Huawei P30 Review: Features | Pricing | Specifications

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The Huawei P30 is an excellent handset at a great price.

6.1 inches

Display size

128GB

Internal storage

40MP + 16MP + 8MP

Rear camera

3,650 mAh

Battery size

Finder rated as Average vs similar phones

Details

Display

Camera

Physical dimensions

Connectivity

Power, storage and battery

Device features

Display size 6.1 inches
Pixels per inch (PPI) 422
Rear camera megapixels 40MP + 16MP + 8MP
Rear camera aperture size f/1.8 + f/2.2 + f/2.4
Video recording N/A
Front camera megapixels 32MP
Front camera aperture size f/2.0
Dimensions 149.1mm x 71.36mm x 7.57mm
Weight 165g
NFC Yes
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed Category 21
Processor Huawei Kirin 980
RAM 6GB
Operating system Android 9
Internal storage

128GB

External storage support Up to 256GB
Battery capacity 3,650mAh
Headphone jack Yes
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Water resistance IP53
Wireless charging No
Launch price (RRP)$1,099
Launch date2019-03
Huawei P30

The good

  • Easier to handle than the P30 Pro
  • Good battery life
  • Kirin 980 is a powerhouse
  • Headphone jack

The bad

  • Proprietary storage format
  • Prone to fingerprints and scratches
  • Limited water resistance
  • EMIU is still a messy UI
  • Lacks wireless charging

The Huawei P30 is the more affordable of Huawei's current P-series range, and while that does mean that there are aspects that make the P30 Pro a more compelling option, the reality is that not everyone can or will want to match its asking price.

For what it offers in its entry-level-premium price point, the Huawei P30 is an exceptional phone in its own right, even if it is somewhat overshadowed by its bigger brother.

Design

  • Only two colour choices in Australia
  • Water-drop notch
  • In-glass fingerprint sensor works well
  • Headphone jack
  • Smudges very easily thanks to glass back

Camera

  • Triple rear lenses
  • SuperSpectrum sensor is amazing in low light
  • Wider aperture wide-angle lens than the P30 Pro
  • 30x zoom isn't good
  • A fun phone to fine-tune your camera skills

Performance

  • Kirin 980 provides plenty of power
  • EMUI is still messy and cluttered
  • Screen vibration is good for calls but not for music or video

Battery life

  • 3650mAh battery provides easy all-day battery life and more
  • Aggressive battery optimisation
  • Fast wired charging
  • No wireless charging

Verdict

  • The Huawei P30 is shaping up to be a great phone

Pricing and availability

  • $1,099 outright
  • Available through Vodafone and Optus on contract

The Huawei P30 is considerably cheaper than the Huawei P30 Pro, clocking in at $1,099 compared to the $1,599 of its larger sibling.

If you don't want to spring the $1,000 to purchase the P30 outright, you do have the option of signing up to a fixed-term contract with Vodafone or Optus. Telstra is a no-go, sadly, as it only offers the more expensive Huawei P30 Pro on contract.

Huawei P30

Built for photography

Sleek, powerful and equipped with Huawei's market-leading camera technology, the P30 is an impressive addition to the premium smartphone space. Get yours now.

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Huawei P30 specifications

Display

Camera

Physical dimensions

Connectivity

Power, storage and battery

Device features

Display size 6.1 inches
Pixels per inch (PPI) 422
Rear camera megapixels 40MP + 16MP + 8MP
Rear camera aperture size f/1.8 + f/2.2 + f/2.4
Video recording N/A
Front camera megapixels 32MP
Front camera aperture size f/2.0
Dimensions 149.1mm x 71.36mm x 7.57mm
Weight 165g
NFC Yes
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed Category 21
Processor Huawei Kirin 980
RAM 6GB
Operating system Android 9
Internal storage

128GB

External storage support Up to 256GB
Battery capacity 3,650mAh
Headphone jack Yes
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Water resistance IP53
Wireless charging No
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