Huawei P30 Pro Review
The Huawei P30 Pro boasts of 5X optical, 10X hybrid, and 50X digital zoom Huawei P30 Pro has a Kirin 980 SoC, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage canada goose mens jacket black friday Only two of the four finishes shown globally will be available in India
Huawei P30 Pro is the latest flagship from the Chinese telecommunications giant. Huawei’s P series is all about photography. For the third year in a row now, the Chinese giant is aiming to outdo Apple, Samsung, and other players in the high end smartphone space specifically in terms of camera quality and features. After experimenting with unique sensors, lenses and software features with the Huawei P10 and P20 families, we now have with us the brand new Huawei P30 Pro, the flagship of the new P30 lineup. The defining feature of this phone is its 5X optical zoom capability, which beats everything else on the market by a huge margin, and shows that Huawei’s R and manufacturing capabilities are among the best in the world.
What’s even better is that the cleverly engineered zoom lens isn’t the only impressive thing about this phone’s cameras or about its features overall. With an asking price in India of Rs. 71,990, the new Huawei P30 Pro has practically every feature and capability that you could think of having in a smartphone today. It will go right up against the iPhone XS Max (Review), Samsung Galaxy S10+ (Review), and Google Pixel 3 XL (Review) not to mention Huawei’s own Mate 20 Pro (Review). There’s a lot to dig in to, so let’s get started.
Huawei P30 Pro designOne thing that Huawei has been vocal about is that all facets of the P30 Pro from its external appearance to the selection of notification sounds are supposed canada goose outlet near me to have been inspired by nature. In particular, Huawei has taken inspiration from salt flats, natural desert like expanses where dry mineral deposits glisten in the sunlight. Thanks to a nine layer “nano optical” coating, the glass rear panel of the Huawei P30 Pro exhibits swirling, shifting colours depending on how you look at it.
There are canada goose clothing uk supposed to be three colour finishes canada goose clearance sale with subtle colour gradients representing different times of the day, plus a neutral black, but only two are available in India. Breathing Crystal and Aurora both have blueish gradients, but the former is much lighter with white and lilac accents, while the latter is deep and saturated with teal at the top and dark purple at the bottom. The reddish orange Amber Sunrise and plain black options have not been launched in India, which is a pity.
Multi colour gradient finishes are currently all the rage with Chinese brands, and we’re not canada goose outlet eu sure that everyone will want a phone that stands out so distinctively. Our Aurora version of the Huawei P30 Pro certainly grabbed attention, because of its colouring and also because of its sheer size and the distinctive camera modules on the rear.
The Huawei P30 Pro is big even by today’s standards. It measures 158mm tall, 73.4mm wide, and 8.41mm thick. Its weight at 192g will also be a bit too much for some people’s comfort. You won’t have an easy time if you try using this phone with one hand, and it will feel top heavy when typing.
The front and back of the P30 Pro are made of glass. Curiously, Huawei has not stated anywhere that it’s toughened or reinforced, but the company told us the glass used is “high strength” and “tested extensively” Canada Goose online for canada goose outlet in toronto durability. Both glass panels are rounded at the sides, and they sandwich the phone’s metal frame between them in nearly perfect sweeping curves. The top and bottom of the phone are completely flat, in contrast. The Aurora version that we’re reviewing has a light blue frame that never quite matches any of the colours on the rear, and is faintly distracting when looking at the phone head on.
On the front of the Huawei P30 Pro we have a 6.47 inch OLED panel with what might be this phone’s only non cutting edge feature: a notch at the top. This isn’t a bad thing, but other manufacturers are scoring points with all sorts of designs to liberate screen space, and since the Honor View 20 (Review) brought us a hole punch camera months ago, it’s odd that Huawei didn’t try something of the sort here.
The company makes up canada goose outlet paypal for that by instead eliminating the earpiece. Rather than having a visible speaker, the entire upper half of the screen vibrates to produce sound. We were curious about how well this would work, and in practice it’s absolutely flawless. You’re guided to place your ear in the upper middle of the screen, which feels awkward, but we could hear callers just fine with the top of the phone to our ears as usual. Had we not known that this is how the Huawei P30 Pro emits sound and just used this like any other phone, we wouldn’t have noticed anything different.
The P30 Pro screen also has an integrated fingerprint sensor, and although Huawei says it has been improved compared to the Mate 20 Pro, it’s still slower than a standard capacitive sensor; enough to make it slightly frustrating. It also took us longer than usual to https://www.outletmoncler.de enrol our fingerprints. On the plus side, it was accurate nearly every single time we used it, canada goose outlet and there’s also face recognition as a fallback.
The OLED screen on the Huawei P30 Pro measures 6.47 inches diagonally and has a resolution of 1080×2340, but that’s before accounting for the rounded corners and notch. Huawei says this display supports the wide DCI P3 colour gamut and HDR (though there’s no mention in the official spec sheet, Huawei told Gadgets 360 that the HDR10 standard is supported). If you’re concerned about narrow screen borders, there’s still a tiny little bit of a chin on this phone.
