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Huawei P30 Pro vs P20 Pro: In-house flagships battle

03 April 2019 5

Finally, the Chinese giant Huawei took the stage in Paris to showcase their latest best camera powerhouse P30 series. Once again Huawei puts the camera battle to the next level with the new flagship series. The last year's P20 Pro remained camera king until Huawei launched another camera-centric flagship Mate 20 Pro. Recently the company launched P30 Pro, now all eyes are on the Huawei's latest flagship whether it will retain the camera king status or not.

With the latest flagship, Huawei upgraded the design, cameras, hardware and battery cell. If someone owns P20 Pro, the first question in everyone's mind is whether they should go for the P30 Pro or not? Last year the P20 Pro was the Huawei's first flagship with triple rear cameras whereas the P30 Pro comes with quad rear cameras setup.

The P30 Pro is packed with stylish design, solid display, latest best hardware, best-in-class cameras, gigantic battery, and latest software straight out of the box. Without any further delay, let's kick off with the design as it is first aspect buyers consider before making any choice.

73.4 x 158 x 8.41 mm
6.47 inches - 2340x1080 px
73.9 x 155 x 7.8 mm
6.1 inches - 2244x1080 px
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Design

Both the phones have glass and metal sandwich design. The P20 Pro was the company's first phone with gradient finish, it was so well appreciated the company retained it for the P30 Pro as well. Undoubtedly it looks quite ravishing. The P30 Pro has waterdrop notch at the top of the display for selfie snapper. The only prominent bezel is at the bottom of the display.

On the rear side the P30 Pro comes with quad cameras setup, the triple cameras are aligned vertically on the top left the corner, the ToF sensor and LED flashlight are right next to it. Unlike its predecessor, the P30 Pro comes with an optical under-glass fingerprint scanner. The front and rear glass are gently curved so that the device can be grabbed single-handed easily.

The P20 Pro also has glass and metal-clad design. On the front-facing side, you will get smaller traditional notch accompanying selfie snapper and other sensors. The bottom bezel was significantly thicker as it features the physical button for the fingerprint scanner. It was quite feasible for those who don't want to use a rear fingerprint scanner but certainly not the best option. The rear side has triple Leica certified cameras setup on the top left corner. The top two sensors are joined in a module whereas the fourth sensor was placed below it separately.

The P30 Pro Twilight gradient finish was the most liked color option, the P30 Pro is available in Aurora, Breathing Crystal, Pearl White, and Strikingly beautiful Amber Sunrise colors. Both the phones lack the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack instead both have USB-C connector. The P20 Pro is an IP67 certified phone which means it can resist under 1-meter deep water for 30 minutes without any damage whereas the P30 Pro is IP68 certified which provides resistance up to 1.5 meters.

Display

Thanks to the teardrop notch and thinner bezel the P30 Pro features a larger display than its predecessor. 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 is 398 pixels-per-inch. The best aspect of the display is OLED panel with dual curved edges.

The P20 Pro features a 6.1-inches OLED display with Full HD+ screen resolution of 1080 x 2240 pixels. The display aspect ratio is 18.7:9 and the pixels density is 408 pixels-per-inch. Its quite unfortunate Huawei yet not opted Quad HD+ resolution for the P-lineup flagships. The Mate 20 Pro comes with Quad HD+ screen resolution. The colors saturation, accuracy, and deep blacks are equally good on both the panels.

Hardware

The P30 Pro is the latest best flagship offering from Huawei that's why it is packed with top-tier hardware. The P30 Pro is running on the Kirin 980 chipset whereas the P20 Pro is running on the Kirin 970 SoC. The Kirin 980 SoC is the first 7nm SoC with the dual dedicated neural processing unit. Huawei's latest chipset is on par with the Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 855 and Exynos 9820 SoC.

The P30 Pro comes with 8GB RAM and three memory models including 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB whereas the P20 Pro comes with 6GB RAM and two memory variants including 128GB and 256GB storage. The P20 Pro lacks support for memory expansion whereas the P30 Pro comes with storage expansion via NanoSD card.

Specs Huawei P30 Pro Huawei P20 Pro
Display 6.47-inches 6.1-inches
Screen resolution 1080 x 2340 pixels 1080 x 2240 pixels
Chipset Kirin 980 Kirin 970
RAM 8GB 6GB
Storage 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB Expandable via NanoSD card 128GB and 256GB Non-Expandable
Rear camera 40MP+20MP+8MP+ToF 40MP+20MP+8MP
Front camera 32MP 24MP
USB Type-C Type-C
3.5mm headphone jack No No
IP-ratings IP68 IP67
Software Android Pie with EMUI 9.1 updated to Android Pie with EMUI 9
Battery 4,200mAh 4,000mAh
Camera


Undoubtedly the key-selling aspect of the Huawei P-lineup flagships is cameras setup. Huawei brought significant improvements to the new camera's setup of P30 Pro but still, there are many aspects common between the two phones.

