Honor 30 series unveiled: Another set of Google-less flagship phones!

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After the launch of Honor 30S, the company has now added three new devices to the Honor 30 series. The Honor 30, Honor 30 Pro and Honor 30 Pro+ are the top of line smartphones that feature a similar design and a similar set of specs with some tweaks in between them. Let’s take a deeper dive into what the latest additions to the Honor 30 series have to offer in terms of their specs, features, and pricing.

Honor 30 Pro, Pro+ Overview

Design and Display

Both the Honor 30 Pro and Honor 30 Pro+ feature 6.57-inch OLED panels with a resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels. The screen is curved at both edges of the devices. While the Pro+ model supports a refresh rate of up to 90Hz and a response rate of up to 180Hz, the Pro model is stuck with the industry-standard 60Hz refresh rate. They both feature a pill-shaped cut-out for the dual selfie camera. An optical fingerprint sensor has been adjusted under the display of both the devices for biometrics.

Honor 30 Pro+ Display series price specs

Performance and Memory

The device is powered by HiSilicon Kirin 990 which is a flagship chipset based on the 7nm+ EUV2 process. It is paired with Mali G76-MP16 GPU. It is a 5G ready SoC with support for both NSA and SA bands. For the Pro+ model, users can choose from 8GB and 12GB of RAM both of which will be paired with 256GB of internal storage. The Pro model is available with only 8GB of RAM which can be paired with either of 128GB or 256GB of internal storage. You can expand the storage using Huawei’s proprietary NM (Nano Memory) card technology.

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On the back, the devices flaunt a triple-camera setup. The primary lens in the Pro+ model is a 50MP sensor while it is a 40MP sensor in the Pro model. The RYYB filter promises better low-light photos on both devices. It is supported by an 8MP periscope lens that supports up to 5X optical zoom. There is also a 16MP ultra-wide-angle camera. The camera setup comes with support for OIS and can shoot RAW photographs. It can also record 4K videos at 60 fps.

Honor 30 Pro+ Design series price specs

On the front, there is a 32MP primary selfie camera paired with an 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens.

Battery and Others

The devices get their power from a 4000mAh battery which supports SuperCharge technology. Unlike the Pro model, the Pro+ comes with support for 27W wireless charging. Both the devices support WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.1 LE and are rated IP54 against dust and splash damage.

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Honor 30 Pro, Pro+ Specifications:

  • Body: 160.32 x 8.63 x 73.61mm ; 186 gm
  • Display: 6.57-inches Ultra-Curve OLED panel; 90Hz (Honor 30 Pro+)
  • Resolution: 2340 x 1080 pixels; 19.8:9 aspect ratio
  • Chipset: HiliSilicon Kirin 990 5G; 7nm+ Mobile Platform
  • CPU: Octa-core (2×2.86 GHz Cortex A76 + 3×2.36 GHz Cortex A76 & 4×1.95 GHz Cortex A55)
  • GPU: Mali-G76 MP16
  • RAM:
    – 8GB (Honor 30 Pro)
    – 8/12GB (Honor 30 Pro+)
  • Storage:
    – 128/ 256GB (Honor 30 Pro)
    – 256GB (Honor 30 Pro+)
  • Software & UI: Android 10 with Magic UI 3.1 on top
  • Rear Camera: Triple-camera;
    – 50MP, f/1.9 primary shooter, OIS, RYYB filter (Honor 30 Pro+)
    – 40MP, f/1.8 primary shooter, OIS, RYYB filter (Honor 30 Pro)
    – 16MP, f/2.2 ultra-wide sensor
    – 2MP depth sensor
    – 8MP, f/3.44 telephoto lens, OIS, 5X optical zoom, up to 50X digital zoom
  • Front Camera:
    – 32MP, f/2.primary sensor
    – 8MP, f/2.2 ultra-wide sensor
  • Security: Optical in-display fingerprint scanner
  • Connectivity: WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (dual-band), Bluetooth 5.1 LE, AGPS/GLONASS/BDS/Galileo, NFC, USB Type-C
  • Battery: 4000 mAh; 40W SuperCharge, 27W Wireless Charging (Honor 30 Pro+)

Honor 30 Overview

Honor 30 comes with a similar design. However, the screen here is a flat one which is also reduced to 6.53-inches. The OLED panel comes with a slightly bigger aspect ratio of 20:9. There is a single circular cut out on the top left corner of the screen and the fingerprint sensor is under the display.

