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Huawei Mate 30 Series Launching on 19 September

Huawei’s next big flagship smartphone will be announced later this month on 19 September, and it’s the Huawei Mate 30 series. The teaser for the launch event is accompanied with the tagline “Rethink Possibilities.” Given the circumstances surrounding the Chinese phone maker now, it’s really quite an apt description.

See, the Mate 30 series cannot ship with Google’s suit of services and apps out of the box. The upcoming smartphones will not be pre-loaded with incredibly vital apps like Google Maps, YouTube, Gmail, and more crucially, the Google Play Store. This was confirmed by Google itself, so it’ll be interesting to see how Huawei will work around this issue.

Granted, Huawei does have its own alternative to the Google Play Store with the company’s App Gallery. While the latter does have a rather robust selection of apps, it is still incomparable to the sheer size of the Play Store. Nonetheless, it could be a feasible solution to fill in the void left by Google’s huge selection of apps.

Beyond this issue, there’s a good chance the Mate 30 series will still run on Android, albeit based on the open-source version instead. It would still be inherently an Android smartphone, but it won’t include any dedicated services from Google.

As for the Mate 30 series itself, we still don’t know how many devices will be launched under that moniker. But based on numerous leaks and rumours, at least one variant of the Mate 30 will come with a circular rear camera module. Sort of like…Lumia devices of old, if you will.

Besides that, leaked render of the Mate 30 series have also surfaced on the internet, and it appears to be sporting a notched display – a pretty wide notch, at that – along with a dual curved screen. It’s not super noticeable in the render, but looking at other (alleged) images of the device, the curve looks very pronounced.

In fact, it’s a lot more pronounced than, say, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+‘s dual curved display.

Nonetheless, we’ll find out for ourselves exactly how the Huawei Mate 30 series will look like come 19 September 2019. While it’s not confirmed yet, it’s highly likely the company’s yet to be announced Kirin 990 chipset will power the upcoming smartphones too. That SoC will be made official on 6 September at IFA 2019.