Shootout: Flagship smartphones compared

By Marcus Wong - 18 Jan 2020

Huawei Mate 30 Pro

Huawei Mate 30 Pro

Easily one of the most talked-about phones this year because of its status as the first Android phone without Google Mobile Services out of the box that's meant for international sales, Huawei’s Mate 30 Pro actually has lots of other talking points worth covering. It’s a 6.53-inch device that runs on Huawei’s latest Kirin 990 SoC chipset, with EMUI 10.0 interface based on Android 10. The phone is only available in one configuration – 8GB RAM matched with 256GB of storage. Additional storage can also be added by way of Huawei’s Nano proprietary memory card.

The Mate 30 Pro features an 88-degree curved OLED display that wraps around the sides of the phone. It has a resolution of 2,400 x 1,176 pixels and does double duty by providing virtual volume controls that can be assigned to either side. As such, there’s really only one button on the phone, so the screen-to-body ratio is truly maximized.

Its screen offers good brightness and contrast, with colours that actually seem a bit more accurate than our previous benchmark - the P30 Pro. We'd say you get a slight bit more saturation with the Mate 30 Pro, leading to richer colours.  Unfortunately, the audio quality straight out of the phone doesn’t quite match, as the volume of the under-display speaker of the Mate 30 Pro is quite a bit softer than the rest of the phones in this shootout.

Power management is a strong point with this phone. In our testing, the Mate 30 Pro lasted a good 16 hours with at full volume and maximum brightness, easily beating the next best option by a good 500 minutes. Not only does it come with a large 4,500 mAh battery, it also supports 40W wired Supercharging and 27 Wireless Supercharging. Thanks to these advanced charging capabilities, it charges very quickly, hitting the 45% mark in just 30 minutes from and getting back to 100% in an hour and seven minutes. There's little to worry about running out of power with this phone.

The Mate 30 Pro also takes good advantage of the front-facing camera to add some interesting features. For example, when viewing photos on screen, the phone is able to detect the direction of your face and automatically rotate the picture to match.

There’s also a new privacy feature where the phone is able to sense if someone other than yourself is looking at the screen and automatically hide the content of your notifications. 

Yet that’s not the best part. The camera system of the Mate 30 Pro is where it really takes the cake, pushing smartphone video capture to new levels. It’s able to go up to ISO 51,200 for extreme lowlight videos, and has incredible slow-motion capture capabilities, even giving you the ability to slow down a bee in flight with just your phone. Check out our dedicated imaging and video capabilities feature to see what the Mate 30 Pro is truly capable!

If you recall, we also mentioned the Mate 30 Pro isn't your standard Android phone as it doesn't support Google Mobile Services, but instead, comes with Huawei Mobile Services. To find out about our experience on that front, check out this article. And for a quick overview of how you can get apps on the Mate 30 Pro, we have a pretty good option here, as well as this quick video clip:-