When Huawei first told me about the four-rear-camera setup of the P30 Pro ($ 790 on Amazon), I couldn’t believe a word. Then I used it. This phone captures zoom and low-light photos unlike anything I’ve ever seen from a phone. It gets the Galaxy S10 Plus ($ 834 on Amazon) and Pixel 3 ($ 813 at Walmart) out of the water and, together with its sleek design and awesome battery life, makes the P30 Pro one of the top phones of the year. makes.
Huawei is the second largest phone manufacturer in the world and with the P30 Pro, it is bringing big guns to bring it to that number one position.
Rear cameras are definitely standout features, but the beautifully colored design and vibrant 6.47-inch screen make it a truly outstanding handset.
£ 899 in the UK (with a base 128GB of storage) isn’t exactly cheap, but it’s exactly what you’d pay for the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus. In Australia, the phone will return you AU $ 1,599 with 256GB base storage, making it more in-line with the S10 Plus, which costs AU $ 1,499 with 128GB storage. The P30 Pro is not yet on sale in the US due to ongoing concerns from the US government, but the price converts to around $ 1,135.
P30 Pro versus Huawei P30
The P30 Pro is included by the standard P30 which is similar to the Lite version with a smaller screen but the same attractive aesthetic. It lacks Pro Super Zoom and depth sensing cameras. Yes, it’s the least exciting of the two, but it has at least a headphone jack – something you won’t find on the Pro. (See a full spec comparison chart at the end of this review.)
An eye-catching design
It is the look of the P30 Pro that first caught my attention. It stands out in a way that others simply do not. The way Light Blue is painted pink in color on my “Breathing Crystal” review model is simply beautiful and it makes this phone more eye catching than anything else.
There is also a dark blue “aurora” color mix and an orange “amber sunrise”. Of course, there is also a plain looking black version if you’re not up for some extravagance from your phone.
When I tested it with the Galaxy S10 Plus, it was the P30 Pro that attracted the most attention of passers-by. Meanwhile my S10 sat there like “just another phone” – and despite this it is the most expensive ceramic white model.
It is made from glass and metal, much like the regular Galaxy S10 or P20 Pro ($ 588 on Amazon) before, but it’s not a bad thing. It feels good and there is a satisfying hate for it when you pick it up. Some of Huawei’s earlier phones were cheap to hold, but it feels anything. You want to avoid dropping it – a real possibility, given the inherent slippage of all-glass designs. But at the very least, there is IP68 waterproofing that protects it from spilled drinks.
There is no headphone jack on the P30 Pro, so if you want to use your wired headphones you have to look for the smaller P30 or Galaxy S10. The fingerprint scanner is built into the display (a small fingerprint icon appears on the lock screen to tell you where your finger is placed). It works well and recognizes my print more and more often. I found it marginally more accurate than the Galaxy S10’s in-screen fingerprint scanner, although neither are consistently as accurate as the more standard optical scanners.
There is also no microSD card slot as Huawei has again opted for its nano memory (NM) card format to expand storage. NM cards are more expensive (£ 42 for a 128GB card, against £ 15 for the same Sandisk microSD) and are much harder to come by than standard microSD cards. Keep in mind that you will not be able to use your existing memory card in P30 Pro.
The display has a 2,340×1,080-pixel resolution. This is one step below the Galaxy S10 Plus’s 3,040×1,440-pixel maximum resolution, but I doubt you’ll notice. If you have the same high-resolution video playing on both phones and you are watching really closely on the screen, you might notice the difference, but honestly, are you ever going to do that? In everyday use, the P30 Pro’s resolution is more than enough to show off your favorite YouTube vids and its vibrant colors are great for gaming.
The screen extends right to the edges of the phone, broken only by a small turbulence notch at the top, just large enough to house the front camera. I like this solution: It’s unobtrusive when you’re playing full-screen video or games. This is a small notch compared to the hole-punch cutout of the S10 Plus for the two front-facing cameras, but after using both, I don’t really like much between them. This should definitely not be your primary decision maker in choosing between these phones.