Huawei is a big name in the cell phone industry but they won't be releasing their latest Huawei Mate 30 in the US anytime soon thanks to government restrictions. That won't stop us from reviewing the device which was released in Europe in September. In Europe, the Mate 30 costs €799, which is expensive when you compare it to the latest iPhone. The iPhone 11 is €634 but the asking price is worth it when you consider the Mate 30's spec. The Huawei Mate 30 and the Mate 30 Pro were unveiled at the same time so we'll use the Pro as a comparison to the standard Mate 30.
This phone has a premium finish and a quality feel. The case will pick up smudges and smears thanks to the glossy rear panel but that's nothing to be worried about. The Mate 30 has a 3.5mm headphone jack rather than Bluetooth connectivity found on the Pro. That means a IP58 rather than IP68 water resistance rating. When you switch the phone around, you'll notice the flat screen design. There are a few small notches in the front. These house sensors in the Pro model that allow users to control the phone without picking it up. If the latest tech is important, buy the Pro. If not, the Mate 30 is fine for most users.
- Size - 160.8 x 76.1 x 8.4mm
- Weight - 196g
- Screen - 6.62-inch screen (1080 x 2340 resolution)
- Storage - 6/8GB RAM and 128GB storage
- Operating System – Open-source version Android 10 with EMUI 10
- Camera - 40-megapixel wide and 8-megapixel telephoto and 12-megapixel ultrawide
Specs in Detail
The 6.62-inch display with 1080 x 2340-pixel resolution is a flat-screen so content doesn't slip over the edges of the screen as it does on the Pro. While the Pro's "waterfall" design is attractive to the eye, it can be awkward to use. There are three cameras on this device. A 40-megapixel main camera is joined by an 8-megapixel telephoto sensor and a 16-megapixel ultrawide lens. Pictures are sharp in all different lighting conditions. Even selfies look great.
The Chinese firm hasn't been allowed to use any of Google's applications because of the US government's restrictions so you won't find Gmail or YouTube or Google Maps. None of those apps are as important as the Android operating system. Huawei is unable to use the latest version but you'll find an open-source version of Android 10 overlaid by Huawei's EMUI 10 skin. If you've used Huawei handsets before, you'll know what to do. If not, it's not hard to pick up. Does the lack of Google apps diminish this device? Of course, it does but it's up to you whether that's a deal-breaker or not.
To Consider Before Your Purchase
This is a great phone but can you live without Google Apps?
- The phone’s IP58 water resistance rating is in line with Sony Xperia Z2 from 2014.
- You can’t add memory to this phone as there’s no SD card slot.
- Don’t let the lack of Google apps affect your judgment of this phone.
What Do They Say on Other Sites
“Overall, I have been immensely impressed, the quality of the device, the power of the camera and the stamina of the battery are all stand out features.” (Scrich7 reviewing the Huawei Mate 30 on Amazon)
“Great camera, great phone” (Chris Broadman reviewing the Huawei Mate 30 on Amazon)
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