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    Huawei Mate 30 Pro

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    Release Date
    19-Sep-19
    Market Status
    Not Released in India
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    Specs at a Glance
    Battery Capacity
    4500 mAh
    Battery Capacity
    Operating System
    Android v10 (Q)
    Operating System
    Screen Size
    6.53 inches
    Screen Size
    Variants Available
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    General
    Announced On19-Sep-19
    Market StatusNot Released in India
    BrandHuawei
    Price StatusExpected
    PriceRs. 86,590
    Design
    Water ResistanceYes, Water resistant, IP68
    Weight198 grams
    ColorsBlack, Emerald Green, Space Silver, Cosmic Purple
    BuildGlass front (Gorilla Glass 6), glass back (Gorilla Glass 6), aluminum frame
    Dimensions158.1 x 73.1 x 8.8 mm
    Display
    Screen Size6.53 inches
    Screen TypeOLED
    Screen Resolution1176 x 2400 pixels
    Pixel Density409 ppi
    Screen ProtectionGorilla Glass 6
    Screen to Body Ratio94.06%
    Screen DesignRegular notch
    Performance
    GPUMali-G76 MP16
    Operating SystemAndroid v10 (Q)
    ChipsetHiSilicon Kirin 990
    CPUOcta core (2.86 GHz, Dual core, Cortex A76 + 2.09 GHz, Dual core, Cortex A76 + 1.86 GHz, Quad core, Cortex A55)
    Custom User InterfaceEMUI
    Clock Speed2.86 GHz
    Architecture64 bit
    Memory & Storage
    Phone Variants8GB 256GB
    Expandable StorageYes
    RAM TypeLPDDR4X
    Expandable Storage CapacityYes, 256 GB
    Front Camera
    Front Video Recording1080p30fps
    Front Camera FeaturesHDR, panorama
    Front Camera SetupSingle, 32MP
    Front Camera 1 Resolution32 MP
    Front Camera 1 Typef/2.0 Primary Camera
    Front Aperturef/2.0
    Battery
    Battery Capacity4500 mAh
    Battery RemovableNo
    Battery TypeLi-Polymer
    Charger TypeSuper
    USB Type-CYes
    Fast ChargingYes
    Wireless ChargingYes
    Miscellaneous Features
    SensorsLight sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Barometer, Compass, Gyroscope
    Network & Connectivity
    GPSYes A-GPS, Glonass
    Audio Features32-bit/384kHz audioActive noise cancellation with dedicated mic
    NFCYes
    BluetoothYes
    3.5mm Audio JackNo
    Bluetooth Typev5.1
    Audio JackUSB Type-C
    Rear Camera
    OISYes
    Rear FlashYes, LED Flash
    Rear Camera FeaturesAuto Flash, Face detection, Touch to focus
    Rear Camera SetupTriple, 40MP + 40MP + 8MP
    Rear Camera 1 Resolution40 MP
    Rear Camera 1 Typef/1.8 Primary Camera
    Rear Camera 2 Resolution40 MP
    Rear Camera 2 Typef/1.6, Wide Angle, Ultra-Wide Angle Camera
    Rear Camera 3 Resolution8 MP
    Rear Camera 3 Typef/2.4 Telephoto (upto 30x Digital Zoom, upto 3x Optical Zoom) Camera
    Rear Aperturef/1.8
    Network
    Network Support5G
    SIM SizeSIM1: Nano, SIM2: Nano (Hybrid)
    Wi-FiYes, Wi-Fi 802.11, a/ac/b/g/n/n 5GHz
    SIM Slot(s)Dual SIM, GSM+GSM
    eSIMNo
    Wi-Fi FeaturesMobile Hotspot
    VoLTEYes
    SIM 1 Bands4G Bands: TD-LTE 2600(band 38) / 2300(band 40) / 2500(band 41) / 2100(band 34) / 1900(band 39), FD-LTE 2100(band 1) / 1800(band 3) / 2600(band 7) / 900(band 8) / 700(band 28) / 1900(band 2) / 1700(band 4) / 850(band 5) / 1800(band 9) / 700(band 17) /...
    SIM 2 Bands4G Bands: TD-LTE 2600(band 38) / 2300(band 40) / 2500(band 41) / 2100(band 34) / 1900(band 39), FD-LTE 2100(band 1) / 1800(band 3) / 2600(band 7) / 900(band 8) / 700(band 28) / 1900(band 2) / 1700(band 4) / 850(band 5) / 1800(band 9) / 700(band 17) /...
    Sensors
    Fingerprint ScannerYes
    Fingerprint Scanner PositionOn-Screen
    Fingerprint Scanner TypeOptical

