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It’s time, my Huawei P30 Pro Review is finally here! Recently I was lucky enough to be invited to Paris with Huawei for the launch of their new handset, the P30 Pro. So, after a few weeks of testing it, what do I think? Is it better than the Mate 20 Pro? Has much changed from the P20 Pro? Well, let’s take a look.
Huawei P30 Pro Review – Blogger Special
What does it look like?
The P30 Pro is only available is two colours in Ireland: Black and Breathing Crystal (Aurora will also be available in selected retailers but only for the P30, not the Pro). It is manufactured in a few other lovely colours such as Amber Sunrise, but unfortunately they’re not available on our little island.
I have the Black P30 Pro, but it’s fine because you put a case on your phone anyway right? Can you tell I was hoping for Breathing Crystal? haha. I’d love if Huawei took their shiny sparkly glass backs and made them into a beautiful official phone case, because it really doesn’t matter how pretty the back of your phone is, you’re going to have to put a cover on it. You can see Breathing Crystal below.
The other thing you’ll notice about the appearance is the nearly notchless screen. The only thing on the screen is the front-facing camera- that’s it. No notification light, no speaker or mic or anything. I found the lack of notification light slightly unnerving in the beginning but soon got used to it. More about that later.
Technical Stuff – Specs
The Huawei P30 Pro is about the same shape size and weight as the Mate 20 Pro (192g if you’d like the specifics). It’s pretty easy to hold, even with tiny hands like mine. The screen is an OLED capacitive touchscreen with the in-screen fingerprint scanner and over 16 million colours. It has a “dewdrop” display with rounded corners, which probably doesn’t matter to most of us, but it just means we get a bit more screen!
Memory wise the standard P30 Pro comes with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of ROM. However, you can purchase devices with 256GB or 512GB of ROM. Also, it is possible to expand the memory by a further 256GB using the NM card slot. You can find Huawei NM cards on Amazon or through other online retailers. The chances of you EVER needing that much memory are very very low. I had about 15,000 photos on my 128GB Mate 20 Pro with videos and loads of apps and it was only about 70% full.
The battery, is 4200mAh and I find that a full charge usually lasts me about 1.5 – 2 days with heavy usage. It also charges extremely quickly (70% in about 30 mins). Speaking of charging it can be used as a wireless charger for nearly anything that can be wirelessly charged. Granted, it’s pretty slow (wireless charging tends to be), but it’s very handy if someone forgot their charger and you can share a bit of battery life.
Huawei’s P30 Pro was awarded the title of best smartphone camera on the market by DxOMark, so I was always expecting big things. Let’s talk about the camera specs. The P30 Pro has a 32MP front facing camera for getting those stunning selfies. The rear cameras are what we’re really here for though. Leica steps in again to produce the stunning quad camera featured on the P30 Pro. This consists of 40 MP (Wide Angle Lens, f/1.6 aperture, OIS) + 20 MP (Ultra Wide Angle Lens, f/2.2 aperture) + 8 MP (Telephoto, f/3.4 aperture,OIS).
My favourite thing about the P30 Pro is that it has an unbelievable zoom. There’s an x50 optical zoom and a x10 hybrid zoom which essentially loses no detail. I LOVE IT. See the seagull photo below in the examples section. There is also digital zoom up to x50, and while the P30 Pro has AI image stabilisation you’d definitely need a tripod to make the most out of that feature.
The Super Portrait Mode (as Huawei calls it) is very impressive, capturing incredible details such as individual strands of hair. If you have the AI on in normal photo mode it will automatically switch to portrait mode once it sees a face, which may not be what you want so make sure to turn off AI if you don’t want the background blur/bokeh. The portrait mode does surprisingly well in low light too.
Speaking of low light, Huawei is well known for its night mode. However, on the P30 Pro I find that I often don’t use the “night mode”, I just leave it on normal photo mode and it performs very well. The night mode is great if it’s VERY dark, but it has a tendency to make things look as if it’s daylight, which isn’t necessarily what I want. You can read more about this below.
One exciting thing that’s coming soon (in an update) is the ability to dual record video. So two of the rear cameras will record at the same time so you’ll get the overall view as well as the zoomed in view. I feel like that will be extremely handy but we’ll have to see when it’s released.
Anyway, let’s look at some examples instead of all this reading.
Examples of Photos Taken on the Huawei P30 Pro
So, as you can see, the zoom is spectacular and by far my favourite thing about the device. Let’s take a look at some more examples.
And what about portraits? Well, the P30 Pro promised a whole new level of definition and detail when it was launched and it didn’t disappoint. You can see the individual strands of hair and it’s almost distressing (split ends will be revealed!). Here are a few examples.
And what about night mode? Well, I think it does pretty damn well. The night mode on the mate 20 pro is incredible, so I was never going to be completely blown away by the P30 Pro’s night mode. For me, it just seems, AS GOOD as the Mate 20 Pro, not really much, if any, better. I actually prefer not to use the night mode unless I absolutely have to because I feel the night mode takes away the atmosphere of a night time photo.
Anything I Disliked?
There actually are a couple of things I don’t LOVE this time. The removal of the notification light to reduce the size of the notch and increase the screen size has unnerved me. It took me a few charges to get used to the lack of light signalling that the phone was charged. But overall, that probably is a good thing. It will save battery and the phone won’t be as distracting.
Another thing that’s recently come to my attention is that Huawei and Instagram don’t always get along, particularly when it comes to stories. The main problem is rolling video stories. You know, when you record a video that goes over 12 seconds (or 13?) and it rolls directly into another one. Well Huawei doesn’t do well with that and the sound is ALWAYS off for the rest of the rolling stories after the first one.
SO, if you have a Huawei device and want to avoid this you’ll have to do individual videos, one after the other, which is a bit of an inconvenience. This isn’t unique to the P30 Pro, it’s actually all Huawei handsets as far as I know. This won’t bother everyone, but if you’re a blogger like myself it’s definitely not ideal.
However, overall I’m still obsessed with the Huawei P30 Pro because the camera is just SO MUCH BETTER than any other phone out at the moment. That’s really all I look for in a phone, so I’m more than happy with this device.
How Much Does it Cost?
OK, so the big question, how much does it cost? Well, pricing varies by operator, but the P30 Pro will be available from €79.99 on Bill Pay and €999RRP sim free, and the P30 will be available from free on Bill Pay and €739RRP sim free. Stockists in Ireland are Vodafone, Three, eir, Carphone Warehouse, Virgin and Harvey Norman.
Win a Huawei P30 Pro
To enter this year’s HUAWEI Creatives competition and to be in with a chance of winning the prize of an all-expenses paid trip to anywhere in the world* upload your photograph entry to Instagram with the hashtag #HuaweiCreatives as well as a hashtag for the category you are entering, e.g. #Food,#travel, #ireland etc. Runners-up for each category will also receive the HUAWEI P30 Pro. So get snapping and entering!! The competition closes on the 29th of April.
*T’s & C’s Apply, to find out more https://huaweicreatives.ie/
Huawei brought me to the launch in Paris and gave me a device to test. However, all opinions are, as always, my own.
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