Huawei P30 and P30 Pro: Discover Everything that was Presented
Huawei plans to shake up Apple's iPhone Xs and Samsung's Galaxy S10 with its new P30s and P30s, smartphones with more than 3 photo sensors.
Paris is a city well suited to take advantage of optical zoom and a super wide-angle, and precisely there has been presented the latest flagship of Huawei. An iteration focused on evolving photography and design, which we have seen in the analysis of the Huawei P30 Pro, the first of the brand to incorporate four cameras.
A mobile phone that maintains brand and line features, but in turn has undergone internal and external renewal to compete in a high-end range that is increasingly specialized in photography in conjunction with its small twin the Huawei P30. Processor and software of the house, a new sensor and the goodbye to the physical button under the screen that leaves behind an era in relation to fronts let’s see what the first Huawei titan offers for 2019.
Design – leaving clear the lineage
Curves, brightness, metal and glass. What could be the four pillars of aesthetics in the high-end of recent years and that also mark the rails through which the design and construction of the Huawei P30 Pro circulate, applying some variations so that there is a specific renovating component with respect to the Huawei P20 Prolog in
Variations such as the upper and lower flat edges, which break the semicircle that draws the curvature of the sides, so that in theory the mobile can be upright if we support it in equilibrium on its base. The surface must be completely horizontal, at 0 degrees, and without a minimum tremor. That is a metal frame with a matte finish (also in contrast to its predecessor), thus tracing a right angle with respect to the screen and the back.
But we were talking about curves because they continue to populate every corner of the mobile. The back and front surfaces are not flat in their entirety, but draw curves on their side edges looking for comfort and that touch of sophistication that the when applied with taste and with the appropriate curvature. One of the distinguishing features with the Huawei P30, since it has a flat screen.
There are also variations in the physical buttons, with the expected final farewell to the fingerprint sensor and front physical button and consequent reduction of the lower frame. No added button for the virtual assistant and the lock and power keep the orange signal that sets it apart.
Thus, the upper edge is quite clear, being the tray of the cards, the speaker and USB type C in the base. And in the back, there is a prominent protuberance for the three main optics, with a square window for the 5x zoom periscopic prism and placing the Time of Flight sensor under the flash, in a very subtle way.
The rear wears glass and will trap our footprints, which are much more noticeable in the black model. Yes, it is something slippery, and if we take it without a case, we will have to make it more carefully, but in general, despite the heavy, it is comfortable.
With the models of this year, it is clear that the striking and degraded colors are well received. Thus, black gives more seriousness and discretion. It is elegant and represents more option within this new range of colors.
Huawei has from a relatively short time and gone from manufacturing relatively cumbersome and formless units to challenging the best players in the market both in terms of design and construction quality. The frame is made of metal, while the front and back are covered by Corning’s popular Gorilla Glass 5. The construction is rigid and even though we bend the phone with some force, it does not yield or cause any disturbing noise.
P30 Pro (and P30), compared to last year’s P20 Pro, has a significantly smaller and drop-shaped notch, which looks like a hybrid of the very first note in Essential PH-1 and OnePlus 6T’s drop-shaped notch.
The P30 Pro, like the P20 Pro, lacks a headphone jack. In other words, Samsung is right alone in still equipping its most lavish flagship with a headphone output. The sister phone P30, on the other hand, has been endowed with a jack.
At the top of the phone, we find both the light sensor and a microphone while the USB C port, the call microphone, and the speaker are placed in the bottom of the phone in the normal order. On the right side, the volume button is located just above the lock button. The height of the buttons is excellent and easy to reach without us having to change grip.
The buttons like the frame are made of metal have a good tactile feel with excellent suspension and are not experienced at all as spongy. They also stick out enough to make them easy to locate by feel to them.
P30 parts in many and many ways the features P30 Pro offers in terms of design, shape and material choice. The unit is rigid and rigid and covered with Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and back. The number of buttons and their location is also identical to the big brother P30 Pro.
A rare feature of the P30 Pro is the fact that the phone apparently lacks a speaker for calls. There is no speaker grille either in the front or on the top of the unit, but Huawei instead uses the display glass as the speaker element. The technology is similar to that presented by LG together with G8 and also to some extent the technology in Xiaomi Mi Mix 3.
An advantage of eliminating the speaker grille is that the phone has a cleaner and more uniform look, but at the same time this feature brings a couple of disadvantages. The main disadvantage is that the front speaker does not work for anything but calls, and the stereo effect achieved on the P20 Pro and its dual traditional speakers is thus blown away.
