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HUAWEI Pura 70 Pro Full Review: Return of the King of Smartphone Photography

The HUAWEI Pura 70 Series is set to hit the market with the title of “King of Smartphone Photography” alongside several improvements in the AppGallery as well. Ever since the news is out, people have been caught in the hype and discussions have been ongoing nonstop in the community even before the series is launched. 


We managed to get our hands on the HUAWEI Pura 70 Pro, which is positioned as a balanced model between the most affordable Pura 70 and the top camera powerhouse Pura 70 Ultra. If you are still deciding whether to go all out on the Ultra model or make the biggest bang for your buck with the HUAWEI Pura 70 Pro, we have a full review for you just right here.



Design


The HUAWEI Pura 70 Pro is sleek and light with a dimension of 162.6 x 75.1 x 8.4mm and weight of 220g, which is pretty impressive for a flagship model. The phone comes in 2 different colours, which is the classic black and white matchup. The back material feels very premium in hand, and the best part is it doesn't attract fingerprints easily and is very easy to clean. At any time, you are good to go just with a simple wipe using a cloth. The polished aluminium frame is slightly curved as well, and is painted in silver, further adding a touch of premium. 



For the camera design, the lenses are housed in an unique triangular island, which resembles the design of the Forward Symbol. The lenses are also arranged in a manner which portrays the letter “P” which harmonises with its name Pura. Even with such a big camera island at the corner, the phone still feels very balanced to hold and operate with single or both hands.



The screen design comes different for each model in the series and for the HUAWEI Pura 70 Pro, it is more well rounded and slightly curved, making the phone more comfortable and secure to hold in your hands. Certain users might find curved display annoying as content might distort around the edge but HUAWEI’s improved 2.5D curved screen is more subtle so it does look more appealing and closer to the flat display experience.


Camera


The HUAWEI Pura 70 Pro features a triple camera system, with the combination of a 50 MP Ultra Lighting Primary Lens, a 48MP Ultra Lighting Macro Telephoto Lens which supports up to 3.5x optical zoom and 100x digital zoom, and a 12.5MP Ultra-Wide Angle Camera.



It is also worth mentioning that the HUAWEI Pura 70 Ultra tops DXOMARK’s Smartphone Camera Rankings with an impressive overall score of 163, so being in the same series, the HUAWEI Pura 70 Pro definitely would bring you impressive shots as well.



With the combination of the powerful Ultra Lighting imaging system and the HUAWEI XD Motion Engine, the Pura 70 Pro is able to perform Ultra Speed Snapshot. This allows users to capture every split second moment perfectly with stunning clarity, Even fast moving objects like the train which goes past you in a glimpse of an eye, can be perfectly captured with the HUAWEI Pura 70 Pro.



You can see how accurately the dancers movement and facial expressions are captured despite the fast music rhythm.  Other fast moving objects like sport players, and your lovely pets running around would be no problem at all. 



The Ultra Lighting Macro Telephoto Camera boasts a F2.1 Aperture, which is the Largest Aperture in Periscope Telephoto Camera, supporting a 5cm minimum focusing distance. With the best-in-industry Super Macro mode, you can capture the most details out of the small objects in your daily surroundings. The outcome is very sharp and detailed, allowing you to dive deep into the tiny universe.



Under normal natural light scenarios, the camera also performs as expected, given its large sensor allows for very superb light intake. Colours are also very vibrant and details are nicely captured. What surprises me is the Pura 70 Pro is able to capture amazing shots in low light scenarios perfectly, and even at night, the shots just seemed to be so clear and vibrant without night mode, so you can just capture the night city landscape anytime on the go.




Zoom capability is pretty impressive too, with up to 3.5x optical zoom and zoom range of 200x, capturing the building from afar at different zoom levels perfectly shows the details of the subject.




Display


The Pura 70 Pro has a 6.8” LTPO OLED display with 2844x1260p resolution, 1.07 billion colours and 1-120Hz adaptive refresh rate. With HUAWEI X-True™ Display and 1440 hz high frequency PWM Dimming Mode, the phone is set to deliver a top tier viewing experience in terms of immersion and comfort.



