A lot of phones were released in 2018, but among all of them, one that stuck out as something special was the Huawei P20 Pro. Although not perfect, the P20 Pro is widely considered as having one of the very best camera packages we’ve ever seen on any smartphone. Add that together with a stunning design, fast performance, and greatly improved software, and it’s easy to see why we were so enthralled with the phone.
We’re now in 2019, and as such, it’s time to look ahead to see what Huawei will do to improve upon last year. It’s going to be a challenge, but if Huawei plays its cards right, the P30 Pro could very easily be one of the best phones of the year.
Without further ado, here’s everything we know!
February 19, 2019 — Huawei will unveil the P30 series on March 26
After weeks of leaks and rumors, Huawei has announced that it will formally unveil the P30 series on March 26 in Paris. The short video accompanying the tweet suggests the P30 series will feature a sizeable zoom lens.
— Huawei Mobile (@HuaweiMobile) February 19, 2019
Earlier leaks revealed a waterdrop notch and three rear cameras, and on the hardware front we’re looking at the Kirin 980 and a massive battery. With the launch just over a month away, we should hear more about the P30 series in the coming weeks.
February 8, 2019 — Huawei P30 and P30 Pro fully revealed in Spigen case renders
It’s been a little over a month since the Huawei P30 was fully revealed in a batch of renders, and now thanks to popular case manufacturer Spigen, we have even more renders to feast our eyes upon.
Just as we saw before, the Huawei P30 features a waterdrop notch, three rear cameras, and a glass back. This time, however, we get to see the phone in a more subdued black color.
These renders also give us our first look at the more powerful Huawei P30 Pro. The P30 Pro looks nearly identical compared to the P30 from the front, but around back we see that it’ll come equipped with four rear cameras instead of three.
January 4, 2019 — First Huawei P30 renders reveal a waterdrop notch and three rear cameras
2019’s barely begun, but even so, we already have our first look at the Huawei P30. Thanks to a collaboration between @OnLeaks and 91 Mobiles, a new batch of device renders and a 360-degree video gives us a clear look at Huawei’s upcoming handset.
Similar to last year, the P30 shown here is expected to be a more affordable, less powerful version of the flagship P30 Pro. Even so, it still looks like one heck of a device.
There are three big upgrades with the P30 over the P20, the first of which is its display. The notch at the top has been shrunk down to a waterdrop style and takes up far less space than the one we had last year. Furthermore, there’s no longer a front-facing fingerprint sensor — allowing the chin to shrink considerably.
With no rear or side-mounted fingerprint sensor in sight, this means that the P30 more than likely has an in-display sensor.
Around back, you’ll see a row of three rear cameras. That’s one extra camera compared to the dual-lens setup on the P20 and should allow for much more variety with the shots you take.
Also pictured in these renders is a USB-C charging port, 3.5mm headphone jack, and Huawei’s stunning Emerald Green color with what appears to be a texture on the back similar to what we saw with the Huawei Mate 20. As for the dimensions, those come in at 149.1 x 71.4 x 7.5mm.
What will the Huawei P30 and P30 Pro look like?
Based on what we’ve seen so far, the Huawei P30 will look similar to the P20 with some welcome upgrades.
There’s still a multi-colored glass back, but you’ll now find three rear cameras instead of just two. Around front, there’s a large 6-inch display with a small waterdrop notch and a much smaller chin compared to its predecessor.
The volume rocker and power button are both on the right, the bottom frame is home to a USB-C port and 3.5mm headphone jack, and with no fingerprint sensor in sight, we’re assuming that Huawei’s embedded it underneath the display.
The P30 Pro looks nearly identical to the regular P30, with the biggest difference being its rear camera setup. Rather than a measly three cameras, the P30 Pro is expected to come with a total of four.
What specs are we anticipating?
While no specs for the Huawei P30 have been confirmed, here’s what we’re currently expecting according to the rumor mill.
|Operating System||Android 9 Pie
2340 x 1080
|Rear Camera 1||40MP|
|Rear Camera 2||20MP|
|Rear Camera 3||5MP|
The P30 Pro will likely have similar specs, with a few upgrades here and there. As we learn more, we’ll update the spec list accordingly.
How much will the phones cost?
In the UK, the Huawei P20 has a retail price of £600 while the P20 Pro goes for £800.
No pricing information for the P30 or P30 Pro has been made available yet, but we can likely expect them to cost around £50 to £100 more than last year’s phones.
When will they be released?
The Huawei P20 series was announced on March 27, 2018, and then released on April 6.
With the P30, we could be faced with a similar release window, or it could be moved up a bit sooner seeing as how Huawei is confirmed to attend Mobile World Congress in February and could make an announcement as soon as then.