Our Opinion

The Huawei P30 Pro is a much better phone, but the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro (8GB RAM, 128GB) is significantly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Probably the Huawei P30 Pro, if your budget allows for it.

Huawei P30 Pro  Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro (8GB RAM, 128GB) 
Huawei P30 Pro Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro
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Excellence Score
84.3
55.7
Value for Money Score
62.8
83.6
Price ₹ 55,990 onwards ₹ 17,990 onwards
Launch Date (India) Apr, 2019 Oct, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android version Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.47 inches 6.53 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2340 pixels (~ 398 pixels per inch) 1080x2340 pixels (~ 395 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display Type AMOLED IPS LCD
Display Features AMOLED, FullView Notch Display, DCI-P3 2.5D Curved Glass
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.6 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name HiSilicon Kirin 980Ranked #11 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks MediaTek Helio G90TRanked #18 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G76 MP10 Mali-G76 MP10
RAM 8 GB 8 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 40MP + 20MP + 8MP + TOF Camera 64MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 40MP: F/1.6Aperture; 27mm Focal Length (wide); 1/1.7" Sensor Size; PDAF; OIS, 20MP: F/2.2 Aperture; 16mm Focal Length (ultrawide); 1/2.7" Sensor Size; PDAF, Periscope 8MP: F/3.4 Aperture; 125mm Focal Length (telephoto); 1/4" Sensor Size; 5x Optical Zoom; OIS; PDAF, Leica Optics, 50x Super Zoom, Panorama, HDR, Video EIS, Slo-mo Video (720p@960fps) 64MP: 1/1.72" Sensor Size; Samsung GW1 sensor; 0.8um Pixel Size; F/1.8 Aperture; EIS, 8MP: 120° Ultra-wide Angle lens; 1.12um Pixel Size, 2MP: Depth Sensor, 2MP: 2cm Macro; 1.75um Pixel Size; F/2.4 Aperture, Night mode, AI Scene detection, Smart Ultra-wide Angle mode, AI Beautify, Burst mode, Tilt-shift, Level display, Custom watermark, Pro mode, AI Portrait mode, 3D Lighting, Panorama mode
Secondary Camera 32MP 20MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, HDR 0.9um Pixel Size, F/2.0 Aperture, Panorama selfie, Palm shutter, AI Silhouette detection, Wide-angle distortion correction, HDR, Selfie timer, Face recognition, Full screen camera frame, AI Beautify, AI Portrait mode, AI Scene detection, AI Studio lighting
Internal Memory 256 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 256 GB Yes, up to 512 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM
Thickness 8.41 mmMedium 8.81 mmMedium
Weight 192 gmHeavy 200 gmHeavy
Width 73.4 mmOk for one-handed use 76.4 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output USB-C 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, IP68 Rated (up to 2m for 30 mins) Yes, Splash Resistant (P2i Coating)
Battery Capacity 4200 mAh 4500 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Support Yes, 40W SuperCharge (70% in 30 min) Yes, 18W Quick Charge 4+
Included Fast Charger Yes, 40.0W Fast Charger Yes, 18.0W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Nano Memory Expendable Slot; In-Screen Fingerprint Sensor; Wireless Quick Charge; Reverse wireless charging; NFC; Noise Filtration; Dolby Atmos UFS 2.1 Flash storage; Alexa; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Beautiful, aesthetic, dual-glass-with-metal-frame design
  • Stunning gradient color options, something that's now becoming a bit of an industry standard, but was first introduced by Huawei itself
  • Nice ergonomics, even for such a large screen device - because of all the curves it feels smaller and thinner than it actually is (the front and rear glass pieces are both curved towards their longer sides)
  • The under-display fingerprint scanner is arguably the fastest sensor of this type yet (matching speeds of physical sensors), and works pretty much flawlessly
  • There's also quick face unlock available, if you prefer to use that
  • IP68-rated for dust and water resistance
  • Excellent, sharp, large 6.47-inch HDR AMOLED screen with a tiny cut-out notch, and skinny bezels
  • The display is also quite bright, and sunlight legibility is excellent
  • The display of the P30 Pro has two Color modes - Normal and Vivid - each of those also has three sub-modes - Default, Warm, and Cold - allowing for a lot of customization, according to your taste
  • EMUI is a pretty polished and refined Android UI now, after years of Huawei's software team working on it
  • One of the new things with this EMUI version is the ERO file system that offers 3x increase in Random reads, 10% improvement in app startup, and also frees up the storage taken by system files by 20% - all of it means even snappier general performance
