Huawei P30 review
By Adeline Belluz 2019-06-10 481 0
Not water resistant, no reversible charge and no microSD card slot.
Conclusion The Huawei P30 is a phone with an interesting design and power but differs too little from its Pro version, which makes it a better choice thanks to its camera - especially for the optical and hybrid zoom - and the short price difference.
Huawei introduced us on March 26th to his new P30 family composed of the Huawei P30, the P30 Pro that we already had the opportunity to analyze and the smallest of all, the P30 Lite. The protagonist of this analysis is the middle brother of the family, the P30, a phone that shares many things with its Pro version, but that falls short in many others.
If you're trying to decide between a Huawei P30 and a P30 Pro or even between this phone and one of its direct rivals, the Galaxy S10, pay attention because I've spent a few days with the P30 and I'm going to tell you my impressions about this phone to help you decide.
Features: Huawei P30
Screen: 6.1 inch (flat OLED), 2.340x1.080 pixels
Processor: 2.6GHz Kirin 980 (eight cores)
Storage: 128GB, expandable via Huawei NM
Main camera: 40 megapixels (f/1.8) + 16 megapixels (f/2.2) + 8 megapixels (f/2.4 with OIS)
Front camera: 32 megapixels (f/2.0)
Battery: 3,650mAh. No wireless charge or inverse charge
Connectivity: 4G/LTE, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC
Water resistance: No
Fingerprint reader: Yes, optical on screen at the bottom
Face recognition: Yes, 2D: not the safest and not used for banking or payment.
Headphone jack: Yes, traditional 3.5 mm.
The Huawei P30 with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage costs 799 euros, about US$900.
Small design but painted
The P30 is to the naked eye identical to the P30 Pro except for its dimensions, which are much more measured with 71.36 millimeters wide, 149.1 millimeters high and 7.57 mm thick. However, it is an evolution compared to its predecessor, the Huawei P20. The previous model had a 5.8-inch screen, while the P30 raises the diagonal of the screen to 6.1 inches.
Huawei has thus "stretched" the screen and trimmed the frames thanks to the inclusion of a drop-shaped notch to house the front camera. The back is practically clean thanks to the insertion of the fingerprint sensor on the screen, something to be thankful for if in addition the color of your P30 is one of the premieres in the range as our unit, the beautiful color Pearl White.
But what I liked most about this phone is its manageability. Unlike the bulkier P30 Pro, the P30 is extremely comfortable, making it much more comfortable to handle with one hand or when taking pictures.
Its size also facilitates the grip and thanks to this has prevented the phone from falling out of my hands as I sometimes do with other larger phones. However, as with the P30 Pro, it's a bit slippery due to the glass on the back, so ideally you should carry it with a cover (also to prevent scratching).
The fingerprint sensor works fast, much better than the first Huawei model to release it, the Mate 20 Pro, but it is a bit uncomfortable to use until you get used to it and get used to its position. Finally, another important detail to highlight about the design of this phone in front of its older brother, is that the Huawei P30 includes classic headphone connector and includes a pair of these with minijack audio in the box.
Performance: Nothing to envy his brother but a little RAM
The P30 shares bowels with the P30 Pro, although unlike the P30 Pro, there is only one memory configuration available. Thus, the phone has the Kirin 980 processor, accompanied by 6GB of RAM and an internal memory of 128GB expandable by Nano Memory cards (home).
With this power, the Huawei P30 has given me an excellent performance, loaded with fluidity either with low resource operations such as surfing the Internet or using instant messaging applications, as with more cumbersome actions such as running heavy games or photo editors.
Below we can compare their synthetic test results with some of their similarly configured rivals. The Kirin 980 chip is not the most powerful processor in the comparison, and it is below its big brother with 8GB of RAM, but it is in a good position.
The Huawei P30 houses a 3,600mAh battery slightly smaller than the P30 Pro and unlike this, the Mate 20 Pro or the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus, does not allow us to charge other devices with it using it as an external battery.
In the day to day use, the phone arrived without problem after 24 hours of use, although it is true that if we gave him enough work, especially with the camera, the battery arrived at the end of the day almost at its limit. In our continuous video playback test the cell phone lasted 18 hours and 15 minutes, a result similar to the iPhone XS Max with 17 hours and 32 minutes, but less than the 20 hours of the P30 Pro.
In terms of charging times, the P30 takes less than an hour to reach full charge from scratch with the charger included in the box. Below we compare battery life results with other phones with similar amperage and power.
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