The Mate series is Huawei’s flagship smartphone which generally steals the show every time it’s released. This year is set to be no different and the device can even be said to overtake Samsung and Apple to possibly become 2019’s best smartphone. Of course, there are some technicalities that might block Huawei from attaining that position – namely if Google suspends the company’s access to the Play Store and future Android updates.

With the Google issue aside, Huawei’s Mate 30 Pro is looking to be one helluva handset. The Mate 30 range will launch in Germany in a few days’ time and we’re likely going to see the Mate 30, plus the Mate 30 Pro and the Mate 30 Lite, the latter of which will offer users a more budget friendly option of the series.

Of course, the main focus here is going to be the Mate 30 Pro, which could possibly tip the scales to become 2019’s top performing smartphone. Certainly, on paper it already beats the rest of the competition. It’s just a matter of time before we can get our hands on it and see how it fares for the everyday user.

Huawei Mate 30 Pro – the new top dog?

Huawei used to be known for their budget smartphones. The Chinese company offered users in emerging economies like China, India, and Indonesia an alternative to cheap Samsung devices. What they offered was something more impressive for the same price, and they did it by taking advantage of China’s expensive production, supply, and logistics lines to make their products more affordable without skimping on the quality.

The Mate series has been a deviation from old norms and has shown the world that Huawei is indeed ready to become the top supplier of mobile technology to the ever-growing global market. The phone will feature the new Kirin 990 chipset from Huawei, which is billed to be their most powerful ever developed.

The Mate 30 Pro has a design that will catch any eye – indeed, it’s more visually appealing than the iPhone 11 and the Galaxy Note 10. The massive 6.7-inch display will please those looking for size, while the curved ‘waterfall’ AMOLED screen with HD+ resolution adds an aesthetic that simply cannot be matched by any other current flagship smartphone on the market.

The Pro – and the Porsche edition that we’ll cover in a moment – both do away with manual volume buttons and instead opt for an in-screen slider. This is a cool new feature that could prove to be preferential over having physical buttons.

Mate 30 – second in command

The Mate 30 will come with a similar design, just a little smaller and with a smaller notch which likely won’t feature the 3D face unlocking technology that the Mate 30 Pro will possess. The Mate 30 also doesn’t have the curved screen.

The quad-camera setup will still make an appearance, while most of the other specs will be in the top bracket. This is probably the go-to device for most people who want to save a little while still ensuring that they have one of the best smartphones on the market.

Mate 30 – Porsche Edition

This is where the real money is – it’s essentially a Mate 30 Pro with a leather finish that gives the device a completely unique feel and look that will turn anyone’s head. It’s likely that this edition of the phone will come with 12GB of RAM or possibly even more. In short, Huawei are trying to release a device that hands down takes the spot as the world’s best ever smartphone. It’s likely that they’ll win.

The Mate 30 Lite – Budget friendly

Huawei certainly want to make sure that they’re covering as much of the market as they can with the release of the new Mate 30 series. The Mate 30 Lite will allow them to do this by replacing the brand new top-of-the-range chipset with the new Kirin 810.

The Mate 30 Lite still comes with a QUAD-lens camera setup which will please users with less spending power. It saves in other areas, instead. For example, it uses an LED screen instead of an AMOLED one. It also will no doubt cut back on the amount of RAM and internal storage used.

The design still looks incredible, however, so you don’t have to worry about sacrificing looks to please your wallet. Overall, the Mate 30 Lite is going to be a real winner for budget users.

The cameras

The camera design on the rear of the Mate 30 series is incredibly innovative. The cameras sit in a circular camera zone. The Mate 30 Pro and the Mate 30 will have four cameras – one being a 40MP main sensor and the others being an ultra-wide angle lens and a ToF depth sensor.

The Porsche Edition will throw a forth camera into the mix, making this a truly amped up smartphone camera setup. We don’t know what that fourth camera will be yet, but it’s going to pack a serious punch.

Battery life

The Mate 30 Pro will certainly come with more than 4,000mAh of battery power, alongside super-fast and wireless charging capabilities. This will likely trickle down all the way to the Mate 30 version of the series – minus the superfast and wireless charging support.

The verdict

If you’re looking to get your hands on something unique and extremely powerful this year, then the Huawei Mate 30 series is the one to go for. It’s quite likely that it’ll be the most powerful range of smartphones released this year – minus perhaps the Galaxy Fold and the Huawei Mate X foldable phones (but they come into their own bracket).

Huawei have proven to the world, once again, that they are very much equipped to be the leading smartphone manufacturer and are capable of pushing technology in a new direction that will rival and overtake anything coming out of the competition.


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