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.
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 angle40 PHOTOS
The HUAWEI P30 Pro and HUAWEI P30 are the phone-maker's first major phones for 2019.
The HUAWEI P30 Pro is the larger of the two.
It has with four rear cameras to the HUAWEI P30's three.
There's one camera on the front, a 32-megapixel lens.
Cameras really are the main selling point on both phones, but especially the larger Pro.
The camera array that looks like an exclamation signifies the Pro. The "dot" is a 3D time-of-flight (TOF) sensor.
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).
The other two cameras on the Pro include 40-megapixel and 20-megapixel sensors.
The HUAWEI P30 Pro has a 16.43 cm (6.47") screen, while the HUAWEI P30 has a 15.50 cm (6.1") display.
They both have an optical in-screen fingerprint reader.
Huawei excels at colour gradients, and you can really see that here on the P30 phones.
Go ahead and soak it in.
Just one more...
You can see a small teardrop-shaped notch for the front-facing camera.
Here it is from another angle.
The HUAWEI P30 Pro isn't a cheap phone by any means.
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).
The Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus have three rear cameras...
...and no standalone night mode.
The HUAWEI P30, compared to the iPhone XS.
From left to right, the Galaxy S10, HUAWEI P30 and iPhone XS.
Can you tell which phone this is? It's the HUAWEI P30, which has a headphone jack.
The HUAWEI P30 Pro does not.
Notice how the cameras mount rises out of the phone.
You can see it while looking at the side buttons.
Inside, the phones run on a Kirin 980 processor -- Huawei makes that in-house.
The Pro has a 4,200-mAh battery while the HUAWEI P30 has a 3,650-mAh battery.
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.
The HUAWEI P30's single storage choice keeps things simple: 128 GB with the same NM card option.
A look at the HUAWEI P30's zoom capabilities, in four shots.
The phones run Android 9.0 Pie with Huawei's EMUI 9.1 on top.
Enjoy just a few more photos of the HUAWEI P30 phones.
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|
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")|
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|
|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|
|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)|