Huawei P30 Pro: Super camera phone with 50x digital zoom

Can the Huawei P30 Pro camera see more than you?

The Huawei P30 Pro is here and with it come the next wave of camera smartphone improvements. Last year’s P20 Pro was the pioneer for smartphone photography and the P30 Pro takes everything a step forward.

Quad-cameras from Leica

Continuing its partnership with Leica, Huawei’s P30 Pro employs four cameras, all of notable importance. The set-up consists of a 40MP, 20MP ultra-wide, 8MP periscope telephoto and a TOF depth camera. On top of that, the sensor too is unique.

Huawei’s Leica partnership continues with the P30 Pro

You get the world’s first super-spectrum RYBY sensor, which absorbs 40 per cent more light in photos compared to a traditional RGB-type sensor. Particularly, this is useful for an improved night mode experience when taking photos and better low-light video.

Insane zoom capabilities

Huawei has always leveraged its dual-NPU processing for AI-powered photography. With the P30 Pro, this technology is taken a step further. The phone comes with 10x hybrid zoom capabilities, doubling what the Mate 20 Pro can do.

50x zoom on a camera smartphone is insane

But to take it up a notch, Huawei has also increased the phone’s digital zoom capabilities to 50x. And you might think it would be impossible to take photos given the zoom but surprisingly, the viewfinder stays incredibly stable. No wonder Huawei calls this the super camera phone.

Bye bye speaker grill?

On paper, this might sound like a deal-breaker. But with Huawei’s magnetic-levitation, it may not be so bad. Instead of relying on a speaker grill for sound, it is produced via the phone’s 6.47-inch Full HD+ OLED screen with a notch to house the 32MP selfie camera. In calls, the phone does a very good job but the drawback is that with this technology comes the omission of dual-stereo speakers.

The lack of a speaker grill is not a problem for calls but is for multimedia consumption

Having just one bottom-firing speaker is not ideal considering the amount of multimedia consumption we do today. This speaker lacks the richness of sound we grew used to on the Mate 20 Pro. Particularly when watching videos in the landscape orientation, your natural grip muffles the speaker for a below-par experience.

High-end on all fronts

It is not just the camera where the P30 Pro shines. Aside from this, it comes with the HiSilicon Kirin 980 octa-core processor clocked at 2.6GHz and 8GB RAM. Our variant comes with 256GB of storag,e which is expandable further via Huawei’s proprietary nano-memory card.

The P30 Pro comes complete with a stunning design

On the performance front, the phone runs an updated EMUI 9.1 software skin on top on Android 9.0 Pie. Not much has changed visually but the interface is better optimised for smoother performance. We also see the return of the optical in-screen fingerprint scanner and Huawei’s reverse wireless charging, which is now capable of charging various accessories including your toothbrush… if it supports wireless charging.

Supercharged battery

Under the hood, the phone comes with a 4,200mAh battery. With Huawei’s 40W Supercharging, you can recharge the phone up to 70 per cent in just 30 minutes. And if you are more reliant on wireless charging, the phone supports this too.

The ever so reliant 40W Supercharging makes a return

But the battery, camera and overall performance are things to judge over the coming weeks. We will be keeping an eye on how the phone fares and whether there are any noteworthy changes to mention once the phone is upgraded from its pre-release software in our full review to come.