Curiosity 05 Apr
Like last year Huawei once again took the stage in Paris to announce the flagship P30 series in a dedicated event. At the launch event, the company showcased the P30 and P30 Pro. Apart from the traditional upgrades in design and hardware, the company refined the camera's setup even further. The P20 Pro was the company's first flagship phone with triple rear cameras, the device remained camera king last year. This year Huawei refined the camera's setup even further by introducing quad cameras setup on P30 Pro.
A few years ago Google announced Pixel lineup phones as the flagship offering with top-tier hardware and solid camera setup with AI prowess. Unlike the other OEMs, Google utilizes the AI prowess to enhance the capturing experience. The Pixel lineup brings the best in class camera setup and the latest Pixel 3 is no exception. Google opted dual selfie snappers for the Pixel 3 XL when OEMs are bringing triple rear cameras.
New products 03 Apr
For sure if someone is looking for a camera-centric phone will consider the latest P30 Pro and the Pixel 3 XL. Both the phones redefined the camera experience and set a high standard to compete. Like always we will put both the latest phones in a head-to-head confrontation to know in detail which smartphone is better in what aspects. Both are the latest best offering from respective companies, So it will be interesting how both premium flagships compete against each other. Without any further ado, let's kick off with the design.
73.4 x 158 x 8.41 mm
6.47 inches - 2340x1080 px
76.7 x 158 x 7.9 mm
6.3 inches - 2960x1440 px
Like most of the latest phones both the devices have aluminum chassis with glass covering the front and rear side, however, the finish is different. The P30 Pro looks more futuristic thanks to teardrop notch accompanying selfie snapper. The small U-shaped cutout is pretty much similar like Essential phone notch. The only prominent bezel is at the bottom with Huawei branding. Unlike its predecessor, it lacks a physical button on the front-facing side.
On the rear side, the P30 Pro has quad cameras setup aligned vertically on the top left corner with LED flashlight. The best aspect of P30 Pro is dual curved glass on the rear and front side that's why it can be grabbed single-handed easily.
The Google Pixel 3 XL design is one of its kind, it comes with a thick notch at the top of the display and also retains traditional thick bezel at the bottom. Google utilizes the thick bottom bezel for the front-facing speaker. The top-notch has dual selfie cameras. Since the original Pixel phone, Google opted two-tone finish. For the first two generations, we have seen glass and metal clad design, the latest Pixel 3 XL has complete glass rear but still comes in the two-tone finish.
The upper portion featuring a rear camera and LED flashlight comes with glossy finish whereas the bottom portion featuring fingerprint scanner comes with a matte finish. The P30 Pro has an under-glass optical fingerprint scanner. Fortunately, both the phones are IP68 certified which means both can resist under 1.5 meters deep water for 30 minutes without any damage.
Due to glass rear, both are prone to accidental drops. The P30 Pro dimensions are 158 x 73.4 x 8.41 mm and weigh 192g whereas the Pixel 3 XL is slightly less thick and lighter at 158 x 76.7 x 7.9 mm and 184g respectively.
In terms of color options the P30 Pro can be grabbed in Aurora, Pearl White, Black, Breathing Crystal and Amber Sunrise whereas the Pixel 3 XL is available in Not Pink, Just Black, and Clearly White options. Due to smaller notch and better color options, the P30 Pro takes lead in the design section.
The difference in the display department is quite evident, the P30 Pro sports a 6.47-inches AMOLED display with Full HD+ screen resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels. The display aspect ratio is 19.5:9 and the pixels density is 398 pixels-per-inch.
The Pixel 3 XL features a slightly smaller 6.3-inches OLED display with Quad HD+ screen resolution of 1440 x 2960 pixels. The display aspect ratio is 19:9 and the pixels density is 523 pixels-per-inch. Thanks to OLED display both the phones have great colors accuracy, saturation, and deep blacks. However, due to better pixels density, the Pixel 3 XL display is crispier.
The P30 Pro is the latest flagship that's why it is packed with better hardware as opposed to Pixel 3 XL which was announced almost six months ago. The P30 Pro is powered up by the Kirin 980 chipset. The SoC was announced in Q4 2018 as the first 7nm chipset manufactured for an Android phone. It comes with the dual neural processing unit. The Octa-core chipset is accompanied with 8GB RAM. The device is available in three configurations with 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB storage. It supports memory expansion via NM card.
