Huawei P30 Pro review

GSMArena team, 26 March 2019.

Display

The Huawei P30 Pro features a large 6.47" HDR AMOLED display with a tiny cutout at the top.

Our microscope revealed it shares the same subpixel arrangement as the one on the Mate 20 Pro suggesting the panel supplier is the same.

The OLED panel has a resolution of 2,340 x 1,080 pixels and an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. The resulting pixel density of 399ppi is more than enough for a sharp picture and pleasant experience.

Huawei P30 Pro review

The Huawei P30 Pro screen looks quite bright and our display test confirms it. When set on Auto, the screen pumps out 605 nits of brightness, while the maximum manual brightness you can achieve with the scrubber in settings is 570 nits - not a chart-topper, but nevertheless an impressive one for an OLED screen.

The minimum brightness we measured on the P30 Pro display was just 2 nits.

Display test 100% brightness
Black, cd/m2 White, cd/m2 Contrast ratio
Huawei P30 Pro 0 571
Huawei P30 Pro (Max Auto) 0 605
Huawei P20 Pro 0 412
Huawei P20 Pro (Max Auto) 0 582
Huawei Mate 20 X 0 459
Huawei Mate 20 X (Max Auto) 0 655
Huawei Mate 20 Pro 0.002 508 254000
Huawei Mate 20 Pro (Max Auto) 0.003 657 219000
Samsung Galaxy S10+ 0 385
Samsung Galaxy S10+ (Max Auto) 0 793
Apple iPhone XS Max 0 653
Sony Xperia XZ3 0 442
Sony Xperia XZ3 (Max Auto) 0 620
Xiaomi Mi 9 0 428
Xiaomi Mi 9 (Max Auto) 0 620
Google Pixel 3 0 426
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 0 445
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 (Max Auto) 0 633

The sunlight contrast on the Huawei P30 Pro is excellent, but we expected nothing less from an AMOLED screen and a rather bright one at that.

