Huawei Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro – Android or no Android? Here’s what we know so far

Huawei Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro – Android or no Android? Here’s what we know so far

Huawei is facing extremely difficult problems right now with being on the United States government’s Entity List, which effectively bars it from doing business with U.S.-based companies — which includes Google and Android.

However, this doesn’t stop the Chinese giant to develop the next expected flagship smartphone. Sadly, it is still unsure if the Huawei Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro will land in the same fashion as they have in previous years — or if they will land at all. Anyhow, rumors about the flagship phone continue to leak.

Name

The upcoming members of the P series family seem a little stuck with the naming convention introduced on its predecessor, only it jumped to ten more digits – Huawei P30, P30 Lite, and P30 Pro. We expect the same trend for the Mate series.

The Huawei Mate 20, aside from the regular variant and the Mate 20 Pro, also launched Mate 20 X – an enormous gaming smartphone – and the Huawei Porsche Design Mate 20 RS – a Mate 20 Pro with a Porsche design and an enormous price tag. We still don’t know if the same will happen for the Mate 30 series.

Features and Specifications

According to rumors, the Mate 30 Pro will feature a 6.71-inch AMOLED display and a 90Hz refresh rate which should allow scrolling through apps and web pages appear much smoother and certain games will look crisper than on other phones, most of which feature 60Hz refresh rates.

The phone could come with the Kirin 985 processor paired with the Balong 5000 modem. The latter chipset would afford the Mate 30 Pro with 5G connectivity. It will also have a 4,200mAh battery with 40W wired charging and 15W wireless charging.

Unlike the Mate 20 which shipped with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, it is more likely that the Mate 30 will get an upgrade of 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage, to better compete with other brands such as Samsung, OnePlus, Xiaomi, etc.

Additionally, Huawei will reportedly ship the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro with Android Q underneath EMUI 11. Huawei will reportedly launch a Hongmeng OS-equipped phone in the same quarter as the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro’s launch. Of course, the Android Q prediction is not too accurate. We’ll wait how this will turn out.

Price

The pricing of the Mate 30 series is something we can’t possibly predict this early in the game due to the Huawei ban and if it will be running on Android or its very own homemade OS.

Huawei smartphones have never had a major presence in the U.S., but the Entity List ban makes us certain we won’t see the Mate 20 series launch in the States at all. It’s likely the phone will launch in Europe, the United Kingdom, Huawei’s native China, and other nations. Usually, Huawei staggers the launches throughout the globe, so you should expect that to happen this year, too.

As for the release date, Huawei gave a launch window around September or October this year. Just like last year, Huawei wants to take advantage of the holiday sales.