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Comparing the Huawei P40 to the Huawei P30

Huawei has recently released their latest flagship handset the P40 series. It’s a handset that's packed with cool features and comes with Huawei’s ever expected Leica camera setup with lots of megapixels, but how does it compare to the P30?
Huawei P40 vs Huawei P30
When the P30 launched, it was the first device with a 40 megapixel camera. This was a huge leap in comparison to other mobile phones on the market at the time. It boasted increased battery life with up to 83 hours with the fastest charge on the market.

So, let's take a look at the differences between the Huawei P40 and the Huawei P30.

Comparing the P40 & P30 Rear Cameras

Huawei P40
Huawei P30
50 MP, f/1.9, 23mm (wide), 1/1.28", 2.44µm, omnidirectional PDAF, OIS 40 MP, f/1.8, 27mm (wide), 1/1.7", PDAF, Laser AF
8 MP, f/2.4, 80mm (telephoto), PDAF, OIS, 3x optical zoom 8 MP, f/2.4, 80mm (telephoto), 1/4.0", PDAF, Laser AF, OIS, 3x optical zoom
16 MP, f/2.2, 17mm (ultrawide), AF 16 MP, f/2.2, 17mm (ultrawide), PDAF, Laser AF
Leica optics, LED flash, panorama, HDR Leica optics, dual-LED dual-tone flash, panorama, HDR
2160p@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60fps, 720p@960fps; gyro-EIS 2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, 1080p@30fps (gyro-EIS), 720p@960fps

At first glance there is not a lot of difference between the camera setups. The P40 comes with an extra 10 megapixels but the rest stay the same. The only difference is the omnidirectional camera setup. This means the camera has a 360 degree ability.
The P30 cam with a dual-LED dual tone flash, the P40 has removed this and opted to use a simple LED flash instead. The winner here is the P30.
If the camera setup is a big part of your buying requirements there are better phones on the market for a cheaper price. There are other camera phones on the market with a cheaper cost that come with 108 megapixels. Xiaomi is leading the race for cheap 108 megapixel cameras.

Comparing the P40 & P30 Selfie Cameras

Huawei P40
Huawei P30
32 MP, f/2.0, 26mm (wide), 1/2.8", 0.8µm 32 MP, f/2.0, 26mm (wide), 1/2.8", 0.8µm
2160p@60fps 1080p@30fps

Not much change here, the only difference is the fps (frames per seconds). Overall this is not much of an upgrade in comparison with the P30.

Comparing the P40 & P30 Display

Huawei P40
Huawei P30
Type OLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors OLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 6.1 inches, 91.3 cm2 (~86.3% screen-to-body ratio) 6.1 inches, 91.3 cm2 (~85.8% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~422 ppi density) 1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~422 ppi density)

The display has no upgrade from the previous model which is disappointing when comparing the cost. 

Comparing the P40 & P30 Battery Life & Talk Time

Huawei P40
Huawei P30
Non-removable Li-Po 3800 mAh battery Non-removable Li-Po 3650 mAh battery
Fast charging 22.5W Fast charging 22.5W
89h endurance rating 83h endurance rating

The slightly larger battery gives the P40 the edge with an extra 6 hours talk time.

Comparing the P40 & P30 SIM free price

Huawei P40
Huawei P30

The Verdict

The P40 has a few extra's but from a purchasing perspective, the cost comparison does not make it a prudent choice to purchase the P40 over th P30.