So, this is it. The new, much anticipated and much leaked Huawei’s successor to the lauded P20, the Huawei P30 and Huawei P30 Pro, are official. As per the leaks, both models gets in bump is the imaging department where the P30’s main shooter has been upgraded to a triple camera setup and the P30 Pro, a quad-camera setup. Sad to say, though, on both devices, the annoying camera bump and notch, albeit a very tiny one (called Dewdrop display), are still present.

Huawei P30 and P30 Pro Smartphones

As with the outgoing flagship, the two models differ in just a few areas, namely, screen size, storage, battery and of course, the cameras. The cameras on Huawei P30 Pro claims a DxOMark Mobile score of 112. Beyond that, they are pretty much identical. Powering either device is Huawei-owned HiSilicon’s latest flagship System-on-Chip, the Kirin 980 SoC – the world’s first 7 nm process chipset – featuring Dual Neural-network Processing Unit, and an octacore processor made up of 2 Cortex-A76-based 2.6 GHz, 2 Cortex-A76-based 1.92 GHz and 4 Cortex-A55 1.88 GHz chips.

Huawei P30 Pro Smartphone

With the less obtrusive notch and the lack of physical home button, and the curved edge display, the P30 is nearing a true edge-to-edge device. Like the Mate 20, it now uses in-display fingerprint scanner – a technology that we totally dig and thought it should be a standard befitting the world’s technological advancement. Before we get on to the rundown of the specifications, there is something interesting going on in the imaging aspect of the Pro model.

In addition to a 40 MP Super Sensing Camera and a 20 MP Ultra Wide Angle Lens, it also gets a third camera that does incredible optical zoom and a Time of Flight camera. To achieve what Huawei dubbed as SuperZoom, it uses a new periscope telephoto lens like Oppo’s upcoming Reno phone. Working in sync with the 40 MP main shooter and in-built optical image stabilization, the so-called SuperZoom lens affords up to 10x hybrid zoom and Huawei go as far as to claim it can capture the Moon with up to 50x zoom.

Huawei P30 Smartphone

Why do we have a feeling that capturing the Moon will be a benchmark of mobile cameras moving forward? Xiaomi also made the claim to capture the Moon as-is, though not so much by zoom. Anyways, low light imaging prowess is also a huge thing on the Pro model with the device capable of insane ISO 409,600. And then there are Super Macro (as close as 2.5 cm), long exposure and more, and of course, AI-powered photography, including AI HDR+.

The emphasis on photography is huge. So huge that at one point, I almost forgot that we are talking about mobile phone. Anyways.. continue reading to find a table of side-by-side specifications comparison between the two new Huawei P devices.

Huawei P30 and P30 Pro Smartphones
Huawei P30 Pro
Huawei P30
OSAndroid 9.0 Pie with EMUI 9.1Android 9.0 Pie with EMUI 9.1
ChipsetHuawei Kirin 980 Octacore Processor
Dual NPUs(Neural-network Processing Unit)
2*Cortex-A76 Based 2.6 GHz+ 2*Cortex-A76 Based 1.92 GHz + 4*Cortex-A55 1.8 GHz
Huawei Kirin 980 Octacore Processor
Dual NPUs(Neural-network Processing Unit)
2*Cortex-A76 Based 2.6 GHz+ 2*Cortex-A76 Based 1.92 GHz + 4*Cortex-A55 1.8 GHz
GPU??
Display6.47’’ OLED Dewdrop display
6.47 inches, FHD+ (2340*1080 pixels, 19.5:9 aspect ratio) DCI-P3 HDR display
Pixel density at around 398 ppi
OLED with 16.7 million colors
6.1’’ OLED Dewdrop display
6.1 inches, FHD+ (2340*1080 pixels, 19.5:9 aspect ratio) DCI-P3 HDR Curved display
Pixel density at around 422 ppi
OLED with 16.7 million colors
Memory6 GB RAM + 128 GB ROM
8 GB RAM + 128/256/512 GB ROM
6/8 GB RAM + 128 GB ROM
NetworkVOG-L29:
Primary SIM card:
4G FDD LTE: Bands 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/12/17/18/19/20/26/28/32
4G TDD LTE: Bands 34/38/39/40
3G WCDMA: Bands 1/2/4/5/6/8/19
3G TDS: Bands 34/39
2G GSM: Bands 2/3/5/8(850/900/1800/1900 MHz)

Secondary SIM card:
4G FDD LTE: Bands 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/12/17/18/19/20/26/28
4G TDD LTE: Bands 34/38/39/40
3G WCDMA: Bands 1/2/4/5/6/8/19
2G GSM: Bands 2/3/5/8(850/900/1800/1900 MHz)

VOG-L09:
4G FDD LTE: Bands 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/12/17/18/19/20/ 26/28/32
4G TDD LTE: Bands 34/38/39/40
3G WCDMA: Bands 1/2/5/8/4/6/19
3G TDS: Bands 34/39
2G GSM: Bands 2/3/5/8(850/900/1800/1900 MHz)

