On schedule, HUAWEI’s sub-brand Honor has launched heavily-leaked Honor V30 series- the Honor V30 and Honor V30 Pro- in the homeland, China. The smartphone duos fit in the company’s philosophy of offering affordable devices with high-end specs largess.
Both the smartphones look identical with a 6.57-inch full HD+ display (91.46% screen-to-body ratio and 400ppi pixel density) sporting a dual-selfie camera setup that comprises a 32MP camera and an 8MP telephoto lens in a pill-shaped cutout on the top-left corner.
Both have triple cameras on the glass back highlighted by a 40MP primary sensor while a side-mounted fingerprint scanner is embedded into the home button. The smartphones are offered in the same color options: Charm Starfish Blue, Icelandic Fantasy, Phantom Star River, and Twilight Orange.
Both the Honor V30 and V30 Pro run Android 10 with Magic UI 3.0.1 on top and are powered by dual-mode 5G-powered Kirin 990 SoC paired with up to 8GB RAM and 256GB built-in storage without any further storage facility. The home-brewed Kirin 990 SoC is the same that is used in the recent flagships, the HUAWEI P30 and P30 Pro.
Although the Honor V30 and V30 Pro wield the same processor under the hood there is still a minor difference in how they are built for both the devices. The Kirin 990 SoC in the regular Honor V30 is made out of 7nm process with Balong 5000 5G modem while the Kirin 990 SoC in the Honor V30 Pro is fabricated on 7nm+ process with integrated 5G modem for better efficiency.
The vertically aligned triple camera setup on the rear comes with a common 40MP Sony IMX600 sensor for both the phones but the Pro version has a faster f/1.6 lens compared to the f/1.8 lens on the regular version. For another difference, the V30 Pro uses a 12MP f/2.2 wide-angle sensor versus an 8MP f/2.4 wide-angle sensor on the Honor V30. The third sensor 8MP f/2.4 telephoto sensor is the same for both the phones, however.
Batteries also vary for both the phones with the V30 Pro packing a 4,100mAh battery with 40W fast charging as well as 27W wireless charging while the V30 makes do with a 4,000mAh battery with 40W fast charging only.
Other notable aspects include support for NFC, USB Type-C port, Bluetooth 5.1, etc. The 3.5mm headphone jack doesn’t make it to either of the devices.
The duos will go on sale in China starting December 12 for which preorders start on December 5. The Honor V30 starts at about $470 while the Honor V30 Pro at about $555. The smartphones will launch in the international markets rebranded as the Honor View 30 and View 3 Pro but when that is still not revealed by the company.
All said and done, the embattled HUAWEI due to the US ban preventing it from using Google services can’t offer Play Store, Gmail, Google Maps, and YouTube preinstalled on the Honor V30 and Honor 30 Pro just like the HUAWEI P30 series.