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Honor 30s

Honor 30s
$338.00
SKU: cell-458
Brand: Honor
Category: Mobiles

  • CPU
    HiSilicon Kirin 820 5G (7 nm)

  • RAM
    8 GB

  • Storage
    128 GB

  • Display
    LTPS LCD, 16M colors

  • Camera
    Quad setup

  • OS
    Android 10 AOSP + HMS (Magic UI 3.1)

Our Rating

The overall rating is based on review by our experts

8.5 4.3 1
  • Design 8 / 10
  • Display 8 / 10
  • Camera 9 / 10
  • Multimedia 8 / 10
  • Features 9 / 10
  • Connectivity 8 / 10
  • Call Quality 9 / 10
  • Usability 8 / 10
  • Performance 9 / 10
  • Battery 9 / 10

The Honor 30S is finally released featuring interesting specifications that makes the device super interesting for it’s price point. Though it comes with some pitfalls, the device is really worth considering y anyone who doesn’t mind a life without their Google mobile services which has now been swapped out for the Huawei Mobile Service and that might not be a good news to everyone especially those outside of China.

It obviously doesn’t concern those in the US as the device will not be sold in the US because Honor is also owned by Huawei and if you remember the ban and entity list which the company was placed on last year by the US President, Donald Trump’s order, that had tanked Huawei’s devices in the US despite their great hardware specifications.

That said, the Honor 30s followed the footsteps of the previous Honor 20s in many design specifications such as the butterfly 3D back glass just the camera compartment is very different this time around as it followed right after the footsteps of the Huawei P40 series which isn’t a bad idea since all smartphones have started using the rectangular design since late 2019 and well, this is 2020.

Being a good mid-range smartphone something which the Honor devices prides itself in, the device has interesting specifications. Let’s examine the camera system which comes with a 64MP with f/1.8 aperture and then paired up with an 8MP f/2.4 telephoto shooter with 3x optical zoom, 5x hybrid zoom, and 20x digital zoom. There’s another 8MP f/2.4 ultra-wide-angle lens and finally, a 2MP f/2.4 macro shooter which can take close up shots up to 4cm. Unfortunately, the phone doesn’t get OIS which is a pattern Honor devices have and that needs to change as technology develops better.

One thing I don’t entirely find interesting about the device is the LTPS LCD display which measures 6.5-inch in dimension but offers a great 2400 x 1080 pixels of resolution which isn’t bad as the display is always Full HD+ but that might not entirely compare with OLED displays found on other mid rangers from other companies like Xiaomi Mi Note 10 as an example which features everything a flagship premium device will feature.

The operating system which is where the device has a hiccup, it runs on the AOSP 10 (Android Open Source Project) with the Magic UI 3.1 built right on top of it. While that might not sound interesting, Huawei had tried to incorporate the AOSP into its system by making the Huawei Mobile Service or HMS which is meant to replace the Google Moble Service or GMS making the device fall more under the control of Huawei in terms of the software maintenance and so forth.

Overall, the device is really great and has interesting hardware features like the 8GB of RAM and 128GB or the 256 variant of internal storage and comes in various color options such as Black, Blue, Green, Gradient . As for the pricing, the base price starts at US$338 and gets up as much as US$380. The device will hit the store in China by April 7th along with other Huawei P40 series launched the same month.

Honor 30s - Specs

General

  • Device Type
    Smart Phone
  • Model
    CDY-AN90
  • Announced
    30 March, 2020
  • Released
    07 April, 2020
  • Status
    Coming Soon
  • Price
    8GB RAM + 128GB ROM – $338 ( NG₦ 124,046 / SAR 6,070 ) / 8GB RAM + 256GB ROM – $380 ( NG₦ 139,460 / SAR 6824 )

Design

  • Type Design Type called form factor refers to a mobile phone's size, shape, and style as well as the layout and position of major components of phone. There are three major form factors seen in mobile phones => bar phones, folding phones and sliding phones.
    Bar
  • Dimensions
    162.3 x 75 x 8.6 mm (6.39 x 2.95 x 0.34 in)
  • Weight
    190 g (6.70 oz)
  • Protection
    Glass front (Aluminosilicate glass), glass back, aluminum frame
  • Colors
    Black, Blue, Green, Gradient

