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Review In 2018, four years after The Reg predicted (to much derision from readers) that Huawei was coming to eat Samsung's lunch, the Chinese giant appeared trotting over the horizon, wearing a bib and waving a steak knife. Huawei has run HTC, Sony and LG off the British high street, but the Korean electronics giant is clearly foremost in Huawei's sights.

Earlier this week we put Huawei's new flagship, the P30 Pro, which goes on sale today, against the latest iPhone and Samsung models. The tl;dr? Huawei's extravagant and eye-catching imaging features detract from what is a solid and trustworthy phone. But Huawei has a lot of work to do make the experience as joined up and smooth as Samsung's.

Flagships - Today - Displays - Kind - Notch

There's precious little to distinguish flagships apart today: they feature full-length displays and some kind of dubious notch or hole. Case-less, the Samsung Galaxy S10+, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro and P30 Pro appear almost indistinguishable from the front as they're almost identical in shape, size and weight too. The P30 Pro dispenses with the small front fingerprint sensor of the P20 Pro, and adds a few grammes.

Full official specs: here.

Sensor - Place - Fingerprint - Sensor - Lack

In the sensor's place is an underglass fingerprint sensor. We've found these to be generally fairly reliable (note the lack of enthusiasm) - but slower than a dedicated physical sensor. There are really two delays with an underglass sensor: finding the right spot on the screen, which improves over time but is never as intuitive as feeling your way to physical button, and the unlocking process itself. Over time the Mate 20 Pro's was found to be a little faster.

While the truism that "they all look alike" is truer than ever, Huawei has worked hard on the materials to distinguish the back. The iridescent glass back panels in the "Aurora Blue" flavour...
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