Huawei has long been positioning P-series smartphones as advanced mobile cameras. And in this regard, the manufacturer really achieved some success, the P20 Pro model used a large sensor and several technologies that allowed the device to become one of the best camera phones of the past year. That is why expectations from the camera capabilities in the new Huawei P30 Pro model were quite high. Let’s see what the
company has managed to implement and whether it has forgotten about other functions of the smartphone.
The P30 Pro inherits the styling of the previous model while taking over some of the features of another flagship smartphone – the Mate 20 Pro. From the latter, the device inherited the edges of the front glass slightly rounded on the sides, flowing into the steel frame of the case.
The bezels around the display in the P30 Pro have remained quite compact, while the notch at the top of the screen has become even smaller, now it is made in the shape of a drop and only contains the camera.
Another interesting detail in the design of the front panel is the lack of an earpiece. One would assume that it was moved to the upper edge, but Huawei used a more complex system for this. During a call on the phone, the display is responsible for the formation of
sound. The acoustic technology implemented in it generates sound waves due to vibration. Unfortunately, during the presentation, I was not able to hear how such a conversational speaker sounds. But I will try to write about it in more detail during the review.
The back of the P30 Pro generally retains the style of last year’s model but differs from it in detail. Firstly, in the new smartphone, the glass of the back panel is rounded at the sides symmetrically to the screen, and secondly, the block with cameras is slightly larger here, which is due to the peculiarities of their design.
It is also worth mentioning the new body colors. Last year, Huawei set the fashion for gradient colors and this year decided not to abandon them. Thus, the P30 Pro received five colors: White Pearl White, shimmering from white to blue-violet Breathing Crystal, black Black, orange-red Amber Sunrise, and an updated iridescent from blue to green and again to dark blue Aurora.
In general, as you can see, Huawei has kept the design of the new model in the style of last year’s flagships, along the way updating their coloring. It turned out to be recognizable
and quite nice, so the new design copes with its task.
Water and dust resistant
Like last year’s flagships, the P30 Pro has IP68 water and dust resistance.
Contents of delivery
The package contents of the P30 Pro will depend on the region, but we can preliminarily say that the box with the device will definitely have a 40 W charging unit, a USB Type-C cable, and a wired headset.
Unfortunately, I did not see an adapter for 3.5 mm. But it is quite possible that in the sales versions it will appear in the kit, like a cover, as well as a film on the screen. But once again, I note that depending on the region, the equipment will differ.
The Huawei P30 Pro has a 6.47-inch AMOLED screen with a waterdrop notch and a resolution of 2340×1080 pixels.
The display supports two resolutions, besides the main one, it can be switched to HD + (1560 × 720 pixels) to save battery power. Besides, the user can adjust the color mode, choosing between bright and normal, as well as the color temperature.
In general, after the first acquaintance, the display leaves a pleasant impression, it has a colorful color rendition and good viewing angles.
The fingerprint scanner
Unlike last year’s P20 Pro, the new model has a fingerprint scanner right under the display glass. Huawei uses the same optical sensor as the Mate 20 Pro. For its operation, the smartphone highlights a small area at the bottom of the screen, and if you put your finger on it, the scanner will be able to recognize the fingerprint.
This technology works quite accurately and quickly, but it is worth noting that the scanning area is not very large and does not appear tactile in any way, so you need to get used to its location. Also, the optical fingerprint sensor may not work if your finger gets wet or dirty, or if the screen is exposed to direct sunlight. This is a feature of the technology.
At the heart of the Huawei P30 Pro is the 7-nanometer Kirin 980 processor, already familiar from the Mate 20 Pro, built according to the 2 + 2 + 4 scheme, with 2 productive Cortex-A76 cores with a frequency of 2.6 GHz, 2 Cortex-A76 cores with a reduced up to
1.92 GHz and 4 cores with energy efficient 1.8 GHz Cortex A-55 cores. Also, the smartphone can be installed with 6 or 8 GB of RAM and 128, 256, or 512 GB of internal memory.
Unlike last year’s model, the P30 Pro has a memory card slot. On paper, this is an improvement, but in practice, Huawei uses its own card format, they are more compact than microSD but are very rarely used.
The wireless options in the P30 Pro are dual-band Wi-Fi a / b / g / n / ac, Bluetooth 5.0, and NFC. Positioning is carried out using GPS, Galileo, Beidou, and GLONASS modules.
The P20 Pro received a lot of positive reviews for its camera last year, including winning
our readers’ vote. Accordingly, it was possible to say that he set a certain bar for the quality of mobile photography of Huawei smartphones, and the manufacturer was expected that at least he would not lower it, but at the most, he would be able to surpass last year’s result. Has the company succeeded? The short answer is yes. P30 Pro received a completely new camera system, which consists of four modules at once. Let’s take a closer look at them.
The resolution of the main camera has not changed, it is still a 40-megapixel optical stabilization module that uses the Quad Bayer structure. It uses data from four adjacent pixels for one pixel, and when combined, they allow you to take 10-megapixel photos of higher quality.
But that’s where the similarities with last year’s main camera end. First, it has faster optics with an f / 1.6 aperture. Second, it uses a matrix with no green pixels. But it is worth dwelling on this in more detail. The matrix of the main camera of the P20 Pro was built according to the RGBG (Red Green Blue Green) scheme, in which red pixels alternated with red, green, blue, and green again. In the P30 Pro, the RYYB (Red Yellow Yellow Blue) scheme is used in the matrix of the main camera, the green pixels have been
replaced with yellow ones. According to Huawei engineers, this allowed the new matrix to receive 40% more light compared to the matrix in the P20 Pro. As a result, the ISO value in the P30 Pro increased to 409600. Even in complete darkness, the smartphone can take pictures and they will show not just the outlines of the object, but the entire object as a whole, while being quite good.
This photo was taken without flash in Pro mode at ISO 409600 in a dark room, in which the light source was one lamp on the floor, and even the outlines of objects were not visible to the eyes:
This photo shows how dark it was around:
And this is how the subject looked when the light was on: Here are a few more shots taken in near-total darkness:
This update to the main sensor allowed the company to implement a night mode, which stitches multiple shots, changing the exposure. With its help, you can take fairly high- quality night shots, and can also be used for shooting during the day to improve the detail of photos in the shadows and when creating portraits.
The first shot is automatic, the second is night mode
The second camera in the Huawei P30 Pro is an 8-megapixel telephoto OIS with f / 3.4 aperture and a periscope design that allows it to do 5x optical zoom, 10x hybrid, and 50x digital.
The third module in the smartphone is a 20-megapixel ultra-wide with f / 2.2 aperture. The fourth camera in the P30 Pro is auxiliary, it is called TOF. It is essentially a more
advanced light sensor that measures the distance to objects and allows the camera to do
multiple levels of background blur.