Had Huawei not been in the crosshairs of the US and Chinese trade war, the Mate 30 Pro would have launched with the full Android 10 experience, and would have unquestionably been the most powerful Android smartphone available, outclassing Samsung and LG, and every other Android brand.
It also boasts powerful hardware that outclasses that found on iPhones, too, with the exception of the CPU, which benchmarks show Apple continually topping with its A-Series of processors - as it does for all competing ARM processors.
Now, while there have been ways online to install the Google Play experience onto the Mate 30 Pro, it's not officially sanctioned by Huawei, Google or anyone else, and so this changes the value proposition in that the vast majority of Android compatible apps are not officially available for this model.
XDA-Developers, for example, discovered a new way to get Google services onto the Mate 30 Pro, and while this method has now been made harder to achieve, it is still possible, and new methods will surely continue to be found. There's also this article from the UK's Express newspaper which suggests there may be a resolution to the trade war sooner than we might expect, but until the news is official from Google, Huawei and presumably a tweet from Donald Trump himself, this remains a legitimate issue.
Of course, a great many online services are, by definition, online, and accessible through a web browser. For example, I prefer to use Gmail via a web browser than the Gmail app on my phone, and even though Google cluelessly keeps on asking and prompting me to use the app on a regular-ish basis, I always tap "I am not interested".
So even on my existing iOS and Android devices will full app store capabilities, I still make use of a range of online services that would work without issue on the Mate 30 Pro, but no-one is pretending this isn't an issue and is why people have found and are finding ways to get the Google Play Store and Google Mobile Services onto the Mate 30 Pro.
The Mate 30 Pro does have Huawei's own app store, dubbed the App Gallery, but with only thousands of apps compared to Google Play's millions, the Mate 30 Pro has this as its uphill battle - something the company has acknowledged with the creation of Huawei Mobile Services to grow the Huawei Developer Ecosystem, with Huawei making US $1 billion available to developers to accelerate things as much as it possibly can, even though it is an uphill battle as everyone. knows.
The reality, however, is that the Mate 30 Pro is still a very powerful piece of hardware accompanied by Huawei's own software, coupled with incredible specs that, like the P30 Pro and Mate 20 Pro before it (both of which are still on sale and which have no Google restrictions), are phones from the future, with tomorrow's specs today, with capabilities that can be used to great effect immediately.
Huawei's Mate 30 Pro keynote in Germany showcased the mind-blowing line-up of first class features and benefits, from incredibly advanced cameras offering astounding photo and video capture and reproduction, through to an almost wrap-around screen with touch-based graphical side controls, through to Huawei's most advanced CPU and neural processor yet, even down to gesture based controls that seriously outclass those seen on the Google Pixel 4.
You can see all the details from that keynote which I've embedded below - the article continues thereafter, please read on!
All of this means that the Mate 30 Pro can still be used for many of the things you use a smartphone for, from email to browsing, apps and online browser-based services, photos and videos and plenty more.
Yes, you may need to carry around a second phone if you want access to specific apps, but the Mate 30 Pro still offers a great deal of value, and clearly that's why the company is pressing ahead and offering it in Australia.
So, here's the detail from Huawei's media release on the Mate 30 Pro, which will be available to purchase from November 21 in limited quantities, and which you can register your interest for now, here.
Huawei tells us its Mate 30 Pro is "equipped with a quad-Leica camera that includes two 40MP sensors, a 6.53-inch ultra-curved screen, superfast 40w wired charging, and the Kirin 990 chipset for revolutionary performance, the Mate 30 Pro rethinks possibilities for smartphone technology.
"From recording a hummingbird’s wings flapping at 80 times per second, to taking detailed time-lapse shots in low light, Mate 30 Pro offers professional-standard videography tools. The 40MP Cinecamera makes Ultra-Low-light, Ultra-slow Motion and Ultra-Wide-Angle Time-lapse capture possible, for truly outstanding footage.
"Holding an unbeaten score for its smartphone camera by DXO Mark, the Huawei Mate 30 Pro sets the benchmark for mobile photography. The large 40MP 1/1.7-inch SuperSensing Leica lens, combined with advanced RYYB algorithm and enhanced image signal processing, means Mate 30 Pro offers luminous, balanced images with vivid colour — even in low light. Upgraded AI HDR+ and AI Segmentation ensures further processing for outstanding image quality.
