This afternoon Huawei unveiled a slew of new mobile devices at an event held in Paris, but the stars of the show were its two new flagship phones – the Huawei P30 and P30 Pro.
As was the case last year, the Chinese manufacturer opted to forego unveiling its new P-series devices at MWC 19 to hold a standalone event akin to what rivals Samsung and Apple do. It did the trick in 2018 as the P20 series was well received locally, and based on what the P30 and P30 Pro are sporting, it seems as if Huawei will likely repeat this time round.
So what are these new pieces of mobile hardware sporting?
Well in terms of design, both the P30 and P30 Pro feature a similar aesthetic, but it’s the latter that features a few more refinements and some better specifications.
For the P30 Pro the most notable is the camera setup, which four different lenses on the rear. The is the usual trio of lenses (40MP, 20MP and 8MP), but the new addition is a ToF lens as seen on the LG G8 ThinQ earlier this year. This new lens is aimed at improving the depth of field functionality on the P30 Pro in particular, and should prove good while taking portrait photos.
Huawei hasn’t stopped there though, and has imbued the P30 Pro with an up 50 times super zoom feature, along with up to 5 times digital zoom and up to 10 times optical zoom. This functionality also extends to shooting video too, with up to 15 times super zoom in low light conditions.
As for the rest fo the device, the P30 Pro has a 6.47 inch display up front, with a bezel-less design and tear drop notch at the top to house the 32MP front facing camera. The front and rear of the phone also features a slightly curved design to cradle better in hand, as well as a combination of glass and aluminium for the body and frame respectively.
Powering things internally is the 7nm octa-core Kirin 980 chipset with 256GB onboard storage, 4 200mAh battery and no headphone jack present. It’s also got an IP68 rated waterproofness and dust resistance if such things are important to you.
If you’re considering the P30 instead, it features much of the same core elements as the Pro, with a few key differences. The screen up front is 6.1″, along with a smaller 3 650 mAh battery and no ToF camera on the rear. It also doesn’t have the same IP rating as the Pro. Oddly, the P30 houses a 3.5mm jack.
Interestingly, neither of these devices will support 5G, with the foldable Huawei Mate X being the only phone that the Chinese company has destined for SA at this stage. They will, however, both have dual SIM slots, with capable of being used for expandable storage via a nanoSD card.
South Africa will be one of the first wave countries to receive the Huawei P30 and P30 Pro, with it anticipated to launch locally in the first week of April. Pricing is also unconfirmed at this stage, but should follow in the coming week.