*In Dual SIM version, either card slot can be set to accommodate the primary or secondary SIM card.
*Functions available on the live network depend on the situations of carrier's network and related services deployment.
ELE-L29:
Primary SIM card:
4G FDD LTE: Bands 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/12/17/18/19/20/26/28/32
4G TDD LTE: Bands 34/38/39/40
3G WCDMA: Bands 1/2/4/5/6/8/19
3G TDS: Bands 34/39
2G GSM: Bands 2/3/5/8(850/900/1800/1900 MHz)

Secondary SIM card:
4G FDD LTE: Bands 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/12/17/18/19/20/26/28
4G TDD LTE: Bands 34/38/39/40
3G WCDMA: Bands 1/2/4/5/6/8/19
2G GSM: Bands 2/3/5/8(850/900/1800/1900 MHz)

ELE-L09:
4G FDD LTE: Bands 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/12/17/18/19/20/ 26/28/32
4G TDD LTE: Bands 34/38/39/40
3G WCDMA: Bands 1/2/5/8/4/6/19
3G TDS: Bands 34/39
2G GSM: Bands 2/3/5/8(850/900/1800/1900 MHz)

*In Dual SIM version, either card slot can be set to accommodate the primary or secondary SIM card.
*Functions available on the live network depend on the situations of carrier's network and related services deployment.
CameraRear:
Leica Quad Camera:
40 MP (Wide Angle Lens, f1.6 aperture,OIS) + 20 MP (Ultra Wide Angle Lens, f2.2 aperture) + 8 MP (Telephoto, f3.4 aperture,OIS)
Huawei Time-of-Flight (TOF) Camera
Supports autofocus (laser focus, phase focus, contrast focus), supports AIS (Huawei AI Image Stabilization).

Note: In different photo modes, the number of pixels may be slightly different, please refer to the actual situation.

Front:
32 MP, f2.0 aperture

Note: In different photo modes, the number of pixels may be slightly different, please refer to the actual situation.

*The photo pixels may vary depending on the shooting mode.
Rear:
Leica Triple Camera:
40 MP (Wide Angle Lens, f1.8 aperture) + 16 MP (Ultra Wide Angle Lens, f2.2 aperture) + 8 MP (Telephoto, f2.4 aperture,OIS)
Supports autofocus (laser focus, phase focus, contrast focus), supports AIS (Huawei AI Image Stabilization).

Note: In different photo modes, the number of pixels may be slightly different, please refer to the actual situation.

Front:
32 MP, f2.0 aperture

Note: In different photo modes, the number of pixels may be slightly different, please refer to the actual situation.

*The photo pixels may vary depending on the shooting mode.
Battery4,200 mAh
Supports Huawei SuperCharge (Max 40W)
Supports Huawei Wireless Quick Charge (15W)*

*Compatible Qi-certified wireless chargers sold separately.
3,650 mAh
Supports Huawei SuperCharge
ConnectivityDual band (2.4 GHz/5 GHz) 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (wave2), Bluetooth 5.0, BLE (supports SBC, AAC, aptX, aptX HD, LDAC and HWA Audio), NFC, Type-C (USB 3.1 GEN1)* for charging, data and audio.

*This function should be used with the USB 3.1 GEN1 cable (non-standard USB cable, need to be purchased separately) that supports this function.
*The standard USB cable supports USB 2.0.


Dual band (2.4 GHz/5 GHz) 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (wave2), Bluetooth 5.0, BLE (supports SBC, AAC, aptX, aptX HD, LDAC and HWA Audio), NFC, Type-C (USB 3.1 GEN1)* for charging, data, 3.5 mm audio headphone jack.

*This function should be used with the USB 3.1 GEN1 cable (non-standard USB cable, need to be purchased separately) that supports this function.
*The standard USB cable supports USB 2.0.
SensorsAmbient Light Sensor, In-Screen Fingerprint Sensor, Gyroscope, Compass, Proximity Sensor, Gravity Sensor, Hall Sensor, Infrared Sensor, Color Temperature SensorAmbient Light Sensor, In-Screen Fingerprint Sensor, Gyroscope, Compass, Proximity Sensor, Gravity Sensor, Hall Sensor, Laser Sensor, Color Temperature Sensor
PositioningGPS (L1 + L5 Dual Band) / AGPS / Glonass / BeiDou / Galileo (E1 + E5a Dual Band) / QZSS (L1 + L5 Dual Band)GPS (L1 + L5 Dual Band) / AGPS / Glonass / BeiDou / Galileo (E1 + E5a Dual Band) / QZSS (L1 + L5 Dual Band)
Audio/VideoSupported Audio formats:
Dolby Atmos (Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital+, Dolby AC-4)
*.mp3, *.mp4, *.3gp, *.ogg, *.amr, *.aac, *.flac, *.wav, *.midi

Supported Video formats:
*.mp4, *.3gp
Supported Audio formats:
Dolby Atmos (Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital+, Dolby AC-4)
*.mp3, *.mp4, *.3gp, *.ogg, *.amr, *.aac, *.flac, *.wav, *.midi

Supported Video formats:
*.mp4, *.3gp
Dimension158.0 x 73.4 x 8.41 mm, 192g
(6.22 x 2.89 x 0.33 inches, 6.77 ounces)
149.1 x 71.36 x 7.57 mm, 165g
(5.87 x 2.81 x 0.30 inches, 5.82 ounces)
OthersIP68
IP53
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All images courtesy of Huawei.

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