Test Huawei P30 Pro: excellence and sobriety

Presentation

Six months after unveiling its Mate 20 Pro, Huawei is back on the attack with its P30 Pro. The latest member of the P family, which is traditionally dedicated to photography at the Chinese manufacturer, this mobile is also a fierce competitor to the Galaxy S10 and the iPhone Xs. And who says fierce competitor also says high price, since the P30 Pro is sold at around €1,000.

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An screen that occupies a very large part of the front side of appareil

Avec its 6.5-inch screen and especially its three cameras on the back, the P30 Pro will chase away the photo fanatics. A successful gamble? That's what we're going to see...

Ergonomics and design

For the design of its P30 Pro, Huawei didn't look very far since the phone looks very similar to the P20 Prosorti last year, with some marginal improvements. The glass back is a little more curved and the arrangement of the photo modules is more harmonious with a single optical "island". However, the latter is quite prominent, which will make the phone look wobbly when placed on a table.

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An glass back, real trace magnet from doigts

La front side is almost 90% occupied by the screen, which is also curved. This gives the mobile a very elegant look, but we've had more than one instance of accidentally pressing the edges of the screen while using it. Aesthetically and from an ergonomic point of view, it's quite close to what Samsung can do, even if the quality of construction of anS10+ is still a notch higher today. The fault lies with a slightly less dense glass back than that of the S10.

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Les curved edges make gripping easier.

Néanmoins, with a slight improvement in its recipe compared to last year, Huawei has once again delivered a successful phone with impeccable finishes. On top of that, it embeds all the technologies expected of a high-end cell phone today: a USB-C socket, NFC, the ability to hold two SIM cards and of course a waterproof certification that guarantees peace of mind in case of accidental bathing.

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Andiscreet bottom border.

On even has the right to the fingerprint reader under the screen like on the S10, Mate 20 Pro and otherOnePlus 6T. This optical sensor is not necessarily one of the fastest and requires a small adjustment time, but once you take the hand (you have to press your finger firmly on the glass), the mobile unlocks itself almost every time.

Screen

Comme it is the case for from now on for all the ultra-high end phones, the P30 Pro is equipped with an Oled screen. A technology that has the advantage of being less energy hungry than an LCD screen and displaying better contrasts. And even beyond that, we can say that Huawei has gone to great lengths to offer a quality screen.

Tout first of all, once the "Normal" screen profile and the "Default" color temperature have been selected, we get a hair colorimetry. The Delta E is 2.6 - thus under the threshold of the 3, below which it is considered that the human eye does not perceive a colorimetric drift - and the color temperature reaches 6597 kelvins, that is to say half a hair of perfection. Don't worry, you will be able to admire your photos on a quality screen.

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Andiscreet notch.

Il the same applies to the general readability of the device. Thanks to its maximum brightness of 670 cd/m² and its very limited reflectance, the P30 Pro's display remains legible under all circumstances. Able to go down to 2.7 cd/m², it won't burn your retina either if you're a night-time web surfer. And of course, thanks to the Oled the contrast is "infinite".

Enfin, thanks to a tactile delay measured at 75 ms and a remanence at zero - thanks to the Oled -, the P30 Pro is a real pleasure to use. Reactive and fluid, the screen is perfect for browsing the Internet, within your applications and OS. Here again, Huawei doesn't quite manage to do as well as Samsung, but it's still very successful.

Performances

Sans big surprise, with a Kirin 980 house chip and 8 GB of RAM, the P30 Pro runs with an admirable fluidity and we never met unlagou unbug. The phone is a real pleasure to use.

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Chauffe after 10 minutes of photo and video captures.

phone never gets too hot, either after long photo sessions or wild games. No need to worry about that.

P30 Pro is also a very nice gaming machine thanks to its graphics processor on steroids and its beautiful screen. A game like Asphalt 9tourne with the best graphics and a flawless fluidity.

Audio

P30 Pro being deprived of a mini-jack plug and arriving with no adapter in the box, it is impossible for us to do our usual battery of tests. The only loudspeaker present on the lower edge delivers a powerful and quite complete signal. A rare fact on smartphones. We also got to grips with the USB-C earphones quickly.

Pourquoi we do not test the audio performance of smartphones in Bluetooth

La mini-jack plug is becoming increasingly rare on smartphones and tablets, Bluetooth becoming the preferred way to connect headsets to it...

Les included earbuds have a design reminiscent of Apple's famous Earpods. Comfort is very honorable. The earphones easily find their place and the fit is very correct. On the other hand, don't expect to be in your music bubble, as the passive isolation is almost nil.

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An design that reminds us of something...

Du Besides the sound performance, this pair of earphones ensures the minimum. The sound rendering is certainly warm and very soft, but it frankly lacks precision and sharpness. The bass is very round and, despite the size of the earphones, you still get a good fit. Unfortunately, the high leboosttrop and the lack of precision/definition turn the bass into a kind of mass. Masking effects are present, but the intelligibility of the voices remains assured. The relatively sharp retreat of the high-midrange/treble also plays a role in this prominence of the low frequencies. We really would have liked a better sound presence. Even the most aggressive songs in the mid/high-mids sound low, that is to say.

In on the other hand, the restitution in the higher frequencies is not as disappointing as one might think. The highs are a minimum extended and precise, which allows to perceive a minimum of room effects and the most subtle effects. Finally, it should be noted that this pair of headphones is not very sensitive and that you have to push significantly on the listening volume (80% on the smartphone) to get a reasonable level.

