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Huawei P30 Review 

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Not that long ago $1,000 would have bought you a top-quality phone from any manufacturer but since Apple started premium pricing well in excess of that figure, there is a now a new normal.  Whilst the standard Huawei P30 does play second fiddle to the P30 Pro and may be off putting for consumers seeking only the best, it is really worth looking a little down the line. This is because the Huawei P30 is not as expensive but is an excellent handset and if one is honest, exceeds the needs of most buyers. 

Great hardware excellent price 

The technical compromises that Huawei had to make in order to reduce the cost were without question the right ones and this means the Huawei P30 is easily the best bit of hardware you will find at its price point. It looks like a great phone with an elegant mix of metal and glass and from a distance looks identical to its more expensive sister model. The devices share the same front and rear facing cameras. The P30 is as premium as you can expect from a flagship phone. 

Fingerprint reader 

There is a USB-C, 3.5mm headphone jack and speaker configuration that serious music lovers unwilling to cut the cord with their headphones. There are no buttons and instead an in-screen fingerprint scanner that is wonderfully accurate and easy to use. The built quality is outstanding but you will probably need a case. There is no Qi wireless support and its dust and water resistance rating could be higher. 

The display and specs 

The Huawei P30 has a 6.1-inch FHD+ OLED. The screen is excellent with vibrant colour with sharp icons and text.  The performance is outstanding thanks to the latest Kirin 980 CPU and 6GB RAM. This is a powerful set of specs that is able to deal with almost any task that is thrown at it. It can handle 3D gaming as well as the most resource intensive gaming titles without any lag. It is also able to handle photo and video editing with ease. 

The battery 

The 3650mAh battery on the Huawei P30 is excellent and will easily get users through a full day and half on a single charge. It also comes with fast-charging tech that takes it from zero to full charge in a little more than an hour. This is particularly impressive when compared to the iPhone XS which needs more than three hours to achieve a full charge. If the phone is used lightly, users will be able to get at least two days of use which is excellent. 

The camera 

The Huawei P30 comes with a rear facing tri-camera system that combines the main 40-megapixel camera with a 16-megapixel ultra-wide and 8-megapixel telephoto lens. This is indeed quite impressive especially for people who prefer taking photos in Auto mode and sharing.  Whilst the camera on the P30 is excellent the system on the more expensive Pro version is noticeably better so if photography is your thing, you may want to go with the Huawei P30 Pro instead. 

The verdict 

The Huawei P30 is certainly an outstanding Android device and if you have cash to spare, you should consider it. It may well not be the flagship device of the Huawei portfolio but it is an excellent smartphone that will certainly exceed the needs of most users. The screen is excellent, battery life is top-notch and performance is blazing fast. If all of that isn’t enough to convince you, then the gorgeous design should seal the deal.