Just this past week, the Huawei P40 series was launched worldwide digitally and while we are expecting the device to hit the shelf early next month, Honor, Huawei’s sub brand has launched it’s mid-range smartphone, the Honor 30s in China which has been been expected for quite a while.
Honor as we know always release upper-mid-range smartphones and that’s exactly what the Honor 30s is all about. The device also come with the company’s new Kirin 820 chipset which had also been long awaited.
The device’s build quality is modeled right after it’s predecessor giving it the same rounded corners as well as the butterfly 3D glass back design which was seen on the Honor 20S last year.
One thing I don’t really find interesting about Honor devices is the usage of LCD panels even though they come in Full HD+ resolutions, their qualities still can’t match those device that sports the OLED display.
With that said, the device’s fingerprint sensor is placed on the side of the device. And still on the design specs, there is now a quad rear-camera setup which is quite different from what you’d expect but that seems to already be the newest trend which we’re all expected to buy into whether we like it or not.
The budged-up rectangular camera setup looked similar to those on the P40 series. And as for the front facing camera is just a single hole-punch camera just as seen on the Honor 20S as well.
The Honor 30S comes in four colors which includes Black, Blue, Green, and a new Feather Red gradient model.
Let’s talk about the Honor 30S specs
The Honor 30S features a 7nm Kirin 820 Chipset which even though it’s a mid-range smartphone, this new chipset offered the device an absolute power as well as AI capabilities making it an absolute device with great power and expectations in the year 2020.
The chip comes with 1 x Cortex-A76 core clocked at 2.36GHz, 3 x Cortex-A76 cores clocked at 2.22GHz, and 4 x Cortex-A55 cores clocked at 1.84GHz.
Although we’ve not yet tested the device by ourselves but reviews on paper has it that the device offers the best flagship-level AI performance in the market as of the year 2020. As for the Graphic Processing Unit (GPU), it’s powered by the Mali-G57 with 6 cores.
You think that’s all, the device comes with a big 8GB of RAM as well as a 256GB of internal storage which are the LPDDR4X and UFS 2.1 standard respectively.
And back to the display which I complained about earlier on, it comes with a 6.5-inch LTPS LCD Hole-punch display with a resolution of 2400 x 1080 pixel which offers an HD quality and certified HDR10.
The Kirin 820 supports 5G SA/NSA Dual-mode standards and Wi-Fi ac, BL 5.1 and even features the good old 3.5mm headphone jack even though there is no NFC or an IR Blaster port on the device which is quite not a big deal.
The Honor 30S also supports a special e-Reader mode (Black & White), eye-protection mode, Link Turbo, GPU Turbo and an anti-aging software feature that the company claims will keep the UI smooth and snappy for more than 30 months.
The power of the device is derived from it’s 4000 mAh Li-Po battery which offers a 40W wired fast charging as it runs on the Magic UI 3.1.1 on the Android 10. So in short, the device is pretty standard for a 2020 smartphone.
Lets talk about the Camera system of the Honor 30s
As part of the specifications, the camera system of the Honor 30s is really interesting and the arrangement is well thought out to mimic those on the P40 series which was released last week.
The setup includes a primary sensor with 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.
The device has support for 4K video qualities as well as the 960FPS super slow-motion video at 720p resolution which offers both AIS and EIS for stabilization. Nothing much can be expected from the front facing camera housed in the hole-punch on the display of the device as it’s just a 16MP for “Selfie” of course.
Honor 30S Pricing & Availability
This is an upper mid-range smartphone which places the pricing at a slightly even though nothing is too exorbitant here if you think about it.
8GB RAM + 128GB ROM – $338 ( NG₦ 124,046 / SAR 6,070 )
8GB RAM + 256GB ROM – $380 ( NG₦ 139,460 / SAR 6824 )
Pre-sales of the device starts tonight in China at 9PM while the device will hit online shelves by April 7th while offline sales will take off by April 10th in China. And do not forget that the Huawei P40 series, including the brand new Huawei P40 Pro Plus will launch in China on April 8.