Due to a trade ban in the United States, Huawei is not allowed to use Google apps and services. The Mate 30 Pro is the first top device from the Huawei that was released after the ban. It seems that this is not a very attractive option, the smartphone that runs on (Android version), but does not use Google applications and services. Here is Our review of Huawei Mate 30 pro :
First, we look at the specifications of the Huawei Mate 30 Pro. The device has a 6.53-inch OLED screen in a resolution of 2,400 x 1,176 pixels. The processor is a Huawei Kirin 990 processor and the smartphone has 8 GB RAM and 256 GB (expandable) storage memory.
Specs of Huawei Mate 30 Pro
- Screen : 6,53-inch, 2.400 x 1.176 pixels
- Processor : Huawei Kirin 990
- Rear cameras : 40 MP (standard), 40 MP (wide angle), 8 MP (telephoto) and depth sensor
- Front cameras : 32 MP and depth sensor
- Operating system : Android 10, EMUI 10
- RAM : 8 GB
- Storage : 128 GB / 256 GB
- Battery : 4.500 mAh Lithium Polymer
- Weight : 198 grams
- Price : from 999 euros
The Chinese manufacturer has once again put a lot of effort into the cameras on the device. The cameras were made in collaboration with Leica. On the back, we find two forty megapixel cameras (main camera and ultra-wide angle lens), an 8-megapixel telephoto camera, and a 3d depth camera. At the front, we find a selfie camera of 32 megapixels
The battery of the device has a capacity of 4,500 mAh. Thanks to an IP68 certificate, the device is also splash, water, and dust resistant.
Here is Huawei Mate 30 Pro pros and cons :
- Cameras are among the top of the market
- Excellent hardware
- Excellent battery life
- No physical volume buttons
- No Google services and apps
- Not all popular apps work
Design Review | Huawei Mate 30 Pro
As soon as you take the Huawei Mate 30 Pro out of the box, you will immediately notice three things. First, the round camera module on the back with four cameras. Second, the waterfall screen, where the screen on the side is very sharply curved. Third, where is the volume button?
The round camera module on the back has four cameras, including two forty megapixel cameras. The screen is extremely curved, which means that you can also see the screen continue on the side of the device. It has no real function because the screen on the side is not sensitive to touch. This is really a design problem.
Furthermore, the device is only equipped with a physical on/off button on the right-hand side. You have to control the volume by double-tapping on the side, after that you can make volume adjustments via a slide.
Nothing but praise for the design, although the device is very smooth and the sharply curved display may not appeal to everyone. A 3.5mm headphone jack is not available. For your earphone, use the USB-C connection on the bottom of the device.
The Huawei Mate 30 Pro has a 6.53-inch OLED screen. The resolution of the display is 2,400 x 1,176 pixels. The device uses what is called the Huawei Horizon Display. This waterfall screen features an ultra-curved 88-degree display. If you see the device on the side, you will see that the display is extremely curved. It doesn’t offer anything extra in terms of functionality, but it does look great.
The waterfall screen does have a drawback. there is no space for the volume buttons. In fact, the device has no physical volume buttons at all. Instead, press the side of the screen twice quickly and the volume button will appear digitally on the screen. It’s a bold choice from Huawei, but it doesn’t work quite well anyway. The volume buttons do not appear regularly, so you keep pressing more often to bring up the volume bar than usual. Additionally, you can only change the volume when the device is unlocked.
The Full HD resolution is clear and sharp enough for all your content. The colors maybe a little too saturated, but fortunately you can adjust that yourself. In terms of content, the device takes into account the sharply curved corners. If you watch a video, you will see that the content does not run all the way to the sharply curved corners. That’s a good thing because otherwise, you will miss a lot.
All modern connectivity options are available in Mate 30 Pro. Wifi, GPS, Bluetooth 5.1, 3G, 4G, NFC are all supported. A 3.5mm headphone jack is missing, but you use the USB Type-C connection instead. All modern sensors such as a motion sensor, gyroscope, infrared sensor, and proximity sensor can also be found on the device. The smartphone is also equipped with a fast fingerprint sensor under the screen and face verification.
The sound was never quite great on the flagships of the Chinese manufacturer. It worked in most cases, but we couldn’t really call it good. This time the sound seems to be much better. The speaker on the bottom can be loud enough without distorting the sound. The ear speaker is also loud and clear, so you can always follow your phone conversations.
