The wait's over, the new Huawei phones have arrived. Here’s everything you need to know about the new P30 and P30 Pro.
Last year’s P20 and P20 Pro were arguably 2 of 2018’s best smartphones and we’re excited to see that this year’s new Huawei phones look like they’re going to follow suit.
Meet the P30 and P30 Pro
The new P30 and P30 Pro are here and Huawei have unveiled a brand-new design this year; a double 3D curved glass body and a range of new gradient colours too.
The P30 is the smaller of the 2 with a 6.1in FDH+ OLED display and the P30 Pro boasts a 6.47in FDH+ curved OLED display. Both phones have a tiny dewdrop-shaped notch for the front camera and with the fingerprint sensor in the display, there’s no home button either.
They’re both narrower than some of the new phones we’ve seen recently, thanks to slim bezels – that’s the border between the edge of your phone and the screen, in case you’ve always wondered, and they sit comfortably in your hand.
Rewrite the rules of photography
Last year’s P20 Pro gained a rep for having a pro-quality camera so, we were excited to see what Huawei had in store for us this year.
We’ve not been disappointed. As expected it’s all about the cameras this year. The P30 has a ‘SuperSensing’ Lecia triple rear camera with a 40MP lens, 16MP ultra wide lens and 8MP telephoto lens. If that’s not impressive enough, the P30 Pro has a Lecia quad camera – yes, that’s 4 lenses, a 40MP lens, a 20MP ultra wide lens, a new 8MP periscope design telephoto lens – giving the P30 Pro more optical zoom power and then there’s Huawei’s new time of flight or ToF sensor.
Better low light photography
The 40MP camera on both new phones uses the world’s first RYYB – red, yellow, yellow, blue ‘SuperSpectrum’ sensor instead of the RYGB – red, yellow, green, blue sensor we’re used to. According to Huawei’s CEO Richard Yu, that new senor combined with Huawei’s highest ever light sensitivity ISO of 409600 on the P30 Pro, lets in 40% more light and makes it possible to take brilliant, clear photos not just in low light conditions but even in the dark.
From the examples we saw during today’s announcement, it looks like the P30 series is going to be a game changer when it comes to low-light photography.
Best in class zoom
Hate the lack of definition that can happen when you zoom in on something? That doesn’t happen with the P30 series. The P30 has a 3x optical zoom, 5x hybrid zoom and 30x digital zoom – letting you take close-ups that are crisp, clear and don’t miss out on any of the details.
That’s not all. The P30 Pro has the most powerful ‘superzoom’ yet with 5x optical zoom, 10x hybrid zoom and a huge 50x digital zoom. OIS – optical image stabilisation and SuperZoom lets you zoom in more closely and more clearly than ever before.
It’s time to take your best selfies
Both new phones have a 32MP front-facing camera and use AI HDR+ and an improved portrait mode to capture more detail. Your selfies will be picture perfect – no filter needed.
How about video?
Huawei have upped their game when it comes to taking videos. That ‘SuperSpectrum’ sensor we mentioned earlier plays and important part and lets you take perfect video, even in low-light conditions.
You can zoom 10x too so, if you’re stuck at the back of a gig and want a close-up of the band, the P30 series will make sure you best the best video possible. And, you don’t have to worry about shaky footage either, AIS plus OIS make your videos smooth and steady, no tripod in sight.
And if you really want to impress, use dual-video view to record your main view of the stage and to get a perfect close-up of the band, at the same time. Yep, 2 cameras working at exactly the same time.
Stronger and more powerful
The P30 series uses the world’s first 7nm process mobile phone SoC chipset and the most powerful AI chipset on the market. This gives you stronger performance and lower power consumption.
A longer lasting battery
The battery on last year’s P20 Pro was impressive; but this year it’s even better, 27% better to be exact. Bigger batteries plus intelligent power saving tech means you don’t need to worry about carrying a charger around with you.
If you do need to charge up, you can get up to 70% charge in 30 minutes thanks to SuperCharge.
If you hate messing around with charger cables, the P30 Pro can be charged up using Wireless Quick Charge. No cables, no wires, just charge and go.
And with Reverse Charge, you can charge up anything from earbuds to your mate’s phone – sharing is caring, after all.
How much will the new P30 and P30 Pro cost?
The P30 will start at £32 a month with an upfront cost of £29 and the P30 Pro starts at £43 a month with the same upfront cost of £29.
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