Huawei P30 Pro Review: World First Four Rear Cameras With Kirin 980


On March 26th in Paris, France, and April 11th in Shanghai, China, we witnessed the birth of Huawei’s new generation of image benchmarks in Huawei and the P30 series. Huawei’s P30 series has received a high degree of attention and universal praise both inside and outside the industry for its first-generation innovative color matching, design, and extreme performance blessing, especially the “super-sensing Leica four-cameras of mobile phone game rules.” What is unique about the Huawei P30 series, and it is able to support such great heat and attention?

You can boldly imagine that there is such a mobile phone, with a strong performance in the leading position of the Android camp, the ultrafast charge and large-capacity battery that forgets the battery life problem, the large size screen with almost no borders visually, and the built-in A compact camera that “illuminates the night” and telephoto shoulder-splitting telescope. Since the Huawei P20 Pro has become the most powerful camera phone in the world, the Huawei P series has firmly established itself in the Android flagship camp, breaking the loneliness of Samsung and Apple’s monopoly and boring mobile photography field.

The leap forward of Huawei’s mobile phone photography began in P9. At that time, it cooperated with the old German video giant Leica to develop the mobile phone photography performance of Huawei P9, and it was successful, attracting the attention of countless Leica believers and photo enthusiasts. After 10 million sales, the Huawei P series became famous. The P10 series continues its dual-camera combination and is known as the “Master of Portrait Photography”, focusing on the advanced portrait photography at the time.

To the Huawei P20 series, the Leica three-shot, which was taken with the Sony IMX600 as the main camera, was superimposed on other manufacturers in a forward-looking manner. Even after the series was released for more than one year, few other models were able to match.

Before I got the Huawei P30 Pro, I thought that under the foundation of such a strong predecessor, it should be at the bottleneck, so that it is difficult to make a greater leap forward from the super high starting point. In fact, for the majority of people, as long as they can make small repairs based on the previous generation, it is enough.

When the mobile phone arrived, the author found that it far exceeded the previous expectations, did not stop eating in the previous generation’s credit book, we saw its bold introduction of the first RYYB array CMOS, the first 8 million large pixels periscope long The focal lens, added to the ToF lens, once again revolutionized the upper limit of mobile photography with a new look.

Obviously, Huawei is constantly surpassing the ceiling left by itself to ensure that it is always the strongest camera phone manufacturer in the world. Maybe after many years, if we look back on this journey of mobile photography, we can find the milestone in the Huawei P30 series. Next, let us first experience the Huawei P30 Pro through in-depth hands-on, experience, and testing. The P30 series will be available to you in a few days, so stay tuned.

Design & Appearance

Huawei P30 series is upgraded and polished on the basis of the previous work. Its slender body, gradient back cover and camera array are inherited the family style fashion ID, and it is also the moment to seize the eye of the witness. The shining point.

Huawei’s P-series and Mate series of mobile phone packaging after P9 will have a prominent Leica Coke standard, which can be seen as a blend of the two. In detail, this is the fourth year of cooperation between Huawei and Leica.

On the other hand, in contrast to the deep black tone of the Huawei Mate series, the packaging color of the Huawei P30 series is quiet and elegant white, from which you can see this distinctive double flagship route and different logo styles.

The author is quite favored for the Huawei P30 Pro, a 6.47-inch OLED hyperboloid screen with a resolution of 2340*1080. Due to the characteristics of the OLED screen, its color is bright, and the definition of the OLED screen of the same specification can reach the highest level.

It should be acknowledged that in the continuous running-in, the Huawei P30 series has a deeper understanding of the sleek relative to the P20 series, especially the Pro version in front of us. The design of the positive and reverse curved surfaces will be in the middle of each direction. Narrowed.

Looking at the forehead that accommodates the front lens and many sensors, you can find that there is no other thing besides this pearl-shaped non-display area, and there is nowhere to find the opening of the earpiece – Huawei P30 Pro The magnetic suspension sound screen technology is adopted to realize the sound of the screen.

In the actual experience, the author found that the actual sound quality of the magnetic suspension sound screen is no different from the traditional earpiece. The traditional earpiece sounds through the diaphragm, while the Huawei P30 Pro sounds evenly through the screen vibration, and the listening area is much larger than the traditional earpiece.

