Huawei P30 Unboxing, Quick Review: No Crazy Zoom, No Problem

by Jamie Inocian  March 29, 2019

Let’s Unbox the Huawei P30

The folks over at Huawei just launched its newest P series devices. The P30 Pro has been getting a lot of attention lately with its crazy levels off zoom capabilities and the fact that it currently tops DxOMark’s camera benchmarks. It’s undoubtedly awesome but let’s shine a light on its smaller sibling, the P30, and show you what it has to offer.

What’s Inside the Box?

The P30 comes in a clean white box that we’ve come very familiar with when it comes to Huawei devices but it does have that Leica branding to distinguish it from the pack. It comes with the usual accouterments that we’ve seen with the P30 Pro, which includes a silicon case, documentation, SIM ejector tool, USB-C cable, Huawei’s Supercharger, and a pair of earphones.

Gradients Done Right

There are a ton of smartphones out there that now have gradient designs but let’s not forget who started the trend. The new P series and its gradients look absolutely stunning. Our review unit came in Aurora but the Breathing Crystal color variant is definitely our favorite.

It should also come to no surprise that the P30 is still sandwiched by glass panels with a metal frame but the ergonomics have been greatly improved on the new P series phones. They’ve given the screen the slightest curve to help the device rest better in your hand and help you get a better grip on it as well.

One thing the base model P30 lacks though is the ability to take a plunge. You’re only getting an IP53 rating, compared to the IP67 rating on the Pro, that should give you protection from dust and maybe an accidental spill.

On the plus side, they decided to keep the headphone jack on this one so there’s no need to bring along an extra dongle to use the wired earphones that you might prefer.

The Huawei P30 has a 6.1-inch Full HD+ OLED display. As expected you’re getting really deep blacks to give colors a nice canvas to pop. The viewing angles are great and it has good sunlight legibility too.

Gone is the huge notch that was on the P20 series and the Mate 20 series of devices and this time has gone with the dewdrop. It looks much smaller than the ones we’ve been seeing on other devices but if you’re really not a fan, you can always hide it by going into the display settings.

You’re also getting an In-Display Fingerprint Scanner on the Huawei P30 and it looks to be more accurate he the one on the Mate 20 Pro.

Benchmark with Performance Mode ON

For the processing package, it rocks a Hisilicon Kirin 980 at its core with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. With our experience with this particular SoC, it should be able to handle pretty much everything you throw at it without any issue.

It runs on Android Pie with EMUI 9.1 on top of it. It’s juiced up by a 3650mAh battery with support for Huawei’s SuperCharge.

One Cam Down but Still a Beast

While we’ve been raving about the Huawei P30 Pro’s camera capabilities, the ones on the P30 are pretty incredible as well. It has three cameras instead of the four on the Pro with a setup that’s more similar to the one on the Mate 20 Pro.

It includes a 40-megapixel main camera at f/1.8, a 16-megapixel ultra-wide angle camera at f/2.2, and an 8-megapixel telephoto camera with 3x optical zoom with OIS. For taking selfies, you have a 32-megapixel front camera at an aperture of f/2.0.

The output from these cameras look to be solid so far but we’ll have to stretch out it legs more in the coming days to really give you guys the skinny on the shooters and the rest of the phone.

Yes, It’s Cheaper in the Philippines

Hearing the European launch prices for the P series has always made us cringe even though we know that’ll be much more affordable when it hits our shores and we can finally put our minds at ease because Huawei has finally announced the prices for the Philippines.

The Huawei P30 has a sticker price of Php 36,990, which is a far cry from the €799 that was announced in Paris. You can pre-order the device starting April 5 until the 12th. To sweeten the pot, Huawei is bundling it with the Huawei Watch GT that’s worth Php 12,990.

Huawei P30 specs

  • HiSilicon Kirin 980 octa-core processor
  • 6GB/8GB RAM
  • 6.1-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display, 18.7:9 Aspect ratio, DCI-P3 HDR support, 2340×1080 resolution
  • 64GB/128GB internal storage, expandable via Nano memory card
  • Triple Leica rear cameras: 16-megapixel 17mm f/2.2 ultra wide-angle camera; 40-megapixel 27mm f/1.8 wide-angle lens; and 8-megapixel 52mm f/2.4 telephoto camera with OIS; Time of Flight Sensor; with Ultra Macro Mode, Huawei AIS, 5X Hybrid Zoom, 3X Optical Zoom, Master AI, Dual View Video, up to ISO 204800 sensitivity
  • 32-megapixel front camera
  • Dual SIM
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, Dual band GPS, NFC
  • In-display fingerprint scanner, face unlock, IP53 rating
  • 3650mAh battery with 22.5W fast charging
  • Android 9 Pie (EMUI 9.1)

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