Mate 30 renders leaked in full courtesy of Evan Blass
Huawei’s keenly anticipated Mate 30 line has been leaked in full ahead of its launch this week. The Mate 30 comes in three principle models; the Mate 30 Pro, the Mate 30 and the Mate 30 Lite. As you can see from the photos, each has a unique design although the common ground between all of them is a four-camera set up on the rear.
The Mate 30 Pro, for better or worse, picks up a larger front camera notch than its two junior siblings. This is because Huawei continues to promote 3D facial unlocking technology on the device necessitating the larger display cut out. Like the Vivo NEX 3, the Mate 30 Pro also continues with a curved front AMOLED display that bends over the edge in a ‘waterfall’ display style. On the rear, it features a circular quad camera array which it has, once again, co-designed with Leica.
The Mate 30 is arguably the best looking of the three, just as the mid-range Mate 20 was last year. It features a more iPhone-like approach with a flat edge-to-edge screen and this year, features a slightly larger notch than last year. Where the Mate 20 went with a tear-drop notch, the Mate 30 has a larger notch to accommodate a second front-facing selfie camera. Based on early rumors of what the iPhone is going to look like in 2020, the Mate 30 could provide a pretty good preview of what Apple fans might expect for next year’s model.
The Mate 30 Lite keeps a rear design that looks similar to last year’s mid-range Mate 20 with a square quad-camera module. It also gets a more upmarket full-screen look on the front, losing the rather large notch on the Mate 20 Lite in favor of a circular cut-out (punch hole) for its single front-facing selfie camera. Bezels are also thinner this time around too.
The only question mark hanging over the range is how international sales and/or models might be affected by the gimped version of Android, a direct result of the Trump Administration ban on the company. Although not a major issue in Asian markets, the Mate 30 range won't have access to Google Services or the Google Play Store in international markets.