Here’s a rather curious news: despite the lack of 5G network in Malaysia, Huawei just announced the availability of the Huawei Mate 30 Pro 5G on our shores. In fact, the Chinese company added that this smartphone is the first 5G device to be certified by SIRIM.
What differentiates the Mate 30 Pro 5G from its standard counterpart is more than just the addition of 5G connectivity. Instead of a Kirin 990 chipset, this smartphone features a Kirin 990 5G SoC. Compared to the former, the 5G variant of the chip is clocked at a higher frequency, so you can expect slightly better performance.
Beyond that, the Mate 30 Pro 5G is almost identical to the standard variant. Well, except for the colour option. For the Malaysian market, this device is only offered in Orange, which has a unique vegan leather texture on the back of the phone. If you want a different shade of colour, you’re out of luck.
Nonetheless, the Mate 30 Pro 5G is a high-end, premium smartphone through and through. It features a 6.53-inch 2400 x 1176 OLED “ultra curved” notched display, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of internal storage – expandable with Huawei’s own NM cards – and a sizeable 4,500mAh battery.
Naturally, this flagship smartphone also supports 40W wired fast charging; 27W if you want to charge the phone wirelessly.
The camera capability of the Mate 30 Pro 5G is very respectable as well. Its quad camera system is made up of a 40MP primary shooter, a 40MP wide angle “Cine Camera” sensor, an 8MP telephoto lens, and a 3D depth camera. This camera configuration also offers ISO of up to 409,600.
So what’s so impressive about this quad camera setup? Well, it’s capable of recording 7680fps slow-motion videos, and it is the only smartphone in the market now that offers such a feature. However, it’s worth noting that recording at this incredibly high frame rate is only limited to 720p.
Set to be available from 7 February onwards, the Huawei Mate 30 Pro 5G retails at RM4,199 in Malaysia. To sweeten the deal, every purchase of the 5G-enabled smartphone will come with one-year extended warranty and a Huawei SuperCharge Wireless Car Charger. The extended warranty and in-car charger are said to be worth RM537.
On top of that, you can also get the Mate 30 Pro 5G from selected telcos on 7 February, including Maxis, Celcom, and U Mobile. If you’re a Digi customer, fret not: the 5G smartphone will also be offered by the telco soon.