Huawei will announce the P30 and P30 Pro on 26 March. The P30 will replace the P20, while the P30 Pro will succeed the P20 Pro, but how will they differ from each other?

Here are the differences and similarities expected for the P30 and P30 Pro, based on the rumours and the confirmations. Which will be the right one for you?

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What's expected to be the same on the Huawei P30 and P30 Pro?

  • Processor 
  • Software experience
  • Waterdrop notch

The Huawei P30 and P30 Pro are both expected to run on the same processor - likely the Kirin 980 - and they will both have the same software UI and experience too - Android 9.0 with EMUI over the top.

Both the P30 and P30 Pro will have a water drop notch at the top of their displays, like the OnePlus 6T, and official images from Huawei's own site present no fingerprint sensor on either device, which could mean in-display sensors for both.

Both the P30 and the P30 Pro will offer similar design details, with metal frames sandwiched between glass panels, though finish options will differ between the models, with the P30 Pro offering an extra colour based on the pre-order leak. We're also hoping for official IP ratings on both models.

What's expected to be different on the Huawei P30 and P30 Pro?

Whilst the design language and software experience is expected to be similar across both the P30 and P30 Pro, there are a number of differences reported for the two models.

Display

  • P30 Pro: 6.47-inch rumoured
  • P30: 6.1-inch suggested

The Huawei P30 is expected to come with a 6.1-inch display, while the P30 Pro is expected to come with a larger 6.47-inch screen, making them quite a bit larger than their predecessors. The P30 will also be flat and the P30 Pro will be curved based on official leaked images.

Both are said to be OLED panels though and both are rumoured to come with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio.

Size

  • P30: 149.1 x 71.4 x 7.5mm rumoured
  • P30 Pro: Likely to be larger

The physical size of the Huawei P30 and P30 Pro is likely to be different too. Rumours suggest the P30 will measure 149.1 x 71.4 x 7.5mm and while the P30 Pro's measurements have not been detailed in leaks as yet, we're expecting it to be larger than the standard model to accommodate the larger display.

Cameras

  • P30: Triple rear camera
  • P30 Pro: Quad rear camera

The main difference between the Huawei P30 and P30 Pro will be the rear cameras, as was the case with the P20 and P20 Pro. Huawei confirmed on its pre-order pages that the P30 will have a triple rear camera system, while the P30 Pro will have a quad rear camera system.

The triple camera system will be made up of a 40-megapixel sensor, coupled with a 16-megapixel sensor and an 8-megapixel sensor. The P30 Pro will then have a Time of Flight sensor as the fourth sensor. Both models will also offer periscope zoom with the P30 offering 5x and the P30 Pro offering 10x.

The front camera wasn't detailed on the Huawei P30 or P30 Pro pre-order pages and it hasn't been specified in other leaks yet either.

Hardware

  • P30: 6GB RAM, 128GB storage
  • Pro: 8GB RAM, up to 512GB storage

The Huawei P30 and P30 Pro are likely to have the same Kirin 980 processor but the Pro model is expected to offer more RAM, more storage and a larger battery capacity. The P30 is said to be coming with 6GB of RAM and 128GB storage. The P30 Pro meanwhile is expected to offer 8GB RAM and up to 512GB storage.

The P30 Pro will come wireless charging, like the Mate 20 Pro, which we know because the pre-order bundle for the P30 Pro includes a wireless charger. It is hoped the P30 model will adopt this too though.

Conclusion and price

It's safe to assume the Huawei P30 Pro will be superior to the P30. This superiority is likely to come in the form of a more advanced camera system, more RAM, a larger battery capacity, a larger display and an extra finish option.

The P30 Pro will also no doubt be more expensive than the standard P30. In 2018, there was a £200 difference between the P20 and P20 Pro so we'd expect similar for the P30 and P30 Pro.

This feature will be updated as more rumours appear, as well as with the official details when they arrive.