Huawei Mate 30 Pro UNBOXING – The Best Phone

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What’s up, guys? It’s finally here. The Huawei Mate 30 Pro. Now, this has actually been very difficult to get a hold of. It’s currently only available in China. And that is because of the whole political situation between the US and China and the fact that Google Play services are currently not gonna be available on this. So for now anyway, it’s only going to be available in China. Hopefully, soon we’re going to see it in other markets but I know a lot of you guys wanted to see what this is all about. So, let’s go ahead, get it unbox, and see what it has to offer.

Huawei Mate 30 Pro

Huawei Mate 30 Pro
The packaging is very traditional with Huawei.
We got the Huawei Mate 30 Pro logo here. And then at the bottom here, it says Super Sensing Cine Camera And of course, powered by Leica. Now this is the interesting part, we’ve got some very interesting cameras on here which of course we will be checking out in more detail.Right.Presented initially with the phone itself which was well put to the side to see what else we get inside the box.

And very simple we got a SIM card tool, we got a USB Type A to USB Type C cable, we got some USB Type C earphones and then we got Huawei 40 WATT Supercharger.

This is gonna be able to top up the Mate 30 Pro very, very quickly.Of course there will also be some paper working the official retail version.Which is something I don’t have here.And it would have probably been in Chinese anyway so it doesn’t really matter.And now lets get to the device.

Huawei Mate 30 Pro

You can already see this very interesting gradient design,something that Huawei really known for,through this plastic.
so in Huawei traditional style,we have got this sort of gradient finish on here.This is called the Space Silver. It’s called Space Silver,there also a few other color options available.
As well as some vegan leather options which I am definitely all for.I know there were a few people making fun of the fact that they’re vegan leather but think about it.Its better for the environment,its not affecting animals and things like that.I would definitely rock a vegan leather smartphone if I had one.Of course, this is a glass version which also does look really, really nice.

Huawei Mate 30 Pro

This is IP68 water and dust resistant and we have got a metal frame. And then there this circular camera module which seems to be the new trend of 2019. You must have seen the One Plus 7T that we unboxed yesterday also has this circular camera module. We have seen it on some Motorola phones as well.

I personally don’t mind it too much, it’s quite symmetrical which I do like. And there is still of a bit of a camera bump, which will be covered up if you do use a case. Well come back to the camera for a second lets have a look at the front row.

Huawei Mate 30 Pro

Huawei Mate 30 Pro camera

And on the front we have got what is quite an interesting display its what Huawei are calling a Horizon Display.And that because we have got 88 degree angle curves on both the left and right hand side.We had seen curves on the Mate 20 Pro,and its something that we have been seeing on other smartphones as well.But this is quite a deep curveI think the other curve that similar to this is probably on the new Vivo phone that we checked out last week.That what they are calling a Waterfall display cause everything kind of just falls over.

Huawei Mate 30 Pro

Huawei Mate 30 Pro

Looks very cool, I am not gonna lie.And it also quite nice as well.So when I am holding this,because the screen just kind of curves right into the edges,it does feel quite nice.How durable is it gonna be?How is this gonna work in terms of palm rejection?And will you be able to get a reasonable screen protector for this?These are all questions that were gonna have to answer after I have used this for some time.Right, in terms of the size of the screen, it’s 6.53 inches.It is a OLED display.It does look really nice.The resolution isn’t as high as we have seen on other devices.Its around 2400 by 1176 pixels so it’s slightly higher than full HD but its not going towards that Quad HD Plus resolution that we had on something like the Mate 20 Pro.Details still look pretty sharp. I’ll have to spend more time with it.But first impressions, this is a very, very good display.

Huawei Mate 30 Pro

Now because of the Horizon display, those curves,we pretty much see no bezel on the left and the right.But we do have this small china well as this top bezel with a notch.Now this notch isn’t as big as the Mate 20 Pro notch, which is quite wide.And that is something I had a little bit of a problem with because there was much space for app notification icons.It would only have space for a very few.But this is smaller compared to that.And we do have the notch for some specific reasons.We have got three separate sensors on here.So of course we have the front-facing camera, which is 32 megapixels with an f/2.0 aperture.But then we have got a 3D depth sensor.So this is gonna be used for depth information to get portrait selfies.

