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Review of the Huawei Mate 30 Pro, high-end phone

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Huawei Mate 30 Pro phone review

"Its design, camera and battery fall in love, but not enough claims for its price, taking into account all the apps that are not available."

  • Spectacular display

  • Long battery life

  • Exceptional camera

  • Elegant and minimalist design

  • HuaweiAppGallery without the most popular apps

  • Without Google services

  • Expensive

Huawei Mate 30 Pro is the first phone of the Chinese company that does not have the classic Google applications on Android phones, after the US Department of Commerce included the company in a blacklist that limits access to the Chinese company to American technology. If this had not happened, we would have crowned him as the king of 2019. And in many ways he reigns, but Trump's measure in this trade war conditions him, and the device leaves us with a bittersweet sensation.

A spectacular immersive screen

The appearance of the Huawei P30 Pro we love above all for its curved shapes that give it slenderness and excellent ergonomics. With the Mate 30 Pro the multinational is overcome: it is an equally manageable and lightweight telephone, although now the corners are not so rounded. Its vortices remind a little of the Sony Xperia but at the same time does not lose the essence of the Huawei Mate 20 Pro and P30 Pro cell phones.

In design, this model draws attention to its OLED screen (6.53 inches), extended to the phone's own side edges (Huawei calls it ultracurve). It gives the phone a unique look and immersive sensation. Exceptional sharpness and contrast also contribute to this attraction (with a resolution of 1,176 x 2,400 pixels and 409 pixels per inch). And, of course, the device is unlocked by putting your finger on it (and it has always worked well for us). The notch in this case houses not only the front camera, but also motion sensors.

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Another unique feature of this phone is the absence of buttons, both physical and virtual on the screen. You will only find a button on the right side of the phone to turn it off and on. To control the volume, it is enough to give two touches with the finger on any of the sides (perfect for left-handers) and the classic pestaa appears with the bell up to silence the mobile. In our tests it has not always been activated at first, although it is an easy action. Although we still prefer physical buttons, because it is better controlled.

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It costs a little more to get used to the absence of the virtual buttons on the screen: now it interacts by sliding the yolk up from the bottom edge, something very simple, although it is a strange gesture at the beginning and makes you feel algotorpe. But immediately you learn, this sensation does not last long.

In the back area it has an elegant, bright and discreet finish, without reflective effects. We are not excited in the color black. We like much more how it looks on the model with the silver tone. What has caught us most from this back of the device is the design of the circular chamber, surrounded and adorned with the ring called The Halo. It goes out of the ordinary and makes it look like a conventional camera. That is why we think it is more accurate than the square design of the iPhone 11 Pro or the Pixel 4.

rase a cell phone to a camera attached

If Huawei design has gone further with this mobile, its camera levels up the P30 Pro, which is very good. Again from the hand of Leica, this time brings four objectives: a 40 megapixel main sensor with image stabilizer (IOS); another ultra wide angle of 40 megapixels, a telephoto lens with 8 megapixel sensor and a 3D ToF depth sensor. The Chamber of selfiesphotograph with 32 megapixels and a 3D depth sensor. They all take excellent photos, as you can see in the gallery of images.

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Also proof of that great work, especially in low light conditions, is the score obtained in the DxOMark tests: with 121 points he leads the ranking together with Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro Premium Edition (in Europe called Mi Note 10).

Although the zoom loses magnification compared to the P30 Pro with a 5x hybrid zoom and 3x peak, we are sure that you don't mind too much. The latest in video: ultra slow recording at 7,680 fps (frames per second). Although it also introduces high quality video in low light, video stabilization and 4K footage with wide angle.

Performance and battery at the height of a high range

Huawei Mate 30 Pro releases the latest Huawei processor, the most powerful, Kirin 990, which works with artificial intelligence and enhances its photographic and video capabilities. This chip is complemented with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage, which are expandable with Huawei Nano SD memory cards up to 256 GB, so you will not need space to store photos, videos, music and other content.

The phone has a battery of 4,500 mAh, a capacity that, together with the good management of resources for energy saving, should give you an autonomy for two days with normal use, but this can vary greatly depending on the use that you give. It also incorporates 40W fast charge and 27W wireless charge. In our tests, the phone has been charged from 5 percent to 50 percent in twenty minutes (at this time it has warmed considerably) and completely in one hour and quarter.

Without Google services or popular apps we need

As the phone does not come with Google apps (Android Open Sources only), but with HMS (Huawei Mobile Services), instead of asking you to log in to your Google account, when you turn on the phone for the first time, it asks you to Do the same with the Huawei ID.

To navigate you will not find Chrome, but Huawei's own browser. Through it you can access the Google search engine, your Gmail account and other services that the search giant offers online, such as Google Maps and YouTube. The user experience when accessing these sites through the apps installed on the phone is much more fluid and satisfactory than without them, but it is possible to use several Google services with the Mate 30 Pro.

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However, you cannot download anything from the Android store, Play Store. To use applications you must turn to Huawei AppGallery. In this manufacturer's store you will find a lot of applications, especially games, tools, stores, etc. But you won't find the most popular ones, those that are fully integrated into our day to day (and we don't know how to live without them). For example, WhatsApp, Spotify, Netflix or Shazam, among many others.

The Mate 30 series runs EMUI 10 (on the Android version of open code), a redesigned interface that introduces the dark mode and nice color images on the Always-On-Display screen, among other changes.

Our opinion

The analysis of Mate 30 Pro leaves us mixed feelings. On the one hand, we are facing an innovative device in its design, both for the attractive surround screen and for its elegant and original circular camera. At the same time it is manageable and easy to use. And all this complements it with a camera, performance and a bestial battery.

On the other hand, as Android phone, it lacks the soul without the active Play Store, although it is feasible to use some of Google's apps and services through the Huawei browser. What has caused us the most frustration is the inability to use the most common applications in our lives. The good news is that, as Huawei has confirmed, right now they are in conversations around the world with those popular applications not available (Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, etc.). The company hopes to reach agreements with them and that users can download them from its Huawei AppGallery store.

In short, this cell phone gives you a lot of hardware, but little software. We give an outstanding design, camera and performance, but suspended in apps for the rocambolesque situation caused by the veto to Huawei.

Huawei Mate 30 Pro is marketed in Spain in the 8 GB and 256 GB version for 1,099 euros. The phone is worth its price, but it is too expensive given the lack of current software. For less money, Huawei P30 Pro is another fully operational call.

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