The Huawei P30 Pro is the latest flagship of the Chinese company. Beat the Huawei Mate 20 Pro thanks to the improvements in the cameras. We bring you our first impressions after trying the smartphone before its launch in Paris.
Although we have had little time to test the new Huawei flagship, there is no doubt that the Huawei P30 Pro is an excellent smartphone with which the company has proposed to revolutionize the world of photography and has succeeded.
Just a year ago, Huawei managed to surprise us with his P20 Pro, which ended up eclipsed by the excellence of the Huawei Mate 20 Pro. Now, how could it be otherwise, the new P30 Pro has done it again.
The Huawei P30 Pro borrows some features that make the Mate 20 Pro an almost perfect smartphone and makes them even more perfect. What stands out above all are its cameras, with which Huawei intends to “rewrite the rules of photography”.
We bring you our first impressions on the new smartphone . Keep in mind, yes, we have not had much time to prove it. We will update this review after its launch.
Price and availability
Huawei has already announced the prices of the latest additions to the range P. They can be purchased from today from the company’s website, although it is expected that it can also be done from electronics stores.
The price of the P30 Pro varies according to the configuration you choose. Thus, the initial price is € 999 for a model with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of memory. You must pay € 1,099 and € 1,249 for a model with the same RAM but with 256 GB and 512 GB of storage respectively.
Design and benefits
Huawei has two ranges of flagship smartphones : the P range and the Mate range. This is why we are surprised that, with the Huawei P30 Pro, the company has opted for the same design that we saw in the Mate 20 Pro.
The screen has curved edges on both the front and the back and incorporates a fingerprint scanner embedded in the panel. The lower side is somewhat flatter than the Mate 20 Pro and is where we find the SIM card slot.
As usual, also in the lower part we find the charging port, in this case USB C. It is compatible with the SuperCharging technology at 40W, a wireless charging at 15W and also reversible wireless charging.
The P30 Pro is water resistant and corresponds to the IP68 code, although the most interesting thing is the new speaker embedded throughout the entire screen that works by vibrations and should improve the sound of the calls.
We have not yet been able to prove this innovative feature, but we think it will be a speaker similar to the one we found in the LG G8 and the Vivo Apex. You should know that if you listen to music or play videos, only the bottom speaker will be used.
As we have said, it includes a finger scanner on the screen. It is an optical fingerprint scanner faster and more accurate than the Mate 20 Pro, but we have not yet been able to prove it. It is not ultrasonic, so it will not work if your screen is wet.
Huawei also wanted to emphasize the colors of the new generation, inspired by nature: Breathing Crystal (blue), Amber Sunrise (orange), Pearl White (white), Black (black) and Aurora (blue).
Not having the finger scanner on the bottom – as in the P20 Pro – makes the P30 screen have an aspect ratio of 19.5: 9. Of course, it has a lower resolution than the Mate 20 Pro, and that is an OLED screen with an improved optical scanner.
With 6.47 inches, the screen of the P30 Pro has larger dimensions than the Mate 20 Pro, although its pixel density itself is less than 398 ppi. The panel is Full HD + with a resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels.
At first glance, we think that the images are clear in this panel, although the colors look a little more muted than in Samsung’s AMOLED screens. Of course, this results in more natural images.
Although some of its rivals have opted for a hole in the screen to place the front camera, Huawei still uses a notch , in this case in the form of a drop, which is much smaller than that found in the P20 Pro and Mate 20 Pro.
Huawei wanted to make it clear. While in the Mate series you can find the latest technology, with the new smartphones of the P series they wanted to focus on offering an excellent smartphone in terms of photography.
The Huawei P30 Pro has a total of four cameras in the rear: 20 MP (ultra wide-angle, 16 mm, f / 2.2) + 40 MP (Superspectrum, 27 mm, f / 1.6, OIS) + 8 MP (telephoto lens with optical zoom of x5, 125 mm, f / 3.4, OIS) + time-of-flight camera.
But what does all this mean? With the P30 Pro, you can use your smartphone to take both photos with the wide angle and very close photos with a zoom of x10. You can check it in these two photographs.
You can get a zoom of x10 even if the telephoto lens is only x5 because the information obtained through it is combined with that obtained by the 40 MP camera. This achieves what Huawei calls a zoom of x10 without loss.
The terminal that we were able to test before the launch did not have the latest version of the software that we will find in stores, so it is difficult to reach valid conclusions regarding the quality of this zoom or photographic results.
Our first impressions, yes, are good. Below you can see the difference between a low light photograph made with the P20 Pro (left) and the same one made with the new P30 Pro (right).
The difference in quality is due, according to Huawei, to the presence of the new 40 MP SuperSpectrum sensor in the latest model, which has red, yellow and blue pixels instead of red, green and blue and that absorbs more light.
This new technology, combined with optical stabilization, greater aperture and also greater sensitivity – ISO goes from 102,400 in the P20 Pro to 400,000 – makes photographic results much better.
It also means that there have been improvements in the video. The P30 Pro gets better results when recording in low light environments. There is a good stabilization when recording in 4K, although from what we have been able to prove, this is lost when zooming.
A feature that has caught our attention is the Dual View video, although we will have to wait for an update – probably in April – as it will not be available on the launch day of the P30 Pro.
It is about the possibility of using two cameras at the same time to record: the main one of 20 MP and the telephoto of 8 MP. This will allow you to zoom in on specific moments of the action when you are editing the final video.
In addition to all this, the P30 Pro has a new HDR + mode that uses the artificial intelligence skills of the Kirin 980 processor to identify dark and light areas in an image and identify what they are.
Thus, you can intelligently process an image, illuminate it in a balanced way, according to what you identify that you are portraying, be it a person, a sunset, an area with grass or any other object.
Finally, there is a fourth camera that is not used to take photos but works with the IR illuminator to determine the distance in which the various objects and subjects of a photo are located.
This information will be used to determine which parts should fade when you are taking a photo in portrait mode. We have tried to take pictures with this effect and, although it is not perfect, it is good enough.
As for the front camera, we found a 32 MP lens that gets quite clear results, although sometimes they are not as detailed as we would have liked. The same can be said about the photos using the portrait mode.
For now we have not been able to perform benchmarking tests on the new Huawei P30 Pro, but we should obtain similar results to the Mate 20 Pro, since it uses the same processor and also has 8 GB of RAM.
The model we could test had a storage space of 256 GB but it is expected that it will also be available in other capacities. For now we do not know what versions of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi it will use, but it does use NFC and it will not be 5G.
It is hard to reach a conclusion after having tried the new Huawei P30 Pro with beta software and for less than two hours, but our first impressions have been very good.
It will be very comfortable to use and, although the screen itself looks bigger than the one found in the Mate 20 Pro, the size of the terminal seems almost the same. The cameras are the main point of the new flagship and they promise a lot.
List of specifications
- Operating system: Android Pie 9.1, EMUI 9.1
- Display: FHD + FullView 6.7-inch OLED screen (19.5: 9, 2340 x 1080, 398 ppi)
- Processor: Kirin 980 with eight cores at 2.4 GHz
- Graphics card: Mali-G76
- RAM: 8 GB
- Storage: 256 GB (extendable with Huawei’s NanoSD)
- Rear camera: 40 MP (Superspectrum, f / 1,6, OIS) + 20 MP (ultra wide-angle, f / 2,2) + 8 MP (telephoto with zoom x5, f / 3,4, OIS) + lens TOF
- Front camera: 32 MP (f / 2.0)
- Connectivity: USB C with SuperCharge (40W), GPS + Glonass, LTE 4G
- Battery: 4200 mAH
- Water / dust resistance: IP68
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