When it comes to smartphones these days, a big emphasis is being put on the camera. Whether it’s bumping up the megapixel count or being able to take photos basically in the dark, the camera plays a big part in a flagship smartphone.

For companies like Huawei, the camera is all they think about with their P series of phones and especially with their latest, the P30 Pro.

Even though I tested the Huawei P30 Pro, the device is virtually identical to the P30 apart from screen size, battery, extra camera lens and price.

Design & Hardware

The Huawei P30 Pro’s design is very similar to last year’s P20 series with a metal and glass design with curved edges which makes it easier to grip. The back of the device has a mirrored finish which looks great but is also a fingerprint magnet and slightly slippery.

The P30 Pro comes with a 6.47-inch FHD+ display that has a 19.5:9 aspect ratio along with a teardrop notched display that has the 32-megapixel front-facing camera in it.

The teardrop notch actually makes it less noticeable and you can easily hide it in the settings. Just like the company’s Mate 20 Pro, the P30 Pro comes with an in-display fingerprint sensor. Personally, I’m not a big fan of an in-display fingerprint sensor, partly because they don’t’ work as well as one that’s on the back.

The P30 Pro is powered by the company’s Kirin 980 processor with 8GB of RAM and up to 512GB of internal storage plus a nano-memory slot. I had no issues with using the P30 Pro on a day-to-day basis with no slowdowns at all.

Battery life on the P30 Pro is great with its 4,200 mAh battery that lasts more than a day with great standby time.

If you need to charge your P30 Pro, you can use the included 40W Huawei SuperCharge adapter that quickly charges your device in minutes. There’s also wireless charging and reverse wireless charging just like the Mate 20 Pro.

The P30 Pro is rated at IP68 water and dust resistant and has a USB-C port with no headphone jack.

The Huawei P30 Pro costs $1,099-1,199 CAD off-contact or as low as $149 CAD on a 2-year contract. The smaller P30 costs $899-949 CAD off-contact and $0 on-contract.

Huawei P30 & P30 Pro

You can buy the P30 and P30 Pro from Bell, Rogers, Telus, SaskTel, Videotron, Fido, Koodoand Virgin Mobile. Both devices are available in Breathing Crystal and Black colour options.

Software

The P30 Pro is running Huawei’s EMUI 9.1 with Android 9 Pie. You have quick access to Google services such as the Google Assistant.

You also get quite a few of Huawei’s own apps including Huawei Video, Health, Phone Clone, Themes and more.

EMUI isn’t the greatest but it gets the job done, there are some annoyances like how uninstalling an app from the homescreen works and software glitches.

Camera

The camera on the P30 Pro is where Huawei put a big focus for this year. The P30 Pro comes with the world’s 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.

With the optical zoom lens, you can get a lot of cool shots, especially of object or buildings in the distance. The ultra wide angle lens is great too if you want to get more in your photo but it can make your pictures feel more distorted.

Compared to the P20 Pro last year, the P30 Pro has a higher light sensitivity of 409,600 ISO compared to 102,400. What this does is allows the P30 Pro’s cameras to let in even more light. Low-light photos taken with the P30 Pro looked great, especially using the night mode.

Photos on the P30 Pro looks great, with a lot of vibrancy and detail. Huawei has also improved its AI in the camera app to detect even more objects and adjust settings accordingly. There are multiple modes in the camera app standard photo and video modes in the camera app along with a Pro mode, 3D Portrait Lighting(which allows you to take photos with the Bokeh effect), Night mode and more.

The Huawei P30 Pro can also record 4K video (up to 30fps) as well as 1080p video at 60 fps and 18:9 video. Videos taken on the P30 Pro look just as good as they did on the P20 Pro but low-light videos didn’t look as good on the device.

This unboxing video was shot in the P30 Pro.

Final Thoughts

The Huawei P30 Pro is a great device that is fast, a battery that seems to last forever and an amazing camera that works in all situations. The P30 Pro is the perfect alternative to the Galaxy S and Google Pixel lineups and is slightly cheaper too but Huawei does have some work to improve their EMUI.

Pros

  • Excellent camera with great low-light capabilities
  • Smooth performance
  • Long battery life
  • The notch is fairly minimal
  • Priced cheaper than some other flagship smartphones

Cons

  • The in-display fingerprint sensor doesn’t work all the time and needs improvement
  • EMUI still has some quirks
  • The design hasn’t changed much over the P20 Pro

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