Huawei has officially announced their latest flagship devices, the P30 and P30 Pro.
Both devices have metal and glass designs which are in line with the P20 and P20 Pro from last year.
The Huawei P30 has a 6.1-inch FHD+ display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The P30 Pro has a 6.47-inch FHD+ display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. Both phones come with a teardrop notched display which houses a 32-megapixel front-facing camera.
Just like the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, the P30 and P30 Pro come with an in-display fingerprint sensor. The devices are powered by Huawei’s Kirin 980 processor with 6GB of RAM in the P30 and 8GB of RAM in the P30 Pro.
In terms of battery life, the P30 comes with a 3,650 mAh battery while the P30 Pro has a 4,200 mAh battery with 40W Huawei SuperCharge and wireless charging (and reverse wireless charging).
The P30 is rated at IP53, comes with a 3.5mm headphone jack and a USB-C port. The P30 Pro is IP68 water and dust resistant and a USB-C port.
A big emphasis of the Huawei P30 and P30 Pro is on the camera. The P30 comes with a 40-megapixel lens, 16-megapixel UltraWide lens and 8-megapixel telephoto zoom lens.
The Huawei P30 Pro comes with the 1st Leica Quad Camera setup which is comprised of a 40-megapixel SuperSpectrum lens (at 27mm, f1/6 and OIS), 20-megapixel Ultra Wide angle lens, 8-megapixel 5x Optical Peniscope Zoom Lens (also capable of 10X hybrid zoom) and a Time of Flight camera which helps add depth of field in real-time.
The P30 Pro comes with a higher light sensitivity with a 409,600 ISO compared to 102,400 ISO on the P20 Pro. This will help allow more light to be let in when taking photos at night, especially using Huawei’s Night Mode.
When shooting video on the P30 and P30 Pro, the company uses the AI and OIS video stabilization, low light video and long-range video zoom.
The P30 and P30 Pro are running Android 9 Pie with Huawei’s EMUI 9.1 on top. The P30 comes with 128GB of storage plus Huawei’s nano-memory card slot. The P30 Pro comes with either 128, 256 or 512GB of storage plus a nano-memory card slot.
The phones will be available in multiple colours, Amber Sunrise, Breathing Crystal, Pearl White, Aurora and Black. Breathing Crystal and Black will be the only colour options for Canada
The P30 will cost $899-949 CAD off-contact (depending on carrier) and as low as $0 on a 2-year contract. Meanwhile, the P30 Pro will cost $1,099-1,199 CAD outright and as low as $149 on a 2-year term. You can pre-order the P30 and P30 Pro now and some carriers are offering a free Huawei Watch GT as a bonus.
Hands-On with the P30 and P30 Pro
When you first pick up the P30 and P30 Pro, they feel very similar to the P20 and P20 Pro. The P30 Pro has a more rounded design that is very reminiscent of Samsung’s Galaxy lineup.
The P30, on the other hand, is more squarish that is more in-line with Pixel 3 XL. During my hands-on time with the phones, I did get to use the camera which was very impressive.
Since my hands-on time was during the day, I didn’t get to use the improved night mode on the P30 Pro, which as mentioned earlier, has a higher ISO than last year’s phones. Huawei did show me a few photos of what using the Night Mode is like on the P30 Pro. Basically, there was one photo taken at night and it was basically pitch black in a photo taken on the P20 Pro. The same photo was taken on the P30 Pro and it was literally like night and day.
One thing I did like was the new colour options which are very reflective (and a bit hard to photography). Even though the notch on is still here on the P30 and P30 Pro, it’s great that Huawei was able to reduce it to make it less noticeable.
Be on the lookout for a review of the Huawei P30 and P30 Pro in the coming weeks.
Full Disclosure: Huawei Canada was gracious to provide travel and accommodations in order to get some hands-on time and learn about the P30 and P30 Pro ahead of launch. This does not affect TheCanadianTechie’s editorial coverage of Huawei and their products.