Huawei announce Mate 30 & Mate 30 Pro with 7680fps Super Slo Mo video capture
Today, at their global launch event in Munich, Germany, Huawei has finally unveiled their latest flagship devices in the form of the Huawei Mate30 and Mate 30 Pro. Both of these devices are packing some incredible hardware and photography features but the elephant in the room during the announcement was the devices’ lack of support for Google Play Services. Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Technologies Consumer Business Group, touched on the features and number of apps of Huawei’s own App Gallery but there was no real mention of how Google app users could install the likes of Gmail or Google Maps on the device. Looking at the official Huawei Ireland Twitter account, you can see their response to this question below:
The new Mate 30 series will run on EMUI10, based open source Android. We won’t preload Google Mobile Services due to the restrictions in place from the US. Consumers are free to download the apps they want from the Huawei App Gallery or elsewhere on the web.
— Huawei Mobile IE (@HuaweiMobileIE) September 19, 2019
Moving on from the Google issue, Richard was keen to show off some of the standout features of the company’s latest flagship devices so let’s start with the display.
The Huawei Mate 30 Pro comes with a new display form factor with the name ‘Horizon Display’. What this means is the screen literally pours over the edge of the handset, like a waterfall. The actually angle of the edge is 88 degrees so almost a complete right angle to the front of the device.
Not only does this add to the overall design aesthetic of the device, it also serves functional purposes too like being able to tap the edge during a mobile game whilst in landscape to act as virtual shoulder buttons. You can also use the edge to act as a shutter button when taking selfies, which actually looks quite handy!
Unfortunately, there’s no 90hz refresh rate and we’re still looking at an FHD+ panel and not QHD+ but the AMOLED displays Huawei uses are some of the best out there and they’re still plenty bright, responsive and with have great colour accuracy.
Battery & Charging
Always a pioneer when it comes to both battery capacity and recharging capabilities, the new Huawei Mate 30 and 30 Pro push things forward again with the inclusion of 27W fast wireless charging and 40W wired. With the Mate 30 Pro, you get a massive 4500mAh battery and the Mate 30 packs a smaller but equally impressive 4200mAh battery. They’ve also increased the speed of of the reverse wireless charging for the times you need to charge your mate’s phone.
When it comes to cameras, this is where Huawei’s R&D really shows us its strengths. The Huawei Mate 30 Pro comes with a quad camera system with a 40MP Cine Camera, 40MP SuperSensing Camera, an 8MP Telephoto Camera and a 3D Depth Sensing Camera.
The SuperSensing Cine Camera is a Dual-main camera system with some pretty impressive dual sensor sizes. The Cine Camera features a large 1/1.54-inch sensor size with a high maximum Video ISO of 51200 to capture videos with an extended dynamic range at 4K/60fps as well as ultra slow-motion at the highest 7680 fps.
Here is a video from Goosed.ie showing off the super slow motion video feature in action:
— goosed.ie (@goosed_ie) September 19, 2019
It also supports 4K Low-light Ultra-wide time-lapse video. For low light photography, the second of the dual-camera system is a 1/1.7-inch HUAWEI SuperSensing Camera which lets in 40% more lights and an ISO of 409600, making it the best low light one-shot device ever even for ultra-wide shots and similar to the ISO found in Huawei’s P30 Pro which launched in March.
The third and final camera is the 8MP Telephoto Camera that has 3x optical zoom, 5x Hybrid Zoom and up to 30x Digital Zoom. There’s also Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) + AI Stabilisation (AIS) and 3D Depth Sensing. A front-facing 3D Depth Sensing Camera delivers pro-bokeh effects with accurate depth-of-field information for selfies and portraits.
Kirin 990 Processor
Huawei’s brand new 7nm processor, the Kirin 990, was first unveiled at IFA 2019 and is now powering the new Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro. The base Mate 30 model comes with 6GB RAM and 128 GB internal storage but you can go all the way up to the new Porsche Design – Huawei Mate 30 RS Edition with 12GB RAM and 512GB of storage. When it comes to security, there’s 3D face unlock, like last year’s Mate 20 Pro and iPhone’s 3D face unlock. They’ve also updated the in-screen fingerprint scanner to make it even faster.
The Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro will be available in Ireland from next Month and prices are €799 for the Mate 30 and €1099 for the Mate 30 Pro. There’s also a 5G model of the Mate 30 Pro coming for €1199 but there’s no confirmation if this is coming to Ireland or not.
Huawei Watch GT 2 – Now with built in speaker and microphone
Following on from last years Watch GT launch, Huawei has also taking the wraps off their latest Smartwatch, the Huawei Watch GT 2, which will come in two sizes. There will be a small model with a 42mm case, a 1.2-inch AMOLED screen, a 390 x 390 resolution and dimensions of 41.8 x 41.8 x 9.4mm. The larger model comes with a 46mm case, a 1.39-inch 454 x 454 AMOLED display, and dimensions of 45.9 x 45.9 x 10.7mm.
The small Huawei Watch GT 2 will have a 20mm strap while the large one will use a 22mm one, and that the small model won’t have a microphone or LTE connectivity.
Both models use Huawei’s new Kirin A1 chipset and sport GPS, a heart rate monitor, and water resistance to 50 meters.
The Watch GT 2 will comes in four different styles, which the source has included images of, and which seem to show versions both with and without a large bezel.
The watch will be available on Ireland from next month for €229 for the 42mm model and €249 for the 46mm model.