Huawei Mate 30 Pro hands-on review

We get to try out the quad-camera Huawei Mate 30 Pro. Is this the phone you'll regret you won't be able to buy?

Huawei Mate 30 Pro hands-on review
(Image: © Basil Kronfli/Digital Camera World)

Early Verdict

The Huawei Mate 30 Pro could be the best camera phone you might not be able to buy, with an innovative new quad-camera array featuring two 40MP cameras, a futuristic curved display, incredibly premium design and plenty of power. Also offering cinema camera features and a huge battery, there is a lot to love inside it, but with no access to the Google Play Store, it could be launching with a fatal flaw, owing to recent political problems facing Huawei and China in general. At the time of this hands-on, it’s a ‘watch this space’ situation as we don’t have a confirmed release date for the UK, but as it stands, this could be a very desirable smartphone for anyone who wants an innovative camera, and is willing to take a chance on Huawei.


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    Stunning design

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    Innovative camera

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    Huge battery


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    Limited availability

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    No Google Play Services

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    No headphone jack

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To look at, the Huawei Mate 30 Pro is a slice of the future. It’s screen rolls over the side of the phone into a metal body sensationally elegantly; it feels like a dream in the hand, and its fascia sports a class-leading 94.1% screen. The Mate 30 Pro is kind of like a phone of tomorrow, today.

Riding on the cristical success of the Mate 20 and the P30 Pro, Huawei has seen plenty of highs over the last year, but politically, it’s suffered blows at the hands of the US-China trade war that could spell an end for its Western smartphone business.

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Basil Kronfli

Basil Kronfli is a freelance technology journalist, consultant, and content creator. He trained in graphic design and started his career at Canon Europe before moving into journalism. Basil is also experienced in video production, independently running the YouTube channel TechEdit, and during his time at Future, he worked alongside the Digital Camera World team as a senior video producer.