HUAWEI P30 – Full Review

Huawei P30 is one of brand’s really good mid-range phones. It features beautiful design, good camera setup and awesome chipset performance. Now it lacks some of the features that a more premium version P30 Pro has. However, it is still a very good deal, especially as it is cheaper.

Design

Huawei P30 is simply gorgeous. The design is really elegant with nicely curved corners and aesthetic camera bump. The phone comes in many beautiful colours, each more beautiful than the last. The phone is very light and compact, so it fits in the hand nicely. When you hold it, it feels pretty sturdy and secured in a hand and you can easily handle it with just one hand. Both back and front are made out of aluminosilicate glass and curve nicely into the aluminum frame. The phone does not have full water resistance.  It has some dust and splash resistance, so it can handle rain, but don’t drop it in the water.

Screen

Screen is not the biggest one you will find, but it’s also not the smallest one. P30 features 6.1 inch OLED display with 1080p resolution. This is exactly the same as P30 Pro, so there are no improvements here in this area. The difference is that the screen of P30 is flat and it’s not curved like the one on Pro version. Still, content on the display looks sharp. Colors look more or less okay, but you may want to adjust them in the settings to make them more accurate. There is also an option for Always on display, which will help you keep track of time. The phone features a support for HDR10.

Performance

Looking at the hardware, we see that the P30 is powered by Kirin 980 chipset. This is a really good chipset as it is not just more powerful than its competitor Snapdragon 845, it is also more power efficient. The phone provides good gaming experience and performs very well in all sorts of tasks. Everything works nice and smooth, just like on P30 Pro. The GPU that comes with the chipset is Mali-G76 MP10. This is also a high end graphic processing unit that generally works well. As far as the RAM goes, you are most likely to find a version with 6GB of RAM, which is sufficient for most users. It is enough to run most of the games without any problems. However, if you are into heavy gaming, there is also an option of 8GB of RAM, so you might prefer this version as it will perform better with demanding games. Normally, P30 comes with 128 GB of internal storage. However, this can vary depending on where you buy the phone. You might get only 64 GB, or you can get 256 GB of internal storage. So keep an eye on that as the price may vary with it as well.  

Camera

Huawei P30 features a triple camera setup. Here you will find a 40 MP main camera with laser autofocus, a 16 MP ultrawide camera and an 8 MP telephoto camera with OIS and 3x optical zoom. However, there is no depth sensor, which Pro version has. Images taken during the day look great. The main camera captures a lot of detail, with a minimal amount of noise. The dynamic range is good and the colors are pleasing. Ultrawide camera produces punchier colors and the dynamic range is not as wide. However, photo quality is still pretty much okay. You do get an option for super macro mode, which is meant for close-up shots. Images in this mode are surprisingly good and high quality. Low light photography is also satisfying. Colors are nicely preserved with really good highlights and shadows. There is some loss of detail, but noise is pretty low. You also have a night mode that improves quality of night time shots. 

As far as the video recording goes, P30 can make 4K footages at 30 fps. There is an option for electronic stabilization, which makes videos look smoother. Otherwise the amount of detail is satisfying, but videos could be sharper. Dynamic range is excellent and colors are true to life.

Battery

The battery on P30 is a bit smaller than the one on the Pro version. The phone comes with 3650 mAh non-removable battery. Endurance is nothing special. It’s not the best or the worst. The phone can last about 80 hours on a full charge before it hits zero. However, this depends on the type of usage. But you do get a very fast 25W charging adapter which will have your phone back at full power in less than an hour. There is no wireless charging though.

Final thoughts

Huawei P30 is a very good mid-range phone. It is appropriate for all sorts of uses. Basic users will not struggle with this phone. Working with it is easy and pretty much intuitive. You can have a lot of fun with the features you will find here. So in conclusion, we would recommend you this phone, especially if your heart is set on Huawei.

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