This Thursday, in Munich, Chinese tech giant Huawei unveiled four new phones, a smart watch and a TV.
This is the first time the company has launched new devices, which don’t have licences from US companies including Google.
As a result, none of the Mate 30 devices are expected to have Google services or apps, which include Gmail, Google Pay, and most critically, the Google PlayStore.
There is a chance this might change in the coming weeks, but for now it looks like the Mate 30 Pro will release without Google.
It’s important to reiterate that current devices such as the P30 and older Huawei phones are not affected by the US ban and that these will continue to receive Android updates and security patches from Google.
In the keynote, Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group, said “The Huawei Mate 30 Series unleashes the full potential of the smartphone.
Designed to stand out, it challenges convention while delivering an unrivalled user experience.
The era of 5G is an opportunity to rethink smartphone technology and the Huawei Mate 30 series is the ultimate expression of what’s possible.”
Huawei have continued to innovate and push the boundaries of both design, hardware.
The Mate 30 Pro is a stunning looking phone that continues the design aesthetic of the Mate series that exudes luxury and symmetry.
From my hands on time with the Mate 30 Pro I was impressed with the look, feel and finish of what is potentially, one of the best flagships of 2019.
I spent most of my the available hands on time trying out the Mate 30 Pro and some of the standout features included the ultra-narrow bezels that feature the Huawei Horizon Display, which curves at an angle of 88 degrees to maximise the display area to provide an unparalleled, edge-to-edge immersive viewing experience.
Huawei Mate 30 Pro introduces the Intuitive Side-touch Interaction feature to replace the side volume buttons with invisible virtual keys.
This feature also allows users to customise the volume key position on either sides of the device.
I’m not thrilled to see the return of a large notch to the Mate 30 Pro, but it’s there for a reason as it houses the new and more secure 3D Face Unlock tech.
Huawei also said the In-Screen Fingerprint is now faster and more secure.
Around the back of the device is the iconic ring design that reminds me a little of the Nokia 1020, although thankfully, it doesn’t have the massive bump that camera had.
This ring surrounds the quad-camera system.
Powering the new Mate 30 Series is the Huawei, Kirin 990 series chipset, Huawei’s most sophisticated smartphone chipset launched to date.
The Huawei Kirin 990 5G challenges the limits of silicon-based physics by incorporating a three-level power efficiency architecture for the CPU, Huawei’s self-developed Da Vinci NPU architecture (large dual-NPU + tiny NPU cores) as well as a supersized 16-core GPU to deliver super-fast performance and high-power efficiency.
As the world’s first 2nd generation 5G smartphone, the Huawei Mate 30 Pro 5G features 14 antennas for 5G, which Huawei claim will deliver ground-breaking speed with unrivalled connectivity.
The Mate 30 sports a large battery of 4200mAh, while the Mate 30 Pro has an even bigger battery of 4500mAh.
With TÜV Rheinland certified wired and wireless Huawei SuperCharge Technology, the 27W Wireless SuperCharge and the 40W SuperCharge provide users safe and fast charging, while wired and wireless in-car charging and a wired powerbank ensure a seamless experience across all scenarios.
Additionally, the Mate 30 Series provides upgraded reverse wireless charging bringing users a quick and convenient way to recharge other devices and is up to three times faster than on previous models.
On previous models like the Mate 20 Pro, video hasn’t been as top notch as other brands that offered 4K at 60fps.
However, the Mate 30 Pro’s new SuperSensing Cine Camera promises the change that.
The Huawei Mate 30 is equipped with a SuperSensing Triple Camera, comprising a 40MP SuperSensing Camera, 16MP Ultra Wide-angle Camera and an 8MP Telephoto Camera.
Coupled with an ISP 5.0 Image Signal Processor.
The Mate 30 Pro has a slightly different camera specifications. It sports a quad camera system with the 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 capable of taking stunning photos that rival high-end cameras.
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.
It also supports 4K Low-light Ultra-wide time-lapse video. The Mate 30 Pro also offers pro-bokeh capabilities.
Additionally, the second of the dual-camera system is a 1/1.7-inch Huawei SuperSensing Camera which attracts 40% more lights to deliver stunning results in low light conditions with an impressive light sensitivity of ISO409600, making it the best low light one-shot device ever even for ultra-wide shots.
The 8MP Telephoto Camera offers 3x optical zoom, 5x Hybrid Zoom and up to 30x Digital Zoom. 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.
The models we got to test during the hands-on time ran the open source version of Android 10 with Huawei’s EMUI10 skin on top.
It looks and feels just like any other Huawei phone to date, but with a glaring ommision - no Google apps or services.
I really like the new Always-On-Display options where the colour of the lock screen changes throughout the day and you’ve got more options of what you can put on the lock screen.
The new AI gestures are pretty cool too such as AI Auto-Rotate which tracks your eyes to auto rotate the screen based on the orientation of your eyes and AI Private View which looks the screen if someone peeks over your shoulder to see what’s in a private message for example.
Huawei also launched The Huawei Watch GT 2 range of wearables.
Equipped with the self-developed Kirin AI chip, the update to the Watch GT offers class-leading battery life and a host of new features and functions including 15 sports modes, 10 training modes specifically for running, an enhanced music player and Bluetooth voice calls.
Huawei Watch GT 2 also provides new wellness features that allow for hassle-free monitoring of a user’s heart rate, daily sleep and other things like your stress levels.
Additionally, Huawei also announced the availability of its Huawei FreeBuds 3 true wireless Bluetooth earphones which won 11 Best of IFA media awards at the recent IFA consumer electronics show.
The black and white versions of FreeBuds 3 will be available in China, Europe, Middle East, Russia, Asia Pacific and Latin America starting from November 2019.
The Mate 30 series will launch in Ireland in the coming months.