  • Other useful add-ons include GPU Turbo 2.0 mode (supported games run at higher frame rates, and consume less battery than usual), Password vault, Huawei Share (share files with a PC and print documents wirelessly), Digital balance app (tells you how much time you are spending on your phone and gives you the option to limit yourself or your kid), iPhone-like gesture navigation, smart rotation, lift to wake, extensive theme support, mobile optimiser app, Health app (Google Fit syncing and step counting), and an improved AI-powered gallery
  • Flagship-grade performance backed by the top-end Kirin 980 chip by HiSilicon - that runs butter smooth under all work-loads
  • The Huawei P30 Pro also has an improved cooling system with a combination of graphene film and a heat pipe with vapor chamber - which means that even with prolonged gaming, the phone will warm up significantly lesser
  • To put it very simply, the camera setup on the P30 Pro is extraordinary, and doesn't just make the P30 Pro the new camera phone king leaving the iPhone XS, Pixel 3, Mate 20 Pro, and Galaxy S10 behind, but actually challenges a lot of dedicated digital cameras
  • For the quad rear camera setup at the back, starting top to bottom - the first snapper is the 20MP one with the ultra-wide lens - then comes the 40MP sensor with OIS - and finally you can see the end of the periscope zoom lens for the 8MP sensor, also with OIS - and, next to the triple main setup sit the dual-tone LED flash and the ToF camera which replaces the laser autofocus on the P30 Pro and also improves the edge detection accuracy in portrait shots
  • Main camera: Photos from the main camera are among the best photos a smartphone camera can produce today - there is very high-level detail even in complex areas, exceptional dynamic range, accurate colors, superb contrast, and, overall very mature processing
  • Ultra-wide camera: Photos from this camera too have enough resolved detail, color rendition is excellent and true to life, while the noise levels are still low - the dynamic range is often superb, probably due to the multi-frame stacking magic - the ultra-wide-angle cam can also do macro shots just like the other cameras
  • Tele-photo camera: Without a doubt, the hero of the piece, and what makes the P30 Pro extra special, is the 8MP telephoto lens with spectacular '5x' zoom - the zoomed pictures are very detailed and the extra reach is really quite impressive for a smartphone - the color, contrast, and dynamic range are also very good - that's not all, you can also go up to 10x hybrid zoom, and 50x digital zoom (effectively you can use the camera as a portable binocular)
  • TOF camera: When taking portraits, the P30 Pro uses the main 40MP camera and the ToF snapper - the results are quite impressive - the subject separation in the portrait shots are one of the best, if not the best that you will see on a smartphone - the resolved detail is excellent, and the blurred backgrounds look nice
  • All shots also get a boost from a well-optimized AI system which recognizes and tunes settings for up to 1, 500 different scenes
  • Low-light performance is another big highlight here and low-light images from all the rear cameras, with and without the night mode, leave you surprised - they are all perfectly usable and blur-free - the images have an even exposure, well preserved highlights, and over all great dynamic range - noise is never an issue even in the shadows and night-time colors are retained very well too - overall, even in low light performance, the P30 Pro leaves every other smartphone camera behind
  • The front selfie camera is very good too - the dynamic range is excellent for a selfie shooter enhanced by that AI HDR+, and you will never have to think about the light source position - the colors are good as well and there is plenty of detail
  • Video recording via the rear camera setup is excellent too, giving you the freedom to zoom in or out in any video resolution, with some excellent stabilization at that - something that a full-blown camera will have a hard time matching, let alone with the same level of convenience - plus the footage has stellar dynamic range, the colors are true to life and contrast is excellent - there is of course slow-mo, and super-slow-mo recording as well
  • Low-light video footage is also excellent, and once again, class-leading - the level of resolved detail is high, the noise is kept under control, the exposure is even and the colors are just brilliant
  • The camera app also has the handy HiVision smart assistant as part of the camera app - it's basically a smart lens, which automatically recognizes landmarks, art, and food - a la Google Lens
  • Fairly loud, bottom-firing speaker (it's a single speaker though, not stereo)
  • Excellent, rich call quality - the front panel of the P30 Pro also doubles as an earpiece - the whole thing is "acoustic" and vibrates to create sound - the tech is really impressive, and works flawlessly - in fact because of the bone conduction technology sound can be heard in much noisier environments when compared to a traditional earpiece - even if you are in a club, you will hear the other side quite clearly - there is no sound leakage either
