Huawei Mate 30 Pro with waterfall design gets a decent iFixit repairability score

Huawei Mate 30 Pro

“Unlike most 2019 flagships, which come with separate plugs for digitiser and screen, the Huawei Mate 30 Pro’s display connects to the board through a single connector”

Huawei Mate 30 Pro was unveiled in China back in September, and like most flagships, it too comes with top-of-the-line specifications and advanced components. This usually makes the internal designs complex, thereby making it hard for repairs. However, it doesn’t seem to be the case with the Mate 30 Pro as it fared somewhat well in the iFixit teardown and managed to score a decent 5/10. The waterfall panel made it seem like it’s going to be a tough task to repair or replace the display, but in reality, the display can be removed without pulling out the battery inside. Unlike most 2019 flagships which come with separate plugs for digitiser and screen, the Huawei Mate 30 Pro’s display connects to the board through a single connector.

Huawei Mate 30 Pro
The Huawei Mate 30 Pro’s glued-down front and back glass mean a higher risk of damage which makes all the repairs more difficult and lengthy

However, the waterfall display also has zero margins between the screen and the frame, thereby making it a little hard to pry it open. iFixit says that the Mate 30 Pro’s modular design is one of the reasons for its decent score in its repairability and this also makes replacing components independently easy. The handset uses Philips screws which are easy to remove. The Mate 30 Pro’s glued-down front and back glass mean a higher risk of damage which makes all the repairs more difficult and lengthy. It is using a Synopsys S3909 optical fingerprint scanner, and beneath the motherboard, there is a copper plate towards the left pane of the frame, and this is similar to Mate 20 X 5G‘s liquid cooling system.

As for the components, Huawei Mate 30 Pro is using SKhynix H9HKNNNFBMAU-DRNEH 8 GB LPDDR4X SDRAM, Toshiba 256GB UFS storage, HiSilicon Hi1103 Wi-Fi module, an HiSilicon Hi6363 RF transceiver, HiSilicon Hi6526 power management IC and NXP 80T37, which is likely an NFC controller. In comparison, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus secured a repairability score of just 3/10, Google Pixel 4 XL got a rating of 4/10.

Huawei Mate 30 Pro Specifications
Performance
Octa core (2.86 GHz, Dual Core + 2.09 GHz, Dual core + 1.86 GHz, Quad core)
HiSilicon Kirin
8 GB RAM
Display
6.53 inches (16.59 cm)
1176x2400 px, 409 PPI
OLED
Camera
40 MP + 40 MP + 8 MP Triple Primary Cameras
LED Flash
32 MP Front Camera
Battery
4500 mAh
Super Charging
USB Type-C port
Huawei Mate 30 Pro Price, Launch Date
Expected Price: Rs. 86,590
Release Date: 19-Feb-2020 (Expected)
Variant: 8 GB RAM / 256 GB internal storage
Phone Status: Upcoming Phone
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