Huawei launched its latest P30 and P30 Pro with triple and quad camera setup

Huawei's P30 Pro is said to confront Samsung's Galaxy S10 Plus with features including a tiny notch at the front to give as much display estate as possible while boasting a fully featured quad camera setup.

Huawei has launched its brand new P30 and P30 Pro to compete with the likes of tiny-notched smartphones. But you might be asking, what's new?

The Huawei P30 Pro and P30 are two new phones that the Chinese brand, and Samsung's Android chief rival, announced Tuesday at a launch event in Paris. Both phones have colourful, shiny backings, but it's all the tech inside that Huawei hopes will push its new phones ahead of the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus, Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10E.
Huawei just announced its latest flagship, the P30 Pro, which we will be talking about today and more than ever, the company is emphasizing the camera as the major standout feature. Fortunately, it’s also brought a spec sheet to match, including a new four-camera array that packs basically every major smartphone camera trend into a single package. Here’s everything Huawei says it has.
The P30 Pro's four cameras are the real stars of the show. You get a 20-megapixel super wide-angle lens, a regular 40-megapixel lens and a 32-megapixel front-facing camera for selfies. Then there's the big one: a weird-looking square lens that uses a prism-based periscope system to achieve a huge zoom. It offers not only a 5x zoom but also a 10x zoom without much loss in overall quality. That's a huge zoom for a phone and lets you get close in on details that would normally look like mush on a regular digital zoom.

SpecificationsHuawei P30Huawei P30 Pro
  • 6.1-inch OLED;
  • 1080 x 2340;
  • 19.5:9;
  • HDR10
  • 6.47-inch OLED;
  • 1080 x 2340;
  • 19.5:9;
  • HDR10
SoC7nm HiSilicon Kirin 980:
  • 2x Cortex-A76
  • 2x Cortex-A76
  • 4x Cortex-A55
7nm HiSilicon Kirin 980:
  • 2x Cortex-A76
  • 2x Cortex-A76
  • 4x Cortex-A55
ExpandabilityUp to 256GB through proprietary nano-memory card (in SIM 2 slot)Up to 256GB through proprietary nano-memory card (in SIM 2 slot)
Battery3650 mAh, With 25W fast charging, reverse wireless charging4200 mAh; With 40W fast charging, and 15W fast wireless charging, reverse wireless charging
Fingerprint SensorOptical In-displayOptical In-display
Rear Camera
  • 40MP, f/1.8 +
  • 16MP, f/2.2, ultra-wide angle +
  • 8MP, telephoto with 5x hybrid zoom
  • Laser AF
  • Dual LED Flash
  • 40MP, f/1.6, OIS +
  • 20MP, f/2.2, ultra-wide angle +
  • 8MP, f/3.4, telephoto with 7.8x optical zoom and 10x hybrid zoom +
  • 3D ToF
  • Laser AF
  • Dual LED Flash
Front Camera32MP32MP
IP RatingIP53IP68
Android VersionEMUI 9.1 based on Android PieEMUI 9.1 based on Android Pie
ColorsBlack, Pearl White, Aurora, Amber Sunrise, Breathing CrystalBlack, Pearl White, Aurora, Amber Sunrise, Breathing Crystal
The main camera has apparently been tweaked to capture light in a different way than you'll typically find in camera sensors. It's a bit too complicated to get into here, but what you need to know is that it doesn't change anything in terms of how your images actually look. Colors look natural and there's generally a decent exposure -- although I've found that the S10 Plus can balance a bright sky a little better.

Low-light skills are also apparently a strong point for the P30 Pro, much like they were for the P20 Pro and Mate 20 Pro before it. Huawei reckons the sensor tweaks, together with various AI improvements for stabilization, help take the best low-light shots so far.

The standout spec on the P30 Pro is the new periscope zoom lens. There are a few tricks going on here, but it starts with a 5x optical zoom (thanks to the extra space that the periscope mechanism allows). By combining that with additional data from the main sensor, Huawei claims to have achieved a lossless 10x hybrid zoom. The company is also touting a massive 50x digital zoom, although, obviously, you’ll take a hit in quality at that point.

In my brief testing, I was most impressed with Huawei’s time-of-flight (ToF) camera and the way it enhances portrait mode on this phone. Using the depth information from the ToF sensor, Huawei is much more precise about identifying its subject and neatly separating the person from the background. But the novelty now is that Huawei is also gradating the simulated bokeh in its portrait mode: the bokeh will be less pronounced closer to the subject and increasingly softer and blurrier as you get further away from it. What that means is that you won’t get the 2D cutout effect with portrait photos. You can see a couple of the sample shots I took in the hands-on video above. The great thing about them is they were my first tries. This camera evidently makes it easy to take good photos, and that’s what every phone camera should aspire to.

On the video front, Huawei is promising to add a Dual Video recording function that will shoot simultaneous video from both the main and the telephoto sensor, combining them into a single widescreen side-by-side video. This will come as part of a future software update.

Besides the camera, the P30 Pro has a few more upgrades specs. The display is a 6.47-inch curved OLED panel with 2340 x 1080 resolution and a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. On the inside, there’s a massive 4,200mAh battery, which can be topped up to 70 percent full in 30 minutes using Huawei’s 40W SuperCharge wired charging. The P30 Pro also supports 15W wireless charging as well as reverse wireless charging. So yes, you’ll be able to charge your Samsung Galaxy Buds off the back of this phone, if you wish.

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, omitting the periscope zoom and the fourth, depth-detecting sensor.

Huawei also has a new set of wireless headphones, which you charge and pair by plugging directly into your phone's USB-C port. 

There's no price yet for the phones or the headphones, nor do we know exactly when they're going on sale. But we expect to hear more in the coming days.

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