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The Amber Sunrise Huawei P30 Pro is one of the best-looking phones I've ever used

I don't like to sound hyperbolic, but the Amber Sunrise variant of the Huawei P30 series is one of the best-looking phones I've ever used. Just look at it.

The P30 and P30 Pro are, on their own, pretty nice-looking devices. I'm partial to the Breathing Crystal color, though the name is laughably bad, and the Aurora blue, which glints approvingly in the light, but the Amber Sunrise variant is something else entirely. Maybe because it's a color you don't often see in a phone — though red isn't entirely alien to the smartphone market.

Or perhaps it's the shift between red and orange that happens when you move from indoors out. It could be complementary colored sides which, because they're anodized, have a more muted, darker complexion.

Part of it is that Huawei clearly understands where the P series fits in the market, and is going to extra mile to build hardware that feels universally approachable without alienating the power user. Yes, it's a hunk of metal and glass similar to most phones on the market today, and it's slippery as hell because of it, but I've been using the phone non-stop for the past couple of days, and there's just something about the hardware that speaks to me.

What I don't like is how difficult the Amber Sunrise version is going to be to find at first. In my home country of Canada, carriers are only selling the black and Breathing Crystal versions, whereas in the UK the red model is only sold in the much more expensive 512GB variant (opens in new tab). Sure, Huawei is doing its best to make this a status symbol like the ceramic versions of the Galaxy S10+, but I'm all for giving as many people as possible access to the nicest things.

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I've also been thinking about whether a phone's color really matters, since most people just cover theirs with black cases that thicken and mar the overall aesthetic in the name of security. And who am I to judge someone who wants to protect a slippery-as-hell phone from dropping, especially when it's big and going to be used primarily as a camera? (And to that end, where is the dedicated shutter button, Huawei? If Sony can do it on its still-thin phones, so can you.)

But this is the kind of phone, and the phone color in particular, that deserves to be shown off. Does that mean getting a clear case so you can at least see the color through the looking glass, or trying to use it in two hands so as not to drop it? Or maybe just sticking to the regular P30, which is considerably smaller but comes in the same beautiful Amber Sunrise hue?

Either way, if you can check it out, do it. Because once you see it, there's no turning away.

Daniel Bader was a former Android Central Editor-in-Chief and Executive Editor for iMore and Windows Central. 

  • Better than iphone' product red, don't @me
  • Agreed. The iPhone red is more mundane, though I think the Solar Red from a couple years ago on the U11 was more stunning than this. I was planning on red for my U12 Plus, but it was not as deep and seemed pinkish. I got the translucent blue instead.
  • This is the second time I've seen someone asking for a camera shutter button (the other being Mr Mobile on the Nokia 9). I hope it makes a come back.
  • This is one thing I miss and why I got an xz premimum. Loved the camera button and miss this on my note 8. Really do hope this is something that is brought back to phones.
  • Is this a paid endorsement or your actual opinion? Hard if not impossible to tell on this site anymore.
  • This, so very much this 👆🏿
  • Thanks for the comment. If something is a paid endorsement, it's clearly stated "Sponsored" in the article. If it's not, it's just us tech lovers getting really excited about the tech that we're using.
  • And Daniel LIKES red! No problem with that :)
  • Daniel has more integrity than that. Follow him on Twitter. He’s unedited :)
  • Boring p30........ S10plus better .
  • Sure. If you don't care about the camera
  • NOPE. p30 pro mops the s10 plus. samesong is the boring one.
  • Sponsored? Like ads for hydroponic gardens and drills that don't say sponsored?
  • Robotic vacuum cleaners? Smart scales?
  • Ugh, the extreme curved edges though. Even Samsung finally wised up and refined edges down to almost nothing. Those are awful. Look at how they cut down on the display. The rest is a rounded distorted mess, much like the latter part of my username.
  • Does color really matter? Especially when your paying a g-whizz. For myself I look for the best case possible to protect the investment!
  • I only bought one phone in my life because the color caught my eye, and fortunately it turned out to be the best phone I'd ever had (which had nothing to do with the color). It was the HTC U11 in Sapphire Blue, and everybody would want to pick it up and look/feel it. I was at an outdoor party once and I'd set the phone down on the table to go get a drink, and when I came back the phone was covered in fingerprints and everyone was looking the other way, lol.
  • Of course, no one in the states is getting Huawei devices because they're essentially hardwired into the Chinese intelligence agencies, soooooo there's that. I wouldn't get too excited. Better our own govt spy on us than China as well.
  • No, give me China over the USA any day.
  • Heere we go. break out the tinfoil!
  • I see any Huawei mention and being in the US I just click off.
  • But open the article, click comments and then make a comment saying you never read those articles first. Nice!
  • Gold star ⭐️ For you
  • Worried about the 1080p display.
  • You doing VR with your phone? If not don’t see why 1080p would be a worry.
  • That's my least favorite color. I hate when they make the metal frame of the phone the same color. That light whitish blueish color (the one all the way to the left in the photo) is the best color. As per usual, my opinions are facts so deal with it.
  • It looks gorgeous. The colour, the curves, everything Samsung took away from me because most folks didn't like it :)
  • Nice color indeed