Honor introduced its new flagship family, the Honor 30 series, back in April, including the Honor 30, 30 Pro, and 30 Pro+. These are the Honor-branded equivalents of Huawei’s P40 series, but they’re not the same phones, and there are a few things that differentiate them.
Honor sent me the Honor 30 Pro+, the highest-end model of the bunch. It has a Kirin 990 chipset, 8GB of RAM (though there’s also a 12GB variant), and 256GB of internal storage, plus a 4,000mAh battery to power all of that. The display is a 6.57-inch OLED panel, and it has a 90Hz refresh rate like many other phones right now.
One of the bigger focus points for this phone is the camera. It has a 50MP primary camera, and that’s using Huawei’s RYYB sensor, which promises to capture 48.8% more light compared to a traditional RGB sensor. This is similar to what you can find on the Huawei P40 Pro. Additionally, there’s a 16MP ultra-wide camera and an 8MP periscope telephoto camera with 5x optical zoom and 10x hybrid zoom.
Of course, the biggest thing to know about this phone is that Huawei – who owns Honor – is on the United States Entity List, meaning it can’t buy products from American companies, including Android licenses. That means the Honor 30 Pro+ runs a version of Android based on AOSP, and there’s no sort of Google services available, and there might be a challenge in living without them.
You can check out our first impressions in the video below.