A SUPERB QUADRUPLE CAMERA ARRAY AND LAVISH LOOKS, COMBINED WITH LONG-LASTING BATTERY LIFE, WIN THIS PHONE TOP BILLING
It wasn’t too long ago that you would have been laughed out of the shop if you asked for a phone with multiple cameras; now, they’re as common as a primary school child doing the ‘floss’ dance. The Huawei P30 Pro ups the ante once more: following the launch of the excellent P20 Pro last year, which introduced triple cameras to phones for the first time, its successor aims to improve your photos further with a fourth.
Ignoring the camera setup for a moment, the P30 Pro is a continuation of what made last year’s phone so great. It’s achingly attractive, sandwiched between layers of softly curvaceous glass on the front and rear, and comes in enticing, Jewellery shop colors. The most eye-catching Is the iridescent ‘Breathing Crystal’ color, which fades from deep purple to a light blue across the rear panel, depending on how the phone catches the light. There’s also a regular black variant for those who don’t get on with such gaudy ostentation, while our editor prefers the orange “Amber Sunrise’ finish.
As you’d expect of a modern flagship, the Huawel P30 Pro is thin, packing a 6.47 in screen into a comparatively compact chassis thanks to an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. This elongated screen also heralds the return of the notch. However, this time around, the 32- megapixel selfie camera Is embedded in an unobtrusive circular teardrop.
Where’s the front-mounted earpiece speaker? You won’t find one on the P30 Pro. Instead, Huawei Includes what it calls “electromagnetic levitation”. This is a fancy way of saying the phone’s screen vibrates to create sound when pressed against your ear. It’s effective, too, with no obvious difference compared to a conventional speaker.
Odd features aside. the Huawel P30 Pro is the firm’s most attractive smartphone to date. I even think it looks better than the recently launched Galaxy S10, Which takes some doing.
The phone is also IP 68 – rated dust and water- resistant once again. The 3.5 mm headphone Jack seems lost forever, but more worrisome is the lack of micro-SD expansion. Instead. the P30 Pro, like the Mate 20 Pro. only supports Huawei’s nano memory cards. These are physically smaller but more expensive than their micro-sized equivalents: I’m not a fan. Still. with at least 128 GB of internal storage. you probably won’t need one anyway.
Measuring 6.47 in across the diagonal. the P30 Pro’s screen is slightly larger than the 6.1 in do display of the regular P30. Its specifications remain the same, as the P30 Pro uses an AMOLED panel yet again and the resolution is 2,340 x 1,080. This is a downgrade on the sop display offered by the Mate 20 Pro, but lower-resolution screens prolong battery life. And If you can spot the difference in resolution side by side. I’d be impressed.
Display quality is good, too. In the phone’s `Normal’ display profile. the P30 Pro’s screen is reasonably color accurate and can reproduce 95.7% of the sRGB color gamut with a total volume of 109%. An average Delta E of 2.53 isn’t ideal, though, and there are a couple of notable Issues, particularly with over saturated red and dark blue color tones.
Still, the P30 Pro’s screen is capable of reaching a peak luminescence of 854cd/m2 in the phone’s auto-brightness mode and, with this being an 0 LED panel. color contrast is effectively perfect.
POWER ON TAP
As expected, the phone uses Huawei’s own Kirin 980 mobile chip-set, which is built using a 7nm fabrication process. This 2.6GHz octa-core processor first featured in last year’s Mate 20 Pro and is more power-efficient than older chips built on 10nm or larger. In theory, the smaller fabrication process means more power for the same size chip and better battery life, which is certainly something we noticed with the Mate 20 Pro.
In technical testing, the P30 Pro’s performance benchmark results are equally as rapid as its predecessor’s. In the Geek-bench 4 single and multi-core tests, the P30 Pro produced near-identical scores to the regular P30 and last year’s P20 Pro. It’s beaten by the Snapdragon 855 inside the Galaxy Sm., but only by a small amount. You won’t notice the difference in practice.
The P30 Pro’s gaming performance is just as impressive, with the smartphone reaching an almost perfect average frame rate of 59 fps in the GFXBench GL Manhattan 3 on-screen GPU benchmark.
The phone’s overall battery life has seen a huge improvement. Our in-house video rundown test shows that the P30 Pro’s stamina is roughly 39% longer than its predecessor, reaching a staggering total of zihrs =mins before its 4,zoom-ah capacity battery was depleted. You may even squeeze out two days’ use on a single charge and note it supports super-quick 40W charging: within half an hour, it can go from zero to 70% full. It also supports 15 IN wireless charging and will even “reverse charge” compatible devices wirelessly, including i Phones.