Huawei Mate 30 Pro vs Huawei Mate 20 Pro: What's Changed?

Huawei Mate 30 Pro vs Huawei Mate 20 Pro: What’s Changed?

Huawei has just launched its latest flagship lineup, the Mate 30 series. Included in the lineup is the premium handset, the Mate 30 Pro. As a successor to last year’s Mate 20 Pro, let’s see how the two devices differ from each other.

SpecsHuawei Mate 30 ProHuawei Mate 20 Pro
Display6.53-inch 18.4:9 OLED FHD (2400 x 1176) horizon display, HDR 10+6.39" 19.5:9 2K OLED [email protected] 3120 x 1440px
Glass Protectionn/an/a
CPUHiSilicon Kirin 990 7nm 2.86GHz octa-coreKirin 980 2.6GHz octa-core processor (2x Cortex A76 2.6GHz + 2x Cortex A76 1.92GHz + 4x Cortex A55 1.8GHz)
GPUMali-G76 MP16 GPU w/ GPU Turbo (new generation)Mali-G76 MP10
Storage256GB storage (UFS type not specified)128GB, 256GB
Expandable Storageexpandable via NMcard slotexpandable via NM card (SIM 2)
Rear Camera40MP F1.8 + 40MP F1.6 camera + 8MP F2.4 + 3D Depth Sensing40MP (Wide Angle Lens, f/1.8) + 20MP (Ultra Wide Angle Lens, f/2.2) + 8MP (Telephoto, f/2.4) Leica Triple cameras
- AI Stabilization
Front Camera32MP RGB Front Camera + 3D Depth sensor24MP, f/2.0, 3D Depth Sensing
Connectivity4G Dual VoLTE4G LTE Cat. 21
SIMDual-SIM card (nano + nano/NM card)Single/Dual SIM
Wi-FiWiFi 802.11a/b/g/n/acWiFi 6 (2.4WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (wave2), 2.4GHz and 5GHz
BluetoothBluetooth 5.0Bluetooth 5.0, BLE, SBC, AAC, aptX, aptX HD, LDAC and HWA Audio
GPSGPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, Galileo, QZSSDual GPS, AGPS, Glonass, BeiDou, Galileo (E1 + E5a dual band), QZSS
USBUSB Type-CUSB Type-C 3.1 Gen 1
Sensors- In-display fingerprint scanner
- 3D Face Unlock
- In-screen fingerprint scanner
- 3D Face Unlock
Features-IP68 dust and water-resistance
- Invisible Virtual Key
- IP68 resistance
- Invisible Dual speakers
- App Twin
- Google AR Core
- 3D Live Emojis
OSEMUI 10 (Android 10)EMUI 9.0 (Android 9.0 Pie)
Battery4,500mAh battery w/ 27W Wireless SuperCharge, 40W SuperCharge, Reverse Charging- 4,200mAh battery with SuperCharge
- Wireless Charging Support
- Wireless Reverse Charging

Check out what’s changed with the new Mate 30 Pro:

  • Larger display
  • HDR 10+ display
  • Curved edges screen
  • Latest Hisilicon Kirin processor
  • Quadruple-rear camera setup
  • 32MP RGB + 3D depth sensor front camera setup
  • EMUI 10 (Android 10)
  • Larger battery capacity

Beginning from the display, the Mate 30 Pro measures at 6.53-inches, slightly larger than the Mate 20 Pro’s 6.39 inches. The Mate 20 Pro does have the larger aspect ratio at 19.5:9, while the Mate 30 Pro has an aspect ratio of 18.4:9.  The Mate 30 Pro’s display does win though, in terms of it being HDR 10+ and features a side-touch volume key.

As for the processor, the Mate 20 Pro comes equipped with Kirin 980, while the Mate 30 Pro has the latest version, which is the Kirin 990. We’ve yet to see the actual performance of the Kirin 990 but do expect it to have the upper hand as it’s the newest flagship chipset from Huawei. When it comes to RAM, the Mate 30 Pro only has an 8GB RAM; on the other hand, the Mate 20 Pro has two options at 6GB and 8GB RAM. Storage-wise, the Mate 20 comes in two variants, 128GB and 256GB. The Mate 30 Pro only has one offering at 256GB, which is already pretty extensive. Both are expandable though, via an NM card slot.


When it comes to cameras, the Mate 30 Pro steps it up with a quadruple-camera setup on the rear, compared to the Mate 20 Pro’s triple-rear camera setup. The Mate 30 Pro’s cameras are composed of a 40MP main + 40MP F1.6 + 8MP + 3D depth sensing one. On the other hand, the Mate 20 Pro consists of 40MP + 20MP + 8MP triple shooters. Both devices are equipped with Leica cameras. Front-wise, the Mate 20 Pro has a single 24MP shooter with 3D depth sensing, while the Mate 30 Pro levels it up with a 32MP RGB shooter and 3D depth sensor. The Mate 30 Pro’s cameras look good in numbers, but of course, we’ve yet to see the quality of the photos it produces.

The Mate 30 Pro and Mate 20 Pro both have an in-screen fingerprint scanner, and 3D face unlock as their biometrics options. The two handsets are also certified with an IP68 rating, meaning that they have dust and water-resistance.

For its operating system, the Mate 30 Pro is set to be equipped with EMUI 10, based on the latest Android 10. The Mate 20 Pro, on the other hand, will get it as an update.

The Mate 20 Pro has a 4,200mAh battery with SuperCharge and support for wireless charging and wireless reverse charging. In contrast, the Mate 30 Pro has bumped up its battery with a 4,500mAh capacity that supports 27W wireless charging, 40W SuperCharge, and reverse charging. Huawei is shown to keep up with the times as it has equipped the two handsets with a USB-C port.

Overall, as the Mate 30 Pro is the latest iteration of the Mate series, it does edge out the Mate 20 Pro in a couple of aspects. Despite that, the Mate 20 Pro is still a pretty good device, even a year later. If you’ve been using an older Huawei Mate Pro smartphone, maybe it’s time to consider upgrading. However, if you currently have the Mate 20 Pro, you might want to stick with it for a little more.

Would you upgrade to the Mate 30 Pro? Let us know in the comments!

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