Huawei Mate 30 Professional overview: the very best telephone you possibly can’t get, and that’s OK

There’s no denying, with the Mate 30 Professional, Huawei launched a 2020 telephone in 2019.

That is our full Huawei Mate 30 Professional overview; we now have spent a month with the telephone and used it throughout Hungary, and Romania, each in city and rural areas.

It’s a troublesome process to correctly describe the Huawei Mate 30 Professional. It’s not due to what it’s, however as a result of it arrived in not essentially “favorable” instances. The U.S. determined so as to add Huawei to its commerce blacklist in Could 2019, and, as such, the Chinese language firm was banned from buying U.S. tech, regardless whether it is services or products.

Whereas fashions introduced earlier than the ban (principally each telephone and pill previous to the Mate 30-series) will proceed to be supported for the whole lot of their lifespan, for the Mate 30 Professional, Huawei was pressured to ship it with out Google’s official help.

Huawei Mate 30 Pro review

It’s nonetheless working Android (primarily based on AOSP), however it’s missing Google Cellular Companies (GMS), which have been, within the lack of different choices, changed with Huawei Cellular Companies (HMS). Whereas non-Google functions will be put in from different, third celebration app shops (Huawei’s personal AppGallery, Amazon, and many others.), the place and if out there, Google functions like Gmail, Google Maps, YouTube, and many others., or these requiring GMS’ presence aren’t working.

So, below these circumstances, can an distinctive telephone packing next-gen internals and innovation stand by itself with out some apps which are essential for almost all of customers? That’s what we’re attempting to reply in our Huawei Mate 30 Professional overview.

Huawei Mate 30 Pro review

There’s no denying, Huawei launched a 2020 telephone in 2019. Against the P-series of smartphones (P30 and P30 Professional being the present fashions), which deal with pictures, leisure, creativity, multimedia, and many others., Huawei is pushing the efficiency and innovation envelope with the Mate-series. It’s the telephone which packs the newest and best, which is then inherited by the following P-model subsequent 12 months.

That’s additionally the case with the Mate 30 Professional, which is the primary to debut with the Kirin 990 chip, Huawei’s next-gen SoC constructed utilizing the 7nm+EUV expertise, which additionally embeds the modem, 4G or 5G relying on the mannequin.

Huawei Mate 30 Pro review

The Kirin 990 processor is quicker, smarter, and extra energy environment friendly than its in any other case nonetheless super-fast Kirin 980 predecessor. It packs 2 x Cortex-A76 Based mostly 2.86 GHz + 2 x Cortex-A76 Based mostly 2.09 GHz + four x Cortex-A55 1.86 GHz cores, along with the 16-Core Mali-G76 GPU, and never one, however two NPU models (Large Core + Tiny Core).

…and, to offer it the very best probability to carry out, Huawei outfitted the Mate 30 Professional with 8GB of RAM, and a single storage possibility, at 256GB, expandable utilizing Huawei’s personal NM SD Card, must you want extra.

Evidently this mix of processor, RAM, and storage delivers a lightning quick expertise, with an amazing computing energy (extra in our Efficiency section under).

Huawei Mate 30 Pro review

The Mate 30 Professional bends the show even additional than final 12 months’s Mate 20 Professional. It’s referred to as the Huawei Horizon Show, and wraps round each side of the telephone, to the purpose the place the corporate determined to ditch all bodily buttons, aside from the Energy button.

We’re speaking about an 88 diploma curvature, which implies that it virtually opens as much as horizontal, not solely eliminating the facet bezels fully, but in addition increasing the show space to supply an edge-to-edge immersive viewing expertise.

Huawei Mate 30 Pro review

It’s in any other case a beautiful 6.53-inch OLED panel working at a most decision of FHD+ (2400 x 1176 pixels), which will be manually or routinely toned right down to HD+ (1600 x 784 pixels) to protect battery.

Colours are beautiful, and the show is shiny with good distinction, making content material look actually good. This content material flows superbly from edge to edge regardless when you’re watching movies or scrolling by way of photos, the canvas solely being obstructed by the notch on the prime, which is smaller, and smarter this 12 months.

That notch was required with a view to ship the selfie digital camera (extra on that, and the quad-cameras in our Digicam section under), depth sensor, and the 3D face unlock system, which is next-gen on the Mate 30 Professional. Whereas non-intrusive, different producers are utilizing different workarounds, like punch-holes, or pop-up selfie cameras. You’ll be able to be taught to dwell with it, but when it bothers you that a lot, you possibly can look elsewhere.

