Review of the flagship Huawei Mate 30 Pro without Google services

Review of the flagship Huawei Mate 30 Pro without Google services

Table of contents

  • Key Features of Huawei Mate 30 Pro (Model LIO-AL00)
  • Appearance and usability
  • Screen
  • Camera
  • Telephone part and communications
  • Software and multimedia
  • Performance
  • Battery life

Probably everyone knows the background: the trade wars of the USA and China, the ban on the use of Google services in the latest Huawei smartphones … While the Chinese company is trying to find the right path in this situation: it is considering options for releasing its own OS, its own set of mobile services, providing an easy way Install GMS after buying a smartphone, etc.

Huawei Mate 30 Pro is one of such attempts: this flagship mobile device is released on the standard (and fresh, tenth) version of Android, but without Google services. What came of this and how interesting such a device is, we understand a full-fledged review of a smartphone called Huawei Mate 30 Pro.

Huawei P30 Pro

Key Features of Huawei Mate 30 Pro (Model LIO-AL00)

  • SoC Huawei Kirin 990, 8 cores: 2 × Cortex-A76 @ 2.86 GHz, 2 × Cortex-A76 @ 2.09 GHz, 4 ×
  • Cortex-A55 @ 1.86 GHz
  • GPU Mali-G76 MP16
  • Android 10 operating system, EMUI 10
  • 6.53 ″ OLED touch screen, 2400 × 1176, 18.5: 9, 409 PPI, HDR10
  • Random-access memory (RAM) 8 GB, internal memory 128/256 GB
  • Support NM cards up to 256 GB
  • Support Nano-SIM (2 pcs.)
  • GSM / WCDMA Networks
  • Networks LTE Cat.21, LTE FDD: Band 1-9, 12, 17-20, 26, 28, 32; TD-LTE: Band 34, 38, 39, 40, 41
  • GPS / A-GPS, Glonass, BDS, Galileo, QZSS
  • Wi-Fi 802.11a / b / g / n / ac (2.4 and 5 GHz)
  • Bluetooth 5.0, LE, aptX and aptX HD
  • Nfc
  • Infrared port
  • USB 3.1 Type-C, USB OTG
  • No audio output to headphones (3.5 mm)
  • Main camera: 40 MP (f / 1.6) + 8 MP (f / 2.4) + 40 MP (f / 1.8) + 3D TOF camera
  • 32MP front camera (f / 2.0), 3D TOF camera
  • Proximity and lighting sensors, magnetic field, accelerometer, gyroscope
  • Fingerprint Scanner (integrated in the screen)
  • 4500 mAh battery, 40 W fast charge, 27 W fast wireless charge
  • Dimensions 158 × 73 × 8.8 mm
  • IP68
  • Weight 198 g

Appearance and usability

Huawei Mate 30 Pro unexpectedly surprised by its practicality. When looking at the initial images of the device with the screen very bent at the edges and the side frame almost gone to nothing, there were fears that such a case would slide even more in the hand than even the Huawei P30 Pro.

But in reality, everything turned out to be not quite so: a thin and narrow device without side frames holds well in the palm of your hand. Although, of course, this does not negate the fact that the curved edges of the screen are not needed by anyone: they strongly glare, “eat up” part of the information and make the sides of the case less resistant to impacts and scratches.

Huawei P30 Pro

Glass has a high-quality oleophobic coating; therefore, it not only does not slip, but it is not quickly coated with fingerprints. As for the very curved edges of the display (this type of screens was called the waterfall screen – “waterfall”), they look beautiful but are not sensitive to touch (they have blind spots), so there are no problems with erroneous clicks.

Huawei P30 Pro

Here, a successful combination of this curved screen was found (it was also curved in the Huawei P30 Pro, but in this case, the edges of the display go much deeper on the sidewalls) and the shape of the case. If the corners were bent more strongly, like the same Huawei P30 Pro and Honor 20 Pro, then the device would not look so serious. In this case, the Mate 30 Pro is very similar to the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+, and this is clearly not a youth style, but a strict and expensive, premium class.

