Friday , August 19 2022

Huawei P30 and P30 Review Pro Hands-on: So. Many. Cameras.


There have been many leaks on the way to the Huawei P30 launch, including one by Huawei himself. But today we've seen from the end of what the P30 and the Pro have to offer us, and there's t exciting.

Your humble servants at Giz UK are on the floor at the launch in Paris, making the hard work of playing with shiny new phones so you can find out if they are good. To that end, here are our first thoughts and thoughts on the P30 and P30 Pro now we have seen them in the flesh.

Specs Huawei P30 and P30 Pro

This is the decay of the hardware you can expect on both phones in the UK (there are other models around the world, but we don't get them here).

P30 P30 Pro
Software EMUI 9.1 is based on Android Pie EMUI 9.1 is based on Android Pie
Screen 6.1 FHD + inches (2340 x 1080), flat 6.47 inches FHD + (2340 x 1080), curved
Chipset Kirin 980 (2.6 Ghz) Kirin 980 (2.6 Ghz)
Storage 128GB 128GB, 512GB eventually (256GB version doesn't come to UK)
Extended store Huawei nano-memory card (in SIM2 slot) up to 256GB Huawei nano-memory card (in SIM2 slot) up to 256GB
Battery 3650 mAh 4200 mAh
Charging Advanced USB-C charge, 22.5W USB-C, 40W Supercharge, 15W fast wireless charging, wireless inverse charging
Main cameras 40MP (f / 1.6), 16GB semi-wide, 8MP telephoto with hybrid 5x magnification (3x optical) 40MP (f / 1.6), 20GB Super Wide, 8MP telephoto with 10x hybrid swelling (optical 5x), Time sensing time flight of Time
Selfie camera 32MP 32MP
Connectivity Cat 16 4G Cat 21 4G
Water resistance IP53 (rain resistant) IP67 / 68 (not yet confirmed)
3.5mm Headphone Jack Yes No

Hand design and coloring

One of the first things you'll notice about the P30 is that it looks lovely. I suppose the colors are "inspired by the sea and the sky," but marketing nonsense of the aside, the handsets look very good in person.

The colors are:

  • Black – the black one on the Mate 20
  • Respiratory Crystal – a stunning name but a beautiful bright white color
  • Aurora – kinda is similar to the Mate 20 X, which is a mixture of turquoise and blue t
  • Amber Sunrise – adult movie star but not unusual mix of tones of orange, like the sunny dramatic people post on Instagram. This color is likely to be "rare," we guess it means a unique network

This is a 'Crystal Breathing';

There will also be a pearl lounge that is "white pink," but we don't get that in the UK.

There is quite aesthetic difference between the P30 and the Pro, not only in size but also designing handsets. The regular P30 has a flat screen, while the Pro is lightly curved – honestly it doesn't look better, it's just a matter of taste, and obviously the Pro screen is likely to be less durable. result of the curve.

There are also – strange – 3.5mm headphone jack on the regular P30 but not on the Pro. You'd think that spending more on the better model would mean you would get everything in the P30 as well as more, but no, no headsets jack for you.

The main difference between the P30 phone and the Pro is the wobbliness. Unfortunately, due to the size of the camera lid, the regular P30 is truly stunning: t

Regular P30 at the top, Pro at the bottom

You'll probably be able to relieve the agility with a case, but it's worth being aware of it.

Show size and quality

On the P30, the flat screen measures 6.1 inches. The P30 Pro bay screen is 6.47 inches, but they have the same resolution: FHD +, specifically 2340 x 1080.

That means that the P30 Pro has less pixels per inch – 398 to P30's regular 422. It's not a huge difference, but we wouldn't blame people forging more about the Pro for t be heavy they get lower pixel density than headphone jack.

The two screens look very close. Great, saturated, super-clear – everything you would expect from OLED. They are no more nice than any other OLEDs brand, but they look beautiful though.

Both stick have very slim bezels, although they are less obvious on the Pro because of the curved screen. There is also a deck (we are sorry) – but just a 'dept', which is a single camera lens with a black surround, rather than the wider highlighting previous phones. They have spoiled.

