Huawei Mate 30 series launch highlights: Mate 30, Mate 30 Pro, Vision TV and Watch GT 2 announced

Huawei's new camera-focused smartphones have been announced without Google inside.

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  • 19:16 (IST)

    And that's wrap for Huawei's product launch. Check out our website for more details on the products announced today.

  • 19:14 (IST)

    Seems like Huawei saved the best for last. The Huawei Mate 30 Pro will not come with Google Mobile Services inside.

    CEO, Richard Yu encouraged developers to develop for its HMS core.

  • 19:13 (IST)

    And here's the price list for Huawei's product announcements

    Huawei Mate 30: 8 GB + 128 GB at 799 Euros
    Huawei Mate 30 Pro: 8 GB + 256 GB at 1099 Euros
    Porsche Design Mate 30 RS: 12 GB + 512 GB at 2099 Euros
    Huawei Watch GT: 42 mm at 229 Euros, 46 mm at 249 Euros
    Huawei FreeBuds 3: 179 Euros

  • 19:05 (IST)

    Looks like it's not over yet. Huawei announces Huawei Vision smart TV.

    4K Quantum Dot Display (up to 120 Hz refresh rate)
    Intelligent interaction
    Will come in 55-inch and 65-inch initially followed by a 75-inch variant
    Professional 5.1 audio
    Touch remote controller
    And a pop-up video camera.

  • 18:54 (IST)

    And another... Announcing the Huawei Watch GT 2

    Features a new purified design language
    1.39-inch OLED display
    Will comes in a 42 mm and 46 mm sizes
    Is powered by a Kirin A1 SoC
    Supports BT & BLE 5.1
    2-week battery life
    46 mm at 249 Euros

  • 18:44 (IST)

    One more thing! There's also a Huawei Mate 30 RS

    The Mate 30 RS features a similar design but uses different materials with handcrafted leather and a vertical glass strip
    It will be available in black and red.
    A premium leather case with a loop will also be available.
    The handset will only be available in a 12 GB RAM + 512 GB internal storage variant.

  • 18:39 (IST)

    And that's it for the Huawei Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro

    There's new and improved cameras
    Halo ring design
    7000 fps slow-motion video recording
    4500 mAh battery
    Kirin 990 SoC
    And most important of all, Android 10 inside.

  • 18:31 (IST)

    Huawei's Mate 30 Pro will ship with EMUI 10 and Android 10 inside!

    This includes:
    Always-on display
    Fluid animations
    Better design and UI
    Smart Gestures
    And a system-wide dark mode

  • 18:25 (IST)

    There's a new Gimbal with Huawei Camera Kit

    Comes with the OSMO Mobile 3 with synced controls.

  • 18:14 (IST)

    The Huawei Mate 30 Pro's video capabilities seem incredible with 7000 fps+ slow motion video

    4K videos at 60 fps
    7680 fps slow motion video
    4K HDR+ video

  • 18:11 (IST)

    Here's low light shot comparison between the Mate 30 Pro and the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+

    Also features wide-angle HDR, crazy zoom capabilities and a new Pro Bokeh mode.

    With a 3D Depth sensing camera on the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro selfies come out better.

  • 18:04 (IST)

    Huawei Mate 30 Pro's camera setup includes a 40 MP + 16 MP (Ultra-wide) + 8 MP (Tele) cameras

  • 18:00 (IST)

    The Mate 30 Pro features Graphene Film Cooling Technology and SuperCharge

    There 27 W wireless charging and 40 W wired charging with 3 times faster reverse wireless charging.

  • 17:57 (IST)

    But what about software???

    We really want to know what an Android phone without Google feels like.

  • 17:53 (IST)

    The Huawei Mate 30 Pro comes with dual mode 5G thanks to the Kirin 990 SoC

  • 17:51 (IST)

    Also introducing a new Vegan Leather edition of the Mate 30 Pro

  • 17:49 (IST)

    Huawei still retains the notch but there's more stuff packed in, and even packs in slide touch interaction

    Just slide to adjust the volume

    You can now move the button along the edge

    Mate 30 pro comes with an IP 68 rating

  • 17:45 (IST)

    There's a bigger battery now with a 4,500 mAh unit

  • 17:43 (IST)

    Presenting the Huawei Mate 30 Pro with the new "halo ring" design

    Huawei called its waterfall display as the 'Horizon Display' with a curvature of 88 degrees

    It is a 6.53-inch flexible OLED display with support for DCI-P3 HDR

    Also introduces a new Cinematic Colour system and is an 18.4:9 aspect ratio.

