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Huawei P30 Pro: Rewriting the rules, again

It’s not just about adding more cameras

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Huawei‘s latest flagship is already out in the market. Shortly after its launch in Paris, France, the P30 Pro went global in Europe and Asia. Coming from the P20 Pro and the Mate 20 Pro, Huawei further improved the phone’s design.

So, what’s new with the Huawei P30 Pro?

New colorways

Last year, Huawei started the gradient color trend with the P20 series. As a new addition, the P30 Pro introduces a new innovative concept: nature-inspired gradient colors. The back of Huawei’s latest flagship is inspired from the never-ending salt flats, by the Northern Lights, and the Big Dipper. Indeed, nature has influenced many elements of P30 Pro’s design.

Huawei P30 Pro in Breathing Crystal

The P30 Pro features new gradient colors namely the Amber Sunrise, Breathing Crystal, Black, and Aurora. Each reflects the different times of the day — from sunrise to night time.

Huawei P30 Pro in Amber Sunrise

Perhaps the most special among the four is the lustrous Breathing Crystal. It took hundreds of coating trials before Huawei’s designers were able to get the right one. Amber Sunrise is also a new option in Huawei phones with its bright orange hue. The original Aurora color is now more vibrant than previous versions, while Black is available for those who prefer understated looks.

Ergonomic design

Smartphone design isn’t just about the colors. In the P30 Pro, the double-curved glass creates a slim look while providing a more comfortable grip. Even though the phone has a pretty large display, the curved sides make it seem smaller on hand.

Additionally, the phone’s unibody is rated IP68 for dust and water resistance. A beautiful-looking phone with a functional body — that’s the P30 Pro for you.

Immersive FullView display

Even in the front, the P30 Pro is well-thought-out. It features a FullView display with the new Dewdrop notch which doesn’t take up much screen real estate. It’s small and unobtrusive, especially when compared to other phone notches.

Using a flexible OLED panel, the P30 Pro adopts a curved display. This makes viewing more immersive in full screen since the display is virtually edge-to-edge. Also, the display has a resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels which is really sharp, plus the color reproduction and contrast makes everything look pleasing.

Use multiple cameras at the same time

New on the P30 Pro is the Dual-View Video. This new feature pioneered by Huawei allows users to create split-screen videos by using both the phone’s primary camera lens and zoom lens, showing both angles at once on the screen.

With this, users will be able to produce exceptional videos by capturing a wider view by highlighting the background and zooming in on desired subjects at the same time. Essentially, it lets users shoot both panoramic and close-up angles simultaneously.

World’s first “real” sound-emitting screen

Did you know that the P30 Pro doesn’t have an earpiece? To be specific, it doesn’t have a conventional earpiece speaker. Instead, it has what Huawei calls Acoustic Display Technology that uses the P30 Pro’s screen to be the speaker. Using magnetically levitated speakers, the screen transforms into an earpiece speaker with a sound-emitting area.

This means you can keep your voice notes and phone calls private even if you’re in a crowded place. Moreover, with a 300 percent wider sound-emitting area and loud performance, this new technology also assures that you’ll be able to hear your calls loud and clear.

The best Huawei phone today

A true flagship phone has to have the latest innovations in the mobile industry, and the P30 Pro is a testimony to Huawei’s continues effort in R&D. With all the new technologies and features the P30 Pro has, it’s definitely the best P-series phone available. From its impressive cameras and top-of-the-line performance to its beautiful yet functional glass body, the P30 Pro is currently Huawei’s crowning glory.

SEE ALSO: Huawei Mate 20 Pro: When beauty meets technology


This feature was produced in collaboration between GadgetMatch and Huawei Philippines.

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Best Midrange Smartphones from $200 to $400

December 2019 Edition

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When premium phones are out of financial reach and entry-level handsets just don’t make your cut, something in between is the next best thing. This is our updated list of the best midrange smartphones retailing from US$ 200 to US$ 400.

Formulating this category was tricky, since you can’t set an exact price and some of these devices are, in fact, the flagship phones of their respective brands. To simplify things, we chose a price range that simply sits between our other lists for best budget, upper-midrange, and premium smartphones.

Here they are in no particular order:

Realme XT (US$ 333)

The Realme XT is our choice for best smartphone with a 64MP camera. This smartphone produces flagship-level photos.

REVIEW: Realme XT

Xiaomi Mi 9 SE (US$ 300)

Xiaomi has always been a part of the list and the Mi 9 SE truly deserves its spot. It’s a flagship-grade phone from its design to its specs. It’s dubbed as a “compact flagship” thanks to its smaller-than-usual form factor. If you’re looking for a phone that won’t hurt your pockets both in size and price, check out the Mi 9 SE.

REVIEW: Xiaomi Mi 9 SE

Realme 5 Pro (US$ 232)

A quadruple-camera setup at this price point seems unlikely but Realme made it happen. And it’s not just the setup, the lenses actually take photos with good image quality. That would have been enough to recommend this but it also has a Snapdragon 712 AIE chip with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. If you’re looking for a great deal, this is it.

