Huawei launches latest flagship lineup: the Mate 30 series

Huawei CEO Richard Yu, CEO announcing the company's latest flagship line: the Mate 30 series

Huawei has revealed the Mate 30 series, the follow-up to the highly regarded Mate 20 lineup launched last year.

After nearly everything about the series was revealed via rumors and early leaks, Huawei officially announced the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro Thursday in Munich.

As is usual for the company, the new flagships are equipped with a collection of lenses that are sure to lead the industry. The quad-camera on the rear is set inside a circular component, which Huawei refers to as the Halo Ring creating "a perfect fusion of reflection and refraction."

The unit consists of 40MP ultra-wide, 40MP wide, and 8MP telephoto lenses as well as a 3D depth sensor. All four parts work together with the native software to bring users a 3x optical zooming range, a 30x digital zooming range, and "Pro-Bokeh" effects to create high quality portraits.

Just as the previous generation provided users with the tools to get bright shots even in low lighting, the Mate 30 series does the same while expanding the feature to video, too. Video taken on the highest tier device, the Mate 30 Pro, is further enhanced with the ability to take slow motion-clips with up to 7680 frames per second, cinematic time-lapse and 12-hour recording.

The Mate 30 Pro dons the company's new Horizon Display that waterfalls over the edges along the same lines as Samsung's latest launches. Instead of physical buttons on the side to control elements like the sound, users can tap virtual keys actuated by touch. Some operations can be performed without even touching the device: all members of the series support gesture controls.

Making all these features possible is the Kirin 990 processor, which supports 5G connectivity, and the EMUI 10 operating system that's allegedly based off of Android 10. As a result of a blacklisting, the phones aren't expected to come with any Google apps or services like Gmail and YouTube. When the phone ships to customers, we'll know exactly how the phones will be affected by the ban.

The Huawei Mate 30 will start at €799 while the Mate 30 Pro will start at €1099. The launch date of the pair has not yet been revealed.