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Huawei Mate 30 8GB RAM 128GB ROM Kirin 990 Smartphone (With Google Play) £516.51 @ Hongkong VT Store/Aliexpress
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Huawei Mate 30 8GB RAM 128GB ROM Kirin 990 Smartphone (With Google Play) £516.51 @ Hongkong VT Store/Aliexpress

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Posted 2nd OctShipping from China

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Comes with Google play, obviously a Chinese version with Google play installed

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  • Mate 30 Main Features:
  • 100% Guarantee Original HuaWei Mobile Phone

  • Kirin 990 Octa Core
  • 8GB RAM 128GB ROM Or 6GB RAM 128GB ROM
  • 6.62 inch OLED 2340X1080
  • Battery: 4200mAh lithium-ion
  • Cameras Front 24.0MP Back 40.0MP+16.0MP+8.0 3 Leica Cameras
  • 2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz

  • 3G: WCDMA B1/B2/B4/B5/B6/B8/B19

  • The phone is chinese version, It Support Screen Fingerprint, Multi Languages, OTG,MHL,IR, TYPE C USB 3.1,Face ID,IP53, Support 40W Super Charger and 27W Wireless Charge

Extra charges may be incurred when importing this, so if you aren't OK with that, or long waits, then please DO NOT BUY THIS.
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This fails SafetyNet checks, no Google Play or Google Pay, no Netflix, and will struggle with banking apps for the same reason. Great phone, but crippled.
Edited by: "stoney73" 2nd Oct
sam_of_london02/10/2019 09:44

No 5G. If this was 5G model , I might have bought it at this price. …No 5G. If this was 5G model , I might have bought it at this price. Wonder when they will release 5G models . Kirin 990 with 5G was supposed to be the first integrated 5G chip. I read in news , Mate 30 Pro 5G will come out only in November. Still this phone has the best camera in the world . Highest DXO marks , beats even Samsung Note 10 + 5G .


Well I'm using 3g at the moment where I work because it's much faster than the 4g in the same area.
So the chances of any decent 5g coverage outside of city centres is years away and for that reason it's not something I'll worry about for quite a long time.
No 5G. If this was 5G model , I might have bought it at this price. Wonder when they will release 5G models . Kirin 990 with 5G was supposed to be the first integrated 5G chip. I read in news , Mate 30 Pro 5G will come out only in November.
Mate 30 Pro has the best camera in the world . Highest DXO marks , beats even Samsung Note 10 + 5G .
Edited by: "sam_of_london" 2nd Oct
jabbatheshed02/10/2019 09:49

Well I'm using 3g at the moment where I work because it's much faster than …Well I'm using 3g at the moment where I work because it's much faster than the 4g in the same area.So the chances of any decent 5g coverage outside of city centres is years away and for that reason it's not something I'll worry about for quite a long time.


I'm telling Sam!! You in trouble
He vomits at 4g .
3g. Oh lord.
Edited by: "adamderak" 2nd Oct
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helluva price for this handset, is it worth my risking it........ooooooooooo
philjstephenson02/10/2019 09:35

helluva price for this handset, is it worth my risking …helluva price for this handset, is it worth my risking it........ooooooooooo


That's the million dollar question, remember this is the mate 30 (non pro) @Mike2005 has just posted the 30 Pro for over £700
MrSwitch02/10/2019 09:36

That's the million dollar question, remember this is the mate 30 (non … That's the million dollar question, remember this is the mate 30 (non pro) @Mike2005 has just posted the 30 Pro for over £700


I did posted the non pro as well but a bit more expensive.
Don't Mrswitch don't. I'm happily married to my mate 20X.
no 4g?
Definitely a good looking phone this, will be interesting to see how many units they manage to sell with the current situation.
No 5G. If this was 5G model , I might have bought it at this price. Wonder when they will release 5G models . Kirin 990 with 5G was supposed to be the first integrated 5G chip. I read in news , Mate 30 Pro 5G will come out only in November.
Mate 30 Pro has the best camera in the world . Highest DXO marks , beats even Samsung Note 10 + 5G .
Edited by: "sam_of_london" 2nd Oct
This fails SafetyNet checks, no Google Play or Google Pay, no Netflix, and will struggle with banking apps for the same reason. Great phone, but crippled.
Edited by: "stoney73" 2nd Oct
sam_of_london02/10/2019 09:44

No 5G. If this was 5G model , I might have bought it at this price. …No 5G. If this was 5G model , I might have bought it at this price. Wonder when they will release 5G models . Kirin 990 with 5G was supposed to be the first integrated 5G chip. I read in news , Mate 30 Pro 5G will come out only in November. Still this phone has the best camera in the world . Highest DXO marks , beats even Samsung Note 10 + 5G .


