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Honor 30S with Kirin 820 5G processor and 40W fast charging launched in China

Honor held a launch event in China today to announce the Honor 30S premium mid-range phone. The Honor 30S which succeeds the Honor 20S from last year, is the first phone to be fuelled by the Kirin 820 5G-ready chipset. The rear side of the phone features a quad camera setup, while on the front you get a punch-hole display for a screen-to-body ratio.

Honor 30S specifications and features

Honor 30S

The Honor 30S features 5G connectivity and 40W fast charging

The glass-bodied Honor 30S sports a 6.5-inch IPS LCD display with full HD+ resolution. It offers a screen-to-body ratio of 90.3 percent. The phone features a side-mounted fingerprint scanner. While the phone’s predecessor, the Honor 20S was powered by the Kirin 810 chipset, the 30S comes equipped with the 7nm Kirin 820 5G SoC. The SoC includes a Mali G57 GPU and enhanced NPU unit. The Kirin ISP 5.0 and 5G capabilities of the Kirin 820 are the same as the Kirin 990 5G flagship SoC that fuels the Huawei P40 series. The Honor 30S is equipped with LPDDR4x RAM and UFS 2.1 storage editions.

The quad cameras of the Honor 30S include an f/1.8 64-megapixel main lens with a large pixel size of 1.6micron, an 8-megapixel wide-angle snapper with a 120-degree field-of-view, an 8-megapixel telephoto sensor with 3x optical zoom and 20x digital zoom and a 2-megapixel macro lens with 4cm focal length. The handset sports a front camera of 16-megapixels. The front and rear cameras of the Honor 30S offer features like AI beauty, super night scene mode and EIS / AIS video stabilization (rear only) and 4K video shooting (rear only).

The Honor 30S has a 4,000mAh battery with 40W superfast charging technology. The company claims that the phone can charge to 70 percent capacity in just 30 minutes. The usual connectivity features like dual-SIM support, 5G, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.1, GPS, USB-C and a 3.5mm audio jack are available on the device.

The Android 10 OS customized with Magic UI 3.1.1 comes preloaded on the Honor 30S. Like the recent Huawei and Honor phones, the Honor 20S lacks support for Google apps.

Honor 30S pricing and availability

The Honor 30S has arrived in China in two options such as 8GB RAM + 128GB storage and 8GB RAM + 256 GB storage. They are priced at RMB 2,399 (~Rs 25,500) and RMB 2,699 (~Rs 28,700), respectively. The handset comes in three colour options such as black, white, green and red. There is no word on the availability of the Honor 30S outside of China.

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Anvin is a self-proclaimed geek who has been writing about smartphones for nearly 10 years. After using phones like the Samsung Galaxy Note, Sony Xperia Mini, Lumia 730, Lumia 950, Honor 7, Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 and Honor 8 Pro to name a few, he is now a happy user of the POCO F1. In his free time, he participates in church activities and likes to travel.