    About the Phone

    Despite the truckload of attractive features that the Huawei Mate 30 Pro has to offer, perhaps the biggest drawback is the missing access to Google Play Services. So, you won’t be able to install any apps from the Google Play Store. This makes it difficult to extract the true value of the phone outside of China.

    Pros: 

    • It has an attractive and eye-catching design with a true edge-to-edge display.
    • The camera setup is excellent and delivers high-quality photos.
    • It has a Corning Gorilla Glass (6) on both sides.
    • The battery life is amazing. 
    • The 3D Face Unlock is super-responsive.

    Cons: 

    • No access to Google apps since Huawei is debarred from using Google Play Services.
    • The phone updates are highly uncertain.

    Recently, in September 2019, Huawei launched yet another one of its flagship smartphones – the Huawei Mate 30 Pro. The phone boasts of an impressive design, top-notch cameras, robust processor, and fantastic battery life. Unfortunately, it is the victim of a sad situation – Huawei’s trade blacklisting by the USA, that prevents it from getting any access to Google Play Services. Huawei Mate 30 Pro sports a 6.53-inch OLED display with a resolution of 1176×2400 pixels. It boasts of beautiful glass and metal design, an immersive display, excellent Leica camera hardware, and super-fast charging with reverse charging feature. 

    Huawei Mate 30 Pro Price in India

    In India, the Huawei Mate 30 Pro was launched around over a lakh rupees but it is currently available to purchase via Amazon India for just Rs.63,000. It comes in six colour variants – Black, Space Silver, Emerald Green, Cosmic Purple, Vegan Forest Green, and Vegan Orange colours.

    When it comes to the design, the Huawei Mate 30 Pro has two striking features. First is the large waterfall display, that Huawei terms as ‘Horizon Display.’ The display is curved from two sides, leaving no scope for side bezels. However, there is a wide notch at the top of the screen that houses the selfie cam along with a few other sensors. Second is the circular camera disk on the rear panel. The circular disk houses four cameras encompassed beautifully by a matte chrome-like casing. As for the flash, it has been shifted to the left side of the back panel, just beside the camera module. 

    The Mate 30 Pro has Gorilla Glass 6 coating for both the front and the rear panels, which imparts a super glossy look to it. Needless to say, it is a fingerprint magnet (despite Huawei’s claims of having a fingerprint resistance). However, the good thing is that the phone does have an IP68 rating for water and dust resistance. This is true even of the leather versions. The phone doesn’t exactly have a lot of buttons. The only button you’ll see is the power button located on the right side of the frame. There’s no volume rocker (yes, that’s right!). So, if you wish to adjust the volume, you will have to double-tap on the top left or right edge of the display, and then slide the bar up or down. As usual, this makes it quite troublesome to control the volume when the screen is off.

    At the bottom, you’ll find a USB Type-C port, a speaker grille, and the dual-SIM tray. There’s no headphone jack anywhere! This makes us wonder what was Huawei thinking about doing away with the volume rocker and headphone jack. 

    Overall, the phone is on the heavier side. It weighs about 198g, which is quite bulky, but then again, you have to remember that it is all glass and metal. So, it is bound to be heavy.

    The 6.53-inch OLED curved screen has an excellent resolution and the perfect balance of sharpness and colour. It has a 94.1% screen-to-body ratio and an 18.5:9 aspect ratio. While the resolution of 1176×2400 isn’t anywhere near to that of flagships phones like the Samsung Galaxy S10 and OnePlus 7 Pro, it is pretty decent. The colours pop beautifully, and the texts, images, and icons look sharp and vivid. Another noteworthy aspect of the Mate 30 Pro is its always-on display.

