amazon Huawei Mate 30 Pro reviews
Recently, the US embargo has blocked Huawei’s parts supplies, making it unable to use Google services. Many people think that Huawei’s future will be very difficult after the US ban, but after a year of facing this ban, Huawei is still doing well.
Except for the inability to use Google apps, the ban doesn’t seem to have much of an effect on the Huawei Mate 30 Pro. The phone is still standing on par with home phones like the iPhone 11 Pro and Galaxy Note 10 Plus.
Mate 30 Pro gives users a sense of luxury. The screen is designed with curved edges like the flagship Samsung, but the curvature at the edges of the Mate 30 Pro is somewhat more curved. To do this, Huawei has made the metal chassis much thinner compared to other phones. Many people believe that leaving the two sides of the screen too curved will make the ability to hold the device is not firmly, but in fact, the feeling of holding the Mate 30 Pro is very solid.
Huawei ditched the physical volume rocker and replaced it with a software solution. This is said to only improve the aesthetics, but in practice it is not as convenient as the conventional physical button. To activate it, you need to double-tap the edge of the screen, just above the power button. This is not always easy to do, especially when using with one hand or while on a phone call. Fortunately, the company still holds the physical power button.
In the rear, Huawei has replaced the square camera module of the Mate 20 series with a circle. Around the polished camera cluster looks very eye-catching. The back of the phone is covered with a glossy finish like a mirror. This gives the Mate 30 Pro aesthetics, but it will be easy to pick up on dust and fingerprints.
The bottom edge of the Mate 30 Pro houses a USB-C port, speaker and SIM card tray with memory card. On the side of the machine, the machine is equipped with a feature that most of the other competitors do not have, which is a versatile infrared zoom that allows users to control TVs, AC and other electronic devices.
The Mate 30 Pro is available in Black, Silver, Purple and Emerald Xang. The images in this Mate 30 Pro review are silver version.
The Mate 30 Pro is equipped with a beautiful AMOLED screen manufactured by Samsung, covered with Gorilla 6 tempered glass. According to the specifications, the resolution and pixel density of the Mate 30 Pro is lower than the Mate 20 Pro. Actual use did not see any difference in sharpness on these 2 devices. Overall, the screen on the Mate 30 Pro is almost identical to the P30 Pro, which shows that the Mate 30 Pro display is very good.
The front camera notch looks a bit old, now other manufacturers often remove the notch and replace it with a “black dot” camera on the screen or a pop-up camera. The notch of the Mate 30 Pro contains a selfie camera, a depth sensor and a 3D face unlock system.
However, many people do not like the machine with too many rounded edges and this has been fixed on the Mate 30 Pro. Instead of rounded edges, the Mate 30 pro uses a more angular, more masculine design language.
The Mate 30 Pro’s display doesn’t have a 90Hz or 120Hz refresh rate. If you really need a high refresh rate then the Huawei P40 Pro will be a better choice.
The fingerprint reader works quite well. It’s placed quite low on the screen, making it more difficult to use the phone with one hand. In most cases, the face unlock system unlocks the phone before you touch the fingerprint sensor and the Huawei Mate 30 Pro’s face unlock system is fast and accurate.
During testing, the Mate 30 pro performed quite quickly and smoothly. It’s all thanks to the Kirin 990 chip. Huawei has invested so much of money in its chips over the years.
In the performance scores, the Mate 30 Pro scored quite high but it still behind the phones using the Snapdragon 855 Plus chip. Specifically, the Mate 30 Pro scored 3,834 points in Geekbench 4 Single and 11,355 points on Geekbench 4 Multi.
For comparison, the OnePlus 7T scored, 3,681 on Geekbench 4 Single and 11,443 on Multi. Meanwhile, Note 10 Plus using Snapdragon 855 reached 369,029 points on AnTuTu and 3,434/ 10,854 on Geekbench 4 Single/ Multi.
Phones that use the Snapdragon 865 chip do even better. Since April 2020, phones using Snapdragon 865 chip like Galaxy S20 Ultra, LG V60 and OnePlus 8 Pro all have great performance.
