Huawei P30 Pro Review: Night Vision


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More recently, Huawei introduced its new flagship line of smartphones Huawei P30 and P30 Pro, we have already managed

share first impressions of a seniorHuawei P30 Pro and its main camera. Now it is time for a full review. Traditionally, the main technological innovations in terms of "iron" gets the autumn Mate line, and in the flagships of P the focus shifts towards the camera's capabilities, whereas the insides are usually similar to the top Mate. Over the past couple of years, the new members of the P line take a really big step forward in mobile photography, and the Huawei P30 Pro perfectly demonstrates this, which we have already mentioned in the above-mentioned materials. The capabilities of the P30 Pro camera are really impressive, but the smartphone does not end on the camera. Let's see what else the new flagship can and how good it is in general.

What is it?

Huawei P30 Pro is a flagship smartphone with a large 6.47-inch FullHD + OLED display, top-end 64-bit 8-core Kirin 980 processor with dual NPU coprocessor for neural networks and machine learning, 6/8 GB of RAM, 128/256 GB of internal memory, Leica main camera with four modules and a battery at 4200 mAh. The smartphone works on the Android OS 9 Pie with a proprietary shell EMUI 9.

What makes him interesting?


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Of course, the main feature of the smartphone has becomethe main camera, which was developed jointly with Leica and received as many as 4 modules. Thanks to which the camera is able to shoot perfectly at night, it received a fivefold optical zoom, it can shoot macro at a distance of 2.5 cm, and the maximum ISO value is 409600. The P30 Pro uses a completely new SuperSpectrum Sensor, the main feature of which is the use of a filter with RYYB structure instead of the usual RGGB (using yellow instead of green), which allows you to capture 40% more light. 40 megapixel resolution, optical stabilization, f / 1.6. The second module is “shirik” at 20 megapixels, f / 2.2. Next - a telephoto lens 8 MP, optical zoom x5, hybrid x10, f / 3.4, optical stabilization. And the last is the ToF (time of flight) module for measuring “depth”. The other characteristics of the smartphone are also quite impressive: a 6.47-inch OLED-display with a resolution of 2340x1080 and curved sides, a 7-nanometer flagship Kirin 980 processor with Mali-G76 MP10 graphics and a dual neuroprocessor for machine learning. Optical fingerprint scanner, located under the screen. The smartphone is powered by a 4200 mAh battery. Supports Huawei SuperCharge 40W brand fast charging as well as 15W wireless charging. The enclosure is IP68 compliant.

What is in the box?


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Huawei P30 Pro is packed in a white cardboard boxwith Huawei, Leica logos, model name and technical specifications. Nothing extra. Inside - the smartphone itself, a 40-watt charger for fast charging, a USB cable, a headset with a USB Type-C connector, a clip for removing the tray and documentation:


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How does it look and assembled?


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Visually, the smartphone looks like aevolved symbiosis of the ideas of the predecessor P20 Pro behind and Mate 20 Pro in front. Traditionally, glass and metal were chosen as materials. The front and back panels are slightly curved on the sides, so that the smartphone narrows to the side edges. Along the perimeter of the huge display are minimal frames, and the front camera is inscribed in a small drop-shaped notch. There is nothing more in front: neither an indicator nor a conversational speaker. Instead of the traditional one, the so-called “acoustic screen technology” is used. In fact, the sound of the conversation publishes the screen itself.