Network

  • 2G Network
    GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
  • 3G Network
    HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100
  • 4G Network
    LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 20(800), 28(700), 38(2600), 40(2300), 41(2500) - EMEA
  • 5G Network
    Supported
  • SIM SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) is a small card that contains mobile network subscriber's account information. This allows the phone using the card to attach to a mobile network. The SIM card is most commonly associated with GSM and UMTS mobile networks. Moving a SIM card from one phone to another allows a subscriber to switch mobile phones without having to contact their mobile network carrier. SIM cards can also be used by a phone to store limited amounts of data, such as phone numbers and text messages.
    Nano SIM
  • Dual SIM
    Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)

Display

  • Display Type Display Technology => A number of display technologies and types used in mobile phones => TFT (Thin Film Transistor), IPS (In-Place Switching), OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode), AMOLED (Active-Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode), Super AMOLED (an even advanced version of AMOLED), Resistive Touchscreen (Resistive touchscreens contain two layer of conductive material with a very small gap between them which acts as a resistance), Capacitive Touchsceen (Capacitive touchscreen technology consists of a layer of glass coated with a transparent conductor)
    LTPS IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
  • Size
    6.5 inches, 102.0 cm2 (~83.8% screen-to-body ratio)
  • Resolution
    1080 x 2400 pixels, 20:9 ratio
  • Display Colors Display Colors is refers to the number of different shades of colors that the screen is capable of displaying => 64K colors, 256K colors and 16 million colors, Obviously 16M is highest available range of colors and better than others.
    16M colors
  • Pixel Density Pixel Density (PPI) is refers to the concentration of pixels on a particular display, measured in pixels per inch (ppi). Pixel density is calculated by dividing the diagonal pixel resolution of a display by its diagonal size, higher pixel density better display quality.
    405 ppi density
  • Touch Screen
    Yes, Multitouch
  • Display Protection Display Protection => Gorilla Glass is a special alkali-aluminosilicate glass shield with exceptional damage resistance that helps protect mobile displays from scratches, drops, and bumps of everyday use, It is always better to go for a smartphone with Gorilla Glass for that added protection and peace of mind.
    Aluminosilicate glass
  • Features
    HDR10

Media

  • Audio Playback
    Yes, MP3, MIDI, WAV, AMR
  • Video Playback
    Yes
  • Video Out
    Yes
  • FM Radio
    No
  • Alert Types
    Vibration, ringtones
  • Ring Tones
    64, MP3, WAV
  • Loudspeaker
    Yes
  • Handsfree
    Yes, 3.5mm headphone jack

Camera

  • Number of Cameras
    Quad Camera Setup
  • Primary Camera is able to capture photographs and usually videos, The most important characteristics of a camera are the resolution (measured in megapixels), lens focus type (fixed or automatic), higher megapixel cameras are known to capture higher quality photos, but not always a good measurement of the photos quality.
    64 mega pixels (Quad)
  • Image
    Unknown
  • Video
    2160p@30fps, 1080p@30fps, 720p@960fps, gyro-EIS
  • Camera Features
    64 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/1.72", 0.8µm, PDAF
    8 MP, f/2.4, 80mm (telephoto), AF, 3x optical zoom
    8 MP, f/2.4, 17mm (ultrawide)
    2 MP, f/2.4, (depth)
    LED flash, HDR, panorama
  • Flash Flash Light => There is commonly two types of flash lights are used in camera mobile phones, LED Flash (LED flash offers lower power consumption with drive circuitry that takes up very little room, LEDs can be strobed faster than any other light source), Xenon Flash (xenon flash produces an extremely intense full-spectrum white light for a very short duration)
    LED flash
  • Secondary
    16 MP, f/2.0, (wide) / HDR / 1080p@30fps