  • Very good battery life from a large 4200 mAh battery, an efficient chipset, and some good software optimization - you will comfortably get 1 and a half days of use
  • There is also support for 40W Super Charging - the bundled cable and charger can fill a flat battery up to 70% in just 30 mins, 90% in 45 mins and 100% in 60 mins - super impressive given the battery size, and probably the fastest charging on a mainstream phone
  • There is also 15W wireless charging support, as well as the reverse wireless charging (you can use the phone to wirelessly charge other devices, quite like the Galaxy S10)
  • Huawei has really hit its stride with the P30 Pro and will once again have the rest of the phone makers playing catch up, especially in terms of the brilliant camera tech - for now, the P30 Pro is by far the best camera smartphone you can get for your money - and while photography is the Huawei P30 Pro's forte, it still excels at everything that you'd need from a modern smartphone - design, screen, performance and gaming, even battery life - you simply can't go wrong with the P30 Pro, if you have the money to spend
  • Very good build quality and premium glass sandwich design, similar to its predecessor, the Redmi Note 7 Pro
  • Uses Gorilla Glass 5, front and back
  • Good quality, bright 6.53 inch IPS panel, with very good sunlight legibility
  • Supports HDR - a rare find in this price range
  • MIUI is one of the more refined and smooth Android skins around, and has a number of add-on features and a lot of customizability
  • Excellent, best-in-class performance with the powerful Helio G90T on board - that performs around the same level as last year's flagship Snapdragon 845 - the Redmi Note 8 Pro sails through anything you throw at it - this is essentially a top-end gaming phone on the cheap - and it has a significant edge in benchmarks over it's main competitor, the Realme XT, that packs the Snapdragon 712
  • The Note 8 Pro once again delivers some superlative camera performance for the price bracket (as the Note Pro series has done for a few years now) - especially from the main 64MP camera
  • The quad camera setup on the rear includes a 64MP primary camera + 8MP ultra-wide + 2MP depth sensor + 2MP macro lens
  • The main 64MP sensor is versatile and delivers excellent images at day and night
  • It is also capable of some surprisingly good 2x (digital) zoom photos eliminating the need of a cheap telephoto lens
  • The 20MP selfie camera is also pretty good
  • Great video recording quality overall
  • Overall, this is now the best camera phone under INR 20k, with a slight edge over the other great camera phone of this price bracket, the Realme XT, with clearer low-light photos, and slightly sharper images
  • Excellent headphone audio
  • Outstanding, class-leading battery life, with a 4500mAH cell and a super-efficient chipset - you will comfortably get 2 days of use and more
  • Supports USB PD 18W fast charging, that can charge the phone from 0 to 40% in about 30 minutes - and for a change (for the Redmi Note Pro series), now also includes a compatible fast charger in box
  • As usual, the new leader of Xiaomi's Redmi Note series is a fantastic bang-for-the-buck phone and will compete strongly with the Realme XT - choosing between the 2 will be down to your preference - the Note 8 Pro will deliver slightly faster performance, longer battery life, and slightly better camera - on the other hand, the Realme XT will deliver a better (OLED) display, under-display fingerprint reader, and faster 20W VOOC charging - you won't go wrong with either really
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • Of course, like all glass backs, the back does get smudged up by fingerprints quite easily
  • That said, EMUI is not quite as simple and uncluttered as stock Android UI, or one of the lighter Android skins like Oxygen OS
  • The camera bump on the rear is on the big side
  • Hefty for the screen size, at 200g
  • It's slippery like glass backs tend to be, so using a case is recommended
  • It's not as clean and minimalistic as stock Android though - in the default setup you will get both plenty of bloatware, and ads in the UI
  • The macro and ultra-wide cameras are uninspiring - for high quality photos you will want to stick to the main camera
  • Video recording in 1080p could have been a bit better
  • Weak-ish mono speaker - while okay, it isn’t very loud or crisp
Expert Reviews
  1. Huawei is turning into the cameraphone benchmark for the whole industry...And the Huawei P30 Pro is the next big thing everyone will be looking to beat
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Brings a revolution in terms of being able to zoom 5x times or even 10x times, as well as in capturing photos in pitch black environments
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The absolute best camera on any phone
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Owns the title of the most capable mobile camera on the planet
    theverge.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Gets pretty darn close to being the perfect smartphone, and it’s the best camera phone we’ve used to date
