The Huawei P30 Pro’s cameras put the iPhone and Galaxy S10+ to shame

For the past few years, Huawei has been working hard to make sure its flagship devices remain competitive with Samsung and Apple. The design, performance and camera capabilities of Huawei’s Mate and P-series smartphones did the job, but last year Huawei kicked things into overdrive with the Huawei P20 Pro and Mate 20 Pro.
At yesterday’s unveiling of the new Huawei P30 series, the company showed no sign of slowing down, especially on the camera front. While the P30’s cameras offer a huge step up over last year’s P20, the P30 Pro is the device to get if you’re looking for the ultimate camera experience on a smartphone. Huawei even boasted that the new device will usher in a “new era of smartphone photography.” 
Right out of the gate, the Huawei P30 Pro beats the competition simply with the number of camera sensors its features on the back of the phone. Huawei has crammed in a total of four sensors, one of which features a periscope-style 5X telephoto lens. The main camera is equipped with a 40MP sensor with an incredible f/1.6 lens. A second 20MP sensor is then paired with a 16mm ultra-wide lens and the third 8MP sensor sports a 125mm 55 telephoto, f/3.4 periscope lens.  The fourth sensor on the P30 Pro is a ToF sensor which is used for more accurate depth calculations for improved portrait images which Huawei claims can accurately map a subject’s hair so that it doesn’t blur into the background. 
While that may seem like a lot, Huawei also decided to change the sensor technology as well. Rather than opting for the traditional RGGB sub- Pixel array that nearly all camera sensors use, the Huawei P30 camera sensors use an RYYB sub-pixel layout. The reason for the change is that this configuration allows each pixel to capture 40% more light. On top of that, the sensor on the P30 Pro is also capable of ISO 409,600, allowing the phone to capture images with as little as 1 LUX of light.
Rather than simply giving us the specs and calling it a day, Huawei decided to show off what the cameras on the Huawei P30 Pro are capable of.

Huawei started their comparison with images captured in a dark room with a mother and daughter. The images from the Samsung Galaxy S10+ and Apple iPhone Xs Max turned out dark as you’d expect, but thanks to the new sensors and the ISO capabilities of the P30 Pro, Huawei’s phone delivers an image which looks like it was captured during the day.

Huawei even showed off images of the night sky over Africa. The images captured by the Apple and Samsung phones were completely black, but the one from the Huawei P30 Pro highlighted a tree, the hills in the background, the gradient sky and quite a few stars. This example was skewed a bit in Huawei’s favor since the shutter time was 0.85 seconds on its device versus 0.25 on the other two phones.

In true Huawei fashion, the comparisons then shifted dramatically in the company favor with shots like these which showed a 1/4-second exposure from the iPhone, a 10-second exposure from the Galaxy S10+ and 30-second exposures from the P30 and P30 Pro.
At this point, Huawei’s CEO took a jab at Samsung, noting that “the Galaxy phone cannot see the galaxy. But with the Huawei P30 and P30 Pro, you can see the galaxy.”

Huawei then shifted its focus to the 5X telephoto lens of the phone, showing side-by-side comparisons with its main competitors. This image here is from a sight chart which was photographed from across the room. When zoomed in, the image from the Huawei P30 Pro is the only one that retains enough details to reveal the small letters on the chart.

Driving the point home, Huawei then highlighted an image of the moon. The iPhone came in dead last, simply showing a white blob in the sky. The Samsung Galaxy S10+ fared better, revealing a lot more detail than the iPhone, but Huawei’s device (which is capable of 50X digital zoom) delivered an astounding image incredible detail.
While on-stage comparisons like these are never truly fair, it’s clear that the new sensors that Huawei is using in the P30 and P30 Pro have a leg up on the competition.

Huawei P30 Pro commercial shows off the phone’s amazing camera features

The Huawei P30 Pro has a lot going for it, but no one will deny that its new 5X telephoto periscope lens is one of the most exciting things we’ve seen in smartphone photography in a very, very long time. It’s true that Huawei isn’t the first to show off this camera tech (Oppo showed off its 160mm camera lens at MWC), but they are the first to actually release a smartphone with it.
The other unique camera capabilities of the Huawei P30 Pro include a new RYYB sub- Pixel array on the sensor which allows 40% more light to be absorbed, a sensor that’s 125% larger than what you get on the iPhone Xs and Samsung Galaxy S10, an f/1.6 lens and a new AI-assisted OIS system which allows users to capture handheld long exposure images.

