After a long summer full of big leaks and crazy voices, Huawei’s latest beast, Mate 30 Pro, has finally arrived and is ready to compete with iPhone 11 Pro and Galaxy Note 10. The flagship is based on the success of the Mate 20 Pro of last year maintaining a series of important features, but finally bringing things to the next level with important internal updates, a magnificent new screen and an improved camera configuration that establishes a new benchmark for video recording.
Horizon Display, 5G support, no Google app
The Mate RS Porsche Edition became Huawei’s first flagship with a curved edge screen when it was announced in early 2018. This design was finally moved to the Mate 20 Pro and, more recently, to the P30 Pro and it looks like Huawei be fairly satisfied with the welcome. So much so that he has now taken the curved edge display to a whole new level.
Marketed as “Horizon Display”, the new 6.5-inch screen on the Huawei Mate 30 Pro features 88-degree curved edges that leave little room for physical buttons. For this reason, Huawei has completely abandoned the volume control in favor of a digital implementation that can be activated by tapping twice on each side of the screen and sliding your finger on the edge.
Huawei’s new OLED panel supports a standard 60Hz refresh rate and Sound-on-Display technology which substantially eliminates the need for an internal speaker. However, the disadvantage of this is the lack of a stereo speaker configuration. Huawei has also reduced the panel resolution from 3120 x 1440p to 2400 x 1176p, but this change can improve battery life.
Speaking of drums, Huawei’s latest flagship is equipped with a huge 4,500 mAh cell that supports the SuperCharge 40W technology and a new SuperWirelessCharge 27W implementation. Like Mate 20 Pro and P30 Pro, Mate 30 Pro also supports an improved reverse wireless charging that is 3 times faster than before. This allows you to load the new FreeBuds 3 by placing them on the back or even on an iPhone 11.
All this is combined with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of internal memory as standard, although the expansion is supported via a nano-SD card slot. The Kirin 990 5G, which supports eight different 5G bands, was recently announced to power the device. The Galaxy Note 10+, in comparison, only supports three. If you are not so worried about 5G, a 4G LTE variant will also be available
Huawei Mate 30 Pro comes with Android 10 pre-installed along with the customized EMUI 10 interface. As previously announced, the flagship does not have access to Google Play Services or any of the company’s apps. Huawei will provide a solution, but has not yet revealed any details.
3D facial unlock and on-screen fingerprint systems
One of the most popular features of last year’s Mate 20 Pro was its 3D facial recognition system. The competitor of Face ID has been praised by reviewers and customers for their speed and accuracy, and this year’s Mate 30 Pro is based simply on everything. The last iteration, which is inside a large notch on the screen, is faster than last year’s settings.
Although facial unlocking is undoubtedly a great technology, many people still prefer to use fingerprint scanners. Apple doesn’t offer this option on its latest iPhones and Google Pixel 4 shouldn’t do it, but Huawei does. Mate 30 Pro is equipped with an optical on-screen fingerprint scanner that is now faster than ever.
Returning to the level, it is worth noting that it also houses a 32-megapixel selfie camera that supports FHD + video recording (2288 x 1080p), portrait mode, panoramic mode, smart filters, time laps, and voice-activated selfies. Furthermore, there is a dedicated gestural sensor that supports a variety of aerial gestures that include scrolling to scroll and capture the screenshot. Also, follow your eyes to automatically rotate the screen when needed. Huawei calls this smart rotation.
Four rear cameras that include two 40 MP sensors
The industry as a whole seems to be moving towards vertical or square camera configurations, but Huawei has taken its path with the Mate 30 Pro. In particular, it has equipped the flagship with a huge circular camera module surrounded by a large highlighted ring.
Inside the module, there is a 40-megapixel f / 1.6 main camera that supports optical image stabilization. This is combined with a time-of-flight sensor and an 8-megapixel f / 2.4 telephoto lens that supports 3x optical zoom, 5x hybrid zoom and up to 30x digital zoom. Part of the package is also a new 40-megapixel film camera with super wide-angle f / 1.8 aperture. This introduces the support for an even wider field of view and, therefore, offers users the opportunity to capture much more at a stroke.
The entire camera configuration supports the recording of 4K video at 60 fps and Super Slow Motion 960 fps video at a resolution of 1080p. Thanks to the magic of the software, a crazy ultra-slow 7680 fps camera mode is available, although the recording is limited to 720p. Finally, Huawei presents the live bokeh mode and the Super Night scene based on the company’s existing night mode.
Huawei Mate 30 Pro price, release date, colors
The new flagship of Huawei will be available for purchase in different colors: emerald green, spatial silver, cosmic purple and black, as well as two new variants of forest green and orange that use vegan leather on the back instead of glass. The 4G Mate 30 Pro costs € 1099, while the 5G variant is sold for € 1199. The release date and availability have not yet been confirmed.
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