After reviewing the Mate20 Pro last year, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the latest handset from Huawei. Check out my thoughts on the Huawei P30 Pro.
The Huawei P30 Pro comes in a neat, white box along with a HUAWEI SuperCharge charger, Type C USB Cable, Earphones, Quick Start Guide, Warranty Card and Eject tool.
Set-up and design
Like the Mate20 Pro, the P30 Pro is big. It measures 158.0 x 73.4 x 8.41mm.
It’s on the chunkier side when it comes to the current flagships on the market, but overall it has a sleek and premium feel, with the 6.47-inch screen spilling over the edges. Despite being large, it sits comfortably in hand due to the curved edges and smooth glass.
The blue-green gradient style colour on the back (‘Aurora’) was elegant and unique, although a bit of a fingerprint magnet!
Nestled into the top centre of the screen is a tiny ‘dew drop’ notch housing the front-facing camera – which is barely noticeable on the sizeable screen. The screen looks even bigger with the absence of a traditional earpiece speaker. Instead, the P30 Pro uses ‘HUAWEI Acoustic Display Technology’ to create vibrations in the screen that project audio into your ear.
When it comes to audio while watching video content, the bottom-only speaker isn’t the device’s biggest selling point. Having sound only coming out of one end didn’t make for the best experience when watching video content like Netflix.
On the plus side, the HUAWEI FullView OLED display is bright, and colours are vibrant, and combined with the large screen, makes for a good visual experience when watching video.
One of the best features of the P30 Pro is that it comes with two physical SIM card slots (both with 4G and VoLTE connectivity). This means if you have a SIM card in each slot, you’re able to easily switch between the two networks. When making a call you have the option to choose which number you’d like to dial from, and you can receive calls from either (only one single call can be active at a time).
This is a really handy feature if you have a personal and work phone – rather than having two separate phones to carry around, you can keep both numbers on the same device. This would also be a handy feature when travelling – if you purchase a local SIM while overseas, you can keep your personal SIM in one slot, and slip an international SIM in the other. How convenient.
Here's what Dual SIM looks like in settings. You can choose which SIM you’d like to be the primary SIM, but you’re still able to make and take calls from either –
And here’s what Dual SIM looks like when dialing a number on the keypad –
The camera on the P30 Pro is really impressive. The Leica Quad camera system includes:
- 40MP SuperSpectrum Sensor (Wide angle Lens, f/1.6 apperture)
- 20MP Ultra-wide angle lens (f/2.2 apperture)
- 8MP Tele lens (5x Telephoto, f/3.4 apperture)
- HUAWEI Time-of-Flight (ToF) Camera
Plus, the device boasts a 5x optical zoom, 10x hybrid zoom and 50x digital zoom.
I was blown away by the sharpness and beauty of the photos I was able to take using this device. The colours were vibrant, and the detail was just crazy. The landscape shots I took have so much depth – I love the way the clouds and the ripple of the water were captured. I felt like a professional photographer without having to put much thought or effort into taking photos.
Another feature that makes the camera so good is ‘Super Macro’. Super Macro can be enabled in the ‘More’ section of the camera, but it is also designed to automatically trigger when you get close to a subject. This intuitiveness removes the need to fiddle around with the camera settings, and makes it easy for amateur photographers to take great photos.
Getting up close to the flowers, the camera triggered Super Macro, and the result was fantastic. The flowers are sharp and detailed, and the background slightly blurred, giving the image good depth.
Huawei is a master of using AI technology to enhance photography. Using AI, the camera can recognise hundreds of objects and scenes. When I pointed the camera at Mia it could detect that the subject of the photo was a dog, and on an overcast day it could recognise clouds.
Once the scene or object is recognised it optimises the camera settings for that particular scene or object. On an overcast day, the camera sharpened the clouds and gave them so much detail – the results were really spectacular.
Huawei have raised the bar when it comes to low lighting and night-time photography. To me, this was the easiest camera feature to use and the results did not disappoint.
The photo on the left was taken with my own personal mobile phone, and the photo on the right with the P30 Pro. This was taken without a flash and simply on the standard camera setting (I didn’t even need to switch to night mode). It was as easy as snapping a quick photo in broad daylight and the result was shockingly good.
This feature would really come in handy when trying to take a photo while out to dinner or at a party.
The addition of the fourth Time-of Flight (ToF) camera to the P30 Pro gives portrait photos a professional-like finish. The ToF camera kicks in when using the camera’s ‘Portrait’ mode, helping to achieve artistic bokeh effects, with defined edges around the subject and a naturally blurred background. The ToF camera achieves this by measuring the depth of subjects against the background.
When I first heard about the camera’s 50x zoom I thought it sounded impossible. How could a camera zoom in that far without producing blurry, unrecognisable photos?
It’s hard to explain how insane this feature is, but I hope the above example does it justice.
Standing outside this café, I was able to zoom in 50x to be able to read the menu circled in yellow. From where I was standing the menu board was so tiny I couldn’t even tell that there was writing on it. But zoomed in on the P30 Pro I could read the menu items and price! I have never seen anything like this.
As expected, the image softens the further it’s zoomed in, but this is a minor criticism of an otherwise next level technology.
The in-screen fingerprint scanner worked as fast and consistently as when I first tried it out on the Mate20 Pro. Although I didn’t have to use it very often as on most occasions, the facial unlock feature would recognise my face (both with and without glasses) and unlock the phone before I had the chance to use fingerprint unlock.
- Huge battery life – 4,200mAh (Typical value. Based on results from Huawei lab tests. Battery life depends on actual usage.)
- Incredible camera – the low light capabilities and 50x zoom, in particular, are easy to use and produce stunning results
- Fast and consistent unlocking
Not so sure about
- Slightly chunky design
- Camera sticks out on the back of the phone
- Single bottom speaker meant watching video content was not as immersive as it could be with a speaker at the top as well
Disclaimer: The views expressed in the above review are my own and do not represent those of Optus.
Optus is relying on product information supplied by Huawei in making the representations above. Optus makes no representations as to the capabilities of this device
Want to get your hands on this device? The Huawei P30 Pro is available at Optus.
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