Are Huawei's P30 and P30 Pro still worth it after Google ban?

01:47 PM | 13 Jun, 2019
Are Huawei's P30 and P30 Pro still worth it after Google ban?
The recently slapped US ban on Huawei bars the telecom giant from using the Android operating system for its cellular devices anymore, among many other restrictions. The measure provides an unquestionable upper-hand to its competitors, Apple and Samsung.

Though the existing Huawei cell phone will continue operating on the Android platform, it won’t be able to power newer phones (rolling out from August) with Google-backed software. Though Huawei is already working on a new operating system, the models – P30 and P30 Pro – will be running on the Android. What appears to be an enormous market advantage for iPhone XS (Max) and the Samsung S10 (+) may come with a few ifs and buts. Besides, Huawei has made its way to the second slot after a fair competition, by basically offering a technological competitive product at affordable rates.

Full Specs:

Category Huawei P30 Huawei P30 Pro
Screen6.1-inch OLED
19.5:9, FHD+
2340x1080 pixels
6.47-inch Curved OLED
19.5:9, FHD+
2340x1080 pixels
ChipsetKirin 980 with Dual NPUKirin 980 with Dual NPU
Memory6GB RAM
128GB storage
128GB / 256GB / 512GB storage
Expandable storageYes, Nano memoryYes, Nano memory
25W Huawei SuperCharge
40W Huawei SuperCharge
15W Wireless Quick Charge
Reverse Wireless Charging
Rear Camera 140MP SuperSpectrum
Wide angle, f/1.8
40MP SuperSpectrum
Wide angle, f/1.6, OIS
Rear Camera 216MP Ultra wide angle, f/2.220MP ultra wide angle, f/2.2
Rear Camera 38MP
3X Optical zoom, f/2.4, OIS
8MP Periscope
5X Optical zoom, f/3.4, OIS
Rear Camera 4NoneTime-of-flight camera
Camera zoom3X Optical Zoom
5X Hybrid zoom
30X digital zoom
5X Optical Zoom
10X Hybrid zoom
50X digital zoom
Front camera32MP, f/2.032MP, f/2.0
OSAndroid 9 Pie
Android 9 Pie
Dimensions149.1 x 71.36 x 7.57 mm
165 g
158 x 73.4 x 84.1 mm
192 g

The price battle

No doubt that the ‘Huawei ban’ has affected the Chinese giant greatly; mainly bringing down a good chunk of the prices of its devices. As much as it will hurt the company, the curb appears beneficial for the consumer. The Chinese giant’s recently-released flagship phones – P30 & P30 Pro –are giving the Samsung S10 & S10+ along with the iPhone XS and XS Max a run for their money.

Seeing as how the prices of the P30 and P30 Pro have dropped from PKR 125,000 and PKR 175,000 (Pre-order prices) significantly, one may even be able to find the flagships for PKR 100,000-ish and 130,000-ish, respectively. Of course, the prices will decrease further as the 90-day probationary period completes. On the other hand, the iPhone XS costs PKR 158,000 and the iPhone XS Max costs PKR 168,000 while the Samsung S10 costs PKR 140,000 and the S10+ costs PKR 160,000.

The game-changing camera?

If the specs so far are not impressive enough, you may like to check out is the camera. Both the flagships have triple rear-facing cameras; 40-megapixel, 16-MP (Ultra-wide) and an 8MP (3x telephoto) lenses. This is by far one of the best camera setups on any phone on the market. The array allows the phone to take spectacular shots, especially compared to the much more expensive Samsung’s and iPhones.

The Huawei Zoom:

The pair uses AI to detect what you are pointing the shooter at and adjusts its settings accordingly. Whenever you take a picture with the P30s, it will look the best compared to its competitors. The camera isn’t the killer feature but unprecedented 50 times zoom surely is. If you take a picture of the moon with your current phone, it will look like a white ball. With the P30 or the Pro, you can get a clear image of the moon’s structure and depth. The phones also have a 32MP front-facing camera with a teardrop notch. It does not protrude the screen too much and takes amazing selfies.

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The phone has an in-display fingerprint scanner, which the iPhones still don’t have. It is just as fast as a ‘normal’ fingerprint scanner. Besides, it also has face-unlock. Though more secure than a fingerprint, it has its flaws. For example, the phone will not recognize you if you’re wearing shades. That’s just a standard issue with face-unlock, not with the P30s specifically. Moreover, it has the latest Bluetooth 5.0, allowing you to connect multiple devices to your phone. For example, if you’re watching a movie on an airplane and the person next to you also wants to watch, you can connect with it their Bluetooth earphones.