"Bolstered by an 8MP Telephoto Camera for up to 5x hybrid and 30x Digital Zoom, and a 3D depth sensor for Bokeh effects across video and photography, the Huawei Mate 30 Pro has the most versatile smartphone camera package available. The 32MP front shooter is also impressive, enhanced with a 3D Depth Sensing Camera and for perfect selfies, and Gesture Sensor for intuitive, no-touch controls.
"Continuing Huawei’s lineage of striking smartphone design, the Mate 30 Pro features a 6.53-inch ultra-curved screen that extends over the sides of the device for uncompromised viewing. Physical buttons are replaced by simple side-touch controls, offering users more seamless interaction.
"The Mate 30 Pro’s large 4500mAh battery means busy Aussies can stay productive for longer, while the 40w SuperCharge accessory offers lightning-fast charging speeds. The Mate 30 Pro’s wireless charging support is the fastest available, enabling quick powering of compatible wearables while on-the-go."
Larking Huang, MD of Huawei's Consumer Business Group Australia said: “The Huawei Mate 30 Pro sets a new benchmark in smartphone technology. Mate 30 Pro users will be equipped to take enviable video and stills, which other devices simply cannot match. Add-in the ultra-curved screen, industry leading reverse wireless charging and impressive battery life, and it’s clear the Huawei Mate 30 Pro offers an outstanding and unique experience.”
The new Mate 30 Pro will run on EMUI10, based on open source Android. Huawei Mobile Services will also be pre-loaded, and will include the Huawei AppGallery, Huawei Browser and the new Huawei Assistant. The Huawei AppGallery boasts over 45,000 apps integrated with Huawei Mobile Services core, has over 390 million monthly active users worldwide and has recorded over 180 billion downloads per year.
Huawei Mate 30 Pro is available from the Huawei Authorised Experience Store, Mobileciti and select HappyTel stores from Wednesday 21 November in Space Silver, at an RRP of $1,599. Interest can be registered for a limited number of devices here from 7 November and will include bonus FreeBuds 3 (valued at $299).
Additional Mate 30 Pro features include:
- EMUI10 operating system featuring a contemporary magazine inspired layout, Always-On-Display (AOD) where the colour of the lock screen changes throughout the day
- Dark Mode brings enhanced legibility making the screen look gentler and more comfortable when night falls
AI Gesture Control for contactless screen interaction
- Multi-Screen Collaboration allows users to transfer data and control multiple screens between Huawei devices
- HUAWEI 3D Face Unlock and In-screen Fingerprint to provide advanced data security and privacy protection
2400 x 1176
SuperSensing Cine Camera 40 MP (Cine Camera, f/1.8 aperture) + 40 MP (SuperSensing Camera, f/1.6 aperture, OIS)
8 MP (Telephoto Camera, f/2.4 aperture, OIS)+3D Depth Sensing Camera supports Autofocus (phase focus, contrast focus), supports AIS (HUAWEI AI Image Stabilisation).
Rear single LED flash
5X Optical | 10X Hybrid | 30X Digital
AI scene detection
Splash, dust & water
Water and dust resistance
Talk time (3g)
Huawei 40W SuperCharge
TÜV Certified Charging
1.1hrs (Wired Charge using Huawei SuperCharge Charger)
27w Wireless Huawei SuperCharge, sold separately
Reverse wireless charge
Front In-screen Fingerprint sensor
Memory & cpu
NM card up to 256GB, sold separately
HUAWEI Kirin 990 processor with AI
CPU: 2 x Cortex-A76 Based 2.86 GHz + 2 x Cortex-A76 Based 2.09 GHz + 4 x Cortex-A55 1.86 GHz
Yes. Big Core + Tiny Core NPUs(Neural-network Processing Unit).
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (wave2), 2.4G/5G, support Wi-Fi direct
BT 5.1, BLE, SBC, AAC, LDAC HD
Yes. Knock screen twice with knuckle to screen or enable scroll capture.
Yes. Screenshots and slide-changing can be executed swiftly when you look at the screen or simply swipe your hand.
Business card scan
Easy screen capture
Knuckle Gesture | Video screen recording capable
In the Box
Type-C digital headset
Huawei SuperCharger 2.0
Type-C x 1
Clear Case included
Quick start guide
Sim eject tool
Free door-to-door pickup and delivery within Australia
1300 HUAWEI (482 934)
Service collection point