On the lower edge we can find a single, external speaker. It provides a sound with a good timbre and depth and it is loud enough, though it leaves something to be desired when it comes to the lack of stereo. Flagships from the competition, like Samsung, sound definitely better. To be honest, there is no second speaker that could create the stereo effect – there is no cavity of the receiver, the sound during calls is generated by the display by appropriate vibrations. The display works as a speaker only during calls, it cannot be used for stereo. It is a pity.
The single speaker is all right for most usages, it works well while using a loud speaking mode and multimedia. I will add that the smartphone sounds well through earphones. The lack of a minijack is a disadvantage, of course, but if you have a decent set with USB-C (or a wireless one), the sound quality will not disappoint you. I will add that Bluetooth supports aptX, aptX HD and LDAC.
The quality of sound can be enhanced using the Dolby Atmos technology, which helps us modify the sound. There is a preinstalled player, but the phone lacks an FM radio.
Photos and video
If you care about the quality and the versatility of photos, Huawei P30 Pro can be one of the best smartphones now on the market. If you trust the Internet benchmarks, this model was at the top of the DXOMARK mobile list for some time. Currently, with 116 points, it is placed on the 6th place among all analysed smartphones. But if you trust what Huawei P30 Pro has to offer in practice more, you can see photos in our gallery.
The smartphone is equipped with a quad camera, which has the following lenses:
- the main sensor, 40 MP, f/1.6, OIS, RYYB matrix;
- wide-angle used for close ups as well, 20 MP, f/2.2;
- a 5x zoom lens, 8 MP, f/3.4, OIS, periscope construction;
- ToF sensor (time-of-flight) for depth measurement.
The camera is set at 10-megapixel by default (in which it connects 4 pixels in a single one), but there are no problems in forcing 40 Mpx in settings – but only when we are not using a wide angle or an optical zoom. The 5x optical zoom and 10x hybrid zoom are a great proposition. It is worth adding that in the situation, when the 5x zoom is too much, we can pinch the screen and change the level – then, the phone does not use the telephoto lens but the main sensor, and the close up is a digital, not an optical one (that is in the range from 1.1 to 4.9). The wide angle gives great effects, it is used in macro shots as well – and from the 2.5cm length as well.
The quality of photos from the main camera is on the level characteristic for flagships. I have no concerns towards colours or details. There is a support for AI and numerous modes and settings, which are supposed to provide better photos. And they are great not only during the day – night time photos are the biggest stars. In places where we (and most smartphones) see only black, Huawei P30 Pro can take nicely saturated and readable photos. We do not even need to run the night mode, we receive great effects in the auto mode as well. There can of course be complaints that photos taken in such conditions are far from natural. And yes, it is sometimes difficult to notice that the particular shot was taken at night. But personally, I prefer to have a bright and sharp (though sometimes an artificial and effective) night shots than more natural, but dark and lacking colours from the competitions’ smartphones. What is more, the night mode can be used for each of the lenses, not only the main one.
A lot is changing when it comes to the resolution, number of cameras or the level of zoom, but the camera app have basically remained unchanged for a long time. If you have previously used other Huawei or Honor devices, you will be immediately at home. The app is simple, intuitive and user-friendly, it does not need any major changes in theory, though I would be really happy to see the HDR mode working in auto – and not as a separate mode in the additional menu. And there are a lot of modes. From the level of the main interface we have: Photo, Video, Portrait, Night, Aperture and Pro, while in the More menu there are: Slow-mo, Panorama, Monochrome, AR Lens, Light Painting, HDR, Time-lapse, Moving Picture, Stickers, Documents, Underwater and Super Macro. In the Pro mode we can save photos in the RAW format.
While Huawei P30 Pro rocks when it comes to photography options, when it comes to the video recording there are some fields for improvements. We can switch between lenses while recording videos, but it is not instantaneous and it does not look great in recordings – especially that each matrix has slightly different colour scheme. There is no 4K recording in 60 frames per second, and the level of details gives way to what Samsung has to offer. Basically it is not bad, but I think that Apple or already mentioned Samsung smartphones work better in this area.
The camera for selfies
The front camera has 32 megapixels and an f/2.0 brightness lens. It provides photos with a good quality, though I expected an autofocus from a flagship, not a fixed one. In addition, even though the resolution is impressive, video recording is limited to 1080p.