Hello everyone! In my new review, we will focus on two advanced versions of flagship smartphones released by the most famous Chinese giants of the industry. This is the Huawei P30 Pro released in the spring of 2019 and the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro.
The Huawei P30 Pro and the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro have classic rectangular bezelless frames with rounded edges. The front side is a colorful touch screen display with curved edges. There is no frame on the sides of the screen, but there are some traces of it on the top and bottom of the smartphone. They are slightly wider a t the Huawei P30 Pro .
The front side of the P30 Pro is located in the middle of the upper edge of the display in a small drop-shaped neckline. There is no speaker grill above it – the sound is conducted directly through the screen. The Mi 10 Pro has a narrow speaker grill, but there is no cutout for the front camera. The model’s selfie camera is integrated into the display and is located in a small hole in the upper left corner of the screen.
The main quad camera of smartphones is presented in a form of a vertical oval block located in the upper left corner of the rear panel. It combines three sensors, as well as the separately located fourth lens and 2-tone LED flash. The P30 Pro has these elements placed to the right of the block, and the Mi 10 Pro has them under it. The Huawei smartphone has a double oval flash. The Xiaomi smartphone has a triple, round shape. The quad camera of both models protrudes strongly above the surface of the rear panel.
The P30 Pro color range includes 5 body colors – black, red, light blue, lavender and blue-green. The Mi 10 Pro is available in two colors – white and gray-blue.
As for the body material, the smartphones are a sandwich of two glass panels, united by an aluminum frame. The Mi 10 Pro’s front side is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5.
T here is a volume rocker and a power button o n the right side of the both flagships. At the bottom there is a speaker, microphone, USB Type-C connector and a dual slot for two nanoSIM cards. The P30 Pro has a hybrid slot which supports installing a nanoSD memory card instead of the second SIM card. The Mi 10 Pro slot is designed for nanoSIM cards only. There is an infrared port a t the top end of both smartphones. The P30 Pro also has the second microphone on top, while the Mi 10 Pro has a second speaker. The stereo speakers of the Xiaomi smartphone are located at the lower and upper ends absolutely symmetrically. As for the sound quality, the DxOMark laboratory rated them as the best of all tested. There is no audio jack on both models. It is also worth noting that the P30 Pro has dust and water protection class IP68. The Mi 10 Pro has no water protection.
The smartphones are slightly different in size. The lenght of the P30 Pro is 158 millimeters, the width is 73.4 millimeters and the thickness is 8.41 millimeters . The Mi 10 Pro has a length of 162.6 millimeters, a width of 74.8 millimeters and a thickness of 8.96 millimeters. The Xiaomi gadget is also slightly larger in weight . It weighs 208 grams, than the Huawei smartphone weighs 192 grams.
The P30 Pro features a high-quality 6.47-inch OLED display with a pixel density of 398 ppi. The Mi 10 Pro received a chic display with a diagonal of 6.67 inches, a Super AMOLED matrix and a pixel density of 386 ppi. Both gadgets have a Full HD Plus resolution of 2340 by 1080 pixels, an aspect ratio of 19.5 to 9, a wide color gamut of DCI-P3, as well as support for auto brightness and the Always On Display function. An ultrasonic fingerprint scanner is integrated at the bottom of the screen of both flagships.
The P30 Pro screen has HDR10 support, while the Mi 10 Pro has HDR10 Plus support. This is not the only superiority of the the Xiaomi smartphone ‘s display. It includes a refresh rate of 90 hertz, a contrast ratio of 5 million to one, and the screen response rate is 180 hertz for touches. Of course, the responsiveness of the display and image quality are at their best. The screen brightness of the Mi 10 Pro is also impressive. Its typical value is 500 nits, and the maximum value reaches 800 nits with manual setting of parameters and 1200 nits with automatic tuning.
The Mi 10 Pro screen has an enhanced flicker reduction function and accurate color reproduction which provides the most realistic picture. The display image quality of the Xiaomi smatphone is higher than that of the Huawei flagship. But this does not make the Huawei’s screen worse. There are no complaints about it – the colors are saturated and natural, the margin of brightness is decent, the display remains easy to read in the sun.
The smartphones are based on the Android operating system. While the P30 Pro has preinstalled version 9 Pie, the Mi 10 Pro already runs on the tenth version of the OS. Additionally, the system is packaged in a proprietary shell. The Huawei smartphone has EMUI 9.1, while the Xiaomi smartphone has MIUI 11.
The smartphones received the main AI quad camera. The P30 Pro is represented by three Leica lenses and a Huawei ToF (time-of-flight) camera. The latter is needed to measure depth of field and blur the background. The main sensor has a resolution of 40 megapixels, f / 1.6 aperture and optical stabilization. The sensors also include an ultra-wide angle with a resolution of 20 megapixels, an f / 2.2 aperture and a viewing angle of 120 degrees. There is also a periscope telephoto lens with a resolution of 8 megapixels, an f / 3.4 aperture, optical stabilization, 5x optical zoom and 10x hybrid zoom.
