Huawei Pura 70 Pro reviewed

    TechnologyGadgetsLabHuawei Pura 70 Pro reviewed

    Huawei has leveled up its P70 series, enhancing its appearance and camera system. Introducing the Huawei Pura 70 Pro, where every detail and performance reflects advanced technology and modern design, embodying its “fashion forward” ethos. 

    Design: 5/5

    The first thing I noticed about the Huawei Pura 70 Pro are its edges. The smartphone features rounded, curved edges that are comfortable to hold, and the frosted 2nd Gen Kunlun Glass finish on the back adds a nice, smooth touch of elegance. Also, it’s incredibly resistant—no fingerprints or scratches will leave a mark on it, so it stays clean and sleek. What stands out the most is the unique design of the camera module on the main camera at the back, which features a triangular shape resembling Huawei’s Forward symbol. This design houses the smartphone’s three lenses. 

    With its flat-edge screen, the Huawei Pura 70 Pro not only looks sleek but also offers a superior viewing experience and is also perfect for enjoying vivid colors and sharp details. Huawei also integrated the 2nd Gen Kunlun Glass crystal armor into its front screen, making it scratch-resistant—so no more worrying about accidental bumps ruining my binge-watching or gaming sessions. Plus, its refined design ensures a comfortable grip and a seamless user experience. The color I received is white, enhancing its overall eye-catching appearance from its edges and stylish back design. But if white is not your color, the Huawei Pura 70 Pro offers a black color back design. 

    Moving to other parts, the power button with a distinctive red line indicator is conveniently located on the right side, next to the volume button. At the top and bottom, you’ll find the speakers, while the bottom houses the USB Type-C charging port, microphone, and micro sim card tray. 

    Hardware: 4/5

    Aside from its aesthetic and comfortable design, the Huawei Pura 70 Pro runs on EMUI 14.2, which is based on Android 12 (and Huawei’s very own Harmony OS 4). Huawei’s latest EMUI version delivers smooth performance as I capture and edit photos and videos or even play some games with this smartphone. 

    Huawei didn’t provide us with any details on the processor of the Puro 70 Pro, but a quick search revealed that it’s running on Huawei’s latest Kirin 9010 processor. The Kirin 9010 is the brand’s latest silicon, built on a 7nm fabrication process.  The Kirin 9010 is paired with  12GB of RAM and 512GB ROM. 

    In terms of benchmarks the Huawei Pura 70 Pro outputted decent numbers.  Geekbench 5 benchmarks have it at 1010 in single-core and 3666 in multi-core tasks, making it a smooth operator for handling demanding applications. Meanwhile, Antutu V.10.2 had it at 883205, a respectable score. Finally, 3D Mark Wild Life yielded a 5096 with an average frame rate of 30.52, not bad.

    Also, Huawei boosts the screen quality with the X-True Display. It has a sharp 2844×1260 resolution, super bright 2500nits peak of brightness, and a clear 460ppi pixel density. Plus, it has an adaptive refresh rate from 1 to 120Hz for smooth visuals and HDR vivid for great color and contrast. Now let’s go through the highlight of the Huawei Pura 70 Pro: its cameras. The main rear camera is a 50MP ultra-lighting camera with an adjustable F1.4~F4.0 aperture. The telephoto camera is a 48MP ultra-lighting macro telephoto camera with F2.1 aperture. Finally, the wide-angle camera is a 12.5 ultra wide-angle with F2.2 aperture. The main rear and telephoto cameras have image stabilization, while the wide-angle camera does not. As for the front, it has a 13MP wide-angle selfie camera with an F2.4 aperture and autofocus. For video recording, this smartphone can shoot in high quality from 1080p to 4K in 16:9, 21:9, and full screen. You can even choose between 30 and 60 fps to achieve smooth footage. 

    But beyond its performance, this smartphone features a 5050mAh battery power that provides extended usage without frequent charging. Notably, its 100W charging speed can get you back connected and productive. 

    User Experience: 4/5

    Okay, here’s the scoop: the Huawei Pura 70 Pro is an absolute gem in camera tech, and so are the others in its series. The photos taken using the main rear, telephoto, and wide-angle cameras of the Huawei Pura 70 Pro are jaw-dropping, with vibrant colors and high quality. Even when I’m capturing moving objects, there’s zero blur messing up the shot or loss of detail. It’s like having a professional photographer’s tools at your fingertips. 

    The front camera of this smartphone also doesn’t disappoint since it delivers clear quality and vibrant colors from its crisp developed images. It’s equally great for shooting videos because it produces smooth and detailed footage in any lighting. You’ve got the option of shooting from 720p, 1080p, and 4K resolution at 30 or 60 frames per second. Just a heads-up, though, the stabilization feature doesn’t support zooming in or out. But it can still capture your moments with an impressive video performance. 

