Huawei Mate 30 Pro Review Rundown
Huawei Technologies | Published on 22 Mar 2021 | Last Edited on 24 Mar 2021 | Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer
The Mate 30 Pro's front 3D depth sensing camera, together with the front camera and gesture sensor, allows for not only face unlock but also gesture control. The quad camera setup includes a 40MP ultra-wide camera, a 40MP main camera, an 8MP telephoto camera with 3x optical zoom, and a 3D depth sensing camera.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.
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Reviewers from Anandtech have found the following[***]:
On the camera side, Huawei employs the same main sensor as on the P30 series. It adopts the 3x telephoto module seen in the Mate 20 Pro and the regular P30, but innovates on the ultra-wide-angle module. The Mate 30 Pro has a second 40MP sensor alongside its main 40MP unit, which is undoubtedly going to be a unique feature for the phone and the company's devices in 2020.
Reviewers from Cnet have found the following[***]:
The Huawei Mate 30 Pro is an exceptional piece of hardware. Its quad-camera setup shoots outstanding photos (sometimes better than the iPhone 11 Pro) A dazzling 6.53-inch waterfall display is the centerpiece of an inspired design. Despite these issues, the Mate 30pro has one of the best camera setups on any Android phone.
Reviewers from Digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
The Huawei Mate 30 Pro runs Android, and has EMUI 10 over the top. You won't find any Google apps, or pre-installed Facebook or booking.com apps. There's no macro mode, or at least there isn't one that automatically activates. Night Mode works in ultra wide shots and video, there's improved real-time bokeh effects for video, and it records 960fps slow-motion video at 1080p.
Reviewers from Expertreviews have found the following[***]:
The Mate 30 Pro is the first phone to be powered by Huawei's own mobile chipset, the Kirin 990. It has a 6.53in “Flex OLED” screen that curves nicely around the sides of the phone up to an 88-degree angle. There's also a vastly improved camera array, with a 3x telephoto lens, 40MP wide-angle camera, and 3D depth-sensor. The phone is IP68-rated, which means it'll survive a dunking up to a depth of two metres for up to 30 minutes.
Reviewers from Nextpit have found the following[***]:
The Huawei Mate 30 Pro takes beautiful photos in well-lit rooms. The camera app is simple and quick to use. It offers different modes: night, portrait, slow-motion, panorama, monochrome, HDR, time-lapse. With the Pro mode, you can manually set parameters such as ISO, shutter speed, exposure, white balance.
Reviewers from Nextpit have found the following[***]:
The Huawei Mate 30 Pro runs Android 10 and EMUI 10 with security patches updated to October. The system runs smoothly and offers interesting features that we have already enjoyed on the P30 Pro. The front camera consists of a 32-megapixel sensor with f/2.0 aperture that allows recording in FHD from 2288x1080. On the video side, it can still improve in terms of creativity, versatility and final shots.
Reviewers from Notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
The Huawei Mate 30 Pro is the first device to feature the Kirin 990 SoC. Unlike in previous years, there is not a slightly modified P series camera in the Mate. This year Huawei is focusing on videography and includes its own sensor with many functions. There is also an infrared transmitter in the smartphone that can control some consumer entertainment electronics.
Reviewers from Pcmag have found the following[***]:
The Huawei Mate 30 Pro is available in black, green, purple, or silver. It's available in dark green or orange vegan leather versions, all of which look quite sleek. The screen is a 6.53-inch OLED "waterfall display," meaning it curves around the sides. While it makes the design sleeker, it's difficult to get used to.
Reviewers from Techadvisor have found the following[***]:
The Mate 30 Pro is available in just one colour, Space Silver, and Carphone is helpfully pointing out the lack of Google Mobile Services. Carphone has the VIP Support Team available post-purchase to help you with using the phone. European pricing was announced during the launch event, with the standard Mate30 Pro (featuring 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage) coming in at a substantial €1099.
Reviewers from Techradar have found the following[***]:
The Huawei Mate 30 Pro was originally just available in China, but you can now buy it in the UK and Australia. The phone is big, but not quite Galaxy Note 10 Plus big, with its smaller 6.53-inch screen. Its design is standout though with a true edge-to-edge curved screen that, when viewed head-on, looks like it wraps around the phone. The Mate is made of glass and metal, though doesn't feature a matte finish on the back like the iPhone and OnePlus 7T do. There's no headphone jack, and a mono bottom-firing speaker too - not ideal audio credentials from a flagship.
Reviewers from Tomsguide have found the following[***]:
U.S. users will not be able to buy the Mate 30, although Huawei will likely sell the phone in the U.K. Less appealing are the rather thick bezels on the top and bottom of the display. The Mate 30 Pro's notch is smaller than the iPhone's, in part due to Huawei's removal of a top speaker for an sub-display assembly.
Reviewers from Trustedreviews have found the following[***]:
The Huawei Mate 30 Pro has a stunning 6.53-inch OLED screen. It has a 40-megapixel main wide angle camera, an 8-meapixel telephoto sensor, and a 40 megapixel ultrawide lens. The camera is highly impressive, offering a great amount of versatility, smart application of artificial intelligence and great detail. Night Mode requires a wait of around 7 seconds to perfect the shot, and under very dark conditions it expertly restores missing detail.
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- 2. ^ Huawei Mate 30 Pro review: Sublime camera, disastrous software. Cnet. 28 December 2019. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
- 3. ^ Huawei Mate 30 Pro hands-on review: Tempting and talented, but sadly stifled. Digitaltrends. 25 September 2019. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
- 4. ^ Huawei Mate 30 Pro review: Despite ongoing tensions, the Mate Pro 30 will launch in the UK later this month. Expertreviews. 11 February 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
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- 12. ^ Huawei Mate 30 Pro Review. Trustedreviews. 09 October 2019. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
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