Huawei Mate 30 Pro review

The show additionally incorporates the fingerprint scanner, which is admittedly quick, and doesn’t misfire, until your show or fingers are moist, or soiled.

In an effort to save much more house, Huawei ditched the earpiece and is utilizing sound-emitting expertise on its show. Your display screen is principally your speaker, which is why this 12 months we don’t have stereo output to your multimedia, however a down-firing speaker (which is quite loud and sounds actually good – extra on this within the Expertise part under).

The Infrared blaster has been stored, as Huawei has been traditionally equipping its telephones with this handy part. The telephone is dual-SIM succesful (both two SIMs or one SIM and an NM card), and is powered by a large four,500mAh battery.

This battery will be totally charged in a hair over an hour utilizing Huawei’s 40W SuperCharge customary, with the wired charger included. The telephone additionally helps 27W Wi-fi SuperCharge, although the quick Wi-fi SuperCharger must be bought individually. Extra on the battery life and stamina of the telephone in our Efficiency section under.

Final, however not least, wrapping up this show of just about overkill specs and innovation, are the connectivity choices. You’ve bought Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (wave2), Bluetooth 5.1, NFC, dual-band GPS, and radios supporting world frequencies.

There are a complete of 11 sensors on the telephone: Gesture Sensor, In-Display Fingerprint Sensor, Gyroscope, Compass, Proximity Sensor, Gravity Sensor, Corridor Sensor, Infrared Sensor, Ambient Mild Sensor, Barometer, and Colour Temperature Sensor.

Software program

Huawei Mate 30 Pro reviewMate 30 Professional with GMS on the left, Mate 30 Professional with HMS on the proper

Oh, the software program!… The software program is the Mate 30 Professional’s Achilles’ heel. And, apparently, it isn’t even Huawei’s fault. Huawei did a fantastic job constructing EMUI 10 primarily based on AOSP Android 10. There’s nothing significantly flawed with that. The issue lies inside the lack of Google Cellular Companies (GMS), which was pressured upon Huawei by the U.S. ban, pushing the corporate to ship this telephone with Huawei Cellular Companies. Neither Huawei, nor Google, wished this, however they’ll must comply.

We had been lucky sufficient to have the ability to set up GMS on our Mate 30 Professional within the early days, earlier than the workaround was found, after which killed. We used the Mate 30 Professional for 2 weeks at its full potential with GMS, after which for 2 weeks with HMS, which considerably crippled the expertise.

Huawei Mate 30 Professional with GMS

CEO Richard Yu answered my query concerning the time wanted for Huawei to push GMS to telephones, on the Mate 30 Professional launch. He mentioned if the established order modifications, Huawei can do it in a single day. Little doubt about that! They in all probability have it able to be pushed out simply in case one thing modifications for the higher.

With GMS and entry to all the Google apps and third celebration apps on the Play Retailer (the way in which it actually needs to be), the Mate 30 Professional is undoubtedly, for my part, the very best telephone of 2019, and a prime 5 for 2020. It’s that good! Accessing all of my apps and companies made the expertise an actual pleasure, with a gorgeous telephone, that’s super-fast, filled with innovation and killer , not held again by entry, or lack thereof, to software program.

Huawei Mate 30 Professional with HMS

Huawei Mate 30 Pro review

Huawei Mate 30 Pro review

…however sadly you possibly can now not, on the time of publishing this overview, magically trick GMS onto your Mate 30 Professional, which implies you’re caught with HMS. Whereas Huawei is taking HMS and your entire ecosystem behind it actually critically – they’re investing 1 billion in it, in spite of everything – it nonetheless cripples the expertise.

Huawei Mate 30 Pro review

Huawei Mate 30 Pro review

In fact, this all is determined by your utilization, the apps and companies you depend on. You possibly can be completely positive with out the Google apps, or you need to use the net model of Maps and YouTube, however for me it sadly went past it.

There are six Google apps I exploit: Gmail, Contacts, Calendar, YouTube, Hold Notes, and Maps. I don’t use the Assistant in order that doesn’t hassle me, and positive I might depend on Huawei’s personal tackle Electronic mail, Contacts, Notes and Calendar… however they don’t work with my Pocketnow company account. It might work along with your private Gmail, Yahoo mail, or Outlook account, through which case you possibly can write this off as my private drawback.

