Huawei P30: Release date, price, specs and all the latest leaks
Huawei P30 and Huawei P30 Pro are expected to be two of the most exciting phones of 2019, and they’re set to launch later this month. Here’s everything we know about them so far, including specs, camera features, price and likely release date.
Sure, the company may be having trouble getting its existing wares into certain international markets, but if you can pick up the likes of a Huawei P20 Pro or Mate 20 Pro, we think they’ll leave you thoroughly impressed. With a rich bevvy of features and top-notch hardware, those two handsets have got us very excited about what else Huawei will bring to the table in 2019.
Read on for everything we know so far about the rumoured Huawei P30 and Huawei P30 Pro, including expected specs, features, pricing and release details.
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Huawei P30: The latest leaks
Prolific tipster Roland Quandt has published legitimate-looking press shots of the Huawei P30 and P30 Pro on WinFuture, giving us our best look at the two handsets so far.
This picture leak comes alongside a list of alleged specs. According to Quandt, the P30 will feature a 6.1-inch, 2340 x 1080 OLED display with a teardrop notch, triple rear cameras, a Kirin 980 processor, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, a 3650mAh battery, a headphone jack, IP68 water- and dust-resistance and an in-display fingerprint sensor.
The P30 Pro, meanwhile, will apparently have a 6.47-inch, 2340 x 1080 curved OLED screen that doubles up as a speaker by vibrating, a triple camera system combining a 40-megapixel f/1.6 sensor, a 20-megapixel f/2.2 wide angle sensor and a ToF (time-of-flight) sensor, the same Kirin 980 processor, this time with 8GB of RAM, 128GB, 256GB and 512GB storage options, a 4200mAh battery and IP68 water- and dust-resistance.
The P30 will reportedly be available in black, white and blue colour schemes, while the P30 Pro will come in black, white, blue and orange.
Huawei P30 – Price and release date
The Huawei P30 will officially be unveiled on Tuesday March 26, at a special event in Paris.
As ever with these teasers, this isn’t the kind of announcement that’s big on detail, though it is a touch less cryptic than usual. The phrase “Rules were made to be rewritten” appears alongside photos of the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe and Notre Dame cathedral, all photographed with immaculate tight zoom.
The company launched its first 2018 flagships, the P20 and P20 Pro, at a dedicated launch event in Paris in March, so this was always likely.
As for pricing, using those same predecessors as meter sticks, and taking into consideration the trend for inflating flagship phone prices each year, the P30 will likely eclipse the £899 Huawei wanted for the Mate 20 Pro at launch. The P30 Pro will likely come in at least £100 more expensive.
Huawei P30 – Camera
You don’t have to be a genius to figure out that, once again, Huawei is going big on photography.
Huawei CEO Yu Chengdong took to Weibo in March with a series of P30 posters that don’t leave a great deal to the imagination. Each contains a photo with an element zoomed in on in a circle in the middle of the picture. If that wasn’t clear enough, all of them have ‘Huawei P30 Series’, ‘#rewritetherules and the launch date printed alongside the lead image.
And the latest P30 rumours should have camera-lovers very excited indeed. Huawei has confirmed the P30 Pro smartphone will include a periscope-style camera lens, with the company promising it will deliver ‘super zoom’ capabilities.
The periscope design gets around one of the major barriers to offering lossless zooming capabilities on cameras. By placing the lens on its side, smartphone manufacturers are able to maintain the slim design of a modern handset.
The company is rumoured to be including a 10x optical zoom within its highest-end flagship device, which would be a huge breakthrough in smartphone photography that could allow us to get much closer to our subjects without losing visual fidelity.
The promotional shots embedded above point to the new periscope camera, but it’s important not to get too carried away just yet. Although some of the pictures here look like they could well have been captured on a top-end smartphone, some feel like a stretch to us. If the picture of the skier in mid air or the erupting volcano was really caught on P30 Pro, then this is a camera phone that goes far beyond anything we’ve seen so far in the space.
Huawei P30 – Design and display
While the P30 range is expected to be officially unveiled at the end of the month, we already have a pretty good idea of what to expect of them, looks-wise.
The most obvious feature is in the camera array on both devices. While the P30 has three lenses on display, like last year’s P20 Pro, the P30 Pro seems to pack a four-camera array.
The P30 also appears set to ditch the physical fingerprint reader, presumably in favour of the in-screen version debuted on the Mate 20 Pro.
And despite the hole-punch cutout serving as potentially the biggest smartphone design trend of 2019, based on these images, it seems that neither P30 variant will go the way of the newly-launched Honor View 20.
As for the rest of the screen technology, there’s no clear word yet on what these phones will actually offer up in terms of resolution. They both appear to support excellent screen-to-body ratios with almost no bezel and only the hint of a ‘chin’ on both counts, while, again based on their predecessors, the P30 might use LCD technology while the Pro will likely pack an AMOLED panel.
The additional image above (right) is a clearer, case-free render, picked up by website Techenguru but originating on Chinese social media site Weibo, also showing the P30 Pro’s quad-camera array and a notch-laden screen, however, the latter appears to adopt a sharper ‘U’ shape than the dewdrop form of the previous visuals.
Huawei P30 – Additional features
The Huawei Mate 20 Pro was the first of the company’s phones to showcase an in-display fingerprint sensor, and logic would suggest that this technology will persist with the P30 series, at least on the Pro model.
Despite extended FullView displays on last year’s phones, both still managed to squeeze a more conventional fingerprint sensor underneath the display, along each phone’s bottom bezel.
With the dewdrop notch seen in the renders only leaving room for a front-facing camera, there’s every chance that Huawei has ditched the depth-sensing face unlock technology that it utilised on the Mate 20 Pro.
The teaser video embedded above includes more than one nod to audio, with the imagery of a speaker cone and multiple instances of what could be considered visual representations of soundwaves.
While Huawei’s most recent devices already offer stereo sound output from both their speaker grilles and earpieces when playing media, the company might be planning on upping the audio credentials with its next flagship handsets
Huawei P30 – Performance
On the inside, we expect the P30 to arrive with the 7nm Kirin 980 processor last seen in the brilliant Mate 20 Pro.
Contrary to this hypothesis, however, some believe that the P30 series will showcase a newer Kirin 985 chipset – an as yet unannounced incremental upgrade over the 980 that focuses on providing improved performance and an integrated 5G modem.
As it stands, the Kirin 980 is already an excellent SoC, placing Huawei’s devices up against the best rivals on the market in both raw benchmarking tests and real-world usage. It also packs in a dual NPU (neural processing unit) for AI tasks and operates on an impressively efficient 7nm manufacturing process.
Considering how fresh the 980 still is, it only really falls short of the mark if Huawei has its heart set on using a chip with an integrated 5G modem. The Kirin 980 is already equipped to support 4.5G LTE (offering speeds of up to 1.4Gbps), which is arguably more useful as users will be able to benefit from the best possible speeds currently available across the far more established 4G network.
Instead of releasing a new chip, however, the company only need to add its Balong 5000 modem to the mix to give the Kirin 980 (and any phone powered by it) 5G browsing speeds.
We’ll continue to update this article as and when we learn more about the Huawei P30 and P30 Pro’s potential features. In the meantime, let us know what you think on Twitter @TrustedReviews.