Huawei P30 Pro

Pros: The Huawei P30 Pro’s four cameras take astounding photos, its battery life is superb and the design is beautiful.

Cons: Processor performance and screen resolution aren’t up there with the best. The lack of headphone jack will upset people with wired headphones and the P30 Pro uses proprietary expandable storage.

In General: The Huawei P30 Pro’s impressive camera skills and vibrant design easily beat the Galaxy S10 Plus and the Pixel 3, but political entanglements mean the phone won’t come to the US.

Huawei is the second largest phone manufacturer in the world and with the P30 Pro, it’s bringing out the big guns to clinch that number one spot.

The rear cameras are certainly the standout features but the beautifully colorful design and vibrant 6.47-inch screen make this a truly excellent handset.

P30 Pro versus Huawei P30

The P30 Pro is joined by the standard P30 which is more of a lite version with a smaller screen but the same attractive aesthetic. It lacks the Pro’s super zoom and depth-sensing cameras. Yes, it’s the less exciting of the two but it does at least have a headphone jack — something you won’t find on the Pro.

An eye-catching design

It’s the P30 Pro’s look that first caught my attention. It stands out in a way that others simply don’t. The way the light blue blends into the pink on my “Breathing Crystal” review model is simply beautiful and it makes this phone way more eye-catching than anything else that’s out there.

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There’s also a darker blue “Aurora” color blend and an orange “Amber Sunrise.” Of course, there’s also a plain-looking black version if you’re not up for some extravagance from your phone.

It’s built from glass and metal, much like the regular Galaxy S10 or the P20 Pro before it, but that’s no bad thing. It feels good and has a satisfying heft to it when you pick it up. Some of Huawei’s earlier phones felt cheap to hold, but this feels anything but. You’ll want to avoid dropping it — a real possibility, given the inherent slipperiness of all-glass designs. But there is, at least, Ip68 waterproofing to keep it safe from spilled drinks.

There’s no headphone jack on the P30 Pro so you’ll have to look to the smaller P30 or the Galaxy S10 if you want to use your wired headphones. The fingerprint scanner has been built into the display (a small fingerprint icon appears on the lock screen to tell you where to place your finger). It works well and recognized my prints much more often than not. I found it marginally more accurate than the Galaxy S10’s in-screen fingerprint scanner, though neither are as consistently accurate as a more standard optical scanner.

The display has a 2,340×1,080-pixel resolution. That’s a step below the 3,040×1,440-pixel maximum resolution of the Galaxy S10 Plus, but I doubt you’ll notice. If you have both phones side-by-side playing the same high-res video and you peer really closely at the screen then maybe you could see a difference, but honestly, are you ever going to do that? In everyday use, the P30 Pro’s resolution is more than sufficient to show off your favorite YouTube vids and its vibrant colors are great for gaming.

The screen stretches right to the edges of the phone, broken only by a tiny teardrop notch at the top, just big enough to house the front-facing camera. It’s unobtrusive when you’re playing full-screen videos or games. It’s a smaller notch than the S10 Plus’ hole-punch cutout for the two front-facing cameras, but having used both, I don’t really have much of a preference between them. It certainly shouldn’t be your primary decision-maker in choosing between these phones.

(Source CNET)



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