This Huawei smartphone can take photos at a speed of 300 km/h Huawei Pura 70 Ultra review: a retractable smartphone with the world’s fastest camera 05.13.2024, 09:00

Equipment

Huawei Pura 70 Ultra is delivered in a square box, inside which there is a smartphone, a plastic rubberized case with a leather-like texture and a charging block with two ports: USB-C and USB-A, which can also be used in laptops of the brand, dual USB -With C cable, SIM tray eject pin and documentation. In addition, a protective film has already been glued to the screen from the factory.

Design

The new product feels heavy in the hand, thanks to its large screen, metal frames and impressively sized cameras. The weight of the gadget is 226 grams, which is only five grams more than the iPhone 15 Pro Max. But unlike the American smartphone, this one is much more convenient due to the rounding on the front and back. By the way, the cover of the device is made of eco-leather on which “star” patterns are applied.

Huawei has not repeated the main trend of its flagship smartphones in 2024 – aluminum frames are used here instead of titanium frames as in the iPhone 15 Pro or Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra. For many people, it does not matter what the ends of their smartphone are, because the device still fits into the case, but at the cost of the new product I would like to see titanium. The device body is protected from dust and water according to the IP68 standard.

Screen

The screen of the Huawei Pura 70 Ultra is truly flagship because it has a 6.8-inch LTPO OLED matrix with a resolution of 1260×2844 pixels, a dynamic frequency of up to 120 Hz and a peak brightness of 2500 nits. Moreover, the 10-bit screen with HDR support and 1440Hz PWM feature will not cause much eye fatigue for sensitive users. The screen is covered with a new generation of proven glass, Basalt Kunlun Glass, which is even used to crack nuts to prove its strength – this is, of course, not worth testing.

There is sufficient brightness even on a very sunny day, and the screen itself works smoothly, too, thanks to well-calibrated system animations. The bezels surrounding the entire perimeter of the screen are thin and symmetrical. The display colors are well calibrated at the factory and, if necessary, each user can customize the color profile and adjust the tones to warmer or cooler. In the settings there is also a lower resolution option – 840×1896 pixels, which will help save battery.

The only thing some users may not like is the little roundness all around the screen. Getting used to this screen can be a bit challenging, especially for previous owners of iPhones or other flat-screen devices.

cameras

The most important thing that distinguishes this smartphone from others is its camera. The main inch sensor has a retractable mechanism, due to which the camera moves slightly out of the block when opened. It is a 50-megapixel sensor with f/1.6-4.0 variable aperture, laser autofocus, and optical stabilization (OIS). The main camera is complemented by a 50 MP telephoto lens with OIS and 3.5x optical zoom, 10x hybrid, up to 100x digital and telemacro function. The third module is a 40-megapixel ultra-wide angle, and a 13-megapixel selfie camera is placed on the front.

The main camera offers a high level of detail, wide dynamic range, and the ability to change the size and aperture of the sensor allows you to get a deep picture with a natural bokeh effect. Moreover, on the screen of Huawei Pura 70 Ultra, pictures look even brighter and better, thanks to HDR Vivid technology and built-in image enhancement algorithms. The retractable compartment has protection that prevents closing when subjected to force.


The telephoto lens shows a high level of detail when zoomed in, but the presence of optical stabilization does not always help – when zoomed in too much, photos sometimes turn out blurry. This camera can be used not only for portrait shots and zooms, but also as a macro camera; The smartphone focuses from a distance of 5 cm.

The ultra-wide-angle module turned out to be the weakest of the three, but it’s hard to call it bad. It has a wide viewing angle, which helps fit more objects in the frame, but there is noticeable distortion or lack of detail around the edges. This problem sometimes occurs when lighting is insufficient.

A truly unique feature of the camera is high-speed shooting in “Motion” mode. It allows you to capture moving subjects like a running athlete, animals, or a speeding car without blur. The camera is powered by Huawei’s proprietary XD Motion Engine technology. According to the company, the smartphone is capable of detecting an object moving at speeds of up to 300 km per hour. The socialbites.ca correspondent decided to test this function as follows: he began to wave his hand in front of the camera, and the smartphone had to recognize the Black Shark inscription on the watch strap. And as can be seen from the example, Pura 70 Ultra successfully coped with this task. At the same time, none of the photos lost focus, which is impressive.


Huawei Pura 70 Ultra records video at a maximum 4K resolution of 60 frames per second on all cameras, including the front camera. Many competitors offer 8K and 4K/120 FPS, but as practice shows, almost no one uses it. The smartphone can switch between three modules during shooting, and in video mode the maximum zoom of the telephoto lens is 10x. This is not much, but the picture remains detailed.

