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Smartphones are about to go through a transformation as foldable screens make their way into the markets. Until that happens, the manufacturers still have a few ways to improve their Smartphones. The camera and battery are two segments that can still have improvements, and so the Huawei P30 Pro does that both.
On the first look, this latest device from Huawei is a device worthy of your attention. Not only the Chinese manufacturer is able to provide P30 Pro with incredible improvements but also manages to make it stand out in a period when Smartphones are becoming increasingly similar to one another. The all new Huawei P30 Pro boasts of other-worldly stamina, uncanny ability to see in the dark and unparalleled zoom, all of which make it a superhero among Smartphones, but with a price tag equally mighty, will the Huawei P30 Pro be able to find a market for itself?
This is GreatBuyz’s detailed Huawei P30 Pro review, to help you make an informed decision.
Huawei P30 Pro Design
For Mate 20 Pro users, the Huawei P30 Pro will seem very much familiar as the brand has kept the design a lot similar. However at 158 x 73.4 x 8.4mm, P30 Pro is a little bigger and the camera setups and notches make it different.
For new users, the glass back of the P30 Pro will make it little difficult to handle but its sleek design makes it comfortable in hand. The expansive display on this Smartphone curves on the edges, but it is nothing like the Samsung Galaxy S10 series. The curve does result in an annoying glare at times but nothing that cannot be ignored. The notch on the device is water drop and we liked how the form and functionality have been maintained so that it doesn’t mess with the notification bar.
The notch houses the selfie camera as there is no laser-based module for face unlock. This is really a shame as Huawei P30 Pro is supposed to have all the new-age features. Instead, you get a camera-based face to unlock on this device which is not as good as the laser-based system on the Mate 20 Pro. What also impresses is how Huawei managed to get rid of the earpiece speaker grille. In the Huawei P30 Pro, the earpiece speaker is embedded beneath the screen; making clear top lines. If you think the speaker beneath the screen does not work as effectively, think again because Huawei uses electromagnetic levitation technology for the speaker and not the piezoelectric speakers that sound dodgy. The voice calls sound clear and loud, you don’t even need to press your ears to the screen.
You get the in-display fingerprint reader in Huawei P30 Pro which is a trend now. On the back, you have a large camera module but the flashy background colours make up for the extra-large camera module. The Huawei P30 Pro is available in Aurora, Breathing Crystal and Amber Sunrise colours.
Altogether, the P30 Pro has an enjoyable design, it’s not novel but there’s nothing you can complain about.
Huawei P30 Pro Display
Like most high-end Smartphones in the market these days, the Huawei P30 Pro also flaunts a 6.47 inches OLED display. With a 1080 x 2340 pixel density, 19.5:9 aspect ratio and on point contrast levels, the screen gives crisp viewing experience. By default, the P30 Pro is set to Vivid colour setting but you will enjoy the screen more with Default Mode turned on which presents warmer hues. If you want you can customize the entire colour setting to suit your personal taste.
Interestingly the Huawei P30 Pro comes with an always-on display. Now the problem is you cannot customize this setting so you are pretty much stuck with it. Also, the double-tap feature does not work with the display, again a drawback.
Huawei P30 Pro Performance
An achievement for Huawei P30 Pro is how well it is able to perform. The phone performs amazingly smooth even when used for playing games or watching videos. If the price tag of the Huawei P30 Pro gives you hiccups, once you will get your hands on the phone, you will realize that you are paying for the calibre in terms of performance.
Powered with the octa-core Huawei Kirin 980 processor, the tech that actually makes the P30 Pro incredibly fast is its proprietary file system. You may not realize but the ability to access and move files to and from the internal storage drastically impacts the performance of a Smartphone. In addition, the proprietary file system also oomph the app start time.
For storage, you get fixed 8GB RAM with all three internal storage models i.e. 128 GB, 256GB and 512GB. If you are thinking of expanding the storage via microSD take note that just like the Mate 20 Pro, the Huawei P30 Pro supports the Huawei’s proprietary Nano-Memory format.
For music, you get loud enough bottom speakers, but they do lack bass. When you raise the volume when playing music on the P30 Pro, you will notice a little distortion occurring. You get wired USB-C earbuds with this phone that may feel cheap in your hands but sound surprisingly well. We recommend that you invest in some high-end quality wireless models to fully appreciate audio quality of the Huawei P30 Pro as it comes with Bluetooth 5.0 that is embedded with high fidelity aptX HD, HWA codecs, and the LDAC.
When tested in the benchmark, Huawei P30 Pro gives solid scores. However, you should not expect anything too outwardly. For instance, in AnTuTu, the P30 Pro gets around 290,000 points which when compared to the Galaxy S10 Plus is behind by 40,000 points. In Gary’s Speed Test G, Galaxy S10 Plus was able to finish the course in 1m:33s while the Huawei P30 Pro took 1m:45s for the same.