Huawei Mate 30 Pro review

Don’t get me flawed, you possibly can simply obtain and sideload all of those apps from APKMirror, however sadly most of them, besides GBoard and Chrome, gained’t work, or crash. Shh, you’ll find older variations for a few of these apps which complain concerning the lack of GMS, however nonetheless work, like our Google Maps under 😉

Huawei Mate 30 Pro review

I exploit 13-15 apps which are non-Google, of which I might barely discover one or two on Huawei’s AppGallery. Sure, Huawei is engaged on it, however they’re not out there now, so shopping for a telephone now, realizing that your favourite apps may or won’t be out there on the AppGallery, is sort of an extended shot. There are different choices although.

Huawei Mate 30 Pro reviewGoogle Play on the left, Huawei AppGallery on the proper

I managed to search out most of my apps on APKMirror although, after diving into diag apps to search out out the structure of the Mate 30 Professional, and its PPI, which isn’t an enormous deal for individuals who know do it, however your common Joe and Jane gained’t go the additional mile.

Moreover, there are companies like APKCombo which obtain any APK from the official Google Play retailer, by way of an online interface. You simply want to search out the app on the Play Retailer, ship APKCombo the URL, and the APK is downloaded to your laptop or telephone storage from the place you possibly can set up it.

Then there’s Amazon’s App Retailer, which installs simply positive, however, whereas the apps are listed, you possibly can’t discover them on the app on the telephone. Discovering them on the desktop returns the outcome that they’re not appropriate with the Mate 30 Professional.

Huawei Mate 30 Pro reviewGoogle Play on the left, Amazon AppStore on the proper

Sadly, it’s the lacking apps that break the expertise for me. I’m speaking about a few essential apps I can’t dwell with out: my banking app, my provider’s app, and companion apps for (you possibly can say goodbye to Google Residence for Chromecast, or your particular apps to your earbuds, until you utilize the brand new Huawei Freebuds three, and many others.).

Once more, you won’t want all of the apps and companies that I do, however you would want your individual particular batch simply the identical. In case you’re in China, all the above doesn’t actually have an effect on you, as you’ve been used to this establishment, and, testifying to that’s Huawei’s success typically on the home market, and the Mate 30-series’ particularly, which is promoting very well.

It’s what it’s, in the interim… Is it irritating? Rattling positive it’s! It’s like shopping for a model new, super-fast, luxurious sports activities automotive and never having the ability to drive off as your neighbor blocked your parking spot along with his personal tin-can junk of an outdated automotive piece of trash (/finish frustration).


When (if ever once more) the telephone runs GMS at its full potential, the Expertise is 10 out of 10. And we’ll depart it at that.

…as a result of it doesn’t, and we don’t know if it ever will. So transferring past the irritation, the general expertise is that of a super-premium smartphone. The show is gorgeous with its curved edges, and the software program does a fantastic job in adapting to the notch and the curved sides, each of which you’ll be able to disable, by the way in which.

Huawei Mate 30 Pro review

Huawei Mate 30 Pro review

EMUI 10 is fluid, and, whereas it replicates a lot of its options from Apple’s iOS, it does so in a sublime method. Gestures are comparable, the animations accompanying it are fluid, and the general look of the consumer interface will be simply personalized by making use of themes.

EMUI 10 has come a good distance, now being extra elegant, with much less litter, and extra fluid in  efficiency.

The unit we now have is a Chinese language mannequin, so naturally it comes with lots of apps which are ineffective for us, which we filed below the “bloat” class. Happily it’s straightforward to eliminate them, however you need to discover a correct different for the built-in browser which has deep ties with Baidu. Fortunately you possibly can obtain Google Chrome from APKMirror, or one other supply, and substitute it. There are additionally different nice browsers on the market you possibly can alternatively use.

As we’ve talked about, we didn’t discover a correct approach to arrange our company Gmail account. When E-mail was working positive, Contacts and Calendar sync was off. After we fastened Contacts and Calendar, the E-mail shopper solely loaded the sender and the topic of the e-mail, with out the physique. Your mileage could differ relying in your supplier.

The built-in Well being app is minimalistic, although for what it tracks (by way of the Huawei Watch GT 2 we utilized in tandem) it does job at presenting you with the knowledge you want.

…after which the AppGallery, sure it’s presently poor, with tons and tons of apps which likelihood is you gained’t discover attention-grabbing, and, on the similar time, lacking the apps you’ll actually need.

Sound, although mono by way of the only backside firing speaker, is on par with every other flagship premium smartphone on the market, perhaps a tad louder, and richer. Bass is sweet, and so are the trebles, however you’ll must get used to the mono sound, particularly when you’ve used a stereo smartphone earlier than. Get again to mastering that exact grip the place you cup the telephone to direct the sound in direction of you along with your palm.


