Published: Wed, March 27, 2019
Technology | By Nina Perez

Huawei P30 Pro Review - First Impressions

Huawei P30 Pro Review - First Impressions

The new Huawei P30 launched in Paris on Tuesday. With the P30 Pro, early indications are that it's looking like it'll be another fantastic performer at a competitive price and with attractive looks.

The camera stack on the P30 is also different.

Triple camera with a 40MP main sensor.

Also, the P30 Pro screen comes with an Acoustic Display Technology that uses an in-screen maglev speaker to turn the display itself into a speaker like LG's G8 ThinQ smartphone.

Like the Sport and Classic editions, the Huawei Watch GT Active has two-week battery life with "typical use" that includes all day wear and heart rate scanning active, the "scientific sleeping function" working at night, 90 minutes of exercise per week as well as notifications popping up when you get them on your phone. This is the larger and more capable smartphone of the duo, and it features a brand new quad-camera array at the back.

One of the biggest differences between the P30 Pro and the smaller P30 is the addition of a time-of-flight - or ToF - sensor just underneath the flash module, allowing for a far more accurate 3D mapping of a scene.

"The zoom on its own will make the new Huawei an extremely tempting option for many mobile photographers, but the camera performs very well in nearly all other areas as well", DxOMark writes in its review. According to Huawei's press release, the "SuperZoom Lens" supports high fidelity magnification of up to 5x optical zoom, 10x hybrid zoom, and 50x digital zoom. To make sure everything is steady, both the main 40MP sensor and the 8MP telephoto feature optical image stabilisation (OIS). We got the opportunity to have a look at the Aurora and Breathing Crystal colourways, but there will also be "Amber Sunrise", and for those who prefer things a little more understated - standard black.

The Huawei P30 series is now out and we've heard of its zoom capabilities.

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Huawei has boasted about the new technologies it has squeezed into the phone's camera array.

There are a few key differences between the two phones, just as there were between the P20 Pro and P20 previous year.

On the videography front, the Huawei P30 phones come with a Dual-View Video mode that is created to record wide-angle and closeup view simultaneously.

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You can capture both an ultra-wide angle clip and a zoom shot - offering a panorama on the right and a close-up on the left of the screen making it easier to film fast moving objects from a distance.

Thirdly, the P30 Pro has changed the sensor structure.

The Huawei P20 Pro was such a hit past year, that expectation around the P30 Pro's launch has been massive.

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