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Huawei P30 Pro Review – A Rugged Smart Phone, With Very Weird Cameras

The Huawei P30 Pro is basically everything that we’ve seen on last year’s Mate 20 Pro, and a little bit of what we’re yet to see on this year’s upcoming Mate 30 Pro smart phone.

For me, I’ll say that it checks all the boxes of what a top flagship device should have or be like, you just name it, is it cameras? (it has it in abundance), talk about the design (top notch), what of battery and display (King, though not in the display segment, we all know who has been wearing that crown for a long time now).

But in every other aspect, the Huawei P30 Pro is a very rugged smart phone, especially when it ships with an 8GB of RAM and Huawei’s still best HiSilicon Kirin 980 Chip-set, until when we get to see the 990 shipping with the Mate 30 Pro later this year.

So without further ado, let us take some time to talk separately about all of the features of the new Huawei P30 Pro smart phone, in this short but rather detailed review.. #Enjoy

Huawei P30 Pro review and price in Nigeria

 

The Design

Well if design is one of your main criteria for getting a new smart phone, then i bet you’re never gonna be disappointed or go wrong with the P30 Pro.

Though a few persons such as myself, might feel like it is a little too big when held in the hands, especially when you’re coming from something such as the Galaxy S10 (not the +), i mean at a dimension of 158mm in height, a 73.4mm in width, and another 8.4mm in thickness, and weighs a massive 192g.

Huawei P30 Pro dimensions

I mean, it’s just too large and heavy for someone like myself, especially when the Galaxy S10 is just at a dimension of 149.9mm in height, 70.4mm in width and 7.8mm in thickness, and weighs just about a 157g, i will say the S10 is just at the perfect size of smart phones for me.

But notwithstanding, a lot of people might not even get bothered about these numbers, especially when you’re already used to large sizes of smart phones, or especially when you have some pretty large arms, so it all still boils down to personal preferences, what is good for Peter, might not be good for Paul, and vice versa.

But not withstanding the size, we can’t dispute the fact that the P30 Pro is just a beauty to behold, i mean it is just a stunning and striking looking smart phone, especially when you go for the “Breathing Crystal” color variant;

you know, it has this cool color gradient stuff that smoothly shifts from ocean blue, to white and green sort of, depending on what angle the light is hitting from (i mean you already know how these things work right?).

Huawei P30 Pro colors

Then the positioning of the Quad cameras on the back seems to add more icing to the already sweet cake, at a point it somehow wanted to start looking like a Samsung device because of the separate pill-shaped cutout for the flashlight and ToF camera by the side of the main lens cameras, but that’s just it though.

Design

Then coming to the front side of things, and you’ll be greeted with a massive 6.47 Inch OLED 1080p (Full HD+) display with a very little dot notch at the center on the top that houses its front facing 32MP lens, and it is even almost non-existent by the time you start making use of the phone, especially when you’re coming from smartphones with huge notches such as the iPhone band wagons or even the Mate 20 Pro of last year, or the P20 Pro of last year as well.

Huawei P30 Pro display

The front firing earpiece speaker is hidden under the display just as with the LG G8, and this simply translates to “No Stereo audio” being made available on this big brother, but I’m pretty sure that is gonna be a problem to a lot of folks out there.

So in conclusion, I’ll say, in terms of looks and aesthetics, Huawei scores it 100% with the P30 Pro, but I’d definitely go with the more simplistic and straight-forward design of the Galaxy S10 series, anytime, and at any day. But a good shot from Huawei though.

 

Huawei P30 Pro Camera

Now hear this, when it comes to versatility of cameras in smart phones, the Huawei P30 Pro is the most versatile camera smartphone that you can ever get your hands on right now.

I mean there is really nothing new that they did here, but all they did was take what was working perfectly fine before, and even made it better, and it earned them that respect.

Huawei P30 Pro cameras

So the Huawei P30 Pro might not at this point be the king of the best smartphones camera in terms of overall picture quality when we still have the likes of Google Pixel 3XL around and even the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4XL just sitting around the corner and waiting to be launched, but just take a look at this.. ⇓

Camera zoom shots

Huawei P30 Pro camera zoom

I bet you didn’t know there was even a bird sitting up there in the first photograph above. Well that is just a glimpse of what a 50x zoom camera lens smart can do. Here is another one.

So the Huawei P30 Pro is the first phone to launch with a periscope camera lens, but just forget about the name for a moment and focus on what it can do for you in your photography adventure.

Well, it can zoom into very far away objects and landscapes, 5x optically, and 10 to 50x digitally with software and AI, which places the new P30 Pro on a long stretch ahead of its competitors.

And then apart from its crazy zooming capabilities, it also comes with a dedicated night mode camera, something that was absent on the new Galaxy S10 series when they first launched, and even now that they’ve gotten it through software update, it still isn’t as good and as crisp as what you’d get on say the P30 Pro or even the Google Pixel 3XL, which is the king of them all.

