Huawei introduced the Mate 30 — the first smartphone without Google services

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But with the “most sophisticated notch” on the market and without physical volume buttons.

Huawei introduced the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro smartphones at an event in Munich. They became the company’s first Android device without Google services due to U.S. sanctions.

Both devices received a block of cameras from Leica in a round layout. The usual Mate 30 got three sensors: an ultra-wide 16 MP, a wide 40 MP with ISO indicators up to 204800, a telephoto lens with a triple magnification and a laser focus sensor.

The Mate 30 Pro received an ultra-wide 40 MP sensor, wide at 40 MP with optical stabilization and ISO up to 409600, as well as a triple-zoom telephoto lens and a 3D depth sensor. The cameras will work with dual optical and software stabilization.

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Huawei claims that the Mate 30 Pro is capable of shooting video in 4K and 60 frames per second, as well as in slow motion up to 7620 frames per second at a resolution of 720p. As a demonstration, the company showed a shooting of a hummingbird on which the wings of the bird were visible despite the speed at which they moved.

The devices also differ in screens: the flagship was equipped with a 6.53-inch “waterfall” display with rounded corners right up to the back cover, and the Mate 30 with a regular 6.62-inch flat screen. In addition, smartphones received different batteries: the flagship received a 4,500 mAh battery, and the Mate 30 received a 4,200 mAh battery. The devices support Huawei fast charging at 40 watts of power over wire or up to 27 watts in wireless mode.

One of the main innovations in the Mate 30 Pro has become the “most sophisticated notch” on the market. It is equipped with sensors with eye recognition and allows you to hide content from those who like to peek at other people’s screens.

Since the display in the Mate 30 Pro “bends” to the back cover, the device has lost physical buttons in addition to the power button. Instead, Huawei suggests using virtual volume buttons, which can be assigned to any of the edges.

Both smartphones received the Huawei Kirin 990 processor, which was announced at IFA 2019 in early September. Its main feature was the built-in 5G modem.

Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro will run on the EMUI 10 shell based on Android 10, but without Google services due to U.S. sanctions. Devices will receive the AppGallery app store, which Huawei has long built into smartphones by default. However, users will be able to install Google services by downloading them from the network themselves.

Huawei said it would invest a billion dollars in financing the development and user engagement in the Huawei Mobile Services ecosystem. According to the head of the consumer division of the company, 45 thousand applications are already integrated into the system.

During the presentation, Huawei said almost nothing about the conflict with the US authorities. However, the event began with information about the company’s place in global brand ratings and the words “everything is in order with us, honestly.”


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