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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  • s.yu - Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - link

    Andrei should definitely look into this. Reply
  • Haldi - Wednesday, October 9, 2019 - link

    Seems like it has AI which helps you start recording at the perfect time, similar to Samsung.
    One thing I really miss one my XZ2 sometimes.
  • peevee - Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - link

    " and other app stores, that contain the most popular applications (Facebook, Instagram, Whatsapp"

    And youtube or google maps are not as popular? BS. An Android phone without them is as good as useless.
  • SanX - Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - link

    Add for comparison ASUS ROG II 12GB RAM 1TB storage, 6000 mAh battery, other processor phones like UMIDIGI latest phone with Mediatek Helio Reply
  • maryammiahan - Thursday, September 26, 2019 - link

    Thanks for this Post I think huawei mate 30 pro going to be a big hit and its camera features are most demanding features in smartphone. Reply
  • Cod3rror - Saturday, September 28, 2019 - link

    Regarding the "Position 2: Clock Tower" picture. The auther says "however the Mate 30 Pro is a bit more hazier with less detail". I agree it's more hazy, but it definitely has more detail than P30 Pro.

    I am very impressed by Mate 30 Pro's details.
  • Haldi - Wednesday, October 9, 2019 - link

    Ugs REALLY? I can do math myself...
    I know that 32 seconds on 30fps equal 960 frames in those 0.125sec which would be around 7680 frames in one Second...
    But the Question is HOW?
    You remember the Sony sensor which first made 960fps possible? They said it's impossible to render frames so fast, so they included onboard RAM on the sensor itself and transfer the data later.
    The first Huawei phone which did 960fps simply recorded 240fps and used motion interpolation to upscale it to 960fps.
    How can we be certain they didn't do anything similar here?
    What kind of hardware tricks did they use to process 960 pictures in 0.125 seconds? Is the bus from Camera to cpu fast enough for that much data?
    If so how comes we're limited to 0.125s why not use 0.25sec and 4gb of RAM?

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