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For opponents of the cutout in the EMUI shell, it is possible to hide it. Through the use of OLED-screen, it looks natural and neat:


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The location of the buttons is familiar. The power button with a red stripe and a dual volume control button on the right:


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The upper and lower bound decided to make “chopped”. Looks good. An extra microphone and infrared for electronic control were brought up to the top:


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On the left side of the smartphone is empty:


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Below is an external speaker, USB Type-C connector and a tray:


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The tray is similar to the Mate 20 Pro. It is double-sided, you can install either two nanoSIM into it, or replace the second one with a Nano Memory (NM) memory card. But such cards are not sold here, and it’s not a fact that they will:


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The back cover is glass, while we have3 colors available. Classic black and two gradient. Gradient colors just appeared for the first time a year ago, in the last flagship line P20. We will have available blue and white (aka pearl) and the same as on the review. The company called it the "Northern Lights":


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The main camera module has become even more intricate. The three main modules under the general protective glass bulge out a little above the smartphone. Nearby - flash, laser rangefinder and ToF-camera. Traditionally, for a ruler, the camera module and all the inscriptions on the back cover are located in a horizontal orientation. As if referring to the relationship with digital cameras:


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Huawei P30 Pro turned out big and weighty,it is comfortable to perform only basic operations with one hand. For the rest - either connect the second hand, or use the reduced window mode. Although I do not think that this will be particularly embarrassing, given the universal love of smartphones with large displays. It looks solid and stylish, although it is a pity that the red-amber version did not reach us. The case of the smartphone is protected by the IP68 standard, so that theoretically it will survive the dive. Although for underwater photography, the company recommends corporate box.

How good is the screen?


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The smartphone has a large 6.47-inch OLED-screen with curved sides, drop-shaped notch under the front camera, 19.5: 9 aspect ratio and 2340x1080 resolution, which gives not the highest pixel density of 398 ppi. There is no problem with this: individual pixels cannot be considered, the picture and fonts do not look “loose”. The screen itself is pleasant: the viewing angles are maximum, the brightness margin is very decent. Always on Display supported.


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In the settings screen you can adjust the brightness,the scale of the interface elements, the resolution, hide the cutout and turn on the blue filter. In a separate menu there are two color modes “Normal” and “Bright” and the color temperature setting:


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In the “Bright” mode, the maximum brightness is447.247 cd / m2. In bright mode, the picture goes into cold shades: there is an overabundance of blue and a slight lack of red, the color temperature is about 9000K, and the color coverage is wider than sRGB:


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In “Normal” mode, maximum brightnessslightly lower than 435.845 cd / m2, but the color rendition is much closer to the natural one, the color temperature tends to 7500K (with a reference 6500K), and the color coverage is closer to sRGB:


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Comparison with other models:

Device name
White field brightness,
cd / m2
Black field brightness,
cd / m2
Contrast

Huawei P30 Pro
447.247
0

Samsung Galaxy S10 +
397.816
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Sony Xperia XZ3
408.047
0

Xiaomi Mi8
432.107
0

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3
473.797
0

How fast and accurate does the scanner and face recognition work?

To identify the owner you can useeither face recognition or an optical fingerprint scanner that is embedded in the screen. Unlike the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, there are no additional sensors in the smartphone and face recognition occurs only by the front camera, so it’s impossible to call such a method reliable.


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Fingerprint scanner works quickly and accurately. Indeed, already close to the traditional modern options. The right place on the screen is highlighted if you take the smartphone in your hand and even more highlighted at the time of scanning (a feature of the technology itself). But, of course, it’s impossible to get into such a sensor with a finger without looking at it. In any case, the first time.


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What about performance and autonomy?

Inside the Huawei P30 Pro is installed similar to Mate20 Pro configuration. 7-nanometer Kirin 980 processor of its own design. It includes two powerful 2.6 GHz ARM Cortex-A76 cores, two 1.92 GHz Cortex-A76 and 4 1.8 GHz Cortex-A55 energy-efficient, a dual neuroprocessor (NPU) for machine learning and a Mali-G76 MP10 graphics accelerator. Available with 6 or 8 GB of RAM and 128 or 256/512 GB of internal memory. As mentioned above, there is a theoretical possibility to expand memory, but you can only buy a Nano Memory (NM) card abroad. We do not have them officially. Of course, there are no problems with performance: we still have a flagship. Adreno solutions are still coping better with games: there are no brakes, but the Mali-G76 MP10 is slightly inferior in display quality:


