Huawei P30 review: Is there any reason to go Pro?
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Huawei P30 review: Is there any reason to go Pro?

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[MUSIC] For years now, Chinese electronics companies have been accused of IP theft and iPhone imitation. Huawei is one of many Chinese companies that has fielded accusations of IP theft and the stealing of Apple. But over the past few years, the company's phones have evolved, which today brings us to the P30. The P30 and P30 pro were unveiled in March, but since then all the attention has been gone to the [UNKNOWN] The [UNKNOWN] has three cameras set up and has adoptive design the intention is wanting. All about the P30 The regular P30 only has three cameras, and its flat 6.1 inch display is smaller than the pro's 6.47 screen. But the phones run on the same processor, and shoot similarly excellent photos. Yet the P30 is several hundred bucks cheaper. Unfortunately, neither phone will be officially available in the US. It is, however, available in both the U.K. and Australia. For those in the U.S. looking to import, the Australian price works out to be cheaper than both phones. Converting that price, the P30 goes to $790 while the PRO sells for $1,150. The important thing to stress is that the photos taken on the P30 are almost identical to the photos taken on the P30 PRO. [MUSIC] My vote of both phones is mind-blowing. Portrait shop from the pro are slightly sharper likely owing to its time of flight sensor but only perceptibly so when comparing them side by side. Both phones have a nifty ultra wide lens which makes taking shots of groups and narrow spaces much easier. There is however one significant difference. While the P30 has 8 megapixel telephoto lens for zooming, the Pro has a periscope lens. As a result, the Pro gets five times optical zoom, 10 times hybrid zoom, and an insane 50 times digital zoom. The P30 meanwhile, has three times optical, five times hybrid, and 30 times digital. But keep in mind, if you don't regularly use your phone camera's zoom function, you won't really be taking advantage of the Pro's biggest photographic distinction. There are some sacrifices you'll make if you go to the P30 over the Pro. It almost sounds silly, but to me, the biggest difference is actually how the phones feel. The P30 Pro, between it's curb display and hefty weight, Feels like a substantial, luxurious phone. The P30 by comparison feels light and almost cheap. However, like the [UNKNOWN] biggest screen, this could come down to personal preference. If you generally prefer small phones, you probably won't be so bothered. The P30 does lack the wireless charging of the Pro, and it's only splash proof, while the Pro is waterproof. But in exchange for that the p fetti does give you a head phone jack. Meanwhile both phones run on the same Kirin 980 processor which is the CPU that ran in last year's [UNKNOWN]. The phones lag behind the Galaxy S10, iPhone 10F and Pixel 3 in terms of [UNKNOWN] as those phones all use more powerful processor. However, this is an example of benchmarks not really meaning much, for practical use. P30 is more than powerful enough to handle the most intensive tasks, such as playing 3D games, PubG and Asphalt Legends. Meanwhile, the P30 has a spectacular battery life. Lasting over 21 hours in our standardized battery test. The P30 Pro lasted even longer. The P30's biggest weakness is its software. EMUI 9.1 is Huawei's take on Android Pie and is definitely a cut below pure Android. It comes loaded with bloatware, including a suite of Huawei apps that can't be deleted. It feels more cluttered than it should and lacks the clean beauty of pure Android or iOS. This is less forgivable than every, since Samsung has greatly improved its Android take, now called One UI, on its new S10 phones. But less than ideal software isn't enough to break an otherwise excellent deal. If you're willing to spend big on the best phone out there, the P30 makes a few too many concessions to fit that bill. Although if excellent is good enough and the idea of spending four digits on a phone makes you shiver, Hauwei's P30 is a sweet deal indeed. For the full written review, check back to cnet.com

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