Huawei Mate 30 Pro review

Meet the Huawei Mate 30 Pro – the best camera phone you shouldn’t buy

Huawei Mate 30 Pro review
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Digital Camera World Verdict

Despite its fantastic camera, which outperforms the Google Pixel 4 and iPhone 11 Pro in certain situations, we can’t recommend the Huawei Mate 30 Pro to anyone outside China until it gets the Play Store – unless you’re actively trying to avoid Google’s reach.


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    Excellent battery life

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    Class-leading low light camera

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    Beautiful design


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    No Play Store (Nov 2019)

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    Screen curve creates vignetting

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    No word on UK/US release

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The Huawei Mate 30 Pro is an unprecedented casualty of circumstance - a sensational smartphone, and possibly the best camera phone around, but with one fatal flaw: no Google Play Store. 

The manufacturer launched the Huawei P20 Pro in partnership with Leica, then the Huawei Mate 20 Pro which upped the ante by adding an ultra-wide lens to the mix, and finally the Huawei P30 Pro lifted the lid on smartphone imaging with its incredible optical zoom that’s still class-leading, alongside that of the Oppo Reno 10X Zoom

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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.