Test: Huawei P30 Pro in the test

Huawei P30 Pro im Review

Conclusion from 26. 03. 2019

The Huawei P 30 Pro is an excellent smartphone. In the test, Huawei's top-quality flagship convinced us with a very good battery life and performance as well as a great OLED display. Hobby clippers in particular get a lot on offer. The camera shoots photos with excellent quality and offers many possibilities including the optical five-fold zoom. With an introductory price of 999 Euro up to 1. 099 (each according to memory size) is the Huawei P 30 Pro however very expensive.

Best Mobile Phone Camera (March 2019)
Top performance
Very good battery life & wireless charging
No classic 3.5mm headphone jack
video recordings in UHD only with 30 fps
No stereo speaker

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The values ​​in the article refer to the test time of the product ( 26. 03. 2019 ) .

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Huawei P 30 Pro in the test: The photo cracker from China

Apple and Samsung have to dress warmly: The Chinese cell phone giant Huawei brings with the P 30 Pro launched a strong high-end model and once again proves that smartphones can also take photos in excellent quality. In our you will find comparison photos in practice with the Huawei P 30 Pro, P 30 and Samsung Galaxy S 10 Plus.

With an introductory price of 999 Euro for the variant with 8 GB RAM and 128 GByte of internal memory is certainly not the bargain of Huawei's flagship P-series. The model we tested with 256 Gbyte internal memory costs 1 at market launch. 099 Euro.

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Do you like shooting and lots of photos with your smartphone? Then a look at the Huawei P 30 Pro worth it. Photo: CHIP

Huawei P 30 Pro: glass body, large, curved

Visually, the Huawei P 30 Pro convince: It has one large display, narrow edges curved to the side and a small semi-oval cutout for the front camera, the so-called water drop notch. Together with the glass body, this looks modern and high-quality in all available colors: if you like it simple, you can go for black, the color gradients from dark to light blue or from light purple to light blue make it more peppy. And if that's not gaudy enough, there is also shimmering orange.

Overall, Huawei has the P 30 Pro processed excellently. Before water and dust damage, it is according to IP 68 – Certification protected. Despite its very large 6.5-inch display, it falls in the slim 19, 5: 9 format still quite handy. Unlike the Mate 20 Pro are the three lenses on the back together with the LED flash are not arranged in a square, but one below the other at the edge. If you don't use a case, you might be bothered by the fact that they protrude clearly from the housing.

The P 30 Pro is large, has a glass case and a curved display. We love the workmanship and design. Photo: CHIP

Huawei P 30 Pro: Display with water drop notch

The times of wide cutouts at the top of the display for the front camera and sensors seem to be over. While Samsung with the Galaxy-S 10 – Models completely dispensed with a notch in favor of a hole , she shrinks Huawei to water drop size. The OLED display with around 6.5 inches in the diagonal offers an enormous amount of screen space with narrow edges.

The strong color and contrast display also convinced in the test. The screen displays 147) percent of the standard RGB color space. LC displays cannot do this keep up. And the checkerboard contrast is also strong: We measure a value of 169:1. For comparison: the predecessor Huawei P 20 Per was still at 144:1. Streaming fans get their money's worth, because the P 30 Pro covers that for HDR 10 – Videos relevant, very large color space DCI-P3 to 100 percent off.

When it comes to resolution, Huawei doesn't go all out – but that's okay, because the Full HD Plus resolution (2nd 340 x 1. 080 pixels) is completely sufficient. If you do not want to operate your cell phone with VR glasses, you will not notice the difference to the QHD plus resolution that many other high-end cell phones currently offer. With a pixel density of 399 ppi the display is very sharp – there is nothing to complain about.

If bright light falls on the sensor, the Huawei P 30 Pro in automatic mode in the test a maximum brightness of around 796 Candela per square meter (cd / m²). This is very bright and means that content can be easily recognized outdoors in sunshine. If you turn up the screen in the living room manually, it still achieves fantastic results in our test scenario 698 cd / m².