Let the front of the fuselage be as pure as the jade version except the forehead to eliminate the earpiece, eliminate the opening, and the narrow chin in front of the eyes. Compared with the previous generation, it took off the physical button and aligned with the Huawei Mate 20 series.

The front and back curved glass cover and the metal middle frame naturally meet, and the touch is comfortable and slim. It can be seen that the fuselage is compact and compact, which is a high-standard process for achieving IP68 dust and water resistance.

In contrast to the roundness of the left and right measuring frames, the top and bottom sections are very square and present a flat and flat look. This should be done in order to achieve the visual requirements of narrow screen borders at multiple angles. As can be seen from the above figure, the Huawei P30 Pro still retains the bottom speaker opening under the premise of ensuring IP68 dust and water resistance.

This is the same square and flat top detail as the bottom. The Huawei P30 Pro retains the infrared emitter.

As early as the Huawei P20 series, it pioneered the iconic gradient back cover, which was later widely used by the industry to imitate it. Today, the Huawei P30 Pro has a new height.

The above are the five colors of the Huawei P30 series, which implies the light and shadow of different time periods such as early morning, noon and night, to become the red tea orange, the sky, the pearly mother, the bright black, the aurora.

This is the “land of the sky” in our hands. Except for the “land of the sky”, other languages ​​can’t just describe its color properly. The color of the body changes back and forth between light blue and light green.

We learned from Huawei that hundreds of coating tests were conducted before the sky was officially finalized. The color matching process is processed through a 15-layer process, in which the progressive plating process, which is crucial for the gradation of color, is composed of 9 layers of nano vacuum optical coating, and the thickness is only 1/100 of a sheet of paper.

Under the light of different angles, the back cover of the sky is sometimes flat and elegant, sometimes changing to the golden color. The sky and the red tea are the two most eye-catching models of this time. Of course, if you have a preference for the traditional color, there are also aurora and bright black to choose from.

In terms of the arrangement of the camera, the Huawei P30 Pro follows the previous generation idea, adopting the style of vertical placement on the side. However, because the four-camera camera has one more than the previous generation, the flash and the newly added ToF lens are placed together in another column.

Not supporting SD card expansion is the industry’s common practice for flagship models, while Huawei P30 Pro supports Nano-Memory Card, which is a new storage format that is 45% smaller than traditional microSD cards. In addition, Huawei P30 Pro supports dual cards. Dual 4G dual VoLTE.

Third, take pictures: just a little light on the surface of the strongest super-sensitized Leica four photos for mobile photography brings what?


In the past 180 years, photography has gone from black and white film to color film, and then through the digital age, now the arrival of Huawei P30 series may open the door to the era of mobile video.

Looking back on the long history of mass photography for more than 180 years, the trend is to pursue a process of lightweight, simplification, and automation. Related companies have been seeking, creating new hardware and convenient and practical photography methods to replace the relatively lagging, high-cost traditional photography methods, and constantly let photography, which should belong to the public, the ordinary, the threshold of your pleasure. level.

Huawei P30 Pro carries a new ultra-sensing Leica four-shot, which is more than just increasing the number of lenses. It improves the imaging quality from the bottom of the software and hardware to better record the images you see. this world.

As mentioned in the previous parameter table, the Huawei P30 Pro is equipped with a super-sensing Leica four-shot, including a 40-megapixel super-sensing lens, a 20-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens, and an 8-megapixel periscope telephoto lens. , a ToF camera.

Compared with the previous generation, the image signal processor (ISP) and the neural network unit (NPU) based on the Kirin 980 platform are added in the software algorithm part.

It should be emphasized here that the largest mobile phone sensor in recent years, that is, the Huawei P30 Pro is 1/1.7 inch.

Therefore, Huawei P30 Pro emphasizes the improvement of optical capabilities of image sensors and lenses while ensuring the largest size of mobile phone sensors in the mobile phone industry.

When it comes to the improvement of the optical capabilities of image sensors and lenses, I have to talk about the super-sensing sensors and digital sensing principles that I have added.

Light is colored, this is necessary nonsense. N multi-color spectrum, the return to the original is also the combination of red, green and blue primary colors. The principle of digital sensing is to decompose light and record response information.