Sunlight contrast ratio

  • Apple iPhone XS
    5.171
  • Huawei P30 Pro
    5.119
  • Apple iPhone X
    5.013
  • Huawei Mate 20 Pro
    4.965
  • OnePlus 5T
    4.789
  • Samsung Galaxy S8
    4.768
  • Asus ROG Phone
    4.765
  • Samsung Galaxy S8+
    4.658
  • Samsung Galaxy S9
    4.63
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+
    4.615
  • Samsung Galaxy S9+
    4.537
  • Samsung Galaxy Note9
    4.531
  • Apple iPhone XS Max
    4.516
  • Samsung Galaxy S10+
    4.514
  • Sony Xperia XZ3
    4.502
  • Samsung Galaxy S10
    4.498
  • Motorola Moto Z2 Play
    4.459
  • Oppo R11
    4.454
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
    4.439
  • Oppo RX17 Pro
    4.434
  • OnePlus 3
    4.424
  • Samsung Galaxy S7
    4.376
  • Google Pixel 3
    4.35
  • Huawei Mate 20 X
    4.337
  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018)
    4.324
  • OnePlus 6
    4.321
  • Xiaomi Mi Mix 3
    4.291
  • vivo NEX Dual Display (second display)
    4.289
  • HTC One A9
    4.274
  • LG V40 ThinQ
    4.256
  • Oppo R15 Pro
    4.251
  • Samsung Galaxy Note7
    4.247
  • Samsung Galaxy A3
    4.241
  • Nokia 8
    4.239
  • Google Pixel 2 XL (pre-update)
    4.234
  • OnePlus 3T
    4.232
  • Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018)
    4.22
  • Google Pixel XL
    4.164
  • ZTE Axon 7
    4.154
  • Samsung Galaxy Note8
    4.148
  • Meizu Pro 7 Plus
    4.147
  • OnePlus 6T
    4.138
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge
    4.124
  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017)
    4.124
  • vivo V11
    4.113
  • vivo NEX Dual Display
    4.108
  • Samsung Galaxy S10e
    4.106
  • Huawei Mate 10 Pro (normal)
    4.096
  • Samsung Galaxy Note5
    4.09
  • Huawei P20 Pro
    4.087
  • Xiaomi Mi 8
    4.086
  • Meizu 15
    4.082
  • Nokia 6 (2018)
    4.052
  • Google Pixel 2 (pre-update)
    4.023
  • LG V30
    4.022
  • Huawei Nexus 6P
    4.019
  • vivo NEX S
    4.012
  • Honor Magic 2
    4.01
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro
    3.998
  • OnePlus X
    3.983
  • Vivo Xplay5 Elite
    3.983
  • LG G7 ThinQ (outdoor)
    3.978
  • Oppo R7s
    3.964
  • Apple iPhone 7
    3.964
  • Apple iPhone 8 (True Tone)
    3.957
  • Huawei P9 Plus
    3.956
  • Oppo Find X
    3.954
  • Meizu Pro 6 Plus
    3.935
  • Lenovo Moto Z
    3.931
  • Xiaomi Mi 9
    3.921
  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016)
    3.918
  • OnePlus 5
    3.914
  • Samsung Galaxy C5
    3.911
  • Xiaomi Mi 8 SE
    3.901
  • Samsung Galaxy C7
    3.896
  • Samsung Galaxy A5
    3.895
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 outdoor
    3.879
  • Samsung Galaxy J2 outdoor
    3.873
  • Motorola Moto G6 Plus
    3.865
  • Samsung Galaxy A8
    3.859
  • Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018)
    3.842
  • Apple iPhone 6
    3.838
  • Microsoft Lumia 950XL
    3.837
  • Samsung Galaxy A6+ (2018)
    3.834
  • Sony Xperia XZs
    3.818
  • Samsung Galaxy A9 (2016)
    3.817
  • Motorola Moto X (2014)
    3.816
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017)
    3.812
  • vivo V15 Pro
    3.806
  • Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)
    3.804
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) outdoor mode
    3.802
  • Xiaomi Redmi Pro
    3.798
  • LG V20 Max auto
    3.798
  • Sony Xperia XZ
    3.795
  • Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016)
    3.789
  • Apple iPhone 6s
    3.783
  • Meizu Pro 5
    3.781
  • Microsoft Lumia 650
    3.772
  • Xiaomi Mi 6
    3.767
  • Sony Xperia XZ1
    3.765
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016)
    3.756
  • Nokia 8 Sirocco
    3.745
  • Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact
    3.729
  • Apple iPhone 8 Plus (True Tone)
    3.725
  • Oppo F1 Plus
    3.709
  • Vivo X5Pro
    3.706
  • Sony Xperia X Compact
    3.694
  • Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017)
    3.688
  • Huawei P20
    3.683
  • Apple iPhone SE
    3.681
  • Huawei Mate 9
    3.68
  • Samsung Galaxy A7
    3.679
  • Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact
    3.675
  • Meizu PRO 6
    3.659
  • BlackBerry Priv
    3.645
  • Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra
    3.597
  • Huawei Honor View 20
    3.597
  • Apple iPhone 7 Plus
    3.588
