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Huawei P30 Smartphone Review

Mike Wobker, 👁 Daniel Schmidt (translated by Greg Williams), 05/07/2019

Triple camera from Leica. Huawei has set the bar for smartphones which seek to position themselves in the upper segment a little bit higher. The Leica triple camera and octa-core SoC sound good on paper, and the rest of the specification also seems to have a lot to offer. Find out in our review what the Huawei P30 really brings to the table.

Huawei P30

After Huawei achieved a good result with its P30 Pro in our testing, now the follow-on to the Huawei P20 is on the bench. Due to its price of around 750 Euro (~$843), the expectations are high. The HiSilicon Kirin 980 coupled with 6 GB of RAM promises good performance though.

With its not ungenerous internal storage capacity of 128 GB and the ARM Mali G76 MP10 GPU should also be capable of handling even more demanding graphical titles with no problems. In addition, this 6.1-inch smartphone is loaded with features such as an under-display fingerprint sensor and a triple camera system with 5x hybrid zoom.

In our testing we evaluate not only the pure system performance of the P30, but also compare it to its competition. In this price segment there are numerous candidates and to most closely match cost and performance we have pitted it against the Samsung Galaxy S10eGoogle's Pixel 3Razer Phone 2OnePlus 6T and the Xiaomi Mi 9.

Huawei P30 (P30 Series)
Graphics adapter
Memory
6144 MB 
Display
6.1 inch 19.5:9, 2340 x 1080 pixel 422 PPI, Capacitive, OLED, glossy: yes, HDR
Storage
128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash, 128 GB 
, , 116 GB free
Connections
1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, Audio Connections: 3.5mm, Card Reader: NanoMemory Card (up to 256 GB, FAT, FAT32, exFAT), 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: Gyroscope, compass, proximity sensor, accelerometer, near-field sensor, laser sensor, colour temperature sensor, USB type-C
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 5.0, GSM: 2/3/5/8 (850/900/1800/1900 MHz), 3G UMTS WCDMA/TDS: 1/2/4/5/6/8/19/34/39, 4G LTE FDD/TDD: 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/12/17/18/19/20/26/28/32/34/38/39/40, Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 7.57 x 149.1 x 71.36 ( = 0.3 x 5.87 x 2.81 in)
Battery
0 Wh, 3650 mAh Lithium-Polymer
Operating System
Android 9.0 Pie
Camera
Primary Camera: 40 MPix Leica Triple: 40MP (Wide Angle Lens, f/1.8) + 16MP (Ultra Wide Angle Lens, f/2.2) + 8MP (Telephoto, f/2.4,OIS), Camera2-API: Limited
Secondary Camera: 32 MPix f/2.0
Additional features
Speakers: 1 speaker, Keyboard: onscreen, Keyboard Light: yes, USB power adaptor, USB type-C cable, stereo headset, EMUI 9.1, 24 Months Warranty, SAR-value (head): 0.33 W/kg, SAR-value (body): 0.85 W/kg, fanless
Weight
165 g ( = 5.82 oz / 0.36 pounds), Power Supply: 98 g ( = 3.46 oz / 0.22 pounds)
Price
750 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

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Case - The Huawei P30 is Dust & Water-Proof

Huawei has again chosen a frame of metal and a glass rear for the P30. The latter is dominated by its three lenses for the main camera which protrude somewhat more than 1mm out of the housing. A fingerprint sensor is no longer to be found on the rear, as this is now located under the display towards the bottom. The top edge of the P30 features only a hole for the microphone - speakers, USB port and audio jack are located on the bottom of the phone. On the right side you'll find the power button as well as the volume rocker and on the left side the slot for storage and NanoSIM cards.

Our review sample came in the color 'Breathing Crystal', however there are other colors such as black and a color named 'Aurora' which features a gradient between turquoise and blue. The phone is also protected against water and dust ingress with its IP53 rating. According to Huawei though, this protection may reduce with wear. 

The P30 features a 6.1 display, which is somewhat larger than its predecessor, however the phone itself has barely changed in terms of dimensions. The newcomer is only half a millimeter wider and is ever so slightly thinner than the Huawei P20. The weight is also unchanged, meaning that the P30 is one of the lightest devices in our comparison lineup.

Huawei P30
Huawei P30
Huawei P30
Huawei P30
Huawei P30
Huawei P30
Huawei P30
Huawei P30
Huawei P30
Huawei P30

Size Comparison

158.5 mm / 6.24 inch 78.99 mm / 3.11 inch 8.5 mm / 0.3346 inch 219 g0.4828 lbs157.5 mm / 6.2 inch 74.8 mm / 2.94 inch 8.2 mm / 0.3228 inch 185 g0.4079 lbs157.5 mm / 6.2 inch 74.67 mm / 2.94 inch 7.61 mm / 0.2996 inch 173 g0.3814 lbs156.9 mm / 6.18 inch 75.4 mm / 2.97 inch 8.1 mm / 0.3189 inch 180 g0.3968 lbs149.1 mm / 5.87 inch 70.8 mm / 2.79 inch 7.65 mm / 0.3012 inch 165 g0.3638 lbs149.1 mm / 5.87 inch 71.36 mm / 2.81 inch 7.57 mm / 0.298 inch 165 g0.3638 lbs145.6 mm / 5.73 inch 68.2 mm / 2.69 inch 7.9 mm / 0.311 inch 148 g0.3263 lbs142.2 mm / 5.6 inch 69.9 mm / 2.75 inch 7.9 mm / 0.311 inch 150 g0.3307 lbs

Features - Android Smartphone with NFC, VoLTE and VoWifi

Huawei has equipped the P30 with a HiSilicon Kirin 980 SoC and an ARM Mali G76 MP10 GPU. This hardware is identical to the Huawei P30 Pro, but whereas the P30 Pro features 8 GB of RAM, the P30 has only 6 GB and 128 GB of storage instead of 256 GB. With this specification, the P30 finds itself in the high-end of smartphones and should not have any issues with more demanding applications and games.

In order to extend storage, users will have to purchase a NanoMemory card, as normal microSD cards are not supported in the P30. By extending the storage you also lose dual-SIM functionality, as SIM slot 2 is a dual function, NanoMemory or SIM slot. Both SIM slots support LTE, VoLTE and VoWifi as long as they are supported/featured by the carrier.

The Huawei phone can be connected to a PC via its USB type-C port which, thanks to its support of the USB 3.1 standard, provides for fast data transfers. A 3.5 mm audio jack is also present for connecting headphones or external speakers.

Top edge: Microphone
Top edge: Microphone
Left Side: nano-SIM / NM-card slot
Left Side: nano-SIM / NM-card slot
Bottom edge: Speaker, USB type-C, microphone, 3.5 mm audio jack
Bottom edge: Speaker, USB type-C, microphone, 3.5 mm audio jack
Right edge: Power button, volume rocker
Right edge: Power button, volume rocker

Software - Android Pie on the P30

Users of the P30 will be greeted with an Android 9 installation. This is combined with Huawei's own EMUI 9.1 UI, which is largely a pure Android experience. Whereas the overall main screen and app overview are very similar compared to other phones, Huawei utilizes a different menu structure for settings. Due to its more detailed descriptions, new users will find themselves quickly at home.

Pre-installed third-party apps such as Facebook and Booking.com can be uninstalled without issue, however Huawei's own apps can only be deactivated. These are mostly involved with system functions - only the App-Gallery informs users of recommended apps and designs which are available for download. The storage of apps on an external storage card, or formatting of said card as internal storage is not possible.

Should the phone be used by more than one person, it's possible to create multiple users. A guest account is also available. With its Widevine L1 support, Full-HD content can also be played back such as on Netflix, Amazon Prime or Maxdome.

Software Huawei P30
Software Huawei P30
Software Huawei P30
Software Huawei P30
Software Huawei P30
Software Huawei P30
Software Huawei P30
Software Huawei P30

Communication & GPS - Fast WLAN on the P30

The Huawei P30 can communicate over the GSM, 3G and LTE networks - the latter featuring category 16 support which results in download rates of up to 1 GBit/s and upload rates of up to 100 MBit/s. Along with NFC and Bluetooth 5.0 the phone features WLAN support for 802.11 a, b, g, n and ac.