Huawei P30 Pro

As a result, we can recognize that of the last three top-end smartphones of the company (Huawei P30 Pro, Honor 20 Pro and Mate 30 Pro), the latter received the most outstanding design in terms of a spectacular appearance and at the same time the most practical and convenient to hold in your hand. Honor 20 Pro in terms of practicality is also not bad, but it looks, of course, not so expensive and solid.

Huawei P30 Pro

But in comparison with the Huawei P30 Pro, the hero of the review wins in all respects: it looks more expensive due to more angular shapes and an unusual “screen-waterfall”, and it holds in your hands no worse.

Of course, the Mate 30 Pro has its drawbacks, but without them … Firstly, the hefty black round protruding module with cameras, inscribed in the rectangle of the case, looks rather scary. Already that everyone scolds the design of the new iPhone 11, but here they made it even worse.

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But much worse is that the Mate 30 Pro lacks volume keys at all. They simply are not on the case – probably because of the edges of the screen that go too deep on the sides? As a result, adjusting the volume is extremely inconvenient, especially in games and when watching movies.

We have to grope a special place on the side, first do a double tap on this area, and then use the other hand to touch the volume slider that appears somewhere on the side on the other side of the screen, if you hold the smartphone in landscape position. In general, nothing more inconvenient for controlling volume has yet been invented.

Huawei P30 Pro

The fingerprint scanner has moved under the glass of the display, and from this point, solid advantages already begin. None of the smartphones with a touchscreen sensor has yet demonstrated such impeccable clarity and speed of operation of this type of sensor! With the Mate 30 Pro, the sensor under the glassworks as quickly and without fail as the usual fingerprint scanners.

The reason for this is not yet clear, because the hero of the review has both the proprietary shell of the latest version and Android version, too, but it is unlikely that the scanner itself is fundamentally different from the same P30 Pro. However, it works faster, fact.

Huawei P30 Pro

The cutout in the screen (“bangs”) is available and quite wide. This is due, like the iPhone, to the presence of not one camera, but several sensors, which in the role of a 3D TOF camera perform the function of creating a three-dimensional face map and provide reliable unlocking on the face.

The smartphone does not have a separate earpiece; to save space above the screen, the piezoelectric technology for transmitting sound through glass is already familiar from the P30 Pro.

The tray for two Nano-SIM cards is hybrid, to install a memory card in it you will have to sacrifice one of the SIM cards. True, it is still impossible to install a microSD card familiar to everyone in it – only a rare NM format card is suitable here. Hot-swapping supported.

Huawei P30 Pro

The rubber gasket at the tray lid hints that the housing is protected against water according to IP68.

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At the bottom, there is a speaker, a USB Type-C connector, a microphone, as well as a card slot. There is no 3.5mm headphone output.

Huawei P30 Pro

Huawei Mate 30 Pro is offered in several design options, and we are talking not only about different body colours but also about different finishes. So, it will be possible to purchase a device with a glass back wall (silver, green, purple or black) or with a “leather-look” finish.

Huawei P30 Pro

Screen

Huawei Mate 30 Pro is equipped with an OLED display with a diagonal of 6.53 inches and a resolution of 2400 × 1176. The display is covered with 3D-glass Gorilla Glass 6, curved from two sides. The physical dimensions of the screen are 72 × 150 mm, the aspect ratio is 18.5: 9, and the pixel density is 409 PPI. The frame around the screen has a width of 5 mm at the bottom and 4 mm at the top.

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The front surface of the screen is made in the form of a glass plate with a mirror-smooth surface that is resistant to scratches. Judging by the reflection of objects, the anti-glare properties of the screen are no worse than that of the Google Nexus 7 (2013) screen (hereinafter simply Nexus 7). For clarity, we present a photo on which the white surface is reflected in the turned off screens (on the left – Nexus 7, on the right – Huawei Mate 30 Pro, then they can be distinguished by size):

The screen of the Huawei Mate 30 Pro is noticeably darker (brightness in photos is 109 compared to 119 for Nexus 7) and does not have a pronounced hue. The doubling of the reflected objects in the screen of the Huawei Mate 30 Pro is very weak, this indicates that there is no air gap between the layers of the screen.

