Huawei has two flagship phones, the Mate 20 Pro and the P20 Pro. The ‘P’ and Mate ranges are supposedly aimed at different audiences, but the fact is, the company releases a new flagship every six months.
We’ve recently been wowed by the features in the Mate 20 Pro, but there’s already talk of the P20 Pro’s successor. At IFA 2018 Huawei’s CEO confirmed that the P30 exists saying that, “the Mate 20 will be even better [than the P20 Pro], and next year the P30 will be better again.”
New renders released by @OnLeaks and 91Mobiles (shown in the video at the top of this page) point to the return of the headphone jack, an in-display fingerprint sensor, triple rear camera and a new waterdrop-style screen notch.
When is the P30 Pro release date?
Expected launch: 24 February 2019
In recent years Huawei has announced it new ‘P’ model in February or March. Though it has not confirmed the event is for this handset, Huawei has confirmed it will hold a MWC press conference on Sunday 24 February.
Expect the Mate 30 Pro in October.
How much will the P30 Pro cost?
Again, the recent trend is for price hikes so we wouldn’t be at all surprised if the P30 Pro costs even more than the £899 Mate 20 Pro.
However, the P20 Pro costs £799, so it’s possible that its successor won’t be too much more expensive.
Really, it’s too early to know, so you’ll have to wait until the launch to find out for sure.
Naturally, there will be a Lite and standard version of the phone (simply ‘P30’) as well as the Pro model.
What specs and features will the P30 Pro have?
A couple of things are certain. For one, it will use the Kirin 980 processor. Huawei or, more specifically, HiSilicon, won’t launch an updated model in time for the P30 Pro’s launch, so just as the P20 Pro got the Kirin 970 after the Mate 10 Pro, the P30 Pro will use the 980 from the Mate 20 Pro.
That means any new features will be limited to the same processing power on offer in the Mate 20 Pro, but Huawei will improve the cameras somehow, as the P-series is all about photography.
New renders from case maker Olixar (shown below) reveal a quad-camera at the rear of the Huawei P30 Pro, and three lenses on the back of the standard model. Admittedly the images look a little odd and are bizarrely square, but they also reveal a waterdrop-style screen notch, unlike the 'punch-hole' design rumoured for other upcoming Huawei phones such as the Nova 4.
This design also features in the render video shown at the top of this page, where we can also see the return of the headphone jack. Meanwhile there is no sign of a fingerprint sensor, suggesting it could be built into the display.
We expect the P30 Pro to ‘borrow’ some features from the Mate 20 Pro such as the curved screen and the 3D face-scanning camera. But almost everything else is up in the air.
Here are the main specs and features we expect the P30 Pro to have:
- Android 9 Pie
- EMUI 9
- Kirin 980 processor
- Expandable storage via Huawei Nano Memory Card
- 6- or 8GB RAM
- Improved cameras vs Mate 20 Pro
- 3D front camera system
- Headphone jack
- IP68 waterproofing
- 6in OLED screen with waterdrop notch and in-display fingerprint sensor
As and when more information surfaces, we'll update this article.
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