Huawei has released it Hauwei P30 smartphone targeted at enthusiast who want a smaller device without sacrificing the image quality found in the Premium model.
Huawei’s P series flagship showcases their expertise in photography, that’s what the “P” stands for.
With it great photographic capabilities, does it also deliver in terms of the other key features we expect from a flagship device, and overall performance?
Design and Display
The Huawei smartphone looks dashing from its appearance with colourful outlook mixed up with gradient designs which gives it a premium feel.
The back and front of this device is built in Corning Gorilla Glass with an aluminum frame
The rear view of this device is fascinating with it’s sleek and stunning colorways while featuring a fairly prominent camera bump which houses a triple camera setup unlike the P20 which got one camera less. Beneath the camera bump is a dual LED flash and the brand name below, indicating it’s an Huawei smartphone.
Upfront is a smaller display of 6.1-inch OLED display broken by a ‘teardrop’ notch at the top housing the selfie camera.
The screen is flat instead of the curved screen on it premium variant, supports Full HD+ display and packs same resolution of 1080 x 234 as the larger model.
The mid-sized phone measures 149.1 x 71.4 x 7.6mm with rounded edges weighs 165g which is almost the same size as the Samsung Galaxy S10, although the P30 is a little heavier.
Other features of this smartphone include an aspect ratio of 19.5:9, 422PPI screen denstiy, HDR10 support, IP53 (dust and water-resistant), face unlock and an in-display fingerprint sensor.
The smartphone comes in a range of gradient designs: Aurora (a more vivid blue), Amber Sunrise (basically orange), Breathing Crystal (pale blue) as well as standard black and white models.
The Leica-branded optics has always been the highpoint of expertise for Huawei’s P-series devices, and the P30 is no exception.
Despite lacking the 5x optical periscope zoom of the premium model, it’s 3x optical zoom lens isn’t far off and deliver almost the same image quality.
It rear triple-camera loadout comprises of 40MP wide-angle main shooter which produces the best color through its Super Spectrum filter, which ‘sees’ RYYB (red, yellow, yellow, blue) light instead of the typical RGB (red, green, blue), thus, enabling it to capture wider color spectrum for richly detailed images.
The main shooter also capture via pixel-binning to produce a sharp detailed 10MP images by default.
Supporting the main camera is a 16MP ultra-wide lens and an 8MP telephoto lens.
The Leica rear triple-cameras can shoot up to 4k Ultra HD videos while photos can be shot in HDR and panorama mode.
Other features of the Cameras includes, Light painting, Document scanning and Slow-mo.
It’s got a 32MP front-facing shooter encased in a waterdrop for high-quality selfies.
Hardware and software
It uses the same processor as the premium model but the Snapdragon 855 of the Xiaomi Mi 9 smartphone still rates higher.
Huawei P30 performs seamlessly with the latest 2.6GHz octa-core Kirin 980 chipset coupled with the Mali-G76 MP10.
The Huawei Emotion User Interface (EMUI 9.1) gets on board with the Android 9.0 Pie operating system.
It presents a 6GB RAM for the base models and another 8GB RAM for the maxed out model which pairs with 64GB, 128GB and 256GB internal storage. Instead of the microSD slot, it packs a Nano-memory card slot.
The smartphone is a dual SIM 4G enabled device which packs a 3.5mm Jack which you won’t get on the P30 Pro, NFC, USB Type-C 3.1, Bluetooth 5.0 and a Wifi dual-band.
It battery capacity could be improved, but its super-fast charger is enough to cater for charging inadequacies.
Its 3,650 mAh battery looks disappointing but it’s optimized to get you covered which is accompanied by 40W fast charging support which could juice up your tank in few minutes.
Unfortunately, wireless charging and wireless reverse charging were not included.
Huawei P30 Price and Availability
The Huawei P30 price starts from $599, while in Nigeria it starts from 200, 000 Naira for the base model and it’s available at leading online stores in the country.