The Technical Details

Inside the device beats the heart of Huawei’s latest silicon design efforts: a HiSilicon Kirin 990 SoC. We’ve covered the SoC in some detail already – we have an eight core design built on TSMC’s 7nm that uses Arm Cortex A76 cores and an Arm Mali G76MP16 GPU. Compared to the previous Kirin 980, these cores have had slight increases, but nothing to write home about. The biggest change is in the NPU for AI processing, where Huawei has changed from its licensed Cambricon design to its own in-house Da Vinci architecture, allowing for full AI network support. Huawei has added in a ‘tiny’ Da Vinci NPU to run super-low-power networks such as voice recognition, and a high-powered ‘large’ Da Vinci NPU for performance related AI such as image detection and enhancement. The CPU, GPU, and NPU, also get an additional layer of cache to help with its speed up.

Huawei Mate 30 Series
AnandTech Mate 30 Mate 30 Pro
(Mate 30 Pro 5G)
SoC HiSilicon Kirin 990

2x Cortex-A76 @ 2.86 GHz
2x Cortex-A76 @ 2.09 GHz
4x Cortex-A55 @ 1.86 GHz
(HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G)

2x Cortex-A76 @ 2.86 GHz
2x Cortex-A76 @ 2.36 GHz
4x Cortex-A55 @ 1.95 GHz
GPU Mali G76MP16 @ 600MHz

(Mali G76MP16 @ 700MHz)
Display 6.62" OLED
2340 x 1080 (19.5:9)

6.53" OLED
2400 x 1176 (18.4:9)

Size Height 160.8 mm 158.1 mm
Width 76.1 mm 73.1 mm
Depth 8.4 mm
8.8 mm
Weight 196 grams 198 grams
Battery Capacity 4100mAh (Rated)
4200mAh (Typical)

40W charging
4400mAh (Rated)
4500mAh (Typical)

40W charging
Wireless Charging 27W charging + reverse charging
Rear Cameras
Main 40MP f/1.8
RYYB sensor

27mm equiv. FL
40MP f/1.6 OIS
RYYB sensor

27mm equivl. FL
Telephoto 8MP f/2.4 OIS
3x Optical zoom
80mm equiv. FL
Wide 16MP f/2.2
Ulta wide angle
17mm equivl. FL

40MP f/1.8
RGGB sensor
Ultra wide angle
18mm equivl. FL

720p7680fps video capture
Extra - 3D Depth Camera
Front Camera 24MP f/2.0 32MP f/2.0
Storage 128 / 256GB
+ proprietary "nanoSD" card
3.5mm headphone jack
Wireless (local) 802.11ac (Wifi 5),
Bluetooth 5.1
Cellular 4G LTE

(4G + 5G NR NSA+SA Sub-6GHz)
Splash, Water, Dust Resistance IP53
(no water resistance)
(water resistant up to 1m)
Dual-SIM 2x nano-SIM
Launch OS Android 10 w/ EMUI 10

without Google services
Launch Price 8+128 GB: 799€

8+256 GB: 1099€

(5G 8+256GB: 1199€)

Huawei does have a faster Kirin 990 version on the way, the Kirin 990 5G: this chip is built using 7nm+ EUV, doubles the size of the NPU, but most importantly includes a 5G sub-6 GHz modem on board. This chip will be used in the Mate 30 5G and Mate 30 Pro 5G versions, which are coming out in China this year and select worldwide markets over time. We’re hoping to get hold of the 5G version to see for any quality differences between the 7nm and 7nm+ processes.

The display is a 6.53-inch 2400x1176 Flex OLED display, which comes in at that odd aspect ratio of 18.4:9. This is because of that wrap-around ‘horizon’ display, that comes over the edges. As mentioned on the previous page, some applications ignore these extra sides and act as if the display is a more standard 19:9 to 20:9 display. Huawei states that the display supports the DCI-P3 color space, though does not disclose how much of the gamut it covers, nor the brightness levels of the screen or the accuracy therein.