Photo

Devenue the real nerve of mobile warfare, the photo is put in the spotlight on this P30 Pro. In all, there are three photoplus sensors : a time-of-flight camera that allows to measure the scene in 3D - and is supposed to help for the portrait mode, we'll come back to that later. The other three sensors are :

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By top to bottom: the ultra-wide-angle sensor, the "standard" and the 5x zoom.

This plethora of sensors is supposed to offer photographers something for every situation. Stockpiling sensors is good, when they are of good quality, it's better. So let's see what it all adds up to in practice...

Capteur "standard"

default' camera - which is in the middle on the optical island - is capable of capturing photos up to 40 MP, but is by default set to 10 MP to make dupixel binninget therefore technically capable of improving performance in low light.

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In In daylight, the camera defends itself admirably well, even against aPixel 3. The level of detail is excellent, the contrast is also excellent and the sharpness is well present. The only small reproach, the white balance could be better controlled, the photo has a very slight tendency to turn blue, which results in a slightly less warm rendering than thePixel 3. On the other hand, the P30 Pro has a much better color reproduction. All in all, it is one of the very good students with a homogeneous rendering and practically no loss of detail at the edges of the image.

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By is also harming the P30 Pro does an admirable job. It manages to ensure impeccable exposure, maintaining a good level of detail while playing sparingly with smoothing to erase grain. The result is a very clean image that rivals Pixel 3 without too many problems. In very low light conditions, the P30 Pro is able to see better than the human eye and almost "turn on the light" by pushing the ISOs - we measured up to 65,000 ISOs when the phone "combines" all three sensors. It's simply amazing, just like the night mode of Pixel 3.

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Zoom 5x

Mais is obviously the "5x zoom" that Huawei is highlighting on this P30 Pro - which is not really one in reality since it is a fixed module equivalent to 135 mm in 24x36. By adopting a periscope arrangement of the lenses, Huawei has in fact beaten the pawn at Oppo, from which we are still waiting for the famous "10x zoom" presented in Barcelona. In practice, this optic allows you to frame a subject tightly without using the digital zoom. A first on a smartphone. And in practice, well...

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ƒ/3.4 - 1/198 s - 50 ISO

Eh well it's bluffing! As we can see above, with good lighting conditions, we perceive the details of the image with an impressive richness and sharpness. Never seen before on a smartphone !

Oui, but... the zoom is capricious. To make a successful shot like the one we're presenting you with, you not only need to have a maximum of light (the lens opens at f/3.4), but also to remain very stable - optical and software stabilizations help, but are not enough. We have more than once found ourselves with blurred movement indoors in the middle of the day - it must be said that even in bright sunshine, the phone was triggered at 1/33 s in some cases. So the zoom is good, but the conditions to exploit it are limited.

We have so far carefully avoided talking about what the sensor was doing in low light, because we simply couldn't capture an image in these conditions! Indeed, as soon as the light is missing, the phone switches to the main module and performs a 5x digital zoom in order to favor exposure to the detriment of details. In other words, the quality is really, really not there.

Ultra wide-angle

For To conclude this great tour of sensors, let's take a look at the ultra-wide-angle sensor. The latter can go up to 20 Mpx and replicates a 16 mm lens in 24x36. The framing is therefore a little tighter than what we find in the competition, including Samsung whose S10 lens is equivalent to a 13 mm 24x36.

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Mais on this wide-angle game, the P30 Pro still does better than the Galaxy S10. The textures are better restored, the smoothing is less present and the contrast is more accentuated. Because of the longer hair optics, the image is also less distorted. In short, the wide-angle module of the P30 Pro is a success.

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By night on the other hand is something else. Grain, noise and chromatic aberrations settle so comfortably that we no longer perceive much. But in its defense, the competition is not doing much better, to tell the truth. Under these conditions, one oscillates from bad to mediocre, no matter what the phone.

Galerie photo :

Mode portrait, front sensor and video.

In In addition to these different optics, the P30 Pro also offers many additional features within its application, such as the now much-anticipated "portrait mode". This is also the mode used by the "time-of-flight" camera we were talking about earlier. Thanks to this module, the phone is able to measure a large number of depths of field and thus to create a more progressive bokeh than what we are used to see on cell phones. Rather than a layer of Gaussian blur around the subject, the P30 Pro manages to create something that comes close to a real camerabokeh - without exactly matching it, let's be clear. The result is elegant photos with the subject in the foreground.

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On can see several levels of bokeh, especially here between the ponytail and the bottom of image

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front sensor of 32 Mpx also does a very good job with a nice bunch of details and a well marked stitching. Even in low light the mobile is doing well. Finally, in video, the phone has almost no problem, except for a very slightlag when filming in 4K. Note that the P30 Pro also offers a lot of disengagement options, whether in photo or video.

Autonomy

In a format more or less similar to that of the Galaxy S10+, Huawei has managed to fit a slightly larger battery, since the P30 Pro benefits from a 4,200 mAh battery (compared to 4,100 mAh for the S10+). This difference, plus better software management, allows the P30 Pro to offer a longer battery life than its competitor.

Sur In our Smartviser autonomy test (which combines streaming, music, web, calls, standby...), the phone lasted 18 h 30 min before falling below the fateful 15% bar. Enough to ensure a big day and a half of autonomy without too many problems in sustained use. Unless you're on your phone all day long, you won't technically have to keep a worried eye on your mobile's gauge at the end of the day. Before we went to bed, our copy usually dropped to around 50%.

Autre good news, the 40 watt power pack included in the box allows you to fully charge the device in less than 50 minutes! A very appreciable speed.