Huawei Mate 30 Pro is official: amazing cameras, 5G support, but no Google apps

Huawei Mate 30 Pro is official: amazing cameras, 5G support, but no Google apps
After a long summer full of big leaks and crazy rumors, Huawei’s latest beast – the Mate 30 Pro – is finally here and ready to compete with the iPhone 11 Pro and Galaxy Note 10. The flagship builds upon the success of last year’s Mate 20 Pro by retaining a bunch of important features but ultimately takes things to the next level with major internal upgrades, a gorgeous new display, and an upgraded camera setup that sets a new benchmark for video recording.

Horizon Display, 5G support, no Google apps


The Mate RS Porsche Edition became Huawei’s first flagship with a curved edge display when it was announced in early 2018. This design was eventually carried over to the Mate 20 Pro and, more recently, the P30 Pro and it seems Huawei is pretty pleased with the reception. So much so that it has now taken the curved edge display concept to a whole new level.

Marketed as a ‘Horizon Display,’ the Huawei Mate 30 Pro’s new 6.5-inch screen features edges curved at 88-degree that leave little room for physical buttons. Because of this, Huawei has ditched the volume rocker entirely in favor of a digital implementation that can be activated by double tapping on either side of the display and running your finger along the edge.

Huawei’s new OLED panel supports a standard 60Hz refresh rate and Sound-on-Display technology which essentially removes the need for an in-ear speaker. The downside to this, however, is the lack of a stereo speaker setup. Huawei has also downgraded the resolution of the panel from 3120 x 1440p to 2400 x 1176p but this change may result in improved battery life.


Speaking of battery, Huawei’s latest flagship is equipped with a massive 4,500mAh cell which supports 40W SuperCharge technology and a new 27W SuperWirelessCharge implementation. Like the Mate 20 Pro and P30 Pro, the Mate 30 Pro also supports an improved reverse wireless charging that's 3x faster than before. This allows you to charge the new FreeBuds 3 by placing them on the back or even an iPhone 11.

This is all coupled with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage as standard although expansion via a nano-SD card slot is supported. Powering the device is the newly announced Kirin 990 5G which supports eight different 5G bands. The Galaxy Note 10+, for comparison, supports only three. If you're not that bothered about 5G, a 4G LTE-only variant will also be available.

The Huawei Mate 30 Pro ships with Android 10 pre-installed alongside the EMUI 10 custom interface. As previously announced, the flagship doesn’t have access to Google Play Services or any of the company’s apps. Huawei is going to provide a workaround, but it hasn't yet revealed any details.

3D Face Unlock and in-display fingerprint systems


One of the most popular features on last year’s Mate 20 Pro was its 3D facial recognition system. The Face ID rival was praised by both reviewers and customers for its speed and accuracy and this year’s Mate 30 Pro simply builds upon it all. The latest iteration, which sits within a wide notch above the display, is faster than last year’s setup.

Although face unlock is undeniably a great technology, many people still prefer to use fingerprint scanners. Apple doesn’t offer this option on its latest iPhones and Google’s Pixel 4 isn’t expected to either, but Huawei does. The Mate 30 Pro is equipped with an optical in-display fingerprint scanner that’s now faster than ever. 


Circling back to the notch, it’s worth pointing out that it also houses a 32-megapixel selfie camera that supports FHD+ (2288 x 1080p) video recording, Portrait Mode, Panoramic Mode, Smart Filters, Time Lapses, and voice-activated selfies. Additionally, there's a dedicated Gesture Sensor that supports a variety of air gestures include swipe to scroll and grab to screenshot. It also follows your eyes to automatically rotate the screen when necessary. Huawei calls this Smart Rotate.

Four rear cameras including two 40MP sensors


The industry as a whole seems to be moving towards vertical or square camera setups but Huawei has taken its own path with the Mate 30 Pro. Specifically, it has equipped the flagship with a huge circular camera module that’s surrounded by a large, highlighted ring. 

Present within the module is a 40-megapixel f/1.6 primary camera which supports optical image stabilization. This is paired with a Time-of-Flight sensor and an 8-megapixel f/2.4 telephoto shooter that supports 3x optical zoom, 5x hybrid zoom, and up to 30x digital zoom. Also part of the package is a new 40-megapixel super-wide-angle Super Sensing Cine Camera with f/1.8 aperture. This introduces support for an even wider field of view and therefore gives users the opportunity to capture much more in a single shot.


The camera setup as a whole supports 4K 60fps video recording and Super Slow Motion 960fps video at a 1080p resolution. Thanks to software wizardry, a crazy 7680fps ultra-slow-motion mode is available although the recording is limited to 720p. Lastly, Huawei is introducing live bokeh and Super Night Scene mode which builds upon the company’s existing Night Mode.

Huawei Mate 30 Pro price, release date, colors


Huawei's newest flagship will be available to purchase in multiple colors – Emerald Green, Space Silver, Cosmic Purple, and Black – in addition to two new Forest Green and Orange variants that use vegan leather on the back instead of glass. The 4G Mate 30 Pro costs €1099 while the 5G variant retails at €1199. The release date and availability is yet to be confirmed.


