Can Smartphone Camera Get Any Better?
PC.com|May - June 2019

Huawei and their P series of smartphones have dominated the “best camera” category for the past couple of years and it’s no surprise that when the P30 Pro came out, the main selling point was its Leica powered quad camera setup.

Huawei P30 Pro

The success of The P series has catapulted Huawei into the upper echelons of the smartphone market, to the point where it wouldn’t be crazy to compare Huawei to the likes of Samsung or even Apple. They’ve even priced their phones to reflect that. At RM3799, the P30 Pro is a premium device, and as such we expect a premium experience. Let’s get to it then, shall we?

Design and Aesthetics

There is not much that Huawei did on the P30 Pro in terms of design compared to its predecessor. For the most part, there were a few improvements and polishes done here and there. Compared to the P20 pro, the phone is a little taller and thinner, and also comes with a smaller notch on the front to accommodate the front facing camera. There were some similarities inherited from the Mate20 Pro as well, like the curved glass, tapered edges and under-display fingerprint sensor but that’s about it. The design of the phone is really nothing to shout about. That doesn’t mean it’s not a thing of beauty though. It’s rather subtle but the device does have a premium feel to it when placed in your hands. It doesn’t feel cheap; its weight is just right and one thing I really like is that it comes in a variety of cool colours.

One thing I don’t like is that Huawei omitted the 3.5mm audio port in the P30 Pro, which is ridiculous really. This trend of jackless phones has to end!! The phone comes with a single speaker system and while sounds can get loud, they lack the bass to give it that oomph. I foresee audiophiles reaching for their favourite bluetooth headsets because of the lack of a headphone jack. To be fair though, Huawei does throw in free USB-C Apple knock off earphones, which is nice.

The P30 Pro is now larger at 6.47-inches (even larger than the Mate 20 Pro) and uses an OLED display with a screen resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels. I’m not really going to get too much into the specs of the screen, you can find that all online. What matters is how it looks and I have to say, it’s pretty, for lack of a better word, meh. You won’t be complaining about the display but you sure as hell won’t be singing its praises either. It’s weird that Huawei would stick to FHD on a Pro model. The phone is RM3799! I get that most people can’t really tell the difference and that FHD resolutions save battery life but its 2019! This is a premium device. As more and more content out there start offering 2K or QHD resolutions, the P30 Pro definitely misses out.

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