Huawei P30 and P30 Pro: Pricing, Pictures and Specs Revealed—the Next Evolution of Smartphone Photography?

Huawei P30 Pro
The P30 Pro, which is the more powerful of the two new devices, takes a number of key aesthetic design choices from the Mate 20 Pro, especially the curved edges and slightly narrower frame. Newsweek

Technology company Huawei today revealed the P30 and P30 Pro, two new smartphones focused on evolving the company's photography and video capabilities.

Following the launch of the headline-grabbing Samsung Galaxy S10 range on March 8, the Huawei devices had to offer something special to stand out from the crowd. The latest P-series devices have a lot to live up to, given the praise of last year's lineup.

While many of the specifications of the P30 and P30 Pro leaked before the announcement, the full details have now been confirmed by the Chinese technology giant.

While it is obvious the P30 Pro is the more powerful of the two—with a 50X digital zoom and "dual view" video—the P30 offers a similar, slightly more affordable alternative. Huawei is on a bit of a run at the moment following last month's tease of the Mate X foldable phone.

The release of the P30 and P30 Pro is only likely to further solidify the firm as a real rival to Apple and Samsung—although political obstacles in the U.S. mean that availability remains uncertain for any potential customers stateside. For now, here is what you need to know:

P30 Pro—€999 ($1,130) 8GB RAM, 128GB storage

  • Size: 158.0 mm x 73.4 mm x 8.41 mm (L x W x D)
  • Weight: Approx. 192g (including the battery)
  • Colors: Breathing Crystal, Amber Sunrise, Aurora, Pearl, White and Black
  • Display: 6.47-inch FHD+ (2340x1080) Dewdrop Display Curved OLED
  • CPU: Kirin 980
  • Operating System: EMUI 9.1 (Android 9)
  • RAM/Storage: 8GB RAM/128GB Storage (to 8GB RAM/512GB Storage)
  • Camera: Front: 32MP, f/2.0, Rear: Leica Quad Camera, 40MP (Wide Angle Lens, f/1.6, OIS), 20MP (Ultra Wide Angle Lens, f/2.2), 8MP (Telephoto, f/3.4, OIS), Time-of-Flight (TOF)
  • Battery: 4,200mAh, Supercharge, Wireless Quick Charge (15W)

P30— €799 ($900) 6GB RAM, 128GB storage

  • Size: 149.1 mm x 71.36 mm x 7.57 mm (L x W x D)
  • Weight: Approx. 165g (including the battery)
  • Colors: Breathing Crystal, Amber Sunrise, Aurora, Pearl, White and Black
  • Display: 6.1-inch FHD+ (2340x1080) Dewdrop Display OLED
  • CPU: Kirin 980
  • Operating System: EMUI 9.1 (Android 9)
  • Connectivity: 3.5mm audio jack
  • RAM/Storage: 6GB RAM, 64GB Storage (to 8GB RAM, 256GB Storage)
  • Camera: Front:32MP, f/2.0. Rear: Leica Triple Camera: 40MP (Wide Angle Lens, f/1.8), 16MP (Ultra Wide Angle Lens, f/2.2), 8MP (Telephoto, f/2.4, OIS), AF (Laser AF/PDAF/CDAF)
  • Battery: 3,650mAh, Supercharge

In a briefing last week, Newsweek was given an early peek at both devices. The P30 Pro left the best impression, building on the capabilities of last year's P20 Pro while also incorporating (and improving) the best parts of the Mate 20 Pro—such as the in-screen fingerprint scanner and curved frame. The Pro has a small notch, an eye-catching design and a great camera.

The P30 Pro supports 5x optical zoom, 10x hybrid zoom and a 50x digital zoom. A new "superspectrum" sensor featured on both devices uses a new RYYB (Red, Yellow, Yellow Blue) color array filter which the company says results in a 40 percent boost in overall light intake compared to previous models. More light will give night photography a major boost.

It remains to be seen if the new devices announced by Huawei today will have the same impact on consumers as the recent releases from competitors, including Samsung, OnePlus and Apple. However, on paper at least, the P30 Pro smartphone appears to be a very worthy contender.

Huawei P30 Pro
Huawei P30 Pro has a quad-camera setup: a 40 MP “superspectrum” lens, a 20 megapixel ultra wide lens (f/2.2), a 10X optical zoom lens and a time-of-flight (TOI) lens for added depth. Newsweek