The Honor 30 Professional+ is the largest and greatest Honor cellphone so far, at the very least on paper, sitting on the high of the three-phone Honor 30 vary.
It’s not formally accessible within the UK, the place the corporate is usually focussing on price range telephones and people few gadgets it may promote that also have Google help baked in. However for those who don’t thoughts importing the handset – to not point out a life with out the Large G – then there’s loads to love right here, particularly within the highly effective digicam setup.
Design & construct
Honor has – principally – averted something outlandish with the design of the Honor 30 Professional+, which inserts comfortably into the lineup of 2020 premium flagship telephones.
Let’s clear that ‘mostly’ up. The 30 Professional+ is available in three finishes. I’ve reviewed the Midnight Black mannequin, with pairs a shiny, reflective black end with gold detailing across the digicam. When you’d quite one thing flashier, there’s an Emerald Inexperienced mannequin, however the actual eye-catcher is the Titanium Silver mannequin. Not due to the color, however as a result of this model says ‘HONOR’ proper down the again of the cellphone in large letters. I…am not a fan.
Past that questionable aesthetic selection (mercifully absent on the black and inexperienced fashions) the 30 Professional+ is strictly the type of premium glass-and-metal slab you’d count on. The 6.57in is generously curved on the edges, with pretty slim bezels and a double selfie-camera cutout.
Glass coats the again of the cellphone too, the place you’ll additionally discover the rear quad-camera array in a now-familiar domino cutout within the top-left nook. It’s removed from flush with the physique, however doesn’t jut out so far as on some rival gadgets (*cough cough* Samsung).
At 190g and eight.4mm skinny the 30 Professional+ is snug, however nonetheless has sufficient heft to really feel reassuringly premium, and I’ve been impressed by the construct high quality. I want the sides had been barely extra rounded, however past that there’s actually little to complain about.
You get IP54 water-resistance, and in any other case there’s a USB-C port, an IR blaster, and stereo audio system – however no headphone jack.
Except you go for the HONOR-brandished Silver possibility, the 30 Professional+ received’t stand out an excessive amount of on the idea of seems to be alone, however it’s a slick, polished gadget that may maintain its personal on this yr’s crop of flagships.
At slightly below 6.6in the show on the 30 Professional+ is nearly petite by 2020 requirements, however that claims extra about different telephones than it does about this one.
It’s nonetheless an enormous, lovely OLED panel, that packs in a Full HD+ decision (2340 x 1080) with a slim 19.5:9 side ratio.
You get a 90Hz refresh fee, which is probably going larger than your present gadget, however not up there with the 120Hz and 144Hz panels on the high of the sport proper now. Nonetheless for many 90Hz continues to be greater than sufficient of a bounce from customary 60Hz shows, providing easy scrolling and quicker flowing animations that merely make the cellphone really feel extra responsive and downright nice to make use of.
The panel curves on the edges, although to not the intense extent seen within the ‘waterfall’ panels that dad or mum firm Huawei has began together with in its personal flagships. So far as I’m involved that’s a blessing although – this strikes the precise steadiness between kind and performance, avoiding the impracticalities that include extra aggressive curvature.
Specs & efficiency
Right here’s one space the place there are actually no compromises within the Honor 30 Professional+. It’s powered by the Kirin 990 5G, which on the time of writing is essentially the most highly effective chipset from Huawei up to now.
In my CPU benchmarking it lagged slightly behind the Snapdragon 865 discovered in lots of Android rivals, however not by a lot, and in graphics exams it delivered comparable efficiency to equal Snapdragon telephones, although lagged badly behind in a few particular exams.
It comes paired with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage by customary – there are 12GB RAM fashions kicking about, however I can’t discover any on the market proper now.
Images has lengthy been considered one of Huawei and Honor’s sturdy fits, and the identical is broadly true right here.
On the rear, the Honor 30 Professional+ packs in 4 digicam lenses: a 50Mp f/1.9 RYYB fundamental lens, a 16Mp ultrawide, an 8Mp 5x periscope zoom lens, and a 2Mp depth sensor.
The primary lens, the identical one discovered on the Huawei P40 Professional and P40 Professional+, is clearly what you’ll use most, and it delivers the products. Photographs are crisp, vivid, and detailed; with vibrant, correct colors; and good outcomes even in various and difficult lighting circumstances.
The digicam app’s AI Images mode will do its greatest to tune the color settings to the scene and present lighting, however it’s price enjoying round – I are inclined to desire the pictures I get with the AI mode disabled, because it typically over-saturates color, and chances are you’ll too. Both manner pictures skew in direction of social media quite than actuality, with have a punchy end that’s able to throw straight onto Instagram with minimal edits – although for those who desire the under-stated impact then this will not be the shooter for you.
The cellphone’s night time mode is first rate, however really left me slightly underwhelmed. It suffers from the same drawback to different telephones chasing night time mode positive aspects: it pulls out a laudable quantity of element from inky black scenes, however at the price of color accuracy, with the sky specifically typically turning an unnatural shade of blue or inexperienced because the cellphone tries to make sense of the darkness.
The 2Mp depth sensor kicks in to assist with a a lot stronger portrait mode nonetheless, with a practical wanting bokeh and among the greatest edge detection I’ve seen but, efficiently capturing even particular person hairs in my take a look at pictures.
The wide-angle understandably loses some element, and colors are usually slightly extra muted – which, once more, you would possibly really desire.
As for the telephoto, it goes as much as 50x zoom, however you will get the perfect outcomes as much as 10x. At these settings, it truly is spectacular, with incredible element seize – although you’ll start to actually discover the colors pull other than the principle digicam, with photographs wanting a lot much less vivid straight out of the digicam app. I nonetheless don’t assume that these large zoom lenses matter to most individuals, but when you need one then this does the job effectively.
