Huawei P30 & P30 Pro leak with lots of cameras, tiny notches, and much more

Huawei P30 & P30 Pro leak with lots of cameras, tiny notches, and much more
MWC announcements are done for the year, and Samsung has announced the Galaxy S10 series. This means the focus is now all on Huawei’s upcoming P30 series. Speaking of which, the two flagship models have apparently just been pictured in a bunch of press renders.

Thin Bezels, Tiny Notches, and In-display Fingerprint Sensors


Coinciding with previous rumors, the Huawei P30 and P30 Pro introduce some big improvements to the display area. Gone are last year’s wide notches and in their places are tiny waterdrop-like alternatives. Similarly, a significantly thinner chin replaces the bottom bezel found on last year’s devices.

As a result of the smaller chin, there's no room for a fingerprint scanner below the display on either device. Huawei, however, doesn't appear to have fitted sensors on the rear or sides either. Instead, the Huawei P30 and P30 Pro seemingly come equipped with in-display sensors. At the moment, though, it’s unclear if these are optical (Huawei Mate 20 Pro) or ultrasonic (Samsung Galaxy S10) solutions.

As an added extra for the Huawei P30 Pro, Huawei has equipped it with an OLED display that boasts curved edges. Overall, this gives the smartphone a slightly more premium look. However, fans of flat displays may see it as a negative thing.

Time-Of-Flight Camera and 10x Lossless Zoom


Moving over to the rear of these devices, the Huawei P30 and P30 Pro build largely upon the designs of last year’s Huawei P20 duo with vertical camera setups in the top-left corner. This time around, though, some important changes have been made.

In the case of the Huawei P30 Pro, the main camera module includes three separate sensors. One of these is a regular camera while the second is rumored to be a wide-angle alternative which replaces the monochrome sensor found on the P20 Pro. As for the third sensor, the render clearly shows that it's actually square-shaped. This suggests that it uses a new periscope-like system to achieve 10x lossless zoom, much like the setup Oppo showed off earlier this month.

To the right of the main camera module is also a dual-tone LED flash and what appears to be an improved laser autofocus system. Paired with this is seemingly a Time-of-Flight (ToF) camera which can capture depth information in real time, something that should drastically improve bokeh imagery.

As to what can be expected from the regular Huawei P30, this smartphone is rumored to borrow the Huawei Mate 20 Pro’s camera sensors. If accurate, a 40-megapixel camera is to be expected alongside a wide-angle alternative. However, this does mean that a telephoto lens capable of 5x lossless zoom will replace the more impressive periscope camera. There’s no sign of a Time-of-Flight sensor either.

Expect Flagship Performance and Big Batteries


Internally, the Huawei P30 and P30 Pro should be almost identical and not too different from the Huawei Mate 20 Pro that was announced last October. This is due to the Kirin 980 processor that is rumored to be inside. If you’re unaware of this chip’s capabilities, performance should sit somewhere between that of the Snapdragon 845 (OnePlus 6T) and Snapdragon 855 (Samsung Galaxy S10).

Details such as the RAM count and storage remain a bit of a mystery at the moment. But if Huawei’s previous models are anything to go by, a minimum of 128GB of internal storage is to be expected. This will likely be expandable via Huawei’s Nano-SD cards too. In regards to RAM, it seems probable that the regular Huawei P30 will ship with 6GB while the Pro variant could bump it up to 8GB.

Unsurprisingly, the flagships are expected to ship with Android 9 Pie and the EMUI 9 overlay straight out of the box. Both models may also support 40W fast charging in addition to wireless and reverse wireless charging. In terms of actual battery size, the Huawei P30 Pro will probably feature a battery in the region of 4,200mAh while the regular model should make do with around 3,500mAh.

Huawei P30 & P30 Pro Announcement and Release Date


The Huawei P30 series will go official on March 26th at an event in Paris. Pre-orders are expected to start immediately before shipments the following week. Pricing, however, is currently unclear.

The official color lineup hasn’t yet been confirmed by Huawei, but these renders suggest a minimum of three finishes will be available. Aside from the usual Black model, these include a new Blue gradient and a lighter version of last year’s Twilight option.