Do you think the Huawei P30 Pro is a better buy when compared to the Samsung Galaxy S10+?

Huawei P30 versus P30 Pro specification comparison

The new Huawei P30 and Huawei P30 Pro are two incredible smartphones with specs which could easily outshine most other smartphones on the market. If you’re not quite sure which device is right for you, this side-by-side spec comparison between the two devices should give you a better understanding of their features. While the larger P30 Pro has a bigger display, larger battery, a ToF depth sensor and a periscope 5x zoom lens, the basic P30 may be just as compelling to you when you consider that 200 Europ price difference between the two phones.
Based on the specs and the respective 799 and 999 Euro price points of the Huawei P30 and Huawei P30 Pro, which device do you think is the better buy? {
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Huawei P30 Pro
Huawei P30

Screen size

1080 x 2340
1080 x 2340

396 ppi
422 ppi

Kirin 980
Kirin 980


128 / 256 / 512GB

4,200 mAh
3,650 mAh

Android 9.0
Android 9.0

Rear camera
40MP (standard), f/1.6, 27mm
16MP (ultrawide), f/2.2, 16mm
8MP (telephoto), f/3.4, 125mm
40MP (standard), f/1.8, 27mm
16MP (ultrawide), f/2.2, 16mm
8MP (telephoto), f/2.4, 80mm

Front camera
32 MP, f/2.0
32 MP, f/2.0



158 x 73.4 x 8.4 mm
149.1 x 71.3 x 7.5 mm


Water Resistance

Wireless Charging

Special features
In-display fingerprint sensor, reverse wireless charging
In-display fingerprint sensor, reverse wireless charging


Huawei P30 & P30 Pro unveiled: usher in a new era of smartphone photography

At a launch event in Paris, Huawei officially pulled back the curtain to unveil the new Huawei P30 and Huawei P30 Pro, two new flagship devices which are poised to give Huawei an even stronger foothold in the smartphone space. While the devices share the same basic design and most internal components, the Huawei P30 Pro packs in a larger display, battery and camera technologies which make it a more appealing option for those who want the best of the best.

We’ll start things off with the design of the Huawei P30 and P30 Pro. Both phones feature glass on the front and back with a metal frame sandwiched between them. Rather than cutting out a hole in their OLED displays, the P30 and the P30 Pro both feature centered notches which only measure 6.6mm across, making them smaller than most smartphone notches we’ve seen to date. Huawei has also eliminated the speaker at the top of the phone, replacing it with new acoustic display technology which allows the display to vibrate to create sound just like LG has done with the new G8.
Unlike last year’s P20, the new P30 smartphones don’t feature a fingerprint sensor on the back. Like the Huawei Mate 20 devices, the new P30 handsets features an in-display fingerprint sensor, but the technology is actually 30% faster than the sensor Huawei used previously.
Externally, the distinguishing feature which sets these two smartphones apart is the size of their displays. The Huawei P30 comes with a 6.1-inch (2304 x 1080) OLED panel with support for HDR while the P30 Pro has a 6.4-inch curved OLED panel with the same resolution and feature set.
Ultimate Performance

On the inside, there are a few features which distinguish the P30 from the P30 Pro. Both phones are powered by the new Kirin 980 SoC, but the base model only comes with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage while the P30 Pro will have 8GB of RAM and storage options which range from 128GB all the way up to 512GB. While that may not be as much RAM as what you can get from the top-tier Samsung Galaxy S10 or OnePlus devices, Huawei has optimized the software o nits phones to allow for instant app launching for the 15 apps that you use the most.
Huawei is also including dual SIM support with its new NM card for expandable storage. This new card format made its debut last year alongside the Mate 20 Pro, but it’s still quite hard to find retailers which sell it.
On the power side, the smaller P30 is equipped with a 3,650 mAh battery while the larger P30 Pro comes with a 4,000 mAh cell. The devices ship with a 40W charger in the box and also support 15W fast wireless charging and reverse wireless charging.
Rule-breaking photography
Huawei claims that the new P30 and P30 Pro will usher in a “new era of smartphone photography” with their new camera systems. Rather than use the same sensors all the other smartphone manufacturers are using, the company has switched to a new RYYB sensor which provides 40% more light intake than the traditional RGGB Pixel layout. Huawei is also shattering the previous ISO record that it set with the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, allowing the P30 and P30 Pro to reach 204,800 and 409,600 ISO respectively.
These two features combined allow the phones to capture images with as little as 1 lux of light when most other smartphones can barely manage to capture an image at 5 lux. This means you can capture images of the starts and even the Milky Way with a 1-second exposure. or in a dark room with no lights on without using a flash.

