Launched to the world in September, we welcome the new Huawei Mate 30 Pro, featuring a top-end specification, a brand-new camera, and the recently launched HiSilicon Kirin 990 chipset – said to be just as powerful as its competitors, Snapdragon and Exynos.
There are two main talking points around this device release. It’s design, and it’s capabilities onboard.
Aesthetically, the Huawei Mate 30 Pro is pleasing to the eye, with a distinctive circular band surrounding the camera on the back. The feature is designed to mimic a DSLR. The Mate 30 Pro is available in gloss-to-matt finish, ensuring the phone offers more grip in the hand.
Huawei’s latest device also unveils its Horizon screen, where the front glass has 88-degree curves on the side. Volume buttons have been removed, but the side is now touch-sensitive, meaning users can customise where they would like the volume buttons to be – in addition to virtual buttons for gaming or camera setup.
Rumours of the Mate 30 Pro’s twin 40Mp cameras have been confirmed. The Cine camera has an ultra-wide lens, designed for capturing video at 4K/60 with extended dynamic range. The second 40Mp camera, claims to attract “40% more-light” than ever before.
In terms of its capabilities, the phone will launch with AOSP, a basic and open-source version of Google Android. Following a political ruling from President Trump, Huawei has launched the Mate 30 Pro without Google Mobile Services on board, meaning no Google Play store, no Google Mail or Google Maps. It is not yet known how much else from Google’s ecosystem will be missing from the device, nor is it clear in which countries the Mate 30 Pro will be available.
At the time of writing, it was undecided as to whether the device would be released to the UK, but initial costs have suggested the phone could be released around £808.93 (ex-VAT).
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