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18:16  12 july  2019
18:16  12 july  2019 Source:   pocket-lint.com

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> Huawei phone reviews . Huawei P 30 review : A pocketable professional . If you're looking for a pocketable flagship then the P 30 is a great option for its design and capable camera. That said, last year's P20 Pro will be tempting for price, while the P 30 Pro is larger, longer-lasting and more capable

The Huawei P 30 Pro does feel in many ways like the superhero of the smartphone world, but all superheroes have their weaknesses. About this review : While writing this review , David and I used Huawei P 30 Pro review units supplied by the manufacturer over a period of 10 days.

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We've already waxed lyrical about the P30 Pro and how its impressive array of specs might make it contender for phone of 2019. But what of its little cousin, the 'standard' P30?

Featuring a smaller screen and slimmer frame than the Pro, the P30 still delivers exquisite design in a well-established package, complete with flagship performance and a trio of cameras that, while not as striking as the Pro's quad offering, make for a well accomplished all-rounder.

In many respects, however, the P30 is an echo of 2018's P20 Pro with some processor and camera updates. So does the newer, smaller-scale P series phone make sense to buy - or should you be looking for a bargain of yesteryear's phone instead?

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Huawei P 30 Pro materials are of premium quality; glass in front and on the back, a sturdy metal frame around the perimeter. Defines the face, separates the background, enforces a beautifier and effects. Professional - the ability to manually adjust the shooting settings and save photos in RAW format.

Huawei P 30 Pro review . Rewriting the rules for smartphone photography. The P 30 Pro is a statement from Huawei , with the Chinese smartphone manufacturer declaring that its new flagship will "rewrite the rules of photography".

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Sure, there have been some US trade war issues that have caused people to baulk at the idea of Huawei phones, but as that political pantomime gets sorted out, we still think the P30 is worth a look.

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P30 or P30 Pro?

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  • P30: 6.1-inch screen / P30 Pro: 6.47-inch screen
  • P30: 3650mAh battery / P30 Pro: 4200mAh battery
  • P30: Triple camera setup / P30 Pro: Quad camera setup
  • P30: 3.5mm headphones jack / P30 Pro: No 3.5mm jack

Prior to writing this review we've been using the P30 Pro extensively, so moving into this smaller device felt like a totally different step change. The P30 is a lot smaller, a lot slimmer and far more pocketable than the Pro - although we find it altogether less exciting too.

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Huawei P 30 Pro review : Full review with camera, performance and battery life sections for The P 30 Pro is beautiful but surprisingly hardy too. Huawei opted for a notched, rather than a hole punch camera on the P 30 Pro 's curved display

Huawei P 30 review . Huawei 's latest photography powerhouse. By Tom Bedford 2019-07-04T13:30:40ZMobile phones. The Huawei P 30 has a sizeable 3,650mAh battery pack, which was enough to get through a day of moderate to heavy use with a healthy amount left in reserve.

Furthermore the P30 is a lot like the P20 Pro in many respects: it's got the same scale of screen, at 6.1-inch diagonally, along with the same resolution to boot. However, the P30 has far less bezel and no front-facing fingerprint scanner (that's embedded within the screen instead), so it's even smaller then the P20 Pro.

The P30 lacks some of the features of the P30 Pro though. The latter has a bigger screen, at 6.47-inch (rather than 6.1-inch), a larger battery capacity (at 4,200mAh rather than 3,650mAh), and a thicker build as a result. The Pro also has a more advanced quad camera setup with longer-reaching zoom and Time-of-Flight camera. So if you're looking for all the most advanced tech then the Pro is the way to go.

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However, the P30 does offer one 'pro' over the Pro model: it's wound back the clock and included a 3.5mm headphones jack. We're big fans of the physical port, because it gives the option to use it when your Bluetooth headphones run out of battery.