Huawei Mate 30 Pro review

The digital camera is without doubt one of the foremost promoting factors of the Mate 30 Professional, and it doesn’t disappoint. Huawei has been a pioneer of smartphone pictures ever because it began to take it critically, by partnering with Leica.

The entire Mate and P-series of smartphones had been nice shooters, however the Mate 30 Professional joins the P30 Professional in being an distinctive shooter. Sure, a number of the options marketed are nonetheless not out there, just like the Tremendous Macro mode (Huawei will doubtless allow them by way of software program updates later), however for what it does, it is without doubt one of the finest shooters cash can purchase in the present day.

There’s a foremost 40 MP huge shooter with f/1.6 aperture, 27mm equal, optically stabilized. Then there’s an eight MP unit with f/2.four aperture, 80mm (telephoto), with OIS, and 3x optical zoom. A 3rd 40 MP digital camera, with f/1.eight aperture, dubbed the “Extremely-Vast Cine Digicam”, is an 18mm (ultrawide) unit. Moreover, there’s a 3D ToF digital camera as properly.

Mixed amongst all cameras, you will have large flexibility to shoot from Vast-angle to all the way in which as much as 30X with some software program, AI, OIS, and AIS wizardry, enabling you to get actually near your topic with out transferring. Listed below are three zoom sequences under:

Of be aware is that Huawei packed not one, however two picture sensors within the machine, each bigger than the only sensors on a number of the opponents’ telephones. There’s a 40MP Cine Digicam RGGB sensor (1/1.54-inch) with three:2 side ratio, and a 40MP SuperSensing Digicam RYYB sensor (1/1.7-inch) with four:three side ratio.

Transferring past the tech speak, the output is superb. Photographs are wealthy in colour, saturation, brightness, element, sharpness, and AI routinely improves photographs relying on the scene it detects. Whereas generally it exaggerates, you possibly can simply flip it off.

Huawei Mate 30 Pro review

Portrait photographs have a pleasant bokeh with a fantastic spatial separation between the topic and the background, whereas low-light and night time photographs have been traditionally, because the P20 Professional, distinctive. The Mate 30 Professional isn’t any exception.

Whatever the mode you shoot in (huge, super-wide, or tele), HDR+ is an possibility that enhances you imagery, and low mild can be doable within the huge modes for extraordinary outcomes.

In terms of video capturing, the devoted 40MP Cine Digicam undoubtedly is useful, able to 4k recording at 60fps, ISO 51200, and a whopping 7680fps Extremely Sluggish Movement.

This sluggish movement is so good that it typically instances is ineffective. What can we imply by that? It slows motion down a lot that it principally slows it right down to a stand-still, or pause, until you’re capturing one thing actually fast-paced. To your common slo-mo photographs you possibly can simply dial the FPS down a little bit for extra fulfilling recordings, however 7680 is unquestionably working as marketed.

Turning to the entrance, the 32MP digital camera advantages from the 3D sensors, for extra skilled selfies, however typically instances you’ll must disable AI which routinely exaggerates relating to making use of Magnificence results. …or not, as much as you, when you’re into that.

The Digicam software program itself is the everyday one you’d discover on most Huawei gadgets. It’s straightforward to navigate, and there’s little to no litter. Aperture, Evening, Portrait, Picture, Video and Professional are the principle capturing modes, to which you’ll be able to, by hitting “Extra”, choose from 11 extra. You can too select to disable MasterAI, which is useful a lot of the instances, however there are exceptions.

Whereas it does a fantastic job at recognizing a lot of the scenes and sub-scenes of your composition, and making use of the correct settings, filters and results, generally misfires, however you possibly can at all times faucet the tiny X icon subsequent to the scene it thinks it acknowledged, to return to the traditional, non-AI-assisted mode.

We’ll depart you with the pattern gallery under so you possibly can choose for yourselves.

Extra Huawei Mate 30 Professional digital camera samples


There’s nothing that we threw on the Mate 30 Professional, with or with out GMS, that it didn’t deal with immediately, like a sports activities automotive upon releasing brakes with the launch management on. App launch, multitasking, switching between apps, a number of apps, every part is super-fast, and tremendous fluid.

That four,500mAh is an actual champ, not that Huawei telephones had battery life points prior to now. We might simply squeeze out one and a half, even two days of average to heavy use, and, with super-fast 40W wired, and 27W wi-fi charging, you don’t waste a lot time till your telephone is able to go once more.

The built-in charger totally fees the machine from zero to 100 in a hair over one hour. 30 minutes of cost offers you 73%, and 45 minutes are good for 88%.

