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Huawei P30 Pro Review – Zoooom In!

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DESIGN & BUILD

The P30 pro is, just like the combination of Mate 20 and the P20 pro. The front resembles Mate 20 design, while the back resembles similar to P20 pro. The design feels like an aluminium body is sandwiched between the glass from both sides. Without a doubt, it looks much better than the predecessor and comes in a range of colors including Twilight which is a gradient from teal to a purple hue.

Around the front, there’s a 6.3-inch Full HD+ AMOLED screen which has a similar design to the Huawei’s Mate 20 pro. It has a dewdrop style notch, placing only a selfie camera, the earpiece is embedded below the display and it works perfectly. Surprisingly, Huawei decided to embed fingerprint scanner beneath the display on P30 Pro going with the trend. Previously P20 Pro had a fingerprint sensor adjusted below the display which makes the bottom bezel bit thick. There’s IP67 water-resistance, but all you’ll find on the bottom edge is a USB-C port, not a standard headphone socket.

With a resolution of 6.47-inch, the P30 Pro gets an AMOLED screen. It offers more vibrant colors and a little brighter. It isn’t the best screen compared to Galaxy S10 which priced quite similarly. Because of the AMOLED display, you can enable the always-on option so the clock is displayed when the phone is asleep.

PERFORMANCE

The P30 Pro borrows the Kirin 980 processor from the Mate 20 Pro. No surprise, then, that performance is essentially the same as the Mate 20 Pro which uses the same chipset. It is one of the fast Kirin chips, offers similar performance compared to Qualcomm Snapdragon 855. It’s also backed by 8GB of RAM and 256GB of onboard storage. There is an additional option to add extra storage via nano MicroSD card. Finding a nano SD card can be quite tricky and expensive. Using this device, we didn’t notice any lag and stutters even for a single time, but it does get warm while playing high intensive games like Asphalt 9 and PUBG at maxed out settings. Huawei packs its own UI, which doesn’t feel premium, but you can install 3rd party launcher as per your liking. The P30 pro does come with type-C headphone inside the packaging, which is a nice touch considering the removal of 3.5mm headphone jack.

A 4,200mAh battery of P30 Pro lasted almost two days on a single charge under moderate usage. We got almost 75%  battery juice in just 30 minutes with the fast charging technology. There is an another option to charge P30 Pro is by using a wireless charging, which takes a more time to fully charge compared to wired charging. One impressive feature is the wireless powershare feature which converts the P30 Pro into a Wireless charging pad and lets other wireless charging enabled device to charge from a P30 Pro.

CAMERA

The cameras stick out a bit, but once you put on a case that’s no longer a problem. The only disadvantage of using a case is that it hides the beautiful gradient finish unless you go for a completely clear one. One of the biggest highlights of the P30 pro is the camera. This phone has a periscope style camera sensor that offers up to 10x optical zoom and 50x digital zoom. This sensor is slightly odd as it sensors sit in the sideways position. Amazingly, the main sensor is the 48MP sensor, another has a 120° wide angle lens and a DoF sensor complete the quadlet.

The P30 Pro camera sensor combines image data from the telephoto sensor and the main image sensor to produce hybrid but “lossless zoom”. While it does a great job, we also noticed a little loss of sharpness as we zoomed beyond 10X. But the loss in detail was negligible if compared to other smartphones. Another major highlight of this phone has to be its low-light camera performance. The P30 pro comes with a night mode which can capture highly-detailed pictures even with a single source of light. Google Pixel 3 may be the undisputed leader in low-light imaging, but the Huawei P30 Pro does give it a competition in low l-light imaging capability. Coming to Front Camera, the P30 Pro offers a 32MP lens. The selfies from this camera are good, even in the low light environment.

Price: ₹ 71,990/-

VERDICT

Huawei has definitely made the best premium smartphone that excel in the camera department by being capable of capturing pictures or video which is 50 times farther from the place of capture. The phone features a design that is dominated by the impressive display and impressed us with the edge-to-edge experience. It looks great and proves to be a winner when it comes to performance. If you can spend a premium, then it is certainly a compelling flagship.

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Huawei P30 Pro

₹ 71,990/-
7.5

Design

7.5/10

Performance

7.5/10

Camera

7.5/10
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