With its 2x2 MIMO antenna array, the Huawei P30 achieved 544 Mbps in our testing whilst receiving files, a good but average result compared to the other phones. When transferring files the phone achieved 680 Mbps which puts it at the top of the comparison field. It's important to note though that the P30 supports VHT160 - something our reference router, a Linksys EA8500, does not. It is theoretically possible for the Huawei phone to achieve data transfer rates of up to 1.7 Gbps when paired with a suitable router.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Xiaomi Mi 9
Adreno 640, 855, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
678 (min: 549, max: 725) MBit/s ∼100% +25%
Google Pixel 3
Adreno 630, 845, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
659 (min: 610, max: 698) MBit/s ∼97% +21%
Huawei P20
Mali-G72 MP12, Kirin 970, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
637 MBit/s ∼94% +17%
OnePlus 6T
Adreno 630, 845, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
629 (min: 621, max: 638) MBit/s ∼93% +16%
Razer Phone 2
Adreno 630, 845, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
604 (min: 420, max: 626) MBit/s ∼89% +11%
Huawei P30
Mali-G76 MP10, Kirin 980, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
544 (min: 38, max: 618) MBit/s ∼80%
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Mali-G76 MP12, 9820, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
520 (min: 445, max: 571) MBit/s ∼77% -4%
Honor View 20
Mali-G76 MP10, Kirin 980, 256 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
339 (min: 325, max: 351) MBit/s ∼50% -38%
Average of class Smartphone
  (5.9 - 939, n=461)
230 MBit/s ∼34% -58%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Huawei P30
Mali-G76 MP10, Kirin 980, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
680 (min: 646, max: 700) MBit/s ∼100%
Google Pixel 3
Adreno 630, 845, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
591 (min: 461, max: 651) MBit/s ∼87% -13%
Xiaomi Mi 9
Adreno 640, 855, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
534 (min: 430, max: 578) MBit/s ∼79% -21%
OnePlus 6T
Adreno 630, 845, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
474 (min: 241, max: 497) MBit/s ∼70% -30%
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Mali-G76 MP12, 9820, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
468 (min: 351, max: 489) MBit/s ∼69% -31%
Huawei P20
Mali-G72 MP12, Kirin 970, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
397 MBit/s ∼58% -42%
Razer Phone 2
Adreno 630, 845, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
388 (min: 234, max: 484) MBit/s ∼57% -43%
Honor View 20
Mali-G76 MP10, Kirin 980, 256 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
298 (min: 278, max: 319) MBit/s ∼44% -56%
Average of class Smartphone
  (9.4 - 703, n=461)
219 MBit/s ∼32% -68%
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; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø543 (38-618)
; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø680 (646-700)
GPS test outdoors
GPS test outdoors
GPS test indoors
GPS test indoors

With the GPS Test app, we test how well the Huawei P30 is able to pinpoint its location. To assist with this, the phone features GPS, A-GPS, Beidou, Galileo GLONASS and QZSS which resulted in us achieving accuracy of up to 4 meters (~13 feet) outdoors. Indoors, we were not able to obtain a satellite signal.

On our customary testing route we pitted the Huawei smartphone against our reference device, a Garmin Edge 500. The plotted course was similarly good and also on longer routes the P30 showed only slight deviations, with curves and sudden changes of direction being somewhat 'rounded-off' compared to the Garmin. The Huawei P30 is therefore a good choice for normal and regular GPS usage.

GNSS - Huawei P30
GNSS - Huawei P30
GNSS - Huawei P30
GNSS - Huawei P30
GNSS - Huawei P30
GNSS - Huawei P30
GNSS - Garmin Edge 500
GNSS - Garmin Edge 500
GNSS - Garmin Edge 500
GNSS - Garmin Edge 500
GNSS - Garmin Edge 500
GNSS - Garmin Edge 500

Phone Function & Voice Quality - Stereo Headset Included

Huawei installs their own app on the P30 for voice calls. This features direct access to a number pad as well as call logs and phonebook via separate tabs. In calls the phone did not have any issues and impressed with good volume and clear voice quality. Background noise was reliably filtered out which resulted in even better call quality. Compared to the P30 Pro, the P30 has a normal earpiece and does not transmit sound through its display.

In very loud environments users can turn to the included stereo headset which allows for even more volume and the possibility to block out more background noise.

Cameras - Triple Camera with Optical Zoom

Front camera capture
Front camera capture

The Leica triple camera is the highlight of the P30. It consists of a 40 MP sensor with wide-angle lens and f/1.8 aperture, a 16 MP sensor with ultra wide-angle lens and f/2.2 aperture, plus an 8 MP sensor with telephoto objective, f/2.4 aperture and optical image stabilization. The optical zoom is able to work up to a 3x magnification without image quality loss although a steady hand is an advantage here to allow sharp captures. The front camera is a 32 MP unit with a f/2.4 aperture which is especially well suited to portrait photos. This manages even in sub-optimal lighting conditions to create sharp and detailed selfies. Objects in the pictures are well defined and distinct, plus structure and details are reliably reproduced. In the camera app we find multiple AI-assisted manipulation options, such as the adding of effects and color filters, as well as eye enlargement, skin whitening and many more. An HDR mode provides for better color reproduction and when desired, the P30 can be set to capture a photo when it detects a smile.

On an overcast day during our testing, the P30 managed a good panorama shot, in which details were easily visible. In the zoom view, objects are also clearly represented but do suffer somewhat from a loss of sharpness around edges. Color reproduction suffers a little under less than optimal lighting conditions but can still be rated as good. Close-up shots are also managed very well by the Huawei P30. Objects in the picture are sharp and clearly defined, and colors are strong (if a little lighter than they should be). The camera first flexes its muscles however when using its night-mode in low light conditions. The test pattern was clearly defined and colors were also recognizable. Details and fine structure were captured so well that it would be easy to doubt that the light was even turned off. As well as the AI modes, a professional mode is also available which provides for manual tweaking of ambient light, ISO value, white level, shutter speed, focus and brightness. The supermacro mode in our testing was able to capture subpixels on an LCD monitor.

Users of the video function can expect similar picture quality to that of still captures, and AI-modes as well as beauty improvements are also available. Image stabilization means that small vibrations and movements are canceled out and the optical zoom also functions in video mode. The quality of the capture can be adjusted in the settings menu, with the options being 720p, 1080p and 4K UHD. The resolutions 720p and 1080p are also available as HD+ 21:9 format variants and a 60 fps mode allows for high frame rate.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

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ColorChecker Passport
ColorChecker Passport

With ColorChecker Passport we check how well the camera of the Huawei P30 reproduces colors. Our results showed that these are reproduced somewhat lighter than expected.

In our controlled lighting environment, the P30 captured our test chart very well. Colors, details and fine structure were well reproduced, although there was some faint washing-out in the lower corners.

Huawei P30 - Test chart
Huawei P30 - Test chart
Huawei P30 - Test chart (Detail)

Accessories & Guarantee - Huawei P30 with Headset

Included in the box with the Huawei P30 is a USB wall adapter and matching USB type-C cable and a stereo headset. Our review sample also included a silicon case which is not listed in the official package contents and is only available in countries outside Europe. Alongside general accessories such as powerbanks and headsets, Huawei cases and a smart cover are available via various third-party vendors.

Buyers of the P30 receive a 24-month guarantee - if you'd like more information on this subject, please be sure to read our FAQ: Guarantees, Return policies and Warranties.

Package contents
Package contents

Input & Usage - Fingerprint Sensor Under the Display

For inputting text the Huawei P30 comes with the keyboard app SwiftKey included. This enables fast and easy typing of messages and can be customized to your individual needs. As well as configurable text size, there are multiple layouts and themes to choose from. The touchscreen was very responsive and accurate, however the pre-installed screen protector did cause some fingertip drag - this made drag and drop operations somewhat difficult which would be especially noticeable in games.

The orientation sensor was reliable and reactive in orienting the screen as appropriate. To unlock the phone, alongside the usual pin and pattern options, users can utilize facial recognition (which also worked well in low light conditions) or the fingerprint sensor which, instead of being located on the rear, is under the lower area of the screen. In the event of a failed attempt to unlock with a fingerprint, the phone will advise the user that they need to press hard on the display. If this advice is followed, the fingerprint sensor functions without issue or delay.

