Huawei Mate 30 Pro

Hands-on with Huawei’s Mate 30 Pro

It has been announced, but we do not yet know when it will be released in Europa: Huawei Mate 30 and the Pro version. Fortunately we were present in Munich when the devices were announced, so we were able to hold them for a while. These are our first findings from Huawei Mate 30 Pro.

One of the first things I test when I have a phone in my hands are the beauty filters. Strangely enough, I never actually use them on my phone, but I find it interesting to see what is adjusted when compared to an earlier model. During the announcement of P20 Pro, I remember well that I tested the beauty filter: it made me a kind of alien with extremely large eyes and a sharp chin. It was not a good look. In the meantime, that beauty filter has clearly been evolving, because even with the most extreme beauty changes, the photo was quite realistic on Mate 30 Pro.

Huawei Mate 30 Pro

Huawei Mate 30 Pro has a notch, which means that the selfie camera is just at the top of the screen in the black area. So at the top you miss a piece of screen, if you compare the phone with OnePlus 7 where the camera slides out of the device and the screen runs over the entire front of the device. However, Huawei makes up for that bit that you miss by adding it to the side of the screen. It is a kind of waterfall idea: the screen goes down vertically along the edges of the very nice looking Huawei Mate 30 Pro. That brings with it the necessary challenges, because you will miss the buttons on the side with which you, for example, turn the volume up and down. Huawei prefers that the sides of the screen can also be touched. Now that can be truly handy, but it is also a bit clumsy. During my hands-on, I regularly had the feeling that the device did not want cooperate (such as selecting that beauty filter), because I guess I touched the sides of the device while I was holding it.

Slide up the volume

To get the volume slider on screen, simply tap twice on the side. That works very well, but I do wonder how one will approach this when calling. Now and then I turn my phone volume up and down using the buttons on the side, but now I probably have to hold the phone away from my ear, since I have to see where I have placed my finger to view the volume slider. Hmm, that seems complicated. Furthermore, everything was fine. Huawei Mate 30 Pro is an amazing device. It fit nicely in my hand, it comes in great colors and has impressive specifications. It does a lot of new things in terms of video: super slow motion for example. You sometimes have to be very patient for that, because it can be so slow that you can make a video of five minutes out of something that takes five seconds. On the other hand, that can probably all be set up just the way you want. Though a few minutes with this phone were nice, I need a little more time with this phone to really review it properly. The same goes for researching how it will work without Google Play Store and Google Apps, because of the issues with the American government and Google Services. I will let you know before the end of this year, because in my home country either Huawei Mate 30 or Huawei Mate 30 Pro will be released before the end of the year.


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