The P20 Pro was the first of its kind phone with 40MP primary rear snapper with f/1.8 aperture. The secondary sensor is a 20MP monochrome module with f/1.6 aperture. The monochrome sensor allows the user to capture great dynamic range shots and also assist in capturing low-light shots. Last but not the least you will get an 8MP telephoto sensor with f/2.4 aperture and 3x optical zoom. The front-facing selfie snapper is a 24MP module with f/2.0. It remained one of the best camera sensors last year and still amongst the top-rated camera phone in the market.

Last year Huawei include a wide-angle sensor as the secondary module instead of monochrome for the Mate 20 Pro. Huawei opted similar cameras setup for the P30 Pro. The primary sensor is RYYB 40MP module with f/1.6 aperture. Due to RYB design, the primary sensor will capture more light and will enhance the low-light capturing capabilities.

The secondary sensor is ultrawide angle 20MP sensor with f/2.2 aperture. Instead of opting the telephoto sensor the P30 Pro comes with 8MP Periscope zoom sensor with f/3.4 aperture and optical zoom up to 5x. You can capture 10x zoom shots with the Huawei's hybrid zoom tech. The last sensor on the rear is ToF sensor which provides better portrait shots and also assists in AR and VR apps. The front-facing selfie snapper is 32MP with f/2.0 aperture.

As per DxoMark, the P20 Pro achieves 109 points to remain the best camera phone in 2018. The P30 Pro dethrone it with an impressive score of 112 points. Overall the P30 Pro is certainly a better package.

Software

Both the phones are pre-installed with Android Pie. The P30 pro comes with EMUI 9.1 skin straight out of the box whereas the P30 is recently updated to the EMUI 9 based Android Pie. Being the latest phone the P30 pro will be receiving major updates for longer period whereas the P20 Pro will receive at least Android Q.

Extra goodiesP30

Despite the fact, the P20 Pro was a premium flagship phone but still, there are many key features which aren't available for the P20 Pro owners. For instance, it doesn't have wireless charging support though it comes with a glass rear. When all premium phone come with IP68 ratings, the P20 Pro has an IP67 rating. Fortunately, Huawei addressed all these issues with the latest P30 Pro.

The P30 Pro comes with wireless charging support. It is an IP68 rated phone which means it is superior in water and dust resistance than its predecessor. The P20 Pro's fingerprint scanner was embedded under the capacitive button whereas the P30 Pro comes with an under-glass fingerprint scanner.

Battery

The P30 Pro lights are kept on by a 4,200mAh battery cell whereas the P20 Pro comes with slightly smaller 4,000mAh battery. It's important to mention that the P30 Pro's display is significantly larger than the P20 Pro, So you can expect similar more than one-day battery life on both phones.

The P30 Pro not only supports wireless charging but also it comes with reverse wireless charging feature which allows you to recharge other Qi-enabled phones. The P30 Pro comes with 40W SuperCharge which is extremely fast whereas the P20 Pro relies on the 20W SuperCharge. The P30 Pro supports 15W wireless charging which is pretty good.

Price

The Huawei P30 Pro base model with 128GB storage costs 999 Euros for the European customers. The top of the line model with 512GB costs 1,249 Euros ($1410). It is initially launched for the European market, we can expect it will be available in other regions soon. However, one thing is confirmed it won't be officially available in the US via carriers instead you will have to purchase it via e-retailers.

The P20 Pro base model was announced at 899 Euros last year. Since it is available for more than a year, now you can purchase it for around 500 Euros and even lower on special deals.

Conclusion:

Once again the Huawei's latest flagship P30 Pro brings best-in-class cameras feature. It is one of its kind phones with 10x zoom. The P30 Pro has all goodies to be the next camera king in the market. There are number aspects which make the P30 Pro a better option than the predecessor. In terms of design, the changes are incremental but still good enough to attract buyers. Once again you will be getting an OLED display with Full HD+ screen resolution. In the hardware section, the P30 Pro is packed with the latest best from Huawei which is understandable the P20 Pro is a year old phone.

In the camera section, the P30 Pro is packed with quad rear cameras setup and a well-optimized camera app. In the software and battery section both the phones are almost on the same level. There are few special goodies discussed above which differentiate the P30 Pro from the predecessor. In the end, we would like to hear our readers thoughts regarding P30 Pro vs P20 Pro in the comments section below. Stay tuned for more comparisons in coming days.

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