Huawei P30 Pro, first impressions: an excellent construction for a photographic evolution that paints very well
Being the pioneer of the triple rear camera in the high range went somewhat in the shade when it has become one of the trends of 2018 even in the mid-range, so it had to be updated and renewed with greater notoriety. And that is what we have found that the new flagship of Huawei is willing to demonstrate after having had a first contact with the Huawei P30 Pro.
As we have seen in the presentation, the top of the range now differs from its immediately younger brother, the Huawei P30, by incorporating four rear cameras, one of them integrating a TOF sensor (Time of flight). With a familiar design, new colors and the pertinent update of components, the Huawei P30 Pro defends the possession of a surname that places it at the top of the podium of the house, we tell you our first impressions about it.
First impressions of the Huawei P30 Pro on video
A terminal that we would recognize leagues
The brand has insisted a lot on what it considers the two main pillars of the Huawei P30 Pro, or what seems to have been the main lines of innovation with respect to the previous ones: design and photography. But regarding the first we have found lines, finishes and familiar materials.
This per se is far from negative; The P30 are very well built, attractive phones and maintain the same feeling of robustness that the Huawei P20 Pro and the rest of the brand's first-line phones gave us in 2018. But it is true that despite the changes we have seen in the front and some variation in the rear, has reminded us a lot of the above in hand.
On the right the Huawei P30 Pro, on the left the Huawei P30.
Changes such as the double curvature in the rear and front of the P30 Pro, a feature that will differentiate it from the flat design that the P30 draws on its front, or a notch that happens to occupy the minimum and draw a "U" unlike that already discreet notch that we saw on the front of the P20. In this way, an advanced facial recognition system has been renounced and for the moment not opting for that perforated screen that has been integrated into the Huawei Nova 4.
This favors that the sensation of "everything" screen is much greater than that given by a front with the capacitive fingerprint sensor inserted in an edge that stood out too much compared to the proposals of other rivals with a better percentage of use of the front. Now the P30 have finally met minimums when it comes to a front with a single protagonist, the screen, and it has suited them quite well.
Now the P30 have finally met minimums in terms of a front with a single protagonist: the screen
Of course, in the absence of seeing how the fingerprint reader works, which is now integrated into the screen as we saw in the Huawei Mate 20 Pro (although as they have indicated it is a new optical sensor, different from that one). On the back we see the protuberance, as familiar and not very discreet as that of the P20 (and we are glad that they have not inherited "the dice" from the Mate 20 Pro), but in the end they are comfortable terminals, especially a P30 that for having a more contained size fits very well in hand.
In fact, something that caught our attention at first is that the P30 Pro gives the feeling of not having excessively increased the volume compared to its predecessor despite having a greater diagonal and a battery with more capacity (slightly in both cases), so in the absence of knowing dimensions we consider that there has been a good job in terms of compaction. Of course, it weighs its own, it is probably over 200 grams.
Numbers make the difference in RAM and photography
It was said, it was commented it was rumored that there would be another distinctive feature between the standard brother and the Pro, but finally the rumor has faded as both phones integrate the Kirin 980 and its dual NPU. Nothing of an advanced Kirin 990 with the 5G Balong 5000 modem for the P30 Pro, which will not be the standard bearer of this network along with its flexible brother the Huawei Mate X, but maintains the same brain as the P30.
The difference may be in RAM, since they are 6 and 8 GB for each of them. Although a priori, in what is multitasking deployment, opening not too demanding apps and the little we have been able to do with the demo terminals there was no difference in how EMUI moved.
EMUI, by the way, is in version 9 on Android 9 Pie in both cases. The layer does not show a priori improvements or apparent news compared to what we have seen in the latest phones that we have tested and that integrate it. It is quite similar to the layer of the HONOR View20, despite the fact that it receives the name of Magic, including the limitations of time of use and the particularities that we already saw at the time.
Something that does change, a little by force, is the camera app. There are new features in the sensors and in the lenses and the app is the rudder to take advantage of them all, and in this way we have seen some change that we have been able to slightly test.
As a reminder, we have optical and ultra wide-angle zoom on both terminals, but the magnification changes and also the addition of a fourth sensor for the P30 Pro, the TOF. However, the app is the same for both since the execution of these functions in practice by the user is the same and the TOF action is noticeable in certain modes, as well as in augmented reality functions.
In fact, in principle there is a little more distance in the blur modes between one brother and another thanks to the fact that in the Pro the software now shares more effort with the hardware. The TOF appears to provide better performance thanks to better depth analysis, applying an apparently more gradual and natural blur than what we see in the P30.TOF sensor appears to provide better performance thanks to better depth analysis
In both cases, there is a portrait mode only for people, which requires us to select an effect so that the blur is applied, and an aperture mode that traditionally includes Huawei. The AI is now a button, as it was already in the HONORS and its application is much more comfortable (and apparently effective), while the HDR is still an option in the "More" tab, something very impractical, and exclusive in addition of automatic shooting leaving the Pro out of the dynamic range improvement it offers.
The "notch" may or may not be hidden by software.
These cameras will have to be tested well and outdoors, especially those promises of a more elaborate HDR and a somewhat more trained AI performance, which could not remain an increase in saturation by default being a real assistance to the user. What they showed us is that night mode is still quite impressive, taking light out of where it is not without increasing the ISO and making us forget the tripod.
Good taste in the mouth waiting to taste them better
It is difficult that the high-end line of Huawei does not give a good feeling when the design, beyond the marketing messages, transcends as a priority. It does so with quality finishes and a patent effort to maintain its own line while continuing to satisfy trends such as colors, the invasion of rear cameras or the prominence of the screen.
Huawei P30 and Huawei P30 Pro.
As photography is one of the main updates, we are eager to try it well, thoroughly, in different scenarios and all those ways with which Huawei continues to cram an app that maintains its own style (for better and for worse). Also a battery that has increased and that we really liked in the Mate. But all this, together with the performance, the audio and everything that does not allow us to test the environment and the time of a contact will have to wait for the opportunity to analyze them in depth.