Updated on 2019-04-20 by Sylvester Avijit Gomes
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Last year when Huawei launched their Mate 20 Pro, we the geeks in the Tech world thought that it was probably the best phone of 2018. The Mate 20 Pro came with a behemoth of specs with tech filled in it to the brim. It checked about 90% of the 5 boxes that make a great smartphone. The 5 boxes being: Build and design, Battery life, Display, Camera and finally Performance.
There are times when you can’t push the boundaries of technology any further but only improve on what you have. This goes especially when we are talking about phones like the Mate 20 Pro which is already an amazing smartphone. However, Huawei broke their own barriers and surprised the Tech Community with the launch of The P30 Pro. The flagship phone from Huawei for the year 2019. Read on to find out how does it fairs in the likes of other phones like the S10 series from Samsung and the iPhone Xs series from Apple.
So, like always lets being with Build and Design.
In simple terms, the P30 pro is Exactly what one should expect from a 2019 flagship. Glass and glass sandwich on both the front and back, with curved corners to sit perfectly in the hand. In fact, the phone is also curved like Samsung flagship on the edges to not only make an aesthetic statement but also make it super easy for holding the device itself much like the Mate 20 Pro. The other design queue that the P30 pro inherits is the texture and differently colored power button. It is simply needless to say that Huawei pays massive attention to details when comes to design features. Continuing with the whole Gradient back design Huawei’s offering 2 new gradient back options this year. Breathing Crystal and Aurora. Apart from this other design choices remain power and volume rockers to the right of the device. IR blaster and secondary microphone to the top. Nothing on the left. And the SIM slot primary microphone, Type C port and the speaker grill to the bottom in the same order. Like we said Huawei has got the design just perfectly perfect.
Now coming to the display, we have a beautiful dewdrop notched 6.47 inches to the front. The display is an OLED one with a resolution of 2340x1080 topping at FHD+. Now, we know some of you all would say isn’t it a flagship phone which isn’t it quad HD, the Mate 20 Pro was QHD why not this one? Well, the simple answer is this that first, you get a battery endurance that you get nowhere else, more on that later. For 99% of the time, you would not even notice a difference. With that said what really matters is the panel itself which needless to say is beautiful. Covers the wide color gamut of DCI-P3 which means is this that colors simply pop on this display. Watching content on this is simply going to be amazing.
Coming to what powers this beast is the tried and tested HI-Silicon Kirin 980 processor. Huawei’s very own in-house processor. We have talked about the greatness of this processor in our previous review of the Mate 20 Pro and are going to talk about it again. This processor is the reason why we called the P30 Pro a beast in the first place. The Kirin 980 comes with 2 Cortex-A76 at 2.6GHz, 2 Cortex-A76 at 1.93GHz and 4 Cortex-A55’s at 1.8GHz. This combined with the fact that this is a 7nm processor with a 2nd gen dual NPU delivers a phone which is simply put is a breeze to use. The GPU again is handled by the very powerful Mali-G76 and much like the Mate 20 Pro, graphics related task like playing games is just a joy to use. This powerful processor is supported with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of internal storage. You get a Hybrid sim slot to expand the storage by 256 GB using a nano SD card. Overall the P30 Pro scores an Antutu of 309056 which is impressive and more or less a top value for a flagship in 2019.
Now, coming finally to the most pivoting feature of the P30 pro. The feature that makes Huawei brand the phone saying “Rewrite the Rules of Photography”. Now, its no surprise that Huawei like its other flagship phones have worked with Leica for the camera department and what we have with the P30 Pro can only be called revolutionary. With the Mate 20 Pro, we thought the Tri camera setup was an overkill, Huawei went a step ahead in putting 4 cameras at the back. Let’s crunch some numbers here for your understanding in this camera review of P30 Pro.
The rear camera setup gets a 40MP F1.6 OIS primary shooter, a 20MP Ultra-Wide Angle f2.2 lens, an 8MP f3.4 Telephoto lens which is also OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) and finally a TOF or Time of Flight sensor. Now don’t be mistaken the 40MP sensor with the one used on the Mate 20 Pro. In a world where traditional smartphone and even professional DSLR’s use an RGB or RED, GREEN and BLUE pixels Huawei uses something called RYB sensor. This is basically 25% RED pixel, 25% Blue pixel and 50% Yellow pixel. By doing this Huawei is able to capture 40% more light compared to any phone camera on planet earth. Even the crazy Penta Lens Nokia Pureview 9 with its 5 lenses cannot pull this off. This naturally results not only in great daytime pictures but also perfectly detailed night shots too.
