Huawei P30 Pro: yay or nay?

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"Instead of the large 6.47" curved OLED display, the P30 packs a smaller 6.1" flat OLED panel, but still pushes a Full HD+ resolution. Both screens have low-power consumption.

Particularly intriguing, though, is the zoom capabilities afforded by the P30 Pro.

The phone also comes equipped with Huawei's Kirin 980 artificial intelligence chipset, as well as the reverse wireless charging feature it introduced past year with the Mate 20 Pro, which lets a user charge their phone wirelessly from another phone. There is support for storage expansion using Huawei's NM Card.

We're hoping for strong battery life although there's no 40w fast charge or wireless charging support.

The Huawei P30 and P30 Pro run on Android 9 Pie with the company's EMUI 9.1 on top.

Huawei SA noted that it will only reveal the local pricing of the P30 series at the SA launch on 3 April, so avoid any prices mentioned today on the live stream if you are from South Africa. This will include a 40MP "SuperSpectrum Sensor" shooter, a 10x zoom sensor, an ultra-wide angle shooter, and a ToF camera.

We have only had a limited time with the P30 Pro so far, but Huawei has kept the same native camera app as we've seen before in the P20 Pro and the Mate 20 Pro.

The zoom on its own will make the new Huawei an extremely tempting option for many mobile photographers, but the camera performs very well in nearly all other areas as well.

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Each of the sensors has been redesigned, and now features a RYYB construction (as opposed to the usual RGGB). If you want to get more involved with your photography, there's a Pro mode which gives you the option to change a wide range of parameters such as shutter speed, white balance and so on (you can't adjust aperture since that is fixed by the lens). They really do blow the competition out of the water. The P30 Pro also offers the periscope zoom twice as much as the P30, which is 10x.

If you still needed a reason to spend money on a compact camera, it would have been for zoom reach, as even the best smartphone cameras could not provide usable zoom image quality beyond a 5x factor.

That 5x optical zoom is extended by a hybrid zoom capable of 30x magnification, and up to 50x using the digital zoom; macro photos can also be taken from a minimum distance of 2.5cm.

The third and most remarkable lens is actually an 8MP, 125mm periscope zoom with OIS.

The new earbuds come with IPX5 certification which means that they can stand against sweat, and also features wind noise reduction. There is also a feature called Dual-View video which allows you to record a wide-angle and close-up view simultaneously.

The final, time of flight (TOF) lens sits next to the flash and is used in computation photography to determine depth of field in real time. There are three main cameras on the device's rear, headlined by an all-new Super Spectrum 40-megapixel sensor with an f/1.6 aperture and 26mm focal length.

No earpiece is present at the top of the P30 Pro. Notice that the video score of the P30 Pro is even lower than that of the P20 Pro? The 6GB RAM and 128GB storage variant of the P30 Pro could cost Euro 999 or approximately Rs 78,000 while the 8GB RAM and 256GB model of the smartphone could be priced at Euro 1,099 or approximately Rs 86,000.

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