With the P30 Pro, Huawei has built the best camera phone, whether its in terms of low light capabilities or in terms of how much zoom is packed into a smartphone camera. It’s a great smartphone too, in which you get a solid day and a half of battery life on heavy use, with a 70 minute charge time from 0 to 100. When it comes to performance, the Kirin 980 chipset along with the 8GB of RAM and EMUI 9.1 all work together very well to supply a swish, stutter-free experience, whether it’s for gaming or anything else. It includes FHD+ display and expandable storage which only works if you have a Nano-Memory card at only Rs 71,990, which Huawei doesn’t yet sell in India.
Huawei P30 Pro: Description
|Display||: 6.47″ (2340 X 1080) OLED Display|
|Camera||: 40 + 28 + 16 MP | 32 MP|
|Internal Storage||: 256 GB|
|Chip||: HiSilicon Kirin 980|
|OS (Operating System)||: Android v9.0 “Pie”|
|RAM||: 8 GB|
|Dimensions||: (158 X 73.4 X 8.4)mm|
|Weight||: 192 gms|
Huawei P30 Pro: Build and design
It is a slightly bigger smartphone as compared to its predecessor Huawei P20 Pro, which is due to the bigger 6.47″ display. On the right of the phone’s metal frame, you’ll find all the buttons you need. The volume rocker is placed towards the upside whereas the power button, with its clean red line, lies slightly below it. There’s sufficient space between the two for you to not get the keys pressed wrong.
It act’s as an unsavoury repository for your fingerprints, however if you use the TPU case that’s bundled within the box, you get to show off your phone’s gorgeous, fingerprint free finish, and keep this hunk of glass and metal safe. the rear also houses the rather large vertical camera unit.
The Huawei P30 pro is additionally IP68 rated, which implies it can withstand being submerged underneath water and of course resistant to the ingress of dust.
Huawei P30 Pro: Display
The Huawei P30 pro sports a 6.47-inch OLED show, that appears to be free from the most important issues- plaguing the Mate 20 pro and the weird color shifts around the edges. The P30 pro additionally sports a Samsung-like curved panel, packed into the 6.47-inch panel are 2340×1080 pixels, yielding an overall pixel density of roughly 398 ppi. It also supports the DCI-P3 color profile for wide-gamut color, which means that, you could watch HDR videos on this panel.
The panel goes all the way up to 612 lux and on the lower side it goes upto 2 lux, making it easily usable in a dark room. Using the display outdoor, is sufficiently bright enough to be able to use it for reading or watching videos. When used under extremely bright ambient light, the display will crank to the max and retain most of its saturation (you could notice some loss in saturation in the reds).
The only notable let-down with the P30 Pro’s display is the FHD+ resolution. For a smartphone that prices Rs 71,990, it’s unreasonable for a company to not provide absolutely the best. The P30 Pro’s display settings do permit the resolution to be turned down from 1080p to 720p, therefore there is literally no justification for not giving the people a higher resolution display.
Huawei P30 Pro: Performance
The Huawei P30 pro is powered by the Kirin 980 chipset paired with 8GB of LPDDR4x RAM. The chipset features a 2-2-4 core structure, with 2 Cortex A-76 performance cores clocked at 2.6 GHz, 2 Cortex A-76 medium cores clocked at 1.92GHz and 4 Cortex-A55 efficiency cores clocked at 1.8GHz.
The Kirin 980-powered phone offers adequate performance for any task you may throw at it, whether it’s gaming, photo editing or even conducting business. You’ll find the performance satisfactory.
Huawei P30 Pro: Camera
The camera stack of Huawei P30 Pro features a number of firsts. The 40-megapixel sensor uses a unique pixel arrangement which uses yellow pixels rather than green, permitting it to apparently collect more light. The other notable feature here is the 5x optical zoom lens, which also extends the zoom to 10x hybrid. The RYYB sensor is immensely effective in low light, capturing shots in practically pitch-dark situations.
The ultra-wide 16mm lens on the P30 pro is vulnerable to some distortion as will always be the case with wide angle lenses, but thanks to the presence of auto-focus, it allows for more flexible use of the camera. The photographs do come out pretty sharp though, and while day time performance is spectacular, low light shots might have been much better. They don’t have noise, but they do exhibit important detail loss due to noise reduction.
The telephoto lens is a hero feature of the P30 pro, providing 5x optical zoom thanks to Leica’s periscope design that allowed the company to fit a long lens into a comparatively thin body. The 5X optical zoom is incredibly powerful in of itself, providing a 135mm field of view.
The 10x hybrid zoom extends this to 270mm, and delivers astonishingly clean images as long as they’re shot in good light. Provided that the telephoto lens has an aperture of f/3.4 and a 1/4-inch sensor, the overall light collecting capabilities of this combination is pretty low. Additionally, attempting to shoot in low light at anything over 5x results in some level of shake. Whereas the telephoto lens is nice for shooting animals and birds, it isn’t very effective once the sun starts to go down.
Let’s now talk about the 50x zoom that’s offered by the P30 pro. However, attempting to hand-hold any shot at that focal length is agonizingly painful because of the motion introduced not solely by your hand but also by the optical image stabilisation assembly. Even the minutest of movements translate to massive shifts in the framing. The resulting image, however, is borderline usable, especially depending on whether or not it was shot in the day or night. Day time shots are ever so slightly sharper than those taken in the dark.
The Huawei P30 pro offers a 32-megapixel front-facing camera . The resolution may be a little on the excessive side, especially since there is no pixel Binning present on this detector to enhance the image output. Given that selfies usually only end up on social media websites with a display resolution lower than 2MP, an 8MP camera would have also sufficed, but it would have been even better to have binning.
Regardless, the camera does take sharp, vibrant images in the day time. The camera is able to expose properly even for backlit subjects, which is really useful when you don’t have control on the direction you’re shooting in. Low light selfies are still usable but have significant detail loss because of noise reduction.
What is nice, however, is that despite the shooting condition, there is negligible shutter lag, not only in between taking shots but also in the time the shutter is pressed to when the shot is taken.
Huawei P30 Pro: Battery
The Huawei P30 pro packs a 4100mAh battery, that by all means, has left us very impressed. The battery last well over 12 hours of video playback with the brightness set to 50%.
The best part, however, is the fact that the phone charges from 0 – 100 in 71 minutes flat, which is damn impressive when you consider the very fact that this is a 4100mAh battery. The only drawback is that in order to achieve these impressive numbers, you will need to carry the provided charger and cable with you at all times since Huawei doesn’t sell their supercharger as an accessory in india yet.
The Huawei P30 pro is the most expensive Huawei smartphone so far and to some, it may be hard to justify the price. What the phone does get right is the camera performance. The Leica lenses produces a sharp, crisp images once paired with the right shooting conditions. However, the primary camera manages to impress us even in impossible lighting.The phone has not only excellent battery life, but also tops up very quickly, as long as you use the provided charger and cable. The only flaw we feel is the FHD+ display, whose resolution should have been higher, particularly for the asking price.