Display - Good Colors & Brightness

Subpixel
Subpixel

Huawei has equipped the P30 with a 6.1-inch OLED display in a 19.5:9 format and 2,340 x 1,080 resolution. The brightness figure of 560 cd/m² as well as backlight uniformity of 95 percent places it in the upper-middle of our comparison field. In the ALP50 test the P30 achieved a luminance score of 673 cd/m² - without its sensor only 412 cd/m² was possible. The lowest configurable brightness was measured at 1.72 cd/m² 

Our measuring showed that the P30 suffers from the typical OLED problem of PWM flickering at a frequency of around 250 Hz. As this is very low, it's possible that users with sensitive eyes will have issues over long usage sessions.

553
cd/m²
559
cd/m²
570
cd/m²
545
cd/m²
561
cd/m²
572
cd/m²
548
cd/m²
562
cd/m²
574
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 574 cd/m² Average: 560.4 cd/m² Minimum: 1.72 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 95 %
Center on Battery: 561 cd/m²
Contrast: ∞:1 (Black: 0 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 1.5 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6
ΔE Greyscale 1.8 | 0.64-98 Ø6.2
99.6% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.2
Huawei P30
OLED, 2340x1080, 6.1
Samsung Galaxy S10e
AMOLED, 2280x1080, 5.8
Google Pixel 3
OLED, 2160x1080, 5.5
Honor View 20
LTPS, 2310x1080, 6.4
Huawei P20
LTPS, 2240x1080, 5.8
OnePlus 6T
Optic AMOLED, 2340x1080, 6.41
Xiaomi Mi 9
AMOLED, 2340x1080, 6.39
Razer Phone 2
IGZO LCD, UltraMotion 120 Hz Display, 2560x1440, 5.72
Screen
-20%
-4%
-46%
16%
-30%
15%
-70%
Brightness middle
561
426
-24%
393
-30%
492
-12%
753
34%
437
-22%
593
6%
600
7%
Brightness
560
427
-24%
398
-29%
475
-15%
748
34%
442
-21%
587
5%
577
3%
Brightness Distribution
95
96
1%
91
-4%
94
-1%
96
1%
95
0%
94
-1%
92
-3%
Black Level *
0.4
0.37
0.31
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
1.5
2.14
-43%
1.4
7%
2.4
-60%
1.3
13%
2.21
-47%
0.9
40%
3.43
-129%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
2.5
3.29
-32%
2.5
-0%
5.2
-108%
2.3
8%
4.27
-71%
2
20%
6.36
-154%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
1.8
1.8
-0%
1.2
33%
3.2
-78%
1.7
6%
2.1
-17%
1.5
17%
4.4
-144%
Gamma
2.2 100%
2.111 104%
2.19 100%
2.06 107%
2.18 101%
2.307 95%
2.27 97%
2.388 92%
CCT
6512 100%
6329 103%
6597 99%
7125 91%
66.76 9736%
6353 102%
6548 99%
6069 107%
Contrast
1230
2035
1935

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 240.4 Hz

The display backlight flickers at 240.4 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) .

The frequency of 240.4 Hz is relatively low, so sensitive users will likely notice flickering and experience eyestrain at the stated brightness setting and below.

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9331 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

A contrast ratio that cannot be measured and black value of 0 cd/m² is also normal for an OLED display. This results in colors well distinguished from one another and black display elements being represented by pixels that are turned off. Users can modify the color temperature of the display either via a free scale option or by choosing one of multiple presets.

Our CalMAN analysis showed that the combination of Normal (colors) and Standard (color temp) in the sRBG color space provided a very balanced color accuracy result. Selecting Vivid (colors) and Standard (color temp) in the P3 color space resulted in somewhat elevated blue levels. If the color temperature in the P3 color space is changed to warm, the blue levels drop and green tones become more dominant.

CalMAN - color accuracy (Normal, Standard, sRGB)
CalMAN - color accuracy (Normal, Standard, sRGB)
CalMAN - color accuracy (Vivid, Standard, P3)
CalMAN - color accuracy (Vivid, Standard, P3)
CalMAN - color accuracy (Vivid, Warm, P3)
CalMAN - color accuracy (Vivid, Warm, P3)
CalMAN - color space (Normal, Standard, sRGB)
CalMAN - color space (Normal, Standard, sRGB)
CalMAN - color space (Vivid, Standard, P3)
CalMAN - color space (Vivid, Standard, P3)
CalMAN - color space (Vivid, Warm, P3)
CalMAN - color space (Vivid, Warm, P3)
CalMAN - graytones (Normal, Standard, sRGB)
CalMAN - graytones (Normal, Standard, sRGB)
CalMAN - graytones (Vivid, Standard, P3)
CalMAN - graytones (Vivid, Standard, P3)
CalMAN - graytones (Vivid, Warm, P3)
CalMAN - graytones (Vivid, Warm, P3)
CalMAN - saturation (Normal, Standard, sRGB)
CalMAN - saturation (Normal, Standard, sRGB)
CalMAN - saturation (Vivid, Standard, P3)
CalMAN - saturation (Vivid, Standard, P3)
CalMAN - saturation (Vivid, Warm, P3)
CalMAN - saturation (Vivid, Warm, P3)

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
3.2 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 2 ms rise
↘ 1.2 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 1 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (24.8 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
4 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 2 ms rise
↘ 2 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 1 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (39.5 ms).

Outdoors the Huawei P30 was easily usable. The screen is bright enough that it can be used on a sunny day. When used at an angle though, the screen does reflect objects in the area which hinders viewing of the screen.

Outdoor use
Outdoor use
Outdoor use
Outdoor use

The OLED display of the P30 is very good in terms of viewing angles and allows for the screen to be viewed from far off to the side without the display becoming distorted, although from extreme angles there is a noticeable green tint which is a characteristic of OLED displays. As long as there are no reflections to create problems, the Huawei phone can be viewed from even inconvenient angles.

Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Performance - The P30 Delivers Good Results

Huawei has equipped the P30 with the high-end SoC HiSilicon Kirin 980. This features an octa-core CPU clocked up to 2.6 GHz and is paired with 6 GB of RAM, which should provide the P30 with enough grunt to handle more demanding applications without issue. Display duties are handled by an ARM Mali-G76 MP10 GPU which also sits at the upper end of smartphone hardware. The 128 GB of internal storage provides for plenty of space for installation of apps and storage of personal data.

In our benchmarks the Huawei P30 achieved results which place it in the middle of the comparison field. In tests which placed more emphasis on graphical performance, the P30 was frequently placed closer to the bottom. Storage-oriented tests by contrast resulted in the phone dominating most of its competitors. All benchmarks were run with performance mode disabled. When this is active, the P30 achieved, for example, an Overall Score of 4,765 points in Basemark OS II, which is approximately 10 percent higher than standard. In AnTuTu V7, 315,251 was achieved as compared to 290,650 - around 8 percent more.