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The results in synthetic tests are very impressive, although there was no doubt about it:


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At the same time, there is no problem with the stability of the work. With prolonged load, the system throttly up to 91% of the maximum performance, but this is an indicator within the normal range and in real conditions the user will not notice this:


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There are dual-band wireless interfaces2.4 / 5 GHz Wi-Fi a / b / g / n / ac, Bluetooth 5.0 with support for codecaptX, aptX HD, LDAC and the new HWA Audio. There is NFC for contactless payment using a smartphone. Supported global positioning systems GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, BeiDou:


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Also present is the infrared port for controlling electronics and the corresponding application:


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Sound, unfortunately, not the strongest sidesmartphone The decision to abandon the conversational dynamics resulted in the absence of stereo sound, and the volume of the sound emitted by the display during a conversation leaves much to be desired. On the street you have to ask the interlocutor. The 3.5mm headphone jack is missing, as is the adapter included. The complete headset is very formal and you should not listen to music on it. But if you connect something adequate through the adapter, the sound is quite good.


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In terms of autonomy, the smartphone is very close to Mate20 Pro, which is not surprising: a similar in capacity battery of 4200 mAh, a complete 40-watt HUAWEI SuperCharge charger that can charge a smartphone 70% in half an hour. There is support for wireless charging according to the Qi standard with a capacity of up to 15 W, and there is also a function of reverse wireless charging. The screen dimensions of Huawei P30 Pro are larger than those of Mate, but the resolution is smaller. As a result, without any problems, we have a half to two days of battery life, depending on the intensity. Fully land a battery in a day will be extremely difficult. Plus there are proprietary energy saving scenarios and the “Digital Balance” function with control and monitoring of smartphone usage:


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Is the interface convenient?


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Huawei P30 Pro works on Android OS 9 Pie withupdated proprietary shell EMUI 9.1. There are no major changes compared to the previous ones, but something was added. In general, the shell is fast and stable, as always. A black theme was added throughout the system, which will be especially relevant for an OLED display. The user has three options for organizing the workspace: desktops, desktops, plus an application menu and a simplified version with large icons:


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There are several navigation options: standard on-screen buttons with a choice of their order and options with the fourth button for the curtain, a round movable button and gestures. In the latter case, returning back is done by horizontal movement from the left or right edge of the screen, “home” - lead up from the bottom edge and application manager - bottom edge up and hold your finger:


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The application manager is made in the form of a horizontal carousel, there is a two-window mode:


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There is support for additional gestures and mini-windows:


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Branded Applications:


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How are things going with the camera?

About cameras we have already released two great material (time and two), but surely readers will be too lazy to climbother materials, so we duplicate here. The main camera has received as many as four modules: the main one with 40 megapixels 1 / 1.7 ″ with optical stabilization, f / 1.6 aperture, phase and laser autofocus. But the trick is that it uses a non-standard pixel layout RYYB (Red-Yellow-Yellow-Blue), instead of the usual RGBG (Red-Green-Blue-Green). At the same time, the Bayer filter itself is not a “chess” filter, but a combination of four pixels of the same color is used. As a result, the sensor receives more light and can take more detailed pictures in the dark. 40 MP become 10 MP. Huawei claims a sensitivity range from 50 to 409600 ISO, so the Huawei P30 Pro “sees” in the dark better than a person. In addition, the smartphone is equipped with an 8-megapixel periscopic telephoto module (f / 3.4 aperture, optical stabilization), a 20-megapixel ultra wide (f / 2.2, without stabilization) and ToF (Time of Flight) camera for measuring distances to objects. Thanks to all this, 5x optical zoom, 10x hybrid zoom, excellent photos in extremely low light, macro photography at a distance of 2.5cm and realistic background blur are provided. So says Huawei and about the way it is.


