Huawei P30 Pro test: our full review – Smartphones


Introduction
    Huawei had a great year in 2018 with the P20 Pro and the Mate 20 Pro. In 2019, he must now face the popular Galaxy S10 front. This Huawei P30 Pro is it up to this duel? Our complete test will tell you that.

Technical sheet
        Model
                                    Huawei P30 Pro
                    
            OS version
                                            
                            Android 9.0
                Interface
                                            
                            Emotion UI
                Screen size
                                            
                            6.47 inches
                Definition
                                            
                            2340 x 1080 pixels
                Pixel density
                                            
                            398 dpi
                SoC
                                            
                            Kirin 980 at 2.6GHz
                Processor (CPU)
                                            
                            ARMv8
                Graphics Chip (GPU)
                                            
                            Mali-G76
                RAM memory
                                            
                            8GB
                Internal memory (flash)
                                            
                            128 GB
                MicroSD
                                            
                            Yes
                Camera (backpack)
                                            
                            1:40 Megapixel Sensor, Sensor 2: 20 Megapixel
                Camera (front)
                                            
                            32 megapixels
                Video recording
                                            
                            4K
                Wireless
                                            
                            Yes
                Bluetooth
                                            
                            5.0 + A2DP + LE
                networks
                                            
                            LTE, HSPA, GSM
                Supported bands
                                            
                            2100 MHz (B1), 800 MHz (B20), 1800 MHz (B3), 2600 MHz (B7), 700 MHz (B28)
                SIM
                                            
                            2x nano SIM
                NFC
                                            
                            Yes
                Ports (Inputs / Outputs)
                                            
                            USB Type-C
                Geolocation
                                            
                            Yes
                Drums
                                            
                            4200 mAh
                Colors
                                            
                            Blue, Black, Green
                Price
                                            
                            955 €
                
                                    
                        Product sheet
                                            
                                This test was made from a smartphone loaned by the brand.
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Design
The Huawei P30 Pro has a small familiar side, and a small innovative side. At the first grip, we find the sensation of a Huawei Mate 20 Pro, since its edges and rounded screen joining them are very familiar. In front, however, it is rather the side of the P20 Pro that we turn because it does not have a large notch integrating the sensors necessary for 3D facial recognition. On the contrary: its front photo sensor is housed in a small notch in the form of a drop, far from being inconvenient to use and very little marked. At the bottom, we still have a rather sharp chin, even if it is not enough to be disturbing: it is there again at the same level as the Mate 20 Pro.
                  

It is in the back that we recognize the most the range to which it belongs. No square configuration, but the return of the sensors oriented vertically on the upper left corner of the device. And not just any configuration, since we have three here. Note that the latter still stand out much of the phone body, which is unstable on a flat surface. In addition, there is an LED flash and the TOF sensor of the device, taking their place at their side of course. Our test model is black in color, so it does not display the degraded colors that have become brand identifiers for Huawei, but simply a sober and classic mirror effect. In addition, there's always the Leica mentions once again in portrait mode, which gives the phone the look of a camera.
                  
The roundness of these slices is exactly the same as the Mate 20 Pro: understand very comfortable. The right side incorporates the lock button, with a red line on our color, and those volume placed where we will naturally rest his thumb. The left side is empty of any functionality. It is ultimately the upper and lower parts that have changed the most and are the most original, since they are completely flat this year. Alas, they do not allow to keep the smartphone right, as we had imagined: it is a simple sign differentiator aesthetic. At the top, there is the noise reduction microphone and an infrared sensor. At the bottom, the nano SIM + NS card door, the USB type C port and a single speaker grille.
                  
The finishes of the smartphone are sublime, it is absolutely undeniable. And yet … something is wrong. At 192.80 grams, it is only slightly heavier than a Mate 20 Pro, but the P30 Pro is much more massive in the hand and less pleasant. Generally, he impressed less than his brother released 6 months earlier, and is less pleasant to use. It seems less refined. This is not to say that it does not live up to its premium status, but the formula is a little less effective. The Huawei P30 Pro is IP68 certified, guaranteeing it resistance to immersion under water at a depth of 1 meter for 30 minutes.
I would personally add a major flaw: the lack of LED notification. So, for the first time, I'm forced to use the Always On mode to make sure I do not miss any notifications in my framework.
Screen
This aspect a strand more massive perhaps can be explained by the inclusion of a screen a little bigger. The Huawei P30 Pro boasts a 6.47-inch AMOLED panel that supports full definition in Full HD +. This is a 19.5: 9 ratio screen.
To the eye, impossible to deny that its rendering is magnificent. The colors are bright, precise, and the brightness is more than satisfactory. The simple size of the slab allows for a very comfortable viewing experience, and its minimal notch never spoils the experience. It's excellent.