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P30 Pro
  • Display 6.5" 1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Camera 40 MP / 32 MP front
  • Processor HiSilicon Kirin 980, Octa-core, 2600 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB + Nano Memory (NM)
  • Battery 4200 mAh
P30
  • Display 6.1" 1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Camera 40 MP / 32 MP front
  • Processor HiSilicon Kirin 980, Octa-core, 2600 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB + Nano Memory (NM)
  • Battery 3650 mAh

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34 Comments

1. Bankz

Posts: 2543; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

This will be the best phone of the year again save for their UI TBH.. Otherwise, this is pretty much standard stuff. There's nothing that touches the G Fold (both in looks, craftsmanship and function) till the next one. Except Motorola decides to go gong ho on their M Razr (which will be the best implementation imo) Phones of nowadays shouldn't even exit as they bring nothing new TBH although in this case Huawei is bringing a handheld zooming machine and their 40W chargers, ToF cameras, reverse wireless charging, (no OEM does this all in one package) which is quite bleeding edge and standard leading. Otherwise, it's same ol same ol.

3. maherk

Posts: 6876; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Their UI doesn't bother me tbh, the only thing I am worried about is the curved screen, as it has been more than 4 months since they released the Mate 20 Pro, and people are still having issues with the screen on their phones. I would also add the aggressive power management that affects notifications, I would like to see a switch in the settings that controls this, instead of having to change the power settings for every single app by itself. Speakers also needs to be louder. But as for camera, the pictures I used to get from my P20 Pro and the Mate 20 Pro, were untouchable, never had a phone that can match it in that department.

6. Bankz

Posts: 2543; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Yeah.. you're right. Although the pixel and apple fanbois/reviewers will tell you how the pixel has been the best thing since sliced bread. As a case in point, the night mode on the P series basically light years ahead of anything the competition had but we didn't hear anything about it but as soon as Google did it, we started hearing all kinds of superlatives about computational photography and software sorcery when infact the Huawei night mode was more true to life. I'm so tired of reviewers too tbh. Even take a look at Sony, their screens and cameras have been killing it since the last 3 iterations yet you'll never hear anyone talk about it. But let it be the pixel or iPhone and it will be game over. Can you Imagine it was the pixel or iPhone that announced a folding phone? Imagine what the internet would have done lol. Another thing is that the curved screen doesn't have as much angle to it as the galaxies which causes reflections. I just want to see something more innovative and interesting from smartphone oems. If you look at phone launches these days, they've been pretty much meh, there's no excitement again, no anticipation, no nothing. At least Samsung proves me wrong with the G Fold and Motorola did something otherworldly with their Mods 3 years ago. Apple are the worst offenders in this regard. Otherwise, Huawei has been killing it for years now.

10. maherk

Posts: 6876; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Tech reviewers want a natural looking picture, until they review a Pixel, then they are happy with an overprocessed pictures. Take a look at night modes for example, Google makes a dark scene so bright that it looks as if it was shot under bright light conditions, yet reviewers, again who want natural looking images, call it the best night mode on a smartphone.

25. riteshrkm

Posts: 155; Member since: Apr 15, 2015

who comes first who comes 2nd is subjective. Ur "Light yrs ahead" statement is totaly biased. Every flagship today is very close when it comes to Cam. Never go wrong with any!

7. DFranch

Posts: 546; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

Curved screens are a pain. They are one of the main reasons I ditched Samsung.

8. maherk

Posts: 6876; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I'm not talking about the concept of curved screens, more like the quality of panels used. I am actually fan of curved edges, gives us bigger screens in a narrower body.

2. alanrock

Posts: 312; Member since: Oct 04, 2018

nice...

4. OneLove123

Posts: 1066; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

Looks like a galaxy phone.

5. Rocket

Posts: 654; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

The galaxy s and the iphone x had a baby, lol

9. saveferris

Posts: 36; Member since: Jul 11, 2014

No matter how hard I fight with myself to purchase one of their top end phones, I just can't even though their hardware is sublime. It's UI is nothing short of hideous. Reminds me of TouchWiz in its amateur appearance. Please fix that sh*t.

