Huawei releases a new Mate 30 Pro variant with Kirin 990E 5G, but why?

Huawei made a splash last week when it debuted its Mate 40 flagship line, which could possibly be its last flagship phone from the Chinese tech giant. While the spotlight is clearly on the new flagship devices, Huawei also introduced another model, the Mate 30E Pro, which is set to hit the Chinese market on 1 November 2020.

On the outside, the Mate 30E Pro looks identical to last year’s Mate 30 Pro. But on the inside, it comes powered by the new Kirin 990E chipset. The 7nm process chip shares the same CPU configuration and clock speeds of the Kirin 990 5G, the only difference is that it has a less powerful GPU with a 14-core Mali-G76 GPU compared to the Kirin 990 5G’s 16-core Mali-G76 GPU.

In terms of specs, the phone comes with a 6.53” Full HD+ (2400×1176 pixel resolution) OLED Horizon display with a 20:9 aspect ratio. In terms of cameras, it has a quad rear camera setup consisting of a 40MP f/1.6 main camera, a 40MP f/1.8 ultra-wide-angle shooter, an 8MP f/2.4 telephoto camera and a 3D Time of Flight (ToF) sensor. 

The Mate 30E Pro is expected to launch with EMUI 11 out-of-the-box, which is based on Android 10. Colour-wise you have a choice of six colours to choose from: Black, Space Silver, Cosmic Purple, Emerald Green, Vegan Leather Orange and Vegan Leather Green.

Huawei is currently accepting pre-bookings for the Mate 30E Pro in China although they have not revealed the retail price yet.

It is strange that Huawei is still introducing new variants of last year’s flagship processor at a time when it has to maximise its opportunity with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) to produce more 5nm Kirin 9000 chips. In case you didn’t know, Huawei has been cut off from TSMC due to US restrictions and is unable to get new chips from the Taiwanese company after September.

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