Software

  • Operating System OS => Every computer system run on a base software called Operating System (OS). Operating System controls all basic operations of the computer (such as smartphone, PDAs, tablet computers and other handheld devices). The Operating System allows the user to install and run third party applications (apps), apps are used to add new functionality to the device.
    Android 10 AOSP + HMS
  • User Interface UI or user interface of a device is the look and feel of the on-screen menu system. How it works, its color scheme, how it responds to button presses, all of these things are part of the user interface.
    Magic UI 3.1
  • Google Play Service Google Play Services are licensed to smart devices to gain access to all the list of Google proprietary services such as GMail, Google Calendar, Google Assistant, YouTube and Google Play Store for Android-based devices
  • AI Assistant The Artificial Intelligence system supported by this device. AI as they're normally called can be useful integral of any modern device as they can help do common tasks such as reminders, emailing, messaging and so on and so forth
    Alexa should work and other Third-Party AI Software
  • Facebook Facebook is a popular free social networking website that allows registered users to create profiles, upload photos and video, send messages and keep in touch with friends, family and colleagues. The site is available in 37 different languages.
  • Youtube Youtube is a popular free video-sharing website, Youtube is the largest video sharing site in the world, Millions of users around the world have created accounts on the site that allow them to upload videos that anyone can watch.

Hardware

  • Chipset Chipset is a group of integrated circuits designed to perform one or a more dedicated functions, often with real time computing constraints, Popular smartphones are equipped with more advanced embedded chipsets that can do many different tasks depending on their programming.
    HiSilicon Kirin 820 5G (7 nm)
  • CPU CPU (Central Processing Unit) mostly known as processors, CPU processes instructions in order to carry out certain functions that make your device operate properly. Processors are often described as the brain of computers, smartphones and tablets, Smartphones and tablets rely on processors to carry out their every task, Processors are an incredibly important factor in selecting any type of computing device, including your smartphone.
    Octa-core (1x2.36 GHz Cortex-A76 & 3x2.22 GHz Cortex-A76 & 4x1.84 GHz Cortex-A55)
  • GPU GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) is a single-chip processor designed to rapidly manipulate and alter memory to accelerate the creation of images in a frame buffer intended for output to a display, This includes things such as lighting effects, object transformations, and 3D motion.
    Mali-G57 6
  • RAM (Memory) RAM (Random Access Memory) is a type of computer memory that can be accessed randomly, any byte of memory can be accessed without touching the preceding bytes that allows information to be stored and accessed quickly from random locations. RAM is the most common type of memory found in computer systems, smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices.
    8 GB
  • Internal Storage Internal Storage is a data storage space (flash memory) mostly used in smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices where operating system, apps, music, photos, videos, files and other user data Is stored.
    128GB / 256GB
  • Card Slot Memory Card Slot is a special slot for inserting a memory card. Memory cards allow you to expand the phone's built-in memory, A memory card (sometimes called a flash memory card or a storage card) is a small storage medium used to store data such as text, pictures, audio, and video, for use on small, portable or remote computing devices such as mobile phones, mp3 players, digital cameras.
    Yes, NM (Nano Memory), up to 256GB (uses shared SIM slot)
  • Sensors Sensors are electronic components that detects and responds to some type of input from the physical environment. The specific input could be light, heat, motion, moisture, pressure and location, The output is generally a signal that is converted to use in computing systems, a location sensor, such as a GPS receiver is able to detect current location of your electronic device.
    Fingerprint (side-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass

