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Huawei Mate 30 Pro Hands-on, First Impressions




Huawei has just launched the Mate 30 series at their event in Munich, Germany. The more powerful of the two main variants, the Huawei Mate 30 Pro, sports an OLED Horizon display, Kirin 990 chipset, quad-rear cameras, and a huge 4,500mAh battery, among its many features. Check out our hands-on experience below.

For the most part, in the hands, the Mate 30 Pro feels pretty much like a slightly thicker P30 Pro. The metal and glass design feels rock solid and is exactly what we would expect from the Mate series — sleek, sexy looks, and IP68 water and dust resistance to boot.

Up front, we get a 6.53-inch OLED display with a resolution of 2400 x 1176 — which yes, has a thick bar-type notch on top, but in this case, I can actually forgive this, since it’s not as tall as an iPhone notch, and since it packs the important 3D Depth Camera for secure Face Unlock.

For all intents and purposes, display quality is the same as what you would get on the P30 Pro, but what sets this display apart are the extremely curved edges, which Huawei calls the Horizon Display.

It gives a literal edge-to-edge viewing experience and granted, it’s not the first time we’ve seen it — OPPO and Vivo were first to showcase it, but it’s still really cool. Not only does this make the phone look really futuristic and pretty much eliminate the side bezels, but this allows for the removal of physical volume buttons.

The power button is still physical, which is on the right side, but the volume buttons are now virtual keys on the side of the screen. The haptic feedback feels great, you can configure them to appear on either side, and sliding up and down to adjust volume feels great.

Other nice features of the display are — support for HDR10, DCI-P3, the acoustic screen for taking calls and makes for a half front-facing audio experience, and an in-display fingerprint scanner.


On top, we have the secondary microphone and an IR blaster, while down at the bottom are the hybrid SIM tray that supports either two nano-SIM cards or one nano-SIM card with Huawei’s proprietary nano memory card. Also found here are the USB-C port, main microphone, and loudspeaker.

The camera-focused design language on the back comes from the same DNA as last year’s Mate 20 Pro, but now looks cooler and more futuristic.  This one we have here is the Space Silver color that doesn’t have an exact look. It absorbs the ambient color of the environment, so what you’re seeing here may not be what you’ll see in person, which I think is really cool. However, it’s still really glossy and slippery, and since it’s glass, a pure fingerprint magnet.

Here at the back, we have three main cameras — a 40MP f/1.6 main sensor, 40MP f/1.8 ultra-wide lens, and 8MP f/2.4 telephoto lens. In front, selfies are handled by a 32MP sensor. Both the front and back of the device have 3D TOF cameras. 

Stay tuned for our full review for a complete evaluation of the Mate 30 Pro’s cameras, which we’re sure are amazing. For now, you may see these sample shots.

Rounding out the specs, the phone sports latest 7nm Kirin 990 chipset that has the new GPU Turbo, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of internal storage.

For power, it has a 4,500mAh battery with support for 40W SuperCharge, 27W wireless SuperCharge, and Reverse Wireless Charging.

It’s worth mentioning that the particular phone this article is based upon is the 4G Chinese version, not the 5G version nor the one that will be shipped globally. For these reasons, we will not be getting into the software.

However, we will get into that when we publish our full review.

Local pricing and availability have yet to be announced, but here are the launch prices of the Huawei Mate 30 Pro:

  • Huawei Mate 30 Pro 8GB + 256GB – EUR 1099 (~PHP 63,537)
  • Huawei Mate 30 Pro 5G 8GB + 256GB – EUR 1199 (~PHP 69,318)

You can now register your interest for the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro in the Philippines via this link.

Huawei Mate 30 Pro specs:

  • 6.53-inch 18.4:9 OLED FHD (2400 x 1176) display, DCI-P3 HDR
  • 3D curved glass
  • HiSilicon Kirin 990 7nm 2.86GHz octa-core
  • Mali-G76 MP16 GPU w/ GPU Turbo (new generation)
  • 8GB RAM
  • 256GB UFS storage
  • Dual-SIM card (nano + nano/NM card)
  • 40MP Cine Camera F1.8 + 40MP SuperSensing F1.6 (w/ OIS) camera + 8MP Telephoto F2.4 (w/ OIS, 3x optical zoom, 5x hybrid zoom, 30x digital zoom) + 3D Depth Sensing (Leica)
  • up to ISO 409600 (photo), ISO 51200 (Video), Dual OIS + AIS, Ultra Slow-motion (7680fps), 4K low-light Ultra-wide time-lapse video, 4K HDR+, 4K 60fps
  • 3D Depth Camera + 32MP RGB Front camera
  • 4G Dual VoLTE
  • 5G connectivity (Mate 30 Pro 5G)
  • WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, Galileo, QZSS
  • NFC
  • IP68 water and dust resistance
  • Invisible Virtual Key (for volume rockers)
  • Always-On-Display
  • Dark Mode Engine
  • AI Auto-Rotate technology
  • AI Private View
  • 3D Face Unlock
  • In-Display Fingerprint scanner
  • EMUI 10 (Android 10)
  • 4,500mAh battery w/ 27W Wireless SuperCharge, 40W SuperCharge, Reverse Charging
  • 73.1mm
  • 198g
  • Classical Black, Space silver, Cosmic Purple, Emerald Green (Matte), Vegan Leather, Vegan Leather orange, Vegan Leather Forest Green



Joey graduated with a degree in Digital Filmmaking from the De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde last March 2017. A filmmaker by heart, he has since put aside cinema to focus on his other passion, technology. PCs, mechanical keyboards, audio, cameras, and gaming are among his biggest tech interests.

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  1. john says:

    when release date?

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