During playing games, you will not experience a snap as such but if you want real performance, you can enable the Performance Mode from its battery setting. The catch, you ask. In this mode, the battery will be drained much faster if you decide to use the Performance Mode, don’t forget to turn it off as soon as you are done doing whatever you wanted for more performance.
Huawei P30 Pro Software
Running Android 9 Pie, the Huawei P30 Pro is masked with the familiar EMUI 9.1. There is only change in the version number, else the user interface is entirely similar to that of Mate 20 Pro. There are small improvements however like the third-party notifications being displayed on the always-on screen. This feature is absent in Mate 20 Pro. Now you can use the power button to activate Google Assistant.
If you drive a fancy new Audi then you can turn it on with your Huawei P30 Pro thanks to new integrations. You will enjoy the new UI design on the P30 Pro which is feature-rich and the gesture controls work incredibly well. You get an awesome dark theme, but you don’t have to stick to the available themes as there are too many customization options available to let your imagination run wild.
Huawei P30 Camera
You must have jumped directly to this segment after we told you that camera is one of the main features of the Huawei P30 Pro. The camera on this Smartphone has its own class, the features are not anything you won’t find on other high-end Smartphones but the way P30 Pro uses them will amaze you.
The Huawei P30 Pro is provided with three main cameras, but mostly you will be using the 40MP rear camera. There is also a Time-of-Flight (ToF) sensor in the camera module that measures the object distance in the field of view. While using the 40MP main camera you will be saving 10MP images, if you want to click images at full 40MP resolution you have to manually switch to it. For close up shots, you have the telephoto mode and for group photographs use the ultra-wide mode.
You don’t have to be a pro to take the best pictures with P30 Pro. Huawei has taken care of that. To give you the best option in the camera segment, the brand has worked with one of the best high-end camera makers Leica to ‘co-engineer’ to design the cameras for this Smartphone. No doubt that is evident from the P30 Pro’s photography prowess.
When you choose to switch to the 40MP mode, it is when you can truly experience the zoom capabilities of the Huawei P30 Pro. This is fun to have but if you are up for intensive photo editing after taking pictures, we recommend you stick to the 10MP setting, we assure you will have the best experience.
Here are some alluring images taken with the Huawei P30 Pro rear camera:
Image Credit: Android Authority
You can zoom from 1x to 50x, but we found the zoom at 5x performing the best without losing any image quality. You can capture fantastically detailed images at 5x zoom. It’s quite impressive how much you can zoom with the P30 Pro camera.
With the wide-angle lens takes images at its best but if you look closely, you can notice the edges of the frame getting distorted. Yet, when capturing large open spaces, this distortion is not noticeable. You will notice that the P30 Pro camera performs appreciably well in low light condition as compared to other Smartphones, this is because Huawei has used the RYYB sensor design in this device instead of the industry standard RGB sensor design. This allows the P30 Pro to pull in more light when taking pictures under low light conditions.
On the front, you get a 32MP selfie camera that can take great portrait shots as well. There is no lack of detail so if you are a selfie fan, Huawei P30 Pro will impress you the most.
Huawei P30 Pro Battery
You will love the battery on the Huawei P30 Pro as much as you will adore its camera. The battery is the second most powerful feature of the P30 Pro after its camera. On a full charge, most users can go through two days using this Smartphone without feeling the need for a charge. You can expect the screen on-time of 8-10 hours, which means you can watch videos, surf the internet, play games and make calls continuously and you will still be able to have enough juice left in the P30 Pro to get you through the whole day.
A 4,200mAh battery powers the Huawei P30 Pro which makes it last even longer than Mate 20 Pro which is deemed to have excellent battery life. Furthermore, when the P30 Pro runs out of fuel, you can charge it up faster than any other phone, all thanks to the 40W charger. You can charge the P30 Pro up to 70% with its 40W charger in under 30 minutes. In addition, the phone also supports 15W wireless charging.
Just like the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus, the Huawei P30 Pro also features reverse wireless charging which means it can charge other devices. This feature comes handy to charge smartwatches, earbuds and even electric toothbrush. You can use this feature to charge other Smartphones that support wireless charging. Although you may not enjoy that experience as the P30 Pro charges other phones at just 2.5W.
Comparing Huawei P30 Pro With Huawei Mate 20 Pro, Google Pixel 3 XL and Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus
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Huawei P30 Pro: The verdict
Until the foldable screen Smartphones make their way to the markets, the manufacturers have to focus on camera quality and battery life of their existing devices to keep afloat in the competition. In a time when all Smartphones are getting unavoidably similar, here comes a phone from Huawei that is able to stand out from the crowd.
Huawei P30 Pro has an incredible camera and a powerful battery that make it a valuable phone. But it also comes with its fair share of shortcomings, for instance, the proprietary memory card format that prevents you from using any other microSD care, the missing headphone jack, and not so different interface. However, the negatives are pale in comparison to the positives of the all-new Huawei P30 Pro.