Well I'm using 3g at the moment where I work because it's much faster than the 4g in the same area.
So the chances of any decent 5g coverage outside of city centres is years away and for that reason it's not something I'll worry about for quite a long time.
stoney7302/10/2019 09:48

This fails SafetyNet checks, no Google Play or Google Pay, no Netflix, and …This fails SafetyNet checks, no Google Play or Google Pay, no Netflix, and will struggle with banking apps for the same reason. Great phone, but crippled.


I don't see that as an issue. Can't you just use Aptoide for Google apps ?
I've heard Huawei are plowing a billion into their own app development.

... How is this shipping with Google play ?
Edited by: "Mabbs" 2nd Oct
jabbatheshed02/10/2019 09:49

Well I'm using 3g at the moment where I work because it's much faster than …Well I'm using 3g at the moment where I work because it's much faster than the 4g in the same area.So the chances of any decent 5g coverage outside of city centres is years away and for that reason it's not something I'll worry about for quite a long time.


I'm telling Sam!! You in trouble
He vomits at 4g .
3g. Oh lord.
Edited by: "adamderak" 2nd Oct
adamderak02/10/2019 09:55

I'm telling Sam!! You in troubleHe vomits at 4g .3g. Oh lord.


He don't scare me, he should stick to fighting fires in pontypandy cos everyone that lives there is thick as
jabbatheshed02/10/2019 09:49

Well I'm using 3g at the moment where I work because it's much faster than …Well I'm using 3g at the moment where I work because it's much faster than the 4g in the same area.So the chances of any decent 5g coverage outside of city centres is years away and for that reason it's not something I'll worry about for quite a long time.


Buy a 5G phone and see your 4G connection improve. Most 4G phones don't even implement properly Volte , Mimo , CA, beam forming etc correctly. With bigger and more antennas inside, I found 4G works much better in 5G phone. I get consistent 4G speeds in 5G phone so very happy.
But if have bought one of crappy cheaper EE network SIM deals from Virgin or EE Essentials with crippled data connection, then no one can help you. Your 4G will never work , when the network has put you on low Priority and removed 4G bands from the connection.
sam_of_london02/10/2019 10:01

Buy a 5G phone and see your 4G connection improve. Most 4G phones don't …Buy a 5G phone and see your 4G connection improve. Most 4G phones don't even implement properly Volte , Mimo , CA, beam forming etc correctly. With bigger and more antennas inside, I found 4G works much better in 5G phone. I get consistent 4G speeds in 5G phone so very happy. But if have bought one of crappy cheaper EE network SIM deals from Virgin or EE Essentials with crippled data connection, then no one can help you. Your 4G will never work , when the network has put you on low Priority and removed 4G bands from the connection.


I'm using a mi9t with volte and it is crap, not sure if it's the phone or Vodafone but it's trash either way.
jabbatheshed02/10/2019 10:08

I'm using a mi9t with volte and it is crap, not sure if it's the phone or …I'm using a mi9t with volte and it is crap, not sure if it's the phone or Vodafone but it's trash either way.


It's not a restricted mb sim deal BTW.
sam_of_london02/10/2019 09:44

No 5G. If this was 5G model , I might have bought it at this price. …No 5G. If this was 5G model , I might have bought it at this price. Wonder when they will release 5G models . Kirin 990 with 5G was supposed to be the first integrated 5G chip. I read in news , Mate 30 Pro 5G will come out only in November. Mate 30 Pro has the best camera in the world . Highest DXO marks , beats even Samsung Note 10 + 5G .


...like a broken record
jabbatheshed02/10/2019 10:08

I'm using a mi9t with volte and it is crap, not sure if it's the phone or …I'm using a mi9t with volte and it is crap, not sure if it's the phone or Vodafone but it's trash either way.


I have S10 5G and Mi Mix 3 5G and very happy.
sam_of_london02/10/2019 10:11

I have S10 5G and Mi Mix 3 5G and very happy.


Is one phone not enough then?
FubarKid02/10/2019 09:54

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I guess you aren't current with the latest news.
Makes a mockery of the Samsung Apple prices.
adamderak02/10/2019 11:05

Makes a mockery of the Samsung Apple prices.