Geekbench 4.4
Compute RenderScript Score (sort by value)
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
5864 Points ∼42%
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 6144
10170 Points ∼73% +73%
Google Pixel 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 4096
13620 Points ∼98% +132%
Honor View 20
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 8192
9028 Points ∼65% +54%
OnePlus 6T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
13341 Points ∼96% +128%
Xiaomi Mi 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
7482 Points ∼54% +28%
Razer Phone 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 8192
13896 Points ∼100% +137%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 980
  (5677 - 9870, n=9)
7355 Points ∼53% +25%
Average of class Smartphone
  (663 - 21070, n=328)
4681 Points ∼34% -20%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
9547 Points ∼87%
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 6144
10553 Points ∼96% +11%
Google Pixel 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 4096
7754 Points ∼70% -19%
Honor View 20
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 8192
9868 Points ∼90% +3%
Huawei P20
HiSilicon Kirin 970, Mali-G72 MP12, 4096
6557 Points ∼60% -31%
OnePlus 6T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
8995 Points ∼82% -6%
Xiaomi Mi 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
10999 Points ∼100% +15%
Razer Phone 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 8192
9018 Points ∼82% -6%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 980
  (9547 - 10024, n=9)
9838 Points ∼89% +3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (883 - 11598, n=387)
4727 Points ∼43% -50%
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
3207 Points ∼71%
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 6144
4506 Points ∼100% +41%
Google Pixel 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 4096
2355 Points ∼52% -27%
Honor View 20
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 8192
3314 Points ∼74% +3%
Huawei P20
HiSilicon Kirin 970, Mali-G72 MP12, 4096
1886 Points ∼42% -41%
OnePlus 6T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
2384 Points ∼53% -26%
Xiaomi Mi 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
3523 Points ∼78% +10%
Razer Phone 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 8192
2409 Points ∼53% -25%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 980
  (3207 - 3378, n=9)
3303 Points ∼73% +3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (390 - 4824, n=387)
1429 Points ∼32% -55%
PCMark for Android
Work 2.0 performance score (sort by value)
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
8016 Points ∼87%
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 6144
7966 Points ∼86% -1%
Google Pixel 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 4096
9063 Points ∼98% +13%
Honor View 20
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 8192
9243 Points ∼100% +15%
Huawei P20
HiSilicon Kirin 970, Mali-G72 MP12, 4096
7002 Points ∼76% -13%
OnePlus 6T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
8487 Points ∼92% +6%
Xiaomi Mi 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
9035 Points ∼98% +13%
Razer Phone 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 8192
8701 Points ∼94% +9%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 980
  (7567 - 9326, n=9)
8450 Points ∼91% +5%
Average of class Smartphone
  (2630 - 11690, n=399)
5379 Points ∼58% -33%
Work performance score (sort by value)
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
9890 Points ∼77%
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 6144
10008 Points ∼78% +1%
Google Pixel 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 4096
11744 Points ∼92% +19%
Honor View 20
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 8192
12778 Points ∼100% +29%
Huawei P20
HiSilicon Kirin 970, Mali-G72 MP12, 4096
8700 Points ∼68% -12%
OnePlus 6T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
10590 Points ∼83% +7%
Xiaomi Mi 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
10985 Points ∼86% +11%
Razer Phone 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 8192
10006 Points ∼78% +1%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 980
  (9728 - 13531, n=9)
11270 Points ∼88% +14%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1077 - 15193, n=566)
5844 Points ∼46% -41%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
3080 Points ∼94%
Xiaomi Mi 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
3288 Points ∼100% +7%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 980
  (2106 - 3183, n=4)
2640 Points ∼80% -14%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1740 - 15735, n=76)
2691 Points ∼82% -13%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
4613 Points ∼81%
Xiaomi Mi 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
5723 Points ∼100% +24%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 980
  (2232 - 4688, n=4)
3459 Points ∼60% -25%
Average of class Smartphone
  (203 - 14536, n=76)
2807 Points ∼49% -39%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited (sort by value)
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
4165 Points ∼85%
Xiaomi Mi 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
4914 Points ∼100% +18%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 980
  (2203 - 4242, n=4)
3222 Points ∼66% -23%
Average of class Smartphone
  (253 - 14786, n=76)
2550 Points ∼52% -39%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
2682 Points ∼61%
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 6144
3106 Points ∼71% +16%
Google Pixel 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 4096
2979 Points ∼68% +11%
Honor View 20
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 8192
4381 Points ∼100% +63%
Huawei P20
HiSilicon Kirin 970, Mali-G72 MP12, 4096
2762 Points ∼63% +3%
OnePlus 6T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
3681 Points ∼84% +37%
Xiaomi Mi 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
3754 Points ∼86% +40%
Razer Phone 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 8192
3540 Points ∼81% +32%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 980
  (2227 - 4439, n=9)
3299 Points ∼75% +23%
Average of class Smartphone
  (573 - 5576, n=406)
2002 Points ∼46% -25%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
4162 Points ∼59%
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 6144
5368 Points ∼76% +29%
Google Pixel 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 4096
4882 Points ∼69% +17%
Honor View 20
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 8192
3718 Points ∼53% -11%
Huawei P20
HiSilicon Kirin 970, Mali-G72 MP12, 4096
2597 Points ∼37% -38%
OnePlus 6T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
5877 Points ∼83% +41%
Xiaomi Mi 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
7076 Points ∼100% +70%
Razer Phone 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 8192
5825 Points ∼82% +40%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 980
  (2747 - 4361, n=9)
3868 Points ∼55% -7%
Average of class Smartphone
  (75 - 8374, n=406)
1824 Points ∼26% -56%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited (sort by value)
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
3707 Points ∼63%
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 6144
4620 Points ∼78% +25%
Google Pixel 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 4096
4275 Points ∼72% +15%
Honor View 20
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 8192
3847 Points ∼65% +4%
Huawei P20
HiSilicon Kirin 970, Mali-G72 MP12, 4096
2632 Points ∼45% -29%
OnePlus 6T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
5189 Points ∼88% +40%
Xiaomi Mi 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
5913 Points ∼100% +60%
Razer Phone 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 8192
5094 Points ∼86% +37%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 980
  (2611 - 4317, n=9)
3680 Points ∼62% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (93 - 6916, n=407)
1693 Points ∼29% -54%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
2550 Points ∼58%
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 6144
3077 Points ∼70% +21%
Google Pixel 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 4096
2781 Points ∼63% +9%
Honor View 20
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 8192
4393 Points ∼100% +72%
Huawei P20
HiSilicon Kirin 970, Mali-G72 MP12, 4096
2896 Points ∼66% +14%
OnePlus 6T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
3374 Points ∼77% +32%
Xiaomi Mi 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
3788 Points ∼86% +49%
Razer Phone 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 8192
3532 Points ∼80% +39%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 980
  (2421 - 4493, n=9)
3422 Points ∼78% +34%
Average of class Smartphone
  (375 - 5133, n=435)
1910 Points ∼43% -25%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
3491 Points ∼34%
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 6144
4886 Points ∼47% +40%
Google Pixel 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 4096
6404 Points ∼62% +83%
Honor View 20
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 8192
5327 Points ∼52% +53%
Huawei P20
HiSilicon Kirin 970, Mali-G72 MP12, 4096
3683 Points ∼36% +5%
OnePlus 6T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
8397 Points ∼82% +141%
Xiaomi Mi 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
10291 Points ∼100% +195%
Razer Phone 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 8192
8389 Points ∼82% +140%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 980
  (2536 - 5893, n=9)
4289 Points ∼42% +23%
Average of class Smartphone
  (70 - 20154, n=435)
2432 Points ∼24% -30%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited (sort by value)
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
3226 Points ∼43%
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 6144
4321 Points ∼58% +34%
Google Pixel 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 4096
4966 Points ∼67% +54%
Honor View 20
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 8192
5087 Points ∼68% +58%
Huawei P20
HiSilicon Kirin 970, Mali-G72 MP12, 4096
3463 Points ∼46% +7%
OnePlus 6T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
6310 Points ∼85% +96%
Xiaomi Mi 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
7449 Points ∼100% +131%
Razer Phone 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 8192
6425 Points ∼86% +99%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 980
  (2525 - 5511, n=9)
4053 Points ∼54% +26%
Average of class Smartphone
  (88 - 10427, n=435)
2040 Points ∼27% -37%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics (sort by value)
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
3496 Points ∼84%
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 6144
3005 Points ∼72% -14%
Google Pixel 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 4096
3203 Points ∼77% -8%
Honor View 20
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 8192
4175 Points ∼100% +19%
Huawei P20
HiSilicon Kirin 970, Mali-G72 MP12, 4096
2795 Points ∼67% -20%
OnePlus 6T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
3537 Points ∼85% +1%
Xiaomi Mi 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
3758 Points ∼90% +7%
Razer Phone 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 8192
3557 Points ∼85% +2%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 980
  (3380 - 4216, n=9)
3820 Points ∼91% +9%
Average of class Smartphone
  (486 - 4909, n=486)
1907 Points ∼46% -45%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics (sort by value)
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
4200 Points ∼66%
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 6144
5206 Points ∼82% +24%
Google Pixel 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 4096
5188 Points ∼82% +24%
Honor View 20
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 8192
4256 Points ∼67% +1%
Huawei P20
HiSilicon Kirin 970, Mali-G72 MP12, 4096
3040 Points ∼48% -28%
OnePlus 6T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
5241 Points ∼82% +25%
Xiaomi Mi 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
6355 Points ∼100% +51%
Razer Phone 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 8192
5113 Points ∼80% +22%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 980
  (2082 - 4400, n=9)
3851 Points ∼61% -8%
Average of class Smartphone
  (53 - 7150, n=486)
1510 Points ∼24% -64%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) (sort by value)
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
4020 Points ∼73%
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 6144
4477 Points ∼81% +11%
Google Pixel 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 4096
4560 Points ∼83% +13%
Honor View 20
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 8192
4238 Points ∼77% +5%
Huawei P20
HiSilicon Kirin 970, Mali-G72 MP12, 4096
2982 Points ∼54% -26%
OnePlus 6T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
4734 Points ∼86% +18%
Xiaomi Mi 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
5509 Points ∼100% +37%
Razer Phone 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 8192
4660 Points ∼85% +16%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 980
  (2276 - 4264, n=9)
3828 Points ∼69% -5%
Average of class Smartphone
  (68 - 6319, n=487)
1453 Points ∼26% -64%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics (sort by value)
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
3548 Points ∼84%
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 6144
2906 Points ∼69% -18%
Google Pixel 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 4096
2533 Points ∼60% -29%
Honor View 20
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 8192
4214 Points ∼100% +19%
Huawei P20
HiSilicon Kirin 970, Mali-G72 MP12, 4096
2811 Points ∼67% -21%
OnePlus 6T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
3483 Points ∼83% -2%
Xiaomi Mi 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
3614 Points ∼86% +2%
Razer Phone 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 8192
3587 Points ∼85% +1%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 980
  (3548 - 4215, n=9)
3887 Points ∼92% +10%
Average of class Smartphone
  (293 - 4900, n=527)
1770 Points ∼42% -50%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics (sort by value)
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
3281 Points ∼33%
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 6144
4507 Points ∼45% +37%
Google Pixel 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 4096
7075 Points ∼71% +116%
Honor View 20
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 8192
5252 Points ∼53% +60%
Huawei P20
HiSilicon Kirin 970, Mali-G72 MP12, 4096
3550 Points ∼36% +8%
OnePlus 6T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
8272 Points ∼83% +152%
Xiaomi Mi 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
9963 Points ∼100% +204%
Razer Phone 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 8192
8006 Points ∼80% +144%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 980
  (2347 - 5431, n=9)
4073 Points ∼41% +24%
Average of class Smartphone
  (43 - 11302, n=526)
1982 Points ∼20% -40%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 (sort by value)
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
3337 Points ∼47%
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 6144
4015 Points ∼56% +20%
Google Pixel 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 4096
5059 Points ∼71% +52%
Honor View 20
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 8192
4979 Points ∼69% +49%
Huawei P20
HiSilicon Kirin 970, Mali-G72 MP12, 4096
3354 Points ∼47% +1%
OnePlus 6T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
6336 Points ∼88% +90%
Xiaomi Mi 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
7166 Points ∼100% +115%
Razer Phone 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 8192
6285 Points ∼88% +88%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 980
  (2567 - 4996, n=9)
3987 Points ∼56% +19%
Average of class Smartphone
  (55 - 8338, n=529)
1708 Points ∼24% -49%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
21257 Points ∼57%
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 6144
32155 Points ∼87% +51%
Google Pixel 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 4096
32914 Points ∼89% +55%
Honor View 20
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 8192
37164 Points ∼100% +75%
Huawei P20
HiSilicon Kirin 970, Mali-G72 MP12, 4096
23046 Points ∼62% +8%
OnePlus 6T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
35022 Points ∼94% +65%
Xiaomi Mi 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
25339 Points ∼68% +19%
Razer Phone 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 8192
35578 Points ∼96% +67%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 980
