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Huawei P30 review, an Amazing Phone for Photography

MSRP: $349.99

The P series of Huawei is prominent for its fantastic devices but does not disappoint its users with its stunning photography. In fact, the P represents the same and with Huawei P30, it is apparent that the company has created another handset towering the competition in the camera setup.

Of course, there are lots more than the camera to command. Huawei aims to revolutionize taking pictures, but P30 delivery a lofty promise. It offers the best capabilities in photography and there is a lot more apart from the camera delivering as overall performance anticipated of a flagship device.


  • Body: Metal frame with dual-glass; IP53-rated for water and dust resistance; 165 g, and 149.1×71.4×7.6mm.
  • Screen: OLED 6.1inches, resolution of 1080 x 2340 px and waterdrop notch.
  • Chipset: Octa-core processor, Kirin 980 chipset, Cortex A76 with 2x 2.6 GHz and 1.92GHz + Cortex A66 4×1.8GHz, Mali G76MP.
  • Memory: RAM 6/8GB, storage 64/128/256GB (expandable through the hybrid slot- Nano-Memory).
  • OS: Android 9 Pie featuring EMUI 9.1.
  • Selfie cam: f/2.0 Leica lens 32MP, Portrait Mode offering bokeh effects.
  • Camera: Primary f/1.8, 40MP, 27mm; telephoto: f/2.4, 8MP, 80mm, OIS (3x optical zoom); ultra wide: f/2.2, 16MP, 17mm.
  • Battery: 3,650mAh; Super Charge 22.5W.
  • Connectivity: 5mm jack, Dual SIM, Dual-band GPS; Wi-Fi, USB Type-C, NFC, Bluetooth 5 + LE,.
  • Misc: Fingerprint scanner Under-display and loudspeaker single bottom-firing.



Huawei P30 is coming equipped with 980SoC HiSilicon Kirin and a 10 GPU Mali G76-MP10. This is similar to Huawei P30 Pro hardware. Though the features of P30 Pro had RAM 8 GB and 256 GB storage, while Huawei P30 has 6GB RAM and storage of 128GB only.  However, even with this specs, P30 has made itself in a high position with Smartphone’s meeting the needs of demanding games and applications.

Users can extend storage by getting a Nano memory card. This is required because P30 does not support the normal microSD cards. Thus, if there is a need to extend the storage you can, but the dual-sim functionality is lost.  The slot sim 2 is for dual function, either as sim slot or for NanoMemory. However, both sim slots support VoWifi, VoLTE, and LTE, until it is carrier supported.

The Huawei phone has USB 3.1 that allows fast transferring of data. There is an audio jack of 3.5mm allowing the users to connect it to external speakers or headphones.


The P30 users can greet Android 9 presenting a combination with EMUI9.1UI offering pure Android experience. The main screen overall and the app are identical to other phones. There is a different menu structure for the settings.  Fortunately, it has detailed descriptions that users will feel at home quickly.

There is the advantage of third-party apps coming pre-installed such as Facebook. Huawei apps storage is on the external card. This phone allows does not restrict the phone should have one user. There is no harm in creating and it allows multiple users to use the same phone. In fact, there is a guest account as well. Another amazing feature is that with the support of Widevine L1 Full-HD content may be played back on Amazon Prime, Netflix or Maxdome.

GPS & Communication

Huawei P30 offers to communicate over 3G, LTE, and GSM networks. It features 16 support categories that result in download and upload rates up to 1 GBit/s and 100 MBit/s. The phone also features in association with Bluetooth and NFC5.0 WLAN support for 802.11 a. g, b, n, and ac.

The Huawei P30 is equipped with antenna array 2 x 2 MIMO getting 544 Mbps. The phone achieves 680 Mbps while transferring files. Huawei phone can transfer data rates up to 1.7 Gbps if it is paired with a router.

Voice Quality

Huawei P30 has its own voice calls app and this feature allows it to offer access to a number pad, logs, and phonebook using separate tabs. The phone has no issues and it is impressed with clear voice quality and good volume. The noise in the background is filtered and offers better call quality.  No sound is transmitted through the display.

Nevertheless, in loud environments, the users can include stereo headset allowing having more volume and also the possibility of blocking background noise.

Cameras – Triple Camera featuring Optical Zoom

The P30 highlight is the Leica triple camera. It has a 40 MP sensor featuring  f/1.8 aperture, wide-angle lens, a 16 MP sensor, f/2.2 aperture with an ultra wide-angle lens, plus an 8 MP sensor, f/2.4 aperture with optical image stabilization and telephoto objective. The optical zoom works without any loss to image quality up to a 3x magnification, while a steady hand allows sharp captures. The front camera features f/2.4 aperture, 32 MP-unit appropriate to portrait photos.  You can create detailed selfies even with sub-optimal lighting conditions. In fact, the pictures are reproduced reliably.

In this app, there are manipulation options AI-assisted such as color filters and effects as addition, besides skin whitening, and eye enlargement. The HDR mode offers better reproduction of color, while P30 is perfect to capture a photo on detecting a smile.

P30 is capable of getting a panorama shot even on an overcast day. The zoom view represents clear objects, though it suffers from a loss around edges and sharpness. The close-up shots are well managed; the pictures of the objects are clearly defined and sharp featuring strong colors. The camera with AI modes offers ambient light, shutter speed, white level, ISO value, brightness, and focus.  In fact, the super macro mode enabled capturing on an LCD monitor the subpixels.