On the other hand, the Pixel 3 XL comes with the Qualcomm's last year best Snapdragon 845 chipset. This SoC is built on the 2nd gen 10nm process. The Pixel 3 XL is available with 4GB RAM and either 64GB or 128GB storage. It lacks support for memory expansion. Due to the latest best hardware, the P30 Pro is a better performer on paper. However, as a daily driver, the difference isn't quite prominent. Both are equally good in handling HIFI apps and games efficiently.
|Specs||Huawei P30 Pro||Google Pixel 3 XL|
|Screen resolution||1080 x 2340 pixels||1440 x 2960 pixels|
|Chipset||Kirin 980||Snapdragon 845|
|Storage||128GB, 256GB, 512GB Expandable via NMcard||64GB, 128GB Expandable via MicroSD|
|Rear cameras||40MP+20MP+8MP+ToF sensor||12.2MP|
|Front camera||32MP||Dual 8MP|
|3.5mm headphone jack||No||No|
|Software||Android Pie with EMUI 9.1||Android Pie|
The P30 Pro is packed with a fairly large 4,200mAh battery cell whereas the Pixel 3 XL rely on the 3,430mAh battery. The P30 pro supports Huawei's 40W SuperCharge and also wireless charging at 15W. The Pixel 3 XL supports 18W fast charging. Thanks to glass rear it also supports wireless charging but not as fast as its counterpart. In the battery section, the P30 Pro has an upper hand due to the larger battery and fast charging.
Since the last couple of years, the OEMs are paying special attention to the camera's setup, same is the case with Huawei and Google flagships. Both the devices are rated as amongst the best camera options. The P30 Pro is adorned with quad rear cameras setup. The primary 40MP SuperSpectrum sensor with f/1.6 aperture. The secondary sensor is an ultra wide-angle 20MP module with an f/2.2 aperture. The third rear snapper is 8MP Periscope zoom sensor with f/3.4 aperture. It provides optical zoom up to 5x, you can enjoy hybrid zoom up to 10x. The P30 Pro brings digital zoom up to 50x.
. Last but not least the fourth sensor is ToF module to assist in the better-capturing depth of field status. All the cameras are AI tuned to further enhance your capturing experience. Up front, the selfie snapper is 32MP with f/2.0 aperture.
The Pixel 3 XL also comes with solid camera setup. On the rear side, you will get a single 12.2MP sensor with an f/1.8 aperture. Google utilizes the AI prowess to enhance the capturing experience that's why the Pixel 3 XL captures amazing shots in all sorts of environments. For low-light conditions, it comes with Special Night mode which allows the user to capture amazing shots even in low-light conditions. On the front-facing side, the Pixel 3 XL features dual selfie snappers of 8MP.
As per the DxoMark, the P30 Pro achieves 112 points on DxoMark which makes it the new camera king in the market.
As OS both the phones pre-installed with Android Pie straight out of the box with different UI experience. The Pixel 3 XL is running on the stock version of Android OS with none bloatware. It also receives an update much earlier than other Android phones. The P30 Pro is pre-installed with Android Pie based EMUI 9.1 skin over it. It is customized UI skin with significant bloatware. Another important aspect is it also takes more time to receive an update than the Pixel 3 XL.
There are a few special features on both phones. The P30 Pro comes with an under-glass optical fingerprint scanner. The device supports reverse wireless charging features which allow P30 Pro owners to recharge other phones wirelessly. A new OneHop feature is introduced to connect with PC seamlessly. The Pixel 3 XL special features revolve around AI prowess. It comes with Call Screen which transcripts the call on the display at real-time using the Google Assistant.
The Pixel 3 XL was announced in the last quarter of 2019 that's why it is widely available in both unlocked and locked models. The device can be grabbed at $900 and even lower on special discounts. It is confirmed the P30 Pro won't be released in the US via carriers instead it will be available in an unlocked model via e-retailers. For the European customers, the P30 Pro base model costs 999 Euros which is roughly $1130 at current currency exchange rate.
Overall both the flagships are pretty great phones and cameras are certainly the key selling aspect of both phones. The P30 Pro takes lead in the design, hardware, cameras and battery section whereas the Pixel 3 XL is a better option in the display, software, and pricing segment.
If you are looking for a camera-centric phone the P30 Pro is certainly a better option due to its superb cameras setup with a variety of sensors. The Pixel 3 XL will attract those who want to stick on the stock version of Android OS. Both are amongst the best flagships in the market, now it's up to you which smartphone you opt as your next flagship companion. Feel free to share your thoughts with fellow readers in the comments section below. Stay tuned for more comparisons.