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My colleague Viktor Zaikovsky already wrote about Honor View 30 and View 30 Pro from an event dedicated to their announcement in China – in the home market they are called Honor V30 / V30 Pro and at the time of writing that material we did not even know whether they would even marry the limits of the Middle Kingdom. The situation with the blocked Google Mobile Services as of October 2019 seemed much more critical than now. But Huawei, as it turned out, really holds a good punch and develops its store and related applications at a pace to release Android smartphones on markets outside of China, but without Google with some hope of success. So the Honor View 30 Pro still came out in Russia.

Came out alone, without his fellow V30, sold in China. This is an unusually logical solution – taking into account the minimal differences that can be found only with a long verification of characteristics under a magnifying glass (the main ones are a slightly lower processor frequency and slightly different rear cameras included in the triple module). So, speaking of the View 30 Pro, you need to keep in mind that it is the only one, and the “non-pro” does not exist. Nevertheless, the positioning of the smartphone raises many questions – especially in light of the imminent appearance of the Honor 30/30 Pro. But at the time of this writing, this is one of the most affordable smartphones with flagship features and a 5G modem – another question is how long its life cycle will be and how it will fit on the market not only with the upcoming Honor flagships, but also with the Huawei P40 / P40 Pro. However, these are eternal questions that arise in relation to the activities of two heads of one Chinese hydra corporation every year. Here we talk exclusively about the advantages and disadvantages of a particular smartphone, without focusing on the narrowness of the niche that it occupies.

