Before i fully dived into the new Huawei Mate 30 Pro and its price in Nigerian Naira, here is something brief about its predecessors.
The introduction of the fantastic Huawei P20 Pro in 2018 by Huawei Technologies Inc. took reviewers by surprise, of the bizarre specifications, the smartphone features, especially its speed. But, the Mate 20 Pro smartphone outperformed it in all functions.
However, the glory ascribed for Huawei Mate 20 Pro was just momentary, until the release of P30 Pro in September 2019, which outshine its predecessor in all specifications and features with an incredible increase.
Huawei Technologies Inc. has made its firm stand, as it remains unmovable concerning the impact of the U.S. blacklist that restricts its smartphone products to gain access to Google App store updates and support for all Huawei smartphones users.
Nevertheless, this restriction does not utter the production of the innovative Mate 30 Pro. Putting into consideration the phone specification, we can conclude that it is a top-tier smartphone.
It is classified as the World’s 1st Leading 5G smartphone, powered by 7nm+ EUV2, the Kirin 990 5G achieved significant performance with lower power consumption. It supports S.A. and NSA network architectures, peak download speed, and full frequencies of FDD and TDD.
The brand new design of Big-Core Plus Tiny-Core NPU vastly improves A.I. capability for your intelligent life. Unlock the 5G World with the download speed of up to 2.3Gbps.
Giving it a real experience with ultra-fast and smooth 4K Livestream even in the middle of a crowd, delivering the high resolution picture and stable signal that immerse you in every scene with the 6.53 inches of virtually wraparound OLED screen, that’s embedded in a precious glass and metal design, coupled with a massive 4,500mAh battery, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of storage.
Most reviewer has it that, which I seconded as a personal opinion, should Huawei’s partnership with Google resume, and the Mate 30 Pro gain access to the official Google Play Store, it would be an excellent platform for a positive review for this Huawei Product.
Putting into consideration the present restriction with Huawei technologies, the purchase of Mate 30 Pro may be restricted to some specific geographical area – China Only.
Although chances have it for an individual to import the handset if it is unavailable at the local store, without considering that it. This restriction made the smartphone a local phone instead of being a global brand.
How Much is Huawei Mate 30 Pro in Nigeria (Price)
The 4G variant of the Mate 30 Pro model with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage cost is $1,200 (N432,000), while the 5G device cost $1,300 (N468,000).
As the first 5G branded phone, its cost some fortune for the masses. But on the other hand, considering the specification of the phone, you all agrees with me that this device justifies their market price.
The cost of this smartphone depends according to the network brand variant. The 4G brand cost less by $100 (N35,000) to its 5G variants.
Its 4G variant with 8GB, 256GB of storage cost is €1,099 (around $1,200 / £970 / AU$1,700 / N432,000 Naira), while the 5G model cost €1,199 (around $1,300 / £1050 / AU$1,850 / N468,000 Naira).
Design and Display
It is a big, yet handy smartphone, with a screen size of 6.53-inch, weighing 198g net, is encapsulated with curved scratch-resistance Gorilla Glass 6 on both sides, with the aim of preventing physical damage to the screen, the phone also comes with IP68 water and dust resistance, that prevent those elements from gaining access into the phone, as not to gain the better of it.
This design standout with a correct edge-to-edge curved screen type that, when viewed directly, looks as if it is being wrapped with it.
The Mate 30 Pro’s curved OLED screen spills-over to the sides of the device at almost 90-degree angle support for the full DCI-P3 color space, featuring a resolution of 1176 x 2400 pixels, and as well as HDR10.
Its pixel density of 409 pixels-per-inch still looks incredible, with an 18.5:9 aspect ratio all with a thickness of 8.8mm.
The phone comes with a USB-C type at the base, with no headphone jack – This may be whom Google Inc. imitate during the production of Pixel 4 and 4 XL smartphone.
It comes with just one button – a power button and no volume button. Thanks to the innovation from the manufacturer for improvising a simple screen-centric way of increasing and reducing the volume – by double-clicking at the side of the display and slide up or down. This worked perfectly, while the screen is on.
New users can customize the Screen Temperature and Color Vibrancy, Dark Mode, and always-on-display (AOD). One impressive innovation is the palm/edge rejection. The touch sensitivity of the edge is triggered when its needs arise – in gaming, for example, when the side is used as L and R triggers, but we didn’t find ourselves accidentally triggering things.
With a 4,500mAh battery, it stands as one of the best powered-packed smartphones amidst its close competitors.
With a 90-minute H.D. video movie played back at maximum brightness, it consumes only 5% of the battery – meaning it can play non-stop some H.D. movies for 1,800 minutes, which invariably equates 30hours. This is exceptional for Mate 30 smartphone, as light users can operate their devices for an average of 48 – 72 hours, and heavy users with a day duration.
Also, the wireless charging is capped with charging speeds of up to 27W. Apple’s product, which is docked at 18W, was considered the leading innovative wireless charging products until Huawei’s latest leading technology superseded it. The “cord to plug” charging is powered by 40W SuperCharge tech, which charges-up the device under one hour, 15 minutes.