In the past, the traditional mobile phone camera sensor added RGGB Bayer filter: red/green/ blue pixels only allow the corresponding color light to pass, blocking other colors from entering, so that each pixel gets color, light, and dark.

The problem with RGGB Bayer filters is that the intensity of the lost light is lost while filtering the light. This problem has never been solved in the photography industry for decades. Now the Huawei P30 series has finally made bold explorations and changes!

The main camera of the Huawei P30 Pro is equipped with a 1/1.7-inch RYYB sensor and does not use the RGGB Bayer filter. RYYB replaces the green pixels we mentioned earlier with yellow (red + green = yellow) pixels so that it can pass the red and green light at the same time, avoiding the light intensity loss caused by the traditional RGGB scheme, and the light input is increased. Up to 40%. In this way, the highest sensitivity of the Huawei P30 Pro reaches ISO 409600, which is 64 times the highest ISO value (6400) of the iPhone Xs Max.

In addition to the core sensitivity issue, the Huawei P30 Pro’s main camera aperture has been upgraded from the previous generation f/1.8 to f/1.6, adding a custom-made OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) motor, which is unheard of night vision. The foundation of the ability.

Let’s take a look at this set of contrasts. This is the night vision capability that Huawei P30 Pro demonstrates when there is almost no light under the condition that the naked eye can’t see anything. If there is no AIS+OIS double anti-shake, it is difficult to achieve a few seconds of shooting.

When the ISO reaches 5000, the Huawei P30 Pro can still maintain the brightness, noise and color reproduction of the picture, so the proof of the sample quality has unquestionable usability. If you don’t test it yourself and see it, it’s hard to imagine.

This is the result of the Huawei P30 series from the underlying hardware, algorithms to the top-level application of the reintroduction, custom Leica four-shot, super-sensing sensor, self-developed Kirin 980 ISP, NPU, self-developed image sensing and processing algorithms, Huawei What you have is the entire mobile phone imaging system.

It can be clearly seen that the Huawei P30 Pro can calibrate, match and fuse photos regardless of the macro or medium and long distance. The built-in algorithm superimposes multiple frames of photos together to enhance picture quality. All are hand-held.

Night view off

Night view on

On the other hand, there is no need to worry about whether the night scene mode will be overpowered. As shown above, the Huawei P30 Pro is targeted at the night scene, not mechanical, and it can justify the restoration of the scene while retaining the details of the shadow.

Straight to the sun’s backlighting environment

It can be seen from the above set of proofs that during the day when the light is sufficient, the picture tolerance of the Huawei P30 Pro is very high, and the direct light and shadow details are completely intact. There is no overexposure or underexposure, and RYYB does not affect the accurate restoration of color.

In addition to the leap-forward exploration and transformation of sensors, Huawei P30 Pro’s original 5x optical zoom + 10x hybrid zoom + 50x digital zoom in zoom is also a highlight.

As we said before, under the current technology, how can we make the camera of the mobile phone look farther?

Here we need to introduce the periscope telephoto lens of this huge rectangular lens frame. It can use the built-in periscope lens to pass the optical prism to make the light path traverse 90°. This accommodates a huge super zoom lens across the body for 5x optical zoom, 10x hybrid zoom, and 50x digital zoom. It is worth mentioning that this super zoom lens also incorporates OIS optical image stabilization for easy handheld use.

It is worth mentioning here that the Huawei P30 Pro adopts a super wide-angle + wide-angle + super telephoto relay zoom solution.

From far and near, feel the zoom capability of Huawei P30 Pro. It can be seen that from the 5x optical zoom to the 10x hybrid zoom, the delicate transparency of the Huawei P30 Pro is not affected, and the problems of chromatic aberration and color loss that are common in other models are also solved. Huawei did make the P30 Pro a telescope.

Super wide-angle/macro lens

Huawei P30 Pro comes with a super wide-angle lens with an equivalent focal length of 16mm. It is also the master of super macro shooting and can reach the closest focusing distance of 2.5 cm in the limit state. The macro-world micro-world, mustard must be done by this lens.

As we mentioned earlier, the fourth lens of the Huawei P30 Pro compared to the previous generation is the ToF camera. ToF’s full name is spelled “Time of Flight”, and its responsibility is to measure and control the depth of the picture.

