Huawei Mate 30 Pro review

by birtanpublished on September 20, 2020

Hey what's up guys will here for GSM marina one of the biggest flagships of the year is here the huawei mate 30 Pro but the feeling is kind of bittersweet if Google services aren't available on this phone the sort of package are we looking at and is it still worth getting

Let's find out in our for review the huawei mate 30 Pro is made of glass like many other phones these days it's look it's pretty unmistakable though with this unique tall wraparound screen

And round camera setup we've seen our share of curved displays but this is the most extreme one yet with this waterfall design it extends almost around the entire edge of the phone there's just a sliver of shiny aluminum supporting it

At the bottom this means there are basically no visible side bezels although it brings into question how sturdy this build really is if you happen to bump the edge of the phone that's a glass you'll be hitting Gorilla

Glass but still another issue this brings up is where to fit the hardware buttons always solve the problem by getting rid of the volume buttons entirely to adjust the sound level you'll have to double tap on the screen

There is still a power key though the third concern is with accidental hand activations which you'd think would happen more often but actually I didn't have too much of a problem with them our main 30 pro is in space silver and the

Gradient finish goes from blue to purple it all looks quite mirror-like surrounding the camera setup is a round accent sort of like a shiny donut and since the setup is in the centre the phone is balanced and you can use it on

A desk without wobbling another nice aspect of the build is that you won't have to worry about water getting in thanks to the phone's ip68 rated water and dust resistance let's take a closer look at what Holly calls his horizon

Display it's a 6.5 inch curved OLED with a tall aspect ratio and a 1080 plus resolution up at the top there is a notch cut out for the selfie cam it's too bad that Huawei couldn't have made the top and bottom as bezel as as the

Sides the notch won't get in the way of contents but YouTube doesn't work well so we ended up with black bars here the screen itself looks great though there's nice contrast in deep blacks sharpness is good too colours look nice they're

Not the most accurate but you can tweak them as you like in settings oh and their support for HDR content to maximum brightness is around 460 nits with a slider pretty high but not the brightest we've seen among flagships these days

You should have no problems in the Sun though with auto mode on these situations we'll bring out as much as 680 nets there is an always-on display that you can enable show you the time and any notifications

That may come up I really like the convenience of this sort of feature and wish it was on even more devices just like the p30 Pro the May 30 pro uses the display as an earpiece it vibrates to conduct the sound and delivers great

Clarity in your calls and sound leakage isn't an issue under the display is an optical fingerprint scanner for you to wake up and unlock the phone with it's super fast and accurate one of the best I've tried this year you can also use

Face unlock it's quite fast too and actually pretty secure thanks to 3d mapping from the tof camera unlike many premium phones these days the made 30 Pro doesn't have a stereo speaker setup there's just the one loudspeaker at the

Bottom however it does do a great job we measured excellent loudness and the lows mids and highs are all well done just as before you can't plug in normal headphones without an adapter as there's no 3.5 millimeter jack

You do get USB C earbuds in the box though you get 128 or 256 gigs of storage on the mid 30 Pro which should last you a while and if you need more it is expandable sadly you will need to use one of who always proprietary nano

Memory cards to do it at least you get an IR blaster which you don't find so often these days with it you can use the phone to control certain appliances around the house now let's get into the biggest controversy with this phone the

Software as you may have heard the USA's beef with Huawei means that American companies like Google can't work with that that means new Huawei devices like this one don't have support for Google services or security of these you still

Get an Android OS actually the latest Android 10 with the emui 10 on top but you're missing the Play Store in basically every app with Google's name on it granted this is the Chinese version of the phone but is unclear of a

Future global version would do things differently or even if there would be a global version at all for now since there's no Play Store you'll need to get your apps from something like Huawei zap gallery which doesn't have a whole lots

Or sideload them from a PC and sadly many apps just won't run properly without Google services but besides the Google issue the user interface is quite smooth navigation is done with gestures by default and we've seen this layout

Before the visual updates from EMU i10 are most noticeable in the notification shade and the quick toggles because of the screens extreme curve the UI of certain apps may end up on the edge of the device so you have the option to

Tweak apps to only display on the flat part which does leave you with black bars under the hood is one of hallways top-tier chipsets the new Karin 990 along with eight gigs of RAM in CPU benchmarks they made 30 Pro posts better

Scores than rivals running on a snapdragon 855 but it's still no match for the iPhones here turning on performance mode makes a difference in GPU tests the main 30 Pro rivals the ROG phone 2 and even the iPhone 11 pro in

