own right, the company’s Pro edition will see most of the media and consumer attention. While they look to be a fantastic set of devices, there is one caveat – the Mate 30 series will not support any of Google’s applications. Other than that, this is an obvious improvement over the Mate 20 series in pretty much all aspects.

Huawei Mate 30 Pro

No Google apps?

If you remember, Huawei has had a pretty difficult time as of late dealing with the American government. The company has been placed on the Entity List, which is maintained by the US Department of Commerce. That means that companies in America aren’t allowed to deal anymore with Huawei. An exception was granted for companies to work with Huawei on existing products, but because the Huawei Mate 30 wasn’t licensed by Google to run Android on time, that meant that users won’t get to use Google apps on any newly released phones. It’s possible that there will be a workaround though, as the company appears to be toying with potentially allowing users to unlock their phones and install custom software on their phone – which, in that case, would include Google apps.

The Huawei Mate 30 Pro is your next camera

One of the headlining features of any Huawei smartphone these days is the camera, and the company recognises that. The back of the device even resembles a conventional camera, with a circular camera array and a dual-tone LED flash at the top. One camera is a 40MP f/1.8 Super Wide Angle movie camera while the other is a 40MP f/1.6 Wide Angle camera with high ISO (ISO409600) for low-light photography. The third camera is an 8MP f/2.4 telephoto sensor with OIS for 3X optical zoom/5X hybrid zoom, while the fourth camera is a 3D depth-sensing camera. On the front, there’s a 32MP f/2.0 camera and a 3D depth-sensing camera.

The Huawei Mate 30 Pro has an incredible “waterfall” screen

The Huawei Mate 30 Pro’s looks primarily come from its “waterfall” display, which wraps around the side of the phone. The company is calling it Flex OLED. The phone’s screen comes in at 6.53-inches with a resolution of 1176 x 2400. There’s just enough room for a rather small power button, but there are no other physical buttons. Instead, Huawei says your phone will detect when you’re trying to adjust the volume on a designated part of the overlapping display. The company also says that you’ll be able to add other buttons to side of the display too, though didn’t go into detail as to what that actually meant.

Flagship prices, flagship specs

The Huawei Mate 30 and the Huawei Mate 30 Pro both have a Kirin 990 chipset, the company’s newest chipset which they announced at IFA 2019 in Berlin. One variant has an integrated 5G modem and will support 5G networks which are already available in Ireland. The Mate 30 Pro will be available with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, while the regular Mate 30 has 128GB of storage. It can also fast charge at 40W via USB-C, or 27W via wireless charging. It has an under-screen fingerprint sensor too. The price is where it may get difficult for some to commit, though, as it’s gonna set you back a lot.

Device Price
Huawei Mate 30 €799
Huawei Mate 30 Pro €1099
Huawei Mate 30 Pro 5G €1199

If price isn’t an issue, you can pick up a device in one of four colours (pictured above) – Space Silver, Cosmic Purple, Black, and Emerald Green. There’s just one problem though, and that’s the availability. The company hasn’t announced when exactly you can buy it yet. It’s possible that they may be waiting a little bit to see Google and/or the US Department of Commerce’s reaction. We expect to see it reach all major carriers once launched in Ireland, just like its predecessors.

Via: XDA-Developers

An Irish technology fanatic with a BSc in Computer Science. Lover of smartphones, cybersecurity, and Counter-Strike. You can contact me at adam.conway@irishtech.ie.
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