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Huawei P 30 review . Huawei 's latest photography powerhouse. The Huawei P 30 has one of the best cameras we've seen in a phone, with features like incredible optical zoom and night mode that other handsets could only dream of, but other than that it feels more like a decent mid-range handset than a

Huawei P 30 Review : The regular P 30 doesn't match the P 30 Pro 's camera tech, but it's still well worth a look if you're an Android fan. But with the Huawei P 30 Pro offering better on paper camera specs, a larger screen and key features, such as wireless charging, does it do enough to carve its own space

Design: The smaller, slimmer model

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  • 6.1-inch OLED FullView Display, FHD+ resolution (2340 x 1080), 19.5:9 aspect ratio
  • Finishes: Breathing Crystal, Amber Sunrise, Aurora, Pearl White, Black
  • Includes 3.5mm headphone jack
  • In-screen fingerprint scanner
  • IP53 water- and dust-proof
  • Teardrop notch
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That's not to say the P30 doesn't have other pros though. As the smaller model of the two in the series, it has a more natural fit in the hand - the smaller battery capacity means it's simply not as thick and chunky - but we've found it harder to type on this smaller handset with the default keyboard setup.

The P30's screen resolution is the same as the Pro, too, but as it's squeezed into a smaller scale it's actually got a higher pixel density and looks great as a result. There's less vibrancy from the panel than last year's P20 Pro, but that's down to tuning - and we prefer the colourful but altogether more natural OLED look here.

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Design is something that Huawei has really nailed of late, the P30 being no exception. The finish to the rear is really striking - shown here in Aurora (which isn't a million miles from the Twilight finish of the best-looking P20 Pro) - with an almost shimmering appearance. It doesn't half like attracting fingerprints, though, which is a fairly standard thing for any current handset.

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Huawei P 30 Lite review . Middling power, striking design. The Huawei P 30 Lite is a good phone. It looks striking, has a decent screen and the camera is versatile too. With middling power though, and good, but not great battery life, all combined with a lofty price tag, it isn’t quite a no-brainer.

The design also embodies some new ideas for the series, such as the dewdrop notch to the top of the screen. We're of the opinion that notches are a fact of life for the time being - although punch-hole cameras and slider phones are the alternatives - and this small-scale one is barely a distraction. It's smaller than the P20 Pro's was by a notable degree, although if you're looking at the year-old model the difference isn't as dramatic - and neither option looks as already dated as the iPhone's massive notch.

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Unlike the P30 Pro model, the P30 includes a conventional earpiece speaker to the top of the screen, which breaks the lip of the design a little by comparison. It's similar to the Honor 20 in that regard, despite the Honor opting for a hole-punch camera instead.

Just like the P30 Pro, the P30 also updates Huawei's in-screen fingerprint scanner offering with an optical solution. It's easy to register, quick and accurate to log-in - but not a patch on the incredibly fast Vivo Apex 2019 concept phone. Really, you need to look at our video to get an idea of just how landmark that forthcoming tech is. Many will say the physical scanner of the P20 Pro was quicker - often true, by a marginal degree - but the removal of that physical space allows the P30 to be more screen dominant and smaller in scale.

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Huawei 's pitch for the P 30 is all about the camera, and it's fair to say that the company has delivered. Huawei P 30 full review . Set aside Huawei ’s recent political controversies in the west, and the company is still putting out some of the best smartphones around.

About those cameras

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  • Leica Triple Camera system with SuperSensing main sensor
  • All three cameras have optical image stabilisation (OIS)
  • Zoom: 8MP, 3x optical zoom (5x hybrid zoom), f/2.4
  • Main: 40MP, 27mm, f/1.8
  • Wide: 10MP, 16mm, f/2.2
  • Front-facing selfie camera: 32MP

There's been a lot of talk about Huawei and Leica's partnership when it comes to cameras. The P30 doesn't disappoint here - even if the experience is rather familiar to a P20 Pro mixed with Mate 20 Pro. That means one wide-angle lens, one ultra-high resolution sensor with more conventional 27mm equivalent lens, alongside a 3x optical zoom optic too.

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There's no Time-of-Flight camera like in the P30 Pro and there's no periscope camera for 5x optical zoom or 10x hybrid zoom smarts either. But that's half the point of the P30: it sits a peg down from the top-spec model, should you not be gunning for using your phone as a one-stop camera shop and don't want all the bells and whistles.

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But there is a lot of new technology also at play. Principal to which is the so-called SuperSensing sensor - which functions entirely differently to most conventional sensors. Most camera sensors have what's called a Bayer array - a four piece grid that delivers red, green, blue and green (RGBG) light frequency adsorption to the pixel sites below, with the camera then deciphering full colour information from all that information. Not so in the P30.

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Our Huawei P 30 review is here to tell you exactly how well (or otherwise) Huawei 's 2019 flagship phone hits its targets – it's smaller than the Huawei P 30 Pro , and doesn't have as good a camera, but it's a solid step up from the Huawei P 20. Is it something you should be spending your money on?

