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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