Our probe tells us that in default setting, the color temperature is around 7000K, which is very good. What's more, the slab has a maximum brightness of 585 cd / m² on our tests, again excellent. She pulls a little towards the blue, but it is before all business of preference.
As usual with EMUI, it is indeed possible to retouch the settings of the slab if you prefer more natural colors. You can choose between a normal color mode or a bright color mode, and retouch the color temperature freely. Thus, it is perfectly possible to find the 6500K representing the most natural color without the slightest problem. The slab is really one of the best currently available.
                  
Software
The Huawei P30 Pro takes advantage of Android 9 Pie game entry with the interface in version 9.1 EMUI. It also has at its disposal the latest security patch currently available, that of March 2019.
By the manufacturer's own admission, the main software updates granted by the Huawei P30 Pro interface are to be seen on the camera side. For the rest, we will simply notice a new default icon pack that is not more salient that is more; the rest is identical.

EMUI always offers a lot of customizations, and the possibility to have or not an application drawer. Gesture navigation is also included, as a bonus for a 2D facial recognition satisfactory to use. Even a dark theme for the entire interface is available since the P20 Pro.

There is still a problem: its aging design. Pointed the finger since many devices, it is really a stain against the efforts of its direct competitor Samsung in the field. Huawei has always been criticized for not doing enough on this device, and the Huawei P30 Pro is the latest offense in this regard. The comparison with Samsung is fatal as its general appearance and use seem dated. It is perfectly functional: it would not miss that it is beautiful, or at least the standards of 2019.
Fingerprint reader under the screen
The Huawei P30 Pro is secured through an under-screen fingerprint reader. Like the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, it uses an optical drive here. If we were promised an improved player, a clear difference between these two devices was not noticed in use. Which does not mean that it is bad, on the contrary: it is still as satisfying to use.

