If you may’t purchase the Huawei P30 Pro, get these telephones as an alternative

The Huawei P30 Pro’s superb Leica quad-camera system makes it the most effective and most original telephones launched this 12 months. If you satisfaction your self as a cellphone digital camera fanatic the P30 Pro is value your consideration. But with the current information that the White House banned US firms from doing enterprise with Huawei, you may really feel slightly nervous dropping $900 on a cellphone even with Google promising to assist Google Play and safety updates. I do know I’d.

For Huawei customers’ questions concerning our steps to conform w/ the current US authorities actions: We guarantee you whereas we’re complying with all US gov’t necessities, companies like Google Play & safety from Google Play Protect will preserve functioning in your current Huawei system.

— Android (@Android) May 20, 2019

Even earlier than the ban, shopping for a P30 Pro within the US was a problem as a result of it is formally not bought right here. You needed to get a global GSM model that lacked a US guarantee and would solely work with some GSM carriers like T-Mobile and AT&T. Currently the worth on a global P30 Pro is on the rise. At the time this story printed, a 256GB Huawei P30 Pro prices $969 on Amazon.

To quell your P30 Pro doubts, I gathered some photographic alternate options in your consideration.

Huawei P30 Pro digital camera specs vs. Oppo Reno, Pixel 3XL, iPhone XS Max, Galaxy S10 Plus

Huawei P30 Pro

Oppo Reno

Google Pixel three XL

iPhone XS Max

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus

Number of rear cameras






Wide-angle lens

f/1.6 40 megapixels

f/1.7 48 megapixels


f/1.eight 12 megapixels

f/1.5-2.four 12 megapixels

Ultra-wide angle lens

f/2.2 20 megapixels

f/2.2 16 megapixels



f/2.2 16 megapixels

Telephoto lens

f/three.four eight megapixels periscope

f/three 13 megapixels periscope

f/1.eight 12 megapixels

f/2.four 12 megapixels

f/2.four 12 megapixels

Time of flight digital camera






Optical picture stabilization

Yes, besides ultra-wide

Yes, besides ultra-wide


Yes each rear cameras

Yes, besides ultra-wide

4K video body fee


30fps, 60fps


24fps, 30fps, 60fps

24fps, 30fps, 60fps

Google Pixel three XL for photographs and low-light

In phrases of taking photographs, the very best various to the Huawei P30 Pro is the Pixel three XL. Image high quality from each is the very best you may at the moment get in a cellphone.

It does not have a zoom, however the Pixel three XL takes among the greatest photographs on any cellphone at the moment.

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Each cellphone has a devoted low-light mode: Night mode on the P30 Pro and Night Sight on the Pixel. Both yield jaw-dropping nighttime photographs higher than any cellphone you should buy at the moment.

However, the place the place the P30 Pro completely destroys the Pixel three XL, and just about some other cellphone, is its 3x optical zoom, 5x hybrid zoom.

The Pixel is often $899 however could be discovered closely discounted occasionally.

iPhone XS Max shoots the very best video

The iPhone has at all times been forward of each different cellphone in the case of video. The P30 Pro excels in photographs, however video seems much less spectacular. The video picture high quality on the P30 Pro seems oversaturated. The iPhone XS Max has a wider dynamic vary and is able to capturing higher element.


The iPhone XS Max shoots the very best video on any cellphone.

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The P30 Pro has a Night mode for photographs which the iPhone lacks. But the iPhone has a low-light recording setting that routinely reduces the body fee in darker circumstances to collect extra gentle. The outcomes are phenomenal.

Read this digital camera comparability of the iPhone XS Max and Huawei P30 Pro for a deep dive into the picture and video capabilities of every.


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Oppo Reno has an insane 60x zoom

Currently, the one cellphone that may compete with the P30 Pro’s 3x optical zoom, 5x hybrid zoom and 50x digital zoom is the model new Oppo Reno, which has a 10x hybrid zoom and a 60x digital zoom. Like the P30 Pro, it is not bought within the US, however you’ll find a global model on the market via a third-party retailer on websites like Amazon for $800.


The Oppo Reno has an much more monster zoom than the Huawei P30 Pro and it has this loopy shark fin pop-up selfie digital camera.


I have never had an opportunity to strive the Oppo Reno out, however with 48 megapixels (the P30 Pro has 40 megapixels) the digital camera specs are spectacular.

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus for ultra-wide angle delight

Like the P30 Pro, the brand new Galaxy S10 Plus has an ultra-wide angle digital camera on it. What wows me about it on the Galaxy S10 Plus is how nicely Samsung matched the principle and ultra-wide cameras.


The Galaxy S10 Plus makes the proper ultra-wide angle cellphone digital camera substitute.

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In his in-depth digital camera comparability between the Huawei P30 Pro and Galaxy S10 my colleague Andy Hoyle was impressed with the ultra-wide angle digital camera on each telephones however gave the sting to the Samsung cellphone.

The Galaxy S10 Plus prices $999 however is at the moment discounted to $899 at T-Mobile.

Sony RX100 for higher photographs, video and zoom

OK, so I stated 4 telephones, however I had so as to add this in as a result of it is higher at photographs and movies than the P30 Pro in each manner. If you might be on the lookout for a robust zoom in a tiny bundle, it is value looking on the Sony RX100 collection. It’s not a cellphone, it is a compact digital camera that may slot in your denims pocket.


The Sony RX100 iV has an digital viewfinder that may retract so the digital camera can slot in your pocket.

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What makes it shine is a 1-inch sensor and built-in zoom lens. The RX100 collection is able to fantastic-looking video and beautiful photographs which might be leaps and bounds past what you will get on any cellphone. The draw back: It does not make calls.

The RX100 collection has been round since 2012. The latest mannequin is the RX100 VI, which begins at $1,200. Luckily Sony nonetheless sells older fashions for as little as $449 new. 

Correction, June 11 at 6:10 p.m.: The US by no means banned any Huawei telephones.



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