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Huawei P20 SV Huawei P30: Is The Upgrade Worth It?

Huawei introduced two new top models in March 2019. In addition to the “normal” Huawei P30, there is also the larger Huawei P30 Pro. We show in what the models differ and compare them with the predecessors Huawei P20 and Huawei P20 Pro from the year 2018. Is an upgrade worthwhile?


Price, Release, and Colors

The Huawei P20 came on the market in April 2018. One year later, Huawei unveiled the P30, which will be released on April 5th.

Huawei P20 and P20 Pro are available in black and blue. The P20 Pro is also available in Twilight with a gradient and the P20 in Pink Gold. The prices were at market launch at 650 euros for the P20 with 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of memory and 899 euros for the P20 Pro with 6 GB / 128 GB. Since then, prices have fallen significantly, so that the Huawei P20 now under 400 and the P20 Pro for around 530 € are available.

Price, release and colors

Also Huawei P30 and P30 Pro are back in black. There are also several shades that offer a color gradient. “Breathing Crystal” is a white hue, “Aurora” has a blue-green gradient and “Amber Sunrise”, which is used exclusively on the P30 Pro, has an orange-red gradient. Prices are higher this year. The Huawei P30 with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage costs 749 euros. The Huawei P30 Pro comes in two sizes, each with 8GB of RAM. The 128 GB version costs 999 euros, with 256 GB of memory it costs 1099 euros.

Based on past experience, prices for the Huawei P30 and P30 Pro are expected to fall significantly in the weeks and months after market launch. And even P20 and P20 Pro could be cheaper once again if the successor is on the market.


Display, Size, And Design

Huawei P20 and P30 are already well different from each other. While the Notch in addition to the front camera also contains a loudspeaker for P20 and P20 Pro, it has shrunk for the P30 and P30 Pro and only has to accommodate a single camera lens. The fingerprint sensor, which is positioned below the display for the P20 and P20 Pro, also slides into the display on the P30 and P30 Pro.

Huawei P20 Display, Size, And Design

Accordingly, more space is freed up on the front, so that the displays can grow from 5.8 or 6.1 inches to 6.1 or 6.5 inches. The resolution grows accordingly with the display length: P20 and P20 Pro solve with 2240 x 1080 pixels, P30 and P30 Pro have a resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels. Both P30 models use an OLED display while the P20 has an LC display. In addition, the display of the P30 Pro is bent sideways.

The case size has hardly changed in both models compared to its predecessors. P20 and P30 are almost the same size with 149.1 x 70.8 x 7.65 mm and 149.1 x 71.36 x 7.57 mm respectively and equally heavy at 165 g. At 158 x 73.4 x 8.41 mm, the P30 Pro is slightly longer and thicker than the P20 with 155 x 73.8 x 7.65 mm Pro and with 192 g to 174 g noticeably heavier.

On the back of the new camera equipment falls on P30 and P30 Pro. For all four models, the camera modules are arranged vertically in the upper left corner. The Huawei P20 and P20 Pro have a dual camera sensor and the P20 Pro has a third lens. P30 and P30 Pro each have three cameras with each other, the P30 Pro, the square third lens indicates a peculiarity. In addition, the P30 Pro also has a fourth camera sensor. On the second page of the article, we highlight what this is all about.

Huawei P20 fourth camera sensor

Huawei is selectively selective in the IP certification of its smartphones: the P20 Pro is protected against dust and water according to IP67, the P30 Pro according to IP68. Huawei P20 and P30, on the other hand, are not waterproof. A special feature of the Huawei P30: The only device in comparison, it has a jack for headphones.


Processor, Battery, And Memory

Huawei uses its own Kirin processors in its top models. The Huawei P20 and P20 Pro use the Kirin 970, while the P30 and P30 Pro are based on the successor model Kirin 980. Naturally, the new processor generation is more powerful than its predecessor. The Kirin 980 offers an improved NPU (Neural Processing Unit), which is intended to optimize camera processes, for example. How this affects in practice, the test must show.