I am still less convinced by its placement on the screen itself. On the Mate 20 Pro, it was located more centrally, where the thumb rests naturally. Here, it is placed a little more on the bottom of the device, where the opening button of the application drawer is usually placed. This is not a problem in itself, nor a helping hand, but the positioning of the Mate 20 Pro is more comfortable.
Curved screen
As on the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, the screen of the P30 Pro is curved on the sides. However, unlike the Mate 20 Pro, it has happened to me more than once to have accidental support on the latest model of the brand.
The use is particularly frustrating when you start the camera, since my hand is naturally on the selection panel mode. Thus, it happened to me more than once to take a snapshot in night mode without wanting to, because of these accidental supports. It is a problem easily adjustable by update, and certainly will be in the future, but prevention is better than cure.
performances
The Huawei P30 Pro is equipped with Kirin 980, the latest chip created internally by HiSilicon. It is here coupled to 8 GB of RAM LPDDR4X.
In everyday life, the smartphone is extremely fluid and passes on all the uses without any problem. No wonder for a premium smartphone of course.
Huawei P30 Pro (perf.) Samsung Galaxy S10 (FHD +) Xiaomi Mi 9Mate 20 Pro (perf. ON)
SoCKirin 980Exynos 9820S855Kirin 980
AnTuTu 7.x315 754316 966370 355300 614
PCMark 2.09 1737 7818 8389 337
3DMark Slingshot Extreme4 2434 3575 4994 220
3DMark Slingshot Extreme Graphics4 3745 2606 3554 252
3DMark Slingshot Extreme Physics3 8412 7523 7374 113
GFXBench Aztec Vulkan high (onscreen / offscreen) 16/13 FPS20 / 16 FPS23 / 16 FPS14 / 11 FPS
GFXBench Car Chase (onscreen / offscreen) 29/33 FPS37 / 39 FPS36 / 42 FPS27 / 32 FPS
GFXBench Manhattan 3.0 (onscreen / offscreen) 59/89 FPS58 / 86 FPS60 / 101 FPS59 / 78 FPS
Sequential read / write 903/232 MB / s815 / 194 MB / s796 / 189 MB / s866 / 195 MB / s
Random read / write43,4k / 66k IOPS35,5k / 6,3k IOPS37,1k / 37,1k IOPS39,6k / 40k IOPS
On Fortnite, at the time of this test, the Huawei P30 Pro is unfortunately not quite recognized yet. As a result, we can not go beyond epic quality at 30 FPS to 100% rendering. The experience is perfectly fluid and very pleasant in these conditions, but we would have liked to go further: the chip is capable of it, it is simply necessary that the servers of Epic Games recognize the phone.
PUBG Mobile gives us HDR, Ultra Frequency, anti-aliasing enabled and auto-off adjustment of course. Again, the experience is more than satisfactory for anyone who wants to chain the frags quietly.
Above all, we note that the Huawei P30 Pro perfectly control its heating, even with the performance mode activated throughout the exercise. Slender and well distributed on the body of the phone, it is never inconvenient to use and dissipates very quickly.
Camera
The new SuperSpectrum technology
The Huawei P30 Pro's triple photo sensor features a first 40-megapixel main sensor with a f / 1.6 aperture lens, a second 20-megapixel 120 ° ultra-wide angle lens with f / 2.4 aperture lens and finally a telephoto 8-megapixel rectangular telephoto camera with f / 3.4 aperture for x5 zoom. To these three sensors are added a TOF or "Time of Flight" sensor to accurately measure the depth.
The main 40 megapixel sensor is called "SuperSpectrum", highlighting a new technology developed by Huawei. Rather than rely on the traditional RGB filter (red / green / blue), the Chinese manufacturer has decided to replace the green … with yellow. The advantage? Capture more light. The disadvantage? Having to rely on artificial intelligence, the other two sensors and treatment to recover the missing primary color.
Triple rear photo sensor
The sensor created by Huawei here still makes as many wonders as the Mate 20 Pro before him. We will not deny that in broad daylight, the level of detail and the speed with which the photo is taken makes the tool particularly pleasant to use. Take out your phone for a quick photo does not meet any break time, no frustration: everything is good. One even comes to believe oneself an artist as the tool disappears.
               
Indoors, the performances are again excellent. There will be a slight tendency towards smoothing when the light falls, but the color transcript and the general sharpness of the camera remain excellent. Dynamic ranges are particularly well managed, even in harsh environments.

At night, the performances are again amazing. The sharpness naturally takes for its rank, and the TOF sensor of the phone does not really help to define the main subject of the shooting without pointing on the screen, but the colors are respected and the pictures are all usable . Even in very difficult light conditions (scene of a show for example), the P30 Pro is doing rather well.

The ultra wide-angle sensor found on the Huawei Mate 20 Pro is still rewarding to use. Simple to activate, it does not undergo a big deformation, making that one can draw any kind of amazing perspectives thanks to this one. It also allows you to use a very fine macro mode. Be careful though: this sensor does not work well enough in low light, better to keep it for bright environments.
                      
And finally, there is the famous optical x5 zoom that can become a hybrid x10 zoom without loss, and even up to x50 numerically. Is the technology impressive? Without a doubt, as you can see from yourself:

The accuracy of the image is much less impacted than one might think, even in difficult conditions. If the noise is much more present without any doubt, the final image remains quite clear and precise as you can see:

In the end, we still note that the x5 zoom remains the most powerful of all. Especially, in use, I never found a context in which the x10 zoom was really useful. On the contrary: I ended up always oscillating between x2 and x3, only reaching the x5 on rare occasions, and never the x10.
Example of the utility of the x10 zoom
The x10 is more complicated to master, the distance of the subject making the frame difficult to heal. The impression I've had this week with the P30 Pro is that Huawei has focused so much on the idea of ​​impressing with this x10 zoom that he's kind of forgotten that he's not really that useful on smartphone. The x5 zoom, however, remains a safe bet.
Front photo sensor
At the front, it's a 32 megapixel lens sensor opening in f / 2.0 that supports selfies. It does not really have any particularity, unlike the triple rear photo sensors.
                    