Compared with the traditional “amateur players” such as RGB and MONO, ToF is more like a professional player who specializes in this. It can distinguish the subject and its background more carefully, and realize the two-dimensional to three-dimensional stereoscopic perception.

Feel the portrait split effect of the Huawei ToF camera, you can see that the map has accurately removed the hair, and the blur effect is also progressive from the near to far. The sharpness of the coke is like a knife, and the background is gradually melted out like a milking version. With the black and white filter featuring Huawei, the artistic expression of the ordinary scene in life is also very full.


In terms of performance, the Huawei P30 full range is equipped with the top Kirin 980 chip. The P30 uses 6GB RAM memory and 128GB storage combination. The Huawei P30 Pro in our hands provides 8GB of memory and up to 512GB of storage space while supporting NM cards to expand storage.

About Kirin 980, we have already introduced it in detail before. It is the world’s first 7-nanometer mobile platform. It was first launched on the Huawei Mate 20 series, and later used in other product lines, it has been optimized and tested.

At the beginning of its release, Kirin 980 has won the world’s first 7nm process phone SOC chip; the world’s first Cortex A76 architecture CPU; the world’s first dual-core NPU; the world’s first Mali-G76 GPU; the world’s first 1.4Gbps 4.5G baseband; The world’s first SOC chip supporting 2133MHz LPDDR4X mobile phone.

Based on the 7nm process technology, Kirin 980 is the first in the world to implement the Cortex A76-based developer, and the first commercial Mali-G76 GPU, the performance is strong.

It also innovatively introduces AI frequency modulation scheduling technology, which can learn frame rate, fluency and touch screen input changes in real time, predict mobile phone task load, performance bottlenecks in the process of dynamic intelligent sensing mobile phone use, and timely frequency modulation scheduling.

In addition, Kirin 980 is also combined with the new GPU Turbo technology to achieve a double improvement in performance and energy efficiency. Dual-brain NPU brings a smarter end-side AI experience.

Let’s take a look at the actual experience.

1, the number of game frames

The number of game frames that can visually measure the performance level, which is the relationship between visual perception and smoothness. Here, the author selected the “Glory of the King” and “The Survival of the Jedi: Stimulate the Battlefield”. These two hot-selling large-scale mobile games test Huawei P30 Pro to see how its frame number performance will be.

– “Glory of the King”

“Glory of the King” can be regarded as the love of the players of all ages in China. Here I open the high frame rate mode in the game settings, multi-thread optimization, the highest quality.

It can be seen that the performance of Huawei P30 Pro is very stable, the number of picture frames has been maintained at 60 frames, and the fluctuation of 0.62 frames is almost negligible. In terms of CPU frequency, you can see the whole process of large nuclear online.

The small core and the medium core will appear according to the actual situation during the game, and the load is very low.

Jesus Survival: Stimulating the Battlefield”

“Jesus Survival: Stimulate the Battlefield” domestic and blue hole launched the Jedi survival game version, basically restore most of the maps of the endgame “Jesus Survival”, weapons and game scenes, so the requirements for image quality are more refined, more test mobile phones performance.

Here I open the HDR HD quality in the settings, super high frame number, full frame 40 frames.

In the test, the number of frames in “Stimulus Battlefield” has been around 40 frames, and the frame number fluctuates less. There are only 0.95 frames that are less than the hanging teeth, and the picture is quite stable.

2, AndroBench test

AndroBench is a benchmark application that measures the order of Android devices & 4K random storage performance, including internal or external storage.

The left is the Huawei P30 Pro, and the right is the Samsung S10. It can be seen that although both are UFS2.1 flash memory, it can be seen that the latter is obviously not an opponent and has been fully rolled by Huawei P30 Pro.

Especially in the performance of 4K Random Write, which is related to the performance of the flash core, Samsung’s top flagship is only 28MB/s, while the Huawei P30 Pro has 165MB/s.

At present, most users’ mobile phones store small files. When the remaining capacity is insufficient, the flash memory will have a certain speed problem. Therefore, the 4K random performance is very important for the speed of the mobile phone. Here, the Huawei P30 Pro shows the flagship mobile phone. It should look like it.


