Huawei P30 Review: Features | Pricing | Specifications

Huawei P30

Huawei P30
  • Display

    6.1 inches


  • Storage

    128GB

  • Battery size

    3,650 mAh

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

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: Alternatives

The most obvious competitor for the Huawei P30 is of course the more expensive Huawei P30 Pro. You'll pay a little more, but you get a phone with better battery life and even more camera prowess for your money.

Huawei P30 Pro

Huawei's flagship camera phone

The Huawei P30 Pro combines the power of Huawei's own Kirin 980 chip, an exceptional battery and a class-leading quad-lens camera array.

  • Astonishingly good camera.
  • Hefty battery life.
  • Kirin 980 processor performs well.
  • Nice design.
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At the right price, it's also worth considering the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, which has the same processor and battery capacity as the Huawei P30.

The camera's not quite as sharp, but it's still very good, and it's now available at much lower prices given it's no longer the flagship handset.

We've gathered up all the best deals for the Huawei Mate 20 Pro here.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro

Huawei's flagship camera phone

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro combines the power of Huawei's own Kirin 980 chip, an exceptional battery and a class-leading triple-camera array.

  • Amazing camera.
  • Battery life that easily beats any other handset.
  • Kirin 980 processor is top notch.
  • Reverse wireless charging.
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If EMUI isn't to your taste and you want a great camera, the obvious contender is the Samsung Galaxy S10. Samsung's OneUI is a lot better than Huawei's effort, although based on our tests of the Samsung Galaxy S10+, it's trailing behind the P30 in camera terms.

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If what you desire is a more stock Android experience, the Google Pixel 3 could also be worth considering. The Pixel 3 uses computational photography rather than a multi-lens approach.

If what you want is the absolute latest in Google's Android OS, there's simply no other competing phone. Again, you can compare local Pixel 3 price options right here.

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The Google Pixel 3 XL combines a clean Android interface with the smarts of Google in a handset clearly designed for Android lovers.

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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 4K
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 6GBGB
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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