The Pixel 3's night mode which was once the crowned jewel of night photography falls flat down to the normal auto mode of the P30 pro. The night mode, however, turned on only gets better, to begin with. The Ultra-Wide Angle is the same as the Mate 20 Pro with macro shot capability till up to 2.5cm. Now we come to the 8MP telephoto lens and boy has Huawei delivered this time. This lens provides up to a whopping 5X optical zoom this is the highest Optical based zoom on any commercially available phone right now, period. The capabilities of the sensor only begin to unfold at 5X massive zoom when Huawei breaks boundaries again.
With the P30 Pro Huawei is doing something called a Hybrid Digital shot which is basically combining the primary sensor and the Telephoto lens to deliver a massive 10X zoom. If that was not enough, with the help of AI and digital camera capabilities the P30 pro can deliver up to a surreal 50x zoom. Now that is insane. We really don’t know why would you be needing 50X zoom but yeah its there. It’s exactly like the time OnePlus introduced 6GB RAM on their OnePlus 3 and people called it an overkill. Well, it seems that Huawei’s done it with their camera.
The 4th camera in the quad camera setup is not exactly a camera but a sensor. The TOF sensor is basically a 3-D mapper which not only allows for better portrait shot but it can also do fancy tricks like measuring dimensions of objects in Realtime.
The front selfie camera is a 32MP F2.0 sensor and again it is a great shooter too capturing great details with amazing picture quality. To wrap the camera department up in one word it is truly” Revolutionary” as Huawei claims the camera to be.
Last but not least we have the battery department. The P30 pro comes equipped with a massive 4200 mAh battery. This coupled with the 7nm processor, the FHD+ display and Huawei’s aggressive battery management means you can use the phone for an entire day and walk into the morning of the next day without a hiccup. Wanna charge it back quickly? Huawei’s got their customers covered them too by providing the much glorified 40W SuperCharger in the box. The charger is able to charge the phone from 0 to 70 percent in around 30 minutes. Not only this but the P30 pro also has support for 15W fast wireless charging too. All in all, the P30 pro simply delivers when it comes to the battery department. This phone also supports wireless and reverse wireless charging so you can also charge other wireless phones using your P30 Pro.
We finally walk into the climax of the phone. Like we have said before no phone is perfect and nor is the P30 Pro. The only drawback on this phone is the proprietary EMUI of the company. It simply makes the phone cluttered with features. Now lets us simply say this that if you are stock android users, EMUI is simply going to annoy you. However, if you are ready to live with it and throw on a launcher atop, what you have is a phone that is simply going to deliver. The EMUI v9.1.0 is based on the Android 9.0. It checks all the 5 boxes of a great phone that we talked about. The P30 Pro smartphone comes with an IP68 dust and water resistance so you will find your phone safe in the case of any accidental damage from water or dust.
This phone has an in-display fingerprint sensor which is fast compared to the previous version of the in-display sensor seen in other phones. Also P30 Pro supports face unlocking which is extremely fast and accurate but is misses on the 3D mapping to ensure the highest security level of the face unlocking. There is no headphone jack and no USB Type C to 3.5 mm jack converter as was seen in the Mate 20 Pro. So we can say P30 Pro is a little toned down version in some area with improvements in other.
You can buy Huawei P30 Pro for Rs 71990 exclusively on Amazon India. Concluding this brief review of P30 Pro, we can say that it is a great attraction for people looking for a stylish smartphone with a powerful processor and stupendous camera. A bigger battery is like icing on the cake and adds to the net worth of this phone. For those 72K what it’s worth, We can say buy it if you are looking for the absolute best in class camera phone and a great phone overall in general.
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Huawei P30 Pro is a complete flagship smartphone with great looks, performance, camera and battery life. It truly bring great value to the table and is one of the best flagship phone of 2019 in India. If you are fine without a headphone jack and EMUI software, you will love what this excellent device offers.