  • Sony Xperia XZ2
    3.58
  • LG G6
    3.556
  • Apple iPhone 6s Plus
    3.53
  • Motorola Moto Z Play
    3.526
  • Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016)
    3.523
  • Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016) outdoor mode
    3.523
  • Acer Jade Primo
    3.521
  • Microsoft Lumia 950
    3.512
  • Oppo R7 Plus
    3.499
  • Nokia 7 plus
    3.479
  • nubia Z11
    3.466
  • Huawei P10 Plus
    3.456
  • HTC U Ultra
    3.453
  • Motorola Moto G6
    3.448
  • Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra
    3.445
  • Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
    3.445
  • Samsung Galaxy J7
    3.422
  • Motorola Moto G6 Play
    3.419
  • Meizu MX5
    3.416
  • LG V20
    3.402
  • Samsung Galaxy A6 (2018)
    3.397
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 AI Dual Camera
    3.393
  • LG G7 ThinQ
    3.39
  • Huawei P10
    3.379
  • Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016)
    3.378
  • Sony Xperia 10 Plus
    3.358
  • Oppo R9s
    3.352
  • Honor Play
    3.349
  • Honor 8 Pro
    3.341
  • Oppo F7
    3.333
  • Oppo R7
    3.32
  • Lenovo P2
    3.316
  • Archos Diamond Omega
    3.305
  • Honor 9
    3.289
  • Xiaomi Mi 5s
    3.276
  • Sony Xperia 10
    3.266
  • Motorola Moto X Play
    3.222
  • Oppo F3 Plus
    3.218
  • BlackBerry KEY2
    3.212
  • Huawei Mate 9 Pro
    3.206
  • Huawei P9
    3.195
  • Xiaomi Mi Mix 2
    3.19
  • Motorola Moto G7 Play
    3.18
  • Motorola Moto G7 Power
    3.176
  • LG Nexus 5X
    3.092
  • HTC U11
    3.089
  • Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite
    3.087
  • HTC U12+
    3.085
  • Xiaomi Redmi S2 (Y2)
    3.077
  • Huawei Mate S
    3.073
  • Oppo F9
    3.069
  • Huawei P Smart 2019
    3.069
  • Microsoft Lumia 640 XL
    3.065
  • Xiaomi Mi Max 3
    3.061
  • Xiaomi Pocophone F1
    3.059
  • Huawei Mate 20
    3.052
  • Huawei Mate 20 Lite
    3.051
  • Motorola One (P30 Play)
    3.026
  • Apple iPhone 6 Plus
    3.023
  • Asus Zenfone 4 ZE554KL
    3.019
  • Sony Xperia XA1
    3.012
  • Motorola Moto X4
    3.012
  • Motorola Moto G7
    3.011
  • Motorola Moto G7 Plus
    3.01
  • Oppo Realme 2
    3.006
  • Sony Xperia X
    2.989
  • LG Q6
    2.987
  • Huawei P10 Lite
    2.974
  • Samsung Galaxy Note
    2.97
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
    2.966
  • Huawei P20 Lite
    2.952
  • Xiaomi Redmi 5
    2.951
  • Sony Xperia Z1
    2.95
  • Huawei Mate 8
    2.949
  • Sony Xperia XA2
    2.938
  • Oppo Realme 1
    2.932
  • Razer Phone 2
    2.932
  • Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
    2.913
  • Sony Xperia XA Ultra
    2.906
  • LG G5
    2.905
  • Huawei Honor View 10
    2.896
  • Xiaomi Redmi 3s Prime
    2.893
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 7
    2.893
  • Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus
    2.884
  • Sony Xperia XZ Premium (sRGB)
    2.877
  • Sony Xperia XZ Premium
    2.877
  • Sony Xperia Z5
    2.876
  • Nokia 3
    2.871
  • Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium
    2.867
  • Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite
    2.862
  • Microsoft Lumia 550
    2.851
  • Nokia 3.1
    2.837
  • Realme U1
    2.815
  • Lenovo Moto M
    2.813
  • Nokia 7.1
    2.804
  • Xiaomi Redmi 3 Pro
    2.803
  • Sony Xperia Z5 compact
    2.784
  • Honor 10 (Vivid)
    2.757
  • Nokia 2
    2.752
  • Meizu MX6
    2.751
  • LG V10
    2.744
  • Huawei Mate 10 (normal)
    2.742
  • Xiaomi Mi A2
    2.696
  • Xiaomi Mi A1
    2.689
  • Huawei P9 Lite
    2.679
  • Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime
    2.679
  • vivo V7+
    2.671
  • Vivo V3Max
    2.659
  • Xiaomi Mi Mix
    2.658
  • Huawei Mate 10 Lite
    2.654
  • Sony Xperia Z5 Premium
    2.525
  • Huawei Honor 7 Lite / Honor 5c
    2.506
  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua
    2.503
  • Huawei Honor 10 Lite
    2.497
  • Huawei nova
    2.467
  • Sony Xperia Z
    2.462
  • Lenovo Vibe K5
    2.459
  • Meizu m3 max
    2.447
  • Xiaomi Mi 4
    2.424
  • Xiaomi Mi 5X (Auto)
    2.417
  • HTC U11+ (EU)
    2.253
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (MediaTek)
    2.249
  • Sony Xperia C4 Dual
    2.235
  • Xiaomi Mi Note
    2.234
  • Motorola Moto G (2014)
    2.233
  • LG Nexus 5
    2.228
  • Huawei P8
    2.196