Under the screen there is the fingerprint sensor, as on the Pro 20 Mate, but it has had some upgrades. It's still optical rather than supersonic, which means it's not as safe as it could be, but it's obviously faster than the previous version, and it is t It seems more accurate too – although we didn't have many problems with Mate 20 Pro unlocked fingerprints.

Interestingly, the screen on the phone acts as a speaker, but only for sound in-demand – not media. In-display sound appears to lead to less cluttered and windy problems. The mic inside the USB-C port is probably also improved.


Emotion UI is not; Huawei is an Android overlay, but it seems to be improving with every new version, and that trend for EMUI 9.1.

There are some phone themes that look good to fit P30 handsets colors, continuing the motif 's sea and sky. Interestingly, Huawei's browser is back in 9.1 – it was deleted from the front because Huawei thought there was enough choice for browsers, but people probably want it back, so yes.

Some of the new Android Pie features have also arrived with 9.1, but the software is still unable to tie windows in iPhone format with folders rather than an app drawer. You can change it if your threat is as much as I do.

The best thing about Huawei software is undoubtedly the camera app and its AI wizard – we will handle that in the camera section.


Huawei referred to the Kirin 980 as being "tested" in our brief, which is a good way of saying "not new." The chipset clock speed and 2.6 GHz are the same across both stick, and it was also the 20 Mate and the Mate 20 Pro.

Wisely in storage, you only have one option on the P30, but it's a 128GB substantial. The P30 Pro also comes in 128GB, though there will be a 512GB version later, and there is 256GB that doesn't come to this country.

Both phones have a Huawei nano memory store instead of the standard microSD. It replaces the second SIM slot, which can receive up to 256GB – although the top card for sale is currently 128GB around £ 45. The 256GB version will go on sale "soon" "and 512GB will eventually follow.

For RAM, the P30 standard offers 6GB, while Pro P30 has 8GB. Both are the higher LPDDR4X type.

We have not used the phone enough to make a call on how strong the performance is, but what we have seen so far looks good, especially for gambling. The P30 line includes a Turbo GPV 2.1, which now works with 80% of Android games – a big step up from the old Turbo GPU that worked well with PUBG, Mobile Legends and similar, but t it was not compatible with many titles.

Turbo GPU probably now allows a 30% higher game performance but uses 60% less power. However, if you want to go for a break, however, you can kick the Performance Mode into a performance like on previous handsets – also known as the way Huawei asks you to use it for benchmarking. to get the highest results. However, it will drain your power much faster.

Power battery and charging

As you'd expect, the P30 Pro has more than P30 regular battery pack, although it also has a larger screen to power. The P30 offers 3650 mAh, but Huawei told us that the efficiency offered by version 2 of Huawei AI means that it "feels like 4200 mAh." We will need to spend a lot more time with him to decide whether that is correct.

On the Pro, you get 4200 mAh, which Huawei says similarly "feels like 5000." They claim that moderate users will be used out of two days, and while a heavy heavy user (not just screening time but processing and maybe even tying) would have had about 12 hours from the 20 Mate Pro, will the P30 Pro offers a higher "substantial stamina", although they did not want to put a number on it. Again, we will come back to you on that when we had more time with the phone.

The battery is one of the places that P30 Pro users will really benefit from their extra spending – while the regular P30 offers a Huawei 22.5W Supercharge capability, the Supercharge Pro has 40W along with charging fast wireless is 15W. Vanilla charging does not have a wireless charging at all, but the Pro can reverse wireless charging devices, so that the 20 Mate Pro can do. If you don't get stunned about wireless charging, it's not a big difference, but if you're maybe that would be worth upgrading on its own.

The cameras

Currently Huawei is top of the DXOmark league table not once, but twice. The highest score is 109, and currently it is captured by Huawei Mate 20 Pro, Pro Huawei P20, and Samsung Galaxy S10.

Huawei believes they will pick up the table again with the P30 – not the Pro, remember you, but the regular P30. As the Pro has an extra camera, that set a high bar.

