I will begin my review with the design of these smartphones.
The appearances of these smartphones have a lot in common. But upon closer examination, there are still differences.
The Huawei Mate 30 case consists of glass panels and an aluminum frame. The front side of the smartphone is almost completely occupied by the display. The screen covers 87.9% of the front side of the phone. The fingerprint scanner is located under the display. At the top of the screen is a cutout for the front camera and sensors. There is a speaker at the top of the phone. On the top there is a microphone and an infrared sensor, and on the bottom there is a microphone, speaker, 3.5 mm headphone jacks and USB type-C port. On the left is a combined slot for two nano-SIM cards and a MicroSD card. On the right side are the volume and power buttons. The Huawei Mate 30 received a degree of protection against moisture and dust in accordance with the IP53 standard. The smartphone is resistant to splashes, but won’t survive a fall in water.
The Huawei Mate 30 Pro also has a case consisting of glass panels and an aluminum frame. The smartphone has protection against moisture and dust in accordance with the IP68 standard, so it’s not afraid of falling into water. The device weighs 198 grams. This is 2 grams more than the Huawei Mate 30. At the same time, the dimensions of the smartphone are several millimeters smaller than the Huawei Mate 30. The smartphone’s screen occupies 94.1% of the front surface. At the top of the screen is a narrow notch, in which there is a front camera and gesture recognition sensors. As for the speaker, it is located below the screen, like a fingerprint scanner. On the top of the smartphone are a microphone and an infrared sensor. On the bottom is a USB-C port, a speaker, and a slot for two nano-SIM cards and a memory card. On the right is the power button, which differs in color from the colors of the case. There are no volume buttons. In Huawei Mate 30 Pro, you can change the volume level by clicking on the left or right area of the screen.
The back of the Huawei Mate 30 has a round main camera module, next to which are two LED flashes and a sensor. As for colors, the smartphone is available in black, silver, purple, and emerald green.
On the back of the Huawei Mate 30 Pro is a large round module with four cameras. Nearby are two LED flashes combined into one capsule and a light temperature sensor. The back cover is protected by Gorilla Glass 6. The smartphone is available in four colors: black, silver, purple, and emerald green.
The Huawei Mate 30 received a screen with a diagonal of 6.62 inches and an OLED matrix. The resolution is 1080 by 2340 pixels, and the aspect ratio is 19.5 to 9. The screen has wide viewing angles, as well as a high level of brightness and detail, which allows you to clearly see the picture in the sun. There are a large number of color and brightness adjustments in the settings. There is also a dark mode, which is designed to protect the user’s eyesight and save battery power.
The Huawei Mate 30 Pro has an OLED screen with a diagonal of 6.53 inches. It’s resolution is 1176 by 2400 pixels, and the aspect ratio is 18.5 to 9. As in the regular version of the smartphone, the Huawei Mate 30 Pro’s screen has wide viewing angles. Brightness and contrast are also very noteworthy. In the settings of the smartphone, there is a mode of adaptive screen settings for lighting conditions, a mode of protecting eyesight, a dark theme – plus many other interesting functions.
The Huawei Mate 30 and Huawei Mate 30 Pro became one of the first Huawei smartphones to receive the new Android 10 operating system and the updated EMUI 10 proprietary shell. In the new version of Android, gesture control was made possible not only at the bottom of the screen, but also on the sides. The Smart Reply function is now able to redirect the user to various applications. Minor changes were also made to sound management and security protocol updates. A monochrome mode has been added, allowing you to save battery power and many other useful features. As for the EMUI 10 shell, it is worth noting the dark theme, which integrates into other applications. The camera application was redesigned, new gestures were added, and the design of notifications was changed along with the animations and icons.
The Huawei Mate 30 has three camera modules located on the back of the smartphone. The main 40-megapixel module allows you to take clear pictures with high detail at any time of the day. The second module is super wide at 16 megapixels. The third, at 8 megapixels, is used for a triple optical zoom. Video recording can be in Full HD and 4K resolution at a frequency of 30 or 60 frames per second. There is also a slow motion mode of 960 frames per second. As for the front camera, the Huawei Mate 30 received a 24-megapixel module with aperture 2.0 and an additional 3D TOF sensor.
The main camera of the Huawei Mate 30 Pro consists of four modules. Two of them are 40 megapixels each. One of them has optical stabilization and is designed for snapshots. The second is responsible for shooting video. It can shoot in 4K resolution with a frequency of 60 frames per second or Full HD with a frequency of 120 frames per second. There is also a slow motion mode with a frequency of 7680 frames. As for the additional modules, one of them is 8 megapixels. It serves to triple zoom. The second has a 3D TOF function. Thanks to this set of modules, the Huawei Mate 30 Pro camera is by far one of the best among all smartphones. The quality of the pictures is very high in both day and night. The front camera of the smartphone is 32 megapixels with aperture 2.0 and a 3D TOF sensor. With it, you get high-quality and vibrant selfies.
The Huawei Mate 30 received a powerful HiSillicon Kirin 990 gaming processor and a Mali-G76 video accelerator. Thanks to this combination, the smartphone easily plays all the most demanding games and instantly opens applications. The Huawei Mate 30 can be purchased in a version of 6 or 8 gigabytes of RAM. The smartphone’s internal memory is 128 gigabytes, which can be supplemented with a 256 gigabyte microSD card.
The Huawei Mate 30 Pro also received a HiSillicon Kirin 990 processor and a Mali-G76 video accelerator. The smartphone has 8 gigabytes of RAM, and the internal memory comes in variants of 128 or 256 gigabytes. You can increase the smartphone’s memory using a 256 gigabyte microSD card.
In terms of communication capabilities, the Huawei Mate 30 and Huawei Mate 30 Pro are the same. Both smartphones work with all common types of networks. In addition, developers from Huawei announced the creation of a version of these smartphones with support for 5G. Both the Mate 30 and the Mate 30 Pro received a Bluetooth module version 5.1. An NFC-module is present in both smartphones.
The Huawei Mate 30 has a 4200 mAh battery. The smartphone supports fast charging SuperCharge, as well as wireless charging. Additionally, the Mate 30 supports reverse charging, which can be used to charge other phones and gadgets.
The Mate 30 Pro has a 4,500 mAh battery. This smartphone is also equipped with reverse charging technology. It supports fast charging at 40 watts SuperCharge and 27 watts wireless charging.
I analyzed the reviews on the Internet about the Huawei Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro. Let’s take a look at what the owners of these smartphones write. I’ll start with the negative.
Huawei Mate 30
- No protection against water
- Big and slippery
- The camera module protrudes strongly from the body
Huawei Mate 30 Pro
- Slippery body
- No 3.5mm headphone jack
- Big and heavy
Huawei Mate 30
- Large and bright OLED screen
- Powerful game processor
- There is a 3.5 mm headphone jack
- The presence of an NFC module
Huawei Mate 30 Pro
- High-quality main camera with four modules
- Long battery life
- High performance
- Water protection
So, Huawei introduced 2 new flagship smartphones. The differences between the Huawei Mate 30 Pro and the regular version are the increased battery capacity and internal memory. The smartphone also received an additional module of the main camera for high-quality video and a front camera of 32 megapixels. As for protection against dust and water, the Pro version complies with the IP68 standard. But it lacks the 3.5 mm headphone jack, which is present in the Huawei Mate 30. In the description box below, I’ve left links to online stores where you can compare prices for these smartphones.