The biggest change is in the chipset. Unlike the other two, Honor 30 is powered by the latest Kirin 985 chipset. It is a 5G chipset based on the 7nm process. This time, Huawei has opted for 1+3+4 core configuration which is quite popular with other manufacturers such as Qualcomm and Samsung. Initial benchmark results have shown that the chipset performs better than the Snapdragon 765G. It is available in three memory configurations – 6/128GB, 8/128GB and 8/256GB.

Honor 30 Design series price specs availability

Honor 30 features a quad camera setup on the back. The primary camera here is a 40MP sensor. Other camera sensors are the same including an 8MP telephoto lens, an 8MP ultra-wide-angle camera. Additionally, it also has a dedicated 2MP macro camera.

It features the same 4000mAh battery with support for 40W SuperCharge. Connectivity-wise, it will support both WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 LE. It ships with Magic UI 3.1 based on Android 10.

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Honor 30 Specifications:

  • Body: 160.32 x 8.10 x 74.18mm ; 185 gm
  • Display: 6.57-inches OLED panel; 20:9 aspect ratio
  • Chipset: HiliSilicon Kirin 985 5G; 7nm Mobile Platform
  • CPU: Octa-core (1×2.58 GHz Cortex A76 + 3×2.40 GHz Cortex A76 & 4×1.84 GHz Cortex A55)
  • GPU: Mali-G77
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Software & UI: Android 10 with Magic UI 3.1 on top
  • Rear Camera: Quad-camera;
    – 40MP, f/1.9 primary shooter, OIS, RYYB filter
    – 8MP, f/2.4 ultra-wide sensor
    – 8MP, f/3.4 telephoto lens, OIS, 5X optical zoom, up to 50X digital zoom
    – 2MP macro sensor
  • Front Camera: 32MP, f/2.0 1.0 µm primary sensor
  • Security: Optical in-display fingerprint scanner
  • Connectivity: Dual Nano-SIM slot, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (dual-band), Bluetooth 5.1 LE, AGPS/GLONASS/Galileo, USB Type-C
  • Audio: Huawei Histen
  • Battery: 4000 mAh; 40W SuperCharge

All the devices under the Honor 30 series are promising, especially with their camera prowess. However, we still have to wait to see how it fares outside of China since it doesn’t come loaded with Google’s GMS services.

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Honor 30 Series Price and Availability

As of now, the Honor 30 series is only available for pre-order in China and will go on sale from April 21. The brand hasn’t committed to an international launch yet.

The Honor 30 Pro+ comes with a price tag of 4,999 Yuan for the 8/256GB variant and 5,499 Yuan for the 12/256GB variant. The price of Honor 30 Pro is 3,999 Yuan for 8/128GB variant and 4,399 Yuan for 8/256GB variant. Similarly, the Honor 30 is available for a price of 2,999 Yuan for 6/128GB variant, 3,199 Yuan for 8/128GB variant and 3,499 Yuan for 8/256GB variant.

Model Name Price in Nepal [Converted]  Availability
Honor 30 Pro+ (8/256GB) 4,999 Yuan (~NRs. 86,550) April 21 (China)
Honor 30 Pro+ (12/256GB) 5,499 Yuan (~NRs. 95,200) April 21 (China)
Honor 30 Pro (8/128GB) 3,999 Yuan (~NRs. 69,235) April 21 (China)
Honor 30 Pro (8/256GB) 4,399 Yuan (~NRs. 76,160) April 21 (China)
Honor 30 (6/128GB) 2,999 Yuan (~NRs. 51,920) April 21 (China)
Honor 30 (8/128GB) 3,199 Yuan (~NRs. 55,385) April 21 (China)
Honor 30 (8/256GB) 3,499 Yuan (~NRs. 60,580) April 21 (China)

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