Huawei Mate 30 Pro 5G: The king of 5G smartphones?

The 5G variant of the Huawei Mate 30 Pro comes just in time for the roll-out of the network


We reviewed the Huawei Mate 30 Pro earlier. However, its 5G variant launched in the UAE today. Priced at Dh3,899, you can pre-order it starting January 15. With pre-orders, you will get a DJI Osmo Mobile 3 stabiliser, Huawei’s wireless car charger and exclusive two years warranty. But what major changes does it bring to the table?

Boost in data transmission speeds

Huawei claims the Mate 30 Pro 5G is the first true 5G smartphone in the market. By using the Kirin 990 5G chipset, it supports both 5G non-standalone (NSA) and standalone (SA) networks.

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What this means is that the phone is suited for when 5G networks transition. As the phone supports both 5G architectures, you will not be forced to change your smartphone in the coming future.

A refresh in design

While the Mate 30 Pro 5G retains its halo ring design and 88-degree waterfall style 6.53-inch OLED display, it does see a change in material used.

The orange leather back made of vegan leather is one of our favorites

Particularly, the phone comes in a new orange colour, whether the back of the phone is made of vegan leather. But if you are not a fan of that design scheme, you can opt for the 5G smartphone in a green colour too, sans the leather finish.

Quite familiar otherwise

Putting aside the changes to aesthetic and internal processing, the smartphone is identical to any other Mate 30 Pro. You get Huawei’s 40MP quad-camera focused on videography and 4,500 mAh battery that supports both 27W wireless charging and 40W wired charging.

Huawei’s 40MP quad-camera is co-engineered with Leica

On the software front, you will get EMUI 10 running on an AOSP build of Android 10. Google services still do not come pre-installed with the smartphone. However, if you are a tech-savvy person, there is a way to get them up and running on the phone.

Who is this for?

While 90 per-cent of this device is similar to any other Mate 30 Pro, you should prefer the 5G variant over the regular one. This is because from at least a hardware perspective, the Mate 30 Pro 5G offers a level of future-proofing on paper and for a 5G device, the pricing is reasonable. We will be testing out the real-world differences between the 4G and 5G variants, which will give us a more detailed overview.