The race for more hi-tech features

Coupled with the lower price and high-end specs, it easily throws Samsung and Apple out of the park. Both, the P30 and its Pro model, have the same processor (Kirin 980 octa-core), thus the performance will be about the same. It can game very well, and will also run PUBG on high settings @60FPS.
Where Huawei loses out on is features. The Pro has a lot more to offer than the P30. The former has IP 68 water and dust resistance, 4,200mAh battery, 40w Supercharge, Reverse charge 256 GB storage (expandable), a 6.47” screen and PDAF & ToF sensor for the camera. The P30 model, however, has IP 56 water and dust resistance, a smaller 3600mAh battery with 22.5w Fast charge (instead of Supercharge), no reverse charge, 128GB storage (expandable) and a smaller 6.1” screen. It’s not all bad with the P30, however. Being a smaller phone, it is much lighter than the pro. The P30’s screen also consumes less battery, making the apparent downgrade a blessing for longer use. Bizarrely enough, the Pro model does not have a headphone jack but the base model does. You’d think that ‘professionals’ would want one but Huawei decided otherwise.
Both phones support wireless charging, a great quality-of-life feature but the P30 Pro also supports reverse charge. It allows you to charge other devices that support wireless charging by using the phone. Holding the device on the back of the P30 Pro and turning on reverse charging will start giving some of its juice to the other device. It may not be a feature you would use daily but it’s nice to have, especially since most wireless ear-buds support wireless charging as well. Topping them up using just your phone is a very convenient offering.

The performance plateau

Overall, both the P30s compare to the iPhone XS (Max) and the Samsung S10 (+). The P30s performs as well as the Samsung S10 or the iPhone XS in terms of performance. Especially with it's use of dedicated AI processor, it really kicks competition out of the park. In effect, Huawei ends up with three processors: GPU, AI procesor, and CPU, making it one of the top performing phones for years to come. Secondly, the battery lasts longer than both the S10 and the XS for it has the largest battery in the league. The P30 power-pack can easily last between 36 hours to 48 hours, almost an entire day more than the iPhone.

Furthermore, the P30s have the best camera out of all three. Yes, the S10 has a brilliant camera and the XS has a fascinating one too, but they just don’t compete with the P30. Its camera offers amazing low-light quality, brilliant lens selection, and a spectacular zoom; you cannot go wrong with the P30. Lastly, the user interface. There may be a tie between Samsung and Apple, the P30 Pro lags a bit behind. It has EMUI as its Android skin and is not as good or up-to-date as Samsung’s implementation on Android. However. EMUI is the only one that uses dedicated AI processor to learn user habits and then behaves accordingly, hence giving EMUI the ability to improve its performance over time.

To sum up, the P30 is a great ‘no-compromises’ phone for long-term usage with an even better camera.


Rupee remains stable against US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham and Riyal; check forex rates

Pakistani rupee remained stable against US dollar in the open bank market on Friday.

Dollar Rate in Pakistan Today

On Friday, the US dollar was being quoted at 285.3 for buying and 288.15 for selling.

Euro moves down to 311 for buying and 314 for selling. British Pound rate stands at 358.5 for buying, and 361.5 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED stands at 78 whereas the Saudi Riyal rate stands at 76.20.

Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan – 1 December 2023

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 285.3 288.15
Euro EUR 311 314
UK Pound Sterling GBP 358.5 361.5
U.A.E Dirham AED 78 78.7
Saudi Riyal SAR 76.2 77
Australian Dollar AUD 187.2 189
Bahrain Dinar BHD 759.67 767.67
Canadian Dollar CAD 209 211
China Yuan CNY 39.59 39.98
Danish Krone DKK 41.38 41.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 36.63 36.98
Indian Rupee INR 3.39 3.5
Japanese Yen JPY 1.49 1.56
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 926.7 935.7
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 60.38 60.98
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.44 175.44
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.25 26.55
Omani Riyal OMR 741.26 749.26
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 77.63 78.33
Singapore Dollar SGD 211 213
Swedish Korona SEK 26.93 27.23
Swiss Franc CHF 325.9 328.4
Thai Bhat THB 8.23 8.38

Gold rates drop in Pakistan; Check today’s gold rates 1 December 2023

KARACHI – The gold price continues to climb up in the local market in line of upward trend in international market.

Gold Rates in Pakistan Today - 1 December 2023

On Thursday, the single tola of 24 Karat gold was available at Rs217,400, and the price for 10-gram gold reached Rs186,390.

Meanwhile, the 22 Karat Gold price stands at Rs199,282, 21 karat rate for each tola is Rs190,225 and 18k gold rate hovers around Rs163,050.

In international market, the price of precious metal hovers around $2,045 per ounce.

Today Gold Rate in Pakistan

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 217,400 PKR 2,696
Karachi PKR 217,400 PKR 2,696
Islamabad PKR 217,400 PKR 2,696
Peshawar PKR 217,400 PKR 2,696
Quetta PKR 217,400 PKR 2,696
Sialkot PKR 217,400 PKR 2,696
Attock PKR 217,400 PKR 2,696
Gujranwala PKR 217,400 PKR 2,696
Jehlum PKR 217,400 PKR 2,696
Multan PKR 217,400 PKR 2,696
Bahawalpur PKR 217,400 PKR 2,696
Gujrat PKR 217,400 PKR 2,696
Nawabshah PKR 217,400 PKR 2,696
Chakwal PKR 217,400 PKR 2,696
Hyderabad PKR 217,400 PKR 2,696
Nowshehra PKR 217,400 PKR 2,696
Sargodha PKR 217,400 PKR 2,696
Faisalabad PKR 217,400 PKR 2,696
Mirpur PKR 217,400 PKR 2,696


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