Leica branded cameras are always high points of the P series phones, and the P30 line has some amazing specimens to offer. Both the main camera has a 40MP camera in f / 1.6, as well as a wide wide lens which is, apparently, even wider than the Mate 20 Pro. On the Pro, it's 20MP, but on the normal P30 it's 16MP.

Then the two stick has an 8MP zoom lens, with a 5x hybrid swelling (3x optical) on the P30 hybrid magnification and 10x (5x optical) on the Pro. Our practical experience was in a meeting room, so we haven't had the chance to experience the cameras in different environments yet, but what we've seen so far has been very impressive – especially on the Pro t . The magnification that makes a huge difference, although we believe when we have more time with the phone is likely we will stick to the uninterrupted optical zoom in t rather than go all the way to 10x software.

The cameras this time are RYYB instead of RGB, probably because there is more visible light in the yellow spectrum and rebuilding of the sensors, filters and so on led to better light capture. The result appears to be Night Level performance at Mode level using standard, non-tweeted or specialist camera mode enabled, under a second. Huawei says that you will also be able to zoom in a low light on the P30, but we will need a lot more testing to see how that rises.

The multiple cameras on the P30 Pro will offer an extra cold feature, as we saw in some of the leaks: the ability to film on two lens simultaneously. This could be useful in many situations – for example, getting a broad picture of a sports game and a close player, for example. However, it doesn't look like that feature will be ready out of the box – Huawei said that it is likely to be an update over the air some time later. So we haven't had a play with him yet.

What we have seen so far is a great quality of photos on the main cameras and self-employed cameras (no surprise there, past P-series phones) and some very useful software features in the camera app.

The Huawei AI camera functionality is in full force on the P30 and the Pro, which now recognizes 4,500 different photography scenarios. That means the camera understands common categories of pictures, for example – and can identify and optimize certain elements in them: trees, air, water and so on, for a better picture generally. Huawei says that the AI ​​capability is even better on the P30 than it was on the Mate 20, but we haven't used it in enough situations to say it again. But the image quality is amazing – we will show you when we can share some photos taken on the phone.

Given all the security concerns about Huawei's products and recent IBM reception it has been using people Flickr images, we asked where the pictures come from the AI ​​is coming from – is & # The cameras are reported back, or user pictures are used somehow. They assured us that Huawei took all images in China specifically for training purposes, and no customer pictures were used at all.

The 8MP camera has both mechanical OIS stick as well as Huawei AIS (AI image stabilization – it should be true, really). The main camera can shoot 4K stabilization at 30cps.

P30 Pro additional camera

The Pro has a time of flight sensor camera that can offer cool 3D functions and a better overall image, by bouncing light off the objects in the scene to measure how far they are. Huawei explained to us as "like sonar but with light," which is a good way to imagine.

The ToF camera collects a ton of extra depth of field knowledge so that it can produce more accurate bokeh results, among other things – Huawei told us that previous phones sometimes struggle with hair, for example. It's probably not true now.

The ToF camera is also likely to be useful for future VR functions – our representative described things like going to a physical object in a room while you are in VR, but instead of seeing a plant or whatever it is, t see something that is appropriate to the game you are playing. That's useful because it can warn you that you're about to walk into something in the real world without disturbing the realism of the game. However, that feature won't be ready at the launch.

Another use of this technology will be a better version of the previous scanning function of objects, which resulted in funny nightmare material on the 20 Mate Pro. Our soft toys may have their legs!

Price and availability Huawei P30 UK

The P30 will cost around £ 799 at launch, and the P30 Pro will be around £ 999. Both will be out in early April, but can be pre-arranged from today.

So far, this seems like a complete beast of a camera phone (no one still uses that word) – especially the P30 Pro. We think that Huawei is probably right in saying that the performance of photos on these phones will end the charts for some time to come.

In terms of how the P30 performs on a day to day basis as your main phone, we will let you know in our full review – but from what we have seen so far, our hopes are not high only, but high in the air.

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