Its management of the strong dynamic beaches is very good in full sun, making that one finds an image with an excellent sharpness and excellent colors. Indoors, the report is the same, but the lack of brightness will force a smooth quite still pronounced. At night, noise and smoothness mix to form a workable image, but not really quality. In a particularly dark environment, rely on the flash otherwise you will not get anything out of it.
Portrait mode
The TOF sensor on the back of the smartphone is primarily used by the new portrait mode of the Huawei P30 Pro. It promises true depth management in the treatment of its bokeh effect. And the report is there: the portraits taken by the phone are absolutely sublime.

Despite the shortcomings of the algorithm – we can observe glasses a little blurry or a few thin strands of hair not included – the result is really striking and far beyond what we observed on Android to actual hour. The effect is breathtaking. We only regret that it only works with human subjects and not objects, so we would like to use it in many conditions. This is the biggest highlight of this new camera, without hesitation, and it is also more usable in conjunction with a zoom x3.
Video
The Huawei P30 Pro is capable of shooting in 4K at 30 FPS or 1080p at 60/30 FPS. It also has an idle mode allows it to reach 960 fps, an idle x32.

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In fine, the sensor's performance in video are the same as in the photo. It should be remembered that the OIS stabilization allows it to avoid too big jerks during a recording, especially in 4K. It also still benefits from the various video effects available thanks to the artificial intelligence that we had already seen on the Mate 20 Pro, including black and white with human subjects in color.

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At the front, its sensor is capable of shooting in 1080p at 30 FPS. Again, his performance is pretty good although he has no stabilization.

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observations
I had talked about it in my test of the Huawei P20 Pro, but the photo processing of the manufacturer is really very marked. If I had the artificial intelligence on the P20 Pro, the fact is that I used the device without ever activate the feature on this test. And yet: the Huawei P30 Pro really forces colors and sharpness by default.
In doing so, each photograph taken by the main sensor tends to have too blue skies, too green plants, and a sharpness too exacerbated compared to reality. The fact is that every photo taken seems to have been passed through an Instagram filter; a beautiful filter, certainly, but a filter all the same. This trend has been somewhat quieted on the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, but returns to this model.

This is not a problem in itself for the majority of uses, but the camera chooses once again for you what is beautiful. The best example is at dusk, as the Huawei P30 Pro automatically adjusts the white balance, making it seem like you took a picture in broad daylight when the interest was to capture the bluish environment induced by the arrival of the night.
Obviously, this is a problem inherent in automatic mode, and nothing prevents you from going into Pro mode to capture photos the way you want. However, it remains a strong tendency to emphasize on this device.
His
Unsurprisingly, the Huawei P30 Pro does not include a jack; it will be necessary to turn to the classic Huawei P30 for this. More surprising, it also fails to provide a USB adapter type C male to female jack: the headphones are provided them directly in USB type C.

The default sound experience Huawei P30 Pro is not his greatest strength, and for good reason: have only one mono speaker, not necessarily well placed when you look at content in portrait mode, is never very good. The sound itself is clear and does not lack presence, although the bass is naturally a bit missing, but the support of a speaker to offer the stereo would not be luxury. The Huawei Mate 20 Pro did it very well after all, so it's amazing that the brand has chosen to go back here.
At least, the Huawei P30 Pro supports Bluetooth 5.0 and the latest audio codecs, including AptX HD and LDAC. For use with a Bluetooth headset, I did not notice any loss of quality and the connection has always been perfectly stable.
Network and Communications
The Huawei P30 Pro is well compatible with all important European network bands, namely the 2100 MHz (B1), 800 MHz (B20), 1800 MHz (B3), 2600 MHz (B7) and 700 MHz (B28) frequencies. ). The latter is particularly important for the Free Mobile operator.
The quality of the calls on the phone is excellent. The management of the ambient noise reduction makes your voice very clear to the caller, and is not disturbed by any horns and other noise around you.
The GPS is also excellent. Always Dual Band and compatible AGPS / Glonass / BeiDou and Galileo, its fix is ​​fast and extremely precise. The compass itself is very well set by default, so that I had nothing to recalibrate to get me out of the maze that can be Paris on occasion.
Autonomy
The Huawei P30 Pro is equipped, as was the case of the Mate 20 Pro, a large battery of 4,200 mAh. Even in the premium segment, it remains a massive capacity that always promises excellent autonomy.
On our test Viser à protocole personnalisée, the smartphone made the excellent score of 10 hours and 55 minutes. This score puts it on the top of the basket of premium smartphones recently tested, Samsung Galaxy S10 included.
    Autonomy test Viser
                
