Huawei P30 Pro review. Is it worthy of being called a flagship?

06/22/2019     Author: Armand Richardson

An impressive camera and swanky new colours. Is it enough? In this article we delve into the pros and cons of one of Huawei’s best-selling smartphones.

People are no stranger to Huawei at this stage in the game. They’ve been developing some of the most cracking phones on the market for a while at a fraction of the price.

Now, with the release of the Huawei P30 Pro, the line between the Mate and Pro series is becomingly ever slimmer. These P series models just keep getting better and better. But is their latest release worthy of being called a flagship? Let’s look at the specs.

The camera

Once again, as expected, we have the Leica camera featured on the P30 Pro sitting at a pretty 40MP for the back camera. This is only the first of four however.

The second camera is an 8MP periscopic lens telecamera with a hybrid zoom.

The third is a 20MP bad boy with autofocus and an ultra-wide lens. This seems to be the same as used on the Mate 20 Pro.

And finally, the fourth front camera is a 32MP AI HDR+ for sleek portraits and selfies. However, there is no autofocus – a small trade off for those specs.

The front facing camera notch is super small and doesn’t feel intrusive at all.

Plus, the 10x lossless zoom is mind blowing.

The screen

We’re talking 6.47 inch super AMOLED screen here people. It’s crisp and bright, but for some reason seems to lack a bit of colour depth. The under-screen fingerprint scanner however is a nice touch (literally).

With a 1080×2340 resolution and acoustic display, it’s still going to look better than your mates iPhone 5s.

Other specs

Memory: 6/8GB Ram (this hasn’t actually been officially confirmed by Huawei), 128/256/513GB plus expandable storage via nano slot.

Battery: 4200mAh battery, 40W Super Charge and 15W wireless charging capabilities, reverse wireless charging (for all your stingy mates).

Build: Metal frame with dual glass, IP68-rated dust and water resistance. Comes in four colours – light blue, purple, orange and black.

OS:  EMUI 9.1 based on Android Pie.

The verdict

While the Huawei P30 Pro looks impressive, especially the camera, it’s hard to find a reason not to save your money and opt for the Galaxy s10+ or Mate 20 Pro instead, or wait for the next release in the Mate series. This phone is all about photography, and the specs don’t stand out significantly besides this.

There’s no doubt this is one of the top phones Huawei has ever come out with, but somehow it seems that this upgrade to the P20 is a little more conservative.

If photography is the name of the game, this may be the perfect phone for you. But you may want to hold off on pre-ordering so you can get a clearer picture of the actual specs when Huawei release them.

The Huawei P30 Pro release is set to cost €799 / £699 (roughly $900usd).

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