  (19993 - 37164, n=9)
27400 Points ∼74% +29%
Average of class Smartphone
  (735 - 45072, n=687)
14357 Points ∼39% -32%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
44261 Points ∼42%
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 6144
72022 Points ∼68% +63%
Google Pixel 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 4096
84256 Points ∼79% +90%
Honor View 20
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 8192
67388 Points ∼63% +52%
Huawei P20
HiSilicon Kirin 970, Mali-G72 MP12, 4096
34146 Points ∼32% -23%
OnePlus 6T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
84998 Points ∼80% +92%
Xiaomi Mi 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
106534 Points ∼100% +141%
Razer Phone 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 8192
80333 Points ∼75% +81%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 980
  (42128 - 67956, n=9)
53493 Points ∼50% +21%
Average of class Smartphone
  (536 - 209204, n=685)
22559 Points ∼21% -49%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
35680 Points ∼55%
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 6144
56465 Points ∼87% +58%
Google Pixel 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 4096
62568 Points ∼97% +75%
Honor View 20
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 8192
57073 Points ∼88% +60%
Huawei P20
HiSilicon Kirin 970, Mali-G72 MP12, 4096
30845 Points ∼48% -14%
OnePlus 6T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
64534 Points ∼100% +81%
Xiaomi Mi 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
62225 Points ∼96% +74%
Razer Phone 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 8192
62783 Points ∼97% +76%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 980
  (34035 - 57073, n=9)
44122 Points ∼68% +24%
Average of class Smartphone
  (662 - 97276, n=685)
18200 Points ∼28% -49%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
122 fps ∼73%
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 6144
141 fps ∼84% +16%
Google Pixel 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 4096
127 fps ∼76% +4%
Honor View 20
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 8192
118 fps ∼71% -3%
Huawei P20
HiSilicon Kirin 970, Mali-G72 MP12, 4096
125 fps ∼75% +2%
OnePlus 6T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
152 fps ∼91% +25%
Xiaomi Mi 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
167 fps ∼100% +37%
Razer Phone 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 8192
152 fps ∼91% +25%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 980
  (68 - 138, n=9)
106 fps ∼63% -13%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.5 - 322, n=705)
38.5 fps ∼23% -68%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
59 fps ∼66%
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 6144
60 fps ∼67% +2%
Google Pixel 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 4096
61 fps ∼69% +3%
Honor View 20
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 8192
60 fps ∼67% +2%
Huawei P20
HiSilicon Kirin 970, Mali-G72 MP12, 4096
59 fps ∼66% 0%
OnePlus 6T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
60 fps ∼67% +2%
Xiaomi Mi 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
60 fps ∼67% +2%
Razer Phone 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 8192
89 fps ∼100% +51%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 980
  (55 - 62, n=9)
58.6 fps ∼66% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1 - 120, n=714)
28.3 fps ∼32% -52%
GFXBench 3.0
off screen Manhattan Offscreen OGL (sort by value)
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
87 fps ∼87%
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 6144
85 fps ∼85% -2%
Google Pixel 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 4096
55 fps ∼55% -37%
Honor View 20
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 8192
67 fps ∼67% -23%
Huawei P20
HiSilicon Kirin 970, Mali-G72 MP12, 4096
59 fps ∼59% -32%
OnePlus 6T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
59 fps ∼59% -32%
Xiaomi Mi 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
100 fps ∼100% +15%
Razer Phone 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 8192
83 fps ∼83% -5%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 980
  (40 - 91, n=9)
68 fps ∼68% -22%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.8 - 175, n=610)
22.3 fps ∼22% -74%
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL (sort by value)
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
59 fps ∼98%
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 6144
59 fps ∼98% 0%
Google Pixel 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 4096
54 fps ∼90% -8%
Honor View 20
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 8192
59 fps ∼98% 0%
Huawei P20
HiSilicon Kirin 970, Mali-G72 MP12, 4096
56 fps ∼93% -5%
OnePlus 6T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
59 fps ∼98% 0%
Xiaomi Mi 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
60 fps ∼100% +2%
Razer Phone 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 8192
56 fps ∼93% -5%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 980
  (37 - 60, n=9)
54.3 fps ∼91% -8%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.2 - 115, n=619)
19.6 fps ∼33% -67%
GFXBench 3.1
off screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen (sort by value)
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
50 fps ∼72%
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 6144
53 fps ∼77% +6%
Google Pixel 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 4096
46 fps ∼67% -8%
Honor View 20
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 8192
50 fps ∼72% 0%
Huawei P20
HiSilicon Kirin 970, Mali-G72 MP12, 4096
39 fps ∼57% -22%
OnePlus 6T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
59 fps ∼86% +18%
Xiaomi Mi 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
69 fps ∼100% +38%
Razer Phone 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 8192
61 fps ∼88% +22%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 980
  (25 - 56, n=9)
44 fps ∼64% -12%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.87 - 117, n=475)
18.2 fps ∼26% -64%
on screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen (sort by value)
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
54 fps ∼93%
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 6144
53 fps ∼91% -2%
Google Pixel 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 4096
41 fps ∼71% -24%
Honor View 20
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 8192
48 fps ∼83% -11%
Huawei P20
HiSilicon Kirin 970, Mali-G72 MP12, 4096
39 fps ∼67% -28%
OnePlus 6T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
53 fps ∼91% -2%
Xiaomi Mi 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
58 fps ∼100% +7%
Razer Phone 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 8192
37 fps ∼64% -31%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 980
  (24 - 54, n=9)
42.9 fps ∼74% -21%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.2 - 110, n=477)
17 fps ∼29% -69%
GFXBench
Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
20 fps ∼71%
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 6144
28 fps ∼100% +40%
Google Pixel 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 4096
23 fps ∼82% +15%
Honor View 20
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 8192
20 fps ∼71% 0%
OnePlus 6T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
22 fps ∼79% +10%
Xiaomi Mi 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
24 fps ∼86% +20%
Razer Phone 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 8192
15 fps ∼54% -25%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 980
  (19 - 21, n=8)
20.3 fps ∼73% +2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.61 - 60, n=198)
10.2 fps ∼36% -49%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
14 fps ∼88%
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 6144
16 fps ∼100% +14%
Google Pixel 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 4096
11 fps ∼69% -21%
Honor View 20
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 8192
14 fps ∼88% 0%
OnePlus 6T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
14 fps ∼88% 0%
Xiaomi Mi 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
16 fps ∼100% +14%
Razer Phone 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 8192
14 fps ∼88% 0%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 980
  (13 - 14, n=8)
13.6 fps ∼85% -3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.21 - 33, n=197)
7.08 fps ∼44% -49%
Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
31 fps ∼84%
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 6144
16 fps ∼43% -48%
Google Pixel 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 4096
27 fps ∼73% -13%
Honor View 20
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 8192
31 fps ∼84% 0%
OnePlus 6T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
34 fps ∼92% +10%
Xiaomi Mi 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
37 fps ∼100% +19%
Razer Phone 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 8192
23 fps ∼62% -26%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 980
  (18 - 32, n=8)
29.4 fps ∼79% -5%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.4 - 60, n=202)
15 fps ∼41% -52%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
31 fps ∼76%
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 6144
41 fps ∼100% +32%
Google Pixel 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 4096
29 fps ∼71% -6%
Honor View 20
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 8192
34 fps ∼83% +10%
OnePlus 6T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
37 fps ∼90% +19%
Xiaomi Mi 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
41 fps ∼100% +32%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 980
  (30 - 36, n=8)
32.8 fps ∼80% +6%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.6 - 87, n=202)
16.8 fps ∼41% -46%
off screen Car Chase Offscreen (sort by value)
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
30 fps ∼70%
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 6144
43 fps ∼100% +43%
Google Pixel 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 4096
28 fps ∼65% -7%
Honor View 20
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 8192
32 fps ∼74% +7%
Huawei P20
HiSilicon Kirin 970, Mali-G72 MP12, 4096
23 fps ∼53% -23%
OnePlus 6T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
35 fps ∼81% +17%
Xiaomi Mi 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
42 fps ∼98% +40%
Razer Phone 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 8192
35 fps ∼81% +17%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 980
  (17 - 33, n=9)
28.4 fps ∼66% -5%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.6 - 73, n=400)
12.4 fps ∼29% -59%
on screen Car Chase Onscreen (sort by value)
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
27 fps ∼68%
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 6144
40 fps ∼100% +48%
Google Pixel 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 4096
26 fps ∼65% -4%
Honor View 20
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 8192
28 fps ∼70% +4%
Huawei P20
HiSilicon Kirin 970, Mali-G72 MP12, 4096
23 fps ∼58% -15%
OnePlus 6T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
31 fps ∼78% +15%
Xiaomi Mi 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
38 fps ∼95% +41%
Razer Phone 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 8192
22 fps ∼55% -19%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 980
  (15 - 30, n=9)
23.6 fps ∼59% -13%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.1 - 60, n=404)
11.1 fps ∼28% -59%
AnTuTu v7 - Total Score (sort by value)
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
290650 Points ∼78%
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 6144
329444 Points ∼88% +13%
Google Pixel 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 4096
280162 Points ∼75% -4%
Honor View 20
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 8192
306296 Points ∼82% +5%
Huawei P20
HiSilicon Kirin 970, Mali-G72 MP12, 4096
200756 Points ∼54% -31%
OnePlus 6T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
294488 Points ∼79% +1%
Xiaomi Mi 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
374820 Points ∼100% +29%
Razer Phone 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 8192
285952 Points ∼76% -2%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 980
  (268359 - 316199, n=9)
292583 Points ∼78% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (17073 - 462516, n=296)
143005 Points ∼38% -51%
BaseMark OS II
Web (sort by value)
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
1246 Points ∼87%
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 6144
1439 Points ∼100% +15%
Google Pixel 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 4096
1435 Points ∼100% +15%
Honor View 20
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 8192
1404 Points ∼98% +13%
Huawei P20
HiSilicon Kirin 970, Mali-G72 MP12, 4096
1313 Points ∼91% +5%
OnePlus 6T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
1398 Points ∼97% +12%
Xiaomi Mi 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
1378 Points ∼96% +11%
Razer Phone 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 8192
1226 Points ∼85% -2%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 980
  (1239 - 1430, n=9)
1329 Points ∼92% +7%
Average of class Smartphone
  (7 - 1745, n=643)
765 Points ∼53% -39%
Graphics (sort by value)
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
6751 Points ∼73%
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 6144
8484 Points ∼92% +26%
Google Pixel 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 4096
7965 Points ∼86% +18%
Honor View 20
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 8192
7484 Points ∼81% +11%
Huawei P20
HiSilicon Kirin 970, Mali-G72 MP12, 4096
3697 Points ∼40% -45%
OnePlus 6T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
7969 Points ∼86% +18%
Xiaomi Mi 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
9270 Points ∼100% +37%
Razer Phone 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 8192
8001 Points ∼86% +19%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 980
  (4963 - 7758, n=9)
6356 Points ∼69% -6%
Average of class Smartphone
  (18 - 16996, n=643)
2116 Points ∼23% -69%
Memory (sort by value)
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
5425 Points ∼96%
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 6144
4474 Points ∼79% -18%
Google Pixel 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 4096
4650 Points ∼83% -14%
Honor View 20
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 8192
5616 Points ∼100% +4%
Huawei P20
HiSilicon Kirin 970, Mali-G72 MP12, 4096
4154 Points ∼74% -23%
OnePlus 6T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
4344 Points ∼77% -20%
Xiaomi Mi 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
4031 Points ∼72% -26%
Razer Phone 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 8192
3906 Points ∼69% -28%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 980
  (5210 - 6283, n=9)
5631 Points ∼100% +4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (21 - 7500, n=643)
1558 Points ∼28% -71%
System (sort by value)
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
7684 Points ∼89%
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 6144
7831 Points ∼91% +2%
Google Pixel 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 4096
7826 Points ∼91% +2%
Honor View 20
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 8192
8594 Points ∼100% +12%
Huawei P20
HiSilicon Kirin 970, Mali-G72 MP12, 4096
5797 Points ∼67% -25%
OnePlus 6T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
8156 Points ∼95% +6%
Xiaomi Mi 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
8441 Points ∼98% +10%
Razer Phone 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 8192
8120 Points ∼94% +6%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 980
  (7597 - 8604, n=9)
8112 Points ∼94% +6%
Average of class Smartphone
  (369 - 14189, n=643)
3039 Points ∼35% -60%
Overall (sort by value)
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
4327 Points ∼91%
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 6144
4548 Points ∼96% +5%
Google Pixel 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 4096
4516 Points ∼95% +4%
Honor View 20
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 8192
4746 Points ∼100% +10%
Huawei P20
HiSilicon Kirin 970, Mali-G72 MP12, 4096
3288 Points ∼69% -24%
OnePlus 6T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
4458 Points ∼94% +3%
Xiaomi Mi 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
4595 Points ∼97% +6%
Razer Phone 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 8192
4200 Points ∼88% -3%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 980
  (4014 - 4746, n=9)
4419 Points ∼93% +2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1 - 6097, n=643)
1526 Points ∼32% -65%