Cellphone calls sound common. That’s as a result of as an alternative of an earpiece, which is a speaker, the Mate 30 Professional makes use of sound on show expertise, the place the display screen is the one emitting the sound. The show is what you’ll increase to your ear with a view to hear the opposite particular person speak.

It’s missing a little bit bit on the lows, which make telephone calls sound a little bit bit tinny, however that’s a trade-off you’ll must dwell with once you select to construct, or purchase, a telephone that declared conflict on the bezels.

Sign-wise, we now have a disclaimer: the primary unit we’ve bought (the one we managed to put in GMS onto), was always disconnecting from each WiFi and Knowledge. We thought it was EMUI 10’s aggressive energy administration, till we disabled and tweaked each out there possibility with a view to notice that it could be a bug within the unit we’ve bought.

Huawei Mate 30 Pro review

We’ve bought a alternative (the one with HMS, to which putting in GMS is now just about inconceivable), and we’re joyful to see that the difficulty is now not there.

The telephone holds on properly to the weakest sign, let or not it’s for voice, Knowledge, or WiFI. Bluetooth can be good, accurately, because it’s the 5.1 iteration, and GPS gave us strong lock-on in no-time.

When it comes to biometrics, the Mate 30 Professional encompasses a super-fast in-display fingerprint scanner which not often misfires. It occurred to us on a few events when our fingers, or the show, had been moist, or soiled. A fast wipe instantly fixes the issue.

Face recognition is prime notch, with virtually prompt acknowledgement. And, for these questioning, the telephone gained’t unlock when you have your eyes closed, just like the Pixel four. The telephone gained’t even unlock when you have your eyes open, however pointed elsewhere. The Mate 30 Professional wants your undivided consideration with a view to face unlock.

You’ll be able to after all disable this within the settings, the place it’s also possible to choose to stop the telephone from sleeping if it detects eye contact.

Huawei Mate 30 Pro review


Huawei Mate 30 Pro review

It’s laborious to conclude a overview like this, on a tool just like the Mate 30 Professional, in a establishment just like the one which was pressured upon Huawei, the world of tech, and us all, finally.

On one hand, we now have the very best of the very best when it comes to and innovation, all wrapped in a gorgeous bundle. As I mentioned after I first met the Mate 30 Professional, Huawei launched a 2020 telephone in 2019. Sure, it’s that good.

However alternatively, when you’re counting on the Google ecosystem, with its apps and companies, you will have a tricky choice to make. Skip this beautiful telephone and go along with the Mate 20 Professional, or P30 Professional, or a competitor, and miss out on all the good tech and innovation Huawei ready. Or, you possibly can take the danger, attempt to dwell with out a few of your favourite apps, in hopes that it’ll, at one level, type itself out (or the neighborhood will), and have a telephone which trumps virtually, if not all of them on the market.

€1,099 is what you’ll have to pay for the usual Mate 30 Professional (€100 extra for the 5G model), each time it turns into out there. Proper now availability is proscribed, and the latest rumors recommend a mid-November launch for European markets.

Huawei Mate 30 Pro review

On the finish of the day, the shopping for choice is yours, and it doesn’t contain Huawei, or a flaw with the telephone. There’s a flaw on the planet we dwell in, however that’s one other subject. When you have loads of generic apps you possibly can simply seize from APKMirror (look them up), then that is in all probability going to be the very best telephone you’ve ever used.

Alternatively, there are free companies on the market, like APKCombo, which can simply obtain any official software from the Google Play retailer, from any browser, to any machine, which you’ll be able to then switch to your telephone, or do it in your telephone immediately.

When you have a number of smaller, non-global apps, like banking, provider, cabs, airline, meals supply elements, wearables, and many others., likelihood is you gained’t discover them anyplace else.

You need to use YouTube’s internet model instead, and even use Google Maps on the net with navigation (no turn-by-turn although). And, shhhh, we discovered a model of Google Maps on APKMirror which complains concerning the lack of GMS, however nonetheless works.

This being a overview devoted to everybody, not simply the tech-savvy customers, we will’t totally suggest the telephone as we do perceive that there are individuals on the market who aren’t that a lot into tinkering with the machine, or just need issues to work out of the field. These of you who’re at residence with Android and gadgets don’t actually need my recommendation, actually.

So, to conclude, you gained’t go flawed when you purchase this telephone, however everybody will perceive when you skip it, at the very least till there’s a GMS answer on the market. Pitty, once more, however it’s what it’s…

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