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Huawei Mate 30: Great phone you should avoid

Christian Fernsby |
Huawei unveiled the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro, its latest flagship phones. They look great but if you are outside China you should avoid them.

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Huawei smartphones feature state-of-the-art hardware state-of-the-art hardware. And that says it all. They are based on Android open source and will feel and look as Android but will miss important things. You won't have Google apps, so forget Chrome and Maps and other apps and most importantly forget Play Store. As we all know the phone, or any device for that matter is strong as its software base is, so Mate 30 without Play Store is like a car without fuel stations network.

Instead of Chrome, you may use the Huawei Browser and download apps through the Huawei AppGallery. It does have some 45,000 apps, says Huawei, but that's nothing compared to 2.7 million on Play Store. Furthermore, Huawei's open-source Android will wait until any Android update hits the market, while other manufacturers will have them in advance. But there's more: Mate has EMUI 10, Huawei's user interface that approximates Google's Android 10, as any emulation is not as good as an original, especially when we don't know what the Chinese company put to work in the background.

And now a bit of tech spec. The most obvious change comparing with other phones is the circular camera module. The company calls that “exquisite halo ring” that houses four cameras and is meant to mirror the look of a DSLR. The curved edges are more pronounced now and the company calls that the Huawei Horizon Display. To accomodate the sharper curves, Huawei has installed “invisible” touch capacitive buttons for the volume rocker instead of traditional hardware keys. So, small changes, a lot of PR talk.

The Mate 30 Pro has a 6.53-inch OLED panel with a 2,400 x 1,080 resolution, 18.4:9 aspect ratio, and supports DCI-P3 HDR standard. There’s also a new generation blue light filter that’s 25% more efficient than the Mate 20 Pro, they say. The regular Mate 30, meanwhile, sports a 6.62-inch rigid OLED display with a 2,340 x 1,080 resolution. At the heart of it all is the Kirin 990 chipset. There’s also a Mate 30 Pro 5G model with a whopping 14 antennas and a 5G dual SIM slot and support for non-standalone and standalone 5G modes. So, everything nice and good but strictly enclosed in Huawei's ecosystem. Which is Chinese.

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