Huawei's P30 and P30 Pro top-tier flagship smartphones are expected to be unveiled in a couple of months but how will they compare to their predecessors?
P30 vs P20 design
- P20: 149.1 x 70.8 x 7.7mm
- P20 Pro: 155 x 73.9 x 7.8mm
- P30: 149.1 x 71.4 x 7.5mm
- P30 Pro: Larger than P30
The Huawei P20 and P20 Pro offer very similar designs to each other, with both handsets offering a notch at the top of their displays and a fingerprint sensor at the bottom. Both also opt for a glass rear with a metal frame, though the P20 Pro offers more colours including the fabulous Twilight option.
The Huawei P30 and P30 Pro are expected to follow a similar design to the P20 and P20 Pro, but in-display fingerprint sensors are a possibility, meaning larger displays and slimmer bezels, even if the footprints remain very similar to the P20 and P20 Pro.
It's also been rumoured that the P30 and P30 Pro will have waterdrop notches at the top of their displays, like the OnePlus 6T, meaning a significantly reduced notch compared to their predecessors.
IP ratings on both the new models are also on our wishlist and we're expecting to see some exciting colour options again, even if only on the P30 Pro model. Rumours also suggest the P30 will have a triple camera system this time round, while the P30 Pro will have a quad camera system, taking a step up from last year's models.
P30 vs P20 display
- P20: 5.8-inch, Full HD+
- P20 Pro: 6.1-inch, Full HD+
- P30: 5.8-inch or larger
- P30 Pro: 6.1-inch or larger
The Huawei P20 has a 5.8-inch, Full HD+ display, while the P20 Pro has a 6.1-inch, Full HD+ display. Both have an 18.7:9 aspect ratio and both feature a notch at the top, albeit smaller than the iPhone XS.
The P20 opts for an LCD panel while the P20 Pro opts for an OLED panel, meaning the notch is hidden slightly better on the Pro model thanks to the richer blacks of the OLED screen.
Rumours have suggested both the P30 and P30 Pro will feature OLED panels. It's also claimed their displays will both increase in size with reports of 6.1-inches for the P30 and 6.5-inches for the P30 Pro. An in-display fingerprint scanner would allow Huawei to reduce the bezels and increase the displays without enlarging the footprints too much.
We mentioned the rumours point to a waterdrop notch for both models. No word on whether we will see a resolution increase but it would be great to see Quad HD+ on at least the P30 Pro.
P30 vs P20 cameras
- P20: Dual rear (12MP/20MP), 24MP front
- P20 Pro: Triple rear (40MP/20MP+8MP), 24MP front
- P30: Triple rear
- P30 Pro: Quad rear
The Huawei P20 has a dual Leica camera system on the back, made up of a 12-megapixel RGB sensor and a 20-megapixel monochrome sensor. The P20 Pro meanwhile has a triple Leica camera system, comprised of a 40-megapixel RGB sensor, 20-megapixel monochrome sensor and an additional 8-megapixel 3x optical zoom sensor.
Both the P20 and P20 Pro have a 24-megapixel front camera, 960fps super slow motion capture and a Portrait Mode for bokeh images, among other features. They also both offer excellent camera results, though the Pro model is superior overall.
The Huawei P30 and P30 Pro therefore have some big shoes to fill. It's claimed the P30 will have a triple camera system and the P30 Pro will have a quad rear system, though no resolution details have been leaked.
Similar features are expected on both, along with improvements compared to the P20 and P20 Pro models.
Hardware and software
- P20: Kirin 970, 4GB RAM, 128GB storage, 3320mAh
- P20 Pro: Kirin 970, 6GB RAM, 128GB storage, 4000mAh
- P30: Kirin 980
- P30 Pro: Kirin 980
The Huawei P20 and P20 Pro both run on the Kirin 970 chipset and they both have 128GB of storage. Neither can be expanded via microSD. The P20 Pro has a slight bump in RAM compared to the P20, at 6GB over 4GB and it also has a larger battery capacity at 4000mAh, compared to 3320mAh.
Neither the P20 or P20 Pro support wireless charging despite their glass backs, though they do both have fast charging.
It is expected that the Huawei P30 and P30 Pro will launch on the Kirin 980 chipset, offering speed and power improvements over their predecessors. RAM, storage and battery capacities have not yet been leaked.
It has been claimed the P30 Pro will have wireless charging this time round though. It's also said it will be the same as the Mate 20 Pro, meaning it will be able to charge other Qi compatible devices by touch. No word on whether the P30 will also offer this, but expect it to have a smaller battery than the P30 Pro.
For now, everything is speculation but we will update this feature, along with our rumour round up feature for the Huawei P30 and P30 Pro as any further details emerge.