The hype is high for Huawei’s 2019 flagship, the Huawei P30 Pro. In fact, Huawei Philippines announced that it earned Php 650,000,000 worth of units sold on its first day in stores. We saw people at SM Megamall flocking the Huawei store there with a long line. The Huawei P30 Pro is a big success!
But what about the regular Huawei P30? We searched written and video reviews and apparently, there were less people review this phone. For a budget conscious country like the Philippines, the question will be – Should you buy the Huawei P30 for Pho 36,990? The answer is YES and here are the reasons why.
Huawei P30 specs
- Octa Core HiSilicon Kirin 980 processor
- Mali G76 MP10 graphics
- 6GB RAM
- 128GB internal storage expandable via Huawei’s Nano Memory up to 256GB
- 6.1-inch Full HD OLED display (2340 x 1080 pixels)
- Triple Rear Cameras
- 40 MP, f/1.8, 27mm (wide), 1/1.7″, PDAF/Laser AF
- 16 MP, f/2.2, 17mm (ultrawide), PDAF/Laser AF
- 8 MP, f/2.4, 80mm (telephoto), 1/4″, 3x optical zoom, PDAF/Laser AF, OIS
- 32 megapixel front facing camera (f/2.0 aperture)
- Dual SIM, Dual Standby
- 4G/LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0
- USB Type C, Fingerprint Scanner, Face Unlock,
- GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, QZSS
- 3,650 mAh battery with 22.5W fast charging
- Android 9.0 Pie with EMUI 9.0
- Price: Php 36,990
Honestly, we don’t like this black Huawei P30 we have on hand but there are other color options to choose from. Colors aside, the Huawei P30 is a looker just like its more expensive sibling. It is smaller and lighter so its easier to hold with one hand. We also like that Huawei opted to put an audio jack here in which the P30 Pro does not have.
As for the audio situation, sound coming from the audio jack is fairly good. On the other hand, the single speaker at the bottom is a bit tiny but better than the audio coming from the P30 Pro’s USB Type C port.
With regards to the audio, the Huawei P30 has a traditional earpiece for phone and internet calls which we think is better than the P30 Pro’s in-display speaker in which the top portion of the screen vibrates to produce sound.
Those Triple Cameras
The camera arrangement of the P30 is similar to last year’s P20 Pro but with a different and upgraded lens. The regular P30 has a 40MP main sensor, 16MP ultrawide lens and an 8MP telephoto lens. The triple camera system can zoom up to 3x optical zoom, 5x hybrid zoom and 10x digital zoom. It can’t do the P30 Pro’s 5x optical zoom and 50x digital zoom but generally photos are still equally impressive. The regular P30 also takes the best low light shots
Here check out some of our sample shots:
Wide angle, 1x zoom, 5x zoom
Huawei introduced EMUI 9.1 for the P30 and the P30 Pro. There were significant improvements in the software experience as compared with EMUI 9.0 from the Mate 20 Pro. The most noticeable improvement is the file manager and the slightly tweaked interface. There is also dark mode that can be found deep inside the settings.
As for the software updates, Huawei has been generally fast when it comes to updating their phones to the latest Android version last year. All Huawei’s flagships, the P20 Pro, P20, Mate 10, and Mate 10 Pro were all updated to Android 9.0 Pie in November 2018, two months prior to Samsung’s Android 9.0 Pie update for the Galaxy S9, S9+ and Note 9. It may not be as fast as what you get from Google’s Pixel smartphones but its noticeably faster than other Android OEMs.
Looking at the market, the Huawei P30 is facing competition with the OnePlus 6T (or OnePlus 7 Pro when it comes to the Philippines) and the Xiaomi Mi 9 both are priced lower. But it is cheaper than the Samsung Galaxy S10e which costs Php 39,990 or the Apple iPhone XR which costs 10k more. But what will make you compel to buy the Huawei P30 among the competition is the camera system, great hardware, and bigger battery. These are the features that stand out among its competition.
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