Due to the smaller number of boundaries (such as glass/air) with very different refractive indices, screens without an air gap look better in conditions of intense external illumination, but repairing them in the case of cracked outer glass is much more expensive since the entire screen has to be changed.

On the outer surface of the screen of the Huawei Mate 30 Pro there is a special oleophobic (grease-repellent) coating (effective, noticeably better than the Nexus 7), so fingerprints are removed much more easily and appear at a lower speed than with ordinary glass.

When displaying a white field in full screen and with manual brightness control, its maximum value was 425 cd / m² under normal conditions, in very bright light it rises to 600 cd / m². In this case, the smaller the white area on the screen, the brighter it is, that is, the actual maximum brightness of white areas will almost always be higher than the indicated values. As a result, the readability of the screen in the afternoon in the sun should be at a good level.

The minimum brightness value is 1.6 cd / m², that is, a reduced brightness level without problems allows you to use the device even in complete darkness. Automatic brightness control by light sensor works (it is located in the screen cutout to the right of the centre). The operation of this function depends on the position of the brightness adjustment slider: with it, the user can try to set the desired brightness level in the current conditions.

If you leave everything as default, then in complete darkness the auto-brightness function reduces the brightness to 7 cd / m² (a bit dark), in an office lit by artificial light (about 550 lux) it sets to 130 cd / m² (normal), in a very bright environment (conditionally corresponds to being in direct sunlight light) increases to 600 cd / m² (to the maximum, it is necessary).

The result didn’t quite suit us, so in total darkness we slightly increased the brightness, getting as a result for the three conditions mentioned above the following values: 20, 160, 600 cd / m² (excellent).

It turns out that the auto-brightness function works adequately and allows you to customize your work to individual requirements. in a very bright environment (conditionally corresponds to being in direct sunlight) increases to 600 cd / m² (to the maximum, this is necessary).

The result didn’t quite suit us, so in total darkness we slightly increased the brightness, getting as a result for the three conditions mentioned above the following values: 20, 160, 600 cd / m² (excellent). It turns out that the auto-brightness function works adequately and allows you to customize your work to individual requirements. in a very bright environment (conditionally corresponds to being in direct sunlight) increases to 600 cd / m² (to the maximum, this is necessary).

The result didn’t quite suit us, so in total darkness we slightly increased the brightness, getting as a result for the three conditions mentioned above the following values: 20, 160, 600 cd / m² (excellent). It turns out that the auto-brightness function works adequately and allows you to customize your work to individual requirements.

Only at a low level of brightness does significant modulation appear at a frequency of 240 Hz. The figure below shows the dependence of brightness (vertical axis) on time (horizontal axis) for several brightness settings:

It can be seen that at maximum and medium brightness, the modulation amplitude is small, as a result, there is no visible flicker. However, with a strong decrease in brightness, a modulation with a large relative amplitude appears, its presence can already be seen in the test for the presence of a stroboscopic effect or simply with rapid eye movement.

Depending on individual sensitivity, such a flicker can cause increased fatigue. However, the modulation phase varies in the screen area, so the negative effect of flicker is reduced. Those who still think that flickering is uncomfortable can try turning on the function w, thank God, finally with the normal name Decrease Flicker :

In English literature and in the news, the name DC Dimming is usually used. Indeed, when this function is turned on, detectable flicker is no longer at any brightness level:

As a side effect, there is some increase in noise in the image. In fact, due to the fact that noise appears only at very low brightness, and even at the level of individual pixels, the eye does not see any significant increase in noise, which means that the DC Dimming function can be used without restrictions.

This screen uses the AMOLED matrix – and active matrix with organic LEDs. A full-colour image is created using sub-pixels of three colours – red (R), green (G) and blue (B), but the red and blue sub-pixels are half as much, which can be designated as RGBG. This is confirmed by a micrograph fragment:

On the fragment above, you can count 4 green subpixels, 2 red (4 halves) and 2 blue (1 whole and 4 quarters), while repeating these fragments, you can layout the entire screen without tearing and overlapping. For these matrices, Samsung introduced the name PenTile RGBG.

The manufacturer considers the screen resolution for green subpixels, for the other two it will be half as much. Of course, there are some uneven contrasting borders and other artefacts. However, due to the high resolution, they only have a minimal effect on image quality.

