2019/03/26

HUAWEI P30 vs. Galaxy S10 vs. Pixel 3: Cameras, battery and all the specs

Here's where Huawei's new flagship phone fits into the competition.

HUAWEI P30 vs. Galaxy S10 vs. Pixel 3: Cameras, battery and all the specs

The new HUAWEI P30 isn't just any phone. It's shaping up to be an Android powerhouse designed to challenge the Galaxy S10 and Google's Pixel 3 on nearly every front that matters: screen size, battery life and -- most important of all -- the cameras. (The even more advanced HUAWEI P30 Pro has four rear cameras.)

It's hard to overstate the importance of camera quality as a key consideration for phone buyers, and it isn't just automatic mode that people care about. Portrait mode, low-light shots and other tricks for making shots more artistically impressive are also wrapped into people's search for the "best" phone camera that money can buy. Phones such as the HUAWEI P30 and Pixel 3 have a dedicated night mode that, for some, could make them more attractive options than the Galaxy S10.

Both the HUAWEI P30 and Galaxy S10 have three rear cameras and one front-facing camera. Google's Pixel 3 has just one rear camera, but photo quality is excellent. Google gave it two front-facing lenses, however, and all three phones will give you portrait selfies.

HUAWEI P30 Pro's four rear cameras from every angle

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HUAWEI P30 vs. Galaxy S10 vs. Pixel 3: Cameras, battery and all the specs

The HUAWEI P30 Pro and HUAWEI P30 are the phone-maker's first major phones for 2019.

HUAWEI P30 vs. Galaxy S10 vs. Pixel 3: Cameras, battery and all the specs

The HUAWEI P30 Pro is the larger of the two.

HUAWEI P30 vs. Galaxy S10 vs. Pixel 3: Cameras, battery and all the specs

It has with four rear cameras to the HUAWEI P30's three.

HUAWEI P30 vs. Galaxy S10 vs. Pixel 3: Cameras, battery and all the specs

There's one camera on the front, a 32-megapixel lens.

HUAWEI P30 vs. Galaxy S10 vs. Pixel 3: Cameras, battery and all the specs

Cameras really are the main selling point on both phones, but especially the larger Pro.

HUAWEI P30 vs. Galaxy S10 vs. Pixel 3: Cameras, battery and all the specs

The camera array that looks like an exclamation signifies the Pro. The "dot" is a 3D time-of-flight (TOF) sensor.

HUAWEI P30 vs. Galaxy S10 vs. Pixel 3: Cameras, battery and all the specs

Here's another giveaway that you're looking at a Pro. That square-shaped lens is an 8-megapixel sensor behind a prism, which helps achieve 5x optical zoom and up to 10x hybrid zoom (a mix of optical and digital).

HUAWEI P30 vs. Galaxy S10 vs. Pixel 3: Cameras, battery and all the specs

The other two cameras on the Pro include 40-megapixel and 20-megapixel sensors.

HUAWEI P30 vs. Galaxy S10 vs. Pixel 3: Cameras, battery and all the specs

The HUAWEI P30 Pro has a 16.43 cm (6.47") screen, while the HUAWEI P30 has a 15.50 cm (6.1") display.

HUAWEI P30 vs. Galaxy S10 vs. Pixel 3: Cameras, battery and all the specs

They both have an optical in-screen fingerprint reader.

HUAWEI P30 vs. Galaxy S10 vs. Pixel 3: Cameras, battery and all the specs

Huawei excels at colour gradients, and you can really see that here on the P30 phones.

HUAWEI P30 vs. Galaxy S10 vs. Pixel 3: Cameras, battery and all the specs

Go ahead and soak it in.

HUAWEI P30 vs. Galaxy S10 vs. Pixel 3: Cameras, battery and all the specs

Just one more...

HUAWEI P30 vs. Galaxy S10 vs. Pixel 3: Cameras, battery and all the specs

You can see a small teardrop-shaped notch for the front-facing camera.

HUAWEI P30 vs. Galaxy S10 vs. Pixel 3: Cameras, battery and all the specs

Here it is from another angle.

HUAWEI P30 vs. Galaxy S10 vs. Pixel 3: Cameras, battery and all the specs

The HUAWEI P30 Pro isn't a cheap phone by any means.

HUAWEI P30 vs. Galaxy S10 vs. Pixel 3: Cameras, battery and all the specs

The HUAWEI P30 Pro and HUAWEI P30 go up against Samsung's Galaxy S10 Plus and S10 (there's also a smaller S10E for $750).

HUAWEI P30 vs. Galaxy S10 vs. Pixel 3: Cameras, battery and all the specs

The Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus have three rear cameras...

HUAWEI P30 vs. Galaxy S10 vs. Pixel 3: Cameras, battery and all the specs

...and no standalone night mode.

HUAWEI P30 vs. Galaxy S10 vs. Pixel 3: Cameras, battery and all the specs

The HUAWEI P30, compared to the iPhone XS.

HUAWEI P30 vs. Galaxy S10 vs. Pixel 3: Cameras, battery and all the specs

From left to right, the Galaxy S10, HUAWEI P30 and iPhone XS.

HUAWEI P30 vs. Galaxy S10 vs. Pixel 3: Cameras, battery and all the specs

Can you tell which phone this is? It's the HUAWEI P30, which has a headphone jack.

HUAWEI P30 vs. Galaxy S10 vs. Pixel 3: Cameras, battery and all the specs

The HUAWEI P30 Pro does not.

HUAWEI P30 vs. Galaxy S10 vs. Pixel 3: Cameras, battery and all the specs

Notice how the cameras mount rises out of the phone.

HUAWEI P30 vs. Galaxy S10 vs. Pixel 3: Cameras, battery and all the specs

You can see it while looking at the side buttons.

