Huawei P30 Pro & P30 announced with “ultra” small notch, quad rear cameras, and Kirin 980

Huawei P30 Pro & P30 announced with “ultra” small notch, quad rear cameras, and Kirin 980

It has been almost exactly one year since the Huawei P20 and Huawei P20 Pro were announced. Now, after a few weeks of leaks and rumors, Huawei is ready to show off the next generation. The Huawei P30 and Huawei P30 Pro are official and, as usual, the company has packed in a ton of features.

Last year’s P20 series was a very impressive bunch and Huawei has made upgrades and improvements across the board. They kept a lot of the same basic design from last year, which was a big departure for the company, but it still looks great here. The notch has been downsized to just one camera, but there are now three cameras on the back. Let’s take a closer look at these two devices.

Huawei P30 Pro XDA Forum Huawei P30  XDA Forum

Huawei P30 Series Specs

Specifications Huawei P30 Huawei P30 Pro
Display
  • 6.1-inch OLED;
  • 1080 x 2340;
  • 19.5:9;
  • HDR10
  • 6.47-inch OLED;
  • 1080 x 2340;
  • 19.5:9;
  • HDR10
SoC 7nm HiSilicon Kirin 980:

  • 2x Cortex-A76
  • 2x Cortex-A76
  • 4x Cortex-A55
7nm HiSilicon Kirin 980:

  • 2x Cortex-A76
  • 2x Cortex-A76
  • 4x Cortex-A55
RAM 6GB 8GB
Storage 128GB 128/256/512GB
Expandability Up to 256GB through proprietary nano-memory card (in SIM 2 slot) Up to 256GB through proprietary nano-memory card (in SIM 2 slot)
Battery 3650 mAh, With 25W fast charging, reverse wireless charging 4200 mAh; With 40W fast charging, and 15W fast wireless charging, reverse wireless charging
Fingerprint Sensor Optical In-display Optical In-display
Rear Camera
  • 40MP, f/1.8 +
  • 16MP, f/2.2, ultra-wide angle +
  • 8MP, telephoto with 5x hybrid zoom
  • Laser AF
  • Dual LED Flash
  • 40MP, f/1.6, OIS +
  • 20MP, f/2.2, ultra-wide angle +
  • 8MP, f/3.4, telephoto with 7.8x optical zoom and 10x hybrid zoom +
  • 3D ToF
  • Laser AF
  • Dual LED Flash
Front Camera 32MP 32MP
IP Rating IP53 IP68
Android Version EMUI 9.1 based on Android Pie EMUI 9.1 based on Android Pie
Colors Black, Pearl White, Aurora, Amber Sunrise, Breathing Crystal Black, Pearl White, Aurora, Amber Sunrise, Breathing Crystal

Before we dive into the differences between the two devices, let’s talk about what they have in common. Both devices feature the HiSilicon Kirin 980 SoC, two sets of two Cortex-A76 cores, and four Cortex-A55 cores. The display sizes are different, but they both have optical in-display fingerprint scanners, which Huawei says features a larger scanning area. Speaking of the display, both phones have a small notch with one 32MP selfie camera. Huawei calls it the “ultra small notch.”

The P30 and P30 Pro both feature three cameras on the rear. They each have a “primary” camera, wide-angle camera, and telephoto camera, but the actual specs are slightly different. On the software front, we’re looking at EMUI based on Android Pie. Lastly, both models are available in Black, Pearl White, Aurora, Amber Sunrise, Breathing Crystal.

Huawei P30 Pro

P30 Pro

These devices are all about the cameras and the P30 Pro has the most advanced setup of the pair. There are technically four cameras on the back, but for most purposes, we’re looking at a triple camera system. The primary camera is a 40MP “SuperSensing Sensor.” The secondary cameras include an 8MP 10x “hybrid” zoom sensor and a 20MP ulta-wide angle lens. The zoom lens uses some cool tech to combine optical zoom with digital zoom to get up to 10x. The fourth camera is actually a 3D ToF sensor, which enhances the portrait mode capabilities.

Huawei says the P30 Pro has improved low-light photography thanks to the RYYB sensor, which lets in up to 40% more light. They claim the “super high” ISO allows you to capture photos even in extremely dark situations, which is something OEMs have been focusing on since Google’s Night Sight changed the game. Huawei also boasts about the low-light video recording, which is something we haven’t seen from many phones. Speaking of video, you can use the zoom lens and primary camera at the same time to record a split-screen video.

Besides the camera, the P30 Pro has a few more upgrades specs. The display is 6.47-inches OLED with HDR10. The bezels around the display are very small and there is actually no earpiece. The P30 Pro has an electromagnetic levitation speaker, which vibrates the display. It has slightly more RAM at 8GB and more storage options with 256 and 512GB. As you’d expect from a larger device, the P30 Pro has a slightly bigger battery at 4,200 mAh. The P30 Pro does not have a headphone port.

Huawei P30

P30

The Huawei P30 touts a lot of camera prowess as well, but it doesn’t have quite the same assortment as the Pro model. The primary camera is 40MP and it touts the same low-light features as the P30 Pro. It doesn’t have quite the same ISO levels, but it’s still improved for low light. The secondary cameras include a 16MP ultra-wide angle lens and 8MP telephoto with only 5x “hybrid” zoom (3x optical zoom). The P30 doesn’t have the 3D ToF camera.

The P30 has a 6.1-inch OLED display with HDR10. The regular P30 doesn’t have the vibrating display, it has a standard slim earpiece. The P30’s display is also flat, whereas the Pro has curved edges. It has 6GB of RAM and only comes in a 128GB storage configuration. Since the device is smaller, the battery is also a touch smaller at only 3,650 mAh. Otherwise, this is basically a smaller version of the P30 Pro, just with not quite as much fancy camera hardware. Oh, and the P30 does have a headphone port.

Pricing & Availability

Pricing for the P30 Pro starts at €999 for the 128GB model, with the 256GB model going for €1099 and the 512GB model for €1249. The P30 costs €799 for 128GB of storage. The devices will go on sale starting today, March 26th. Huawei also announced a number of other devices, including wireless headphones and a new smartwatch.

Note: Huawei has stopped providing official bootloader unlock codes for its devices. Therefore, the bootloader of the Huawei P30 and P30 Pro can’t be unlocked, which means that users cannot root or install custom ROMs.

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