CHINESE PHONE MAKER Huawei may have launched the P30 Pro just days ago, but rumours are already starting to swirl about its Mate 30 range.
According to a loose-lipped Huawei staffer speaking at a press briefing by GSMArena, the Huawei Mate 30 is already in testing, and will be launched officially in September or October; hardly surprising given last year's Mate 20 made its debut in October.
"About the time of the testing, I can tell you that Mate 30 is currently being tested," the Huawei exec said, adding: "now it's March, and the Mate 30 will be launched in September or October, so probably it takes about five to six months for the testing."
While that's hardly exciting stuff, the report notes that the Mate 30 line will pack the upcoming Kirin 985 chipset, which will allegedly be the "first" SoC to be built on a 7nm extreme ultraviolet lithography (EUV) process. This will allow for 20 per cent compared to the Kirin 980 in last year's Mate 20, and GSMArena notes that the 985 will feature increased clock speeds for higher performance and a built-in 5G modem.
This suggests that the Huawei Mate 30 will offer support for 5G networks, which was this week hinted at by the firms CEO Richard Yu who said the company was "considering" putting 5G on the next series of Mate phones.
Previous rumours have also suggested that the Mate 30 will topple the newly-announced P30 Pro with, er, five camera sensors stuck to its backside.
If anything like Huawei's P30 range, we can also expect the Mate 30 to pack an in-display fingerprint scanner, reverse wireless charging support and a garish two-tone design. µ
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