HUAWEI P30 vs. Galaxy S10 vs. Pixel 3: Cameras, battery and all the specs

Inside, the phones run on a Kirin 980 processor -- Huawei makes that in-house.

HUAWEI P30 vs. Galaxy S10 vs. Pixel 3: Cameras, battery and all the specs

The Pro has a 4,200-mAh battery while the HUAWEI P30 has a 3,650-mAh battery.

HUAWEI P30 vs. Galaxy S10 vs. Pixel 3: Cameras, battery and all the specs

Storage options on the HUAWEI P30 Pro: 128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB with up to 256 GB in Huawei's NM (nano-memory) storage card.

HUAWEI P30 vs. Galaxy S10 vs. Pixel 3: Cameras, battery and all the specs

The HUAWEI P30's single storage choice keeps things simple: 128 GB with the same NM card option.

HUAWEI P30 vs. Galaxy S10 vs. Pixel 3: Cameras, battery and all the specs

A look at the HUAWEI P30's zoom capabilities, in four shots.

HUAWEI P30 vs. Galaxy S10 vs. Pixel 3: Cameras, battery and all the specs
HUAWEI P30 vs. Galaxy S10 vs. Pixel 3: Cameras, battery and all the specs
HUAWEI P30 vs. Galaxy S10 vs. Pixel 3: Cameras, battery and all the specs
HUAWEI P30 vs. Galaxy S10 vs. Pixel 3: Cameras, battery and all the specs

The phones run Android 9.0 Pie with Huawei's EMUI 9.1 on top.

HUAWEI P30 vs. Galaxy S10 vs. Pixel 3: Cameras, battery and all the specs

Enjoy just a few more photos of the HUAWEI P30 phones.

HUAWEI P30 vs. Galaxy S10 vs. Pixel 3: Cameras, battery and all the specs
HUAWEI P30 vs. Galaxy S10 vs. Pixel 3: Cameras, battery and all the specs
HUAWEI P30 vs. Galaxy S10 vs. Pixel 3: Cameras, battery and all the specs
HUAWEI P30 vs. Galaxy S10 vs. Pixel 3: Cameras, battery and all the specs
HUAWEI P30 vs. Galaxy S10 vs. Pixel 3: Cameras, battery and all the specs

Looking for more details on the HUAWEI P30 and HUAWEI P30 Pro? Read our first impressions here.

The HUAWEI P30's megapixel count is much higher than the Galaxy S10 and Pixel 3, but remember that the amount of light that streams in and the way that the software processes photos are both more important than the number of pixels a camera has on the final effect.

One area where a large pixel count can come as an advantage is with zooming in (or cropping in) on details, but there are plenty of other phones that do a nice job of that without extremely high pixel counts.

Moving on from cameras, the Galaxy S10's ability to wirelessly charge another device -- say a phone, a watch or earbuds -- is a utility that helps Samsung's phone stand out against the HUAWEI P30. It's notable because the more expensive and robust HUAWEI P30 Pro does have this feature. Where Samsung made its Wireless PowerShare universal across all its S10 phones (even the cheapest Galaxy S10E), Huawei used it to differentiate between its two models.

HUAWEI P30 specs vs. Galaxy S10 vs. Pixel 3


HUAWEI P30 Samsung Galaxy S10 Google Pixel 3
Display size, resolution 15.50 cm (6.1") OLED; 2340 x 1080-pixels 15.50 cm (6.1") AMOLED; 3040 x 1440-pixels 13.97 cm (5.5") "flexible" OLED; 2280 x 1080 pixels
Pixel density 422 ppi 550 ppi 443 ppi
Dimensions (Inches) 14.98 cm (5.9") x 7.11 cm (2.8") x 0.76 cm (0.3")
14.98 cm (5.9") x 7.04 cm (2.77") x 0.79 cm (0.31") 14.48 cm (5.7") x 6.86 cm (2.7") x 0.79 cm 0.76 cm (0.3")
Dimensions (Millimeters) 149.0 x 71.4 x 7.8 mm
149.9 x 70.4 x 7.8 mm 145.6 x 68.2 x 7.9 mm
Weight (Ounces, Grams) 5.8 oz; 165 g 5.53 oz; 157 g 5.2 oz; 148 g
Mobile software Android 9.0 with EMIU 9.1 Android 9.0 with Samsung One UI Android 9 Pie
Camera 40-megapixel (standard), 20-megapixel (ultra wide), 8-megapixel 3x optical zoom 12-megapixel (wide-angle), 16-megapixel (ultra wide-angle), 12-megapixel (telephoto) 12.2-megapixel
Front-facing camera 32-megapixel 10-megapixel Dual 8-megapixel
Video capture 4K 4K 4K
Processor Kirin 980 processor Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (2.5 GHz + 1.6 GHz octa-core)
Storage 128 GB 128 GB, 512 GB 64 GB, 128 GB
RAM 6 GB 8 GB 4 GB
Expandable storage Up to 256 GB with proprietary NM card Up to 512 GB None
Battery 3,650 mAh 3,400 mAh 2,915 mAh
Fingerprint sensor In-screen (optical) In-screen (ultrasonic) Back cover
Connector USB-C USB-C USB-C
Headphone jack Yes Yes No
Special features Camera night mode, IP53 water resistance Wireless PowerShare; hole punch screen notch; water resistant (IP68); Fast Wireless Charging 2.0 IPX8, wireless charging support, Pixel Buds USB-C headphones in the box
Price off-contract (USD) Converts to $920 $900 $799 (64 GB); $899 (128 GB)
Price (GBP) £699 £799 £739 (64 GB); £839 (128 GB)
Price (AUD) AU$1,099 AU$1,349 AU$1,199 (64 GB); AU$1,349 (128 GB)