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Huawei P30 Pro performance test

Huawei P30 Pro performance test

By  Linky Johnson 2019-04-16 1444 0

At the level of pure technical features, Huawei is in the continuity of the excellent mate 20 Pro, with a Kirin 980 SoC, 8gb of RAM and 128 GB of storage. It's very fast, and oversized like most of today's flagships, but still less powerful than a Xiaomi MI 9, which runs under a Snapdragon 855. The score under Antutu benchmark of the P30 Pro is 262 000 in classic mode and 289 000 in performance mode. As for the mate 20 Pro, I have met absolutely no slowdown, whether in daily browsing or on games like Fortnite or PUBG, even with the graphics pushed to the fullest.


Huawei offers a performance mode, which increases the power, but decreases the autonomy. I have not seen any difference between the performance mode and the classic, proof that the Huawei P30 Pro is already largely powerful enough for our needs in 2019. Important point, I had absolutely no heater on the phone during my entire test, unlike the Samsung S10e which tended to heat up slightly in case of heavy use.

As often Huawei offers a dual slot Nano SIM on this P30 Pro, and the second slot can be used with a NanoSD card (a proprietary format of the brand), which remains expensive to purchase compared to a microSD.

The Huawei P30 Pro is a massive Smartphone, with 192g on the scale and dimensions of 158 x 73.4, 8.4 mm. It is however very pleasant in hand, and the curved screen at the front makes its effect. It is on the other hand very slippery, put a hull (a protection is provided in the box) is indispensable to not that it slips from the Pocket. I had exactly the same problem with the Huawei mate 20 Pro. Its 6.47 screen "reveals a notch in the shape of a drop of water at the top, and a Chin quite similar to the S10 at the bottom. The OLED screen is excellent with a resolution of 398 PPI and a definition of 1080 x 234, but remains below the S10 + in terms of pure quality

The quality of sound is a problematic topic on this model in my opinion. On the one hand the lack of the Jack port is quite classic today, but the proposed speaker is clearly not at the level of a Smartphone sold €1000, it is very unfortunate.

In terms of available colors, Huawei offers a very sober model (black) and two very flashy: Blue (Aurora) and violet/blue (Breathin Crystal). So I tested the Aurora version of the P30 Pro and the color rendition strongly reminds me of the honor view 20. The design is something very subjective and I find that this flashy appearance removes the premium side of the Smartphone.

Like the mate 20 Pro, the fingerprint sensor takes place under the screen, and the detection area is also quite low. As with every phone change, I needed a little time to adapt to its location, but it works fine.

To summarize this part of the P30 Pro test, the Smartphone is in sharp progress on all points compared to the P20 Pro. To make it simple, it looks like a mate 20 Pro, under a new dress, and it is recessed from S10 + at the design level.


EMUI: weakness

I'm not going to rewrite what I already said for the mate 20 Pro or the honor view 20. EMUI is a superlayer that is certainly affordable for users coming from iOS, but as an Android user, I'm really not a fan. Even if this overlayment has good things, it is largely withdrawn from a stock version, from OxygenOS (OnePlus), and especially from Samsung's OneUI, which I very much liked in my tests of Samsung S10e and S10 +.

In my test protocol, I forbid myself to use an alternative Launcher like Nova, to give you my complete impression on the Smartphone, as I receive it. If I were to make this Huawei P30 Pro my daily Smartphone (it could be the case because it is excellent), I would immediately pass on Nova.


Photo: he sees what you don't see

In the way of making photo on Smartphone there are two schools: the optimization of a sensor like the pixel 3, and the multiplication of sensors for most others, this is the case of this Huawei P30 Pro.

Brands are used to making tons of them in their presentations on their smartphones, here Huawei has not mocked us. It offers a total of four sensors, so three to take pictures. The fourth is what is called a ToF sensor, and allows in particular the capture of information for augmented reality, distance and portrait mode.

The 40 MPX main sensor opens at f/1.6 with a focal length of 27mm. The shots it allows have an excellent sharpness and the colors are fairly true to reality. It incorporates optical stabilization. The second is an ultra wide-angle (16 mm) 20 MPX that opens at f/2.2 and it allows to take excellent shots in all conditions.

The third is one of the slaps of this Huawei P30 Pro. This 5x optical 8 MPX zoom lens opens at f/3.4 and has optical stabilization. Coupled with Huawei software, you can mount to 10x hybrid and 50x software. For use, it's just unbelievable. You can see it in the video or the pictures below, it sees information impossible to see with the naked eye. It's a marketing gimmick, but it works very well, and it can be useful, especially as stabilization makes photo taking at such distances possible.

Huawei's second prowess on the P30 Pro: night mode. Huawei has chosen to switch from an RGB (red/green/blue) sensor) to a RYYB sensor (red yellow yellow blue). This new technique coupled with Huawei software makes it possible to capture 40% more light, and this is not marketing.

The night pictures are excellent (this was already the case on the P20 Pro, but it's still above), and you can even capture information invisible to the naked eye. This P30 Pro joins the pixel 3 as the best photophone of the market in my opinion, both having their advantages. However with such a palette (wide-angle, night, zoom), the P30 Pro is even more versatile, and it's a daily delight.

Same observation for the selfie sensor which is excellent, however we do not find the same quality in video as in photo for the rear sensors. While the S10 + is largely behind this P30 Pro in the photo, it allows to take better videos (it's subjective) in 4K.

So Huawei hits a big shot again thanks to this quadruple photo sensor of the P30 Pro.


Huawei P30 pro autonomy

Since the mate 20 Pro, Huawei is never mistaken about autonomy, this is always the case with this P30 Pro, which has never been put to harm in the level of autonomy during my test. The P30 Pro is widely used during the day. It offers one of the largest batteries on the market (4200 mAh), Wireless charging (reversed), and fast charging.

On a typical use you will therefore have two days, and in case of glitch, the 40 W fast charging block provided (Apple cuckoo) will give you a little less than 75% of battery in 30 minutes, it's impressive. It is compatible with the fast wireless charging of 15W, which is another strong point.

Like the mate 20 Pro who was the first to offer it, the P30 Pro offers reverse Wireless charging, which proved useful for charging Airpods only once during my test. As one has to go through the settings to activate it, I have not at all accustomed to its use, but it is there, and works well.

As for the photo part, the Huawei P30 Pro is on top of the autonomy.


My opinion on the Huawei P30 Pro

As expected, this Huawei P30 Pro is impressive. It offers the best photo combo on the market, and its autonomy is more than excellent. The performance is at the rendezvous, even if it is not the most powerful Smartphone in the market in 2019. Its slight weaknesses are, in my opinion, a little too crude design, and the part sound. EMUI is still indented, and Huawei will need to quickly change it in depth to become the biggest on the Smartphone market.

Its current competitor on this segment is the Samsung Galaxy S10 +, which responds to the flaws of this P30 Pro, but does not have its qualities in photo and autonomy. To have had both hands for several weeks, it is very difficult to disshare them, it will be done according to the points that are most important to you in a Smartphone to make a choice Galaxy S10 + vs P30 Pro.

If you are already a Huawei user and you ask the question to buy the P30 Pro, you will have a big difference with the P20 Pro, and only the photo part and the different design of the mate 20 Pro.

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