There are some shortcomings in video shooting on the smartphone: when changing modules, “jumps” and a difference in white balance are noticed. Maybe this will be fixed with a future update.

Yield

One of the most discussed points in a smartphone is the chipset it uses. This is the proprietary seven-nanometer Kirin 9010. By the way, modern Android smartphones are equipped with 4 nm chips, and the iPhone 15 Pro even has a 3 nm chip.

Tested in AnTuTu, Huawei Pura 70 Ultra gets 902.5 thousand points; this is 2-2.5 times less than the flagships released in 2024. 1445 and 4446 points in Geekbench 6 in single-core and multi-core tests respectively. Modern smartphones running Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 perform on average 30-40% better in this test.

However, if we leave synthetic tests aside and test the new product in games and practical use, a much more positive picture emerges. That is, in terms of the speed of the basic set of applications (camera, social networks and others), Huawei Pura 70 Ultra is no worse than its competitors. Moreover, in some cases, the new product may be even better in the functioning of the shell and system.

In games, the situation depends on the specific title. For example, in Tank Blitz you can choose maximum graphics and 120 Hz mode. The only limitation in this game is that the water quality cannot be chosen above average. Nothing but low graphics settings in Fortnite. Moreover, in other smartphones, much “weaker” than Pura 70 Ultra, the settings are more extensive – apparently the problem is the lack of optimization. You won’t be able to play Genshin Impact comfortably at maximum settings, but you can get a stable 60 FPS by lowering the graphics level one level higher. Graphics settings in PUBG Mobile are no different from those on other flagships; high presets run at 90 FPS and ultra at 60 FPS.

But not all games have been tested. Some may not start due to the lack of necessary Google services on Huawei smartphones. Most often this problem is solved, but it is unlikely that the average user will want to understand it.

Although the smartphone does not have the most advanced hardware, it still copes with all games. But you still shouldn’t consider Pura 70 Ultra as a device aimed at a gamer – in this case it is better to take a closer look at models with Snapdragon 8 Gen 3. In all other respects, the current level of performance is sufficient for any task and for the next few years.

Software and features

Huawei Pura 70 Ultra runs proprietary Android 12 and proprietary EMUI 14.2 shell. This is a well-thought-out firmware with smooth animation, many functions and wide customization options.

Although Huawei does not support Google services, this does not mean that users cannot use the company’s popular applications. The Gbox app helps with this – it emulates Google Play, from where you can download YouTube, Gmail or any app available in the store, including games. True, they will still be launched through Gbox, and users will not have access to Google’s “tricks”, such as voice input on the Gboard keyboard. Some of these features, including native support for YouTube, Google Chrome, and voice input, can be easily enabled by installing microG Service on the Huawei AppGallery store.

One of the most useful functions in the firmware was the “Wired Projection” function. By connecting the Huawei Pura 70 Ultra to the docking station, you can turn it into a full-fledged computer running Android. It is enough to have a TV or monitor to which the smartphone is connected via HDMI. Moreover, the Pura 70 Ultra itself can act as a keyboard or touchpad, but you can also connect wired or wireless peripherals if necessary.

Battery

Huawei Pura 70 Ultra has a 5200 mAh battery with 100 W wired charging and 80 W wireless charging support. The smartphone can also act as a power bank with a power of 18 and 20 W according to wired and wireless standards.

A very large battery allows the new product to work all day with high brightness and dynamic image refresh rate, even under load. Depending on usage scenarios, you can count on 8-10 hours of screen use, which will last you a whole day without any problems, and a full charge will take about 50 minutes.

Prices and results

The Huawei Pura 70 Ultra is a significant follow-up to the P series, taking a lot from even the more expensive models of the Mate series. It has everything a modern flagship needs, from a high-quality and bright display to fast wireless charging and great cameras.

However, like any smartphone, this one is not without its drawbacks, including not the best performance and high price. With a cost of 130 thousand rubles. Huawei’s new product does not look very confident, especially compared to the Honor Magic 6 Pro, which costs the same or even cheaper in Russian retail. It does not have a high-speed camera, but it has a more powerful Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, but most importantly, there are no problems with Google services.

What are you thinking?

The flagship P series in Huawei’s product line has always been loved by fans. These smartphones often create a small revolution in the market, offering unique solutions that other competitors do not have. In 2024, the company abandoned this to introduce a new series, Pura. What the Huawei Pura 70 Ultra, the main gadget in the 130 thousand ruble series, is capable of, how its cameras stand out and why this is not a smartphone for everyone, in the socialbites.ca review.



Source: Gazeta

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