Only the sound source during media playback with the phone’s internal speakers can be found at the bottom of the phone, and when the phone is held in landscape mode during video watching, it is usually easy for this speaker to be covered, whereby the sound virtually completely disappears.
Neither P30 nor Big Brother Pro has a ToF sensor in the front, and they therefore do not offer 3D face unlocking, but the user must settle for the less secure 2D unlocking which is not a Google accepted form of biometric verification to login to banking and other services where security is of the utmost importance. The P30, on the other hand, has the traditional speaker in the front.
Compared to the Mate 20 pro, the P30 Pro has grown a fraction of millimeters in height and just over a millimeter in width but has become slightly thinner. As a compensation for these overall slightly larger outer dimensions, we are offered in the P30 Pro on a 2.6% larger screen com covers more of the phone’s total front surface, with 88.6% against 87.9%. The P30 Pro has a slightly smaller frame around screen. However, the weight has increased by 3 grams, from 189 grams in Mate 20 Pro to 192 grams in P30 Pro.
The P30 Pro and P30 have both AMOLED panels and have the same resolution, of 1,080 x 2,340 pixels. It gives the P30 pro a pixel density of 398 PPI, while the younger brother P30 gets a slightly better pixel density of 422 PPI, making the younger brother the sharper.
The tradition continues and Huawei’s first flagship of the year integrates the latest front-line processor of the house, in this case, the Kirin 980. The same as the standard P30, but the Pro integrates 8 GB of RAM (and not six, like its smaller brother) as the only option.
The Huawei P30 Pro works well continuously and moves any app, no matter how demanding, without problems. Video games, multimedia, video editing, and similar tasks do not pose any kind of bump for this Kirin 980 and 8 GB of RAM.
Camera – new CMOS sensor with RYYB bay filter
The main number as always in recent years in the Huawei top models is the camera. We find in the P30 Pro no less than four cameras on the back; 40-megapixel camera, 20-megapixel wide-angle camera, 8-megapixel zoom camera, and a Time of Flight type deep-measuring 3D camera. In the P30 pro, the camera cover is similar, but here we find that the 3D camera is missing and that the wide-angle camera has been downgraded to 16 megapixels instead of 20.
Although one of the main features is that the sensor of the main camera is not RGB (red-green-blue, the color scheme of the pixels), but RYYB (red-yellow-blue), so that the pixels that are traditionally green in this case are yellow. A change that seeks to capture more light.
To this it is added that it is the first mobile to reach the maximum ISO of 409,600 and that the digital zoom reaches 50x, being optical up to 5x, hybrid up to 10x and entirely digital up to 50x.
There is also a supposed improvement in the assistance by artificial intelligence, focusing on the night mode (improving the contrast and color), the portrait mode (giving more detail and stability) and the effect of silk water (focusing on AI stabilization). They also promise improvements in the HDR, so that there is assistance in processing to improve the backlight and better compensate the exposure.
There is also that TOF sensor, which is another of the current currents in mobile photography looking for a better analysis of the depth and that in the end, this translates into a correct blur. And as for the video, what they have done is try to improve the stability by combining the optical stabilizations and the one provided by the AI.
The most spectacular news in the camera is undoubtedly the telephoto lens. Some of these phones have been in a couple, three years now, and they have given the opportunity to 2x or as best 3x optical zoom, but so far it has been difficult to deliver without making the mobile phone too thick.
But in the P30 Pro, we get the entire 5x optical zoom. Something that should be physically impossible in an eight-millimeter thin mobile. Huawei has solved this by simply redirecting the light. With a prism, the light path is angled at 90 degrees, and in the long run the optics do not at all have the same space shortage.
Price and release date
Huawei’s two smartphones will be available from April 5, 2019. Note that for all pre-orders made before April 4, the manufacturer offers a Sonos One speaker worth 229 euros through an offer of refund.
Huawei P30 price starts from 799 euros and Huawei P30 Pro price starts from 999 euros.
|Dimensions||158 x 73,4 x 8,4 mm|
|Colors||Red, White, Black, Blue|
|Features||HDR, Dual-LED flash|
|Resolution||1080 x 2340 Pixels|
|Memory||6/8 RAM, 128 Storage|
|Battery||4200 mAh (Li-Po, Not Removable)|
|Sensors||Gyro, Accelerometer, Type-C, Barometer, Fingerprint (Under Display), Face ID|
|Network Protocols||HSPA, GSM, EDGE, GPRS, LTE|
|4G Bands||700, 800, 850, 900, 1500, 1700, 1800, 1900, 2000, 2100, 2300, 2600|
|3G Bands||850, 900, 1700, 1900, 2100|
|Functionalities||NFC, Infrared, GLONASS, GPS, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11|