In the past, the Huawei P series had to reduce the size of the fuselage due to its extremely thin and light design, and its battery capacity had to be limited. However, since the Huawei P20 Pro, we have seen that the effort in battery capacity is getting more and more in place.

At the current Huawei P30 Pro, it pays more attention to the basic experience of charging and battery life.

As described in the parameter table, the Huawei P30 Pro is more generous than the previous generation. It accommodates a full-capacity battery of 4200 mAh when the four-camera module takes up a lot of space. Among the current flagship models, it can be called the largest battery.

In addition to the large-capacity battery as the base, Huawei’s iconic system-level power-saving optimization can also help long-term fueling. Next, we will verify how the Huawei P30 Pro’s battery life is through online video, game testing, and PCMark testing.

Online video

I use the Bilibili client to play online barrage video. 20% volume, 50% brightness, start 1080P video online from 100% power.

Starting from 100% power, after 5 hours, the remaining power is 68%. Power consumption is 32%. According to this power-down rate, under the same test conditions, Huawei P30 Pro full power can continuously play online video for more than 10 hours, even up to 12 hours without problems.

The game life

The author uses the long-awaited chicken hand game “Stimulus Battlefield” to test the game life of Huawei P30 Pro. The picture quality and frame number are all open to the current energy consumption limit and the highest level, starting from 100% power.

Starting from 100% power, after 120 minutes, the remaining power is 74%. The power consumption is 26%. According to such a power-down rate, it is expected that HDR HD and the maximum number of frames can be eaten for more than 7 hours in the same test condition, which is a surprise for the game party.

PCMark endurance test

In this test, WIFI is turned on all the time, the SIM card is not inserted in the phone, and the screen brightness is adjusted to 50%.

In the PCMark Work 2.0 test, the Huawei P30 Pro measured a battery life of 12 hours and 27 minutes, which is close to many long-lived monsters that we have tested with a battery capacity of more than 5000 mAh. You can see the strength of its battery life.


Huawei P30 Pro not only has a long life but also upgraded the fast charge compared to the previous generation – reaching 40W, almost twice the fast charge specification used by the current domestic flagship models.

In our actual charging test, the power is charged from 21% to 97% for about 40 minutes. This speed allows us to get up and wash our breakfast, and then charge the phone to let it fight for another day. This charging and battery life is no longer a pain point or itching point in the use of mobile phones.

Reverse charging

In addition, Huawei P30 Pro also supports 15W wireless fast charging. In the application scenario where it is necessary to pick up the mobile phone frequently, it is said that it is just too much so that users can get rid of the wire bond and use it more calmly.

When other friends and colleagues’ other Apple/Android devices that support wireless charging are running low, you can even turn on the reverse charging function of Huawei P30 Pro to return blood to other devices.


EMUI 9.1 is still based on Android 9.0, which is an iterative approach to EMUI 9.0. The new EMUI interface is still simple, but the color is more beautiful than before. In the process of use, thanks to the Kirin 980 and the large memory blessing, the whole system operation is as beautiful as expected.

EMUI 9.1 has extensively redesigned and redrew themes and icons, still sticking to the flat wind, and extracting vivid images from everyday life as its design elements. It is worth mentioning that EMUI 9.1 has enlarged the desktop icon by 10%, and the desktop layout has changed from 5 icons in the past to 4 icons. This takes care of the surface features of Huawei P30 Pro, which not only has better visual effects but also It also reduces false touches.

The screen fingerprint unlock

Huawei P30 series adopts a new generation of optical screen fingerprints, and the unlocking speed is increased by 30%. Next, let’s examine how the fingerprint of the optical screen is replaced by a capacitive fingerprint.

Thanks to the light transmission characteristics of the OLED screen, when the fingerprint recognition area is pressed, the sensor will discriminate the fingerprint through the photoelectric information. If the speed is used together with the face recognition, the speed will be faster, the touch is unlocked, and the speed is compared with the conventional capacitive type. Fingerprint unlocking is no different.

Huawei Share hits

Huawei Share is a subversive file transfer function developed by Huawei based on NFC chips, which solves the problem of mobile/computer file transfer problems that have plagued PC users for many years. As long as the phone touches the corresponding location, the two can transfer data to each other, and the transmission speed can be up to 30MB/s, whether it is pictures, videos or office documents.