There’s are two clusters of camera hardware on the back of the Huawei P30 Pro one protruding module with the three selectable cameras, and another to canada goose fleece uk the side with the Time of Flight (ToF) depth sensor, laser autofocus emitter, and dual LED flash. When you look at the main module you can see two ordinary looking canada goose amazon uk cameras and one square window with a deeply recessed mechanism. This is the 5X optical zoom camera, and as Huawei tells us, the mechanism is actually laid out horizontally across the width of this phone, with a canada goose outlet oslo prism to refract light coming in. We’ll have more detail on how all of these work later on in this review.
Huawei P30 Pro’s quad rear camera setup
The power and volume buttons are on the right, and the sheer size of this phone means they won’t always be within reach. On the top of the Huawei canada goose outlet miami P30 Pro you’ll find an infrared emitter that can be used to control various appliances. There’s a USB Type C port and a single speaker on the bottom sadly, the vibrating screen isn’t loud enough to be used as a speaker for media, or even as part of a stereo pair. There’s no 3.5mm headphones socket.
The tiny removable tray on the bottom has slots on either side you can have two Nano SIMs or use one of Huawei’s proprietary Nano Memory cards in the second slot to expand storage. These cards are expensive and hard to find in India, but it’s unlikely you’ll need one with 256GB of storage on board.
Construction quality is superb, and you get the reassurance of an IP68 certification for protection against water and dust ingress. The Huawei P30 Pro will stick out of a lot of pockets and can be awkward to use sometimes. The glass rear is not very slippery but we weren’t always sure of our grip.
Huawei P30 Pro specifications and softwareThe Huawei P30 Pro packs the same Kirin 980 processor that we first encountered in the Huawei Mate 20 Pro and then saw in the relatively affordable Honor View 20 (Review). Both these phones have posted impressive test scores so we know that our overall usage experience should be good. The Kirin 980 is built on a 7nm manufacturing process and features two high powered ARM 2.6GHz Cortex A76 cores, two more Cortex A76 cores running at 1.92GHz, and four Cortex A55 cores for power efficiency. It also has an ARM Mali G76 GPU, integrated LTE modem, and two “neural processing units” or AI accelerator blocks.
Huawei has launched the P30 Pro in India with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. Internationally, there are also variants with 128GB and 512GB of storage, and it’s strange that the company has chosen not to offer options here, especially the most affordable one. Huawei announced a new file system called EROFS (Extended Read Only File System) last year and the P30 Pro uses it for a claimed 20 percent better read speeds and more efficient usage of storage space.
There’s a 4200mAh battery, and the Huawei P30 Pro supports charging at up to 40W using the included charger and cable. Wireless fast charging is supported at up to 15W. You can also reverse charge Qi compatible devices such as wireless headphones, but this will be much slower.
For connectivity, the Huawei P30 Pro has Wi Fi 802.11ac on the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands, Bluetooth 5, dual band GPS plus five other global satellite location services, NFC, and of course LTE with VoLTE on both SIMs. NFC can be used to make payments and unlock cars in some countries, and the latter feature might be supported by some carmakers in India in the future. The USB Type C port works at USB 3.1 Gen1 speed (5Gbps) but only if you use your own cable the included one works at USB 2.0 speed.
P30 Pro is the first phone that Huawei has shipped with version 9.1 of canada goose black friday its EMUI skin and there have been some improvements over EMUI 9.0. Huawei says the new default icon grid is more spaced out with larger icons, and all visual elements have been redesigned.
Huawei P30 Pro has a waterdrop shaped display notch
One interesting feature is Huawei’s GPU Turbo 3.0, which is claimed to optimise performance in 25 popular games including PUBG Mobile, Fortnite, Real Racing 3, Minecraft, and PES 2019. It uses machine learning to identify how the Kirin 980 processor can be optimised for responsiveness and power consumption canada goose clearance uk with each game.
Huawei P30 Pro has a basic always on display option which is disabled by default. Within the Settings app, you’ll find the Android 9 Digital Wellbeing tool (renamed to Digital Balance), toggles for a few gestures and shortcuts, and the ability to clone some messaging apps. There’s a themes app but customisation isn’t as deep as some other custom UIs allow we would have liked the ability to enable an app drawer rather than having all icons on the home screens.
Huawei P30 canada goose outlet 80 off Pro performance and battery lifeAs expected for a phone that costs so much, there are no issues at all with performance in day to day usage. Multitasking on the Huawei P30 Pro is a breeze and apps seem to load quickly. Knuckle gestures are recognised immediately. In terms of usability, the slight delay when using the in display fingerprint sensor is the only downside here.
When we first started using this phone, we got annoyed by the sheer number of “helpful” tips that Huawei thinks it’s necessary to display. These included notifications as well as full screen popups that interrupted what we were doing. Hopefully, this will only be a problem for a little while.
The screen on the Huawei P30 Pro is crisp, though a QHD+ resolution would have been preferable for one this size. We did have a little trouble with reflections outdoors in the daytime, especially at the edges thanks to canada goose outlet the curved glass. Colours are vibrant and pop nicely. The single speaker is loud and clear, but music lacks punch and there’s hardly any bass at all.