Okay so a lot has happened with Huawei in the last month or so. From launching one of the best Android flagships of the year to getting embroiled in a dirty trade war like situation with the US, the company has seen it all. Unfortunately, the latter seems to have had a huge impact on the company as a lot if its suppliers and partners, including Google, have stopped working with Huawei, following the executive orders from the Trump government. Huawei may retaliate or the ban may get lifted soon, we will have to wait and see how the story unfolds.
Coming back to the phone, Huawei has made this stunningly beautiful flagship smartphone. Right from the top class build quality, day long battery, top notch processing prowess, a great display and not to forget a camera setup that can finally let you leave your DSLRs back home, this phone has covered all the bases.
The phone has a slightly taller display than most phones and houses a 6.47-inches curved AMOLED display which covers the entire front. This unique form factor coupled with tapered edges on both front and back, make the phone very easy to hold. The selfie camera is housed in a minimal dew-drop notch at the top. Interestingly, the phone does not have a regular earpiece, instead it vibrates the display at the top, with the help of magnets to produce sound. Though this also means that the phone misses out on stereo speakers.
The back of the phone looks magical with the colour changing gradient design but is oddly named as “Breathing Crystal”. Even though the back is a fingerprint magnet, it’s one of the rare few smartphones that you’d like showing off without a case. Big props to Huawei for keeping the branding subtle on the back letting you enjoy the beauty. Though the vertically aligned huge camera setup takes up a lot of space, however, that quad-camera setup is one of the highlights of the phone.
This is, by far, the most capable and powerful camera setup on a smartphone you can find as of now.
The 40-megapixel primary sensor offers you crisp and detailed images. You can easily switch from a wide-angle mode to telephoto with a quick slide of a finger, though due to the placement of the slider, operating it with a single hand is difficult. The periscope setup offers a 5X optical zoom and goes up to 50x zoom with the help of AI. This software powered mode is commonly called the creep mode, for its ability to easily zoom closer to really far objects and still produce fairly legible images. There’s a ‘Moon Mode’ to capture images of the Moon, beat that.
While one may not be using the extreme zoom capabilities often, it’s still a good feature to have. Though, at high level of zoom, the phone gets shaky and it’s difficult to capture a crisp image unless you’re using a tripod. The low light camera performance is even better than that of the best in the game. I felt that there are way too many options in the camera app which might confuse a regular user initially, but one gets used to, over a period of time.
The in-display fingerprint sensor and facial recognition work efficiently. Another highlight of the phone is its battery backup. The 4200 mAh battery lasts over one day easily, though if you need more processing power, you can switch on the performance mode to unleash the full potential of the powerful Hi-Silicon Kirin 980 chipset. Not to forget, there is a 40W charger in the box which can charge the battery from 0-70% in less than thirty minutes.
Multimedia consumption or gameplay on the Huawei P30 Pro was a charm thanks to the large AMOLED display. There were no lags or jitters while playing graphic intensive games during extended gaming sessions. Huawei has ensured that device has enough onboard storage and memory with 8GB RAM coupled with128/256GB/512GB storage options. The phone runs on EMUI 9 based on Android 9 Pie and unfortunately may not get any future Android updates, if the situation doesn’t improve soon.
Summing it up
The Huawei P30 Pro is exactly what you need in a 2019 flagship phone- A large AMOLED display, buttery smooth performance, superlative camera setup, and an extra-long battery life. Though, there are a few minor issues with the device like a slightly longer display, absence of headphone jack, pricing etc. but these would be nitpickings. Brands like Google, which have been selling phones based on camera performance, need to buckle up and offer much more to the customers now, be it design, battery or the camera performance itself.
In spite of all the good things, the Huawei P30 Pro might still struggle to sell in huge numbers due to the non-technical reasons we’ve already discussed, and we hope that the political drama gets settled soon. For users who are thinking about purchasing a flagship phone, in case money is not an issue and you’re the one who is bothered about future Android updates on your phone, then the Huawei P30 Pro should be an obvious choice.