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Huawei P30 Pro Review: A flagship that rules the smartphone industry

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Huawei P-Series represents the company’s innovation in photography, design, and performance and the P30 Pro continues the same evolution with its new Lica quad-camera system, new design schemes, powerful task processing, and all-day battery life.

You may have heard the above lines before and saying good things about this phone is not enough to show its true purpose, that’s why we’ve taken the Huawei P30 Pro for a ride and gathered the experiences altogether in this review.

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Display
Design
Software
Performance
Camera
Battery
Sound
Our Opinion

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Display:

Huawei P30 Pro comes with a 6.47-inch OLED display with FHD+ (2340 x 1080) resolution and curved edges on both left and right sides, which gives the phone a unique feel and makes the phone more premium. To maximize the viewing experience, the display includes a dewdrop notch to house a 32MP f/2.0 aperture selfie camera.

As a flagship, the phone comes with some new techs including In-Screen Fingerprint inside the front glass for quick and secure identity authentication. The HUAWEI P30 Pro also features Acoustic Display Technology that enables it to deliver high-quality audio through a sound-emitting display, which removes the earpiece from the top.

The display itself is very sharp and the color reproduction is excellent, on top of this the phone let you optimize color scheme to choose between ‘Normal’ and ‘Vivid’ color options. Also, you can choose different temperature modes that suit better to your eyes. Also, to make the phone suitable to use in Night-Time, the “Eye Comfort” feature is there to help in the notification panel.

Apart from this the phone also has a different solution for its night use as ‘Dark interface colors’, as the name refers, this feature can apply a system-level dark theme that also helps the phone to save more battery compared to the regular theme.

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Design:

Huawei P30 Pro is a true example of beautiful design and comes with gradient colors mixed in different variations, the curved glass on the back helps the phone to achieve the top design ratings.

But the real action starts to happen when you hold this smartphone and the color composition comes in the connection of light, it shows different form, hues, and gradient that changes depending on the position of the smartphone.

We’ve got Huawei P30 Pro in Breathing Crystal color and it’s also available in Amber Sunrise, Aurora, Pearl White, and Black (Non-gradient).

As for the measurements, Huawei P30 Pro is 73.4 mm wide, 8.41 mm thick and 158.0 mm tall, and weighs only 192g, which makes the phone very handy and easy to interact with. Because of its camera bump and back glass, it may slip on the flat surfaces but not every time.

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Huawei P30 Pro is IP68 certified to be Splash, Water and Dust Resistant. To support its resistant capacity, the design excludes 3.5mm audio jack but the retail box has a USB Type-C ready earphone.

Coming to the sides of this smartphone, starting from the top that contains a secondary microphone and an IR blaster. The right side includes volume adjustment keys and below it a power button with red indications. The bottom side has sim card try, main speaker, USB Type-C port and speaker grills. The Left stays plain because there’s no key or hole.

Software:

Huawei P30 Pro runs on the latest EMUI 9.1 based on Android 9 (Pie) that allows this flagship to deliver the highest amount of performance from its software part and to offer rich user experience as well as lots of features.

As a customized version of Android, EMUI 9.1 comes with a usual amount of pre-installed apps including official and from third-party developers. Besides, there’s also a set of Google apps and system utility tools that stays there for your help and productivity.

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Huawei P30 Pro’s UI is highly customizable and there are options to change Themes, Wallpapers, Widgets, App drawer animations, Home screen layouts, as well as system navigation types.

Other than the in-screen fingerprint, the P30 Pro also has a Face recognition security and also the privacy features such as Password vault, App lock, Private Space, and Safe to keep your data at a safe and secure place.

Performance:

To deliver a flagship-grade performance, Huawei P30 Pro is powered by 7nm Kirin 980 Dual NPU processor support by 8GB of RAM, that can accelerate intense gaming sessions and multitasking to the maximum levels. As you’ll have the 256GB of internal storage that can easily hold your apps, games and multimedia contents at one place.

Feature such an Extendable Read-Only File System (EROFS) improves system responsiveness and adds an extra layer of simplicity in file processing in the background.

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To support gamers, the P30 Pro comes with GPU Turbo 3.0 that boosts gaming performance by focusing all of the system resources on a particular game while managing the power consumption. Games such as PUBG Mobile, Fortnite and Asphalt 9 Legends run smoothly without experiencing frame drops.

Camera:

Huawei P30 series was launched on the tagline ‘rewrite the rules of photography’, which is already confirmed by the highest overall score on DxOMark and can be clearly seen in its Leica Quad Camera system including a 40MP main camera with SuperSpectrum Sensor, a 20MP ultra-wide-angle camera, an 8MP telephoto camera, and a ToF Camera. On the front side, we have a 32MP selfie cam that can take selfies to a new level.

Let’s start our camera review with its 40MP SuperSpectrum sensor that has a high ISO rating of 409,600 combined with AIS (AI Image Stabilization), OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) and its f/1.6 aperture can deliver perfect photography and videography experiences in wider range of scenarios and light condition including in-door, out-door and extreme low light images powered by handheld Night Mode that can capture images even in the darkest environment.