The Huawei P30 is equipped with three camera sensors on the back: a 40MP main sensor which is paired with a 27mm, f/1.8 lens, an 8MP sensor with an 80mm telephoto (3x), f/2.4 lens and a third camera which is comprised of a 16MP sensor and 17mm ultrawide, f/2.2 lens. Up front, the P30 is equipped with a 32MP camera.
The P30 Pro has an upgraded quad-camera system. The main 40MP sensor is the same as that on the P30, but the lens is upgraded to f/1.6 to allow more light to be captured. The ultrawide lens is a little wider at 16mm and the sensor captures 20MP images and the telephoto camera features a periscope system which is made up of an 8MP sensor and 125mm (5X), f3.4 lens).  With the 5x zoom and the combination of the new sensor features, you can even zoom into the moon and capture incredible images which show off incredible details of the moon’s surface, something that’s impossible to do on any other smartphone. The fourth sensor on the P30 Pro is a ToF sensor which is used for more accurate depth calculations for improved portrait images, but the sensor can also be used to calculate the volume of objects and even comes with AR Core integration. The front-facing camera on the P30 Pro is the same as what you get on the regular P30.

On both phones, the main and telephoto sensors are equipped with AI-assisted OIS which will allow users to capture hand-held long exposure shots during the day or at night. Huawei is also leveraging the AI capabilities of its Kirin processor to improve image processing with its new AI HDR+ mode which delivers better exposure and color reproduction, even allowing you to capture images of subjects which are backlit by the sun. Huawei has made sure that the features is available on all the cameras on the two phones so that the images look as good as possible no matter which sensor you are using.
Pricing and availability
While Huawei P-series devices typically sold for a bit less than competing devices, the company appear to be bumping up the sticker price this year. The Huawei P30 will sell for 799 Euro (6GB RAM, 128GB storage) while the P30 Pro will start at 999 Euro with 128GB of storage and 8GB of RAM. The good news is that pre-orders for both devices have already started from Huawei, third-party retailers and service providers across Europe and Asia.
As expected, Huawei has not made any official announcement regarding availability of the two smartphones in the US, but you should be able to purchase them from third-party importers or even Amazon if you’re looking to use them on this side of the pond.

Here’s where to watch the Huawei P30 launch livestream

Huawei is hosting an event in Paris today to announce the new P30 series of flagships. The devices have been the focus of many leaks, one even coming from Huawei itself. Current rumors say that the P30 and P30 Pro will use Samsung-sourced 6.1-inch and 6.47-inch 1080p displays respectively along with a Kirin 980 processor, 6-8GB of RAM, and 128GB of base storage with more available for the P30 Pro.
The focus of these devices will be on the Leica camera setup, with both sharing a 40MP main sensor (with the Pro getting OIS). The P30 should get a 16MP wide angle camera and 8MP zoom camera with 5x hybrid zoom (this is likely the Mate 20 Pro’s 3x zoom lens). The P30 Pro steps up to a 20MP wide angle camera, 8MP zoom lens with 10x hybrid zoom, and a Time-of-Flight sensor.
We’ve also seen how the devices reportedly look, ruining most of the surprise of the official announcement. Nonetheless we hope Huawei has something in store for us, like potentially announcing a 10x hybrid zoom system. The Paris event begins at 9 AM Eastern or 6 AM Pacific and will be livestreamed to YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter. Hit those links to be taken to the livestream shortly before it begins ad watch with us to see the P30 be released!