Last week, Huawei released its latest flagship smartphone Mate 30 Pro, introducing its latest Kirin 990 chipset. The basis of the new hardware is a waterfall envelope screen, as well as new camera tools to help it records slow motion video at up to 7680 frames per second, above and beyond currently available. New smartphones will not come with Google Play Store and apps due to US-China trade war and Huawei listed with US entities, but Huawei has promised to consider unlocking the boot mechanism and injecting $ 1B into its App Store to power up new applications. The 5G versions of the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro are due out later this year, but we've been able to access the device for a day or more for some hands-on experience.
* For disclosure, in this mini-test we have a preliminary Chinese sample. The software is not yet in its current and final delivery state and may differ from the launch version.
Huawei Mate 30 Pro: Design
As with the latest Huawei flagships over the past few years, the Mate 30 Pro is a difficult device to ignore. With the tendency for full-screen displays to go beyond the edge of the device itself, Huawei pushed its high-end device with a true edge experience. This new Waterfall or Horizontal Display features an 88-degree edge curve, making its way halfway along the edge of the display.
It does one of two things. First, it affects how we change the volume, since there is no volume control. To adjust the volume, the user double-taps the edge of the display, and the pop-up sound allows the user to swipe up and down using his finger at the edge of the display to adjust the volume. This can be left or right on the display, which is personally a good idea. Users can set it to work on one side only, depending on whether they use it left or right. (The power button is still on the right side).
Another request with this display might be how it feels to hold. To be honest, this feels a little more slippery than the standard sides of the phone, but not that it dramatically changes the way the phone behaves normally.
The 6.53-inch Flex OLED display actually comes with an odd resolution of 2400×1176, which gives an aspect ratio of 18.4: 9 as Huawei counts that extra edge of the display. I noticed that most applications, even Huawei's own applications, seem to ignore the edges and simply focus on a 2400×1080 conversion for a 20: 9 experience. As we can see from this image, the "black" areas in the corners are where this the app doesn't even bother to detect and hide it.
However, I will say that I have tested very few ghost cranes with the display. He barely recognized the fine touches at the edges, suggesting that Huawei's false detection algorithms work really well.
At the top of the display is a cutout that houses several cameras: a gesture sensor, two 3D depth cameras and an ambient light / proximity sensor and a 32MP f / 2.0 front selfie camera. This comes with portrait mode supporting bokeh effects, but Huawei has also activated gesture control so users can make screens or scroll web pages without actually touching the phone. Personally, I still find the gesture controls to be a little tricky so I haven't used them.
At the back of the device are the main cameras, which for this Huawei smartphone call their orientation "SuperCine" to add quality to the Cinematography smartphone class. The four cameras are lined in a 2×2 grille and are surrounded by a ring designed to look like a more expensive camera position when the smartphone is held horizontally.
For Mate 30 Pro Huawei uses the top left for 3D depth measurement, top right is an ultra wide 40MP f / 1.8 camera, bottom left is a 40MP f / 1.6 camera with OIS, and bottom left is an 8MP f / 2.4 telephoto camera and a lens, also with OIS. The entire camera system supports AI stabilization techniques as well as ISO 409600 and video bokeh. The telephoto camera allows for 3x optical zoom and the macro mode allows for 2.5 cm shots.
The key to this arrangement is dual 40MP cameras. The 40MP ultra-wide Cine camera is an RGGB sensor and paired with a 40MP SuperSensing (4 in 1 pixel binning) RYYB sensor. The Cine camera supports 4K60 video, with ISO 51200, 4K HDR +, a real-time video bokeh and a new super slow motion mode up to 7680 fps. 7680 fps, which I tested in a few demo videos later.
The Mate 30 Pro comes in six colors, with four standard colors (Space Silver, Emerald Green, Cosmic Purple and Black) and two classified as "vegan leather" (Forest Green and Orange), which are essentially some of the current PU leather made of plastic.
Emerald green is special in that it has a glossy-matte gradient finish. The back of the device from below feels like a Huawei laptop, with its soft touch of a metal alloy, and then as it moves up the device, it becomes a smartphone with a glass feel. The idea here, according to Huawei, is to give it a unique texture that also doesn't put the fingerprints where people usually hold phones. It's hard to demonstrate without actually feeling it. We can see the textured surface with a high power light:
The Mate 30 Pro does not have a 3.5mm jack (Mate 30 does) but has a USB Type-C connector and an IR blaster. Compared to the P30 Pro I've been using as a daily driver for the past few months, the Mate 30 Pro looks a little wider because of the display, and the grip is almost equal. Usually I use a P30 Pro with a case, but the Mate 30 Pro sample that we were given for review does not have one.
Read the following pages where we cover some of the features of the Kirin 990, camera and video, as well as all the technical details.