⇡ #Specifications

Honor View 30 ProHonor View 20OPPO Reno3 ProOnePlus 7TXiaomi Mi Note 10
Display 6.57 inches IPS
2400 × 1080 pixels, 400 ppi, capacitive multitouch
6.4 inches IPS
2310 × 1080 pixels, 398 ppi, capacitive multitouch
6.5 inches Super AMOLED
2400 × 1080 pixels, 401 ppi, capacitive multitouch
6.55 inches Fluid AMOLED
2400 × 1080 pixels, 402 ppi, capacitive multitouch
6.47 inches, AMOLED,
2340 × 1080 pixels, 398 ppi, capacitive multitouch
Safety glass No informationCorning Gorilla Glass (unknown version)Corning Gorilla Glass 5Corning Gorilla Glass 5Corning Gorilla Glass 5
CPU HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G: eight cores (2 × ARM Cortex-A76, frequency 2.86 GHz + 2 × ARM Cortex-A76, frequency 2.36 GHz + 4 × ARM Cortex-A55, frequency 1.95 GHz); HiAI architecture 5G modemHiSilicon Kirin 980: eight cores (2 × ARM Cortex A76, frequency 2.6 GHz + 2 × ARM Cortex A76, frequency 1.92 GHz + 4 × ARM Cortex A55, frequency 1.8 GHz); HiAI architectureQualcomm Snapdragon 765G: one Kryo 475 Prime core, 2.4 GHz frequency + one Kryo 475 Gold core, 2.2 GHz frequency, six Kryo 475 Silver cores, 1.8 GHz frequency; 5G modemQualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus: one Kryo 485 Gold core, 2.96 GHz frequency + three Kryo 485 Gold cores, 2.42 GHz frequency + four Kryo 485 Silver cores, 1.78 GHz frequencyQualcomm Snapdragon 730G: two Kryo 470 Gold cores, 2.2 GHz + six Kryo 470 Silver cores, 1.8 GHz
Graphics controller ARM Mali-G76 MP16ARM Mali-G76 MP10, 720 MHzAdreno 620Adreno 640Adreno 618
RAM 8 GB6/8 GB8 GB8 GB6 GB
Flash memory 128/256 GB128/256 GB128/256 GB128/256 GB128 GB
Memory card support NoNoNoNoNo
Connectors USB Type-CUSB Type-C 3.5mm Mini JackUSB Type-CUSB Type-CUSB Type-C 3.5mm Mini Jack
SIM cards Two nano-SIMTwo nano-SIMTwo nano-SIMTwo nano-SIMTwo nano-SIM
2G Cellular GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHzGSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHzGSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
CDMA 800
GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz CDMA 800/1900GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
3G Cellular HSDPA 800/850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHzHSDPA 850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHzHSDPA 800/850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHzHSDPA 800/850/900/1700/1800/1900/2100 MHzHSDPA 800/850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz
4G Cellular LTE: ranges 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 18, 19, 26, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41LTE Cat. 13 (up to 400 Mbps): ranges 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 19, 20, 28, 38, 39, 40, 41LTE: ranges 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 20, 28, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41LTE Cat. 18 (up to 1200 Mbps): ranges 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 32, 34 , 38, 39, 40, 41, 66LTE Cat.15 (up to 800 Mbps): ranges 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 18, 19, 20, 26, 28, 38, 40
Wifi 802.11a / b / g / n / ac802.11a / b / g / n / ac802.11a / b / g / n / ac802.11a / b / g / n / ac802.11a / b / g / n / ac
Bluetooth 5.15.05.05.05.0
Nfc there isthere isthere isthere isthere is
Navigation GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo, QZSSGPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, GalileoGPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDouGPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, GalileoGPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo
Sensors Light, proximity, accelerometer / gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)Illumination, proximity, accelerometer / gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass), IR sensorLight, proximity, accelerometer / gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)Light, proximity, accelerometer / gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)Illumination, proximity, accelerometer / gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass), IR sensor
The fingerprint scannerYes, on the side keythere isYes, on the screenYes, on the screenYes, on the screen
Main camera Triple module: 40 megapixels, ƒ / 1.6 + 12 megapixels, ƒ / 2.2 + 8 megapixels, ƒ / 2.4, optical stabilization with the main camera and telephoto module, hybrid autofocus, single LED flashDual module, 48 MP, ƒ / 1.8 + 3D-TOF camera, phase detection autofocus, LED flashFour-module, 48 + 8 + 13 + 2 MP, ƒ / 1.7 + ƒ / 2.2 + ƒ / 2.4 + ƒ / 2.4, optical stabilization with 48-MP module, phase autofocus with main and telephoto modules dual LED flashTriple module: 48 MP, ƒ / 1.6 + 12 MP, ƒ / 2.2 + 16 MP, ƒ / 2.2, optical stabilization with the main camera, phase detection autofocus, dual LED flashQuintuple module: 108 MP, ƒ / 1.7 + 12 MP, ƒ / 2.0 + 20 MP, ƒ / 2.2 + 5 MP, ƒ / 2.0 + 2 MP (macro), ƒ / 2.4 , phase detection autofocus with three cameras (contrast + laser with wide-angle), four-LED flash
Front-camera Dual module: 32 MP, ƒ / 2.2 + 8 MP, ƒ / 2.2, fixed focus, no flash25 MP, ƒ / 2.0, fixed focus32 MP, ƒ / 2.4, fixed focus16 MP, ƒ / 2.0, fixed focus32 MP, ƒ / 2.0, fixed focus
Nutrition Non-removable battery: 15.58 Wh (4100 mAh, 3.8 V)Non-removable battery: 15.2 Wh (4000 mAh, 3.8 V)Non-removable battery: 15.3 Wh (4025 mAh, 3.8 V)Non-removable battery: 14.44 Wh (3800 mAh, 3.8 V)Non-removable battery: 19.98 Wh (5260 mAh, 3.8 V)
The size 162.7 × 75.8 × 8.8 mm156.9 × 75.4 × 8.1 mm159.4 × 72.4 × 7.7 mm160.9 × 74.4 × 8.1 mm157.8 × 74.2 × 9.67 mm
Weight 206 grams180 grams171 grams190 grams208 grams
Housing protection NoNoNoNoNo
operating system Android 10, Magic UI 3.0.1 ShellAndroid 9.0 Pie, EMUI ShellAndroid 10, ColorOS shellAndroid 10, OxygenOS shellAndroid 9.0 Pie, MIUI Shell
Current price 30 990 rubles for the 8/256 GB version33 990 rubles for the version 6/128 GB49 990 rubles37 720 rubles for the 8/128 GB version, 38 800 rubles for the 8/256 GB version35 690 rubles

Information on the specifications and subsystems of the Honor View 30 Pro

⇡ #Design, ergonomics and software

Externally, the Honor View 30 Pro, presented, I recall, back in October last year, prophesied all the key trends of 2020. Here is the front-end inscribed on the screen surface – in this case, double, in the manner of the Samsung Galaxy S10 +; and a large camera unit — a black rectangle that includes optics, sensors, and a flash; Well, the frosted glass on the back. Right now, the Honor View 30 Pro looks like one of many, but actually it is a prophetic device in the design plan, and we must pay tribute to its creators – they were able to anticipate key trends of our time.