Regular Photo Mode:

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Night Mode:

Ultra Wide Angle: The 20MP Ultra Wide Angle lens allows users to capture the whole scene without moving a step from their position by simply tap on the wide feature.

5X Optical Zoom: Huawei P30 Pro has revolutionized of how far a smartphone’s camera can reach with its zooming power because it’s the first to come with a 5X optical zoom, 10 times hybrid zoom and 50 times digital zoom. The power of this much zoom is originally lain down to its new telephoto camera structure called the ‘Periscopic camera’ that even allows to phone to reach the moon.

ToF Camera: Now it’s time to evaluate the fourth camera of the P30 Pro that captures the depth-of-field information to measure exact shapes and distances to capture better bokeh shots. Also, with its built-in AR Measure app, users can measure an object’s Length, Area, Volume, and Height.

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Although there are various modes available on the camera app, the one that we’re talking about is ‘Super macro’ that can capture detailed images of any objects from an absolute close angle, suitable for tiny plants, flower, insects and more.

The camera app also offers various modes including Dual-View video, AR Lens, Monochrome, Panorama, Slo-Mo and more.

Apart from photography, the videography section of P30 Pro is also a whole new approach from Huawei, which included OIS and AIS techs reduces screen shakes to the lowest and to deliver a better video output.

For the maximum amount of productivity, the camera includes support for AI-powered HiVision that helps users to identify an object, real-time translations, shop an item, Check calories, QR code and more by just pointing the camera to the direction of a particular object.

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Battery:

Huawei P30 Pro has a full day battery capacity of 4,200mAh and 40W HUAWEI SuperCharge that charges a device from zero to 70 percent in 30 minutes.

With the addition of power-saving mode, the “Ultra power saving mode” allows users to optimize and maximize battery for longer use.

In our typical battery test, the phone ran all day without showing the “Low Battery” sign. Although, it may vary on the use case.

One more highlighted feature of this flagship is “Wireless reverse charging’ to charge other devices that support wireless charging and it may become pretty helpful in a condition to share some power with your friends but remember it to sips the energy of your phone.

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Our Opinion:

By reaching the conclusion, we can say that Huawei P30 Pro is must buy a premium smartphone, and delivers a versatile experience in its camera, design or task processing performances that are hard find in other brands.

But the decision is up to you, would you like to buy the Huawei P30 Pro and what’s your opinion on this smartphone? Let us know in the comment.

John started his early career as a game developer, after working four years for an indie company, he stepped into Android development and became an Android enthusiast, which made him start Huaweicentral.com. John loves animals and usually takes part in activities related to animal rights and welfare.

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Huawei is building its own semiconductor ecosystem: Report

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In the past year, Huawei ramped up efforts to explore the semiconductor world to build its own semiconductor ecosystem, reveals a new report.

Digitimes reports, Huawei is making a low-key entry into multiple semiconductor segments to build its own semiconductor ecosystem. In order to do so, Huawei is now making long-term agreements with equipment and materials suppliers from Taiwan. This is quite interesting development but there are no specific details revealed about the suppliers.

Ban and Progress:

In 2019, Huawei was added to U.S. Entity List, a program to ban the company. This restricts Huawei from accessing core U.S.-made technologies. The ban severely affected various businesses including telecom and smartphones.

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In 2020, the U.S. blocked Huawei’s reach for chipset and restricted the ability to print designs with companies such as TSMC. This led Huawei to drop manufacturing of new Kirin smartphone chipsets.

That’s not it, US regime also tightened curbs on the Chinese semiconductor industry. In October this year, major Chinese companies were banned by the Biden administration citing national security risks.

Huawei is Preparing:

Despite being attacked, Huawei is continuously ramping up research and development on various technologies. Huawei increased R&D spending to 142.7 billion yuan ($20.65 billion) last year, which is equal to 22.4% of its total revenue.

The Chinese tech maker is expanding partnerships with other home ground semiconductor players and building producing facilities in various areas including – Qingdao, Beijing, and Wuhan.

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It is a key base for developing silicon carbide chips, a type of power semiconductor that future cars will need in massive quantities.

On the flip side, Huawei is recruiting new global talent specialized in developing power semiconductors, in which, German chipmaker Infineon Technologies is the top player. Adding to this, Huawei is also looking for experts in central processing unit architecture.

Coming to China, Huawei is hiring processor chips, radio frequency components, and analog chips, as well as chip-packaging design and testing experts in Xi’an, Chengdu, Nanjing, Shanghai, Wuhan, Hangzhou, and Shenzhen.

A report from NikkeiAsia reveals that Huawei is focusing on breakthroughs and not the cost of the breakthrough itself.

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Currently, the aim is to progress in the production of core chips for telecom base stations, surveillance cameras, automotive applications, and smartphones as soon as possible. Huawei is also pursuing rebuilding its whole supply chain. This includes manufacturing, packaging, and stacking, as well as chipmaking materials and equipment.