Camera Review | Huawei Mate 30 Pro
On the back, we find four cameras setup. There’s a 40-megapixel cine camera (f / 1.8), a 40-megapixel SuperSensing camera (f / 1.6, OIS), an 8-megapixel telephoto camera (f / 2.4) and finally a 3D depth camera.
The telephoto camera allows you to zoom in three times without losing quality and up to thirty times digitally, whereby the results become grainy. This also supports the cameras in estimating the depth and provides bokeh photos with sharp foregrounds and blurred backgrounds.
At the front we find a camera of 32 megapixels with an aperture of f / 2.0.
The cameras on Huawei phones have always been at the top in recent years compared to other Android phones. In almost all conditions, the camera works quickly and with good results. The zoom range is not as large as on the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, but in practice that is not a loss.
According to the DXOMark website, which compares almost all smartphone cameras, the Mate 30 Pro ranks among the top of the current smartphone market. That is not without reason. Photos are sharp, colors are beautiful and the many options make for a versatile smartphone for camera lovers. It is good to see that Huawei is again able to deliver better quality compared to the Huawei P30 Pro, which has long been called the best camera smartphone on the market.
The Huawei Mate 30 Pro is equipped with a battery with a capacity of 4,500 mAh. This capacity is more than enough to get through the day. Then charging every two days is more than enough. Charging is possible with Huawei SuperCharge with a maximum of 40W. The device also supports 27W Wireless Charging, Huawei Reverse Charging and wireless car chargers.
Software Review | Huawei Mate 30 Pro
All new Huawei smartphones are no longer allowed to use Google apps. The big question, is how good the Huawei Mate 30 Pro is without Google apps and services. The device uses an open-source version of Android in combination with Huawei’s software shell EMUI 10. At first glance you can see no difference with other Android devices.
Huawei has been busy in the past few months to find alternatives to Android and Google applications. First, Huawei Mate 30 Pro uses the open-source version of Android. As a user you will hardly notice this. The device does exactly the same as any other Android device and with the addition of the Huawei EMUI 10.0 software shell, you see almost no difference with previously released smartphones such as the P30 Pro or the Mate 20 Pro.
However, if you start the Huawei Mate 30 Pro for the first time, you will notice a difference. You do not sign in now with your Google account, but with your Huawei ID. Once you have gone through the setup phase, you will immediately notice that all the usual Google apps are missing. No Gmail, Chrome, Maps, YouTube, Drive, Duo, Photos, or Google Home. And therefore no Google Play Store. Google Mobile Services is therefore completely missing. Instead, you use the Huawei Mobile Services. With this, the Chinese manufacturer wants to offer an alternative to the popular Google apps and services. Downloading apps is now possible via the Huawei app store called AppGallery.
The AppGallery is still missing too much. The popular apps such as Facebook, WhatsApp, Spotify, Instagram, and Netflix are not yet available in the store. In many cases, Huawei offers an alternative link in the app store, which will take you to the application developer’s site. This way you can download WhatsApp and Facebook from the browser.
In addition to the AppGallery, you can also install all kinds of third-party app stores with a wide range. That way I can even download applications like YouTube and Google Maps.
Google applications that are installed are still incomplete. For example, due to the lack of licenses for Google services, I was unable to log in to YouTube and Maps. Using this service through a browser is even more complicated.
Huawei is working hard to get more apps in its store quickly. In addition, Huawei provides developers with alternative software packages, with which their applications should run smoothly without Google services.
So it is a very impractical way. This ensures that this smartphone is not recommended for ordinary consumers.
Conclusion | Huawei Mate 30 Pro Review
The Huawei Mate 30 Pro is a real top device and can compete in terms of hardware and design with smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy S20 series, iPhone 11 Pro (Max) and the new Oppo Find X2 (Pro).
In short, there is nothing wrong with the hardware. The battery easily lasts more than a day and thanks to Huawei’s Kirin 990 processor and 8 GB of RAM, the phone works smoothly in all cases. The problem lies in the software.
However, I can not recommend this device for most users. Do you frequently use Google apps and services? Then you have a problem with this device. Not all other apps work on the Mate 30 Pro. Because of this, I can only recommend this device if you are looking for a smartphone where you are less dependent on Google’s services and apps.