In our browser benchmarks, the P30 was only able to achieve a place in the middle of the field. The results were however very closely packed together and there would be no issues with everyday use. In ordinary usage, websites were loaded quickly and media was played back promptly. Scrolling and switching between tabs was similarly without issue.

Jetstream 2 - Total Score
Honor View 20 (Chrome 74)
60.893 Points ∼100% +25%
Xiaomi Mi 9 (Chrome 73)
57.207 Points ∼94% +18%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 980 (48.4 - 60.9, n=6)
53.1 Points ∼87% +9%
Huawei P30 (Chrome 73)
48.635 Points ∼80%
Average of class Smartphone (9.13 - 133, n=115)
36.4 Points ∼60% -25%
Speedometer 2.0 - Result
Honor View 20 (Chrome 74)
67.5 runs/min ∼100% +15%
Xiaomi Mi 9 (Chrome 73.0.3683.75)
65.7 runs/min ∼97% +12%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 980 (58.3 - 67.8, n=6)
61.7 runs/min ∼91% +5%
Huawei P30 (Chrome 73)
58.7 runs/min ∼87%
Average of class Smartphone (6.42 - 157, n=103)
40.2 runs/min ∼60% -32%
WebXPRT 3 - ---
Xiaomi Mi 9 (Chrome 73.0.3683.75)
108 Points ∼100% +20%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 980 (86 - 124, n=9)
103 Points ∼95% +14%
Google Pixel 3 (Chrome 70)
99 Points ∼92% +10%
Honor View 20 (Chrome 71)
99 Points ∼92% +10%
Razer Phone 2 (Chrome 68)
96 Points ∼89% +7%
Huawei P30 (Chrome 73)
90 Points ∼83%
Huawei P20
69 Points ∼64% -23%
Average of class Smartphone (19 - 184, n=173)
67.4 Points ∼62% -25%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Xiaomi Mi 9 (Chrome 73.0.3683.75)
24534 Points ∼100% +18%
Honor View 20 (Chrome 71)
22500 Points ∼92% +9%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 980 (20618 - 23285, n=9)
21662 Points ∼88% +5%
Huawei P30 (Chrome 73)
20714 Points ∼84%
Samsung Galaxy S10e (Chrome 73)
18697 Points ∼76% -10%
Razer Phone 2 (Chrome 68)
17067 Points ∼70% -18%
OnePlus 6T (Chrome 70)
16824 Points ∼69% -19%
Google Pixel 3 (Chrome 70)
16454 Points ∼67% -21%
Huawei P20 (Chrome 66.0.3359.126)
11468 Points ∼47% -45%
Average of class Smartphone (894 - 49388, n=701)
6908 Points ∼28% -67%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Average of class Smartphone (571 - 59466, n=726)
10451 ms * ∼100% -399%
Huawei P20 (Chrome 66.0.3359.126)
3978.9 ms * ∼38% -90%
Google Pixel 3 (Chrome 70)
2304.5 ms * ∼22% -10%
Razer Phone 2 (Chrome 68)
2282.6 ms * ∼22% -9%
OnePlus 6T (Chrome 70)
2281.6 ms * ∼22% -9%
Samsung Galaxy S10e (Chrome 73)
2239.5 ms * ∼21% -7%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 980 (1948 - 3098, n=9)
2189 ms * ∼21% -5%
Huawei P30 (Chrome 73)
2094.7 ms * ∼20%
Honor View 20 (Chrome 71)
2048.1 ms * ∼20% +2%
Xiaomi Mi 9 (Chrome 73.0.3683.75)
1873.2 ms * ∼18% +11%
JetStream 1.1 - Total Score
Xiaomi Mi 9 (Chrome 73.0.3683.75)
110.54 Points ∼100% +15%
Honor View 20 (Chrome 71)
108.07 Points ∼98% +12%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 980 (93.2 - 109, n=8)
101 Points ∼91% +5%
Huawei P30 (Chrome 73)
96.309 Points ∼87%
Razer Phone 2 (Chrome 68)
88.869 Points ∼80% -8%
Google Pixel 3 (Chrome 70)
86.331 Points ∼78% -10%
OnePlus 6T (Chrome 70)
86.123 Points ∼78% -11%
Huawei P20 (Chrome 66.0.3359.126)
56.188 Points ∼51% -42%
Average of class Smartphone (10 - 302, n=540)
42.5 Points ∼38% -56%

