The Honor View 30 and View 30 Pro were launched at the end of 2019 in China, but only in late February did they see a global launch. And when we say 'global' we mean 'in select countries', as the rollout seems quite limited at this time.
The two Honor View 30 phones have a lot going for them, including 5G support, high-end power, and triple-lens rear cameras. Being Honor phones they’re also likely to undercut most similar spec handsets from other brands, though exact prices and availability are still to be confirmed.
The base Honor View 30 isn't leaving China, however, and only the Pro version is coming to the rest of the world. In addition the Huawei ban means the phones will have no Google apps (including the Play Store), so it'll be intriguing to see how popular they become.
Below you’ll find everything there is to know about these two phones, including their specs in full. Plus, while we don’t know exactly what they’ll cost or where they’ll launch, we’ve taken some educated guesses.
Cut to the chase
- What it it? The successor to the Honor View 20
- When is it out? Now, but only in select countries
- What will it cost? Probably less than most flagships
Honor View 30 release date and price
The Honor View 30 and Honor View 30 Pro were announced in China in November 2019. There they’re called the Honor V30 and V30 Pro, but internationally they're named the View 30 and View 30 Pro, and only the latter is leaving China.
The Honor View 30 Pro has been confirmed for Russia but no other countries, and it seems Honor plans to slowly bring it to new markets over time.
The phones don’t have access to Google Play Services (more on which below), making them less appealing to international audiences, and in turn meaning they might not be widely released. As such, at the time of writing we’re not sure if or when they’ll land in the likes of the UK and Australia.
We don't know prices for the Honor View 30 Pro, but if you want it in most regions you'll have to import it (as we said, Honor's not bringing it everywhere) so costs could vary.
The Honor View 20 was sold for £499 in the UK at launch, and we could see a similar price (but converted) when it hits Europe.
Honor View 30 design and display
The Honor View 30 and Honor View 30 Pro both sport an all-screen design, with a dual-lens punch-hole camera in the top left corner. They also both have a rectangular camera block on the back in the top left corner.
There’s a slim strip of bezel below the screen, and as with just about all mid-range and above smartphones they have a metal frame and a glass back.
So visually there’s little difference between them and that doesn’t change when you come to the screen, as both the Honor View 30 and Honor View 30 Pro have a 6.57-inch 1080 x 2400 IPS LCD display, with a pixel density of 400 pixels per inch.
Honor View 30 camera
There are slightly more differences between the standard and Pro models when it comes to cameras. The Honor View 30 has a 40MP f/1.8 main sensor, an 8MP f/2.4 telephoto one with 3x optical zoom, and an 8MP f/2.4 ultra-wide one.
The Honor View 30 Pro on the other hand has a 40MP f/1.6 main sensor, an 8MP f/2.4 telephoto one with 3x optical zoom, and a 12MP f/2.2 ultra-wide one.
The Honor View 30 Pro also has optical image stabilization for its main camera, which the standard Honor View 30 doesn’t. However, their front cameras are the same, with both sporting a 32MP f/2.0 sensor paired with an 8MP f/2.2 one.
Honor View 30 battery and specs
The Honor View 30 actually has the larger battery at 4,200mAh, compared to 4,100mAh in the Honor View 30 Pro, not that this should make much difference.
They also both support 40W fast charging, but the Honor View 30 Pro additionally supports 27W fast wireless charging.
Both phones use the Kirin 990 chipset, which is the same high-end chipset as you’ll find in the likes of the Huawei Mate 30 Pro. RAM comes in at 6GB in the View 30 and 8GB in the Honor View 30 Pro, and while the former has 128GB of storage, the latter has a choice of 128GB or 256GB.
Both phones support 5G, have a side-mounted fingerprint scanner, and both run Android 10, but this isn’t full-fat Android 10, as they don’t have access to the Google Play Store, limiting what apps you can get. There’s also no access to other Google services.
- Read our full Honor 20 Pro review
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James is a freelance phones, tablets and wearables writer and sub-editor at TechRadar. He has a love for everything ‘smart’, from watches to lights, and can often be found arguing with AI assistants or drowning in the latest apps. James also contributes to 3G.co.uk, 4G.co.uk and 5G.co.uk and has written for T3, Digital Camera World, Clarity Media and others, with work on the web, in print and on TV.