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Huawei Mate 30 Pro Announced – no-hands on review because it’s probably not launching in the UK

The Huawei Mate 30 series has finally launched, as usual,
thanks to leaks, not much comes as a shock. However, one big question remained,
what’s going on with the software and Google?

One’s things for certain, the issues Huawei is facing does not appear to be slowing them down too much yet, they have had a 23% business growth year on year and 24% growth in smartphone sales. Though it may be the following year where those figures might start swinging the other way.

The problems they are facing were made evident during what was supposed to be a pre-briefing where we had signed NDAs making sure we don’t disclose anything super-secret. This pre-briefing consisted of a history of Huawei, the above business figures and some new announcements about their StorySign software. Not a single word was said about the phone. It seemed to be a last-minute decision and the poor PR team were very apologetic afterwards.

What does all this mean? Well, this is probably going to be
the best phone you will never be able to buy (in the UK).

The phone will effectively launch as it always does in China, using Android, but without Google. No sneaky sideloading techniques. It is believed to be launching in other markets without Google Apps.

Anyway, moving on to the phone. It is exactly the same spec
has heavily leaked in the past couple of days, and most of this was pre-written
based on that.

Specification Overview

  • Chipset – Kirin 990 5G
  • Display
  • OS –EMUI 10 with Android AOSP (No google apps)
  • Camera
  • RAM – 8GB
  • Storage – 128GB
  • Battery

First of all, even though Huawei put all their focus on the Kirin 990 5G chipset at IFA, quietly announcing the none 5G model at the end, the Mate 30 Pro is launching with the none 5G chipset at first.

Rumours had indicated this would not use the Kirin 990 5G, but the none 5G model. Thankfully this is not the case.

Storage and RAM options

  • 8GB+128GB base
  • 12GB+512GB top model

Android

Enough has been said about this already until more information arises, this is just the Chinese variant of the phone. Due to this, Huawei restricted access to the device, reminiscent of the Mate X launch event. We got to see the device but no extensive hands-on time.

Screen

  • 6.53-inch
  • 1176-2400 FHD+
    waterfall AMOLED display
  • 90Hz

For what I could tell, it does looks visually impressive, the phone uses the new horizon display to act as a touch-sensitive alternative for buttons. How good this in real life remains to be seen, it could be amazing or it could be form over function.

Camera

  • 40 MP wide f/1.8 super sensing RYYB
  • 40 MP wide f/1.8
  • 8 MP, f/2.4, 80mm (telephoto), 1/4″, 3x optical zoom
  • TOF 3D sensor
  • 32MP Selfie f/2.0

The 40MP RYYB sensor of the P30 Pro is truly amazing, and now Huawei has adopted this for the wide camera angle, which in my opinion is the best camera lens to use for photography. So you no longer need to sacrifice quality for the fantastic super-wide effect.

Interestingly, they have ditched the periscope zoom and moved back to a more moderate 8MP 3x optical zoom lens, this could end up being one of the main differences between the Mate and P ranges. With the help of the optical lens, this will achieve a 5x hybrid zoom similar to last years Mate 20 Pro.

The video has been upgraded massively and at 720p, the device can shoot whopping 7680 frames per second while 1080p slo-mo videos are capped at 960fps. That’s mighty impressive and undoubtedly it’s because of the new ISP on the Kirin 990 chipset.

Battery & Charging

  • 4500 mAh battery
  • 40W supercharge
  • 27W superwireless
    charging      

Huawei continues to dominate with their battery and charging solutions. Yes, OPPO has a fancy 65W charger, but I would prefer a bigger battery, and the Mate 30 Pro ups the ante again with a massive 4500mAh battery. This should allow the phone to easily achieve two full days of light to moderate usage.

Then the charging has been upgraded,
perhaps the wireless is more impressive, with 27W now allowing the phone to
charge up as fast as what you charge via cable with other brands.  

Connectivity

So, the leaks said it did not have 5G, but Huawei thankfully has launched this with 5G using the new Kirin 990 5G chipset.

Price

The 6.53-inch HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro and 6.62-inch HUAWEI Mate 30 come in various colour variants and materials: Emerald Green, Space Silver, Cosmic Purple, Black, while Forest Green and Orange are available in vegan leather.

No UK pricing or availability has been announced and I wouldn’t expect it any time soon.

Thoughts

This is a difficult time for Huawei, but they continue to persevere, sadly these political issues hurt the consumer as much as it does Huawei.

These problems are largely out of Huawei’s control so it is hard to blame them for this disappointing launch.

How this all plays out in the next year is going to be interesting, and hopefully, a solution is found either through Harmony OS or ideally these political problems come to an end and we can get back to using Android properly.

So for us UK buyers this is probably the best phone you will never be able to buy.

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I worked in many technical fields, but I always resort to blogging which has become an addiction to me
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