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Huawei P30 and P30 Pro: all you need to know

ByLinky Johnson 2019-04-16 989

The Huawei P30 and P30 Pro are now available. Smartphones with a triple or even a quadruple photo sensor on the Pro version, with a combination of photosite size, RYYB technology, and aperture to significantly increase the light that enters the lenses. For results simply staggering, even in dark scenes, without lighting.

Huawei P30 and P30 Pro

At the level of the technical sheet we notice several things. First the arrival of Kirin 980 inaugurated on the mate 20 Pro. This 7nm engraved SoC is considered to be one of the most powerful on the market, with performances that make equal play with the Snapdragon 855. Engraving in 7nm is also a plus for the efficiency of energy management. The other point that stands out is the presence of a fingerprint sensor under the screen, a biometric modality that gradually "democratizes" on premium smartphones.

The amount of internal memory and RAM offered by Huawei is also noted. Unlike the competition, it is not possible to choose a capacity beyond 256 GB, and more than 8 GB of RAM. Huawei does not follow the competition in the race (a little crazy, it muGst be said) to the figures in this area. For RAM, we advise you to convince you to read our file how much RAM does it really take in an Android Smartphone in 2019. For storage, you should know that if you need more, you must opt for a NM card, a proprietary memory card format, with a maximum capacity of 256 GB.

Huawei gratifies as it used this generation of rather comfortable batteries – 3650 mAh for the P30 and 4200 mAh for the P30 Pro. The P30 has a fast recharge of 22, 5W while the P30 Pro offers a fast recharge of 40W SuperCharge (0% to 70% in 30 minutes, full charge in one hour). Obviously, it's hard to ignore their photo sensors. First the selfie sensor of 32 MPX. And of course the main photo sensor, triple on the P30 and quadruple on the P30 Pro – but we'll get back to that.


The front panel is occupied by a large OLED screen with a small U-shaped notch that only takes up a single photo sensor. This screen is flat on the P30, and thus shows thicker edges than on the P30 Pro whose edges of the screen are curved – like on a Galaxy S10 for example. The bottom and top of the unit show significantly thicker edges (especially the bottom edge).


Huawei offers a Smartphone with very neat finishes, and with a wide choice of colors. On the slices, Huawei does in minimalism: volume buttons on one side, an ON/OFF button that doubles as a Google assitant button when you press more than a second on it (like on the iPhone), and that's about it. At the top, the rounded edges give way to a flat edge, which gives it a certain personality. Downstairs we find the same "flat" a grid for the loudspeaker and a USB port type C.

The most interesting design-side things happen in the back. Huawei has positioned the double and triple sensor in an unprecedented arrangement. The P30 is actually quite classic with a triple sensor and Flash + PDAF in the extension, like on a Xiaomi MI 9 for example. The P30 Pro is, it's more singular, with a second row that accommodates in order the Flash, PDAF sensor, and ToF depth sensor in a small hole.

Huawei P30 and P30 Pro design

The rear part is the place where the colours chosen by the brand are expressed this year. They are both beautiful, and many: Aurora, Nacré, black, orange... There is a choice, and these are often original choices.

Photo sensors

Photo sensors are the strength of these smartphones. The P30 inherits a triple photo sensor with as many megapixels on its main lens as on the P30 Pro. The rest of the arrangement differs nonetheless: a 16 MP + 8 MP sensor for the P30 while the P30 Pro benefits from a quad sensor 40 + 20 + 8 + ToF. This last sensor called "time of flight" or flight time in French, is used to calculate the exact distance between each point of the scene of the photo sensor. As a blow, it is possible to achieve particularly successful Bokeh effects.

These photo sensors designed in partnership with Leica are optimized for two things: capturing maximum light, and being able to take photos and video with a choice of different angles and a telephoto with powerful optical zoom in all conditions the lighting Even the worst. The P30 provides 3x optical zoom while the P30 Pro offers 10x optical zoom. The digital zoom reaches a stratospheric level: up to 50x. But there is no miracle, and the quality then inevitably degrades.

Huawei P30 Pro camera

On the selfie side, both smartphones benefit from a huge 32 MPX sensor. What is true in photo is also in video on these models, and it is no coincidence that the experts of DxOMark once again sacred Huawei King of the photo.


Both smartphones carry a rather comfortable battery, respectively of 3650 mAh and 4200 mAh, and offer autonomy that exceeds the day. Both are compatible with fast charging, but this is not exactly the same: 22, 5W for the P30 against 40W for the P30 Pro (0 to 70% in 30 mn). The P30 Pro is the only one that also offers both fast 15 Watt Wireless charging and reverse Wireless charging to recharge any Qi-compatible charging device.


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 Huawei P30 and P30 Pro price: starting from 799 EUR


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