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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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How to watch Huawei HDC 2021 [Livestream]

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HDC 2021 Livestream

We’re just a few hours away from the Huawei Developer Conference 2021 (HDC 2021), and you can watch the entire HDC 2021 Livestream on the platforms given below.

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There will be a number of new software technologies that will unveil at the event, so don’t forget to tune in on time. If you want to know more about the HDC 2021 schedule and attendees, visit the article linked below or jump directly on the HDC 2021 Livestream that starts at 07:30 BST/08:30 CEST/14:30 CST.

HDC 2021 Schedule, Keynote, and more – Read here

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Breaking: U.S. approved Billions USD worth licenses to Huawei

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This is quite interesting news, the U.S. has granted billions of dollars worth of licenses to Huawei from November through April to get access to U.S.-made technologies while being listed under the U.S. Entity List.

According to the document released by the U.S. Congress and seen by Reuters, Huawei has received over 113 export licenses worth 61 billion US dollars were approved for suppliers to ship products. Alongside the Chinese tech giant, the U.S. has also approved, around 188 licenses (worth 42 billion dollars to the Chinese semiconductor maker – SMIC.

The data shows that Huawei’s ratio of license approval was around 69% of the overall request for approval that has been made, while SMIC got approval for 9 out of 10 license applications.

However, the entire process is a bit complicated and there are plenty of senators and politicians that have voted to retain strict restrictions on the Chinese tech maker.

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Some of them have raised their doubts on the current U.S. president – Joe Biden on his low-level policy on Huawei and why it’s continues to get exceptions in terms of accessing technologies that could expand its business.

“It is just another example of President Biden not taking the economic and security threat posed by the Chinese Communist Party seriously,” said Republican Senator Marco Rubio.

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U.S. Commerce Department Statement:

The Commerce Department has been the center of this entire matter since the beginning and imposed sanctions on Huawei. The commerce department said that the release of an “arbitrary snapshot” of license approvals “risks politicizing the licensing process and misrepresenting the national security determinations” made by the government.

Heart of the matter:

In May 2019, Huawei has been placed under the U.S. entity list, which bans the company from purchasing U.S.-made technologies such as important chipsets and so on. The company has also given up on making new chipsets due to the expansion of restrictions made by the U.S. government.

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However, the information regarding the current licenses has not been disclosed but there are certain licenses that have been denied in the process.

Furthermore, a previous report reveals that Of the 113 licenses approved for Huawei after U.S. Entity List, 80 were for non-sensitive goods that only required a license because the recipient was blacklisted. For SMIC, the figure was 121 of 188.

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Nope! HarmonyOS is not rolling out in Europe, not currently

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HarmonyOS Europe

In the past, we’ve seen a report that mentions that the HarmonyOS operating system has begun to rollout in Europe. Actually, it’s not true and we’re here to resolve all of the doubts on this matter that have been created so far.

So, there’s a screenshot that has been spreading across the internet regarding the recent rollout of software updates for the HarmonyOS powered devices. The version is HarmonyOS 2.0.0.209, which has been recently initiated in China.

This software package comes with a bunch of new features including the cross-device task center that is now expanding for different Huawei smartphones.

Regarding the software update, is HarmonyOS 2.0.0.209 is rolling out in Europe? The answer is a clear NO!

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Everyone knows that the software is currently working as a China-exclusive operating system and has not been announced nor it’s ready to adapt and work on global Huawei devices.

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Chinese HarmonyOS Software Build:

However, there are also some facts that you should know regarding the screenshot that has been appeared online. First, the build version has C00E207R5P6 numbers, which is a region code and it belongs to China.

This further clears our doubts regarding the rollout of HarmonyOS in Europe and in the global markets.

HarmonyOS for Global Users:

HarmonyOS is a cross-device operating system and it’s designed to work across various platforms – smartphones, tablets, smartwatches, home devices, IoT, smart consumers, business, and smart cars as well.

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Huawei has already upgraded 120 million smartphones in China with this new operating system but remained silent on its global appearance. Therefore, fans are eagerly waiting for their terms to upgrade over the new operating system.

The wait is also fueled by the long haul of any major upgrade for their device that has long been forgotten by the company and needs the nourishment of care such as a major announcement of features respectively.

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