- Great image quality overall, some of the best low-light shots money can get you.
- Flagship-grade performance.
- Quality display with high marks across the board.
- Class-leading battery life in the screen-on tests, properly fast charging.
- Fastest under-display fingerprint reader.
- Standout design, eye-catching colors options.
- No 4K60 video recording while everyone else has it.
- Selfie camera is fixed-focus and there isn't really 32MP worth of detail in the images.
- While technically the storage can be expanded, Huawei's NM memory cards are still far from mainstream.
- No stereo speakers, no IR blaster (there is one on the Pro).
- No proper dust and water resistance.
We were quite impressed with Huawei’s flagship the Huawei P30 Pro, so let’s take a look at the smaller Huawei P30, it’s missing a few of the higher-end features, but with a lower price is it the better deal, we are nasphones.com and this is a Huawei P30 Review .
the Huawei P30 is made from Gorilla Glass with an aluminum frame, pretty typical for a flagship these days, as you’d expect from Huawei there are plenty of brilliant color schemes to choose from .
ours is called breeding crystal and is gorgeous, you can see multiple hues reflected in the shiny finish, unlike the Huawei P30 pro the Huawei P30 only has an IP53 rating for dust and splash proofing not full water resistance .
so it can handle some raindrops but better not drop this phone in the pool, the Huawei P30 feels sturdy and well made and with this light compact size is quite easy to use with one hand .
at 6.1 inches the screen of the Huawei P30 is a bit smaller than its siblings, but it is indeed an AMOLED with the same 1080p resolution . Read More : Huawei Mate X Preview
this screen is flat not curved at the edges like the pro model it’s personal preference but I like this style better, to avoid accidental screen activations while I’m holding it .
the selfie cam system a small rounded notch at the top and you are able to mask it with a black bar, if that’s your thing, at 422 PPI content on the display looks pretty sharp .
you have those deep blacks only Amoled eyes can provide and colors can be decently accurate if you tweak them in settings, maximum brightness is quite good too, at 449 nits in manual mode and up to 635 nits in auto mode in bright conditions .
legibility in the Sun is great, we had no issues using the phone outdoors, like most animal eyes you have the option for an always-on display to show you time and notifications while the phone sleeps, there is no option for a notification LED though .
just like the Huawei P30 pro you can wake up and unlock the Huawei P30 with the under display fingerprint reader, it’s really accurate and its speed is pretty impressive .
you can also use face unlock, but it’s not quite as secure as your finger, as far as high-tech features go the Huawei P30 is missing the pro versions under display acoustic earpiece for calls .
we are a bit disappointed that Huawei didn’t take the opportunity to use the air piece in a stereo speaker setup, but the p20 didn’t have one either . Read More : Huawei Mate 20 Lite Hands-On Review
the single speaker is next to the USBC port its loudness is excellent and there’s no distortion at max volume, the Huawei P30 has a 3.5 millimeter jack unlike the pro version, so you don’t need to worry about using an adapter to plug in headphones .
volume wise it’s only above-average, but it has better stereo separation than this bigger sibling, our Huawei P30 has a 128 gigs of on-board storage, though there are options for 64 and 256 gigs depending on where you buy it, it’s expandable via the hybrid dual SIM slots but you need to use one of huawei’s proprietary NM cards which is kind of limiting .
the interface of the Huawei P30 is Huawei’s emui 9.1 over android 9pi, just like on the Huawei P30 pro version 9.1 brings a new EROFS file system, files can be read faster and operating system files take up less space .
as typical of emui all of your apps are kept on the home screen by default, but you can opt to use an app drawer if you want, swiping down on the home screen opens an app search bar and a swipe down from the top will get you the notification shade, swiping to the left opens a Google newsfeed and there is gesture navigation available, which works just as smoothly as on Huawei’s other recent devices .
unlike a pro version there’s no IR blaster on the Huawei P30, so you’ll have to find some other way to turn on your TV .
at the heart of the Huawei P30 is Huawei’s top-tier karin 980 chipset, along with the six or eight gigs of ram, performance is awesome just like on the Huawei P30 pro . Read More : Huawei Honor Play Unboxing
though graphics power is just a little behind the snapdragon 855, regardless everything feels nice and fluid, the Huawei P30 pro comes with GPU turbo 2.0 as well, which optimizes performance and smooths out frame rates for a few supported games such as PUBG .
at 3650 mAh the Huawei P30’s batteries have been smaller than the pro versions, and unfortunately you don’t get the same exceptional battery life here, it’s still good though the Huawei P30 earned an endurance rating of 83 hours in our proprietary tests, about in the middle of what the competition offers .
you can top up the battery with a 22.5 watt Huawei supercharge, it isn’t 40 watts like on the Huawei P30 pro, but it’s still really impressive, getting us from 0 to 65% in 30 minutes, you don’t get support for wireless charging or reverse charging like you do on the pro model though .
the Huawei P30 has a triple camera setup instead of the quad cam we see the more expensive Huawei P30 pro, here’s a 40 megapixel main camera, a pixel telephoto cam and the 16 megapixel ultra wide camera, all with like a branded lenses .
compared to the pro model the main cameras lens isn’t as bright at f/1.8 instead of f/1.6 and this one doesn’t have ois .
the telephoto camera is borrowed from the Huawei Mate 20 Pro and doesn’t have a fancy periscope setup, the ultra wide-angle camera is a bit different and there is no tof cam for depth sensing .
since the main 40 megapixel camera uses a quad Bayer filter the default output is 10 megapixels, in daylight image quality is great practically identical to the Huawei P30 pro, there’s plenty of detail pleasing colors, wide dynamic range and nice rendition .
