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Huawei’s Mate 30 series are truly beautiful, luxurious looking and solid built phones. But these are difficult times for Huawei mobile phones. Months ago, Huawei looked almost unstoppable with fast and stable growth in the market until the US ban which prevented US-based companies to do business with Huawei.

The implication is Huawei Mate 30’s Android 10 wouldn’t ship with Google play services, Play store and other Google apps. Huawei Mate 30 buyers will have to depend on solely Huawei AppStore and ecosystem. Huawei said it’s investing heavily into its mobile core(HMC) as an alternative to Google Mobile core but am not sure whatever they have in plan is enough to lure users to its ecosystem yet.


Talking about luring users, the cameras are a great place to start. Huawei Mate 30 Pro has the highest rated cameras according to DOXMark. Both have a circular camera cutout that Huawei nicknamed “Halo ring design.” The Mate 30 has a main 40-megapixel camera with an f/1.8 aperture, an ultra-wide-angle 16-megapixel f/2.2 camera, an 8-megapixel f/2.4 telephoto camera, and a laser focus sensor. While the Mate 30 Pro bumps the resolution of the ultra-wide-angle camera to 40 megapixels and swaps the laser focus sensor for a 3D depth sensor.

The phones are powered by in-house developed Kirin 990 SoC, this chip is all about AI, fast image processing, and gaming and networking capabilities, rather than raw horsepower improvements. The chip is the first from Huawei to include a built-in 5G modem.

The Mate 30 Pro has a 6.53-inch screen which curves around the edges of the device, while the regular Mate 30 has a more traditional flat display that’s slightly bigger at 6.62 inches in size. Battery sizes also differ between the two phones: the Mate 30 Pro has a larger 4,500mAh battery, compared to 4,200mAh in the Mate 30. Both phones support fast charging up to 40W wired, or 27W when wirelessly charging.


As impressive as the Mate 30 Pro’s hardware and features are, the phone is limited by the lack of access to the Googles’ apps. Many customers may not be comfortable with installing apps in Huawei’s style. For those who can live past Google ecosystem limitations, the Huawei Mate 30 pro is an expensive yet polarizing phone in terms of hardware and features. With the Cheapest coming in at about NGN 316k and most expensive Porsche edition at about NGN 835k, you shouldn’t expect less in terms of hardware.

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