With new smartphone releases every few months, we start to wonder about the little details that differentiate each phone from the next. From Apple and Samsung to Oppo and Huawei, the average consumer has so many options to choose from. After a week of using the Huawei Mate 30 Pro as first-time users, we were surprised to find that the phone was a real force to behold.

A hardware-focused design, the Huawei Mate 30 Series plays host to the incredible Kirin 990, a high-functioning processor that promises fast loading speeds, longer-usage time and strong image processing capabilities. Many spend every second of their spare time on their phones. We can safely say that we only needed to charge the Mate 30 Pro to full juice in the morning and another 20-minute spurt during the day. This has definitely got to do with Huawei’s super-charge technology: within 15 minutes, the phone will have at least 25 percent battery, making it extremely useful for those on the go.

Huawei Mate 30 Series
Edge-to-edge immersive experience with a 88 degree curve display (Image credit: Huawei)

Display

This phone makes for a beautiful first impression. The ultra-curved flowing Horizon Display has no bezels on its screen edges, which combined with the side-touch interaction, allows the user to naturally adjust the volume without having to push physical buttons.

The phone also comes in six colours, the iridescent Space Silver, a classy Black, Emerald Green, Cosmic Purple, and two vegan leather ones in Orange and Forest Green; all beautiful enough be in your Instagram flat-lays. Yet, the phone is not just a pretty face. Just like its name, the Mate 30 Pro is a phone for a mate of your own. With the reverse wireless charging innovation, it helps a friend out whenever they are in the dangerous 5% battery life without a cable. To date, the speed of this technology is three times faster than any other phones with the same function.

Having a fingerprint lock and the facial recognition lock on the front-side of the display is easily the lowest benchmark for security on the phone. The Mate 30 can enable application locks that ensure complete privacy and security.

Camera
Huawei has always been known for its stellar photography system, ever since their collaboration with Leica. Early this year, the P30 Pro astonished with their exceptional zoom capabilities and an incredible night mode that showed details in pictures within a single exposure. While the Mate 30 Pro cannot be definitively said to own the best smartphone camera, it does produce spectacular results. Almost any photo-taking scenario can be covered on this one device for mobile photographers: from long-exposure shots, professional-grade bokeh effects to slow-motion videos and wide angles, the choices are endless.

Huawei Mate 30 Series
‘Halo’ quad-camera system (Image credit: Huawei)

Included in the circular quad rear camera squad on the Mate 30 Pro is the all-new 40-megapixel wide Cine camera with an f/1.8 aperture, without optical image stabiliser (OIS). The Mate 30 on the other hand, has a larger aperture at f/1.6, but comes with the OIS system. In sunny Singapore, backlight always seems to be the issue. With the improved AI HDR+ and AI Segmentation, the phone automatically analyses the environment to balance the light, colour and contrast in the phone so that subjects still stand out in the backlight.

Huawei Mate 30 Series
Shanghai skyline on Night Mode (Image credit: Huawei)

Pricing

The Mate 30 Pro is currently available for those who registered their interest at $1,298 and available in Black and Space Silver only.

Verdict
The Huawei Mate 30 Series is undoubtedly a force to behold for in terms of its hardware and techies will love tearing the model apart to discover all it has to offer. Yet, the restriction of Google applications proves to be an issue. For those that are looking for a second phone focused on photography, the Mate 30 proves to be an excellent choice.

Jocelyn Tan
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Jocelyn Tan is a travel and design writer. She's probably indulging in serial killer podcasts or reading one too many books on East Asian history. When she actually gets to travel, you can find her attempting to stuff her entire wardrobe into her luggage. Yes, she's a chronic over-packer.