It seems amazing that most people had never heard of Huawei less than ten years ago. Now the company’s devices are ubiquitous and the brand was the second-best selling smartphone last year. There is no question Huawei is good at making devices. After the tremendous success of the Huawei P20 Pro, there is plenty of excitement surrounding the Huawei P30 Pro. Here is a review.
The design & display
The Huawei P30 Pro has a few colour options to choose from and is made from glass that curves all the way around the edges with a set of bezels that are almost invisible and a dew drop at the top. It has an IP68 waterproof rating which means a little bit of a dip will not harm the device. The 6.47-inch FHD+ OLED has a resolution of 2,340 x 1080 and the colours pop. The notch has been reduced in size from last year’s model by replacing the speaker with an electro magnetic levitation that sends vibrations to the entire screen for sound.
UI & performance
The Huawei P30 Pro is powered by Huawei’s latest processor the Kirin 980 which is super-fast, powerful and intelligent. Huawei overlays its EMUI 9.0 over Android 9.0 which means there is more AI involved in the way people use the device and it is used to predict what the next likely move will be. There are a few cool features, such as an AI video editor similar to Google Photo and there is also an option for downtime.
There are some new software features including the Digital Car Key. Huawei is partnering with Audi to allow its phones to be used as a key to unlock their cars and even start the engine. That is indeed a cool feature unfortunately for now it is confined to Audi, and hopefully more car manufacturers will come on board soon. There is also MateBook X which allows users to scan, copy, paste and transfer files with a single touch. The 4,200 Mah battery can be charged from zero to seventy in half and hour plus back-to-back wireless charging is available.
The main feature of the Huawei P30 Pro is its camera. On the rear of the device you will find a 40MP 27mm f/1.6 wide-angle main sensor, a 20MP ultra wide-angle 16mm f/2.2 and an 8MP 5x optical periscope zoom lens, plus a ToF lens. The zoom lens is really impressive and is able to deliver 10x lossless zoom thanks to the focal length of 135mm and the main camera sensor. It is a very addictive feature and people will tend to go zoom-crazy when they have this device in their hands.
The detail is incredible at both 5x and 10x, once you get to 15x, things start looking a little pear shaped. The front facing camera has been increased to 32MP which is way higher than anything anyone could ever need. Portrait mode works well for selfies even when the light is dim. If you prefer shooting video, there is a new dual view video that makes use of two cameras simultaneously. This makes it possible to film two things at once which sounds crazy if not completely mind boggling. This is the equivalent of filming a football match, with camera focused on the entire pitch and the other focused on the actual action all recorded as a single video.
The Huawei P30 Pro uses the same battery and processor as the Mate 20 Pro so there are certainly no issues when it comes to performance. This is actually a camera dressed up as a smartphone. The periscopic zoom is exciting and whilst it is not perfect, there is no smartphone on the market right now that can match Huawei Mate P30 Pro in terms of photography. The software and hardware have been updated impressively, making this a killer device for anyone who is interested in this sort of thing.