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Huawei Mate 30 Series Arrives in Malaysia, Retailing from RM2,799

Huawei just launched the Huawei Mate 30 series in Malaysia, which is highlighted by the company to be the first country outside of China to receive the new flagship smartphones. On top of that, quite a number of other Huawei products will also be coming to Malaysia, including the Huawei Watch GT 2, Huawei Band 4, FreeBuds 3 wireless earbuds, and the Huawei x Gentle Monster smart glasses.

Let’s start with the most interesting device, the Mate 30 Pro. It features a 6.53-inch 2400 x 1176 OLED “ultra curved” notched display, a fast Kirin 990 chipset paired with 8GB of RAM, 256GB of internal storage – expandable with Huawei’s proprietary NM cards – and a generous 4,500mAh battery with support for 40W fast charging; 27W for wireless charging.

Camera capability of the Mate 30 Pro is also one of its best qualities. It comes with a quad camera system made up of a 40MP main shooter, a 40MP wide angle “Cine Camera” sensor, an 8MP telephoto lens, and a 3D depth camera. The three different focal lengths of the camera setup make it a versatile shooter, and paired with the ability to shoot 7680fps slow-motion videos in 720p, the Mate 30 Pro is a powerful smartphone for photography. Did we mention the ISO can go up to 409,600 as well?

Next is the more affordable Mate 30. It shares many of the Pro model’s hardware, but it has a more conventional 6.62-inch 1080p OLED flat display. While that’s not quite as impressive as the Pro’s ultra curved screen, it’s worth noting that the standard Mate 30’s display has a smaller notch. Besides that, it comes with half the storage at 128GB (still expandable only with Huawei’s NM cards), 8GB RAM, along with a slightly smaller 4,200mAh battery.

Not surprisingly, the regular Mate 30’s camera system isn’t quite as sophisticated as it’s higher-end sibling: it swaps out the Pro’s 40MP Cine Camera and 3D depth sensors for 16MP wide angle and laser focus sensors instead.

Besides these two smartphones, Huawei also announced the Malaysian availability (and pricing) of its other products. There’s the GT Watch 2, which retails from RM799 for both the 46mm and 42mm models. There are also the Huawei Band 4 (RM139), FreeBuds 3 wireless earbuds (RM729), and the unique Gentle Monster smart glasses (RM1,599).

All of these products mentioned above are set to arrive in Malaysia sometime in November 2019, except for the 46mm Watch GT 2 and Huawei Band 4. These two products are now available for pre-order on Huawei’s online store.

As for the Huawei Mate 30 series itself, the Pro model retails at RM3,899, while the standard model goes for RM2,799. So far, only the Mate 30 Pro is available for pre-order until 22 October, and you’ll have to meet a number of requirements to do so. For one, you have to acknowledge that the phone is “operated by Huawei Mobile Services,” which is to say it doesn’t come with Google’s services.

Aside from that, you’ll also have to prove that you own two (yes, two) Huawei Mate series smartphones to place your pre-order; a very peculiar requirement. In order to do this, you’ll have to upload either two different images of your Mate devices, receipts of your purchases, or images with the Mate series watermark.

Once you’ve done all of that, you can finally place your pre-order by paying a RM300 non-refundable deposit. The Mate 30 Pro itself can then be picked up between 25 October to 7 November.

You’ll have to jump through a few hoops to secure a unit of the Mate 30 Pro, but those who managed to pre-order the device will get quite a number of freebies. These include a DJI Osmo Mobile 3, a Huawei in-car charger, a PU casing, as well as Huawei Care – it offers one-year extended warranty and six-month screen crack warranty. Collectively, all of these are worth RM1,155.

Want to get more freebies? Well, if you managed to refer five different people to pre-order the Mate 30 Pro, you will get a complimentary Huawei Watch GT worth RM799. No, that’s not a typo: according to the terms and conditions of the pre-order, it is the previous generation Watch GT. Those who have successfully refered five people will get the smartwatch delivered to them from 18 November onwards.

If you’d like to learn more about the Huawei Mate 30 Pro, check out our hands-on. Before you place your pre-order for the phone (if you do plan to get the flagship device), just be aware that it does not ship with Google’s services; it’s a very big omission, especially if you rely heavily on Google’s apps and services. You can place your pre-order of the Mate 30 Pro right here.

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