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The camera application has not changed much. In general, it is visual, but not the most convenient. Modes are traditionally switched by scrolling, most of the main necessary settings are on the main screen, a number of modes are in the additional menu. But the switch between cameras and zoom is not entirely logical if you shoot horizontally (as we usually do) and have to reach for it with your finger. It would be more logical to place it next to the shutter button:


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The camera does in some waymiracles. Yes, now “experts” will come along with a bunch of arguments about the fact that smartphones “will never” replace the professional DSLR. To some extent they will be right, but then they are “about” SLRs. And the usual "man in the street" will be delighted with what the Huawei P30 Pro can do. And at the moment this is probably the best camera in the smartphone for photos. The clarification is correct: in terms of video, it does well, but not perfectly. To begin with, there are many, many photos of the main camera in different lighting conditions (download originals):


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Wide angle (originals):


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Zoom (originals):


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Next - a series of photos in a dark room with the lights completely turned off. That is a man nothing does not see. Totally. In Pro-mode, the ISO value gradually rose to the limit value of 409600 (originals):


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But there is a nuance: on the PC, the ISO value in the properties of the file is not written at all, they are a bit strange in Photoshop. On the smartphone itself, the info in the indicators is legitimate:


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In general, anyone will be interested - the above link to the originals. But in general it looks like magic or the work of some night vision device.

With a blurred background, the smartphone is great toocopes. Well it can be seen in the photo with the pot. Usually, smartphones due to imperfect processing algorithms blur only around, and the space between the leaves is clear and it does not look very good. In this case, it looks quite realistic:


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Video:

In the dry residue

Not the first year the flagship P-lineHuawei's smartphones are in the top for camera quality, but the Huawei P30 Pro went even further. At the moment, it can be safely called the owner of the most advanced, multi-functional and unique main camera, which shoots beautifully, and can boast of a five-fold optical zoom. At the same time, the advantages of a smartphone on the camera do not end. It will please future owners with an excellent large OLED display, extremely high (even if not maximum) performance, long battery life, very fast both wired and wireless charging, fast fingerprint scanner built into the screen and a stylish case with dust and moisture protection. Controversial moments, too, where without it. The oscillator built into the screen as a conversational “speaker” is quiet and not very high quality, plus it does not allow to reproduce stereo sound. Well, the traditional flagship price, which is not everyone can afford.

6 reasons to buy a Huawei P30 Pro:

  • best at the moment the main camera on photo opportunities;
  • high-quality OLED-display;
  • powerful iron;
  • stylish, high-quality materials and assembly;
  • dust and moisture protection according to IP68;
  • long battery life, very fast wired and wireless charging.

2 reasons not to buy Huawei P30 Pro:

  • high price;
  • quiet, not too high-quality "screen speaker" and the lack of stereo sound.

Specifications Huawei P30 Pro

Display
OLED, 6.47 inches, 2340 × 1080, 398 ppi, 2.5D glass

Housing
dimensions 158 × 73.4 × 8.4 mm, weight: 192 g

CPU
64-bit 7-nm HiSilicon Kirin 980, 2 × 2.6 GHz Cortex-A76, 2 × 1.92 GHz Cortex-A76 and 4 × 1.8 GHz Cortex-A55, graphics Mali-G76 MP10, 2 × NPU

RAM
6/8 GB

Flash memory
128/256/512 GB + slot Nano Memory (NM)

Camera
40 MP, f / 1.6, 1 / 1.7 ″, PDAF, OIS, 20 MP, f / 2.2, (wide-angle), 1 / 2.7 ″, PDAF, periscopic 8 MP, f / 3.4, (telephoto), 1/4 ″, 5x optical zoom, OIS, PDAF, ToF camera, laser autofocus, LED flash. 4K @ 30 fps video, HD 960 frames per second, front camera - 32 MP, f / 2.0

Wireless technology
Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac 2.4 + 5 GHz, Bluetooth 5.0 LE, NFC, IR

GPS
GPS, Glonass, BDS, GALILEO, QZSS

Battery
4200 mAh, non-removable

operating system
Android 9 Pie + EMUI 9.1

Sim card
2x nanoSIM

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