The Huawei P30 Pro smartphone: News and rumors

Flame on: Here's the upcoming Huawei P30 Pro in a bold, flaming red

The replacement to Huawei’s successful P20 and P20 Pro will likely come during the first few months of 2019, and rumors about the device’s new features are starting to leak. The P20 Pro was a trendsetter when it launched in March 2018, introducing the world to a high-performance triple-lens camera system with a night mode, plus the now more widespread gradient color scheme. What will the sequel bring? Here’s what we know so far.

Design

What will the P30 or P30 Pro look like? Leaks abound, and the latest from Roland Quandt and WinFuture show the P30 Pro in a series of colors, including a fetching new red variant.

The red, Ice White, and Twilight Aurora colors are particularly beautiful, but what strikes us is the lack of a fourth camera sensor, as some previous leaks contended. Instead, there are three camera lenses on the back linked with a single black background. A fingerprint scanner is similarly missing, signaling the return to an in-display fingerprint scanner like the Mate 20 Pro. The front of the phone is almost all screen, but there’s no floating hole-punch display like the Galaxy S10 range — instead, there’s a teardrop-style notch, replacing the heftier notch from the P20 Pro.

This latest leak comes in direct contrast to a series of cases for the P30 Pro from online retailer MobileFun.

Olixar Huawei P30 Pro case on the left, and P30 case on the right.

Like the latest leaks, there’s no sign of a fingerprint sensor on the front or back of the phone, but the teardrop-style notch at the top sports a slightly different style. However, the most glaring difference is the additional lens, which is completely missing from these recent leaks.

Of course, it’s possible these leaks show the P30 Pro and the P30, but WinFuture seems adamant its pictures show the P30 Pro. Only time (and corroborating leaks) will tell the truth, but at the moment we’re leaning towards the most recent leaks being the more accurate ones.

Olixar’s case is not the only one that has been spotted. A case for the non-Pro P30 was leaked with a slightly different design, showing an elongated camera cutout on the left, and a further section underneath. It’s not clear why this is separate. The Olixar P30 case seems to combine the second cutout into one single larger cutout. The P30 Pro case in the Twitter leak from Ice Universe closely matches the Olixar case’s look.

Announcement and release

Huawei will announce the P30 at an event in Paris on March 26. The company has shared teasers on its social networking channels, with its official Huawei Mobile Twitter account providing the date and the promotional line, “Rules were made to be rewritten.”

This repeats last year’s Huawei P20 launch, which took place in the French capital in March 2018. Huawei is also holding a press conference at Mobile World Congress at the end of February 2019, which we now know will reveal other devices and not the Huawei P30.

Camera

The standout feature on the P-Series has always been the camera, and the P20 Pro set the bar for others to beat in 2018. The P30 may add another camera lens to the setup, taking it from three to four. This is contrary to the most recent leaks, but is backed up by comments by Huawei Europe boss Walter Ji, who said in an interview, “Next year we will definitely see more innovation in the camera. Now we have three, imagine four next year.”

He also commented on a greater zoom capability, potentially up to 10x, and in the first official teaser video shared online the dramatic zoom effects strongly hint this will be part of the camera’s functionality.

A rumored fourth lens may not be used for photography. Instead, the fourth sensor may be a Time-of-Flight sensor (ToF) usually used for AR/VR mapping. Huawei has been linked to Sony for the P30, and according to this rumor may use the forthcoming IMX607 sensor, which may add a 38-megapixel sensor to the phone. Huawei’s own Nova 4 and Honor’s View 20 both have the Sony IMX586 48-megapixel sensors.

Specification

No specific details have leaked about the Huawei P30 or P30 Pro’s other features. However, it’s almost certain the phone will use the Kirin 980 processor, as Huawei is unlikely to replace it until later in 2019. It’s possible the phone will have 5G capabilities, according to some rumors; but this may arrive on a modified version of the phone at a later date, with 4G LTE models being released first.

We will update here with more Huawei P30 and P30 Pro rumors as they come in.

Updated on March 14, 2019: The P30 Pro leaks in flaming red.

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