Flip to the entrance, and also you discover a little bit of a novelty: a pair of selfie cameras. The primary one gives a high-res 32Mp lens, however there’s additionally an 8Mp ultrawide if you wish to pack in a wider scene or a number of pals.
As with the rear cameras, color tuning varies barely between the lenses, however the main distinction is the apparent one: you’ll get crisper, extra detailed pictures from the principle lens, particularly when it comes to finer facial element. Personally I’d quite ditch the wide-angle and reclaim the display area from the cutout, however I’m positive lots will admire the choice of selfies with a wider field-of-view.
Lastly, video seize goes as much as [email protected] on the rear, and [email protected] on the entrance. Each lenses help digital picture stabilisation, however the 50Mp rear shooter additionally advantages from optical stabilisation.
Battery & charging
I wouldn’t precisely name battery life the 30 Professional+’s greatest energy, however it’s not fairly a weak spot both. It’s simply…tremendous.
The four,000mAh cell is on the decrease finish of common, and that bears out in our battery benchmarks, the place a 10-hour PCMark outcomes places the 30 Professional+ proper in the midst of the pack.
Charging is robust although, with 40W wired charging topping the battery up by a chunky 70% in simply half an hour. 27W wi-fi charging shall be virtually as quick if you will get your palms on a appropriate charger, however it can additionally cost off the slower Qi customary. 5W reverse wi-fi charging is included too, if you wish to cost headphones from the cellphone.
In day-to-day utilization I discovered the cellphone comfortably lasted a day, which is what actually issues, however that comes with one huge caveat: I at all times carried a second cellphone round with me, easing the pressure on the Honor’s battery.
Why? As a result of the Honor 30 Professional+ merely can not run each app I need – or want – my cellphone to.
Software program is at all times the elephant within the room with a contemporary Huawei or Honor cellphone. Ever because the firm was added to the US entity record it’s been banned from buying and selling with most US firms, which implies telephones like this can not use Google Cellular Providers.
The 30 Professional+ nonetheless runs Android – with Android 10 and Honor’s Magic UI three included out of the field – however you possibly can’t entry the Google Play Retailer. Which means no Google apps, but in addition blocks you from accessing many third-party apps chances are you’ll depend on.
Huawei is doing its greatest to fight this. It’s aggressively courting builders to get apps transformed to the Huawei App Gallery, and instruments like Telephone Clone and Petal Search every do their greatest that will help you set up apps from different sources as a way to entry the identical software program you’re used to.
This works to some extent, however has its limits. I managed to get WhatsApp, Instagram, Twitter, and extra engaged on the cellphone, however couldn’t get Uber or Duolingo to put in. Different apps – like Todoist – would set up however merely wouldn’t run, as they rely too closely on Google’s programs to function.
You’ll most likely have the ability to get many of the apps you utilize on daily basis to run on this cellphone. However I can virtually assure that there shall be a number of you possibly can’t, and that’s a danger it’s a must to be keen to take going into this.
Value & availability
As I discussed earlier than, the Honor 30 Professional+ hasn’t had a UK or European launch, and at this level is unlikely too.
Which means your greatest wager is to import the cellphone. You will get a Chinese language model from Geekbuying for round £620/$800 on the time of writing, however there’s a greater possibility: the cellphone did get a Russian launch, so you possibly can import it from Honor’s official Russian retailer for 54,990₽ – round £570/$730.
Proper now Honor will even throw on a reduction and embrace a freebie (headphones, wi-fi charger, or a health tracker), and also you’ll be getting international software program quite than the extra restrictive Chinese language model.
When you’d like to avoid wasting slightly you possibly can drop right down to the Honor 30 Professional, however you’ll lose the 90Hz refresh fee and wi-fi charging, and must drop right down to a ‘mere’ 40Mp fundamental digicam lens.
Nonetheless, it’s price remembering that for the same value you could possibly get the OnePlus eight, a Samsung Galaxy S20, and even iPhone 11 – all of which is able to ship a smoother software program expertise and comparable digicam chops. Take a look at the remainder of our greatest cellphone information for extra choices, or our greatest Honor cellphone rating to see what else the corporate has to supply.
The Honor 30 Professional+ gives phenomenal hardware at a really aggressive value. That’s most of all pushed by the digicam – proper up there with the perfect round – however it can additionally ship incredible gaming efficiency on an enormous, lovely show – so long as you possibly can look previous the double hole-punch.
As ever, the massive caveat is solely software program, the place Huawei continues to be battling up in opposition to limits which can be past its management. The scenario is constant to enhance, however you continue to can’t get the total Android expertise right here irrespective of how onerous you attempt.
Throw in the truth that you’ll probably must import the tech to get your palms on it, and it’s onerous to whole-heartedly suggest the 30 Professional+, leaving it languishing as the most effective telephones you most likely shouldn’t purchase.
Honor 30 Professional+: Specs
Kirin 990 5G processor
512GB storage (expandable by way of NM card)
6.57in 2340×1080, 19.5:9 90Hz OLED show
Rear cameras: 50Mp (extensive, f/1.9, OIS) + 16Mp (ultra-wide, f/2.2) + 8Mp (5x optical telephoto, f/three.four, OIS) + 2Mp (depth)
Entrance cameras: 32Mp (extensive, f/2.zero) + 8Mp (ultra-wide, f/2.2)
Android 10 w/ Magic UI three
Huawei Cellular Providers (HMS)
No Google Cellular Providers (GMS)
40W quick charging
27W wi-fi quick charging
5W reverse wi-fi charging