Huawei P30 Pro Review
Huawei recently launched its latest flagship called the P30 Pro in India.
The device was priced at Rs 71,990 and made waves solely because of its zoom capabilities.
Capable camera aside, the device packs in the best hardware you can get on an Android smartphone in India.
But how did the specs stack up or is it better than the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus? I’m Sheldon Pinto and welcome to the Tech2 review of the Huawei P30 Pro.
There are two camps in the Android smartphone space.
There are brands like who will slap on more hardware to get you more features, and then there is Google that tries to get more features out of lesser hardware.
The Huawei P30 Pro clearly belongs to the first camp.
And you can tell by the number of cameras that Huawei has put on the back of the smartphone, and there’s one for every occasion.
The handset features a 40 MP + 20 MP + 8 MP rear camera setup which also includes a 3D TOF Depth Sensor.
And then there’s a 32 MP camera on the front that sits inside the display notch.
The ultra wide-angle lens can turn a regular street photo into a very interesting one.
The 50x digital zoom can help you read inscriptions of monuments, and even get you close to critters without driving them away.
And you can even click pictures of the moon! The Huawei P30 Pro even lets you shoot some really impressive portraits with accurate edge detection and contrast in all types of lighting conditions.
You can also switch to Aperture mode and shoot some amazing black-and-white photos.
Macro close-ups that let you get up 2.
5 cms close to your subject also look sharp and stunning.
But that is not the P30 Pro’s party trick.
That credit goes to the unbelievable Night mode.
Huawei’s P30 Pro uses an RYYB sensor instead of the usual RGB sensor on most smartphones.
Thus according to Huawei, let’s it capture 40% more light.
That’s a lot! And now that there’s plenty more data to play around with those night shots look astonishing.
The Night mode literally let me point the camera at scenes which I would never dare to click on other smartphones.
The results look stunning and are a lot more colour accurate in comparison to those from the Pixel 3XL.
The P30 Pro was able to see my colleague Kshitij Pujari posing in the dark when other smartphones completely failed to spot anything.
So the camera is impressive but what about the rest? There’s a 6.
4-inch FHD OLED display that looks pretty good save for that dewdrop notch at the top.
Huawei has packed in a Kirin 980 SoC and this is paired with 8 GB RAM and 256 GB of storage.
Given its Rs 71,990 price tag, the Huawei P30 Pro easily meets the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus in terms of core hardware and even some of the more recently launched Android smartphones in India.
Huawei’s Reverse Wireless Charging works, but it’s still a bit too slow to charge another smartphone.
What I really liked about the P30 Pro was the speaker-less receiver.
The electromagnetic sound levitation tech basically creates sound by vibrating the display.
This means you can pretty much place the phone anywhere on your ear.
Lastly, there’s that mammoth 4,200 mAh battery that can easily last two days with casual use and delivered an impressive 16 hours and 7 minutes in a battery life test.
But there’s a problem with the P30 and you pretty much guessed it right.
It’s the software.
EMUI is fluid and fast, but it feels a bit dated both in terms of functionality and looks.
Indeed, this is the only turn off about the smartphone and for some it could turn out to be a deal-breaker.
If the camera is all you seek, then the P30 Pro will not disappoint you.
If it’s good battery life that you were after then the 40 W charger is a bonus.
In short, it is really hard to not recommend the P30 Pro given its pricing and its specifications.
Thinking of buying one? Check out my full review of the P30 Pro on Tech2.
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