11. CEDEOTB

Posts: 415; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

This phone could tick all of the boxes, but that EMUI is just a deal breaker in the North American market.

12. sissy246

Posts: 7111; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

They definitely did the camera cut out the best.

13. ECPirate37

Posts: 331; Member since: Jul 14, 2011

What's wrong with Emui? I've always enjoyed all the customization it has. Also, is there another phone site that I can start checking. The redesign of this one looks like one big ad. I wish there was a classic view.

14. MisterX

Posts: 59; Member since: Jul 02, 2015

Nice design but coming at 0.37 inches thick compared to the S10 which is only 0.31 haha what a joke!

15. master-mkk

Posts: 214; Member since: Aug 27, 2014

no matter how good their hardware is their software is just so horrendously bad that I will never consider buying their devices ever until maybe someday the wakeup from their stupidity and develop a good one

19. sleepypandaeyes

Posts: 372; Member since: Apr 12, 2015

I'm not familiar with emui, why is it so bad?, comparable to touchwiz 1.0?

21. Juarizs

Posts: 45; Member since: Jan 22, 2019

it's worse

29. ECPirate37

Posts: 331; Member since: Jul 14, 2011

Again, I'd like to ask why is it so bad? I use both Samsung and Huawei and enjoy EMUI on my Mate 20 Pro better than Samsung's interface. I always thought HTC had the best back when it was the Evo 3D and the original One. And when Moto had stock android. I used to hack so I could run Cyanogen on them as well. But everyone says they hate EMUI but no one says why. I've been using it since the P9 and think it has a lot of options other phones don't. I especially like baked in call recording and screen recording.

34. Aruminiumaian

Posts: 209; Member since: Jul 22, 2017

Most of those who are speaking badly of EMUI haven't used it before, trust me it's not as poorly made as many would say. A week ago I sent my iPhone 6S to the repair for the broken glass, and since I no longer have my secondary phone(Galaxy S7) with me I decided to get myself Nova Lite 3 as a temporary device. And guess what? It's perfectly usable although there are 2 or 3 things I need to change in the settings to get the notification working in the background. It runs fairly smooth, no visible UI glitch whatsoever, memory management is decent for only having 3GB of RAM and there are many settings I can customise to my liking. People also like to talk about how it resembles iOS. So far the only area I felt it was extremely similar to iOS was the Android share menu in the gallery and the icons used inside the settings app. It doesn't use circular icons for the quick toggle nor has "pill" navigation bar unlike iOS, even though stock Android now has those. For me this UI is perfectly acceptable and now P30 Pro is on the top of my wish list along with Galaxy S10+, and upcoming iPhone 11.

16. Supah

Posts: 692; Member since: Mar 08, 2017

Any idea if they come with an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner? What about UFS 3.0?

18. maherk

Posts: 6876; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I doubt that, as ultrasonic technology is developed and I believe patented by Qualcomm, so I don't see it working with Huawei's Kirin chip.

20. ALMBO6

Posts: 195; Member since: May 28, 2018

I'm very happy with my Mate 10 Pro since I got it, I've gotten used to EMUI. With a bit of luck this will be my next phone. I'll be even happier if Huawei could include an Fm Radio and/or a headphone jack.

22. strawberry

Posts: 106; Member since: Feb 20, 2019

looks nicer than samsung s10!

28. Donone41

Posts: 246; Member since: Dec 17, 2014

How does this Samsung dual edge screen copy looks nice than the s10? You Samsung haters are real retards for sure. You'll say anything out ya azz to please yourselves.

23. Vasras

Posts: 17; Member since: Nov 08, 2018

Still no 3.5mm jack. And that small capacity and expensive nmcard....

24. Sparkxster

Posts: 1228; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

P30+P30 pro have some nice upgrades over the P20/P20 pro. Huawei should get rid of nm cards and switch to micro SD express.

32. SmartPhoneMobiles

Posts: 187; Member since: Oct 16, 2016

don't worry they will speed up their cards too

26. LEEDAQ

Posts: 183; Member since: Aug 07, 2018

I don't support spy thief company

33. SmartPhoneMobiles

Posts: 187; Member since: Oct 16, 2016

u are fkin stupid and naive pathetic ashole on the world !

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