Huawei P30 Pro review
Rewriting the rules of photography
Our Huawei P30 Pro review finds a camera phone that is truly rewriting the rules of photography. With a Leica Quad Camera and a record-breaking DxOMark score of 112, the Huawei P30 Pro is for those who want photography and videography at its very best.
The Huawei P30 Pro has a 6.47” OLED Dewdrop display with FHD+ resolution (2,340x 1,080 pixels). The display area is as large as you could want but the phone still has a slim width that makes it comfortable to hold in one hand. Two essential display features are built in and these are Eye Comfort Mode and Always on Display.
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The phone looks and feels great with its double 3D-curved glass, coloured in your choice of Amber Sunrise, Breathing Crystal, Aurora, or Black. This Huawei phone is 8.41mm thick and weighs 192g. The best news is that it is IP68 certified for dust and water resistance.
SuperCool Kirin processor
The Kirin 980 7nm 2.6GHz octa-core processor with up to 8GB RAM is one of the fastest that you will find in any smartphone. The Huawei P30 Pro incorporates SuperCool technology, improving thermal performance while performing heavy duty tasks such as high-end gaming.
Phone Set Up
In-screen fingerprint sensor
The Huawei P30 Pro has an even faster in-screen fingerprint sensor and this allows you to set up multiple users or access your PrivateSpace. If you prefer, you can use face recognition and unlock the phone just by picking it up.
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Phone Clone / Huawei Share
The Huawei P30 will allow you to move over your apps, photos, and videos using either Phone Clone or Huawei Share. There are two memory variants of the phone, so you get to choose between a 128GB or a 512GB model.
Huawei Acoustic Display
New tech arrives with the Huawei P30 Pro in the sound department. The Huawei Acoustic Display Technology uses electromagnetic sound levitation to project sound (from display vibrations) into your ear. Dolby Atmos further enhances your music and a pair of Type-C Earphones are included in the box.
Android 9 and EMUI 9.1
The Huawei P30 Pro operates on the Android 9 Pie OS and Huawei’s EMUI 9.1 user interface. This pairing gives you loads of useful and fun goodies such as the Google Assistant, Desktop Mode, Password Vault, and AR Measure that lets you use the camera to get the length, width, and depth of an object.
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A further bundle of features forms part of HiVision. HiVision uses the phone’s cameras to let you shop for things that you see, translate text, or identify objects. The food tool lets you see the calories, weight, and other nutritional information for anything that you eat.
Project and Play is a new feature debuting on the Huawei P30 Pro. You can play Fancy Skiing by projecting the display to an external monitor or TV and your movements are then detected by the camera as you ski down the virtual slope.
Camera & Video
Leica Quad Camera
The Huawei P30 has a Leica Quad Camera system that takes zooming to new levels. The SuperZoom Lens permits 5x optical zoom, 10x hybrid zoom, and 50x digital zoom. The four lenses are as follows:
- 40MP Wide-Angle Lens
- 20MP Ultra Wide-Angle Lens
- 8MP Periscope Telephoto Lens
- Huawei TOF (Time-of-Flight) Camera – This combines laser, phase, and contrast focus
One of the standout features is the new Huawei SuperSpectrum sensor. This sensor can capture photos even under extreme dark conditions. The Huawei TOF camera can accurately measure the depth of objects, giving a new and very cool looking progressive multi-level bokeh background blur.
Further camera features include AIS Long Exposure Shot, Super Macro photos at as near as 2.5cm, Monochrome, Moon Mode, and Moving Pictures. The best results are always assured with Master AI adapting the camera settings as needed.
The Dual-View Video uses two lenses simultaneously so that you can capture split-screen video. On one half of the screen, you will see a close-up of the subject, while on the other half of the screen you see the wider view.
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Video on the Huawei P30 Pro is just as impressive as the photography side of things. You can record at 4K quality, shoot video in low light and enjoy Slow Motion Video Playback. There is also an excellent AI Video Editor that will allow you to add background music and special effects.
32MP selfie camera
The Huawei P30 Pro has a 32MP portrait camera and the detail is unprecedented. The camera recognises you and will contour your face with accurate sharpness and brightness. You can also have a little fun with the AR Lens and 3D Qmoji, which mimic and act upon your facial expressions.
30-minutes to start your day
Not only is the capacity of the battery huge (4,200mAh) on the Huawei P30 Pro, but you can get to 70% in 30 minutes with the 40W SuperCharge charger. This means that you can get all the power you need to get you through the day while you are having your morning cuppa.
Huawei has included intelligent power saving technology to ensure long usage times and the phone supports Quick Charge wireless charging. You can use the wireless charging capabilities to reverse charge your earbuds, a friend’s phone, or your toothbrush.
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Written by: Michael Brown