The video function users can offer similar quality picture and the AI- modes present beauty improvements. The capture quality with 720p 1080p offers the said resolutions and with 60 fps it allows high frame rate.

Guarantee & Accessories

Huawei P30 in the box has a matching USB Type-C cable, a USB wall adapter, and a stereo headset. The accessories include headsets, power banks, a smart cover and Huawei cases easily available from third-party vendors. Of course, there is a 24-month guarantee.

Fingerprint Sensor

The Huawei P30 comes with Swiftkey app and this helps in easy and fast typing of messages. It also assists in customizing messages meeting to individual needs. There are multiple themes and layouts; the touchscreen is accurate and responsive. However, the screen protector is pre-installed and so it results in fingertip drag difficulty. This is apparent in games.

The sensor is reliable in screen orienting. The phone can be unlocked using the pin and pattern options.  The users can use the fingerprint sensor or consider facial recognition that is on the screen lower area. The sensor functions of fingerprint work without any delay or issue.


Huawei P30 is equipped with an OLED 6.1-inch display offering a resolution of 2340 x 1080. The brightness and backlight have uniformity. The P30 has a 673 cd/ m² luminance score and the brightness as configurable even as the lowest is at 1.72 cd/ m².

P30 suffers due to PWM OLED problem flickering around 250Hz.  With this frequency, sensitive eyes users will experience issues over the sessions of long usage, as this is low. The P30 with OLED display is goo in viewing angles and the screen can be viewed without distorted display. Huawei phone has no reflection issues and so it allows you to view even from inconvenient angles.


Huawei P30 is equipped with HiSilicon Kirin 980, the SoC high-end featuring CPU octa-core docked up to 2.6GHz.  P30 provides the required grunt to manage demanding applications as it has RAM of 6 GB. The display duties are managed by GPU ARM-Mali-G76-MP10. The 128GB offers enough and more space of internal storage to install storage and apps of personal data.

The Huawei P30 reveals that it has given more priority to graphical performance. The tests performed for storage revealed it is dominating its rivals. The performance mode in P30 is 10% higher. The P30 internal storage is 128 GB size that is 110GB approximately available for personal data and apps storage.

Huawei P30

For storage expansion, it is supported by a card slot for the NanoMemory card. This card type allows the Huawei P30 to take to the forefront among its competitors. The speed with this card is high and so is the entry price. However, the expanded storage is not available to be formatted as internal storage. It is also not available for apps as a storage location.


The GPU ensures to get enough performance so that it can play modern games smoothly. The PUBG and Arena of Valor were checked on this mobile and it was running smoothly even with high settings. It had no issue. The display protector was pre-installed and it created some drag in the fingertip that the drop and drag functions were a bit difficult. In fact, this also made the game or operations tiresome on using for a long period or while playing a long play. The touch inputs are without lag and fast translated to the application or the game and also the orientation sensor experienced no lag information that the games were controlled. It did not face or pose issues with games.


The Huawei P30’s speakers offer a good volume emphasizing the upper-mid tones.  In fact, less prominent are the lower and higher tones. There is a great distortion at high volume. Conversely, for casual playback, the speaker can be regarded as well suited. Likewise, you can complement the main speaker. The sound direction is clearly coming from the main speaker and the earpiece is used also for sound output. The stereo headset that comes included is towards media content proper enjoyment.

Connecting headphones through the audio jack of 3.5mm is helpful. This connector was firm and snug. It did not reduce or differ in sound quality. Thus, the users preferring Bluetooth 5.0 to use will find the phone supports standards AAC, SBC, BLE, LDAC, aptx, aptx HD, and HWA.

Battery Runtime

The main is the power consumption and the P30 took at an idle position around 0.69 watts and under load, the maximum taken was 6.96 watts. The Huawei phone is an efficient device offering average and decent power consumption than in the comparison it beat easily all the other devices.

The USB power adapter came as included within the box. It offers a maximum output of 22.5 watts and is capable of offering Huawei P30 enough power to enable quick charging.

In the WLAN real-world testing, this phone P30 acquired nearly 12 hours of browsing on the internet until it had to be reached for the charger to get connected. Its predecessor offered nearly 100 minutes long and this implies it played a long playback video content without any issue or fear of stopping abruptly.

Huawei’s technology of SuperCharge charges a battery of 3650mAh to full capacity and this is reached in approximately one and a half hours.


The Huawei P30 offers in WLAN its performance that is slightly less impressive and this hurts the fast-charger that just needs one and a half hours to get recharged fully. The P30 of Huawei has slight issues, but its fingerprint sensor under the display, 3x optical zoom, and OLED display will ensure the buyers have no doubt in using an enjoyable phone.

The Huawei P30 is impressive with its slim design and also has an exceptionally good camera. The low-light situations also did not deter the capture performance. In fact, the super-macro function is impressive. The performance has taken a middle place, though much was anticipated. The display impressions were bright, while the PWM flickering may be a cause of concern for users having sensitive eyes. But the contrast in colors is really good and noticeable.

Huawei P30 review, an Amazing Phone for Photography

Front Line:

The P series of Huawei is prominent for its fantastic devices but does not disappoint its users with its stunning photography. In fact, the P represents the same and with Huawei P30, it is apparent...

MSRP: $349.99