For the cameras, as mentioned on the previous page, Huawei is positioning the Mate 30 Pro as a premium professional photography assistant device to go alongside more expensive hardware. The three main sensors include a main 40MP f/1.6 OIS RYYB (27mm) sensor, a wide-angle 40MP f/1.8 RGB (18mm) sensor with support up to 7680 fps at 720p, and a final telephoto 8MP f/2.4 OIS with 3x optical zoom. Also included on the rear is a 3D depth camera.

The front camera is a 32MP f/2.0 selfie camera, paired with a proximity sensor, two 3D depth cameras, and a gesture sensor. The two gestures supported include taking a screenshot by making a fist, or scrolling up and down by waving.


The fingerprint sensor is embedded in the display, with Huawei stating that they’re using the latest generation technology. Based on previous Huawei devices, we assume this is a Goodix in-screen fingerprint sensor, which was confirmed via Goodix’s twitter feed. However, when quizzed as to which generation sensor (we know Goodix has at least four), neither Huawei nor Goodix responded to our inquiry.

The battery for the Mate 30 Pro comes in at 4500 mAh, although the company didn’t go into too many details about how long this should last. Huawei is offering the Mate 30 Pro in one main configuration: 8 GB of LPDDR4X-3733 for DRAM, and 256 GB for storage. The device is dual nano-SIM, supporting dual connections, and one of the slots supports Huawei’s proprietary nanoSD card. For the 5G model, both SIM slots can be 5G enabled, although only one at a time. Wi-Fi support is listed as Wi-Fi 5.

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  • StevenD - Monday, September 23, 2019 - link

    1100e for a device which comes with all the hassles of having to sideload a lot of the apps?
    Am I being cheap, cause that sounds crazy to me. Especially when you think that, for that price, you can definitely get a great phone with a great camera.
  • BedfordTim - Monday, September 23, 2019 - link

    You could just use a third party store like Yalp. Reply
  • reggjoo1 - Monday, September 23, 2019 - link

    Or, you can install gsf, without root, in ten minutes. Excellent article on 9to5 google. Reply
  • ChorizoNinja - Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - link

    I am sorry, but 1099€ is a little bit of a joke. The slow motion camera is just a cheap interpolation, and it doesn't have google services. In my world I would grab a note 10, at least the warranty service, in my case, was excellent... and I have security patches and a full version of android, plus the stylus. Reply
  • iSeptimus - Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - link

    Yup, it is ridiculous. Most people's time is worth more. Reply
  • oRAirwolf - Monday, September 23, 2019 - link

    I actually enjoy slow motion video quite a bit. I use it when shooting guns. I am honestly pretty jealous of this extremely high frame rate video. I never thought I would be jealous about another phone this year after purchasing the OnePlus 7 Pro. Reply
  • s.yu - Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - link

    I hope you paid attention, it shoots 1920fps at what they claim to be 720P (but that also requires verification since Huawei lies about everything), then interpolates each captured frame into 4. Reply
  • lukedriftwood - Monday, September 23, 2019 - link

    I should point out that slowmo frame rates higher than 960fps (1920fps and 7680fps) are motion interpolated from 960fps native capture. Reply
  • Ian Cutress - Monday, September 23, 2019 - link

    It's 1080p960 or 720p1920. That's more than just a simple interpolation, otherwise it would be able to take 1080p video and then interpolate as it is saving the file from memory and the data goes through the ISP. Reply
  • s.yu - Monday, September 23, 2019 - link

    "do clever interpolation to appear as if it is a higher frame rate"
    Ian, you're calling falsities "clever", and used too slow a water stream for the test. The correct way is to use a sprinkler, go very close to the sprinkler, and point the camera on something in the same plane of focus, for example grass, as the sprinkler. It would clearly show how ugly the interpolation is. Huawei's 480fps interpolated to 960fps was already shown to be very ugly under the sprinkler test, interpolating 1 into 4 frames is even uglier and more dishonest. Sony only advertised 960fps when they properly read out every frame. Not Huawei, not these people, they can't stop themselves from lying.
    Usually we'd have Andrei doing smartphone tests, but has all that Huawei pampering clouded your judgement?

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