Huawei Mate 30 Pro

But as well as that,its gonna be used for 3D facial unlocks.So the Mate 30 Pro is not just gonna be using the front facing camera to unlock,it is a lot more secure than that because it is using 3D facial unlock.Its gonna project like, thousands of dots onto your face to be able to securely unlock your device.It does work very, very fast.Just check that out.But then we have a third sensor which I am not sure is that useful and that is a gesture sensor.I can’t even say it.Gesture, gesture.Gesture sensor.Now currently from what I can see you can use the air gestures on here to either scroll or grab a screenshot.Like that.I don’t know.I don’t mean to be sounding negative but I honestly think I am never gonna use this and I am just probably gonna end up switching it off.

Huawei Mate 30 Pro
So, two sensors do seem quite useful,the third one I am not too sure about.
Now what’s interesting is as well as the 3D facial unlock,you also have an in-display fingerprint scanner.So this sits here and once againit does work really, really fast.And I do like the fact that we have got two secure options.Right now lets move over towards the back and talk about the camera.So we have got a quad camera set up this time.The primary camera is 40 megapixels and it’s the same hardware as what we have got on the P30 Pro. So it’s got an f/1.6 aperture.So instead of using the traditional red, green and blue which we see on most devices this is actually using RYYB. Red, yellow and blue so this is supposed to let in a lot more light and help with low light images.

Huawei Mate 30 Pro

The P30 Pro was great for low light images and also the Mate 30 Pro does have a large sensor sizes.Larger compared to the competition,so once again, larger sensor size should help with low light images.But then we have got what Huawei is calling a Cine Camera.This is the ultra wide camera, its 40 megapixels this time.So that the highest resolution for an ultra wide that I have seen.And also the sensor size is larger than the competition.It has an f/1.8 aperture.And get this.It can film slow motion at up to 7680 frames a second.That is absolutely insane.The fact that you can do this on a phone,of course its gonna be a very short burst,but that is, that is insane.That’s just like, I can’t believe that.

Huawei Mate 30 Pro

A smartphone can film slow motion at that level. I’ll of course be testing it out and letting you know how I get on. But, nevertheless, having that level of slow motion on a smartphone is very, very impressive. Now Huawei had been emphasizing that this camera is gonna be great for video. Of course, were gonna be doing some tests on this. And let me know in the comments below which comparison you d like me to do against this first. Of course, it doesn’t stop there, the third camera is a telephoto camera, its eight megapixels with an f/2.4 aperture.

Huawei Mate 30 Pro

This has Optical Image Stabilization as well. And it’s gonna give you up to three times optical zoom and up to five times hybrid zoom. So we have not got any crazy zoom like we have got on the P 30 Pro, that seems something quite exclusive to the P Series. I have got the Mate series here.
And finally, we have a true depth sensor which should help with depth information to get your portraits.I, of course, will have to test this out a lot more. I’d really put it up against the competition. So I’ll definitely let you know how I get along with these cameras.

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And you can do this on the left-hand side as well as the right-hand side. I mean it’s something that I am gonna have to get used to. It seems to work okay but there have been certain times when I have tried and it’s not worked.I guess it’s just something I m gonna have to spend some more time with. And then if we look on the top, you ll notice that we have something that we don’t see on pretty much any other device right now. That is an IR Blaster, which I am sure is gonna be useful to a lot of people. We got a single bottom-firing speaker so we don’t have stereo sound on here. There is a USB Type C input.No 3.5mm jack. And then we have got the SIM card tray. Now this SIM card tray also has space for a Nano Card. This is gonna allow you to expand the storage on hereby another 256 gigabytes. This is a proprietary card that Huawei sells so it’s not a usual Micro SD card.

Huawei Mate 30 Pro 256 gigabytes

But you do get 256 gigabytes of base storage on herewith 8 gigabytes of RAM. Now this is powered by the Kirin 990 chipset. So that is the latest from Huawei. And in terms of speed and performance, there have been lots of improvements made to the CPU as well as the GPU. And there have also been improvements made in terms of the overall efficiency. So this should last a good while. You do have a 4500 million power battery on here. So that is pretty large. And in my experience, Huawei devices do last pretty long. And of course, along with that, you do have the 40 WATT

Huawei Mate 30 Pro 27 WATT wireless charging

Supercharger. But this also supports up to 27 WATT wireless charging. That is pretty insane. There are lots of devices that don’t support that wired. So 27 WATTS wireless is very, very impressive.I believe that the fastest in the market. That wireless charger you are gonna have to buy separately.
I ll be testing that out too. And we have also got an improvement in terms of reverse wireless charging. So this is something that Huawei introduced last year with the Mate 20 Pro. And this is where you can use your device to charge another device or some headphones or something wireless. In my experience, it was very, very slow but Huawei has said that it is up to three times faster compared to last year. Which is definitely a big improvement.