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Huawei has done away with this in place of a red, yellow, blue, yellow (RYBY) array. Why? Because the yellow light frequency is more sensitive, thus can capture more information for a more detailed result. Pair that with artificial intelligence processing and, as we found in our P30 Pro review, the low-light shotting capability is mighty impressive.

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However, it's a bit unclear how the P30 will function in some scenarios. Its camera app isn't the neatest. For example: shoot with default settings in very low light and you'll get a good result; but opt for Pro mode with manual settings and the image processing is entirely different, making for far noisier looking images. Huawei is on the cusp of great things, but has overcomplicated its approach with plethora options.

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The real take-away that most are going to love about the P30's camera, however, is its versatility. The wide-angle is great for wider scenes, the zoom is easy to use and its results - as we said in the P20 Pro - are far better than most competitors.

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That said, the P30 doesn't quite compete with the P30 Pro. There's an extra lick of clarity from the Pro version, likely down to the faster aperture of the main sensor and altogether different sensor and optic choices. The 5x hybrid zoom shots from the P30 also exhibit more grain and don't look quite as clean at the Pro's equivalent shots.

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The P30 includes a bunch of useful modes too. From handheld Night Mode - which is great for up-to-four-second exposures, handheld, combined as a HDR-like shot - to Portrait mode with its software-derived background blur. We've used a lot of Night Mode in daylight situations for its ability to produce HDR-like shots in daylight, while in low-light conditions it can exhibit some blurrier results.

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Huawei P 30 Pro review . GSMArena team, 26 March 2019. Fringen, 24 Apr 2019As a video professional this phone intrigued me at first. Coming from the galaxy s8+, where Sa moreDark mode is present in Huawei amoled screen phones for past 3 years atleast, under battery settings.

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If you don't want to make any selections and just point, shoot and revel in the goodness then the P30's AI camera is good for this. It does get a bit overexcited with over-sharpening details and over-saturating colours in the finished result, but it's clever enough to deliver consistently strong images. It's just that the Pro is that bit better in every regard, so while the P30 is mighty impressive, we're more inclined to save our over-excitement for the bigger model of the pair.

Performance

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  • Kirin 980 processor, 6GB RAM
  • 3650mAh battery, 22.5W fast-charging
  • No wireless charging
  • EMUI 9.1 software skin on Android Pie

In terms of core performance, the P30 more-or-less mirrors its P30 Pro cousin (although on the RAM front there's 6GB, whereas the Pro has 8GB). It arrives mid-term in the company's chipset release cycle, which means it's the same Kirin 980 processor as per the Mate 20 Pro.

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That's a solid outlay, meaning mostly flagship results here. We've had one or two glitches and app crashes in this phone - which we didn't get when moving into the Pro - but after some software updates things smoothed out to operate smoothly.

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Huawei has long pushed its EMUI - that's Emotion User Interface, if you're wondering - with the P30 adopting a slightly updated version, EMUI 9.1, which is built over Google's Android Pie 9 operating system. There really aren't any massive changes compared to the Mate 20 here, but given how improved EMUI 9 was compared to some previous iterations, we think Huawei is in a place where customers will find this offering and its customisations to be acceptable.

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Since its actual launch, however, there's been a bit of a cloud hanging over future support, because the United States, under Trump's command, put Huawei on a blacklist that disallowed many US-based manufacturers from doing business with the Chinese giant. That included Android. However, some months after it all kicked off, it appears this blacklist has been lifted and that should mean future updates are back on track. We don't think there's the need to have a major panic, this is just a tech company getting pulled into US-China political relations, and it should level out in due course.

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Anyway, onto the actual experience. We've been spending our days drifting between apps for work and play without issue, from South Park Phone Destroyer gaming sessions to Gmail email sessions and so forth. The only slight shortcoming is with the battery which isn't even near to the P30 Pro's 4,200mAh cell. It'll still last through 16 hour days of relatively heavy use, though, but we just wouldn't call it a two-dayer.

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When it comes to recharging the 22.5W fast-charging is fairly quick, but not as ultra-fast as the Pro. There's also no wireless charging in the P30, again something the Pro offers. Does it matter? Not really, the battery is commendable given its capacity, it charges fast enough and wireless charging isn't an essential for most people.

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