Addition it does a pretty good job with its thermals regardless of performance mode it doesn't get as hot as many competitors and delivers decent sustain performance at 4500 million powers the mid 30 pro's battery is a bit larger

Than last year's model the phone did a great job in our proprietary screen on tests entered an excellent endurance rating of a hundred and three hours charging is incredibly fast as well the bundled 40 watt Huawei supercharger was

Able to charge the phone from zero to 72% in half an hour a full charge took just over an hour there is support for 27 watt wireless charging if you buy the proprietary charging pad and you can use reverse

Wireless charging to top-up another device but we found that quite finicky let's move on to the mate 30 pros cameras along with the 40 megapixel main camera the quad bear filter that we saw in the p30 Pro there's now a new 40

Megapixel ultra wide camera with a large sensor and bright lens the third camera is an 8 megapixel 3 X telephoto and finally there's a tlf sensor for portrait mode the camera interface is similar to what we've seen before the

Camera modes are among the best in the business but in landscape orientation controlling the zoom is quite a stretch for the thumb and I kind of miss using the volume keys as a shutter button in daylight photos taken with the main

Camera look quite nice with great detail and foliage rendition awesome dynamic range and hardly any noise colors are conservative though yellow is especially seem a bit weak if you switch to the telephoto cam you

Do have more vivid colors you get 3x lossless zoom and these shots look great with better fine detail than the competition the ultra wide-angle camera is unlike any other on the market with its large sensor and autofocus these

Shots have excellent detail basically no noise and great dynamic range plus the colors are nicer than on the main camera we should note that the field of view isn't as wide as on other phones though like other quad bear cameras we've used

You can choose to shoot with the main and ultra wide cameras in the full 40 megapixels and just as before you don't necessarily get much more detail this way and the files will be a lot larger portraits can be taken with either the

Main cam or the 3x telephoto there are plenty of effects you can add to the shot too the results are pretty nice you get very good subject separation and the D focus background is well done in low-light the

Made 30 pros main camera does an excellent job thanks to its large sensor photos look sharp and clean with the wide dynamic range especially with light sources we did notice a red shift in the colors though if you turn on night mode

You get a bit more detail from the shadows and the overall result looks livelier and more colorful the reddish tint is still noticeable at night the ultra wide cam will also give you great results something you can't say about

Many phones these are pretty much the best in the business there's great detail and wide dynamic range there's night mode for the ultra wide-angle cam but it comes with pros and cons the colors are more accurate

And the redness is gone but for some reason these come out cropped and up scaled resulting in softer photos with a narrower field of view sadly if you try to zoom at night you won't get great results in most cases the phone will

Crop digitally from the main camera occasionally you will get an actual output from the telephoto the zoom works with night mode too but is tricky to get a good handheld shot because of the long focal length unless you're using a

Tripod don't expect a lot here moving on to selfies the main 30 pros 32 megapixel fixed-focus selfie cam is the same as the one on the p30 pro there's also a tof sensor on the front for portraits selfies come out with great

Detail spot-on colors and wide dynamic range overall really nice selfie portraits are pretty impressive as well videos can be recorded with the main cam and the ultra wide at up to 4k at 60fps while the telephoto can record 4k at 30

Video stabilization is available in all modes and is always on 4k videos from the main camp have good detail and sharpness and dynamic range is wide colors are accurate – except for a slight reddish tint 4k videos from the

Ultra wide cam also look quite nice there is a noticeable difference in colors between the 30fps and the 60 FPS modes videos from the telephoto cam and 4k at 30fps look good though the level of detail leaves a bit more to be

Desired and finally here's a neat trick the May 30 pro can shoot 720p super slow-mo video at 1920 fps and thanks to AI this is extrapolated to 76 80 FPS so you get 256 times slowdown needless to say you should have a lot of light here

So that's the wall we made 30 Pro feature wise this phone has all the bells and whistles there's a breathtaking curved OLED screen excellent battery life super fast charging killer performance and some of

The best cameras in the business especially the ultra watt sadly the lack of Google support means that one of the best flagships on the market is actually a pretty tough sell in the West how can you run an Android

Phone though Google services not very easily we're not sure if the phone will even be released outside of China so there it is I find it hard to recommend buying a gray import you'd have to forget about your Google account and

Take the time to sideload all of your apps let's hope for a change in Google's policy weather at least have a global version if there ever is one thanks for watching guys and see you next time

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