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Huawei P30 Pro vs Huawei P30: An in-house competition

27 March 2019 5

Finally, the wait is over as the Chinese giant Huawei wraps off the cover from one of the most awaited flagships of this year P30 series. Like its predecessor, the company launched two models of P30 lineup including P30 and P30 Pro. The P30 is the latest standard flagship offering from Huawei whereas the Pro variant brings all the latest goodies on board.

Both have different kind of goodies to attract buyers. There is a number of aspects which are common on both the phones including glass and metal sandwich design, Leica certified cameras, gradient finish, strikingly beautiful displays, gigantic batteries, the latest version of Android OS straight out of the box and much more. Wait before getting too excited, the first question in everyone's mind is which smartphone is worthy to be your next flagship companion.

Like always we will put the latest P30 and P30 Pro in a head-to-head battle to know in detail which smartphone is better in what aspects. Obviously being the Pro model the P30 Pro is better in almost all aspects but are these goodies enough to cater your needs or not? Let's find out the real differences and similarities between the two phones.


The design is certainly the most important deciding factor as it is the first aspect buyers consider before making any purchase. Like most of the latest flagships, both the phones are packed with glass and metal sandwich design. Like its predecessor, you will get the gradient on both the phones which looks quite striking.

The chassis on both the phones is made up of aluminum with glass covering the front and rear side. On the front, you will get a full front-facing display with a small teardrop notch at the top of the display. The ultra-thin notch only features the selfie snapper. The only prominent bezel on the front-facing side is at the bottom. The first prominent difference is P30 comes with flat display whereas the P30 Pro has dual curved display panel.

On the rear side, the P30 has triple cameras aligned vertically on the top left corner with LED flashlight below the sensors whereas the P30 Pro comes with quad rear cameras setup, the fourth sensor and LED flashlight is right next to the triple cameras module. Both the phones come with an under-glass optical fingerprint scanner.

For connectivity, the P30 has 3.5mm headphone jack and USB-C port whereas the P30 Pro comes with Type-C port only. The P30 is an IP53 certified phone which means it can resist rainwater whereas the P30 Pro is an IP68 certified phone which provides resistance against 1.5 meters deep water for 30 minutes without any damage.

The P30 dimensions are 149.1 × 71.4 × 7.57 mm and weigh 165g whereas the P30 Pro is taller, wider and thicker at 158 × 73.4 × 8.41 mm and also heavier at 192g. In terms of color options the P30 will be available in Amber Sunrise, Aurora, Pearl White, Breathing Crystal and Black whereas the P30 Pro is also available in all these colors.


As expected the Pro model is larger than the standard model. The P30 comes with a 6.1-inches AMOLED flat display with Full HD+ screen resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels. The display aspect ratio is 422 pixels-per-inch and the pixels density is 19.5:9.

Like the Galaxy S10 Plus, the P30 Pro comes with the dual curved display. It sports a 6.47-inches display with Full HD+ screen resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels. The display aspect ratio is 19.5:9 and the pixels density of 398 pixels-per-inch. Thanks to AMOLED display panel both have great colors saturation, accuracy, and deep blacks. If you opt P30 Pro you will get a larger display with curved edges.


Under the hood, both the phones are packed with the latest best hardware from Huawei. Both the running on the Huawei's Octa-core Kirin 980 SoC built on the 7nm process. The P30 is available only in one configuration with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. The P30 is available in three models with 8GB RAM and 128GB, 256GB and 512GB storage. Both the phones support memory expansion via NanoSD card. The Mali-G76 is taking care of graphics.

In the hardware department, both the phones are amongst the fastest in the market. Having more storage and RAM is always a plus point, So if you want flagship phone with more prowess the P30 Pro is a better option.

Specs Huawei P30 Huawei P30 Pro
Display 6.1-inches 6.47-inches
Screen resolution 1080 x 2340 pixels 1080 x 2340 pixels
Chipset kirin 980 Kirin 980
Storage 128GB Expandable via NMcard 128GB, 256GB, 512GB Expandable via NMcard
Rear cameras 40MP+16MP+8MP 40MP+20MP+8MP
Front camera 30MP 30MP
USB Type-C Type-C
3.5mm headphone jack Yes No
IP-ratings IP53 IP68
OS Android Pie Android Pie
Battery 3,650mAh 4,200mAh

The P30 lights are kept on by a 3,650mAh battery whereas the P30 Pro is running on a 4,200mAh battery. Both the phones support 40W SuperCharge fast charging. The P30 lacks support for wireless charging whereas the P30 Pro supports 15W wireless charging. Both the phones have enough battery juice to last one day on single charge.