    As for the notch on top and the curved edges, both can be hidden with slim black bars that are next to invisible, all thanks to the fantastic deep inky feature of the OLED screen. The phone offers decent viewing angles. However, the curved edges create somewhat of a vignette effect, which is kinda cool.

    Performance is where the Huawei Mate 30 Pro wins. The combination of Kirin 990 7nm chipset with 8GB RAM ensures that the phone delivers a stellar performance, particularly when it comes to gaming. Huawei’s upgraded EMUI offers an assortment of in-game options to create the perfect gaming experience. It even converts the corners of the screen into L and R buttons that appear in the top left and right of the curved display (in landscape orientation). They are highly responsive and are also remappable. The curved edge-to-edge display makes the overall viewing and gaming experience one-of-a-kind. 

    The ample 8GB/256GB of storage is enough for the phone to handle routine tasks and multitasking with ease. You will never experience any glitch whatsoever. The phone runs on EMUI 10, and it is an utter disappointment that Google Play Services is missing here. This brings the users at a huge disadvantage – it feels like you cannot use the phone to its optimal best.

    While the UI core feels similar to the P30 Pro, Huawei has made certain welcome additions and tweaks to make the UI cleaner than before. As for the phone’s biometrics, everything works smoothly. Both the under-display fingerprint scanner and 3D face-unlocking are highly secure and reliable.

    The Mate 30 Pro’s camera arrangement comprises of a 40MP wide camera with an aperture of f/1.6, equipped with optical image stabilization (OIS), a secondary 40MP ultra-wide camera with an aperture of f/1.6, an 8MP telephoto camera with 3x zoom and an f/2.4 aperture, and a 3D depth sensor. The telephoto camera, too, has OIS. As for the front cam, you get a 32MP camera.

    Images captured in auto mode across cameras are packed with details. The colour reproduction is fantastic, the dynamic range is on point, and the focus is accurate. Although sometimes the contrast and saturation may seem to be a bit boosted, you can balance it out by turning off AI scene-detection. The ultra-wide-angle camera can capture tons of detail at a praiseworthy dynamic range. What’s more, the ultra-wide camera has autofocus. So, it is capable of locking-on for macro shots as well. When accurately focused, the images come out looking stunning with an adequate amount of background blur.

    The front camera does a wonderful job of capturing vivid selfies with an ample amount of detail. The photos look great in well-lit conditions. However, it does lack autofocus and 4K capture. It can record videos at 1080p 30fps.

    The camera can shoot 4K videos at up to 60fps. The great thing about video recording is that the OIS across the wide and telephoto lenses is balanced beautifully. Although ‘cine-camera’ doesn’t match with the likes of the Mate 20 Pro or Galaxy Note 10, it does a decent job and handles noise pretty well too. Overall, the video quality is highly impressive for most lighting conditions. 

    For those who love to make slo-mo videos, there’s also a 7680fps slow-motion capture at 720p. Once you get the hang of this, it can be an excellent trick to shoot some cool slo-mo shots.

    The Huawei Mate 30 Pro comes with a 4,500mAh battery, and it just might be one of the best smartphones today from the viewpoint of battery mileage. It has tons of power-saving features like the Power Saving Mode, Ultra Power Saving Mode, and App Launch, to name a few. On a single charge, the phone can last you over a day for light usage. As for hardcore gaming, you have the option to toggle on and off the Performance Mode for times when you have some battery capacity to spare and want maximum gaming performance. 

    Then, there’s super-fast wireless charging up to 27W, which is much higher than Apple’s iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro (both max out at 18W). The 40W SuperCharge tech can power up the phone in under 15 mins! Plus, there’s a reverse charging feature, as well.

    Huawei Mate 30 Pro is jam-packed with some powerful features. It has top-notch looks, excellent cameras, massive battery life and mileage, and a powerful processor at its core. However, for the likes of us who cannot do without the perks of Google Play Services, the phone is a huge letdown. It is almost like the forbidden fruit – you want to have it, but purchasing it makes no sense to buyers outside of China.