P30 Pro has just been eclipsed by Samsung, but here’s why there’s hope for Huawei fans yet

P30 Pro is Huawei’s all-singing, all-dancing flagship smartphone that launched back in March.

The handset is most notable for its quartet of rear lenses that easily form the most diverse camera system on a smartphone.

As a quick reminder, the P30 Pro totes a 40-megapixel main camera, a 20-megapixel ultra wide-angle shooter, an 8-megapixel telephoto snapper and a time-of-flight (ToF) sensor.

When it launched, the Huawei handset was reviewed by DxOMark and – at the time – was said to have the best camera system on a smartphone around.

DxOMark is publication renowned for meticulously testing smartphone camera systems and awarding them a final score based on performance.

The outlet gave the P30 Pro a tally of 112, a figure that firmly cemented its place at the top of the outlet’s rankings.

It was only until the release of Samsung’s Note 10 series back in August that the P30 Pro was knocked off its DxOMark throne.

In particular, the Galaxy Note 10+ 5G was awarded 113 – a sum that marginally outranked Huawei’s flagship.

Most recently though, DxOMark announced it was altering its smartphone camera review process to account of both ultra wide-angle lenses and night modes – both of which have become increasingly prominent in top-tier flagships.

To reflect its updated system, the outlet re-reviewed a number of handsets toting such features, such as the P30 Pro and Galaxy Note 10+ 5G.

After further testing, the P30 Pro was awarded a higher score of 116 but once again the Note 10 edged it with a figure of 117.

One of the biggest differentiating factors between the two handsets the second time around was said to concern each’s ultra wide-angle capabilities.

DxOMark declared Huawei’s device “dropped points” in this area due to its “minimum focal length setting” and because its lens cannot fit as many subjects into a single frame as the Note.

The publication explained: “It’s worth noting that the P30 Pro also performed noticeably worse in our tests using focal lengths between 18mm and 21mm. While exposure and colour are generally very good at 16mm, if you apply a little pinch zoom, image quality suffers from low target exposures, limited dynamic range, and desaturated colour in both outdoor and indoor exposures.

“The P30 Pro also dropped points in the Wide category due to its minimum focal length setting. With 16mm the widest angle-of-view available on the Huawei device, you can’t squeeze as much into the frame compared to such devices as the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, which boasts an ultra-wide 12mm setting.”

While it seems the P30 Pro has suffered another defeat at the hands of Samsung’s Note 10, there’s still hope for Huawei fans.

That’s because the Chinese vendor unwrapped its newest flagship handset last week that boasts a revamped camera system.

Dubbed the Mate 30 Pro, the hardware boasts two 40-megapixel cameras – one of which is the phone’s primary lens and the other that offers an ultra wide-angle perspective.

Additionally, the device also flaunts an 8-megapixel telephoto camera and a ToF sensor.

While the hardware was noted by Huawei to be capable to taking sublime photos, the firm also placed a heavy emphasis on its video recording capabilities, too.

In addition to being able to record pixel-packed 4K footage at 60-frames-per-second, the Mate 30 Pro can also record 720p slow-motion video at up to a whopping 7680-frames-per-second.

DxOMark has not issued its verdict for the Mate 30 Pro, but based on its specifications we wouldn’t be surprised to see it launch a seismic challenge to the Note 10.

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