HANDS-ON: Realme 5 Pro

ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M2 (US$ 245)

While not as affordable as its predecessor, the ZenFone Max Pro M2 still does several things most phones can’t even dream of at this price point. We get an upper-midrange chip, large 5000mAh battery, versatile cameras, and a pure take on Android.

REVIEW: ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M2

Huawei Nova 5T (US$ 367)

Huawei managed to put a flagship-level chip with a glass back and with triple cameras on a midrange phone. These are things you expect from brands like Xiaomi but Huawei was able to pull it off as well.

READ: Huawei Nova 5T

Samsung Galaxy A50s (US$ 345)

Samsung’s pivot to the A series has been fantastic and the Galaxy A50s is another proof of that. It’s a refinement of everything that was good with the Galaxy A50. If you’re a die-hard Samsung fan looking for a midrange phone, the Galaxy A50s is a solid option.

REVIEW: Samsung Galaxy A50s

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Best Budget Smartphones below $200

December 2019 Edition

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Welcome to GadgetMatch’s list of the best smartphones priced below US$ 200! Each month, we update our selection with the budget-friendly phones we believe are most deserving of your hard-earned savings.

Even though the spotlight has been on high-end smartphones this entire year, there have been a few surprisingly good entry-level handsets coming out lately, as well. So good, in fact, that we had to reassess our entire list.

Here they are in no particular order:

Redmi Note 8 (US$ 155)

The Redmi Note 8 is proof that you can put quality cameras on a budget smartphone. It has a 48MP main shooter which is what you’ll find on most flagships and midrangers. With a Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 SoC, it should also have no trouble handling basic gaming and other tasks you do on your phone.

READ: Redmi Note 8

ASUS ZenFone Max M2 (US$ 175)

We were disappointed to find out that the ZenFone Max Pro M2 went above the US$ 200 mark, but we still have the non-Pro Max M2 to buy at this price point. Fortunately, the fast Snapdragon 632 processor, large 4000mAh battery, and dual rear cameras remain.

REVIEW: ASUS ZenFone Max M2

OPPO A5s (US$ 117)

The OPPO A5s perhaps is best looked at as a transition device more than anything else. It does what you expect out of budget smartphones. It’s good to have “for now” but you might look elsewhere for a more reliable daily driver.

REVIEW: OPPO A5s

Realme 5 (US$ 154)

Realme is giving Xiaomi a run for its money on our top-of-mind easy phones to recommend. The Realme 5 is a real treat for people looking for a budget smartphone that provides more than what they need.

HANDS-ON: Realme 5

Samsung Galaxy A20 (US$ 190)

Samsung’s revived Galaxy A-series proves that the company cares about every price segment. The Galaxy A20, in particular, is the most well-rounded below US$ 200 thanks to its ultra-wide camera, AMOLED display, and hefty battery.

REVIEW: Samsung Galaxy A20

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Best Upper-Midrange Smartphones from $400 to $600

December 2019 Edition

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When premium phones are out of financial reach and entry-level handsets just don’t make your cut, something in between is the next best thing. This is our updated list of the best upper-midrange smartphones retailing from US$ 400 to US$ 600.

Formulating this category was tricky, since you can’t set an exact price and some of these devices are, in fact, the flagship phones of their respective brands. To simplify things, we chose a price range that simply sits between our other lists for best budget, midrange, and premium smartphones.

Here they are in no particular order:

Redmi K20 Pro (US$ 364)

With the future of Pocophone up in the air, the Redmi K20 Pro fills the category that the sub-brand created for itself. On paper, it’s equipped with flagship specs but without the price tag usually associated with top of the line smartphones.

READ: Redmi K20 Pro

Realme X2 Pro (CNY 3299)

The Realme X2 Pro has flagship killer written all over it. Equipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ and a 64MP camera sensor along with three other cameras, this phone promises to be a powerhouse with a price tag that doesn’t require sacrificing any of your internal organs.

HANDS-ON: Realme X2 Pro

Google Pixel 3a (US$ 399)

Years after the death of the Nexus line, Google has finally unleashed a more affordable Pixel phone that still has the same great set of cameras. While the body is now plastic and the processor isn’t as fast, the Pixel 3a still runs circles around the competition at this price point.

REVIEW: Google Pixel 3a

Xiaomi Mi 9 (EUR 449)

Xiaomi once again brings the latest and fastest processor available to the midrange segment. That’s right: The Mi 9 has the Snapdragon 855 chipset, and it doesn’t cost a fortune. Not only that, Xiaomi’s flagship also has speedy wireless charging and class-leading cameras.

REVIEW: Xiaomi Mi 9

OnePlus 7T (US$ 599)

When the OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro came out, the company wanted to clearly communicate that they’re competing in the premium space. Fast forward to the OnePlus 7T and it looks like they are back to their flagship killing ways offering premium-level specs at a price lower than most top-of-the-line flagships.

UNBOXING & HANDS-ON: OnePlus 7

ASUS ZenFone 6 (EUR 499)

ASUS wowed us with the ZenFone 6 and its new Flip Camera. The unique mechanism of the phone’s camera not only allows a notch-free display, but it also lets users take incredible selfies using the primary shooters. Also, ASUS has blessed its new smartphone with the latest specs possible at a competitive price point.

REVIEW: ASUS ZenFone 6

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