Huawei P30 Pro review: Features | Pricing | Specifications

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The Huawei P30 Pro's camera has to be seen to be believed, but it's not the only great thing about Huawei's latest flagship phone.

6.47 inches

Display size

1080 x 2340px

256 GB

Internal storage

40MP + 20MP + 8MP

Rear camera

4,200 mAh

Battery size

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Pros

  • Astonishingly good camera.
  • Hefty battery life.
  • Kirin 980 processor performs well.
  • Nice design.

Cons

  • Custom storage format.
  • Prone to fingerprints and scratches.
  • No headphone jack.
  • Poor video stabilisation.
  • EMIU is still a messy UI.

Display

Camera

Physical dimensions

Connectivity

Power, storage and battery

Device features

Display size 6.47 inches
Resolution 1080 x 2340
Pixels per inch (PPI) 398
Rear camera megapixels 40MP + 20MP + 8MP
Rear camera aperture size f/1.6 + f/2.2 + f/3.4
Video recording 4K
Front camera megapixels 32MP
Front camera aperture size f/2.0
Dimensions 158mm x 73.4mm x 8.41mm
Weight 192g
NFC Yes
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed Category 21
Processor Huawei Kirin 980
RAM 8GB
Operating system Android 9
Internal storage

256GB

External storage support Up to 256GB
Battery capacity 4,200mAh
Headphone jack Yes
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Water resistance IP68
Wireless charging Qi
Launch price (RRP)$1,599
Launch date2019-03
Huawei P30 Pro

The good

  • Astonishingly good camera.
  • Hefty battery life.
  • Kirin 980 performs well.
  • Nice design.

The bad

  • Custom storage format.
  • Prone to fingerprints and scratches.
  • No headphone jack.
  • Poor video stabilisation.
  • EMIU is still a messy UI.


While Huawei is fighting some serious battles in its network business, it's gone from strength to strength in the mobile handset market. The Huawei P30 Pro's primary pitch lies around its triple lens camera system, but this isn't a one-trick phone. With great battery life and some of the best performance we've seen out of any Android phone, this is rather easily your best current Android phone option.

Design

  • Range of colour choices, but we only get two.
  • Waterdrop notch.
  • Quick in-glass fingerprint sensor.
  • No headphone jack.
  • Prone to fingerprint smudges and small scratches.
Huawei P30 Pro handheld Image: Alex Kidman/Finder

Camera

  • Triple rear lenses.
  • SuperSpectrum sensor gives great results.
  • 10x zoom works well in good lighting.
  • 50x zoom rarely satisfies.
  • A great encouragement to play around with photos.
  • Video quality isn't great.
Huawei P30 Pro Image: Finder/Alex Kidman

Performance

  • Kirin 980 performs well.
  • EMUI is still a poor launcher.
  • Screen vibration is good for calls but not for music or video.
Huawei P30 handset Image: Alex Kidman/Finder

Battery life

  • 4,200mAh battery delivers exceptional battery life.
  • Battery optimisations are very aggressive.
  • Fast wired or wireless charging.
  • Reverse wireless charging is still a gimmick.
Huawei P30 Pro, bottom view Image: Alex Kidman/Finder

Verdict

  • Huawei is leading the premium pack again.
  • The phone for photo enthusiasts.
Huawei P30 Pro Aurora and Breathing Crystal Models Image: Alex Kidman/Finder

Pricing and availability

  • The Huawei P30 Pro launched on 16 April 2019
  • Outright pricing is $1,599

Huawei officially revealed the Huawei P30 Pro on 26 March 2019 in Paris, France. Pre-orders opened up the same day, with the actual release set for 16 April 2019.

Pricing is fixed at $1,599 for the 256GB Huawei P30 Pro, but you can also purchase the phone on contract with an Aussie telco. Telstra, Vodafone and Optus all have the P30 Pro available across a variety of contract plans and price points.

Of note, if you get the Huawei P30 Pro through Optus, it will come with both SIM card slots enabled, where the Telstra and Vodafone models are single-SIM only.

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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Huawei P30 Pro specifications

Display

Camera

Physical dimensions

Connectivity

Power, storage and battery

Device features

Display size 6.47 inches
Resolution 1080 x 2340
Pixels per inch (PPI) 398
Rear camera megapixels 40MP + 20MP + 8MP
Rear camera aperture size f/1.6 + f/2.2 + f/3.4
Video recording 4K
Front camera megapixels 32MP
Front camera aperture size f/2.0
Dimensions 158mm x 73.4mm x 8.41mm
Weight 192g
NFC Yes
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed Category 21
Processor Huawei Kirin 980
RAM 8GB
Operating system Android 9
Internal storage

256GB

External storage support Up to 256GB
Battery capacity 4,200mAh
Headphone jack Yes
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Water resistance IP68
Wireless charging Qi
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