Huawei announces the P30 and P30 Pro camera-focused flagships

Huawei announces the P30 and P30 Pro camera-focused flagships

Huawei announces the P30 and P30 Pro camera-focused flagships

Today in Paris, Huawei announced the flagship model of its photography-focused series of phones: the P30 Pro. The new lens system, one that may be credited first to OPPO, allows the P30 Pro to reach 10x zoom while still containing more detail than others that have to rely on digital zoom and algorithms past the 3x mark. The official launch will put an end to all the rumours we've been hearing about the P30 and P30 Pro in the last couple of days. As for the front camera, it comes with a 32MP sensor on both phones. The P30 will ship with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.

Rounding out the hardware is a Cat 21 modem capable of speeds up to 1.4Gbps. They also charge wirelessly.

Huawei's handset is available in pearl white, breathing crystal, black, amber sunrise and aurora colours. No matter the color, the phone features an IP68 rating for protection against dust and water.

The smaller P30 also gets a bit of a downgrade in the main camera department. The regular P30 can zoom digitally up to 30 times.

The second ultra-wide-angle lens comes in at 20MP and has an f/2.2 aperture and OIS.

Four cameras on the back complete with periscopic zoom. With the P30 Pro, early indications are that it's looking like it'll be another fantastic performer at a competitive price and with attractive looks. Huawei reports the lens provides an nearly lossless experience at 10x zoom (270mm).

Unique to the P30 Pro, the Time-of-Flight (TOF) Camera aims to capture depth-of-field information to deliver precisely accurate image segmentation. The TOF lens creates a detailed exposure map to improve photography in a variety of settings.

Seeing all these details that I would never have noticed before only makes the 50x zoom even more fun and better to use.

Huawei has boasted about the new technologies it has squeezed into the phone's camera array.

Huawei, which also makes telecoms network equipment, has been under much global scrutiny following USA allegations that the Chinese giant's products could be used by Beijing for spying.

Just like previous Huawei smartphones, the P30 Pro has a very attractive finish. It features more conservative upgrades compared with its larger sibling, but is still a powerhouse.

In our brief face-on time with the glasses, we found them to be lightweight - probably just slightly heavier than your usual eyewear - and a little big for this woman's fairly average-size face and head.

There are a few key differences between the two phones, just as there were between the P20 Pro and P20 a year ago.

Besides that, the smartphone also packs a smaller 3,650 mAh battery with support for Huawei's 22W SuperCharge fast-charging technology (via USB C) without any form of wireless charging or reverse wireless charging.

Of course, while the P30 series are being sold as camera phones, the majority of their use should be for watching videos and listening to music on the daily commute. Its main sensor is still a 40MP RYYB sensor but now it is paired to an f/1.8 aperture lens instead.

Thirdly, the P30 Pro has changed the sensor structure. A representative for the company told PCMag that Huawei has no plans for a 5G version of either phone at this time.

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