True, he also has an original solution: the fingerprint scanner did not hide under the surface of the screen, as is now customary, but was located on the right side – in the power key. It is slightly recessed into the case, it is convenient and even pleasant to use, but the surface area of ​​the scanner itself is small, so some malfunctions in the recognition of prints are inevitable. This applies not only to the View 30 Pro, but to all smartphones with a side scanner – this solution has recently received a second wind, and there are more and more devices with it after a certain break.

Honor View 30 Pro, front panel: in the corner of the screen is a dual camera unit, under the upper edge is a speaker

Honor View 30 Pro, front panel: in the corner of the screen is a dual camera unit, under the upper edge is a speaker

The front panel of the Honor View 30 Pro is devoid of curved edges – this is perhaps the key external feature that separates this smartphone from flagship devices, including the authorship of Huawei / Honor. As a result, it is slightly less convenient to hold in your hand – the panel is very large, wide, the palm may even get tired if you mess around with the gadget for a long time. The frames here are not so tiny (the screen occupies 84.9% of the front surface, which is far from record levels), the display is rather narrow, but still 6.57 inches is a lot. The smartphone is large and somewhat bulky – you can get used to it as much as you like, but a fact is a fact.

Honor View 30 Pro, rear panel: in the upper left corner there is a unit with three cameras, sensors and LED flash

Honor View 30 Pro, rear panel: in the upper left corner there is a unit with three cameras, sensors and LED flash

The back panel is just equipped with curved edges, which slightly brightens the impression. But the main advantage of the Honor View 30 Pro compared to its predecessor (View 20) is frosted, not mirrored glass, which is why the smartphone does not slide in your hand or on any surface. Yes, I still want to pack it for reliability in a complete (or separately purchased designer) case, but this is not so critical. Certification to any dust or moisture protection standard is not provided.

Honor View 30 Pro, the left side is free from functional elements

Honor View 30 Pro, the left side is free from functional elements

Honor View 30 Pro, right side: power / lock key with integrated fingerprint sensor, volume key

Honor View 30 Pro, right side: power / lock key with integrated fingerprint sensor, volume key

There are two color variations of the Honor View 30 Pro – blue (“blue ocean”), as in our case, and black.

Honor View 30 Pro, upper side: light sensor and microphone

Honor View 30 Pro, upper side: light sensor and microphone

Honor View 30 Pro, bottom: SIM card slot, microphone, USB Type-C port, main speaker

Honor View 30 Pro, bottom: SIM card slot, microphone, USB Type-C port, main speaker

With the functional elements of the View 30 Pro, this is the usual way, with the exception of the scanner key itself. There is no mini-jack, the long volume key is on the right side, USB Type-C is on the bottom. Anyone who has dealt with Android smartphones in recent years will be in their element.

I started writing about user identification systems already above – the capacitive sensor in the side button is responsible for fingerprint recognition. But there is also a face recognition system – using the front camera, without additional sensors.

We have already written so much about the situation with Google Mobile Services that each time the hand does not rise to do it again. But you have to. Honor View 30 Pro comes with the Android 10 operating system, but “stripped down”, without Google services (including without the Google Play app store and without the ability to create a Google account in the shell). Today this is not a sentence for a smartphone: you can find many familiar applications in the AppGallery brand store, both from Russian developers (there is a complete ecosystem of Yandex and Mail) and from Western ones, for example, Telegram recently launched in AppGallery. Another thing is that a lot, but not all – for example, WhatsApp or Facebook with Instagram is not there. To install the missing, you need to use third-party services like APK Pure or AppGo. You can also install apk files just from the Internet. Thus, you can use almost any application, including a significant part of the “Google” (Chrome, “Maps”). But Youtube, GMail and Google Pay will not work – they will have to look for an alternative. Also, some games will not work – those that turn to Google Play for additional materials or to synchronize with a Google account. Until recently, the most painful thing was the inability to pay smartphones without GMS in contactless terminals, but since the beginning of April, the Pay Wallet service has been launched in Russia, which completely fills this gap.

The shell used is Magic UI 3.1 – the EMUI version for smartphones sold under the Honor brand. It differs from the “original” in a slightly different set of pre-installed programs and a slightly modified visual style. But in general, the experience with her is identical to working with EMUI 10.