The screen of the P30 Pro has two Color modes - Normal and Vivid. Each of those also has three sub-modes - Default, Warm, and Cold.

The average deltaE we measured for the screen (against DCI-P3) on Vivid is 3.5 with a maximum deviation of 7.7, which is not the best accuracy, but still a very good one. You can fix the bluish whites by switching to Warm color temperature, but the overall accuracy won't improve notably.

Battery life

The Huawei P30 Pro is powered by a large 4,200 mAh battery - the same capacity as the Mate 20 Pro. It also employs Huawei's newest version of SuperCharge that goes up to 40W. The charger is rated 5V/2A, 9V/2A, or 10V/4A.

Unlike the regular SuperCharge, this one uses higher voltage and the battery does heat up. Huawei says the battery was TUV-certified for safety so you don't have to worry about that.

The bundled cable and charger can fill a flat battery up to 70% in just 30 mins, 90% in 45 mins and 100% in 60 mins - very impressive given the battery size.

The P30 Pro also supports up to 15W of wireless charging, and even reverse wireless charging. The latter means you can use the back of the P30 Pro to wirelessly charge smart accessories, or even phones, when needed. If you want to use the reverse wireless charging, you need to enable it from the Battery Settings, it's not an always-on thing.

In our testing, the P30 Pro lasted upwards of 20 hours looping videos and north of fourteen hours running our web browsing script. The 3G voice call test returned a 27h+ talk time. The overall Endurance rating ended up 100 hours thanks to the excellent battery scores and some additional improvements in standby performance compared to the P20 Pro and Mate 20 Pro.

Huawei P30 Pro review

Our battery tests were automated thanks to SmartViser, using its viSer App. The endurance rating above denotes how long a single battery charge will last you if you use the Huawei P30 Pro for an hour each of telephony, web browsing, and video playback daily. We've established this usage pattern so that our battery results are comparable across devices in the most common day-to-day tasks. The battery testing procedure is described in detail in case you're interested in the nitty-gritty. You can check out our complete battery test table, where you can see how all of the smartphones we've tested will compare under your own typical use.

Loudspeaker

Huawei P30 Pro, unlike the P20 Pro and Mate 20 Pro, lacks stereo speakers. Previously, the earpiece doubled as a second speaker, but with the new acoustic screen technology this is impossible.

In our tests the P30 Pro turned out to be quite loud indeed and scored an Excellent mark in our test, but that's not much louder than what we've seen on the Mate 20 and P20 phones.

We played the same music on the P20 Pro and P30 Pro and the P30 speaker does sound better as the sound is richer and crisper. It's certainly among the better ones on a smartphone these days. We compared the Mate 20 Pro and P30 Pro, too, and we found the output to be identical.

Speakerphone testVoice, dB Pink noise/ Music, dB Ringing phone, dB Overall score
LG V40 ThinQ 68.2 74.1 77.4 Very Good
OnePlus 6T 67.2 72.5 84.5 Very Good
Xiaomi Mi 9 70.1 74.2 81.6 Very Good
Huawei P20 66.6 69.8 90.0 Very Good
Huawei Mate 20 74.3 70.2 82.6 Very Good
Huawei Mate 20 Pro 70.3 73.4 83.8 Very Good
Samsung Galaxy S10e 71.2 76.8 80.6 Excellent
Apple iPhone XS Max 70.5 74.0 84.7 Excellent
Honor Magic 2 72.5 73.6 85.2 Excellent
Huawei P20 Pro 71.8 69.2 91.0 Excellent
Samsung Galaxy S10+ 74.4 74.2 83.6 Excellent
Sony Xperia 10 Plus 68.5 73.2 90.7 Excellent
Huawei P30 Pro 70.9 73.8 90.9 Excellent
Huawei Mate 20 X 71.4 73.5 91.1 Excellent
Samsung Galaxy S10 82.2 74.9 85.5 Excellent

Audio quality

Huawei P30 Pro did alright in the first part of our audio quality test, posting excellent scores top to bottom. However its loudness was just above average and behind most of its direct rivals.

Headphones caused quite a lot of damage to stereo crosstalk and added a tiny bit of intermodulation distortion. Volume levels remained unimpressive, so it’s hardly a performance worth writing home about, given the premium pricing of the phone.

Mind you, we tested the P30 Pro with a passive USB-C to 3.5mm adapter we had from the P20 Pro, since there wasn’t one supplied in the box. Given that Huawei isn’t including it in the retail package, you can purchase a different adapter and if it happens to be an active one, you will get different performance.

TestFrequency responseNoise levelDynamic rangeTHDIMD + NoiseStereo crosstalk
Huawei P30 Pro +0.04, -0.02-90.590.40.00140.013-93.0
Huawei P30 Pro (headphones)+0.14, -0.23-90.490.30.00460.211-47.0
Huawei Mate 20 +0.02, -0.16-92.192.00.00170.013-85.6
Huawei Mate 20 (headphones)+0.07, -0.07-92.192.40.00210.106-66.5
Samsung Galaxy S10+0.03, -0.04-92.292.00.00150.0079-92.7
Samsung Galaxy S10 (headphones)+0.06, -0.03-91.991.70.00200.037-77.0
Samsung Galaxy S10++0.03, -0.05-93.092.80.00150.0070-94.3
Samsung Galaxy S10+ (headphones)+0.06, -0.03-92.792.50.00440.044-87.2
Xiaomi Mi 9+0.02, -0.01-93.993.10.00150.0066-91.9
Xiaomi Mi 9 (headphones)+0.05, -0.04-92.693.50.00260.072-58.7

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Huawei P30 Pro frequency response

You can learn more about the tested parameters and the whole testing process here.

Reader comments

Nice Just waiting for hormony OS

  • nick

sounds like u got the non pro version. or a fake... just based on the fact the p30. (not pro) has a jack

  • nick

the display not showing you notifications seems just a case of choosing the right software settings. if you mean there isnt any green red color led lamp. that shows charging full empty and notifications in other phones... an oled screen can ea...