Honor 30S with 64MP quad cameras, Kirin 820 5G, 40W fast charging launches alongside Honor 9A

Honor 30S with 64MP quad cameras, Kirin 820 5G, 40W fast charging launches alongside Honor 9A

Huawei’s sub-brand Honor launched the Honor 20 series last year in May. The least powerful device in the bunch – the Honor 20 Lite, also known as Honor 20i in India – received a quick upgrade in the form of the Honor 20S in September 2019. Today, Honor is launching the Honor 30S in China, although without revealing any information other phones in the Honor 30 series. Alongside the Honor 30S, the company is also launching its new entry-level Honor 9A, and introducing Huawei’s new HiSilicon 820 5G SoC.

Honor 30S

The Honor 30S, like its predecessors, focuses on impressing users with a great camera. It features an L-shaped quad-camera setup with a 64MP primary camera. There’s an 8MP wide-angle camera with a 120º wide field of view. Additionally, an 8MP telephoto camera on the Honor 30S supports 3X optical zoom and up to 20X hybrid zoom. Lastly, there’s a 2MP macro camera on the smartphone.


honor 30s

On the front, the Honor 30S features a 6.5-inch Full HD+ LCD display with a hole-punch cutout on the top left corner. The camera on the front has a resolution of 16MP.

honor 30s

In terms of battery, the Honor 30S get a 4,000mAh battery with 40W fast charging support. The battery can be charged to approximately 70% in just 30 minutes.

As mentioned previously, the Honor 30S is powered by Huawei’s new HiSilicon Kirin 820 chipset, which offers a 27% performance boost over the Kirin 810, which was introduced last year. The chipset uses a Mali-G57 MC6 GPU along with GPU Turbo. Paired with the new chipset is 8GB of RAM which comes as standard for the Honor 30S. In addition, there are 128GB and 256GB options for storage. Like all phones running EMUI 9.0.1 and above, the Honor 30S utilizes Huawei’s proprietary read-only EROFS file system for better compression.

Honor 9A

Honor 9A is the latest budget smartphone from the company. The Honor 9A focusses on entertainment and features a large 5,000mAh battery. It sports a 6.3-inch HD+ LCD display with a U-shaped notch and an aspect ratio of 20:9.

honor 9a

In terms of cameras, the Honor 9A uses a dual-camera setup. The specifications of the cameras were either not divulged or lost due to the language barrier. The Honor 9A comes in two variants – 4GB+64GB and 4GB+128GB. The remaining specifications were skipped from the presentation and we’ll update the article soon after the product page goes live.

Honor 30S and Honor 9A: Specifications

Specification Honor 30S Honor 9A
Dimension & Weight
  • 162.31 x 75 x 8.58 mm
  • 190g
  • 6.5″ LTPS LCD with hole-punch
  • 2400 x 1080p
  • Screen-to-body ratio: 90.3%
  • 6.3″ HD+ LCD
  • 1600 x 720p
  • Side-mounted fingerprint sensor
  • Software-based face recognition
  • Rear-mounted fingerprint sensor
  • Software-based face recognition
System-on-Chip HiSilicon Kirin 820

  • 1x ARM Cortex-A76 @ 2.36GHz
  • 3x ARM Cortex-A76 @ 2.22GHz
  • 4x ARM Cortex A55 @ 1.84GHz

Mali-G57 MC6

Mediatek MT6765

  • 4 x CortexA53 @ 2.3GHz
  • 4 x CortexA53 @ 1.8GHz
Storage 128GB/256GB 64GB/128GB
Battery & Charging
  • 4,000 mAh
  • 40W Fast Wired Charging
  • 5,000 mAh
Rear Camera
  • 64MP Wide, f/1.8
  • 8MP Ultra-Wide, 120°,  f/2.4
  • 8MP telephoto, 3X optical zoom, 20X hybrid zoom, f/2.4
  • 2MP f/2.4 Macro Camera
  • 13MP, f/1.8
  • 2MP depth sensor, f/2.4
Front Camera 16MP 8MP, f/2.0
Software Version Magic UI 3.1.1 based on Android 10 Magic UI 3.0.1 based on Android 10
  • 5G: SA/NSA
  • Wi-Fi 6
  • USB Type-C
  • Bluetooth v5.1 with BLE
  • Micro USB
  • Bluetooth 5.0

Price & Availability

The 8GB+128GB variant of the Honor 30S is priced at CNY 2,399 (~$340) while the 8GB+256GB variant is priced at CNY 2,699 (~$380).

The pre-bookings for the smartphone begin tonight i.e. March 30th via several Chinese e-commerce platforms such as Suning, VMall, GoMe, TMall, and JingDong.

The phone goes on sale online starting April 7th and will be available through offline stores starting April 10th.

honor 30s

The Honor 9A’s 4GB+64GB variant is priced at CNY 899 (~$125) and the 4GB+128GB variant is priced at CNY 1,199 (~$168). It will go on sale alongside the Honor 30S on the same platforms.

About author

Tushar Mehta
Tushar Mehta

I am a Senior Editor at XDA. I have been reviewing gadgets for over five years and gained experience by working for prominent tech publications in India before joining XDA. I enjoy fiddling with all smart objects and my love for software customization dates back to the Symbian S60 days. I like to devote my spare time idealizing the romantic union of technology and philosophy or spacing out on Pink Floyd. You may email me at [email protected]

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