⇡ #Display and sound

One of the boundaries dividing Honor and Huawei has been and remains a display matrix. The simpler status of Honor has always been emphasized by the use of LCD screens even in local flagships – with the exception of the “home” Magic series (we wrote about Honor Magic2). Honor View 30 Pro is no exception. Despite the complete “packing” in relation to other characteristics, an IPS screen is installed here, which is a rarity today for a smartphone at a price of 35-40 thousand rubles. An exception to the rule if it is not Google Pixel 3a or iPhone SE.

If in more detail, then this is a display with a diagonal of 6.57 inches, a 20: 9 format and a resolution of 2400 × 1080 pixels. Density – 400 ppi. Last year’s screen status is emphasized by the lack of an operating mode with an increased frequency – there is simply no such option in the menu, the refresh rate will always be 60 Hz. The panel itself is of high quality, with good viewing angles and an excellent oleophobic coating.

The measured limit level of brightness without software enhancement for auto-tuning is 488 cd / m2 – the result is good even for the LCD screen. But the contrast level is rather disappointing – 1068: 1. Deep black on the View 30 Pro, perhaps, can not wait.

The screen settings are familiar with EMUI 10 devices, with one exception – there is no mode for displaying time and notification icons on the locked screen (Always-On Display). In a smartphone with an LCD screen, this option is really useless, excessive power consumption would block its convenience. Otherwise, everything is familiar: you can choose a dark or light theme of the shell (there are only visual preferences, there will be no gain in energy efficiency), font size, resolution (flexible, Full HD or HD), hide with a dark fill or leave the double front-eye in the area of ​​the status bar , activate the e-book mode – in this case, the screen goes into a monochrome state and “warms up”. Color reproduction can be adjusted by choosing from two presets (“bright” and “normal”) with an acceptable color temperature adjustment to your taste. I measured color reproduction with “bright” and “normal” presets at the default color temperature.

Honor View 30 Pro, bright mode, gamma. Yellow line - View 30 Pro indicators, dotted - reference gamma

Honor View 30 Pro, bright mode, gamma. Yellow line – View 30 Pro indicators, dotted – reference gamma

Honor View 30 Pro, bright mode, color temperature. Blue line - View 30 Pro indicators, dashed - reference temperature

Honor View 30 Pro, bright mode, color temperature. Blue line – View 30 Pro indicators, dashed – reference temperature

Honor View 30 Pro, bright mode, color gamut. Gray Triangle - DCI-P3 Coverage, White Triangle - View 30 Pro Coverage

Honor View 30 Pro, bright mode, color gamut. Gray Triangle – DCI-P3 Coverage, White Triangle – View 30 Pro Coverage

In bright mode, the color gamut roughly corresponds to the DCI-P3 standard and even slightly exceeds it – albeit with some bias. The gamma is adequate – 2.18 with almost normal curves. The color temperature is markedly increased – the curve runs very smoothly at 8,000 K. The average DeltaE deviation for the expanded Color Checker palette (shades of gray + a wide range of color shades) is 4.88, with the norm being 3.00. With a bright color rendering mode, the Honor View 30 Pro shows a bright, rich, but cold and therefore not the most accurate picture.

Honor View 30 Pro, normal mode, gamma. Yellow line - View 30 Pro indicators, dotted - reference gamma

Honor View 30 Pro, normal mode, gamma. Yellow line – View 30 Pro indicators, dotted – reference gamma

Honor View 30 Pro, normal mode, color temperature. Blue line - View 30 Pro indicators, dashed - reference temperature

Honor View 30 Pro, normal mode, color temperature. Blue line – View 30 Pro indicators, dashed – reference temperature

Honor View 30 Pro, normal mode, color gamut. Gray Triangle - sRGB Coverage, White Triangle - View 30 Pro Coverage

Honor View 30 Pro, normal mode, color gamut. Gray Triangle – sRGB Coverage, White Triangle – View 30 Pro Coverage

The standard situation in Honor / Huawei smartphones: for those who like to see a picture the way the authors intended it, there is a usual color rendering mode. You should not count on an expanded color gamut and increased brightness / saturation, but everything is very honest. The color gamut exactly corresponds to the sRGB standard, the average gamma is slightly lower than in bright mode (2.12), as well as the color temperature – here it is almost a reference (the curve keeps at 6,600 K). The average deviation of DeltaE on the Color Checker scale falls within the normal range of 2.50.

The sound characteristics of the Honor View 30 Pro do not stand out: there is no mini-jack, the path is ordinary, the external speaker is monaural. But everything you need is in place – there is no problem with wireless data transfer (aptX, aptX HD, LDAC profiles are supported), you will hear a call.

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