Bright, rich in color and contrast: The OLED display of the Huawei P 30 Pro can do something. Photo: CHIP

Huawei P 30 Pro in the test: There is a lot in the display

The fingerprint sensor takes the P 30 Pro no more display area gone, since Huawei now uses it like Mate 20 Per has integrated into the display. The manufacturer has opted for an optical solution. Unlike with Samsung's ultrasonic sensor, unlocking is not quite as secure and strikes, for example, when your fingers are wet. After all, the sensor reacts significantly faster than with the Mate 20 Pro and only needs about half a second. A small display also appears in standby to help you lay your fingers on it.

Alternatively, facial recognition is available, but only as a 2D scan and no longer as with the Mate 20 Pro with infrared sensor as a 3D scan. It can be easily tricked with a photo or video.

Who is the Huawei P 30 Pro looks very closely, finds that the otherwise common auricle at the top of the display is missing, because Huawei has integrated the speaker into the display. This is cool and makes a good sound on the phone. It is a shame, however, that music and videos are only played via the lower mono speaker – the sound quality is therefore average. There are other high-end devices like that Samsung Galaxy S 10 Plus , which offer better sound with stereo effect.

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The in-display fingerprint sensor in the Huawei P 30 Pro reacts faster than in the Mate 20 Per. Photo: CHIP

Highlight of the P 30 Pro: Triple camera with great image quality

The highlight of the Huawei P 30 Pro is the one for us Camera (more about the camera in our detailed photo test with many practical examples ). Here the manufacturer seems to increase with each new device. The P 30 Pro has three sensors on the back. In addition to the 40 Megapixel main camera (f / 1.6) and one 20 Megapixel Ultra Wide Angle Camera (f / 2.2) is now also available with an 8-megapixel zoom camera (f / 3.4), which optically magnifies motifs five times and, if desired, even ten times using digital hybrid zoom. Among the three cameras, only the wide-angle camera has to do without an optical image stabilizer.

To the right of the cameras is a so-called time-of-flight lens (ToF), measures the depth information (the time it takes the light to reach the object and back again). According to Huawei, it should create a better, more natural bokeh effect with multiple blurred layers in portraits. And yes, portraits are really good and natural. However, we held the ToF lens shut for a test and in our opinion the portraits with a bokeh effect work just as well. In the test, however, we noticed that the ToF lens enables very fast focusing.

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Ultra wide-angle and zoom pictures at their best: the camera of the P 30 Pro offers a lot. Photo: CHIP

Huawei P 30 Pro: Top photos in all lighting conditions

The camera setup of the P 30 Pro convinces even in dim light . According to Huawei, the new sensor on the main camera is more sensitive to light. This is made possible by a new color filter that now filters red, yellow and blue instead of the standard colors red, green and blue. The result can definitely convince, because the Huawei P 30 Pro is the phone with the best camera at the time of the test. In our picture gallery we compare the photo quality of the Huawei P 30 Pro, P 30 and Samsung Galaxy S 10 Plus in practice .

In good lighting conditions, the P 30 Pro in the standard setting with 10 Megapixels a super sharp, detailed picture with natural colors. We can still recognize even small texts. And in low light? There too! We hardly see any image noise on the test photos in low light. Structures such as hair or flowers can still be seen very well. One evening we went to the camera of the Huawei P 30 Pro can also be tested outside of the test laboratory, outdoors. Both at dusk and in the dark, the camera takes bright, low-noise photos and brings out colors and details that you cannot see with the naked eye. If you want to get more out of it, you can use the night mode. It shows lighter and darker areas even more intensely. There is also a mode especially for portrait shots. For example, if you photograph a person against the light, the face is brightened accordingly – the result is natural and successful.

The zoom photos with the optical five-fold zoom are also very sharp and detailed. How does Huawei enable this without making the phone super wide? The solution is a prism, which the light around 90 Degrees redirected to the 8-megapxiel sensor. Refined. Even with the tenfold hybrid zoom, the photos are even better than if you simply enlarged them on the PC.

One thing remains too cr itize: For practical use, an optical triple zoom (as with the normal P 30) was also helpful. Five times is a big leap. Of course, the zoom level can also be switched to triple, but that happens with the main camera and digitally – a shame.

