Huawei Mate 30 Pro Review

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Earlier this year, the Huawei Mate 30 Pro was released. There was a lot of hype surrounding it, and it was clear that the device had a lot of promise. With its great battery life and camera, it was an easy choice to purchase. However, there were a few key issues that kept the phone from being perfect. These issues included an unsupported Google service and a notch size that was too large.

Camera

Taking still pictures has been the hottest topic in phone photography for a long time, but now phone manufacturers are pushing the boundaries. The camera on Huawei Mate 30 Pro is no exception. It has a 40MP high-resolution camera with an ultra-wide angle sensor.

The images it produces are rich and saturated. The detail is excellent, especially in the foreground, and it has a great sense of depth. It also has good shadow detail in low-light conditions. In addition, Huawei Mate 30 Pro also has a dedicated night mode.

The color reproduction of Mate 30 Pro is better than its predecessor. It also handles highlights more smoothly and has a more accurate tone mapping of textures. However, the color reproduction isn’t as stable when switching between zoom cameras.

Battery life

Compared to its predecessors, the Huawei Mate 30 Pro has better battery life. While this smartphone does not have Google services, it does include power-saving features and has great built quality. It also features an under-display fingerprint scanner, secure face unlock, and an expandable storage slot.

It also features a quad-camera setup and a display that extends 90 degrees from the edges. It also comes with an Ultra Power Saving mode, App Launch, and reverses wireless charging.

It is also worth mentioning that the Mate 30 Pro comes with a 40W charger. This allows the phone to charge at a fast rate and it is more than enough for a day of moderate use. The charger is also capable of filling the phone with 39% in 15 minutes.

Notch size

Despite the US ban on Huawei, the company has figured out a way to produce a notch-less smartphone. The Mate 30 Pro is one of the first Huawei devices to avoid Google applications. The Chinese firm has opted for its own App Gallery storefront instead of Google’s services. However, this is not an ideal solution for global users, as its App Gallery is not optimized for the mainstays of the Western internet.

The Mate 30 Pro has a notch, but it isn’t nearly as big as Apple’s. Instead of a traditional notch, it features a “super curve” display. It also sports a more powerful chip, but it’s not a game-changer.

Huawei has also ditched a traditional physical volume control button. Instead, you can adjust the volume by double-tapping on the top display. It’s worth noting that this feature is available in all models, including the Pro version.

Unsupported Google services

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably already know that Google is not letting Huawei use Google products on its latest products. As of May 15, 2019, all Huawei devices will be “Google-less,” meaning that they won’t be able to install Google’s services like the Google Play Store or Google Maps. In addition, Huawei products released after that date will not be certified to run Google’s mobile apps.

However, there are a few ways to sideload Google’s apps and services on a Huawei phone, but they may not be the most secure option. Specifically, Google says that you can’t be sure the apps you sideload aren’t tainted with malware.

As you can imagine, Huawei’s EMUI user interface does not have a lot of third-party apps to choose from. If you want to download a popular app like Facebook, you’ll need to use the Huawei App Store. However, the Huawei App Store does not include some of the most popular apps from Western countries.

Price

Originally launched in China, Huawei Mate 30 Pro is now available in the United Kingdom. It comes with a 6.53-inch curved OLED display and a 4500 mAh battery. It also has an improved camera setup. The selfie camera supports voice-activated selfies and FHD+ video recording. There’s also a time-of-flight sensor for 3D depth effects. It’s also IP68-certified for water resistance.

The Mate 30 Pro has a new Kirin 990 processor. This is an upgrade over the Kirin 970 in the Mate 20 Pro. The Kirin 990 is designed to support 5G networks. The Mate 30 Pro also supports eight different 5G bands. It comes with a 5G dual SIM slot.

The Huawei Mate 30 Pro also features a new circular camera module. It’s designed to mimic the look of a traditional DSLR. It also uses a halo ring for the flash.