Huawei Mate 30 Pro: Features | Pricing | Specs

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The Huawei Mate 30 Pro features best-in-class cameras, good battery life and engaging industrial design, and it's a crying shame that we can't recommend it at all.

6.53 inches

Display size

1176 x 2400px

256GB

Internal storage

40MP + 40MP + 8MP

Rear camera

4,500 mAh

Battery size

Finder rated as Excellent vs similar phones

Details

Display

Camera

Physical dimensions

Connectivity

Power, storage and battery

Device features

Display size 6.53 inches
Resolution 1176 x 2400
Pixels per inch (PPI) 409
Rear camera megapixels 40MP + 40MP + 8MP
Rear camera aperture size f/1.6 + f/1.8 + f/2.4
Video recording 4K
Front camera megapixels 32MP
Front camera aperture size f/2.0
Dimensions 158.1mm x 73.1mm x 8.8mm
Weight 198g
NFC Yes
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed Category 21
Processor Kirin 990
RAM 8GB
Operating system Android 10
Internal storage

256GB

External storage support Up to 256GB
Battery capacity 4,500mAh
Headphone jack No
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Water resistance IP68
Wireless charging Proprietary
Launch price (RRP)$1,599
Launch date2019-09
Huawei Mate 30 Pro

The good

  • Camera works well for stills and video
  • Battery life is good
  • Kirin 990 is a high-performance chip

The bad

  • No Google apps or Play store is a killer problem
  • Difficult to buy at launch
  • Touch volume controls are more awkward than useful
  • Gesture controls don't work well


2019 absolutely should have been Huawei's triumphant year. The Huawei P30 Pro sat atop our best smartphone list for much of the year, thanks to the combination of its astonishingly good camera, superb battery life and pleasing design.

Then the US government issued a ban on US companies having ongoing business dealings with Huawei, which cast a deep shadow over its future as an Android phone maker. The Huawei Mate 30 Pro is Huawei's first phone released outside China lacking Google's inbuilt apps and the Play Store. Huawei might like to pretend that everything's fine with that approach, but it really isn't.

It's a crying shame because the hardware continues that amazing journey that the Huawei P30 Pro began. However, without the software to back it up, there's really very little point to picking up the Huawei Mate 30 Pro.

Possibly, if the trade ban is lifted and Huawei can update it to having full Google access there could be a good reason to buy it, but otherwise, this is a superb phone – in the hardware sense – that you shouldn't buy.

Design

  • 6.5-inch curved OLED display
  • Virtual volume buttons
  • Wide central notch
  • Halo ring for rear cameras
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Camera

  • Quad-camera array delivers great pictures
  • Huawei finally gets video right
  • Superb low-light performance
Huawei Mate 30 Pro

Performance

  • Kirin 990 lives up to the Huawei hype
  • nm storage expansion is still painfully expensive
  • Android 10, but no Google apps makes it actively annoying to use
  • Huawei App Gallery is a mess of apps you don't want
  • Sideloading can work, but not reliably
  • It is hackable, but for how long?
  • Motion gestures onboard, but don't bother
Huawei Mate 30 Pro

Battery

  • 4,500mAh battery gives good but not great battery life
  • App management is still quite aggressive
  • Very fast wired or wireless charging
  • Reverse wireless charging is still mostly a silly gimmick
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Verdict

  • Not "smart" enough without Google apps
  • If the ban is overturned and Huawei's able to deliver full app access, it would be a must-buy
Huawei Mate 30 Pro

Huawei Mate 30 Pro specs

Display

Camera

Physical dimensions

Connectivity

Power, storage and battery

Device features

Display size 6.53 inches
Resolution 1176 x 2400
Pixels per inch (PPI) 409
Rear camera megapixels 40MP + 40MP + 8MP
Rear camera aperture size f/1.6 + f/1.8 + f/2.4
Video recording 4K
Front camera megapixels 32MP
Front camera aperture size f/2.0
Dimensions 158.1mm x 73.1mm x 8.8mm
Weight 198g
NFC Yes
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed Category 21
Processor Kirin 990
RAM 8GB
Operating system Android 10
Internal storage

256GB

External storage support Up to 256GB
Battery capacity 4,500mAh
Headphone jack No
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Water resistance IP68
Wireless charging Proprietary
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