What to expect
Huawei is expected to keep pushing what's possible with smartphone cameras in the upcoming Huawei P30 Pro. Here's what we know so far.
Huawei's next premium smartphone is shaping up to be an exceptional camera phone.
Huawei has two primary flagship phone lines, with the more productivity-centric Mate series typically launching later in the year. The first half of the year belongs to its style-centric P-series phones. In 2018, that saw the release of the Huawei P20 Pro, an exceptional camera phone that was really only bested by the release of the Huawei Mate 20 Pro later in the year.
That sets a very high bar for the Huawei P30 Pro to leap over.What we've seen, primarily via specification leaks suggests that the Huawei P30 Pro should be a serious flagship contender.
- 6.47 inch OLED
- Teardrop display
- In-display fingerprint sensor
- Range of colours, but will we see them all in Australia?
- Triple rear Leica lenses
- 10x optical zoom
- Time of Flight sensor
- Kirin 980 processor
- Nano memory expansion rather than microSD
- 4200 mAh battery expected
- Wireless and wired charging
- Reverse wireless charging
- Price and style will be key to the P30 Pro's success
Pricing and availability
- The Huawei P30 Pro is expected to launch in March 2019
- Expect pricing around the $1,000-$1,500 mark
Huawei confirmed that it would hold its own launch event outside of MWC 2019, where it showed off the Huawei Mate X for the Huawei P30 Pro on 26 March 2019 in Paris France. That's when we'll get our first official look at the Huawei P30 Pro, and it seems likely we won't wait too much longer after that to actually be able to buy one.
As to pricing, Huawei is in an interesting position with the Huawei P30 Pro. It gently bumped pricing upwards relative to its generally affordable pricing for the Huawei Mate 20. If the Huawei P30 Pro is a more premium offering than that generally excellent handset, we could see similar pricing in the $1,500 range, with a cheaper P30 model in the more affordable premium range. If Huawei wants to keep the Mate 20 Pro as the flagship, however, it may opt to make the more style-centric Huawei P30 Pro a more affordable option in its own right.
Huawei landed the Huawei Mate 20 and Huawei Mate 20 Pro with Optus and Vodafone, and it seems likely that we may see the Huawei P30 or Huawei P30 Pro also arrive on contract terms through carriers, although we've heard nothing yet around specifics for that.
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
Huawei's flagship camera phone
The Huawei Mate 20 Pro combines the power of Huawei's own Kirin 980 chip, an exceptional battery and a class-leading triple camera array.
Huawei P30 Pro specifications
- Product name
- Huawei P30 Pro
- Display size
- 6.47 inches
- 2340 x 1080
- 398 ppi
- Kirin 980
- Operating system
- Android 9
- Front camera
- Rear camera
- 40MP f/1.6 primary/20MP f/2.2 wide/8MP f/3.4 zoom
- TBC, expected around $1,000-$1,500
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