Analysts:

However, Industry analysts have their own opinion on this matter.

“It’s almost impossible that a complete semiconductor supply chain could be built all by one country without foreign help. It may need some political negotiations after all,” said Bernstein Research’s Li.

Conclusion:

The question is when Huawei will complete its own chipset ecosystem. The answer to that question depends on time because it’s a crucial element in the research and development of any technology. As for now, none of this information has been confirmed by Huawei via official channels.

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Huawei Winter 2022 launch to reschedule on December 9

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Huawei could reschedule Winter 2022 Launch Event on December 9. It was postponed due to the passing away of a former Chinese leader. Initially, Huawei planned to hold this event on December 2. Yet, Huawei along with other Chinese firms chose to delay their programs.

The latest input comes from a well-known Weibo tipster, saying that Huawei has rescheduled the Winter 2022 launch event to December 9. At the event, Huawei will unveil a bunch of products including the Huawei Watch Buds, Nova 10 SE, Enjoy 50z, and Children’s Watch 5X.

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Huawei Watch Buds:

It’s one of the most anticipated smartwatches on the planet as it continues to rumble on the internet as a viral gadget over the past week. Why? Because of the 2-in-1 mechanism of Huawei Watch Buds smartwatch.

The smartwatch has a regular smartwatch design but it also brings you a pair of wireless earphones inside. To unveil the earbuds, you need to open the display from the bottom side. This is quite an interesting design and we’re excited to see that on the launch stage.

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Huawei Nova 10 SE:

This phone is already out in the global market but it is now ready to make an appearance among Chinese consumers. What’s interesting about this phone? Well, it offers a Nova 10 like design and a 108-megapixel main camera that could take powerful pictures in all types of environments.

The design of this phone is also polished and gives a new look entirely based on its premium aesthetics.

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Huawei Enjoy 50Z:

The Enjoy 50Z is also a device that you may not want to miss. The phone brings a 50MP triple camera system including a 2MP macro lens and a 2MP depth of field sensor. Aside from the camera section, the 5000mAh battery of this phone is ready to bring a powerful backup.

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Huawei Children Watch 5X:

Here’s another anticipated product that will excite young Huawei consumers because Huawei Children’s Watch 5X is about children. However, this time, Huawei is ready to launch the Children’s Watch with a double experience.

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Huawei is really giving up on Europe?

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So, there are reports circulating over the Internet that Huawei is giving up on Europe. Yeah, there are various aspects behind this topic and we’ll tell you the long story short.

Huawei is quitting Europe?

No, Huawei is not giving up on Europe.

What’s happening:

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Huawei is about to relocate its workforce and business operations from different European headquarters to a single, effective and better place.

Why?

Following the U.S. sanctions, Huawei saw reduced consumer business globally. However, the report also mentions network business, which has also reduced since then.

Reducing the workforce and relocating to an active and more responsive office would help the Chinese company to save money and time. Also, it’ll help Huawei to focus on markets with active demand instead of the ones where its shares have declined severely.

These were the key points of the story and now, let’s dive into the report.

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Full Story:

A giant report composed by Politico featuring various Huawei internal officers and executives on how the company is reducing its activity across Europe.

It also mentions Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei’s past speech over some words including survival and working hard. These were already heard before.

There’s an explanation of how CFO Meng Wanzhou’s case, the current Russia-Ukraine war, and the recession causing mayhem for the Chinese tech maker.

According to the information, Huawei currently divides Europe into two markets: Western Europe, run from Düsseldorf; and Eastern Europe and the Nordics, with a top executive based in Warsaw.

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Interestingly, it indicates that Huawei is planning to move all of its operations and headquarters to Dusseldorf.

A Huawei Europe spokesperson said that this restricting will help to bring more synergies within the whole European business operation. It will also bring more value directly to Huawei’s customers in Europe.

As for now, Huawei has around 12000 employees and the spokesperson confirmed that these people will work efficiently and stable for the company.

Instead of Europe, Huawei will give up on the market part of the Five Eye. It’s a security group consisting of the U.S., UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. These countries either banned Huawei or restricted the firm from participating in government or private network contracts.

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Still, Huawei is selling consumer products such as smartphones, smartwatches, tablets, and other devices.

Mixing up:

To clarify Huawei owns various businesses including consumer and corporate. Hence, Huawei runs these two different businesses in different markets based on its dominance in that area.

The report mostly targets Huawei’s corporate business and its reduction after the U.S. ban. However, it doesn’t spotlight the consumer business that much.

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China:

Yes, Huawei is focusing more on its home ground because of Huawei’s popularity in the market. Therefore, leaving the rebound movement won’t make sense.

Huawei’s Future in Europe:

The report contains a lot to read, if you are interested then we encourage you to do so. Similar to the above, we think that the restructuring of the office and workforce will allow Huawei to work efficiently and effectively with less spending.

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So, Huawei will continue to operate in Europe and bring on consumer devices such as tablets, smartwatches, earphones, and computer devices to global consumers.

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