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.