The screen is characterized by excellent viewing angles. True, the white colour when deviated even at small angles acquires a barely noticeable blue-green or pinkish tint. But the black colour remains just black at any angle. It is so black that the contrast parameter is not applicable in this case.

For comparison, here are photographs showing the same images on the screens of the Huawei Mate 30 Pro ( Normal [colours] profile ) and the second comparison participant, while the brightness of the screens was initially set to approximately 200 cd / m², and the colour balance on the camera was forcibly switched to 6500 too.

To summarize. The screen has a very high maximum brightness (600 cd / m²) and has excellent anti-glare properties, so the device can be used outdoors without any problems even on a summer sunny day. In complete darkness, the brightness can be lowered to a comfortable value. It is acceptable to use a mode with automatic brightness adjustment that works adequately.

The advantages of the screen include effective oleophobic coating, as well as close to sRGB colour gamut and good colour balance (when choosing the right profile). At the same time, we recall the general advantages of OLED screens: true black colour (if nothing is reflected in the screen) and a noticeably smaller drop in image brightness when viewed from an angle than that of an LCD.

A typical OLED flaw – significant modulation of the screen brightness that appears at low brightness – can be avoided, Flicker reduction, so there are practically no flaws in the screen, its quality is very high. Separately, we note that from the point of view of image quality, curved edges are only harmful, since this design find introduces colour tone distortions and reduces brightness at the edges of the picture, and in ambient light conditions leads to inevitable glare along at least one long side of the screen.

Camera

The front camera of the Huawei Mate 30 Pro has a module with a 32-megapixel sensor and a lens with an f / 2.0 aperture without autofocus. The camera is the same as in the P30 Pro, its capabilities are quite enough for most users: it provides good detail and sharpness, the correct colour reproduction, but shows a slight whiteness and lack of contrast.

But the algorithms for clipping the central object in the frame to blur the background around it are still far from ideal, in a difficult environment and especially with a complex hairstyle, they still pass, cannot fully simulate the “optical” shallow depth of field.

The main rear camera module has a 40-megapixel sensor specially designed by Sony for Huawei and an f / 1.6 aperture, it is equipped with PDAF autofocus and optical image stabilization. The sensor, called Super Spectrum, has an unusual matrix subpixel structure: red, yellow (twice as many) and blue – RYYB. The Bayer RYYB array is designed to provide high-quality camera performance in low light conditions.

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The camera copes well with portraits, gently blurring the background and clearly cropping the main subject. She also worthily takes macro pictures with automatic settings, although there is no separate such mode in the settings.

In general, here we can only repeat what we wrote in the Huawei P30 Pro review: the camera is a true flagship, it is good at taking pictures even in low light, but in bright sunshine, this smartphone is just king.

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The camera application interface implies that users will mainly shoot at a resolution of 10 megapixels: it is set by default, and a resolution of 40 megapixels is hidden from the eyes, it must be selected manually in the settings.

Again, tests confirmed what we wrote earlier about the Huawei P30 Pro cameras: there are more details when shooting at 40 megapixels, however, the picture is much less processed, and in complex scenes, these details may look worse. So if there is no print output task, we would recommend leaving the default resolution setting – just always keep in mind that you have some reserve.

The second module received a telephoto lens with an aperture of f / 2.4 and an 8-megapixel sensor, autofocus and optical image stabilization, it allows you to realize a triple optical zoom. You can also use the hybrid fivefold and maximum thirtyfold digital zoom. The shooting quality is excellent, it is a worthy partner for the main module.

There is a special conversation about the third module. A wide-angle lens for high-end smartphones is no longer a rarity, but no one has yet demonstrated truly flagship shooting quality. Here, the matrix is ​​huge (1 / 1.54 ″), and the maximum resolution (40 megapixels), and light optics (f / 1.8). Compared to the main module, it still shows reduced detail, but still, in general, the pictures look pretty good.

But the main thing is that a wide-angle module with such a serious matrix with high resolution and light optics is also the main module for video recording. It was on this function that developers made an emphasis during the presentation of the camera. This module even automatically becomes the default in movie mode.

