At a huge gala event in Paris on Tuesday, Huawei unveiled its latest entry in its highly-regarded P-line, the P30 Pro; but what exactly can you expect from the Chinese manufacturer’s latest flagship?
The initial appearance of the P30 Pro takes what Huawei did right with the Mate 20 Pro from last year, and adds a few sophisticated new touches – including chopping away at the bezels to an almost non-existent state, and some new colours to boot: Aurora, Amber Sunrise, and Breathing Crystal, all of which feature a light sheen to them.
The 6.47-inch curved OLED panel features a resolution of 2,340 x 1,080 and a 19.5:9 aspect ratio, with a notably large 4,200mAh battery with wireless charging to keep things ticking over.
The P30 Pro still has curved glass on both the front and back, which is something that owners of the latest Samsung Galaxy S devices will be familiar with.
Of course, Huawei has been priding itself on its camera technologies for a few years now, and the company hasn’t disappointed in upping the ante with the P30. The device features the world’s first Leica quad camera, made up of a 20MP ultra wide angle lens, a 40MP SuperSpectrum camera (to balance out colour, depth, and light), an 8MP Telephoto camera with 5x optical zoom and 10x Hybrid Zoom, and a Huawei TOF camera for depth sensing.
When it comes to the front-facing camera, there’s a solid 32MP sensor on board too, along with in-screen fingerprint scanning, and (most interestingly) the implementation of Acoustic Display Technology, which essentially transforms the screen itself into an earpiece speaker.
One thing to note is that the P30 Pro runs on the same 7nm Kirin 980 processor that featured in the company’s previous Mate 20 Pro, but Huawei has said that they’ve made a ton of software changes that’ll bring the best out of the chipset.
There’s also 8GB of RAM and128GB or 512GB storage options to choose from.
As expected, Huawei will also launch a non-Pro P30, which scales the screen size down to 6.1 inches, features a smaller 3,650mAh battery, and accepts slower 22.5W charging. The P30 Pro is IP68-certified certified for dust and water resistance, whereas the P30 only extends to IP53. That may or may not be because the P30 still has a headphone jack and an earpiece, both items that the Pro model lacks. The smaller phone will also have a simpler three-camera setup, cutting out the periscope zoom and the fourth, depth-detecting sensor.
Pricing & Availability:
The P30 Pro will be available from 26 March 2019, however, it will only arrive in certain territories a little later.
- Huawei P30 – €799 (around R12,990)
- Huawei P30 Pro – €999 (around R16,250)
Confirmed local pricing is yet to be announced.