P30 and P30 Pro are Huawei's response to the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus
P30 and P30 Pro are Huawei's response to the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus

In many ways, this smartphone is a P20 update, but it’s not just about minimal changes.

As Honor’s budget mark has gone into the hole-punch design, Huawei has decided to maintain the old “notch” design for flagships.

However, the “notch” is much smaller. The company is distanced from the “notch” of the iPhone X in favor of a small “notch”.

The P20 and P20 Pro were the latest Huawei flagships with the screen scanner below the screen. With P30 Huawei has decided to implement the sub screen.

The company could have used this option to make smaller phones but Huawei chose to produce longer-life phones.

The P20 and P20 Pro had a 5.8-inch and 6.1-inch screen respectively with a 18.7: 9 ratio. The P30 and P30 Pro have 6.1-inch and 6.47-inch displays with 19.5: 9 ratios.

But the P30 Pro is tighter than the iPhone XR. The industrial design of the P30 stands in line with the P20. The phones have the rear color glass of combined change. The frame consists of aluminum. Overall phones are thinner thanks to the curved display glasses.

Everything looks solid in your hand. P30 and P30 Pro are closer to each other in terms of functions. Both have OLED screens with a resolution of 2340 × 1080 pixels. No longer will you be facing the tough LCD or OLED solution.

The two biggest differences you notice with the P30 Pro is the Samsung style with a curved screen on both sides. While the P30 screen is completely flat.

Huawei also has decided to bring the 3.5mm headset back but only to the standard P30 model. The company thinks those who can not buy a P30 Pro may not have the wireless headset budget.

Both phones come in four colors: crystal, amber, white, black and aurora. Amber is a combination of red with orange while blue aurora with green.

The P30 costs 799 euros for 128GB of memory while the P30 Pro 999 euros for 128GB of memory. Phones are on sale today in Europe and Asia.

Four camera sensors

If we talk about cameras, Huawei has always been one of the leaders on this front. Only four brands are producing quality cameras: Apple, Samsung, Google and Huawei. It will be difficult to comment on the picture quality but the P30 Pro does not have one, either two or three but four sensors on the back.

  • The main camera is a 40-megapixel 27mm sensor with f / 1.6 aperture and optical stabilization.
  • The second camera has a 20-megapixel 16mm wide-angle sensor and f / 2.2 aperture
  • The third camera is the eight-megapixel 125mm telephoto sensor with 5x optical zoom and f / 3.4 aperture
  • The fourth camera is my time-of-flight sensor (ToF) hidden under flash light. With this sensor the camera projects the infrared light and captures their reflection.

Thanks to the ToF sensor, Huawei promises the best bokeh effects. The company also combines the main sensor with that telephoto to magnify 10x.

The telephoto lens has a periscope design. Huawei uses this method to keep the phone thin.

The P30 cameras are close to the Huawei P30 Pro but slightly weaker:

  • The main camera with 40 megapixel with f / 1.8 aperture and optical stabilization
  • 16-megapixel secondary super wide camera with f / 2.2 aperture
  • The third 8-megapixel telephoto camera and optical zoom 3x
  • There is no ToF sensor

Beyond hardware Huawei says the software has been significantly improved to enhance photo quality. For example, “night mode” should perform very well thanks to the stabilization applied by the software. HDR photos and portrait should also be more quality says Huawei.

The front of the phone is powered by a 24-megapixel 32-megapixel selfie camera. And you can realize HDR video and photos in low light with it.

Beyond the surface

Huawei has upgraded the processor phone that it produces with Kirin 980 that you find on both Mate 20 and 20 Pro. The phone comes with Android Pie 9.1 and the Huawei EMUI interface.

In addition to the 40W USB-C charging, Huawei has integrated wireless charging for the first time in the P series up to 15W. The P30 Pro has 4,200 mAh batteries and can also charge other devices and accessories such as the Galaxy S10.

The P30 Pro has IP68 resistance to water and dust while P30 only IP53. The speaker at the bottom of the screen is removed and Huawei will use the screen itself for this purpose.

New wireless headphones

Along with the phone, Huawei also launched new wireless headsets. FreeLace are similar to BeatsX but with a cable.

You can remove the cable and use it as a wireless headset without having to configure Bluetooth. The headphones are charged via the USB-C port and for 5 minutes of charging you get 4 hours of battery life.

They are magnetic and can be placed around the neck. They will cost 99 euros and will be sold as stand-alone accessories

Huawei P30 and P30 PRO SPEC

Huawei P30 Huawei P30 Pro
Screen 6.1-inch OLED
19.5:9, FHD+
2340×1080 pixels
6.47-inch Curved OLED
19.5:9, FHD+
2340×1080 pixels
Chipset Kirin 980 with Dual NPU Kirin 980 with Dual NPU
Memory 6GB RAM
128GB storage
8GB RAM
128GB / 256GB / 512GB storage
Expandable storage Yes, Nano memory Yes, Nano memory
Battery 3,650mAh
25W Huawei SuperCharge
4,200mAh
40W Huawei SuperCharge
15W Wireless Quick Charge
Reverse Wireless Charging
Rear Camera 1 40MP SuperSpectrum
Wide angle, f/1.8
40MP SuperSpectrum
Wide angle, f/1.6, OIS
Rear Camera 2 16MP Ultra wide angle, f/2.2 20MP ultra wide angle, f/2.2
Rear Camera 3 8MP
3X Optical zoom, f/2.4, OIS
8MP Periscope
5X Optical zoom, f/3.4, OIS
Rear Camera 4 None Time-of-flight camera
Camera zoom 3X Optical Zoom
5X Hybrid zoom
30X digital zoom
5X Optical Zoom
10X Hybrid zoom
50X digital zoom
Front camera 32MP, f/2.0 32MP, f/2.0
OS Android 9 Pie
EMUI 9
Android 9 Pie
EMUI 9
Dimensions 149.1 x 71.36 x 7.57 mm
165 g
158 x 73.4 x 84.1 mm
192 g

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