Huawei Mate 30 Pro Android 10 with EMUI 10

And finally, let’s talk about the software. So this does come pre-installed with Android 10 with EMUI 10 on top. Now this is just a base version of Android 10. We don’t get the Google Play services that we are used to seeing. Hopefully, there gonna be a resolution to that soon and we will be seeing Google Play services come to the Mate 30 Pro. And then the Mate 30 Pro will also be available in the European markets. And if it is something you wanna buy then, I am pretty certain that you will be able to get a hold of it within the next few months, once this whole political situation is resolved. If and when it does eventually come out it’s gonna be retailing for 1099 Euros. This is for the 4G version.

huawei mate 30 pro 5g

The 5G version is gonna be available soon in China. And whenever it does come here in Europe again, that is gonna retail for 100 Euros more. And that is the Huawei Mate 30 Pro. In terms of my first impressions, I mean, it looks like a very, very promising device. I love the competition that Huawei brings to the table. So even if you are not a fan of Huawei devices, you have to respect the technology and innovations that they do come out with. Which really pushes all of the industry. So I am really hoping that Huawei do manage to sort outthis situation with the USand we will have Google Play services as we used to.

And everything will be back to normal. Up until then of course, if you do wanna import this from China you can go ahead and do so. It will be a little bit more expensive potentially. And you are gonna have to side-load all of those Google apps if that’s what you want to do. What do you guys think of the Huawei Mate 30 Pro? Is it a device that you would go out and buy when it is available? Definitely drop me a comment below and let me know your thoughts.

And also let me know what photo coverage you like me to do with this going forward.I hope you enjoyed this information and found it useful.
Versions: LIO-L09, LIO-L29 (Global); LIO-AL00, LIO-TL00 (China)

NETWORK Technology


LAUNCH Announced 2019, September

Status Available. Released 2019, September

BODY Dimensions 158.1 x 73.1 x 8.8 mm (6.22 x 2.88 x 0.35 in)

Weight 198 g (6.98 oz)

Build Front/back glass (Gorilla Glass 6), aluminum frame

SIM Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)

IP68 dust/water resistant (up to 2m for 30 mins)

DISPLAY Type OLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

Size 6.53 inches, 108.7 cm2 (~94.1% screen-to-body ratio)

Resolution 1176 x 2400 pixels, 18.5:9 ratio (~409 ppi density)

Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 6



PLATFORM OS Android 10; EMUI 10

Chipset HiSilicon Kirin 990 (7 nm+)

CPU Octa-core (2×2.86 GHz Cortex-A76 & 2×2.09 GHz Cortex-A76 & 4×1.86 GHz Cortex-A55)

GPU Mali-G76 MP16

MEMORY Card slot NM (Nano Memory), up to 256GB (uses shared SIM slot)

Internal 128GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 8GB RAM


MAIN CAMERA Quad 40 MP, f/1.6, 27mm (wide), 1/1.7″, PDAF, OIS

8 MP, f/2.4, 80mm (telephoto), 1/4″, PDAF, OIS, 3x optical zoom

40 MP, f/1.8, 18mm (ultrawide), 1/1.54″, PDAF

3D TOF camera

Features Leica optics, dual-LED dual-tone flash, panorama, HDR

Video 2160p@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120fps, 1080p@960fps, 720p@7680fps, gyro-EIS

SELFIE CAMERA Dual 32 MP, f/2.0, (wide)

3D TOF camera

Features HDR, panorama

Video 1080p@30fps

SOUND Loudspeaker Yes

3.5mm jack No

32-bit/384kHz audio

Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

COMMS WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot

Bluetooth 5.1, A2DP, aptX HD, LE

GPS Yes, with dual-band A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, QZSS


Infrared port Yes

Radio No

USB 3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go

FEATURES Sensors Face ID, fingerprint (under display, optical), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, barometer, compass

BATTERY Non-removable Li-Po 4500 mAh battery

Charging Fast battery charging 40W

Fast wireless charging 27W

Power bank/Reverse wireless charging

MISC Colors Black, Space Silver, Cosmic Purple, Emerald Green

Models LIO-L09, LIO-L29, LIO-AL00, LIO-TL00

Price $ 917.19

TESTS Performance Basemark OS II: 5377 / Basemark OS II 2.0: 5398

Display Contrast ratio: Infinite (nominal)

Camera Photo / Video

Battery life

Endurance rating 103h

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