Comparison of the Huawei P30 vs the one-year-old P20 Pro, judging them together on performance, battery tech, camera abilities, specs, software and everything else that matters.
I’ve had a lot of requests for a full comparison between the fresh new P30 (Huawei’s first big 2019 launch) and last year’s flagship, the P20 Pro, as they’re now a similar cost here in the UK. So here’s a run-through of these Huawei handsets side-by-side, to see which one might be best for you.
The P20 Pro first introduced that great tri-lens camera setup, although the ultra-wide-angle lens found on the P30 is missing in action (replaced with a monochrome shooter). Still, the P20 Pro serves up crisp, gorgeous photos – especially with the Portrait and Night mode – while both Huawei phones can record 4K video.
The new Huawei P30 Pro sports a speedier Kirin 980 chipset, compared with the Kirin 970 of yesteryear. Performance is still good on the Pro, although it’s showing signs of ageing – and likewise, the Android and EMUI software is still stuck on last year’s version.
We also prefer the more compact design of Huawei’s new flagship, even if the battery tech has shrunk.