Huawei P20 Processor, Battery And Memory

With the memory equipment already the P20 was not put up badly. The Huawei P20 and P20 Pro and the P30 are equipped with 128 GB of memory. With the P30 Pro one has now in addition to the 128 GB memory also a version with 256 GB to the selection. The memory expansion takes place on the P30 models on the new format NanoMemory Card. Any existing micro SD cards can not be used here so. With P20 and P20 you can not expand the memory, however.

Even with the battery, Huawei has a little bit on it. While the Huawei P20 and P20 Pro were equipped with 3,400 mAh and 4,000 mAh respectively, Huawei packs the P30 and P30 Pro 3,650 or 4,200 mAh batteries in their smartphones. Even with the P20 models, you could not complain about endurance. The larger batteries of the P30 models help them to even more runtime. The P30 Pro is also the only model to support wireless charging compared to other devices.


Camera: Two, Three Or Four Lenses?

The Huawei P20 and P30 models offer very different camera setups. The Huawei P20 uses a dual camera with a 12 MP color sensor and a 20 MP monochrome sensor. The latter is very bright with aperture f / 1.6 and is used, among other things, to gather brightness information that is combined with the color information of the second sensor to obtain a better overall picture.

The Huawei P20 Pro’s triple camera also uses this monochrome sensor but combines it with a high-resolution 40 MP sensor and 8 MP teleopics. The 40 MP sensor can combine four pixels each to increase the photosensitivity. The telephoto lens provides a triple optical zoom and a fivefold hybrid zoom.

Triple cameras are also installed on the Huawei P30 and P30 Pro, but they are structured differently than in the previous generation. Both waive namely on the monochrome sensor and instead rely on an ultra-wide-angle lens. This has a resolution of 16 MP with the P30, with the P30 Pro it is 20 MP. Both have the 40 MP sensor, as well as an 8 MP Teleoptik. The latter achieves a fivefold optical zoom on the Huawei P30 Pro and a tenfold hybrid zoom in combination with software calculations. The P30 offers a triple optical zoom.

The Huawei P30 Pro also comes with a fourth sensor in addition to the Triple Camera. It is a time-of-flight sensor that can capture the space in front of the camera three-dimensionally and collect depth information. These can be used for effects in images but also for AR applications, for example.


Android 9 With EMUI

Huawei usually ships its flagships with the latest version of Android, over which Huawei’s own EMUI interface is slipped. So came Huawei P20 and P20 Pro with Android 8.1 and EMUI 8.1 on the market. Meanwhile, both have also received the update to Android 9. Thus, their software is on the same level as the Huawei P30 and P30 Pro, which appear with Android 9 and EMUI 9.1. However, since the P30 series is one year younger, it will probably also be provided with updates for a year longer.

Android 9 With EMUI

Test Results

In the connect test, P20 and P20 Pro have both scored “very good”. Much to criticize the testers had not, apart from the lack of IP certification with the P20 and the bad-sounding headphones in the delivery and lack of wireless charging in both models. The display, camera, performance, and endurance were all the rage. So Huawei P20 and P20 Pro landed at the time of testing at the top of the connect leaderboard and hold themselves a year later still in the top 10.

The Huawei P30 Pro also receives the grade very well and is in the best list before the P20 Pro – but only just. In the test, the P30 Pro convinced with the display, reception, and endurance and above all with the extremely flexible camera. However, there was criticism in the subject of acoustics: Huawei omitted the P30 Pro on a telephony speaker and directs the sound instead of on the display. This does not work properly and costs valuable points.

The Huawei P30 is currently still undergoing the test lab. We will submit the results as soon as they become available.



Larger displays, larger batteries, and more cameras: So you could summarize the P30 models compared to its predecessors. Huawei has put on a little everywhere. Whether the innovations but provide enough arguments to upgrade from P20 to the successor, everyone has to decide for themselves. Finally, Huawei has increased in addition to the equipment and the price.

Those who are faced with the choice of buying the current model or predecessor will receive an excellent smartphone with the P20 or P20 Pro at a moderate price, which can easily keep up with many current top models. But if you can wait a few weeks, the P30 or P30 Pro will soon be able to buy well below the MSRP and will receive cutting-edge hardware and software.

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