It’s a pity that still it didn’t turn out to be smooth “seamless zooming”, like on zoom lenses. The developers even made a slider with an indistinct cutoff instead of the usual zoom buttons (that is, it is difficult to get exactly on the divisions corresponding to different lenses), but still, there is no smooth zoom in / out, there are obviously jerks and slight delays.

But the developers pretty well learned to deal with slow-motion video. Huawei Mate 30 Pro can shoot with a slowdown of 256 times (shooting speed – 7680 frames per second)!

Telephone part and communications

The smartphone supports the maximum number of LTE frequency ranges: band 1 (2100), 2 (1900), 3 (1800), 4 (1700/2100), 5 (850), 6 (900), 7 (2600), 8 (900) , 9 (1800), 12 (700), 17 (700), 18 (800), 19 (800), 20 (800), 26 (850), 28 (700), 32 (1500), 34 (2000) , 38 (2600), 39 (1900), 40 (2300), 41 (2500) in the global version. Naturally, all LTE FDD bands (Band 3, 7, 20) and LTE TDD Band 38 are common in Russia. There is a modification of the smartphone with 5G support (which Huawei is proud of), but for obvious reasons, they sent us a model without support for this technology.

In practice, within the city limits of the Moscow region, the device demonstrates confident operation in wireless networks, does not lose connection, quickly restores communication after a forced break. The Wi-Fi module (2.4 and 5 GHz, with support for 802.11ac) also has no complaints. There is Bluetooth 5.

The fast USB 3.1 Type-C port has USB On-The-Go support and transfers a set of small files of 1.2 GB in 37 seconds. that is, the data copy speed is at least 33 MB / s.

The navigation module works with GPS (dual-frequency, with A-GPS), with domestic Glonass, with Chinese Beidou and with European Galileo. The first satellites during a cold start are detected quickly, within the first seconds, the accuracy of positioning does not cause complaints. The magnetic compass needed for navigation programs is in place.

The phone application supports Smart Dial, that is, while dialling the phone number, the first letters in the contacts are searched immediately. The methods for sorting and displaying contacts are standard for the Android interface, there is the ability to block unwanted contacts. Vibrating alert medium power. The voice of the interlocutor in the dynamics is legible, the sound is clear and loud, but the regular ability to record a call for our region is not provided. There is support for VoLTE.

Software and multimedia

As the software platform, the Huawei Mate 30 Pro uses Google Android 10th version with its own EMUI 10 shell. The main question related to the software of the new Huawei smartphones is: can I fully use the smartphone without Google’s usual European services? Well, what can I say … The Youtube itself, neither Youtube, nor Google Maps, nor GMail, were available before (they have their own analogues of these services – completely different), and they don’t use contactless payment via NFC in China.

But Europeans have already become so used to all of this that even on iPhones they often use Google applications than their own Apple services, and without Youtube, many people in principle do not imagine their existence.

All this is not in the package of pre-installed mobile applications and services called Huawei Mobile Services (HMS), presented simultaneously with the new generation of Huawei smartphones. In principle, the Mate 30 Pro has everything you need: your browser, cloud storage, as well as Themes, Music, Video, Reader, Assistant and other applications and services that are part of the HMS “ecosystem”.

But here you cannot find the usual Whatsapp and Telegram instant messengers, you can’t install Youtube, there are no contactless payments by Google Pay. Inconveniently. At the moment, it is unlikely that any of the buyers of the expensive flagship smartphone will be satisfied with the rejection of the usual services and applications, it is unlikely that such people will be ready to limit themselves to a set of HMS applications.

There is, however, the possibility of an unofficial installation of the Google Play app store downloader and the subsequent installation of all your favourite Google services, but the instructions are long, and for that, they get a device priced at 1,100 euros? Everyone will answer this question for himself.

Whoever is not too lazy to do this will do this operation without problems, since root access and other “excesses” are not required for it (although it would be ideologically very right from Huawei to allow unlocking the bootloader again at that moment). However, at the time of publication of the review, GPay on the smartphone did not work.

