Huawei, less than two weeks from revealing the Mate 30 series, has updated its P30 Pro flagship with two new colour options. Announced at IFA in Berlin, the blue and pink two-tone designs offer a little refresh to one of our favourite phones of 2019.
The only difference to the original P30 Pro on the outside is that new design. It frosts the lower two thirds of the back of the phone much like Google’s Pixel handsets, with the top section a glossy glass. The mystic blue and misty lavender colours are solid tones rather than the gradient finishes of the first edition of the phone.
Huawei says they are available globally from 20 September, with the base model specs of 8GB RAM and 128GB storage, so expect the same pricing as the original phone in your region.
Perhaps the more interesting update is that of the phone itself to EMUI 10, Huawei’s version of Android 10. It brings an updated visual design as you might expect, with a little more white space and less clutter in the settings menus. That white space can be dark though, with a system-wide dark mode.
There’s also the addition of what Huawei calls super night selfie mode to let you snap away pics of yourself in dark conditions. We’ve yet to try it out but it shows Huawei is keen to keep up with Google’s computational photography prowess. In some situations we find the P30 Pro better than the famous Pixel 3 camera.
The aesthetic looks to be a little more Google-esque too with round icons in the notification shade like you’d see on a Pixel and support for gesture controls or the familiar three button Android navigation. The ‘new’ P30 Pro models we saw at IFA were running the EMUI 10 beta, which is available now, but these phones and existing P30 models will get the upgrade soon by the looks of things.
The Mate 30 is launching on 19 September but if it doesn’t have Google services, the P30 Pro will definitely remain our top Huawei phone pick.
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