If you like to hang your cell phone photos on the wall as a poster, you can also use the 40 – Snap the megapixel setting . Here, the light should be good, otherwise a conspicuous picture noise in the photos will disturb.

Night shots are taken with the P 30 Pro low noise, bright and rich in detail. Photo: CHIP

Huawei P 30 Pro: This is missing from the mega camera

If we are already criticizing, there are a few shortcomings that we would like to mention. Shoot videos in full HD with up to 60 frames per second, but in 4K are only 30 images per second possible. This is a pity, since many other high-end devices 60 fps in 4K can. A higher refresh rate ensures a smoother picture. After all, the improved image stabilization does a good job, so it doesn't jerk very much in motion. If you like slow motion films, you have to 240 images per second with an HD resolution, 120 Pictures per second are then available in FHD. Unfortunately, the difference is clear.

On the front sits a high-resolution 32 – Megapixel camera, unfortunately without auto focus. So the camera does not redraw the focus if you change the distance to the lens.

The camera of the P is perfect Pro not: For example, slow-mo recordings with 240 fps only possible in HD. Photo: CHIP

Powerful performance with the Huawei P 30 Per

As in Mate 20 Pro also uses Huawei in P 30 Pro currently its fastest processor Kirin 980 a. This consists of four powerful Cortex-A 76 – cores and four energy-efficient Cortex-A 55 – cores, whereby two of the larger cores clock with up to 2.6 GHz. Together with a generous 8 GB of RAM, the system of the P 30 Pro fast and fluid. An example: Our very large test PDF with several street names builds the P 30 Pro in 6.5 seconds. This is even faster (in around 4.5 seconds) with the new iPhones. Also websites like our CHIP cell phone best list loads this Pro fast, but not as fast as the iPhone Xs Max. The Mali-G 76 – GPU offers good graphics performance, but it is behind the Galaxy-S in the GFX bench 10 devices and the latest iPhones.

Huawei did not save on the battery capacity, because the P 30 Pro runs with his 4th 200 – mAh battery in our online runtime test round 11 hours. With this, users should be able to get through the day easily even with extensive operation. Thanks to the 40 – Watt power supply is it after 84 minutes fully charged, after half an hour it is already at 55 percent. The P 30 Pro you can also charge wirelessly and even charge other compatible devices wirelessly – practical when friends run out of juice on the go.

The P 30 Pro you can both charge wirelessly and charge other devices wirelessly. Photo: CHIP

Huawei P 30 Pro has top equipment

The equipment of the Huawei P 30 Pro can be up to a few Show points: WLAN-ac, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC and an infrared transmitter for the control of AV devices are on board. According to IP 68 the Pro model is officially protected against dust and water damage.

Here comes the P 30 Pro with 8 GB RAM and 128 or 256 GByte of internal memory on the market. If that's not enough, you can expand the storage space. However, Huawei relies on its new nano memory cards. These are not yet part of the industry standard, so they are not available everywhere and are somewhat more expensive than microSD cards.

If you do not need a memory expansion, you can use the dual SIM function, and this on both connections in the LTE network (4G / 4G). This allows business users to separate work and private phone numbers, for example, and still use only one device. In addition, the P 30 Pro furiously fast LTE with up to 1.4 gigabits per second – the German networks are still not that fast.

Important for many: Huawei also refrains from using the P 30 Pro on a 3.5 millimeter jack. A simple adapter is included, but it cannot be used to listen to music and charge the cell phone at the same time. On the Huawei P 30 Pro runs the current Android 9.0 Pie under Huawei's user interface EMUI 9.1 at the time of the test. The security patch level is dated to 01. March 2019 and is up to date. Huawei usually patches its smartphones quite reliably for the first year or two.

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The internal memory of 128 or 256 Gbyte can be expanded with Huawei's own memory card in nano format. Photo: CHIP

Viviane  Osswald

Viviane Osswald

Viviane Osswald supports the editorial team in the area of ​​test and Buying advice. She writes about current trends in the smartphone market and tests the latest devices. She also keeps an eye on the smartphone periphery.