When the mobile phone touches the Huawei Share tab, it automatically transfers pictures, videos, and documents between the notebook and the mobile phone at a high speed. It takes only one minute to transfer 500 photos at a time. Text recognition and editing can also be performed on pictures transferred to the notebook.

This is also my favorite function. The files received on the mobile phone can be sent to the PC for processing and sharing immediately, which greatly improves the work efficiency of the author in various scenarios.

This function mainly solves the difficulty of recording on the PC side. Before triggering the Huawei Share tab, shake the mobile phone first. After the trigger, the computer will automatically record the screen for up to 60 seconds and automatically save it to the mobile phone without an additional installation. Screen software, that is, sharing the contents of the notebook screen through the mobile phone.

Verdict & Buy

People and the world, the heavens and the earth, are born for exploration and are strong because of their duties. Exploring is the life theme of life, society, and subdivision into the subdivision of photography. In a certain period of time, it is limited to current and past cognition. Such stagnation is rigid, mechanical, monotonous, colorless, and lifeless. Just like the mobile phone photography that has been in a homogenous pattern in recent years: the squeezing toothpaste is more CMOS, the focal length is consistent, and there is a lack of a reconfigurable force that can give it destructive power. The emergence of the Huawei P30 series, especially the Huawei P30 Pro, is to achieve the P-series self-transcendence, but also break the deadlock and shackles of mobile photography, and build a flagship that once existed only in the ideal.

The reason we keep hope for this world is that no matter what era it is, there are people who can be born for exploration. Even if it is cold, the road is far from death. Huawei P30 Pro allows us to see that even in the case of a thin and light design of the fuselage, super-sensing four-shot CMOS seriously occupying the fuselage space, it can also accommodate 4200 mAh large battery. After the actual endurance test, we also witnessed its ability to continuously use heavy weapons for 12 hours. At one time, we have seen too many large and small manufacturers to promote their products with the marketing voice of “Android King”, and many of them can’t stand the test of time and become the laughing stock of the public. The so-called machine emperor is the leader of the flagship machine. First of all, there is no shortcoming in all aspects – SoC, camera, screen, speaker, face value, waterproof and dustproof, everything cannot be bad.

Secondly, there is a place where there is even a longboard that cannot be overstepped. To review and summarize the whole process of the above tests and experiences, and the experience of the experience, we believe that the Huawei P30 Pro is the name of the emperor. Huawei P30 Pro is a milestone in mobile photography so far: like the night proof we got, it has the super-sensitivity of the retina level, and it only needs a little light to “light up the night”; super wide angle, up to 50 times the digital Zooming the periscope telephoto lens makes the camera’s vision cover wider and farther. The new member of the ultra-sensing Leica four-shot, the fourth one, the ToF lens accurately grasps the performance and manipulation of the depth information. In the evaluation process, we show the gain of the ToF to the Huawei P30 Pro.

As for the Huawei P30 Pro self-developed Kirin 980 mobile platform, the performance strength has been tested on the previous Mate 20 series. In this game, software requirements have begun to lag behind the hardware development time node, the ability of a generation of top SoC is unquestionable, also It has not always been the focus of everyone’s attention. What’s more worth mentioning is that through Huawei P30 Pro, we found that its investment in self-research has begun to pay off. The ISP, NPU, self-developed image sensing and processing algorithms of the Kirin 980 are obviously better than the “Wan Guo” solution. It is easier to collaborate with precision and then superimposes the custom ultra-sensing Leica four-camera and ultra-sensing sensor that we introduced earlier. Huawei has been mastering the entire mobile phone imaging system since the P30 Pro.

Ordinary people can record and express the world they see like professional photographers and take great photos and videos. This is the significance of Huawei’s P30 series from the underlying hardware and algorithms to the application of the upper layer. Huawei P30 Pro is destined to be a top flagship mobile phone that rewrites the history of mobile video and redefines mobile photography. It brings a subversive experience with technological breakthroughs and is a pioneer in the whole era.By the way, you can easily buy this from Geekbuying with $959.99. to get the price use the  coupon code: HWP30PRO

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