“The Mate 30 duo is expected to offer four rear cameras and the brand’s latest Kirin 990 chipset”

Huawei is expected to unveil its next-gen Mate series flagships, the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro at an event in Germany on September 19th. The upcoming phones are expected to bring significant upgrades over their predecessors, the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro, which arrived last year. Ahead of the unveiling, we’ve already seen a handful of press renders, live images, and reports regarding the specs of the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro. Here’s what we know about the expected pricing, features, and specifications of the upcoming Mate flagships.

Design and display: the Mate 30 series will reportedly flaunt a refreshed design

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Huawei Mate 30 Pro is expected to flaunt a circular quad-camera setup at the back

Based on the leaked renders and live images, the Huawei Mate 30 Pro could feature a large waterfall notch above the screen. The cutout is expected to house the selfie camera and additional sensors for secure 3D face mapping and unlocking. As seen in the image above, the device could flaunt four cameras at the rear, which will be placed inside a circular module. Notably, there will also be a large LED flash on the left-side apart from something that looks like a laser autofocus sensor.

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Huawei Mate 30 is expected to come with dual selfie cameras on the front

As for the Huawei Mate 30, some leaked images of the smartphone earlier suggested that it could feature a small cutout above the screen to house two selfie cameras. This one isn’t expected to feature a 3D face unlock mechanism. Notably, the Mate 30 is also rumoured to feature four cameras at the back, but they will be placed in a square module at the back, as suggested by some leaked photos. Both the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro are expected to flaunt under-display fingerprint sensors. A report suggested that the new Mate series phones could come with optional modular accessories like the Moto mods.

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Huawei Mate 30 Pro’s screen is expected to be curved on both the sides

Talking about the displays, the Huawei Mate 30 is rumoured to feature a 6.5-inch Super AMOLED display with full HD+ resolution and a screen refresh rate of 60Hz. As for the Mate 30 Pro, the flagship is said to flaunt a slightly bigger 6.7-inch OLED display with a resolution of QHD+ and a much higher screen refresh rate of 90Hz. While the former is expected to come with a flat screen, the latter’s display is tipped to be curved on both sides.

Performance: new Kirin 990 flagship chipset expected

If the rumour mill is to be believed, the Huawei Mate 30 duo will be powered by the brand’s upcoming in-house HiSilicon Kirin 990 flagship chipset. Huawei recently announced that the new SoC will be unveiled at an event on September 6th at the upcoming IFA in Berlin. A short video released by the brand has revealed that the Kirin 990 chipset will flaunt 5G connectivity. Reports suggest that a 5G modem could be built right onto the SoC itself. The Kirin 990 is expected to be manufactured utilising TSMC’s new 7nm EUV process, which will provide 20 percent higher transistor density to offer increased power efficiency. Unfortunately, there’s no word on the RAM and storage configurations of the upcoming handsets at the moment, but we can expect an upgrade over the predecessors.

Cameras: quad cameras at the rear

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Huawei Mate 30 is expected to offer a square quad-camera module at the rear

In terms of optics, the Huawei Mate 30 duo are rumoured to flaunt four cameras at the back. The more premium of the two, the Mate 30 Pro’s quad-camera setup is said to comprise 40MP, 40MP, 8MP, and ToF cameras. The main 40MP sensor is said to feature an aperture of f/1.4-f/1.5 and RYYB pixel layout, while the secondary 40MP shooter is tipped to be an ultra-wide-angle lens. The third 8MP sensor is likely to feature 5X zoom capabilities. The brand’s previous flagship, the Huawei P30 Pro managed to achieve up to 50x digital zoom, so it will be interesting to see what the company has up its sleeves with the Mate 30 Pro’s camera capabilities. As for the Mate 30, its exact camera configuration details are not available at the moment, but we expect it to have a slightly downgraded quad-camera setup.

Other specs

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Huawei Mate 30 Pro is expected to boast two 40MP cameras at the back

As for the other features, software-wise, the Huawei Mate 30 series handsets are expected to boot Android 9 Pie-based EMUI 9.1 out of the box. We can expect the new Mate handsets to be the brand’s first flagships to receive the Android 10 update. Talking about the batteries, the Mate 30 is expected to be fuelled by a 4,200mAh battery, while the Mate 30 Pro is said to utilise a bigger 4,500mAh battery. If the reports are to be believed, the Mate 30 series could offer fast charging at 25W in wireless mode and 55W in wired mode, making them the first phones to offer this tech.

The pricing and availability details of the Huawei Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro are not available at the moment. We will be attending the brand’s event on September 6th, and bring you all the official details, so stay tuned to 91mobiles.