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Huawei P30 & P30 Pro Revealed – Huawei’s Camera Game Is Now On Another Level

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Huawei has finally revealed the Huawei P30 and P30 Pro. And oh boy, they weren’t joking. Huawei’s going to have the last laugh this year as the Huawei P30 and P30 Pro decimate the market with their sheer performance and camera experiences.

After a plethora of leaks and rumours about the device, Huawei’s P30 and P30 Pro is live and it has definitely changed the course of modern smartphone computing for good. After Huawei’s Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro, the Chinese tech giant has opted for a more modern and sleeker looking device, a direct successor to the P20.

Geometry & General Design Language Of The Phones

Taking A look at the exterior of the phone, the phone satisfies the leaked renders and brings the leaks to life. Featuring a huge 6.47-inch/6.1-inch display with a substantially minute notch as compared to the Mate 20 Pro. Huawei’s design choice here carries the same Huawei DNA but adds a layer of innovation to the mainframe.

The P30 offers a standard flat display panel while the P30 Pro takes it up a notch by featuring a curved edge display very similar to the Galaxy S series smartphones. As for the material choice, the P30/P30 Pro consists of the standard metal aluminium and glass slab which is basically the standard for all modern flagships. The back of the device is where all the magic happens and all four cameras are situated. The geometry of the device is quite unique and the arrangement of the sensors are unorthodox as well. The three major sensors are aligned in a parallel manner while a smaller depth sensor is situated besides the module below the flash.

Overall the back of the phone is pretty clean with a Huawei branding and Leica label on the left-hand side of the phone. Design wise the Huawei P30 and P30 Pro definitely step up over the previous year, polishing the rough corners in their design and overall stepping and acting as a direct competitor to the Galaxy S10.

The Beastly Camera Setup On The P30 & P30 Pro

One of the highlights of the Huawei P30 and P30 Pro is the innovation and work invested in the camera department of the phones. Huawei has definitely taken time and brought in unexpected features with an immense upgrade over the previous generation. With over 5 cameras on the device the P30 comes full of different tricks.

As for the front-facing sensor, not much is going on for the device except the fact that Huawei has shifted its gaze from a more secure and complex face unlock setup to an insecure and compact single camera setup. The front now features a 32 MP, f/2.0 aperture sensor with face unlock capabilities and various modern gimmicks like AR fun etc.

The rear of the phone is what the device is all about and for 2019, Huawei has chosen a very unique array of sensors. The rear features a quad camera setup with a 40MP standard shooter, a 20MP Ultra Wide Angle Lens and an 8MP Telephoto Lens. The fourth camera is a TOF ( Time Of Flight) sensor with depth sensing capabilities. The P30 sacrifices the TOF camera and only features a triple camera setup for a price cut.

The Huawei P30 & P30 Pro for the first time features an optical zoom lens. The lens offers a 5X optical zoom without any degradation in quality and then steps it up with the software by achieving up to 50X zoom paired with digital zoom. The phone achieves this by a periscope design, consisting of a literal prism present inside the phone which makes all the magic happen. All of this paired with optical image stabilization makes the zoom lens produce a worthy experience and lefts a lot to be desired when it comes to other smartphones.

Out of them all, the standard and telephoto lens consists of optical image stabilization which is always a decent perk to have. As for low light performances, the Huawei P30 for the first time uses RYYB colour sensing technology instead of the traditional RGGB technology which allows the sensor to absorb 40% more light. This allows for superior low light performance as compared to previous generation cameras.

Internals, Specifications & Features Of The Devices

As for the internals of the devices, the P30 and P30 Pro are powered by the same old 7nm Kirin 980 SoC. Now, the Kirin 980 powered the Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro last year and the release cycles for Huawei devices have definitely been unusual making the life cycle of a Huawei flagship smaller than a year if compared to other manufacturers.

The display of the phone is stunning and it shows the class and grade of the phone. Having a 6.47-inch/6.1-inch dew drop display with dual curved edges on the Pro variant, the FHD+ 2340×1080 display defines flagship grade. Huawei definitely means business as the P30 comes with an OLED panel offering stunning colours and deep inky blacks and blues.

As for the sensors integrated under the display, both the phones feature an in display fingerprint sensor and an in display speaker. The screen of the device no acts as a speaker as the display vibrates accordingly to the different wavelengths of sound. The front of the phone now acts as a speaker which could mean that we would be able to experience heightened sound quality and loudness.

The Huawei P30 now comes with a massive 4200 mAh battery with IP 68 & 67 ratings. The phone supports 15W Huawei Quick Charge up to a whopping 40W SuperCharge. Surprisingly enough, the P30 Pro does not have a headphone jack while the P30 still houses a headphone jack. Both the devices run the latest Android 9 Pie with an EMUI skin on top. Here are the complete specifications.

SpecificationsHuawei P30Huawei P30 Pro
Display6.1-inches FHD+ 2340*1080 OLED6.47-inches FHD+ 2340*1080 OLED
Memory6/8 GB RAM + 128 GB ROM6 GB RAM + 128 GB ROM
8 GB RAM + 128/256/512 GB ROM
ProcessorHUAWEI Kirin 980 Octa-core Processor
Dual NPUs(Neural-network Processing Unit)
2*Cortex-A76 Based 2.6GHz+ 2*Cortex-A76 Based 1.92GHz + 4*Cortex-A55 1.8GHz
HUAWEI Kirin 980 Octa-core Processor
Dual NPUs(Neural-network Processing Unit)
2*Cortex-A76 Based 2.6GHz+ 2*Cortex-A76 Based 1.92GHz + 4*Cortex-A55 1.8GHz
CamerasRear Camera:
Leica Triple Camera:
40 MP (Wide Angle Lens, f/1.8 aperture) + 16 MP (Ultra Wide Angle Lens, f/2.2 aperture) + 8 MP (Telephoto, f/2.4 aperture,OIS), supports autofocus (laser focus, phase focus, contrast focus), supports AIS (HUAWEI AI Image Stabilization).

Front Camera:
32 MP, f/2.0 aperture
Rear Camera:
Leica Quad Camera:
40 MP (Wide Angle Lens, f/1.6 aperture,OIS) + 20 MP (Ultra Wide Angle Lens, f/2.2 aperture) + 8 MP (Telephoto, f/3.4 aperture,OIS)
HUAWEI Time-of-Flight(TOF) Camera
supports autofocus (laser focus, phase focus, contrast focus), supports AIS (HUAWEI AI Image Stabilization).

Front Camera:
32 MP, f/2.0 aperture
ColoursAmber SunriseBreathing CrystalPearl WhiteAuroraBlackAmber SunriseBreathing CrystalPearl WhiteAuroraBlack
DimensionsWidth:71.36mmHeight:149.1mmDepth:7.57mmWeight:Approx. 165g (including the battery)Width:73.4mmHeight:158.0mmDepth:8.41mmWeight:Approx. 192 g (including the battery)
Battery Capacity3650mAh4200mAh

Colours, Variants & Availability

Both the devices come in a variety of gradient colours which Huawei has been exceptional in. The P30 and P30 Pro come in an Amber Sunrise, Breathing Crystal, Pearl White, Aurora and Black colour choices for enthusiasts. As for the storage options, both the phones come in 6GB/8GB RAM options with the P30 topping at the 128GB internal storage mark while the P30 Pro goes all the way up to the 512GB mark. Pricing for the P30 Pro start at €999 and at €799 for the P30.


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