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Huawei P30 Pro Announced With Triple Cameras & 40MP

After weeks of rumours and build-up, the Huawei P30 Pro & P30 have been officially announced to a huge crowd in Paris.

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Huawei P30 Event

It's official! The Huawei P30 Pro, and P30, are real and take the flagship crown in the Huawei line-up of smartphones. 

Richard Yu, CEO Huawei Consumer Director, introduced the new smartphone devices to a huge crowd in Paris with a big emphasis on AI, photography and connectivity. 

"The ultimate evolution in mobile photography," says Richard Yu.

Huawei want to 're-write the rules of photography' and on the Huawei P30 Pro you get a main 40MP f/1.6 camera, upgraded from last year's f/1.8, that's supported with a 20MP ultra-wide-angle f/2.2 lens and an 8MP f/3.4 5x telephoto lens. Digital zoom takes this much higher but you know how we feel about digital zoom and OIS can be found on the main/telephoto lenses. There's also PDAF and Laser AF built-in.

Huawei P30 Pro Telephoto Zoom
Huawei P30 Pro Telephoto Zoom

On the P30, you get a slightly different camera set-up with a 40MP f/1.8 wide-angle lens, 16MP ultra-wide-angle f/2.2 lens and a 8MP 3x telephotpo f/2.4 lens.

ISO reaches ISO409600 and during the press conference, Huawei promised big things from the built-in handheld night mode so we'll be interested to see just how well it performs when we put it to the test. On screen, the results were impressive as were the images taken with the improved bokeh mode, and macro images as close as 2.5cm can now be captured, too.

The front facing 32MP f/2.0 is built into a dewdrop at the top of the device rather than featuring as a cut out in the screen, as Samsung has done with their latest flagship device, and bezels are kept small to ensure the smartphone remains comfotable to hold while an impressive screen size remains. 

Huawei P30 Pro Front Back
Huawei P30 Pro Front and Back

Talking of the screen, the P30 Pro sports a 6.47inch (1080x2340) screen while the P30 is slightly smaller at 6.1inch (1080x2340). The actual weight of the smartphone has, also, got lighter but with a bigger 4200mAh (3650mAh on the P30) battery, power hasn't been compromised. Fast charging is also available on the P30 Pro (40W). 

AI is another big feature of the Huawei smartphones with AI HDR+ offering machine learning for better photos and video has been improved with better stabalisation and performance in low light. 

As expected, the overall design is rather exquisite and we'll be getting hands-on with the P30 Pro shortly to see how it feels in use and if it's comfortable to hold so keep an eye on the review section of the site for an update on this. Huawei did say that the P30 Pro is smaller and lighter than the iPhone X, if you're looking for a comparison. 

Single or Hybrid Dual SIM is available and the P30 Pro is dust/water resistant with a rating of IP68.

The Huawei P30 Pro is powered by a Kirin 980 chipset and has 8/128GB memory while the P30 has 6/128GB. The smartphones will be available in 8/256GB and 8/512GB versions (depending on region) which is extendable with a memory card. Colours range from black, twilight gradient, red and ice white.

 

UK Pricing Information: 

The Huawei P30 Pro is priced at £899 for the 128GB version, or £1099 for the 512GB version. The P30 is priced at £699 for the 128GB version. 

 

Huawei P30 Pro
Huawei P30 Pro

 

From Huawei: PARIS - March 26, 2019 - During an exclusive launch event today at the Paris Convention Centre, Huawei Consumer Business Group (BG) unveiled the HUAWEI P30 and HUAWEI P30 Pro. The HUAWEI P30 Series builds on the HUAWEI P Series DNA in design and photography and is the company’s most advanced series of smartphone cameras. These devices feature the innovative HUAWEI SuperSpectrum Sensor, an optical SuperZoom Lens, a new HUAWEI Time of Flight (ToF) Camera, and enhanced optical and AI image stabilisation technology. With these revolutionary technologies, the HUAWEI P30 and HUAWEI P30 Pro capture incredible photos and videos in every scenario.

 

Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer BG, said, “The HUAWEI P30 Series is a fundamental breakthrough after decades of digital camera technology development; it will rewrite the rules and reshape everyone’s perception of mobile photography. Innovations such as the HUAWEI SuperSpectrum Sensor and SuperZoom Lens allow us to push the envelope of both photography and videography—a frontier long overdue for disruption. The HUAWEI P30 Series will set the pace for the next generation of smartphones by empowering people to capture the true beauty of the world around them through a device that fits in the palm of their hands.” 

 

Rewriting the Rules of Photography for Stunning Professional-grade Pictures Every Time

The HUAWEI P30 Series will change users’ expectations of smartphone photography. The HUAWEI P30 Pro is equipped with a new Leica Quad Camera System, including a 40MP main camera with the HUAWEI SuperSpectrum Sensor, a 20MP ultra-wide angle camera, an 8MP telephoto camera, the HUAWEI ToF Camera and a 32MP front camera that takes selfies to a new level.

