It's official: Huawei P30 Pro will take zoom tech to the next level with a periscope camera

It's official: Huawei P30 Pro will take zoom tech to the next level with a periscope camera
After officially scheduling the highly anticipated P30 "series" announcement for March 26 in Paris, Huawei started hyping the company's "powerful", "professional", "precise", "pioneering", "premium", and "playful" next flagship. Unfortunately, no actual details about the P30 and P30 Pro were revealed, although CEO Richard Yu did confirm the Leica-enhanced quad camera setup of the latter model in fairly unorthodox fashion.

Of course, if we take all the recently leaked information, renders, and photos for granted, we know pretty much everything there is to know already. One extremely important feature that was merely suggested by tipsters and insiders is today gaining confirmation directly from a high-ranking Huawei official.

Zoom in with a Periscope Camera


Global Product Marketing VP Clement Wong essentially confirmed to us that the Huawei P30 Pro will come with a periscope-style camera capable of "super-zoom" technology.


That's undoubtedly the most intriguing of the four shooters that we have previously seen leaked on the back of the impending ultra-high-end device, sitting below a regular imaging sensor presumably packing loads of megapixels and an ultra-wide-angle lens, with a Time-of-Flight (ToF) sensor positioned to the right of this triple lens setup to take augmented reality to the next level.


The square-shaped periscope camera is likely to replace and augment the telephoto lens on the P20 Pro and Mate 20 Pro, aiming to do "something nobody (has done) before", according to Clement Wong. While the executive refused to elaborate on that bombastic statement, the assumption is Huawei might integrate a mechanical zoom system of some sort. There are no words on exactly how far the P30 Pro will be able to zoom without losing image clarity, but as the P20 Pro already supports impressive 5x "hybrid" zoom technology, its sequel is widely expected to jump to 10x in similarly remarkable conditions. And those who follow the news closely have seen a recent picture of the moon from Huawei CEO Richard Yu, and that was most certainly shot on the P30 Pro as well.

One More Trick: An Answer to Google's Night Sight?


There is one more area where Huawei plans to raise the bar and that also has to do with the camera.

Huawei is also promising a big upgrade in low-light performance over the pretty great night shooters on the P20 Pro and Mate 20 Pro. Once again, we're light on specifics and specifications, but Wong teased that the P30 Pro will be able to capture a usable photo in "candle-lit" environment! Is that the first true Google Night Sight rival that you will see? It sure sounds like it.

But these improvements will not come just from software. The executive teased that the new gadget will not settle for a "software-only" night sight solution and will add further value with new hardware too.

Huawei is not just throwing words like "revolutionary" and "game-changing" lightly and it understands how difficult it is to match expectations in a market with fierce competition. So the big question is: can it pull it off?

Well, time will tell. What we know is that nobody expected the stellar night camera on the P20 Pro last year and this year, Huawei wants to deliver a worthy successor. We can't wait to see the device in just a few weeks: the P30 Pro will be unveiled on March 26th in Paris. Rest assured: we will waste no time to see whether it can beat the undefeated heavyweight champion of the mobile industry in terms of night-time photography.

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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

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18 Comments

2. alanrock

Posts: 309; Member since: Oct 04, 2018

big upgrade in low-light photos over Mate 20 pro will be tricky to do...new main cam. is probably incoming to P30 pro...

3. vasra

Posts: 128; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Still no 3.5mm jack. And no standard sdcard slot. PASS.

5. ALMBO6

Posts: 195; Member since: May 28, 2018

Unfortunately

9. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Please don't; there are million of buyers that will miss you. /s

4. Fred3

Posts: 514; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

Who ever though Huawei and Samsung would be the Android front runners. Everyone was rooting for Google

7. S4NDY

Posts: 239; Member since: Mar 14, 2016

"everyone" aka 0.001% of all Android users.

6. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

Awesome! If it only had FM radio..

10. Bankz

Posts: 2539; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

The gs10 had an FM radio. They and lg. No headphone jack no FM tbh. Such a sad situation.

13. blingblingthing

Posts: 953; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Can you not steam radio stations from the internet?. Try it.

15. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

Not in Europe (Exynos) unfortunately.

8. dmdzordilla

Posts: 59; Member since: Jul 31, 2018

Copy ASUS and release it first

11. master-mkk

Posts: 214; Member since: Aug 27, 2014

they are putting a f**king periscope in their devices and yet can't develop a good looking UI ....... WTF !!!!!

12. DeanMachine

Posts: 12; Member since: Oct 26, 2017

"Is that the first true Google Night Sight rival that you will see? It sure sounds like it." What? Huawei is already on pair or above night sight in every comparison I've seen

14. P20prouser

Posts: 44; Member since: Oct 10, 2018

Coming from iphone 6+ to s8 + to P20pro is like a risking transition.. This is my first phone to offer flawlessly usability.. Imagine i didnt even have a problem like the phones before from overthinking of peal off or maintenance from soft to hardware.. I didnt have a problem with P20pro even my co worker was amazed how beautiful pictures i can take when island hoping and trekking..

17. strawberry

Posts: 104; Member since: Feb 20, 2019

honestly i feel that huawei is so much better than samsung

18. eausa

Posts: 86; Member since: Feb 28, 2019

Not interested with all the issues these guys are causing. You'd basically be buying chinese spyware.

19. Eclipse

Posts: 9; Member since: Jan 11, 2019

Im more interested buying American spyware.

20. eausa

Posts: 86; Member since: Feb 28, 2019

Sorry bro, no chinese phones for me.

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