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Huawei Mate 30 Pro: Features | Pricing | Specs
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.
1176 x 2400px
40MP + 40MP + 8MP
Finder rated as Excellent vs similar phones
Power, storage and battery
|Launch price (RRP)||$1,599|
- Camera works well for stills and video
- Battery life is good
- Kirin 990 is a high-performance chip
- 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.
- 6.5-inch curved OLED display
- Virtual volume buttons
- Wide central notch
- Halo ring for rear cameras
- Quad-camera array delivers great pictures
- Huawei finally gets video right
- Superb low-light 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
- 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
- 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