Huawei has unveiled its next set of flagship smartphones, and it’s going to feature in-display fingerprint sensor technology from Goodix.
The Huawei Mate 30 is the standard model in Huawei’s new lineup, priced at roughly $880, while the Huawei Mate 30 Pro, priced at about $1,300 (Huawei hasn’t officially announced US pricing yet) features more RAM and storage. The standout feature of these devices, echoing a similar focus in Apple’s newest iPhones, is their imaging system: housed in a circular bump on the rear of each device, the Leica-branded camera array houses four sensors – standard, ultra-wide angle, and telephoto lenses, along with a “laser focus” sensor on the Huawei Mate 30 and a 3D depth sensor on the Mate 30 Pro.
A third device has another standout feature – 5G connectivity. This, of course, will enable ultra-high-speed cellular connectivity, though the wider 5G infrastructure needed for it is only just starting to be put in place by major telecoms around the world.
Finally, a fourth model, the Porsche Design Mate 30 RS, is the ostentatious luxury version of the Mate 30, featuring a leather finish and priced at about $2,300.
As The Verge reports, Huawei has indicated that at least one of its new smartphone models will feature an in-display fingerprint sensor along with facial recognition. Goodix, in announcing that it is once again Huawei’s supplier of this biometric fingerprint technology, didn’t specify which model features its solution, but highlighted the “possibilities of the 5G era” opened up by Huawei’s new smartphone series, suggesting that at least the 5G model will feature its tech.
There are also, unfortunately, certain impossibilities to consider with Huawei’s new devices. The company is still on the US government’s blacklist for international trade, and as a result its new phones don’t feature the Google apps and services that consumers outside of China expect from Android smartphones. Huawei is focusing on its own app platform, the Huawei App Gallery, in response; but whether that, together with the solid specs of its new smartphones, will be enough to make up the shortfall from its blacklisting is an open question.