    Taking a look at the screen display of the Huawei Pura 70 Pro is like stepping into a vibrant world where every visual pops and shines, offering clarity and stunning visuals. Which is fun to watch or even play games with this smartphone. Like exploring the world of Ragnarok Origin or even getting my rank up with Mobile Legends: Bang Bang at ultra-quality graphics setting. Speaking of gaming, another thing to keep in mind is that the smartphone can heat up quite a bit during longer sessions. Which might make it uncomfortable to hold after a while. The 6.8-inch screen provides ample space for an immersive viewing experience, and the sounds are fantastic — clear and well-balanced tones from dual speakers. 

    Another interesting feature to mention is its operating system, EMUI 14.2. This OS is not only user-friendly but also fun to use, as it allows you to customize the look of your interface extensively. I was able to change some items and icons; I could even customize the layout to match my style. AI is also integrated into its operating systems, which enhances user experience. It offers photo editing capabilities, such as removing unwanted elements from images with ease. The convenience of shopping is also elevated — simply press and hold on an item to scan and access different digital stores seamlessly. Furthermore, Huawei’s AI  excels in language translation, enabling you to scan articles and documents and instantly translate them into various languages. 

    Unfortunately, the Huawei Pura 70 Pro has its flaws. The first is that it doesn’t come with Google Play Store. It’s a good thing most apps are already on the Huawei AppGallery. For apps that don’t have official Huawei Gallery ports, a search within the Gallery allows a seamless download of the APK file for easy installation. 

    The lack of Google Services also meant that you couldn’t use other native Google Apps like Gmail and YouTube. I managed to download Gmail and Google Drive, but I couldn’t get these apps to work properly, so I ended up using their web versions as a solution. Alternatively, there are other app workarounds, but they can be a hassle to install. 

    Another flaw of the Huawei Pura 70 Pro is that it lacks 5G connectivity, potentially impacting your experience. While this may be a deal breaker for some, the phone still has LTE, which was stable during my time with it. 

    Value: 3/5

    The Huawei Pura 70 Pro is priced at PHP59,999 and comes with 12GB+512GB of storage. Huawei’s Pura 70 Pro is a camera master, an excellent choice for photography enthusiasts. However, the lack of native Google support makes it unsuitable for users who depend heavily on Google’s apps and services.



    • Type: LTPO OLED, 1B colors, HDR, 120Hz, 2500 nits (peak)
    • Size: 6.8 inches, 109.0 cm2 (~89.3% screen-to-body ratio)
    • Resolution: 1260 x 2844 pixels (~460 ppi density)
    • Protection: Kunlun Glass 2
    • Color: Black and White 
    • Storage:  12GB+512GB
    • Battery: Li-Po 5050mAh, non-removable
    • Charging: 100W wired, 80W wireless, 20W reverse wireless, 18W reverse wired
    • Main Camera: 50MP, f/1.4-4.0, 25mm (wide), 1/1.3″, PDAF, Laser AF, OIS | 48MP, f/2.1, 93mm (telephoto), PDAF (5cm – ∞), OIS, 3.5x optical zoom | 12.5MP, f/2.2, 13mm (ultrawide) | LED flash, panorama, HDR
    • Video: 4K, 1080p, HDR, gyro-EIS, OIS, HDR
    • Selfie Camera: 13MP, f/2.4, (ultrawide), AF, HDR, panorama
    • Connectivity: 4G/3G/2G/LTE
    • WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct
    • Bluetooth: 5.2, A2DP, LE, L2HC
    • Positioning: GPS (L1+L5), GLONASS (L1), BDS (B1I+B1c+B2a+B2b), GALILEO (E1+E5a+E5b), QZSS (L1+L5), NavIC
    • NFC: NFC-SIM, HCE 
    • Infared Port 
    • USB: USB Type-C 3.1, OTG, DisplayPort 1.2
    • SIM: Nano-SIM and eSIM or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by) or Dual SIM (1x Nano-SIM and 1x eSIM, dual stand-by)
    • Dimensions:162.6×75.1×8.4mm (6.40×2.96×0.33in)
    • Weight: 220g (7.76oz) 
    • Build: Glass front, aluminum frame, glass back 
    • IP68 dust/water resistant (up to 2m for 30 min)
    • System OS: EMUI 14.2 (International)
    • Chipset: Kirin 9010 (7 nm)
    • CPU: Octa-core (1×2.3 GHz Taishan Big & 3×2.18 GHz Taishan Mid & 4×1.55 GHz Cortex-A510)
    • Audio: stereo speakers
    • Sensors: Fingerprint (under display, optical), accelerometer, proximity, gyro, compass, color spectrum
    • BDS Satellite Message

    What’s Hot: 

    • Camera performance 
    • Huawei X-True screen display 
    • EMUI 14.2

    What’s Not: 

    • Google apps and services are unavailable 
    • Heats up during long gaming sessions 
    • Lacks 5G connectivity 


    The Huawei Pura 70 Pro is a camera masterpiece with a unique design.

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