you can opt to shoot in 40 megapixels, though these shots aren’t necessarily packing more detail, certain scenes do benefit from being shot in this mode and it varies so it may be worth playing around with .
now under the ultra wide-angle cam, colors are a bit punchier than on the main cam and dynamic range isn’t quite as wide but perfectly acceptable . Read More : Huawei Mate 20 X Unboxing
though its field of view isn’t quite as wide as on the Huawei P30 pro we’d say that in good light the Huawei P30’s wide camera is almost as good .
you can also use the ultra wide-angle cam to shoot in super macro mode, which allows you to focus on objects that are extremely close, if the subject is still and there’s plenty of light you can end up with some really nice results .
even though the telephoto camera can’t zoom as far as the periscope one on the Huawei P30 pro it does a great job, images come out sharp and detailed, the dynamic range and contrast aren’t quite what you get on the main cam, but you still get that nice color rendition .
the Huawei P30’s main cam and telephoto work together in portrait mode, how they interact depends on your zoom level, regardless of the zoom portraits have excellent subject separation and very nice background blur .
in low-light we expected a bit lower quality from the Huawei P30’s main camera compared to the pro version, as it turns out there’s no need to worry, low light shots are excellent, they’re well exposed with nicely preserved highlights, loss of detail, low noise and nice colors .
night mode is one of our favorite features on this camera, you get brighter night skies and livelier colors and some recovered detail in highlights and shadows . Read More : Huawei Mate 20 Lite
compared to the main camera low-light shots with the ultra wide cam aren’t very good, coming out soft and noisy, night mode really helps the ultra wide Cam a lot, giving you a brighter exposure and bringing the quality up from barely usable to pretty decent .
if you try to zoom in the dark, the phone either does a digital crop or switches to the telephoto cam, depending on the level of light, just like with the other cameras night mode does a good job in improving these two .
for selfies the Huawei P30 has the same 32 megapixel front facing cameras the Huawei P30 pro, which has fixed focus, you have to make sure that the phone is the right distance away from your face in order to get the sharpest result and it’s not necessarily a full arms length .
it does a respectable job nonetheless, there’s excellent dynamic range, spot-on colors and plenty of detail, the Huawei P30 can record video with any of its 3 cams and 4k@30fps, electronic stabilization is available on all cameras in all modes, but you can’t disable it if you wanted to .
quality wise 4k footage from the main camera is quite the same as on the Huawei P30 pro, there’s excellent dynamic range, true to life color rendition and great contrast .
resolve detail isn’t the best we’ve seen though and we wish the image was a bit sharper, footage from the ultra wide cam is passable but not great .
dynamic range and detail at both lesson stellar, video shot with the telephoto camera lets you get close to the action and offer reasonable quality as well, while detail is again not spectacular there isn’t much competition out there that can offer three times optical zoom . Read More : Huawei P smart 2019
so that’s the Huawei P30 you get an eye-catching design, good battery life, a gorgeous display, cutting edge performance and a versatile triple camera .
but compared to the Huawei P30 pro you are missing quite a few things, look that curved screen and waterproofing there’s no IR blaster or wireless charging here and you don’t get the in display earpiece .
as far as the camera goes you don’t have ois or a tof camera and just forget about a fancy periscope telephoto cam, but all of that said all of these things are more of a luxury than a necessity, and definitely not a deal-breaker for most people
and since you’re saving at least a 150 euros here the Huawei P30 is worth considering over the more expensive model, even with this compromises this is one of the best flagships you can get right now and it definitely deserves our recommendation .
Disclaimer : We can not guarantee that the information on this page is 100% correct
Specification: Huawei P30
GSM / HSPA / LTE
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2 (dual-SIM model only)
HSDPA 800 / 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100
LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 6(900), 7(2600), 8(900), 9(1800), 12(700), 17(700), 18(800), 19(800), 20(800), 26(850), 28(700)
HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A Cat21 1400/200 Mbps
Available. Released 2019, March
149.1 x 71.4 x 7.6 mm (5.87 x 2.81 x 0.30 in)
165 g (5.82 oz)
Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
IP53 dust and splash protection
OLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
6.1 inches, 91.3 cm2 (~85.8% screen-to-body ratio)
1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~422 ppi density)
|Other screen features||
Android 9.0 (Pie); EMUI 9.1
HiSilicon Kirin 980 (7 nm)
Octa-core (2×2.6 GHz Cortex-A76 & 2×1.92 GHz Cortex-A76 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A55)
|Memory Card Slot||
NM (Nano Memory), up to 256GB (uses SIM 2)
64/128/256 GB, 8 GB RAM or 128 GB, 6 GB RAM
16 MP, f/2.2, 17mm (ultrawide), PDAF/Laser AF, 40 MP, f/1.8, 27mm (wide), 1/1.7", PDAF/Laser AF, 8 MP, f/2.4, 80mm (telephoto), 1/4", 3x optical zoom, PDAF/Laser AF, OIS, Triple
Leica optics, dual-LED dual-tone flash, panorama, HDR
2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, 1080p@30fps (gyro-EIS), 720p@960fps
Single, 32 MP, f/2.0, (wide)
|Selfie Camera Features||
|Selfie Camera Video||
32-bit/384kHz audio, Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic, Dolby Atmos sound
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
5.0, A2DP, aptX HD, LE
Yes, with dual-band A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, QZSS
3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
Fingerprint (under display), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, color spectrum
Fast battery charging 22.5W, Non-removable Li-Po 3650 mAh battery
Aurora, Amber Sunrise, Breathing Crystal, Black, Pearl White
About 680 EUR
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