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Huawei has delivered a set of cameras that far surpass Apple, Samsung, and Google's current flagships in terms of features and capabilities...you'll be very happy choosing this phone over them if photography is your preferred creative outlet
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. All things considered, the P30 Pro once again offers the most of anyone in the market...the areas in which it loses to rivals are minor - but the areas in which the P30 Pro wins, it wins in a landslide
    forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. Irresistible for photographers and camera enthusiasts
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. If you are looking for the best camera smartphone in the market today, the Huawei P30 Pro is the one to go for
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  10. Most definitely the best cameraphone....Given that the rest of the phone is great as well, if you care about smartphone photography you should definitely consider it as your next phone
    mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. A phone with superpowers...its advantages over competitors are almost unfair
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. The best flagship money can buy right now
    ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  13. Perhaps the most well-rounded flagship to date...Huawei’s elegant P30 Pro represents the very pinnacle of technological innovation
    expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  14. Superb quad camera system puts Huawei's flagship ahead of the pack
    zdnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. Easily the best camera phone one can buy
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. The camera phone to beat this year...that is also a great smartphone
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  17. Huawei is flexing its muscles once again ...the P30 Pro is even more versatile than its predecessor and retains the crown as the best camera smartphone
    notebookcheck.net in-depth Read Review »
  18. digitaltrends.com in-depth Read Review »
  19. news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  20. stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  21. slashgear.com in-depth Read Review »
  22. beebom.com hands-on Read Review »
  23. digit.in hands-on Read Review »
  24. tomsguide.com hands-on Read Review »
  25. t3.com hands-on Read Review »
  26. techadvisor.co.uk hands-on Read Review »
  1. For yet another year in a row, the Redmi Note Pro lineup brings a phone which is super easy to recommend...It's true "bang for the buck"
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. As a whole package, the Redmi Note 8 Pro is a suitable successor to the very successful Redmi Note 7 Pro....Xiaomi has sweetened the deal by pricing it aggressively and undercutting the Realme XT
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Value for money
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Redmi Note 8 Pro raises the bar once again, for phones in this price bracket
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. There's nothing super revolutionary here, but for the price you pay, the package is pretty solid across the board
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Excellent camera and daily performance...For anyone looking to get a phone in this price bracket, Redmi Note 8 Pro should certainly be in your list of options to consider
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. It is impossible to find a reason to not recommend the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro to anyone buying a new phone in the Rs 15,000 price range
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. You get great value, but the downside is the software
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. In this price range, there are few that can match what Redmi is offering
    thequint.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. Maintains the title of the budget smartphone king
    stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  11. As a package, the Redmi Note 8 Pro is an excellent smartphone
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. The Redmi Note 8 Pro is an excellent choice in its segment for shutter bugs, multimedia enthusiasts and casual gamers
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. A good all-round phone with something for everyone
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. A great deal
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  15. Just as you'd expect, the Redmi Note 8 Pro is an all-round performer
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. Redmi Note 8 Pro continues the Note tradition of being the best in its price segment
    techpp.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. notebookcheck.net in-depth Read Review »
  19. techradar.com hands-on Read Review »
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