All the P30 Pro’s quad-camera lenses, except for the ToF sensor, are equipped with phase detection autofocus. In addition, the quad camera of the Huawei smartphone supports contrast and laser focus and intelligent image stabilization technology of its own design. The main camera of the P30 Pro delivers high-quality images both during daytime and night shooting . Color rendering and white balance are correct. Autofocus works instantly and accurately, making shooting in difficult conditions much easier. AI algorithms process frames efficiently. In general, the operation of the P30 Pro quad camera is truly amazing.
However, the Mi 10 Pro quadro camera produces even more impressive results. After testing both flagships, the DxOMark photo lab praised their cameras, the experts gave the first prize to the Xiaomi smartphone, so it’s becoming the best mobile camera of all that have been tested.
The main camera of the Mi 10 Pro is equipped with a 50x digital zoom. The main sensor has a resolution of 108 megapixels and an aperture of f / 1.69. It is equipped with optical and electronic stabilization, as well as phase and laser autofocus. It takes the main sensor just amazing. The resulting frames have a phenomenal quality and highest clarity. The photo detail quality allows you to consider even the smallest and most distant details that fell into the frame.
In addition to the main lens, the Mi 10 Pro quad-camera sensor set includes an ultra-wide angle with a resolution of 20 megapixels and an f / 2.2 aperture; telephoto module with a resolution of 8 megapixels and f / 2.0 aperture, equipped with phase and laser autofocus, optical stabilization and 10x hybrid optical zoom; as well as a portrait sensor with a resolution of 12 megapixels and f / 2.0 aperture, equipped with 2x optical zoom and phase detection autofocus with Dual Pixel technology.
As for video recording, the maximum shooting quality of the P30 Pro is possible in 4K resolution at 30 frames per second, and for the Mi 10 Pro it is done in 8K resolution at 30 frames per second. Both the main and front cameras of both smartphones are equipped with HDR support.
The P30 Pro’s front camera has a resolution of 32 megapixels whem the resolution of the Mi 10 Pro selfie camera is 20 megapixels. The aperture of both sensors is f / 2.0. The front cameras of both models have more than high quality.
The P30 Pro is equipped with a powerful 7-nanometer 8-core HiSilicon Kirin 980 processor with a dual neuromodule. There is an economical and high-performance chipset produced by Huawei. The interface works without lags, there is no slowdown. The graphics processor Mali-G76 MP10 acts as a video accelerator.
The Mi 10 Pro received the top-end flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset, which is made using the improved process technology of 7 nanometers plus. The processor is 8-core, energy-efficient and has high-performance. The chipset is complemented by an Adreno 650 graphics accelerator.
In terms of memory, the P30 Pro is available in 4 configurations – 6 and 128 gigabytes and 8 and 128, 256 or 512 gigabytes. The Mi 10 Pro has three possible memory configurations – 8 and 256 gigabytes and 12 and 256 or 512 gigabytes. The P30 Pro flash is UFS 2.1, while the Mi 10 Pro’s one is UFS 3.0. The Xiaomi smartphone’s RAM is also more advanced. It belongs to the new, most high-tech generation of LPDDR5 memory at the moment. The Mi 10 Pro does not have memory cards. As for the P30 Pro, it has the option of expanding the internal storage. The smartphone supports nanoSD memory cards up to 256 gigabytes. The drive can be installed in a hybrid slot instead of the second SIM card.
The smartphones support all the necessary modern communication standards, but the Mi 10 Pro has more extensive and improved communication capabilities. It has dual-mode 5G support. Both smartphones support dual-band Wi-Fi (the P30 Pro – the fifth version, the Mi 10 Pro – the latest sixth with a data transfer rate of up to 9.6 gigabits per second). The versions of Bluetooth are also different. The P30 Pro has version 5.0, the Mi 10 Pro has 5.1. Both flagships are equipped with an NFC module.
The P30 Pro received a battery capacity of 4200 mAh which supports fast charging power of 40 watts. The Xiaomi flagship is equipped with a 4500 mAh battery which supports fast charging with a power of 50 watts.
Both flagships are equipped with support for fast wireless charging (the P30 Pro has the power of 15 watts, the Mi 10 Pro has the power of 30 watts), as well as support for fast wireless reverse charging.
I’ve analyzed the reviews on the Internet and now I will tell you what users think about these smartphones. Let’s start with the negatives.
The Huawei P30 Pro
- Because of the curved edges of the display, false presses often occur.
- The smartphone without a cover slips in your hands like a bar of soap.
- There is no audio jack.
The Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
- There is no way to expand the memory.
- There is no water protection.
- There is no minijack.
The Huawei P30 Pro
- There is a great basic quad camera.
- There is a fantastic zoom.
- It’s possible to install a memory card.
- It supports multiple types of charging.
The Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
- The main camera has a chic 108-megapixel sensor.
- It has a capacious battery.
- The display is top quality.
- It recharges fast.
If the Mi 10 Pro belongs to the mid-high price segment, then the P30 Pro belongs to the high price segment. The difference in their value on average is about two hundred rubles. Among the advantages of the P30 Pro, there is a higher resolution selfie camera, the presence of water protection and the possibility of expanding the internal storage. The advantages of the Mi 10 Pro include much higher performance, a larger resolution and better display and quad camera in terms of quality; it supports the latest memory and communication standards, as well as it has more RAM, a more capacious battery and faster charging.