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Huawei P30 review

Good
Fantastic camera
Vibrant design
Powerful processor

Bad
No wireless charging
Huawei’s UI not to everyone’s taste
Not as good as the P30 Pro

The Huawei P30 has one of the best cameras we’ve seen in a phone, with features like incredible optical zoom and night mode that other handsets could only dream of, but other than that it feels more like a decent mid-range handset than a flagship.

The Huawei P30, perhaps inevitably, suffers by comparison to the sexier P30 Pro. It isn’t as big or as gloriously capable in the camera department, but it deserves, at the very least, to be considered on its own merits.

It competes much more closely with the P30 Pro than its predecessor, the Huawei P20, did with the P20 Pro last year. It has a great set of cameras, shares some of the P30 Pro’s new technology, has the very same core chipset and looks absolutely fabulous, even in black.

It’s also a better-value phone than the Pixel 3, which can’t match the P30’s battery life, or the Samsung Galaxy S10e, which has a less extensive array of cameras. In its price bracket, then, the Huawei P30 stands alone. It’s a much better smartphone than many will give it credit for.

Huawei P30 review: Specifications:
6.1in, 1,080 x 2,340 AMOLED display
Octa-core Kirin 980 processor (2 x 2.6GHz, 2 x 1.92GHz, 4 x 1.8GHz)
6GB RAM
128GB of storage (expandable via nano memory card)
Three rear cameras: 40MP f/1.6 primary; 16MP f/2.2 ultrawide; 8MP f/2.4 3x telephoto with OIS
Selfie camera: 32MP, f/2
3,450mAh battery
IP53 dust and water-resistance rating
Price: £699

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