On top of it is the Super Durable Kunlun Glass which is 20 times stronger, boosting drop resistance by 100%, giving maximum protection for even the clumsiest user, including myself as I often forget leaving my phone on my lap, and it just falls flat facing the floor when I stand up.



Performance


The Pura 70 Pro features Huawei's new Kirin 9010 chipset with the Maleoon 910 GPU, alongside 12GB RAM and 512GB ROM, so performance wise would not be an issue for your daily photography and entertainment needs.



Actual quick testing of a round of Honor of Kings at the highest available graphic settings shows that the game is able to run smoothly and consistently at 60fps without any noticeable lag, so definitely no problem for you to catch a few rounds of quick games in between your photography sessions.



And with the latest Kirin 9010, HUAWEI also included a very cool feature for our Touch 'n Go eWallet to ease users convenience, and I have to say it is really a very Quality-of-Life feature to have, seeing how often we use our ewallet on a daily basis. Simply double tap the back of the phone to trigger Smart Scan, and it will automatically open up the app and activate the scan function. On the other hand, when your phone detects a scanner, it will also automatically open up the app and show the barcode immediately, saving everyone’s precious time.





Battery


The Pura 70 Pro also boasts a large 5050mAh battery, which should easily last a full day of work with some moderate entertainment, but still that much depends on usage pattern. Actual battery consumption tests still show pretty impressive results. An hour of Youtube Music connected to the HUAWEI FreeClip consumes 5% of battery whereas another hour of Youtube video at 1080p consumes 8% of the battery.



When it comes to charging, the Pura 70 Pro supports HUAWEI Dual SuperCharge, 100W for wired and 80W for wireless, allowing you to quickly recharge and get back in action. Actual charging test brings the battery from 5% to 49% within 15 minutes, which is very close to HUAWEI’s official lab test of 50% in 15 minutes. Additionally, it just took another 25 minutes to fully charge the phone, so a total of 40 minutes from 5% to 100% which is very amazing.



The charger has both USB-C and USB-A ports, but do note that it is not a dual-charger and only one can be used at a time.



The Pura 70 Pro also supports 20W reverse charging, which could be a lifesaver especially for your wearables when you’re out on the go.



AppGallery


Most applications that Malaysians use on a daily basis are readily available on HUAWEI AppGallery, which includes some Google native apps.



In the event that you’re unable to find them on AppGallery such as Netflix or HSBC, you can also download it from Google Play Store through the AppGallery itself. All you need to do is search it in AppGallery, and you will be automatically prompted to open Google Play Store, and you can proceed to search and install in the Google Play Store.



And of course there will always be security concerns and users can be rest assured with AppGallery’s strict security detection mechanism, which includes malicious behaviour detection, privacy checks, and security vulnerability scanning to ensure all apps on the AppGallery are safe to use.



For those who are still not convinced, HUAWEI’s safety has also obtained 8 professional certificates, which you can access here, and this just further proves HUAWEI’s effort in protecting users’ privacy and safety.




Verdict


The HUAWEI Pura 70 Pro sure does continue to prove itself as a formidable camera powerhouse just like its P series predecessors, and the aesthetic design, amazing display and impressive charging just make it even better. Despite facing all those challenges, HUAWEI is still striving to bring the best to its users in both hardware and software. So far I have not faced many issues in using the Pura 70 Pro throughout my daily usage and I’m pretty sure it would be a perfect choice if you are looking for an all-rounder flagship smartphone without breaking the bank.



The HUAWEI Pura 70 Pro is priced at RM4,899, whereas the Pura 70 Ultra and Pura 70 are priced at RM6,599 and RM3,699 respectively. The full series is available for pre-order now onwards until 24th May 2024, and you will be able to get HUAWEI FreeBuds Pro 3 worth RM899 and additional gifts total worth up to RM2,376. Besides, HUAWEI smartphone users will also be able to enjoy exclusive trade-in rebates or vouchers of up to RM500 so hurry up and go pre-order your unit at HUAWEI Official Website or HUAWEI Experience Store.



For More Information:

HUAWEI Official Website: https://bit.ly/snn_advertorial_HWS

HUAWEI Official Store on Shopee: https://bit.ly/snn_advertorial_shopee

HUAWEI Flagship Store on Lazada: https://bit.ly/snn_advertorial_lazada

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