 

The 1/1.7-inch HUAWEI SuperSpectrum Sensor looks at light in a fundamentally new way. The RYYB HUAWEI SuperSpectrum Sensor deviates from the traditional RGGB Bayer filter by replacing green pixels with yellow pixels, yielding a high maximum ISO rating of 409,600 on the HUAWEI P30 Pro and 204,800 on the HUAWEI P30. This fundamental shift in sensor technology, combined with HUAWEI AIS, OIS and the HUAWEI P30 Pro’s f/1.6 wide aperture, delivers extraordinary photography and videography experiences across a wide range of scenarios and lighting conditions—including extreme low light—producing images with enhanced detail, colour and clarity. 

 

Huawei P30 Pro Lenses
Huawei P30 Pro Lenses

The new SuperZoom Lens unlocks a superior level of zoom photography in a slim-line device design. Through a new periscope design, the SuperZoom Lens supports high fidelity magnification of 5 times optical zoom, 10 times hybrid zoom and 50 times digital zoom. A prism element in the telephoto camera bends light at a 90-degree angle to maximize focal length while minimizing camera height, without disrupting device design.

 

The HUAWEI ToF Camera unleashes the imagination. Unique to the HUAWEI P30 Pro is a HUAWEI ToF Camera that captures depth-of-field information to deliver accurate image segmentation. Precise distance measurement allows for the simulation of multiple levels of bokeh. The Super Portrait feature captures even the smallest details, such as individual strands of hair. It combines depth information and proprietary algorithms to produce outstanding images with defocused backgrounds and highlights the subject of the image in any scenario.

 

Huawei AI helps users bring it all together into the perfect shot. AI HDR+ enables the front and rear cameras to combine multiple photos taken in quick succession to eliminate overexposed and backlit images.

 

Redefining Smartphone Videography

The HUAWEI P30 Series is a smartphone camera with cinematic capabilities. The HUAWEI P30 Series ushers in a new era of studio-grade videography. The HUAWEI SuperSpectrum Sensor enables spectacular low-light video capture so night scenes appear bright and highly detailed. HUAWEI AIS and OIS support stabilization for all video capture settings, resulting in a perfect, steady shot. Additionally, the SuperZoom Lens allows for crisp close-ups, while the AI Video Editor enables users to add background music and special effects to their videos, turning the HUAWEI P30 Series into a mobile production studio. 

 

Two views are better than one. HUAWEI Dual-View Video[1] can capture two perspectives of the same scene at the same time by using multiple cameras simultaneously. The HUAWEI P30 Series provides a full view of a scene while also capturing a close-up of a subject, unleashing new and exciting possibilities for video.

 

A Heritage of Stunning Design

Deriving inspiration from nature and technology to achieve a stunning design and beautiful colours. The HUAWEI P30 Series design, created with a nine-layer nano optical colour finish, is inspired by the unique colour palette and pristine look of salt flats. The 6.47-inch HUAWEI P30 Pro and 6.1-inch HUAWEI P30 come in Breathing Crystal, Amber Sunrise, Aurora, Pearl White and Black. The FHD+ (2340x1080) Dewdrop Display features a tiny notch, providing maximum display area. The near bezel-less front glass houses an In-Screen Fingerprint sensor for quick and secure identity authentication. The HUAWEI P30 Pro also features HUAWEI Acoustic Display Technology that enables it to deliver high-quality audio through a sound emitting display. 

 

Ultimate Innovation

Innovation is core to Huawei’s DNA. The HUAWEI P30 and HUAWEI P30 Pro are packed with industry-leading features that set them apart in power, performance and efficiency:

  • The HUAWEI P30 Series is powered by the 7nm Kirin 980 processor, which delivers ultimate performance, top-class efficiency and faster image recognition through its Dual-NPU AI processing power.
  • The HUAWEI P30 Series features an Extendable Read-Only File System (EROFS) that improves system responsiveness. The latest EMUI 9.1 also supports HUAWEI Share OneHop for seamless file sharing between Huawei smartphones and Huawei laptops.
  • The HUAWEI P30 Pro features a 4200mAh battery (typical value) and 40W HUAWEI SuperCharge that charges a device from zero to 70 percent in 30 minutes, keeping the device powered for more than a full day of intensive work.
  • The HUAWEI P30 Pro features HUAWEI SuperCool technology to improve thermal performance, keeping the phone cool even during heavy use.
  • The HUAWEI P30 Series is equipped with a suite of advanced wireless communications capabilities supporting Dual SIM and Dual VoLTE connectivity[2].

 

Huawei also launched the HUAWEI WATCH GT Active Edition and Elegant Edition, outdoor smart watches featuring ultra-long battery life; HUAWEI FreeLace wireless earphones, which support HUAWEI HiPair for easy pairing and fast charging; and HUAWEI X GENTLEMONSTER EYEWEAR, new smart glasses co-designed with renowned eyewear designer GENTLE MONSTER.

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