Test Huawei P30: a versatile and successful smartphone

Presentation

An after a very convincingP20 Pro and six months after the excellentMate 20 Pro, Huawei is back with new flagships, the P30 and P30 Pro. Two smartphones that appeal not only because of their high-end technical specifications, but also because of their ambitions in photography. After a P30 Protrebuant focusing solely on audio, it's the P30's turn to take a little tour of our labs.

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La good handling of the P30.

Lancé at 799 €, the P30 faces thePixel 3, or theMate 20, but also the flagship killers that are theMi 9 andOnePlus 6T.

Ergonomics and design

For its P30, Huawei did not show any aesthetic eccentricity. By its lines and finish, the terminal appears to be a compact version of theMate 20. A good thing, since here we find again a well-finished smartphone. With its teardrop-shaped notch and fingerprint sensor under the screen, it boasts a striking front design. The 6.1-inch slab occupies 80% of the screen, a nice ratio. Unfortunately, its glass shell on the back side catches fingerprints very, very easily.

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La beautiful Oled slab of the P30.

In hand, the P30 proves to be very well done, with easily accessible lock and volume buttons on the right edge. The fingerprint sensor under the screen is positioned a bit low but proves to be quite responsive.

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glass back of the P30.

P30 is dust and water jet tight (IP53). However, it is not able to accommodate a microSD card. Huawei is once again imposing its NM format on SIM port number 2, with cards up to 256 GB. That's enough to make the smartphone's 128GB of storage look good.

Screen

La slab of the Huawei P30 is excellent. With its diagonal of 6.1 inches at a 19.5:9 ratio, it displays in 1,080 x 2,340 dpi for a resolution of 422 dpi. Oled obliges, it offers zero afterglow and infinite contrast. The colorimetry of the screen is also beyond reproach. But to take full advantage of it, it will be necessary to make a tour in the parameters and operate a very fast manipulation. Once in the sub-menu "Display", select "Mode & color temperature", then choose the profile "Normal" and "Default". You will then obtain excellent results, with an average delta E of 1.9 and a color temperature positioned at 6,801 K, close to the 6,500 K expected by the video standard.

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La steps to follow to take advantage of excellent colorimetry.

Côté performance, the screen of the P30 proves to be very good. Capable of a true wide range of luminosity, navigating between 1.7 cd/m² and 640 cd/m², the panel will remain readable in all lighting contexts. Its reflectance may be a little high (9.5%), as well as its tactile delay, very average (75 ms), but these two values are only a small glitch in a beautiful painting.

Performances

P30 has a Kirin 980 chip with 6 GB of RAM. This is more than enough to run Android without any problem. Applications open instantly, and you can switch from one to the other without making the smartphone flinch. Smooth navigation with composure, the smartphone does not heat up very much.

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P30 after filming 10 minutes in FHD+.

Au When you start a game, the Mali-G76 MP10 chip takes over. It offers an ever-smooth gaming experience and stands up to all available software, even the most 3D-hungry.

Audio

Sur At its lower edge, the P30 houses a high-quality 3.5 mm mini-jack connector. It offers a wide dynamic range, limits crosstalk and suffers almost no distortion. Its only limit is on the output power side. Far from being ideal, it will outlive most headphones, but the most power-hungry of them will eat it up. You have to know this.

Toujours on its lower edge, the P30's speaker is less convincing. The sound is slightly tighter, and more importantly, it also lacks power.

Photo

Fidèle to Huawei's reputation, it is on the photo side that the P30 stands out. The smartphone comes with three modules offering different photo experiences. There is a main module, a very wide-angle and a 3x optical zoom. Find below the characteristics of these three modules. However, there are slight differences compared to the P30 Pro with a 3x zoom (compared to 5x on the P30 Pro) and a very wide-angle 16 MP (compared to 20 MP on the Pro version).

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triple rear module of the P30.

Module "main"

Situé on the lower part of the optical island, the main module of the P30 catches 10 Mpx shots, thanks to the "pixel binning" technique (combination of four pixels to capture more light). In full brightness, the P30 performs well. The main module displays a clear and realistic scene with a good dose of detail. The colors are also rather well represented, despite a slightly too warm white balance. There are also slight optical problems at the extreme periphery, where details are lost. Enough to place it a notch below Pixel 3.

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In low light, the P30 is also capable of shining, combining a short pause time (1/17 s) with a rather controlled sensitivity (ISO 1600). Huawei's smartphone delivers a good amount of detail and good contrast. The smoothing - used sparingly - is rather well forgotten. Once again, we are faced here with warmer shades than those offered by Pixel 3. Unfortunately, problems in the periphery remain and a few rare chromatic aberrations may appear, but nothing serious.

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In passing in the parameters of Huawei's photo application, it is possible to switch the main module to 40 Mpx. A mode far from revolutionizing the photo experience, but still handled with mastery here. The main advantage being the amount of details still accentuated. Unfortunately, this is to the detriment of the colors, which are slightly blander.

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In low luminosity, the picture is much less pleasing. The module captures with the same exposure time and the same sensitivity as in 10 Mpx, but manages its subject much less. Electronic noise invades the image and chromatic aberrations abound. We therefore advise you to stay at 10 MP during your night shoot.

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À Note that a night mode is available. However, it is not very convincing. Abusing the exposure time when on a tripod (16 s), it only accentuates the smoothing and shows itself light years away from what Pixel 3 is capable of.

Module ultra-large-angle

Avec its ultra-wide-angle 16 MP module backed by a 16 mm lens (24x36 equivalent), Huawei also offers a great daytime experience.

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quilting is satisfactory, the colors are faithful and the deformation remains under control. Once again, the only small problem is in the extreme periphery where legibility takes a big blow.

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Comme often, it's at night that the problem occurs. The module increases in sensitivity (ISO 3200) while keeping a reasonable exposure time (1/17 s), but the result does not follow. Colors and details disappear, the scene is dull and not very usable.

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Module zoom 3x

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module embedding a telephoto lens of the P30 is rather good... in daytime. It offers a rendering that is both usable and pleasing to the eye. It even manages to show sharpness. However, things go wrong as soon as the light fades even a little. The blurring of movement thus appears, reducing the relevance of the operation. To create the 5x zoom, the smartphone digitally crops the image 3x. The result is only average.

By night, the P30 switches to 3x zoom on the main module, so it is once again a digital zoom. Obviously, because of this, the rendering quality is in free fall. Moreover, the photos are not very usable. However, it is hard to blame Huawei for this, his competitors are doing the same gymnastics.

Mode portrait, frontal sensor and vidéo

For In its portrait mode, the P30 relies on its main module in 10 Mpx. And it has to be said that it does high quality work. It's perfectly executed and even has the luxury of being progressive. And this, despite the disappearance of the camera "time of flight", present on the P30 Pro.

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By On its side, the frontend module (32 Mpx, f/2.0) does a very good job. Its shots are detailed and the light well managed. On its side, the lebokeh is perfectly successful, cutting faces with precision. Finally, the rear module is able to film in 4K in a fluid way.

Autonomy

Avec its 3,650 mAh battery, the P30 offers a good autonomy. In our SmartViser autonomy test, simulating a classic smartphone use, the Huawei terminal lasted 14 h 58 min before falling below the fateful 15% battery level. This is an expected score for a high-end smartphone, corresponding to a single day's use in real conditions. This puts it slightly ahead of Pixel 3, but behind theXiaomi Mi 9 or theOnePlus 6T.

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À Please note that it takes 1 hr 10 min to fully charge the smartphone with the supplied power pack.