  • 17:39 (IST)

    Huawei claims that its smartphone sales have been good

  • 17:35 (IST)

    CEO, of Huawei Consumer Business Group takes to the stage

    Smartphone shipments jumped by 26 percent, with PC going up by 249 percent between Jan-Aug 2019.

  • 17:32 (IST)

    The highlight of today's launch (apart from the camera capabilities) will be Huawei's software.

    With Google out of the picture, Huawei is expected to launch the new smartphones with a forked version of Android. But these phones will not be able to pack in any Google apps thanks to the recent ban. Read more about it in the link below.

    Huawei promises smartest 5G smartphone, but who will be brave enough to buy?

  • 17:26 (IST)

    And here's your first look at the Mate 30 Pro

  • 17:24 (IST)

    And it's not really a smartphone launch without tipsters leaking out photos of the soon to be launched smartphones

  • 17:18 (IST)

    We are moments away from the launch of Huawei's Mate 30 series of smartphones, but first, let's take a look at what we know about the smartphones so far

    The Mate 30 Pro is expected to come with a 6.7-inch AMOLED display with a 90-Hz refresh rate. It is said to feature triple cameras on the back with 40 MP sensors, which will offer up to 5x optical zoom and 50x digital zoom. The phone is expected to include a 4,400 mAh battery and a 55 W charger.

    Huawei's Mate 30 series to launch today: All you need to know

  • 16:57 (IST)

    Hello and welcome our live coverage of the Huawei Mate 30 series smartphone launch

    The event will be held in Munich, Germany and will see Huawei launch the Mate 30 series of smartphones. The top-end model is expected to be the Huawei Mate 30 Pro which will pack in brand new hardware, including support for 5G connectivity. The main highlight is expected to be the quad-camera setup, but the elephant in the room is definitely going to be Huawei's software.

Huawei at a launch event held in Munich, announced its Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro smartphones also accompanied by its new Vision TV and its new smartwatch the Watch GT 2.

Huawei Mate 30 Pro. Image: Huawei

Huawei Mate 30 Pro. Image: Huawei

The Mate series is a more premium offering from Huawei and this year it is expected to feature a new smartphone trend with displays, called the waterfall display, a trend started by Vivo. The waterfall display trend involves a curved edge display that almost curves halfway into the sides of the smartphone that takes the bezel-less design to the next level, making the sides of frame appear invisible from the front.

Huawei Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro pricing

The Mate 30 was announced at 799 Euros for the 8 GB RAM + 128 GB storage variant while the Mate 30 Pro was announced in an 8 GB RAM + 256 GB storage variant at 1099 Euros.

Huawei also announced a new Porsche Design Mate 30 RS with 12 GB RAM + 512 GB storage at 2099 Euros

Huawei Watch GT 2 pricing

Huawei's new and improved Watch GT 2 now packs in a better OLED display and now comes with a 2-week standby time. The Huawei Watch GT 2 is priced at 229 Euros for the 42 mm variant and 249 Euros for the 46 mm model.

Android without Google inside

However, the biggest highlight of the Mate 30 Pro launch was software. While Huawei has been in a constant uphill battle with the US, ever since the US government accused the telecom equipment manufacturer of spying. Android comes from Google, so a recent ban has now officially forced Google and other US-based services to detach from Huawei, which basically means no Android or Google apps.

At the very end of the launch event, Huawei Consumer Business Group CEO, Richard Yu announced that the new smartphones will not make use of Google Mobile Services (GMS) thanks to the ban but will have to make do with the HMS core instead. In short, Huawei's brand new smartphones will not come with Google apps inside, which also raises questions about the availability of other apps made by US-based services like Facebook. And since Facebook also owns Instagram and WhatsApp it will be interesting to see how Mate 30 Pro users can do without these services.

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