* ... smaller is better

The internal storage of the P30 is 128 GB in size, of which approximately 110 GB is available for storage of apps and personal data. The read and write rates in our testing were very good and left most of the competition behind.

For expanding storage there is a card slot, however it only supports the NanoMemory card type. With this type of card the Huawei phone also leaves other phones with a storage card slot behind in terms of speed - but the price of entry is high and the performance advantage not that noticeable in practice. The Razer Phone 2 even with its microSD card slot was actually able to achieve faster results than the Huawei P30. Lastly, the expanded storage cannot be formatted as internal storage, and is not available as a storage location for apps.

Huawei P30Samsung Galaxy S10eGoogle Pixel 3Honor View 20Huawei P20OnePlus 6TXiaomi Mi 9Razer Phone 2Average 128 GB UFS 2.1 FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
-21%
-11%
5%
-4%
-25%
19%
-20%
-14%
-53%
Sequential Write 256KB SDCard
71.33 (Huawei NanoSD 128 GB)
60.65 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-15%
62.2 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-13%
59.2 (25.5 - 72.4, n=21)
-17%
49.5 (1.7 - 87.1, n=437)
-31%
Sequential Read 256KB SDCard
82.82 (Huawei NanoSD 128 GB)
73.15 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-12%
86.6 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
5%
74 (28.2 - 88.2, n=21)
-11%
67.7 (8.1 - 96.5, n=437)
-18%
Random Write 4KB
195.3
24.1
-88%
133.76
-32%
138.85
-29%
161.49
-17%
22
-89%
165.32
-15%
23.99
-88%
87.9 (18.2 - 250, n=43)
-55%
23.1 (0.14 - 259, n=762)
-88%
Random Read 4KB
138.79
136.9
-1%
149.82
8%
168.91
22%
147.04
6%
138.5
0%
149.36
8%
124.31
-10%
140 (98.9 - 161, n=43)
1%
48.5 (1.59 - 226, n=762)
-65%
Sequential Write 256KB
186.03
194.1
4%
181.81
-2%
250.06
34%
193.56
4%
204.4
10%
388.27
109%
194.81
5%
212 (182 - 503, n=43)
14%
99.5 (2.99 - 590, n=762)
-47%
Sequential Read 256KB
908.94
792.2
-13%
766.41
-16%
847.48
-7%
826.76
-9%
735.3
-19%
666.06
-27%
733.22
-19%
747 (427 - 912, n=43)
-18%
280 (12.1 - 1781, n=762)
-69%

Games - No Problem for This Huawei Phone

The ARM Mali-G76 MP10 GPU offers enough performance to be able to fluidly play modern games. We tested with Arena of Valor and PUBG Mobile, both of which on high settings ran smoothly and without issue. The pre-installed display protector though does create some fingertip drag, which makes drag and drop operations more difficult - this would become tiresome over a long play/use period. This problem aside, touch inputs are quickly and without lag translated to the game or application and the orientation sensor is similarly able to input rotation without lag information so that games controlled by this method do not pose any problems.

Arena of Valor
Arena of Valor
PUBG Mobile
PUBG Mobile
PUBG Compare
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; Smooth: Ø59.5 (56-61)
; HD: Ø39.8 (36-41)
Arena of Valor
010203040506070Tooltip
; min: Ø60.4 (57-61)
; high HD: Ø60.4 (59-61)

Emissions - Speakers for Casual Use

Temperatures

GFXBench - Manhattan 3.1
GFXBench - Manhattan 3.1
GFXBench - ES-2.0
GFXBench - ES-2.0

Our measurements showed that the Huawei P30 front reached a maximum of 30 °C (86 °F) at idle and up to 35.5 °C (95.9 °Funder load. In the hand, the phone felt only warm at most warm and never got uncomfortable to hold.

In the demanding GFX Bench ES 2.0 stress test, the phone barely heated up at all and the Huawei phone was able to deliver its full performance over longer time periods without issue. By contrast, the demanding Manhattan 3.1 test brought the P30 to its knees and resulted in significant heat buildup. This test though is an extreme scenario and users of the Huawei P30 can rest assured that it will not have any issues or performance reduction over time due to high temperatures.