                P30 Pro:
                654
            
                    
                Galaxy S10 +:
                620
            
                    
                View 20:
                706
            
                    
                Galaxy S10:
                592
            
                In use, this is true. The Huawei P30 Pro offers the same excellent battery life as the Mate 20 Pro, meaning two days of use without forcing even fully using your phone for photography or watching videos on the net. The result is really excellent, and that we can go out without ever worry too much about his battery.
Add to that the same features. The Huawei P30 Pro takes advantage of the SuperCharge 2.0 40W fast charging which allows it to recover 71% of battery in 30 minutes of charge, for a complete charge in about an hour. It is also once again compatible with wireless charging up to 15W thanks to the standard Qi, allowing to use any stand provided for this purpose.
In addition, you can once again take advantage of the wireless reverse charging, to charge another wireless device with the Huawei P30 Pro. I will not hide that this possibility has never found a place in my use, but it is always good to have it for the future of mobile accessories.
Photo gallery
                          
Price and release date
The Huawei P30 Pro is now available for pre-order, and will be released in France on April 5 in three colors: black, pearly white (a pinkish-white gradient) and "breathing crystal", a gradient of light blue. It will be available from 999 euros TTC with 128 GB of storage, but also 1099 euros TTC for 256 GB of storage.
Where to buy Huawei P30 Pro at the best price?
    
    
    
        
                    
                                    Huawei P30 Pro test The verdict
                        
                                                            
                                    
                                    Perfect fusion between the P20 Pro and the Mate 20 Pro, the P30 Pro enjoys an exemplary finish … but a design may be a bit too bulky compared to his brothers. Comfortable, but not to put in all hands.
                                
                                                            
                                    
                                    Bright, vibrant, and very well calibrated: the Huawei P30 Pro's AMOLED display is full of size and quality. The notch barely scratches the experience.
                                
                                                            
                                    
                                    We have warned Huawei more than once: EMUI 9 is aging badly, and facing Samsung's One UI, looks far too bland now. The features and updates are there, but it is an interface lacking renewal.
                                
                                                            
                                    
                                    The Kirin 980 is still as fast at the beginning of the year, even if it does not achieve the same performance as the Snapdragon 855. Its heating is particularly well controlled.
                                
                                                            
                                    
                                    The P30 Pro adds to the formula proven on 2018 a quality but anecdotic x10 zoom, but an interesting x5 zoom, as well as a TOF sensor making the portrait mode sublime. It is far from disappointing, but does not bring a giant step forward in the market today accustomed to multiple sensors.
                                
                                                            
                                    
                                    Like the Mate 20 pro, it is irreproachable. To its great natural autonomy are added all the technologies of fast recharging and wireless which you could need. Great art.
                                
                                                    
                                    
                        
                    
                                    
                                    
                
                    The Huawei P30 Pro really deserves its rating. The successor to the champion of the photo adds a new tool to his arsenal, the x10 zoom, and does it effectively. Above all, we will retain its portrait mode that offers the best bokeh ever seen on mobile.Son sublime screen, its performance and autonomy beyond the average make it a premium smartphone that does not disappoint in the least. Its biggest weakness is ultimately EMUI, that Huawei should rethink fully now as it is synonymous with old versions of Android.And yet, there is one point to consider: the Huawei P30 Pro does not represent a major evolution so far. Sold very expensive, its biggest competitor is finally the Huawei Mate 20 Pro today available between 600 and 700 euros, which in comparison does not lose charm. 300 euros difference are really justified? The closest stock exchanges would be better to consider it; others will have an excellent smartphone, far from disappointing.
                
                                    
                            Good points
                            Sublime AMOLED display
                                                                    Versatile and efficient photo sensor
                                                                    Fashionable portrait bluffing
                                                                    Superior autonomy
                                                            
                        
                            Negative points
                            EMUI has aged too much
                                                                    Heavy and wide
                                                                    Dear for little evolution
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