Huawei P30 and P30 Pro

We also did a comparison of the Kirin 980 SoC and Samsung’s Exynos 9820 here. Both are amazing chips but Huawei has the edge in AI photo-processing.

Huawei P30 and P30 Pro base specifications

Spec P30 P30 Pro
Screen 6.1-inch, 2340 x 1080, OLED
in-screen fingerprint sensor
6.47-inch – same
Processor Kirin 980 same
RAM/Storage 6/128GB
Huawei proprietary nano-memory card to 256GB
Comms Wi-Fi 5 (AC)
BT 5.0, SBC, aptX/HD, LDAC. HWA
Dual 4G sim (** select resellers)
Battery 3650mAh
USB-C 3.1 gen 1 Fast charger 0-100% in 1.35 hr
USB-C 3.1 gen 1 40W supercharge 2.0,
 0-100% in 1.1hr
Qi 15W quick charge
Reverse charge
Camera 1
Leica lenses and AI Power
40 MP HUAWEI Super Spectrum (Wide angle, f/1.8), single flash. OIS, EIS, Night mode, 4K record

3x Optical/5x Hybrid/30x Digital Zoom
40 MP Super Spectrum (Wide angle, f/1.6), single flash, Dual OIS, EIS, 2.5cm macro, night mode, 4K record
5x Optical/10X Hybrid/50x digital zoom
Periscope camera
Camera 2 16 MP Ultra-wide-angle (f/2.2) 20 MP Ultra-wide-angle (f/2.2)
Camera 3 8 MP Tele lens (3x Telephoto, f/2.4) 8 MP Tele lens (f/3.4)
Camera 4 N/A Time-of-Flight (TOF) 3D Camera
Selfie 32MP (f/2.0)
Live measuring of length, height, area and volume of objects using augmented reality
Face unlock

Sound Earpiece speaker
3.5mm combo jack
Acoustic Display (vibrating under-glass actuator)
USB-C headphone
Other Desktop Android mode

same IR Blaster
Bumper cover
Android Android 9.1 and EMUI 9.1
Google Assistant and Lens
Size 149.1 x 71.36 x 7.57 x 165g
Breathing Crystal and Aurora
58 x 73.4 x 8.41 x 192g
Price $1099
Pre-order from 27 March and delivery approx. 16 April. Bonus Sonos One speaker $299

Resellers ** Optus, JB Hi-Fi, Harvey Norman, Kogan and Mobileciti
Vodafone (single sim)
** Optus, JB Hi-Fi, Harvey Norman, Kogan and Mobileciti
Telstra and Vodafone (single sim)
Huawei P30 and P30 Pro

GadgetGuy’s take – specifications don’t maketh the phone

There is an old saying, “The whole is greater than the sum of the parts.” On paper, the P30 Pro looks amazing with everything you could want. The P30 looks good, but lack of IP68 and slower charging may dull sales a little – the P30 Pro is the one to get.

If the camera performs as well as Huawei says this will take out the DxoMark crown again. And while that is all-important, we know consumers can’t tell the difference between any flagship camera rating over 100 DxoMark.

As for the competitors, there are Qualcomm SD 855 based flagships (LG V50+, G8) and the Samsung Galaxy S10-series that favourably compete on all other fronts. I suspect 2019 will be the year of marketing prowess, not camera prowess.