Huawei has officially removed the packaging from its next flagship version of the smartphone – the Mate 30 Pro. This phone is interesting not only as the latest device from the world's second-largest smartphone maker (after Samsung), but also because it is Huawei's first major launch since the executive order of the Trump administration that bans US companies from making business with Huawei. As a result, the Mate 30 Pro is an Android phone that doesn't have Google apps! The company is not even allowed to use the word "Android," which is a trademark of Google. It is an ecosystem or bust of Huawei.
At the end of a lengthy presentation of the Mate 30, Huawei CEO Richard Yu acknowledged that the phone would not be available with Google applications and services. Instead, he emphasized "Replacing Huawei Mobile Services" as a replacement. Huawei has been using its own ecosystem for applications in China for some time, since Google Play is not available there, and now this ecosystem will have to come to Europe and other places with which Huawei does business.
Anyone want to buy a phone without Google Play, Gmail, Google Maps and YouTube? How many of your interruption apps will stop working without Google Play Services? This is a scary proposition for consumers. Huawei apparently doesn't think the plan will work either, as it expects a $ 10 billion drop in its consumer device business this year, thanks to an export ban.
As for the actual phone, the Mate 30 Pro has a fairly standard front design with a wide slit and a screen that is curved to the side like a Samsung phone. Curved screens distort app sides and don't do much for usability, but for some reason Chinese OEMS are pushing deeper and deeper curves on the display. Huawei unveiled a slide saying the 6.53-inch 2400 × 1176 OLED panel curves 88 degrees around the side of the phone, making it almost vertical. I hope the accidental rejection of a touch is good as it sounds like you will be touching the screen all the time.
The trim is wide and contains face recognition sensors with an IR array and a 3D depth camera, in addition to a 32MB selfie camera. The slice features a third gesture sensor camera that lets you swipe your arm to scroll or close your hand to take a screen shot. Google is planning a similar feature for the Pixel 4, using radar instead of camera. Does anyone there want to control a smartphone with hand signals, not just use the touch screen? One ideal idea is Huawei's "AI Auto Rotate", which uses the front camera to monitor your face, making sure that the screen is rotated correctly to your face and not to the ground.
The rear has four cameras: a 40MP video-only camera, a second 40MP photo sensor, an 8MP 3x phone, and a 3D deep-capture camera. There has been a lot of criticism about the design of the iPhone 11's camera, but I have the feeling that Huawei's solution looks good here. All camera lenses live in a black circle, and along with the extended LED flash and landscape-oriented writing, the entire back of the phone looks like a modern point-and-shoot picture when held sideways. There's even a sort of shutter button, thanks to the wrapping screen. The fact that the touch screen wraps on both sides of the phone means that you can place buttons on the side of the phone, and the camera application allows a sliding shutter button on the touch screen along the top edge of the phone. There is also no rocker for the volume – the side display is obviously used for that too. This is the first time I have seen a curved display be used at all for any use.
While Google's approach to mobile photography is predominantly software-based, Huawei takes the completely opposite approach and uses really large camera sensors. The Mate 30 Pro packs a 1 / 1.7-inch sensor type for the main 40MP camera, which has 75% more surface area than the 1 / 2.55-inch sensor type of the Pixel 3 (and Pixel 4). At 1 / 1.54 inches, the camcorder sensor is even larger than that. There are also some fun video features. Thanks to the 3D Depth Sensor, you can have bokeh background effects in video, not just in pictures. And the slow motion goes as high as 7 680 frames per second at 720p, blowing out the 980fps you would get in many other phones.
Other specifications include Huawei's Kirin 990 SoC (7nm, Cortex A76 based chip), 8GB of RAM, 256 GB of memory and a 4500mAh battery. You will get IP68 water and dust resistance, 40W cable charging and 27W wireless charging. There is no headphone jack, but there is expandable memory thanks to Huawei's Nano memory standard, which uses one of the dual SIM card slots. The operating system is Huawei's recently released Android 10 with "EMUI" skin. Well, it's a fork of Android 10, since there are no Google apps.
This is another type 5G
The Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro are available in both 4G and 5G versions, with "5G" provided by Huawei's Kirin SoC. Whenever someone mentions "Huawei" and "5G" in the same sentence, know that they are talking about "Sub-6GHz 5G", which is completely different from the 24GHz-90GHz "mmWave 5G" currently being pushed by cell carriers from the United States and Qualcomm. Higher mmWave frequencies offer more speed but in a smaller range. So while sub-6GHz does not increase the speed of generations, which is often amplified by the cellular industry, it also has no ridiculous restrictions on the mmWave range and is more practical for actually building a cellular network that works.
The split between the 5G standards is related to what spectrum the various governments in the world have provided. In the United States, 24GHz-90GHz mmWave is exactly what is available for use. While other governments are opening sub-GGHz spectrum for auction, the US is not and is not planning. 5G is becoming a battle for standards, and this is the United States against the rest of the world.
Both mmWave and sub-6GHz networks are almost non-existent in the real world, but mmWave networks are slightly ahead of below 6GHz. In the United States, all four carriers have active records from the mmWave network, while worldwide availability of sub-6GHz networks is reduced to Vodafone and EE in the UK. You would think that Huawei is releasing what it calls the "first generation 5G smartphone in the world" that China will have some 5G network up and running, but no – Chinese 5GHz below 6GHz 5G networks will not be ready for at least 2020.
The Mate 30 Pro comes in silver, green, purple or black colored glass and even has options packaged in green or orange synthetic leather. You will never see this phone launch in the US, but in Europe the 4G version is $ 1,099 (~ $ 1,214) and the 5G version is $ 1,199 (~ $ 1,324).