So here is what Night Mode looks like on the P30 Pro, the Google Pixel 3XL and the iPhone XS Max.

Huawei P30 Pro Night Mode

Night mode photography shots from the Huawei P30 Pro

And here are just some random shots that were taken using the main sensor and the ultra-wide sensor of the P30 Pro.

So in conclusion, i will say the P30 Pro once again checks the boxes for top grade cameras in smart phones, like i said before, it might not be the best overall camera in smart phones, but it has places where it shines and excels, and that is in its zooming capabilities and Night Mode, so, I’ll say once again, another good one from Huawei.. keep it up.

 

Performance and Software

The P30 Pro ships in two variants mainly, the 8GB RAM variant with either a 128GB, a 256GB or a 512GB of storage, then you have the 6GB RAM variant with just a 128GB of storage.

But one thing is sure, and that thing is, for whichever variant you’re going with, probably according to your budget, you’re definitely not gonna be disappointed with performance on any of them.

The P30 Pro is a very fast and smooth to use smart phone, and it is definitely gonna be like that for years to come, i mean this is called flagship, am i right?

Though you might not get to experience the extra speed you’d get on say smart phones such as the Oneplus 7Pro cause of its near stock android UI and its 90Hz refresh-rate display that doesn’t even get to work in all apps, and drains the phone’s battery more faster than it should, but the P30 Pro is definitely a very fast to respond smart phone.

It ships with Android Pie out of the box, and as for now, we can’t say if it is gonna be among, in the list of smart phones that will be getting Android Q when it finally launches, you know, because of the current ban that Huawei is facing from the US government, which led to Google withdrawing its license from them,

But what i know for sure is, whatever it is that Huawei is cooking up with their still rumored new Operating System, then the P30 Pro is definitely gonna be among the list of the first smart phones to get the best of it.

So in conclusion, i will say that the P30 Pro is a phone that can keep up with the chase with its competitors after a very long time of use (whether months or years),

though sometimes i feel that the software is a little too over cluttered and would have been better if Huawei had done some cleaning up on it before launching the P30 Pro just as Samsung has done, maybe they would have done that if Google had not banned them as well, but i think they know the best.

 

Huawei P30 Pro Battery

Well in terms of battery and in MKBHD’s voice, “this 4200mAh power cell, is the new undisputed heavy-weight champ, for batteries in smart phones.. Period”.

So to summarize it all, the P30 Pro is one of the best smart phones around, that has the best battery life on smart phones.

Like it just literally keeps going and going, and it just seems not to die, and even when it does, don’t forget that it still has Huawei’s iconic 40W fast battery charging, that can literally get you up to 70% battery life in just 30mins of charging.

Wireless Charging is present as well at 15W, and it can also do that reverse wireless charging trick that we saw on the Mate 20 Pro of last year, so you see, the reason why i said this phone is literally everything that is in the Mate 20 Pro, and a little bit of what we’ll soon get to see on the Mate 30 Pro.

So the P30 Pro can literally take you for 2 days on very light usage which includes doing stuffs like just making and receiving calls and sending and reading text messages, maybe using some social media apps and that’s all.

Then for the heavy users, you know those who love to leave their data switched on at all times, you’re always browsing the web, watching movies both offline and online using netflix, YouTube and other movie and music streaming services, downloading stuffs and all, then it will sure take you for the whole day, with still a pretty good amount of battery juice left.

But for the very heavy users, or Pro users as the case may be, you know i mean, those who do a lot of gaming and other cool stuffs on their phone, you have a lot of background apps running and all that, the P30 Pro might succeed it for the day, but you will be rushing for either your charger or your wireless charging pad when it is getting late.

So in conclusion, I’ll say the P30 Pro is a phone that will satisfy a lot of persons out there, no matter what you think your battery requirements might be when getting a new smart phone.

 

Huawei P30 Pro Price In Nigeria

So finally, How much do you think the Huawei P30 Pro will cost in the Nigeria’s currency? Well, the smart phone is currently being sold for a price of #290,000 Naira on both Jumia and Konga online stores, which smartly translates to $804 to the United States dollars, so it’s is a pretty expensive phone if you’d ask me.

 

Conclusion (How Good Is The Huawei P30 Pro)

So in conclusion, if someone should ask me this question “How good is the Huawei P30 Pro, or Is the P30 Pro a good smart phone to get in 2019?”.

Hell yes it is, and you should definitely do if you get the opportunity and finance to get one. So that is all for today concerning the review for the new Huawei P30 Pro smart phone guys, do let us know what you think in the comments section below, keep supporting us by helping us share this nice piece of content, don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter if you haven’t done so already, and as always, I’ll see you all tomorrow.. #Peace Out.

#Cheers… emmanuelGodwin.
Image Credits – MKBHD

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