Huawei P30 vs. P30 Pro Vs. P30 lite: That's how the phones differ
By Adeline Belluz 2019-06-03 50423 0
P30 vs. P30 Pro Vs. P30 lite: prices at a glance
A key role in buying a smartphone plays the price for many users. This varies greatly in the P30 series. While the P30 lite comes with a suggested retail price of 369 € in the trade, the P30 (749 €) and the P30 Pro (999 €) are more than twice as expensive.
P30 vs. P30 Pro Vs. P30 lite: An overview of strengths and weaknesses
The significant price difference is not directly reflected in our test results. All three Huawei phones cut here with an above-average result. The P30 lite received from us 7.4 out of 10 possible points. The P30 reaches 8.6 and the Pro model even a whopping 9.2 points.
Differences between the Huawei P30, P30 Pro and P30 lite: the details
So that you can better estimate whether the extra charge for the P30 or P30 Pro is worthwhile or you can also be satisfied with the P30 lite, we will now go into more detail on the differences between the three models.
P30 vs. P30 Pro Vs. P30 lite: Triple camera is not the same as a triple camera
One of the biggest differences between the Huawei P30, P30 Pro and P30 lite is the camera. Although installed Huawei unlike last year in the P20, now in the P30 and the P30 lite a triple camera, these differ in their construction but each clearly from the Pro model.
So you have to settle for the base model with a triple optical zoom and a five-fold hybrid zoom. The Pro model, on the other hand, offers five times the optical zoom and ten times the hybrid zoom thanks to a periscope camera. The P30 lite does not have an optical zoom, just a double digital zoom. In addition, the maximum resolution of the super wide-angle sensor on the P30 and P30 lite is lower. It is only 16 megapixels in the P30 and even only 8 megapixels in the P30 lite, while the P30 Pro Huawei installed a sensor with a resolution of 20 megapixels.
However, the main sensor used in the camera of the P30 and P30 Pro is the 40-megapixel Super Spectrum sensor developed by Huawei and Leica. It allows impressive shots even in total darkness. The P30 lite has a conventional 48 megapixel sensor. While the Lite model does not have to stay in the bag in the dark, the shots are far from the low-light quality of the P30 (Pro)
In addition to the triple camera you will find the P30 Pro yet another smaller camera sensor. This is what is known as the ToF sensor. The term comes from the English "time of flight" ago, because the sensor illuminates the subject with a light pulse and calculates for each pixel, the time that the light needs to an object and back again.
As a result, the distance of various objects in the field of view of the viewfinder can be measured quickly. Huawei uses the sensor among other things for more detailed bokeh effects. Thus, the background of a picture blurs more or less depending on the distance. In addition, thanks to the ToF camera, you can also measure objects in real time with the P30 Pro.
For selfies, the P30 and the P30 Pro offer a 32-megapixel front camera, which is housed in a teardrop shaped notch at the center of the top of the display. Here you will also find the front camera on the P30 lite, but it only resolves with 24 megapixels.
P30 vs. P30 Pro Vs. P30 lite: That's how the displays differ
Speaking of display, here are the differences between the Huawei P30, P30 Pro and P30 lite sometimes also big. Huawei now also uses the OLED panel on the regular model instead of the LCD. For the P20 series this was reserved for the Pro model. However, you have to make do with the Lite model with an LCD display. All three screens solve in Full HD +.
There are also differences in size. The Pro model offers a screen size of 6.47 inches, the regular P30, however, has only a 6.1-inch display, the Lite model offers a 6.15-inch screen. Rounded screen edges can only be found on the P30 Pro.
P30 vs. P30 Pro Vs. P30 lite: battery life in comparison
The battery of the P30 has a lower capacity than the Pro model (4,200 mAh) at 3,650 milliamp hours (mAh). He also loads a maximum of 25 watts, while the battery of the Pro model with up to 40 watts is charged. Furthermore, the base model does not support wireless charging. The same applies to the P30 lite. This offers with 3.340 mAh the battery with the least capacity. It is loaded with a maximum of 18 watts.
Despite the different battery capacity, the devices achieve a similar running time in practice. One day you will definitely come up with one battery charge and usually your P30 should also have capacity for a second day. Significant differences, however, show in the charging process: While the P30 Pro is recharged after 55 minutes, the P30 and the P30 lite take about twice as long.
P30 vs. P30 Pro Vs. P30 lite: Storage variants in comparison
In Germany, Huawei offers the P30 only with six gigabytes of RAM and 128 gigabytes of device memory, the Lite model is available with 4 gigabytes of RAM and 128 gigabytes of memory. In contrast, the P30 Pro offers eight gigabytes of RAM and optionally 128 or 256 gigabytes of device memory. In some countries, the Pro model is even available with up to 512 gigabytes of memory. This variant will initially not be sold in Germany. With all three models, the memory can be subsequently expanded by means of a memory card. However, the P30 and the Pro model only hold the Huawei developed NM card, the P30 lite, however, can handle conventional microSD cards. There are big differences between the Huwei P30, P30 Pro and P30 lite in the memory, especially for the cheap lite offshoot.
P30 vs. P30 Pro Vs. P30 lite: differences in performance
While the P30 and P30 Pro are powered by the Huawei's Octa-Core Kirin 980 chip, the weaker Kirin 710 works in the P30 lite. How big is the performance difference between the Huawei P30, P30 Pro and P30 lite?
Explanation: AnTuTu and Geekbench are probably the most popular tools for measuring the performance of your own smartphone. Both apps not only test the performance of the processor (CPU), but also other components such as the graphics unit or the main memory. The higher the score, the better the result. The values we have determined represent the mean value after three passes. The values of the P30 and P30 Pro were measured when the power mode was activated; in normal operation the values are even lower. You can download AnTuTu and Geekbench from us in the download archive for free.
Other differences between Huawei P30, P30 Pro and P30 lite
The P30 Pro has IP68 certification and can therefore be temporarily submerged. In contrast, the P30 is only protected against splash water according to IP53. The Lite model does not provide adequate protection.
The P30 Pro has an infrared sensor, the other models do not.
The P30 (lite) has a 3.5-millimeter headphone jack, the Pro model waived Huawei on this.
The P30 supports a maximum of LTE Cat 16, while the P30 Pro already supports LTE Cat 20 and thus tends to achieve higher upload and download rates. In Germany, however, there is currently no mobile network that would exploit these speeds.
The P30 lite has a fingerprint sensor on the back and the other two models have it integrated into the screen.
Huawei P30 Comparison: Our conclusion
With the purchase of the P30 lite you do not do anything wrong. The model is above average in all categories, only the camera you have to make in comparison with the more expensive models significant drawbacks. Whose budget is not limited to 400 euros, for the worth a look at the basic model.
The P30 is more manageable than the Pro model and superior in terms of camera to most other phones on the market. If you can do without an extra long battery life, wireless charging and the extended zoom capabilities, you can relax with the Huawei P30. All others, however, have to dig deeper and buy the pro model.
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