Like its predecessor, both the P30 and P30 Pro are camera-centric phones. The standard P30 comes with triple rear cameras whereas the P30 Pro has quad rear cameras setup. The primary rear snapper on the P30 is 40MP SuperSensing module with f/1.6 aperture. The secondary sensor is Ultra wide-angle 16MP module with an f/2.2 aperture. Last but not the least you will get 8MP snapper with f/2.4 aperture and optical zoom up to 3x. It also brings 30x digital zoom support.

The P30 Pro brings quad cameras setup on the rear, the primary sensor is SuperSensing 40MP module with f/1.6 aperture, the secondary sensor is an ultra wide-angle 20MP sensor with f/2.2 aperture. The third sensor is an 8MP telephoto sensor with f/2.4 aperture. The fourth sensor is Time of flight sensor to provide depth of field to capture portrait shots with blur effects.

Up front, both the phones have the selfie snapper of 32MP. A new dual-view video feature is introduced which allows the user to capture video using front and rear cameras simultaneously. There are two kinds of HDR modes, either you can use simple HDR mode or Auto HDR with AI assistance.

The center of the attraction on this cameras setup is primary SuperSensing module and telephoto sensor. According to Huawei, the SuperSensing module is one of its kind RYYB sensor which replaced the RGGB sensor. Another prominent aspect is that the SuperSensing module is 125% larger than the primary cameras on iPhone XS Max and Galaxy S10 Plus which means it can utilize more light while capturing the shot. By default, the primary camera captures shot at 10MP due to pixel binning in which the sensors combines four pixels into one.

The P30 Pro's telephoto sensor is quite special as it comes with Periscope zoom lens. It brings support for 5x optical zoom. As far as the hybrid lossless zoom is a concern it can capture 10x zoom shots. Last but not least it comes with a 50x digital zoom. The P30 can capture a 2K shot at 60 frames per second, you can capture Full HD shot at 60fps. The P30 Pro supports 2K shot at 30 frames per second, the Full HD video can be recorded at 60 frames per second.


As OS both the phones is pre-installed with Android Pie straight out of the box with EMUI 9.1 skin over it. Both the phones have similar UI experience. At the launch event, Huawei claims the latest version of EMUI is more responsive and faster than the earlier versions. Both the phones will be receiving new major updates for the next couple of years but the Huawei fans will have to wait for months before getting the latest version of Android OS.

Special goodies

With the Mate 20 Pro, Huawei introduced optical under-glass fingerprint scanner. Both the latest P30 and P30 Pro comes with an under-glass fingerprint scanner. The company claims the latest version of the scanner is more reliable as fast.

The OneHop feature is introduced which allows users to connect with PC and copy files seamlessly. You can also paste files using this feature. A number of Audi cars can be unlocked using the P30 and P30 Pro. Only the P30 Pro supports reverse wireless charging. The P30 Pro ToF sensor brings support for augmented reality app.


Huawei only reveals detail regarding the P30 and P30 Pricing for the European region. The P30 base model with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage can be grabbed at 799 Euros. On the other hand, the P30 Pro base model with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage costs 999 Euros. The 256GB model is slightly expensive at 1049 Euros. If you choose the 512GB model, you will have to pay 1249 Euros. Both the phones are up for pre-orders soon after the announcement.

One thing is confirmed both P30 and P30 Pro won't be officially released in the US via carriers. You can grab an international model via Amazon.


Undoubtedly the P30 Pro is better than the standard model in all departments. The P30 Pro brings a dual curved larger display, stylish glass, and metal design, Quad rear cameras, larger battery with wireless charging support, IP68 ratings, best-in-class cameras, the only phone in the market with 50x lossless digital zoom.

The differences between the two phones are quite huge, now it's up to you whether you prefer the standard P30 and save a few bucks or go the Pro model. If you are looking for a future proof phone the P30 Pro is certainly a better option as it is capable to stand out amongst the crowded flagships of this year. Feel free to share your thoughts regarding P30 Pro vs P30 in the comments section below. Stay tuned for more comparisons.

The Huawei P30 Pro is available at Amazon Marketplace for $ 679. To see others 8 offers click here.
(last update 19 January 2020 @ 07:33)



Huawei P30 Pro vs Huawei P30: An in-house competition
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In only a few categories, the P30 is a toned down version of the P30 Pro. For example, the battery, the storage, the 3.5mm headphone jack, and the IP-ratings. Otherwise, very little to choose from between the two.


Huawei P30 has 6.1-inches display, while the Huawei P30 Pro comes with 6.47-inches. The screen resolution is the same 1080 x 2340 pixels for both phones. Does that mean the P30 has better display output?

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