Huawei Mate 30 launch live blog: we’re reporting live from the Munich event


The launch of Huawei Mate 30 is today, September 19th, and we are in Munich, Germany, reporting live on the company's launch event.

Rumors say we could see at least three smartphones, a new smartwatch, an updated fitness tracker, and even a TV, and we'll show you all the news here on our Huawei Mate 30 live blog.

However, this could be an interesting launch event for another reason. It looks like Huawei's new phones – the Mate 30, the Mate 30 Pro, and the Mate 30 Lite – will not come with the Google applications installed on them.

This is due to the continuing feud between the US and China. The previous ban on Google's collaboration with Huawei has prevented the phone manufacturer from bringing new devices with Google apps to market.

For more information on how this will affect the new mobile phones and possibly your property, visit our live launch blog for Huawei Mate 30 below.

The launch of the Huawei Mate 30 will begin at 2:00 pm (1:00 pm BST, 8:00 am EDT, 5:00 pm PDT and 10:00 pm AEST). So make sure you bookmark this page and hold down the Refresh button.

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14:17 – There is no power switch on this phone. Everything is done on the screen. How that works exactly when your phone is turned off is currently unclear. However, it could be an interesting implementation of curved screen technology.

The phone is also IP68 waterproof and dustproof, so you can do this in the shower without worrying about it.

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14:15 – The notch on the phone is smaller than the Mate 20 Pro. It is now on 26.6mm compared to the almost 33mm last year phone. Inside are a 3D depth camera, an ambient light and proximity sensor and the standard camera. Oh, and there is also a gesture sensor.

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14:12 – Looking at the phone Yu holds in his hands, it does not look like it's running any EMUI software. Could this be the handset coming onto the Chinese market and possibly containing HarmonyOS? We should find out soon …

14:10 – Horizon Display is another great new feature that allows the screen to continue rotating around the phone. It's 88 degrees, which is more of a curve than you'll see on other top-end phones.

The Mate 30 Pro is equipped with a 6.53-inch OLED with a resolution of 2400 x 1176. It has an aspect ratio of 18.4: 9.

It is currently unclear whether this Horizon display will also be available on the standard Mate 30.

The Huawei Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro

The Huawei Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro

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14.08 – This round camera is called a "halo ring" and is inspired by professional cameras.

14.07 – And there we have it. The Huawei Mate 30 and the Mate 30 Pro have already been confirmed on stage. On the back is a round camera that looks like four shooters.

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14.06 – Yu is now talking about how Huawei uses the Mate series to drive innovation. Mentions of the Mate 20 X 5G have already begun, as well as a brief mention of the upcoming Huawei Mate X.

Yu also confirmed on-stage that the company will launch the Mate X in the Chinese market next month. There is no clear mention of what it will do elsewhere in the world.

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14.04 – Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group, has come on the scene. He looks pretty casual in a navy shirt and a very dashing jacket. We start with Huawei's incredible growth last year.

Smartphones grew 26% year-on-year between January and August, while PC, Smart Audio and wearables grew more than 200% each.

14:01 – We have a countdown on what is probably the largest screen we've ever sat in front of. Richard Yu will most likely disappear in front of this huge exhibit.

13:59 – The voice of God has just told us to prepare. We expect at least seven different devices today. So pray for our fingers and take us with you as we prepare for the one and a half hours that are likely to be eventful.

13:54 – The music in the room has a hint of Game of Thrones. It's all a bit like the sixth season with the Big Sept of Baelor and what happens.

Either the one or the other best way to describe it is, it's similar to the ringtones of Huawei …

13:50 – We sit down to start and are ready to roll. We're in the second row – when you watch the live stream – and we've just heard a phone call saying that everything should start in 10 minutes.

13:45 – Huawei's problems have been well documented lately, but a lot of participation is expected today.

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13:30 – If only Huawei had better signposted this event …

13:05 – We have less than an hour to go, but our preview of what awaits us is not over yet. Another thing we could see today at Huawei is a TV.

We already know that the OnePlus TV will be released shortly, and we saw Huawei running its internal operating system – Harmony OS – on the Honor Vision TV. Today we could get a Huawei set that runs the software.

12:45 – We're on our way to the venue and wondering what else Huawei has left for us except the new Mate 30 smartphones.

There is talk of the Huawei Watch GT 2 Smartwatch, the successor of the Watch GT, which had an incredible battery life, but did not have a number of important functions. Hopefully, Huawei has expanded its arsenal of portable apps to launch the Watch GT 2 today.

Another product rumored to be the launch of the Mate 30 is the Huawei Band 4 Pro, a fitness tracker that follows the inexpensive Band 3 Pro.

12:30 – It's only an hour and a half before the launch of Huawei Mate 30. If you want to see it for yourself and keep up to date with our live blog, we can help you.

10:45 – We are in Munich, Germany, and although the start is only a few hours away, the leaks of the Huawei Mate 30 continue to roll. In fact, there seems to be very little that we currently do not know about the rumored handsets because a lot of convincing leaks have occurred on the Internet in recent months.

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