It’s clear that Huawei had big ambitions for its P30 series with the tag line “rewriting the rules of photography.” The latest entry of the Huawei flagship series in Paris on March 26th, 2019 showed the world what smartphone innovation looked like and now it’s time to look at how it lines up against its competitors.

Launching just over a month ago, the Samsung Galaxy S10+ achieved the same DxOMark Mobile rating as last year’s P series version, the P20 Pro, with 109 points. It seems hardly fair to compare its photography features with the newer P30 Pro as it just topped the DxO Mark list at 112 points, but the specs seem to do most of the talking.

Both brands have put in extensive effort to upgrade the zooming capabilities of their smartphones, but the longer the distance, the more noticeable is the difference between the two camera phones. The P30 SuperZoom lens 5x zoom with foldable optics is hard to beat, especially when compared to the 2x tele-lens scores that the S10 offers.

Samsung S10+ - Huawei P30 Pro

Samsung S10+                      Huawei P30 Pro


The wider aperture of the P30 Pro lets in more light for better low-light performance, offering the capability to capture well-exposed images in near darkness. Combined with Huawei’s SuperSpectrum sensor, ISP and Dual-NPU, and supported by the new HUAWEI AIS+OIS solution, the phone can record a frame taken across a long exposure and showcase excellent colours, dynamic range and clarity while producing a more authentic and vibrant photograph. While the Samsung S10 is strong in reducing the noise levels in all light conditions, its photographs still result in a loss of details in low-light and indoor scenarios.

Samsung S10+ - Huawei P30 Pro

Samsung S10+ (10x Zoom)                Huawei P30 Pro (50x Zoom)

The P30 Pro features a specialized HUAWEI Time Of Flight (TOF) camera, which captures depth information and resulted in an upgrade bokeh effect. The HUAWEI TOF Camera has rich bokeh and sophisticated, depth information-capturing capabilities. It is supporting multi-level, depth-of-field effects and accurate 3D modelling to deliver a highly-realistic, AR photography experience.

Comparatively, the S10+ camera is capable of capturing beautiful bokeh images, but the bokeh picture prioritises the lighting in the picture over the blurring of the background, resulting in a duller background with less details.

Samsung S10+ - Huawei P30 Pro

Samsung S10+ (Low Light)                   Huawei P30 Pro (Low Light)

The ultra-wide angle lens on the P30 is fitted to the phone to add a spacious feeling and 3D effect to the photos. The Samsung offers a 123-degree field view, but the outer corner shows some image distortion known as the fish-eye effect.

Samsung S10+ - Huawei P30 Pro

Samsung S10+ (Macro)                      Huawei P30 Pro (Macro)

Fans of the Huawei Leica camera know that the macro photography capabilities are unbeatable and the new P30 camera can capture photos as close as 3cm. 

It’s no secret that the P30 is unbeatable when it comes to photography capabilities, but the other specs of Huawei’s latest flagship device show that it’s rewriting more than just smartphone photography, it’s rewriting smartphone capabilities across the board.

Samsung S10+ - Huawei P30 Pro

Samsung S10+                      Huawei P30 Pro

Specs Comparison of P30 Pro vs. Galaxy S10+ vs. iPhone XS Max

Model P30 Pro Galaxy S10+ iPhone XS Max
Screen 6.47” curved Full HD+ OLED HDR display 6.4” curved Quad HD+

Dynamic AMOLED

6.5” Super Retina OLED display
Rear Camera 40MP, f/1.6 wide-angle lens, OIS, AF

20MP, f/2.2 ultra-wide angle lens, AF

8MP, f/3.4 telephoto lens, OIS, AF

Time-of-Flight(TOF) Camera

16MP, f/2.2 ultra-wide lens

12MP, f/2.4 wide-angle lens, AF

12MP, f/2.4 telephoto lens, AF

12MP, f/1.8 ultra-wide lens, AF

12MP, f/2.4 telephoto lens, AF




DxOMark Mobile Points – 112

(1st spot)

DxOMark Mobile Points – 109

(2nd spot)

DxOMark Mobile Points – 105

(6th spot)

Leica Quad camera


Triple camera Dual Camera
5x optical zoom

Digital zoom up to 50x (SuperZoom)

2x optical zoom


2x optical zoom

Digital zoom up to 10x

Stunning low-light performance

Super Night Mode

Upgraded Bokeh feature

Super portrait mode with bokeh effects

Master AI Camera

123-degree ultra-wide angle

Scene Optimizer


Dual optical image stabilization

Portrait Lighting with five effects (Natural, Studio, Contour, Stage, Stage Mono)

Front Camera 32MP, f/2.0 aperture 10MP f/1.9 aperture

+ 8MP RGB depth camera

7MP, ƒ/2.2 aperture



Battery 4,200 mAh 4,100mAh 3,174mAh
Charging 15W Wireless Quick Charge

40W SuperCharge (70%in 30 mins)

First to offer reverse wireless charging

 Wireless Charging 2.0

Reverse charge(Wireless PowerShare)

Wireless battery charging
Waterproof IP68 IP68 IP68
Colors Breathing Crystal



Prism White

Prism Green

Prism Black

Canary Yellow


Space Gray


Storage 6 GB RAM + 128 GB ROM
8 GB RAM + 128/256/512 GB ROM
8GB +256GB

12GB +512GB

12GB +1TB

4GB +64GB

4GB +256GB

4GB +512GB

Audio Piezoelectric speaker (In-display)


Stereo speaker

3.5mm jack

Stereo speaker


Chipset Kirin 980 (7nm), Dual NPU Snapdragon 855 (7nm) Apple A12 Bionic (7 nm)
Operating System EMUI 9.1 One UI iOS 12
Security Features Facial recognition and optical in-display fingerprint sensor biometric security Facial recognition and ultrasonic

in-display fingerprint scanner biometric security


Face ID facial recognition software


Price $1,499 $1,699 $2,099



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