Within the phone are standard settings that enables it to attain maximum power-saving, which include the Power Saving Mode, the Ultra Power Saving mode, App Launch (where users can enable or disable auto-start app), and power consumption details, where you can toggle Performance Mode on or off for maximum gaming performance.
During the launching event of this device, Huawei reported that the cumulative of 120MPs are fixed across the front and back of the smartphone, these cameras deliver lofty promises and incredible photo and video samples being sampled on-screen.
Reviewers said that Huawei instantly promises something the others do not, which is the pixel-power. A full 40MP resolution image shot from Mate 30 Pro, is shot by 10MP default when taken under high illumination.
Other benefits of shooting with the 10MP include; lower-resolution shots with better dynamic range, less noise, and take up less space.
The Mate 30 Pro’s camera collection consists of a 40MP full camera with an f/1.6, 27mm lens loaded up with optical image stabilization (OIS). The 8MP resolution telephoto camera delivers 3x zoom and features an f/2.4 lens and OIS, while the new ultra-wide cinema camera has a 40MP resolution, 18mm focal length, and an f/1.8 aperture.
The ultra-wide-angle camera retain image details in an impressive and dynamic range, though in very challenging conditions, and not to be compared with the ultra-wide-angle camera of iPhone 11 Pro image, thou it is considered as one of the best ultra-wide around, provided the capturing is gotten
Its night mode image capturing is second to none among its close rivals.
Unlike many other leading smartphones, it doesn’t force the user into a different mode to shoot excellent low light images but captures fantastic dynamic range, under perfect color accuracy, when switched to the dedicated night mode option.
As for the video, it’s shot at up to 4K 60fps to an incredibly slow 7680fps slow-motion capture at 720p. Meanwhile, the front camera captures selfies at a sharp 32MP or video at 1080p 30fps.
The video quality impresses across right illumination conditions, and not it isn’t great in the dark by DSLR or mirrorless camera standards, it beats other smartphones hands-down.
Another important notion is that the camera lacks GoPro-Esque ultra-wide distortion, yet does a decent job of noise handling, because the cameras and the OIS across the vast and telephoto lenses, is held together fantastically.
The front camera, 3D Depth Sensing Camera, and Gesture Sensor are inducted together to identify your facial features and detect the movement of your hands.
With this real-time information received in the Tiny-Core NPU, many commands such as unlocking, slide-changing, and screenshots can be executed swiftly when you look at the screen or simply swipe your hand.
Software & Hardware
Incredibly, it runs on the Android 10 mobile Operating system, with no Google Play store supports, – which makes Google app support experience terrific, but with AppGallery – otherwise known as Huawei’s store, lacks essential day-to-day app including WhatsApp and banking apps. The phone interface O.S. is built on the company’s EMUI 10.
This version gives a more graphical outlook, better-streamlined menus, and more comfortable graphics.
Though the side loaded app – an alternative Google Play Store app – experience on the phone was honestly perfect, but the absence of other Google Services makes the whole experience worrisome, especially the Web Apps, as they lack proper integrations of the Google Services provided under normal circumstances, as the usage of third parties are not as native, natural and spontaneous especially to those that are used to Google Service on other Android Devices.
New features that characterize it includes;
1.) Eye monitoring technology, which stops the phone auto-rotating sideways when you don’t want it to, ensuring it stays in sync with your eye orientation.
2.) The two weird gesture controls – hover your hand over the display and make a fist to take a screenshot or flick up and down to scroll.
3.) Lastly, the pointless scrolling, but the screenshot gesture makes sense, given the fact the it can’t take screenshots using traditional volume + power button presses because it doesn’t come with the traditional volume buttons. Luckily, the feature works well, but so too does a double-tap with a knuckle to take one.
The under-display fingerprint scanner worked flawlessly and unlocked the phone seconds, though the Mate 30 Pro’s is programmed with advanced face unlock feature, with the sensors loaded up in the notch working to significant effect and offering better security than standard selfie-cam face unlocking.
Extra external features, worthy of noting is the Huawei’s M Pen, which supports up to 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity. This handy M Pen is sold separately if interested but isn’t well integrated into the Users Interphase when compared with Samsung’s S Pen as e-rayed by reviewers.
It runs with a Kirin 990 7nm chipset, combined with 8GB RAM size, and it delivers stellar performance during gaming. The additional GPU cores drop lesser frames, and EMUI 10’s revised gaming mode takes full advantage of the Mate 30 Pro’s curved screen, with L and R trigger that can be activated.
These L and R appear at the top left and right of the curved display when playing games in landscape orientation, which are responsive.
The phone comes with just one variance model when compared with its close competitor. The device comes with 256GB ROM, which I think justify the reason for the cost, which can further be expanded with the provision of the Nano memory card slot.
The Huawei Mate 30 Pro is a product of victim of circumstance from the US-China cold Trade war and a bittersweet phone to review with an excellent par, but with a fatal flaw.
It isn’t perfect – we miss the volume rocker, but everything else about it is at the very least great, and its low light photography capabilities are out of this World features for a phone.
That said, it’s also virtually impossible to recommend to anyone living in a Google Play Store region like the U.K, Australia, Nigeria.
It’s also not cheap at $1,200 (N432,000), which makes the fact that it’s missing a core part of any smartphone – a competent app experience and support – impossible to get past.