Despite not being revealed internationally, the upcoming Honor View 30 and Honor View 30 Pro are already available to buy in China, and like the majority of Honor’s product line, there’s a lot going for them. The Honor View 30 range sports 5G support, a flagship-level processor, a triple-camera setup and a dual hole-punch setup on the front, but there’s one missing element: Google Play.
Here’s everything there is to know about the Honor View 30 and View 30 Pro ahead of a possible UK launch this year, including release details, UK pricing speculation and features of the latest Honor smartphone range.
When will the Honor View 30 be released in the UK?
Like with many Honor smartphones, the Honor View 30 and View 30 Pro are both already available to buy in China following a November 2019 announcement. They’re branded as the V30 and V30 Pro in China, but the smartphones should follow the standard Honor View branding internationally.
While we’d usually expect to see a UK release follow within a couple of months, we’re not so sure about Honor’s plans at the moment. You see, as a sub-brand of Huawei, Honor is also involved in ongoing issues with the US at the moment, ruling out a US release altogether – but there’s more to it than that.
Like new Huawei phones going forward, the Honor View 30 and View 30 Pro are lacking access to Google Play Services, making Honor’s upcoming smartphones much less appealing to a Western audience heavily reliable on Google Play and the suite of Android apps available to download.
It’s a similar story with Huawei’s incredible Mate 30 Pro; it’s a phenomenal smartphone, but without access to the Google Play Store, there’s virtually no interest in the UK or other Western markets. So little, in fact, that Huawei is still to launch the Mate 30 in Blighty.
With that being said, we’re not so sure that Honor will launch the Honor View 30 or View 30 Pro in the UK, but we do at least expect them to be revealed to Western audiences at some point in the near future. The next big smartphone-focused event is MWC, which takes place in February, so chances are we’ll find out more about a potential UK release date then.
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How much will the Honor View 30 cost?
If and when the Honor View 30 does launch in the UK, you can expect decent prices for what’s on offer. You can already import the Chinese version of the Honor View 30 for around £460, while the Chinese Honor View 30 Pro comes in at around the £600 mark.
Of course, there’s much more to it than a straight currency conversion, but that estimate is also in-line with last year’s Honor View 20, priced at £499 in the UK at launch, so expect something around those prices if the range does appear.
Honor View 30 features and specs
The Honor View 30 and Honor View 30 Pro are visually identical; both sport a bezel-less display with a dual-lens hole-punch camera in the top-left, and like most smartphones at the moment, are made from a combination of metal and matte-finish glass.
Admittedly it’s not an entirely bezel-free experience on offer, sporting a slim bezel below the display, but the 6.57in IPS LCD display (1080 x 2400) should distract users for the most part.
It’s when you flip the phone that differences start appearing; both the View 30 and View 30 Pro feature a triple-camera setup within a rectangular camera block, but the camera specs differ depending on the variant you go for.
The standard View 30 sports a 40Mp f/1.8 main sensor, along with 8Mp f/2.4 3x telephoto and 8Mp f/2.4 ultra-wide lenses while the Pro variant offers an improved main camera, boasting a 40Mp f/1.6 main sensor for improved low-light photography, alongside the same 8Mp f/2.4 3x telephoto and 8Mp f/2.4 ultra-wide sensors as the standard variant.
In terms of selfie cameras, both the View 30 and View 30 Pro feature the same combination of a main 32Mp f/2.0 sensor and a secondary 8Mp f/2.4 ultra-wide camera for those classic group shots.
Unsurprisingly, the internals are slightly different depending on the option you go for; both the Honor View 30 and View 30 Pro sport the same Kirin 990 processor found in the Huawei Mate 30 Pro, but you’ll get 6GB of RAM with the standard model compared to 8GB with the Pro model. It’s a similar story with storage too, with the former offering 128GB of storage while the latter offers 256GB.
There’s also a difference in terms of battery capacity, and although there’s only a measly 100mAh in it, the Honor View 30 has the larger battery of the two, sporting a 4200mAh battery compared to the 4100mAh battery of the Pro variant. The good news is that both support 40W fast charging, and the View 30 Pro also supports 27W fast wireless charging.
Both smartphones also support 5G, sport a side-mounted fingerprint scanner and run Android 10, but as outlined above, neither includes access to the Google Play Store or other Google Play Services.
You’ll be able to pick up the smartphones in a variety of colours including Ocean Blue, Galaxy Black, Icelandic Frost and Sunrise Orange, although it’s not clear which of these colour options will be available if and when the View 30 range is released in the UK.