Max. Load
 35.5 °C
96 F
35.1 °C
95 F
31.4 °C
89 F
 
 35.4 °C
96 F
33.4 °C
92 F
31 °C
88 F
 
 34.2 °C
94 F
33.9 °C
93 F
30.8 °C
87 F
 
Maximum: 35.5 °C = 96 F
Average: 33.4 °C = 92 F
30.2 °C
86 F
30.6 °C
87 F
31.6 °C
89 F
30 °C
86 F
30.8 °C
87 F
33.9 °C
93 F
28.5 °C
83 F
30.5 °C
87 F
33 °C
91 F
Maximum: 33.9 °C = 93 F
Average: 31 °C = 88 F
Power Supply (max.)  29.9 °C = 86 F | Room Temperature 22 °C = 72 F | Voltcraft IR-260
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 33.4 °C / 92 F, compared to the average of 33.1 °C / 92 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 35.5 °C / 96 F, compared to the average of 35.5 °C / 96 F, ranging from 22.4 to 51.7 °C for the class Smartphone.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 33.9 °C / 93 F, compared to the average of 34 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 29.6 °C / 85 F, compared to the device average of 33.1 °C / 92 F.
Heatmap - front
Heatmap - front
Heatmap - rear
Heatmap - rear

Speakers

Pink noise speaker characteristics
Pink noise speaker characteristics

The P30's speaker has good volume with an emphasis on upper-mid tones. Both lower and higher tones are significantly less prominent - added to this, there is significant distortion at maximum volume. For casual playback of media content though, the speaker is well suited. To compliment the main speaker, the earpiece is also used for sound output, but the direction the sound is coming from is clearly the main speaker. The included stereo headset lends itself more towards proper enjoyment of media content.

You can connect your own headphones via the 3.5 mm audio jack. This connector was snug and firm and did not result in any reduction of sound quality. For those who prefer to use Bluetooth 5.0, the phone supports the standards BLE, SBC, AAC, aptX, aptX HD, LDAC and HWA.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2032.534.42531.925.73122.326.84021.724.95029.2316326.725.58020.324.610020.530.51252335.816015.647.420017.846.625016.353.231515.456.140015.955.950015.857.963013.361.380014.162.5100014.167.912501470.2160013.572.6200013.469.4250013.970.1315014.272.1400013.975.5500014.670.8630014.266.8800014.768.81000015681250014.958.71600015.343SPL26.482.4N0.851.4median 14.7median 62.5Delta0.99.441.640.54346.134.133.240.535.840.236.533.929.423.824.42625.628.334.322.746.418.748.718.351.417.55617.160.117.164.915.868.91672.117.571.91572.61672.11672.815.873.214.673.514.469.514.464.814.566.514.568.514.569.714.76714.765.364.527.98318.1155.4median 16median 6729.9hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseHuawei P30Samsung Galaxy S10e
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Huawei P30 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (82.4 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 17.5% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (11.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 5.3% higher than median
(+) | mids are linear (5.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 7.8% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (5.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (20.5% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 17% of all tested devices in this class were better, 10% similar, 73% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 25%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 45% of all tested devices were better, 9% similar, 46% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Samsung Galaxy S10e audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 23.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.7% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (4.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (17.1% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 3% of all tested devices in this class were better, 4% similar, 93% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 25%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 24% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 69% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Battery Runtime - With Huawei's SuperCharge

Power Consumption

Our measurements showed that the P30 consumed at least 0.69 watts at idle, and a maximum of 6.96 watts under load. This places the Huawei phone among the most power efficient devices in our comparison field - looking at average power consumption, it was able to beat out all other devices.

The included USB power adapter can output a maximum of 22.5 watts and is therefore more than capable of providing the Huawei P30 with enough power for quick charging.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.01 / 0.16 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 0.69 / 2.41 / 2.51 Watt
Load midlight 3.86 / 6.96 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Huawei P30
3650 mAh
Samsung Galaxy S10e
3100 mAh
Google Pixel 3
2915 mAh
Honor View 20
4000 mAh
Huawei P20
3400 mAh
OnePlus 6T
3700 mAh
Xiaomi Mi 9
3300 mAh
Razer Phone 2
4000 mAh
Average HiSilicon Kirin 980
 
Average of class Smartphone
 
Power Consumption
4%
-14%
-23%
-8%
8%
14%
-23%
-6%
6%
Idle Minimum *
0.69
0.6
13%
1.21
-75%
0.97
-41%
0.67
3%
0.7
-1%
0.67
3%
0.6
13%
0.802 (0.6 - 0.97, n=10)
-16%
0.882 (0.2 - 3.4, n=791)
-28%
Idle Average *
2.41
1.2
50%
2.01
17%
2.58
-7%
2.05
15%
1.1
54%
1.26
48%
1.5
38%
2.07 (0.9 - 2.6, n=10)
14%
1.74 (0.6 - 6.2, n=790)
28%
Idle Maximum *
2.51
1.5
40%
2.05
18%
2.63
-5%
2.11
16%
2.1
16%
1.29
49%
2.6
-4%
2.38 (1.83 - 2.77, n=10)
5%
2.03 (0.74 - 6.6, n=791)
19%
Load Average *
3.86
5.2
-35%
4.06
-5%
5.24
-36%
6.15
-59%
4.2
-9%
3.71
4%
7.2
-87%
4.87 (3.74 - 6.3, n=10)
-26%
4.07 (0.8 - 10.8, n=785)
-5%
Load Maximum *
6.96
10.2
-47%
8.79
-26%
8.73
-25%
8.09
-16%
8.3
-19%
9.3
-34%
12.3
-77%
7.46 (6.15 - 9.85, n=10)
-7%
5.94 (1.2 - 14.2, n=785)
15%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Runtime

In our real-world WLAN testing, the Huawei P30 achieved almost 12 hours of Internet browsing until it needed to be connected up to the charger - not bad, however only average when compared to the rest of the field. Its predecessor for example was able to achieve almost 100 minutes longer, meaning that it was able to play back longer video content.

The included charger supports Huawei's SuperCharge technology and charges the 3,650 mAh battery up to full capacity in a little over one and a half hours.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
31h 54min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
11h 55min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
17h 30min
Load (maximum brightness)
3h 28min
Huawei P30
3650 mAh
Samsung Galaxy S10e
3100 mAh
Google Pixel 3
2915 mAh
Honor View 20
4000 mAh
Huawei P20
3400 mAh
OnePlus 6T
3700 mAh
Xiaomi Mi 9
3300 mAh
Razer Phone 2
4000 mAh
Battery Runtime
-31%
-29%
8%
8%
8%
-12%
-18%
Reader / Idle
1914
1185
-38%
1372
-28%
1928
1%
1888
-1%
1936
1%
1650
-14%
1630
-15%
H.264
1050
795
-24%
727
-31%
932
-11%
810
-23%
903
-14%
1008
-4%
742
-29%
WiFi v1.3
715
416
-42%
471
-34%
969
36%
818
14%
865
21%
546
-24%
531
-26%
Load
208
164
-21%
159
-24%
222
7%
295
42%
261
25%
194
-7%
206
-1%

Pros

+ OLED display
+ Fingerprint sensor under display
+ 5x optical zoom
+ Dust/waterproof
+ Fast SuperCharge

Cons

- Storage expansion only possible with NanoMemory cards
- PWM flickering
- Not true dual-SIM

Verdict - Great Phone with a Few Drawbacks

Reviewed: Huawei P30. Review sample provided by Huawei Deutschland
Reviewed: Huawei P30. Review sample provided by Huawei Deutschland

The Huawei P30 impresses not only with its slim design, but also with its very good camera. What impressed us in particular was its capture performance in low-light situations and its super-macro function. Performance was as expected very high, but it managed only a place in the middle of the pack. Our impressions of the display were mixed - colors and brightness/contrast were very good, however there was noticeable PWM flickering which would be a problem for those with sensitive eyes.

The Huawei P30 justifies its price, but purchasers will have to leave with some minor drawbacks.

The not-particularly-impressive battery performance in WLAN usage also hurts it somewhat, however the fast-charger only requires 1 1/2 hours to fully recharge the device. Huawei's P30 only has minor issues and the high price is justified. With its under-display fingerprint sensor, OLED display and 3x optical zoom, buyers will no doubt find using this phone enjoyable.

Huawei P30 - 09/27/2019 v7
Mike Wobker

Chassis
89%
Keyboard
66 / 75 → 88%
Pointing Device
95%
Connectivity
58 / 70 → 82%
Weight
91%
Battery
90%
Display
90%
Games Performance
42 / 64 → 65%
Application Performance
74 / 86 → 86%
Temperature
93%
Noise
100%
Audio
72 / 90 → 80%
Camera
77%
Average
80%
86%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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Mike Wobker, 2019-05- 7 (Update: 2019-05-11)