Connectivity

  • Bluetooth Bluetooth is a wireless communications technology for exchanging data between mobile phones, headsets, computers and other network devices over short distances without wires, Bluetooth technology was primarily designed to support simple wireless networking of personal consumer devices.
    5.1, A2DP, LE
  • Infrared Infrared connectivity is an old wireless technology used to connect two electronic devices. It uses a beam of infrared light to transmit information and so requires direct line of sight and operates only at close range.
  • Wi-fi Wi-Fi is a popular wireless networking technology using radio waves to provide high-speed network connections that allows devices to communicate without cords or cables, Wi-Fi is increasingly becoming the preferred mode of internet connectivity all over the world.
    Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
  • Wi-fi Hotspot
  • USB
    2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go
  • GPS GPS The Global Positioning System is a satellite-based radio navigation system, GPS permits users to determine their position, velocity and the time 24 hours a day, in all weather, anywhere in the world, In order to locate your position, your device or GPS receiver must have a clear view of the sky.
    Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
  • NFC NFC (Near field communication) is a set of standards for smartphones and similar devices to establish peer-to-peer radio communications with each other by touching them together or bringing them into proximity, usually no more than a few inches.
  • HDMI HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) is a compact audio/video interface for transferring uncompressed video data and compressed or uncompressed digital audio data from a HDMI-compliant source device to a compatible computer monitor, video projector, digital television, or digital audio device.
  • Wireless Charging Wireless Charging (Inductive Charging) uses an electromagnetic field to transfer energy between two objects. This is usually done with a charging station. Energy is sent through an inductive coupling to an electrical device, which can then use that energy to charge batteries or run the device.
    Unsupported

Data

  • GPRS GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) is a packet oriented mobile data service on the 2G and 3G cellular communication system's global system for mobile communications (GSM), Generally, GPRS is used for the purpose of wireless data transfer, such as sharing pictures and videos or browsing the Internet via a mobile phone connection.
  • EDGE EDGE (Enhanced Data GSM Environment) is a wireless network technology generally considered the next step in the 2G network offers data transfer rates up to four times faster than ordinary GSM networks, Generally, EDGE is used for the purpose of wireless data transfer, such as sharing pictures and videos or browsing the Internet via a mobile phone connection.
  • Speed
    HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (3CA) Cat12 600/150 Mbps
  • Web Browser Web Browser => a web browser is a software application used to locate, retrieve and display content on the World Wide Web, including Web pages, images, video and other files, The primary function of a web browser is to render HTML, the code used to design or markup webpages.
    Yes, HTML5

Messaging

  • SMS SMS (Short Messaging Service) is a text messaging service component of phone, Web, or mobile communication systems. It uses standardized communications protocols to allow mobile phone devices to exchange short text messages over the networks.
    Yes (threaded view)
  • MMS MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service) is a standard way to send messages that include multimedia content (audio clips, video clips and images) to and from mobile phones over wireless networks using the WAP protocol.
  • Email Email (Electronic Mail) is a system for receiving, sending, and storing electronic messages, Similar to a letter, email is text messages that may contain files, images, or other attachments sent via the internet to a recipient by using applications and software prograps. An email address is required to receive email, and that address is unique to the user.
    Yes
  • IM IM (Instant Messaging) is an exchange of text messages through a software application, it enable you to create a kind of private chat room with another individual in order to communicate in real time over the Internet.
    Yes

Battery

  • Battery Type Battery Type => Cell phones run on various kinds of batteries depending on the manufacturer, phone size or shape and features. There are basically four types of cell phone batteries => Lithium Polymer, Lithium Ion, Nickel Metal Hydride and Nickel Cadmium.
    Li-Poly (Lithium Polymer)
  • Capacity Battery Capacity is a measure (typically in Amp-hr) of the charge stored by the battery, and is determined by the mass of active material contained in the battery. The battery capacity represents the maximum amount of energy that can be extracted from the battery under certain conditions.
    4000 mAh
  • Placement
    Non-removable
  • Fast Charging New technology that enables modern smartphones to charge up within short amount of time usually done by the combination of powerful battery components and power adapters.
    40 Watts wired Charging
  • Wireless Charging Wireless Charging (Inductive Charging) uses an electromagnetic field to transfer energy between two objects. This is usually done with a charging station. Energy is sent through an inductive coupling to an electrical device, which can then use that energy to charge batteries or run the device.
    Unsupported
  • Reverse Charging This is the ability of a wireless-chargeable smartphone to be used as a power-bank for other smartphones that also supports wireless charging by merely placing their backs towards one another
    Unsupported
  • Standby Standby Time is the total amount of time that you can leave your is fully charged, turned on and ready to send and receive calls or data transmissions before completely discharging the battery.
    Unknown

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