In an interview with journalists, Huawei CEO Richard Yu revealed the Mate 30 is likely to have 5G. The company has already announced two 5G phones — the 5G Mate X, and the 5G Mate 20 X.
“We are considering to put 5G on the next Mate series,” the CEO said in response to questions about the newly announced P30 and P30 not coming with 5G.
“The network is not ready, it is in construction,” he said. “I think this fall. Ready for the Mate series.”
“I understand some people are waiting for the 5G network, but most will not wait. The 4G they already have is good enough, so they can choose the best camera phone now,” Yu told us, referring to the P30 Pro.
About European market 5G plan, Yu confirmed this:
“In the European market, 5G will be mainly for next year I guess,”
The Mate 30 is currently being tested in Huawei’s labs, Huawei Product Manager Bruce Lee told reporters at a P30 event in Malaysia.
That release schedule would match up with previous years. Huawei usually releases a slick, camera-centric P device in April and follows it with an improved, more robust Mate device towards the end of the year.