There is an unlock function on the face, and in the Huawei Mate 30 Pro, it works really safe because it uses an additional 3D ToF sensor (that is, it will not work to unlock the smartphone with a photo). But the sub-screen fingerprint sensor was even more pleased with its speed: this is the first sensor of this kind that works no less quickly than a traditional one. There are no complaints to him at all.

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The smartphone doesn’t have a spoken speaker at all, the main speaker is alone, it sounds good, but still inferior to the top smartphones with stereo speakers. The 3.5 mm audio output was not saved for the headphones, but the device supports all the codecs for working with wireless headphones: aptX and aptX HD, LDAC HD, as well as Huawei’s own HWA Audio.

Settings of Huawei Histen allow you to make changes to the sound to your taste, the device sounds decent in the headphones. There is a voice recorder with good sensitivity, no FM radio.

Performance

Huawei Mate 30 Pro runs on a single-chip Huawei Kirin 990 system. SoC configuration includes three CPU clusters: two Cortex-A76 cores with a frequency of 2.86 GHz, two of the same cores with a frequency of 2.09 GHz and four Cortex-A55 with a frequency of 1, 86 GHz. For graphics performance meets the GPU Mali-G76 MP16.

The amount of RAM is 8 GB, the storage capacity is 128 or 256 GB. MicroSD cards are not supported here, only cards of the native format of Huawei – Nano Memory are supported. You can connect external devices to the USB Type-C port in USB OTG mode.

Kirin 990 is Huawei’s newest and most powerful SoC, it is produced using a 7-nanometer process technology. The platform demonstrates the highest results in tests, in real tasks it also has no barriers, it confidently copes with the most demanding games. Another thing is that to install games you must first install the Google Play store. However, we will not repeat.

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Testing in complex tests AnTuTu and GeekBench:

All the results we obtained when testing the smartphone in the latest versions of popular benchmarks, we have brought to the table for convenience. A few other devices from various segments are usually added to the table, also tested on the latest versions of benchmarks (this is done only to visually evaluate the dry numbers obtained).

Unfortunately, in the framework of one comparison, it is impossible to present the results from different versions of benchmarks, therefore, many worthy and relevant models remain behind the scenes – due to the fact that at one time they passed the “obstacle course” on previous versions of test programs.

Huawei Mate 30 Pro
(Huawei Kirin 990)
Samsung Galaxy Note10 +
(Samsung Exynos 9825)
Oppo Reno 10x zoom
(Qualcomm Snapdragon 855)
Huawei P30 Pro
(Huawei Kirin 980)
Samsung Galaxy S10 +
(Samsung Exynos 9820)
AnTuTu (v7.x)
(more is better)
321922 338801 373368 313035 328955
GeekBench 4
(more is better)
1723/5893 3518/10385 3324/10000 4485/10232
GeekBench 5
(more is better)
769/2888

Battery life

Huawei Mate 30 Pro has a battery with a large capacity of 4500 mAh but does not show record autonomy. In real life, the smartphone confidently lives for a day, but you still can’t do without a daily night charge.

Testing was traditionally carried out at the usual level of energy consumption without using the energy-saving functions, although there are those in the device.

Battery capacity Reading mode Video mode 3D game mode
Huawei Mate 30 Pro 4500 mAh 22 h. 12 h. 00 m. 7 hours 00
Samsung Galaxy Note10 + 4300 mAh 21 h. 20 m. 2 p.m. 8 h.
Oppo reno 10x zoom 4065 mAh 25 h. 19 h. 8 h.
Huawei P30 Pro 4200 mAh 25 h. 5 p.m. 8 h.
Samsung Galaxy S10 + 4100 mAh 24 h. 5 p.m. 8 h.

Continuous reading in the FBReader program (with a standard, light theme) with a minimum comfortable brightness level (brightness was set to 100 cd / m²) lasted until the battery was fully discharged for 22 hours, and when watching video in high quality (720p) without interruption at the same level brightness through the home Wi-Fi network, the device operates up to 12 hours. In the 3D-games mode, the smartphone can work for 6-7 hours, depending on the specific game.

The smartphone supports fast charging, from a complete network adapter it is fully charged in 1 hour 45 minutes. Supports fast wireless charging. Also, the smartphone can charge other devices from its own battery, playing the role of a power bank.

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