Now that Samsung’s latest Note10 pair is official, it’s Huawei’s turn to refresh its top-of-the-line Mate family. We already know a fair bit about the Mate 30, as well as its Pro and Lite siblings. Nothing official regarding launch dates and availability yet, though. Well, until now that is. As per High-tech Mail.ru, the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro will be made official in Europe on September 19.
Apparently, the info comes straight from Dr. Wang Chenglu – president of Huawei Consumer Business Software. If that is the case, the credibility is definitely there. As per the source, Dr. Wang also mentioned a new Kirin 990 chipset would be powering the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro. The silicon will have increased energy efficiency as one of its spotlight features. This new info definitely throws a curveball our way, considering previous rumors have mentioned a Kirin 985 chip instead. However, Dr. Wang might very well be talking about the very same chip, just with a different marketing name chosen during the development process. Plus, increased power efficiency does make a lot of sense, since the new chip, regardless of naming is said to be the first one made on TSMC’s 7nm EUV process. Likely to be marketed as 7nm+, EUV allows 20% greater transistor density and is probably going to be quite a bit more power-efficient.
The Kirin is also expected to have a 5G modem built-in. Info on that end is still a bit fuzzy, though, since other sources claim a separate Mate 30 5G variant will arrive around December this year, a few months later than the alleged September 19 announcement data. As for other details on the Mate 30 Pro, a 6.7-inch, 90Hz, BOE-made AMOLED panel is hinted at. Also 55W charging, an under-display fingerprint reader, yet still a fairly large display notch, which could suggest advanced face-scanning hardware. Rumors also say the Mate 30 Pro will be rocking two massive 40MP sensors on the back, as part of a circular camera module.
A large portion of this hardware info could very well apply to the regular P30 as well. As for the lite version, we expect a pretty different device this year. Potentially even more so compared to previous lite editions, since it might be powered by Huawei’s new HarmonyOS as an alternative to Android. This is at least somewhat related to the recent US scandal Huawei was involved in. And in fact, if the last bit of info from Dr. Wang is to be believed, the Mate 30 family won’t come with Google Play Services pre-installed. That, combined with HarmonyOS could have pretty interesting implication for the future. But let’s not think too far ahead. Speaking of which, we even have alleged pricing for the entire Mate 30 line already leaked. You should probably take that with a grain of saws as well, though.