Saturday's gadget: Huawei Pura 70 Ultra, a smartphone that “reverses” Google's veto

The day may have come. Almost 5 years have passed since the United States vetoed Huawei products and this has led to their phones not being able to access Google services. Although it has been possible to have certain shortcuts to this measure, the cost has been high. But that could be reversed with the new Huawei Pura 70 Ultra.

It is undoubtedly a very interesting phone in many ways. The first of them has to do with its name: Pura, a continuation of Huawei's P series. If the Mate models were intended for productivity, powered with great processing power and a large screen and battery, the P series has always been linked to photography. And, although now it is called Pura, this phone has photographic DNA. So much so that the DXOMARK organization has given it the highest score in history: right now it is ranked number 1, it is the smartphone with the best camera according to its ranking.

Let's go in parts on this. Although this is a huge achievement and a return for Huawei to the top positions on the photographic podium and the cameras respond according to the score, it should be noted that it is a photographic ranking. Video No.. They are two very different aspects. The Pura 70 Ultra does not have as good stabilization as other smartphones of a similar price (this model costs about €1,400), and its videos are not up to par in this sense either: they are very good, but not good enough to fight for the same positions than photography.

The selfie camera has a resolution of 13 MP and the rear ones are divided into two 50 MP and one 40 MP.The main one and undoubtedly the reason for its photographic quality, it has a retractable lens to give it greater capacity. to the one-inch sensor and this detail is essential. There are very few mobile phone cameras that have a sensor of this size, an example is Xiaomi in its latest models. The problem with this type of sensors is that, although they capture much more light, they can cause clipping at the edges. Huawei solves this with the retractable camera: by moving up, it “gets away” from the sensor and improves light collection. And that is its great photographic asset, that is, it takes full advantage of the one-inch sensor.

The zooms They support up to 200x although at maximum it is necessary to use a tripod. As for macro, it is very effective up to 5 cm, although here the lens has a lot to do with it. Huawei does a very good job of image processing thanks to its software, something it has experience with, but Leica is noticeably lacking. Perhaps if the partnership were still in place it would be unfair to the competition.

To this we must add that the main lens has a 1.6 diaphragm that can be opened and closed (and this operation is visible) and that can freeze objects moving up to 300 km/h. It is reasonable that he has earned the photographic favoritism of some. In short: it is a camera attached to a mobile phone.

As far as design is concerned, we are looking at a 6.8-inch screen of excellent quality. The rear camera module and the manufactured relief texture stand out, physically and visually. in vegan leather and available in aqua green, black and brown. This is what stands out the most in terms of design, since from the front it is not very different from other phones that use high-quality steel and glass among their materials.

As far as the brain is concerned, it has its own processor, the Kirin 9010, 16 GB RAM and a storage capacity of 512 GB. The standard in this type of high-end mobile phones. Is the absence of a Qualcomm processor noticeable? In very few sections, mainly in warming up in certain very demanding tasks. Another important issue regarding Huawei and its previous mobile phones was 5G: its mobile phones did not have this capacity. Well now, if the veto is terminated, The Pura 70 Ultra will only need one update to meet this standard of connectivity.

As far as the battery is concerned, Huawei controls it very well: 5200 mAh for the Pura 70 Ultra, with a 100W charger (included) and 80W wireless charging capacity. The mobile charges 50% in less than 15 minutes.

And finally the big Huawei topic arrives: Google services. From now on, all you have to do is download the Micro G app (basically a library of Google apps), which allows direct access to the apps used in the Play Store. There are no more update or compatibility problems. In the least. This means that from now on, only personal preferences and price are the questions.

Verdict: If photography tips the balance when choosing a mobile phone and money is not an obstacle, this mobile phone has the podium.