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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 test||Voice, dB||Ringing ||Overall score|
Use the Playback controls to listen to the phone sample recordings (best use headphones). We measure the average loudness of the speakers in LUFS. A lower absolute value means a louder sound. A look at the frequency response chart will tell you how far off the ideal "0db" flat line is the reproduction of the bass, treble, and mid frequencies. You can add more phones to compare how they differ. The scores and ratings are not comparable with our older loudspeaker test. Learn more about how we test here.
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.
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You can learn more about the tested parameters and the whole testing process here.