The 128GB or 256GB storage capacity coupled with the 8GB RAM of Mate 30 Pro will make you comfortable to use without worrying about full of internal memory or overflow of RAM. Just like the P40 Pro, P30 Pro and Mate 20 Pro, the Mate 30 Pro is also equipped with an expandable nano memory slot.
Last year, Huawei equipped the Mate 20 Pro with fast 40W charging support. And so far this charging technology is still very good in the market, so Huawei has kept the 40W fast charging for the Mate 30 Pro. The difference of the Mate 30 Pro compared to the elder is that the battery capacity is upgraded from 4,200 mAh to 4,500mAh.
Based on actual test results, Mate 30 Pro will be fully charged from 0-100% battery in 70 minutes. From 0-39% only takes 15 minutes to charge.
You can charge the Mate 30 Pro with its fast wireless charger at 27W, along with reverse wireless charging. Wireless charging is said to be 3x faster than before.
In the real-time use test, the Mate 30 Pro quickly beat the two cult rivals, Note 10 Plus and OnePlus 7T in the test of mixed use, wifi connection and video playback. The Mate 30 Pro lasts nearly as long as the ROG Phone 2 with a 6,000 mAh battery.
You can comfortably use the Mate 30 Pro for 1 day without charging. You can also use the Mate 30 Pro for two days or more with more “lighter” usage.
When manufacturers focus more on software, Huawei chose to add hardware to upgrade the quality of the camera. This Huawei upgrade offers a more flexible shooting experience.
The cameras on the Mate 30 Pro are set up similarly to the P30 Pro, but there are a few important changes that make the photography experience better. The biggest change is probably the upgraded wide-angle camera to 40MP. Higher resolution results in brighter wide-angle shots.
Another difference on the Mate 30 Pro is that the optical zoom is reduced to 3x, while on the P40 Pro it is 5x.
The main 40MP camera uses a RYYB pixel setting that swaps green pixels for yellow pixels to capture more light. Thanks to this sensor, f / 1.6 lens with OIS and a few other photo editing software help Mate 30 Pro can shoot in very good low light conditions.
The Mate 30 Pro’s depth sensor works very well, it clearly identifies the subject and background.
Despite having the same sensor, the Mate 30 Pro tends to have better white balance than the P30 Pro in low light. You can see that the P30 pro produces a heavier yellow hue when shooting in low light.
For the selfie camera, the Mate 30 Pro is equipped with a ToF depth sensor both on the front. This makes selfies look better when the subject is highlighted and the background is blurred. The overview camera selfies is fine. There is only a small problem that the selfie camera uses too smooth skin editing software, perhaps you will like this detail more than the men.
The Mate 30 Pro can record 4K video at 60 fps. Although the default on the device we tested was 1080p at 30 fps. Font removal effects, wide angle video recording and time lapse are some of the video features supported on the Mate 30 Pro. The phone is also capable of smooth slow-motion recording at a frame rate of 7,680 fps at 720p.
During the first 3 days of use, I tried using the apps Huawei recommends on the device. These are applications created by Huawei to replace Google applications. Don’t expect too high of these apps, though, as expected these apps aren’t as smooth as Google’s apps. For those who are used to using Google apps on Android devices, this is a barrier when they choose to buy the Mate 30 Pro.
You can still download forgotten apps from the Google Play Store, but you’ll need to download it through a 3rd party app called LZPlay. It will take some time to go through the steps of allowing access to be able to download applications.
The speaker sound of the Mate 30 Pro is loud. Place the Mate 30 Pro next to the Mate 20 Pro and play the same music, the Mate 30 Pro’s sound “engulfs” the Mate 20 Pro completely.
A bit of annoyance from the loudspeaker is so loud that when playing music with the external speaker, the Mate 30 Pro vibrates slightly.
The speakerphone part is hidden under the screen, giving clear sound. Like most new phones on the market, the Mate 30 Pro does not come equipped with a headphone jack.