Huawei phones get a very good signal as well. My Mate 20 Pro had the best signal among all 4G phones I ever used, even much better than my iPhone.
stoney7302/10/2019 10:53

I guess you aren't current with the latest news.


I have,this already has Google playstore pre installed and from what I've read it should be ok?it's if you want to install them now,let's see how this pans out,you need to have done your homework on this phone before buying
Edited by: "FubarKid" 2nd Oct
Mabbs02/10/2019 09:54

I don't see that as an issue. Can't you just use Aptoide for Google apps …I don't see that as an issue. Can't you just use Aptoide for Google apps ?I've heard Huawei are plowing a billion into their own app development.... How is this shipping with Google play ?


Lmao aptoide.
if anyone is interested in the latest about how now safety net has failed on this now and the future of google play on the latest huawei devices you should probably read this article medium.com/@to…7cd
Edited by: "TheDodger" 2nd Oct
Mabbs02/10/2019 09:54

... How is this shipping with Google play ?


Obviously Chinese devs hacked this already. It's not a stock ROM for sure, if it has google apps added. Chinese ROM doesn't do google out of the box, too. If it's not a stock ROM, then there will be problems with OTA not working and possible problems with banking apps and payments. Most of it can be masked with Magisk, but not always smooth and not all problems can be fixed with it.
I would be a little bit afraid of using a hacked ROM in a phone for this kind of money...

EDIT: TheDodger's article explains it well. Apparently, it was "hacked" by the producers themselves. They left a backdoor for Gapps installation, but these don't really work on a system level there. They just pretend to do so. Conclusion from this article:
"... But even if it is legal, this backdoor should never exist in the first place from a security standpoint. There is a reason why system apps are allowed to have additional privileges: they exist on a cryptographically verified read-only partition..."
and
"... Nevertheless, only Huawei knows the intent to create such API and allow the existence of “LZPlay”, and it is up to anyone’s imagination..."

I'm not sure what to think about all this. Is it really safe to use the phone for banking and payments? I wouldn't trust them, but that's just me.
Edited by: "Fly_agaric" 2nd Oct
TheDodger02/10/2019 12:21

if anyone is interested in the latest about how now safety net has failed …if anyone is interested in the latest about how now safety net has failed on this now and the future of google play on the latest huawei devices you should probably read this article https://medium.com/@topjohnwu/huaweis-undocumented-apis-a-backdoor-to-reinstall-google-services-c3a5dd71a7cd


"safety net has failed" ? - what do you mean?
Horrorwood02/10/2019 12:38

"safety net has failed" ? - what do you mean?


safetynet is a tool used by google to verify if a device is secure so if this fails it means the device wont be able to use almost all banking apps and other apps like I believe even snapchat requires safety net to work even
I can speculate huge price reduction on these in 3-4 months.
Lack of quality in every aspect..big numbers tho to promote their But all worth nothing within a year
SantoshKaushik02/10/2019 12:51

I can speculate huge price reduction on these in 3-4 months.



Yeah and this is when they start becoming attractive as a purchase. Considering the extra effort to add Gapps functionality and not confirmed security of their solution I wouldn't pay current money. For half the amount, or less, I'd be intrigued to give it a try and can go OK with some limitations it brings.
Fly_agaric02/10/2019 12:55

Yeah and this is when they start becoming attractive as a purchase. …Yeah and this is when they start becoming attractive as a purchase. Considering the extra effort to add Gapps functionality and not confirmed security of their solution I wouldn't pay current money. For half the amount, or less, I'd be intrigued to give it a try and can go OK with some limitations it brings.


True. I have recently got Mate 20 pro for £152 from O2 trick. I will jump over for Mate 30 pro for similar price or even a bit higher.
Kimovil shows the Mate 30 as having "Slow motion video, 7680fps" ... surely a typo?!
I would definitely pay £400 for it if Google services weren't installed on it.
Far too much money to risk on an 'aliexpress'.
stuartc7402/10/2019 15:49

Far too much money to risk on an 'aliexpress'.


Fair enough mate
I want the pro. It's so sexy.
Marker02/10/2019 13:43

Kimovil shows the Mate 30 as having "Slow motion video, 7680fps" ... …Kimovil shows the Mate 30 as having "Slow motion video, 7680fps" ... surely a typo?!


Nope
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