Huawei's P20 Pro was without a shadow of a doubt one of the best smartphones from 2018 and the standard P20 was pretty great too. The Chinese company has therefore set some high expectations for the upcoming P30 and P30 Pro.
This is everything you need to know about Huawei's next flagship smartphones - the P30 and P30 Pro - including all the rumours, confirmations and what we are hoping to see.
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Huawei P30 release date and price
- 26 March in Paris
- Pre-orders from 26 March
- Price upwards of £650
Huawei has revealed on Twitter that the P30 and P30 Pro will be unveiled on 26 March at an event in Paris.
Pricing has yet to be confirmed, but Huawei will be offering a Sonos One with every P30 and P30 Pro pre-ordered before 8 April. The P30 Pro will also come with a wireless charger in the pre-order bundle. The Huawei site said the offer would run from 26 March, suggesting pre-orders will open immediately after the devices are announced.
Leaks have suggested the P30 will start at around €749 (£650), while the Huawei P30 Pro is said to start at €999 (£890), increasing to €1099 (£950) for a 256GB version.
- Waterdrop notch displays
- Vertical camera arrangements
- Metal and glass designs
Leaks surrounding the P30 and P30 Pro have been kicking around for months, from case leaks and hands on leaks - one from Digital Trends and another from Vietnam shared by SlashLeaks - along with numerous renders.
None of the leaks are quite as substantial as the pre-order pages for devices going live on Huawei's official site though, showing off the P30 and P30 Pro's design in all their glory and confirming many of the later renders from the likes of MySmartPrice and WinFuture.
Both the P30 and P30 Pro will come with a water drop display, and from what the official images suggest, a glass and metal build will be present again, like the P20 and P20 Pro. Both the devices will also sport a vertically arrange triple camera system, though the P30 Pro will also have a fourth Time of Flight sensor to the right.
The two devices will also come in a number of interesting finish options again. Based on the Huawei site leak, the P30 will come in black, a blue and purple finish and a green and blue finish. The P30 Pro meanwhile, will come in the same colours as the P30, along with an extra red/orange finish.
In terms of measurements, slim designs are expected. A previous report from 91Mobiles said the P30 will measure 149.1 x 71.4 x 7.5mm, with the camera bump seeing the thickness increase to 9.4mm, though nothing has been said for the P30 Pro as yet.
Only the P20 Pro featured an official IP rating but we'd hope to see both the P30 and P30 Pro offering waterproofing given it's a pretty standard feature on most flagship smartphones now.
- Increased display sizes
- In-display fingerprint sensors
- P30 flat, P30 Pro curved
It's claimed the P30 will offer a 6.1-inch Full HD+ screen with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio, while the P30 Pro will upsize to 6.47-inches, again with a Full HD+ resolution and a 19.5:9 aspect ratio.
If true, the P30 Pro will be slightly larger than the company's Mate 20 Pro, and both devices see an increase from their predecessors. Despite the display increases however, we aren't expecting the footprints of the P30 and P30 Pro to change too much from the P20 and P20 Pro.
The Huawei site leak shows the P30 with a flat display and the P30 Pro with a curved display. Both are said to be OLED, apparently made by Samsung. The P20 Pro had an OLED panel in 2018 but the P20 featured LCD.
Huawei P30 and P30 Pro cameras
- P30: Triple rear cameras (40MP/16MP/8MP), 5x zoom
- P30 Pro: Quad rear cameras (40MP/16MP/8MP+ToF), 10x zoom
- Leica branding
The Huawei P30 will feature a triple rear camera system, while the P30 Pro will have a quad rear camera system.
Both devices will feature a 40-megapixel sensor, 16-megapixel sensor and an 8-megapixel sensor. The P30 Pro will have an additional Time of Flight sensor, making up the quad setup.
It's claimed the 40-megapixel sensor will offer an f/1.6 aperture, the 16-megapixel wide angle sensor will offer a f/2.2 aperture and the 8-megapixel zoom lens will have an f/2.4 aperture, though Huawei only confirmed the resolutions on its site in the small print.
The leak on Huawei's own site also confirmed the P30 would offer 5x hybrid zoom, while the P30 Pro would offer 10x hybrid zoom, and the company teased the zoom functionality on its official twitter channel too.
- Kirin 980 expected
- 8GB of RAM for P30 Pro?
- Wireless charging on P30 Pro
Huawei manufacturers its own chips so the P30 and P30 Pro will no doubt run on the latest Kirin processor - the Kirin 980 - which is the same platform Huawei uses in its Mate 20 Series.
It's claimed the Huawei P30 will come with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, while the P30 Pro will have 8GB of RAM and up to 512GB of storage. This hasn't been confirmed as yet though.
In terms of battery capacities, the P20 and P20 Pro have 3400mAh and 4000mAh cells under their hoods respectively, so we'd expect around a similar mark for the P30 and P30 Pro. The Mate 20 Pro has a 4200mAh capacity and while we'd be surprised to see the P30 Pro offer the same, we do expect the P30 and P30 Pro to come with quick charging.
Neither the P20 or the P20 Pro offer wireless charging despite their glass backs, but the Mate 20 Pro does. Huawei is including a wireless charger with the P30 Pro in its pre-order bundle so we know at least the P30 will offer wireless charging capabilities.
The P30 and P30 Pro will also likely run on Android 9.0 with Huawei EMUI skin over the top.
We will update this feature as more rumours surrounding the Huawei P30 and P30 Pro appear so keep checking back.