Even with United States sanctions, the Huawei started selling the Mate 30 Pro in some markets, along with the foldable Mate X. It has a 6.53-inch screen with curved sides, a quadruple rear camera with the Leica brand and a 4,500 mAh battery with 40-watt charge. As usual, iFixit tried to disassemble the phone – and found that the repair is not that complicated.
The process of dismantling the Huawei Mate 30 Pro is like that of almost any top of the line today: the rear window is glued to the aluminum frame, so you need to apply heat, insert support vanes at the edges and, finally, lift the lid . IFixit liked the fact that the glass came out unscathed and that there are no fragile cables glued to the back, like the ones that connect the camera and wireless charging modules. In addition, all screws are standard, requiring no proprietary wrenches.
Inside the cell phone, it is possible to find a 3.85-volt battery with a total power of 17.32 watt-hours, more than the 16.04 Wh of the P30 Pro. The cameras use mainly Sony sensors: a 40-megapixel IMX600 on the main, a 40 megapixel IMX608 in kinematics, an IMX316 for 3D depth recognition and an OmniVision OV08A10 that takes pictures with the 3x zoom telephoto lens.
If four cameras in the rear are already surprising, what could we say about three more in the front? The selfie camera has a 32-megapixel Sony IMX616 sensor, but it also comes with a tiny 2.4-megapixel IMX332 for gesture recognition and an IMX516 for detecting depth in features like facial unlocking and background blur in portraits. How much!
Parts such as USB-C port, carrier chip card, speaker and optical fingerprint reader under the screen are modular, so they can be replaced independently, making repairs easier. Everything connects to a card with the Huawei Kirin 990 processor, an 8 GB LPDDR4X memory from SKHynix, a 256 GB flash memory from Toshiba and many communication modules from HiSilicon (in any other brand, we would certainly see a lot of parts from Qualcomm).
A curious component is the call speaker. Mate 30 Pro does not have the typical grid to let the sound through. Instead, there is a piece that vibrates the screen to emit audio – the P30 Pro was like that too, and the technology worked well. IFixit likes the trick, but says that this is one more piece to worry about during a screen change and, if you break the display, you may experience problems with the sound quality.
With glue on the back and the screen, but bringing many modular components, screws in standard shape, the repairability of the Huawei Mate 30 Pro was 5/10. It is easier to fix than the Galaxy Note 10+ (4/10), but more difficult than the iPhone 11 Pro Max (6/10). You can see the insides of Huawei’s top of the line at iFixit website.