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Mate 30 Pro
  • Display 6.5" 1176 x 2400 pixels
  • Camera 40 MP / 32 MP front
  • Processor HiSilicon Kirin 990, Octa-core, 2860 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB + Nano Memory (NM)
  • Battery 4500 mAh

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85 Comments

1. surethom

Posts: 1718; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Those curves are reticulated, not useful, but Xenon flash wow back the good old Nokia & Sony Ericsson days.

72. rsiders

Posts: 1975; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

This is really a shame because only a handful of OEMs cater to mobile photography outside of auto HDR, advanced computational algorithm shots. Nobody does it like Huawei though. Seriously most sites don't even mention the xenon flash in the specs and it's a true rarity in these days. Huawei really does offer the most advanced camera hardware on any current device and I admire and appreciate them for that.

2. Ghost04

Posts: 522; Member since: May 03, 2014

I am getting this phone Cine camera, Shutter button. Cool curved display. No Google is a problem,but expect YouTube . I dont use any . Most of my apps are download from Aptoide .

12. AbhiD

Posts: 849; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

This may be blocked from accessing any google services even if you load them from 3rd party sites. So nothing google will work on it.

27. raky_b

Posts: 414; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Even better, no spying

47. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 593; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

Lol who you trying to convince this phone will fail even if die hard Huawei fanboys will buy them.

60. Cicero

Posts: 1137; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

... no spying from Huawei?

73. AbhiD

Posts: 849; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Yeah. Just that now CCP will spy on you.

42. Alcyone

Posts: 487; Member since: May 10, 2018

I'm sure someone can easily find a workaround if thats the case. If I can sideload Google Play services on my Fire 10 tabelt, then it's theoretically possible to load in on the mate. The download via 3rd party is easy. Its the order the apks needed to be installed in, thats the harder part. Its Google knowing what device its loaded on, thats the real challenge. The servers will find out, just a matter of time.

48. ijuanp03

Posts: 615; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Suddenly curved become "cool" but when Samsung had it, people kept bashing. Hypocrisy at its finest.

50. Ghost04

Posts: 522; Member since: May 03, 2014

I use outlook and one cloud. Instead of drive and G-mail. I dont use any of the Google apps . And I can still use YouTube from Firefox . I use Firefox for browsing

89. UnlimitedSkye03

Posts: 300; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

someone already posted that you can side load google gms on Mate 30 Pro.

3. SmartPhoneMobiles

Posts: 188; Member since: Oct 16, 2016

f**k goggle s**t apps main thing is I can call and text dat is phone for + I have YT vanced ! gmail on laptop

17. ad0mas

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 19, 2019

Why buy a $1000+ phone if you only need calls and text?

37. Papa_Ji

Posts: 856; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

Because, has worlds best camera and fastest charging best 5G Processor....and much more...

43. ad0mas

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 19, 2019

And its pretty much useless when you cant even accesss Google Photos with your "best smartphone camera in the world"

49. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 593; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

He said calls and text not take pictures and video.

62. Cicero

Posts: 1137; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

And you need it for calls and text?

33. joshuaswingle

Posts: 630; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

This Nokia flip phone can call & text. The best part? You save over €1000 and it even has Google apps pre-installed lol https://www.phonearena.com/phones/Nokia-2720-Flip_id11244

45. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 924; Member since: May 07, 2014

That Nokia flip phone is faster than the iPhone 11 Pro.... Why pay $1000+ for a phone that is slower than the Nokia flip phone?

66. Georgio

Posts: 258; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

Nokia flip phone should be faster than huawoi as well. Haha that's another reason not to buy the huawoi

4. chenski

Posts: 774; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Can't wait for its dxo score, time to dethrone note 10!

6. joshuaswingle

Posts: 630; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

DXO Scores are far from reliable.

7. Mikele

Posts: 175; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

Then scores from Phonearena reviewers are reliable? JOSHUA!!

10. joshuaswingle

Posts: 630; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

Don't twist what I said. I never mentioned PA.

44. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 924; Member since: May 07, 2014

You are PhoneArena... Or you a fake JoshwaSwingle?

53. joshuaswingle

Posts: 630; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

I am a writer that works at PhoneArena. I'm not PhoneArena.

31. Whitedot

Posts: 831; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

@ Mikele That was gold. This comment is subject to moderation.

78. ivan.k

Posts: 31; Member since: Jan 29, 2014

Are you a moderator or what?

46. Priyam009

Posts: 60; Member since: Oct 23, 2018

well they blocked and deleted my comment yesterday "saying your best phone is not coming in US so we don't bother" as i asked them why there is no countdown for Mate 30 am sure they will block my account again for this comment actually they can't face that there are brands which make far better phones than a fruitphone company which is US based. thats why they think all the reviews are biased just like their review lol! when Iphone XR got more score than Mate 20 pro and P30 pro got defeated in their nigh photography shootout you have to understand something is terribly wrong....1,2,3 ready to get blocked

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