HUAWEI HAS taken the covers off its next-generation smartphone range, the Huawei P30, at a typically glitzy launch in Paris.
Once again, it's available in three flavours - the P30 Lite, P30 and P30 Pro. We're concentrating on the Pro here unless stated otherwise.
Huawei's love of photography shows no sign of letting up with a 40MP quad camera offering a 5x optical zoom and 10x hybrid zoom. It also marks a switch from the standard RGB colour processing to RyyB - using the yellow spectrum to allow more light, thus improving low light - even when recording video.
You can even split the cameras to create a picture-in-picture effect, so you can react to what you're viewing as you're viewing it.
Also new (in the Pro, at least) is Huawei's iteration of the 'vibrating screen' which allows a much better experience when using it as a speakerphone.
Amid a lot of marketing blah-blah about 'nature,' there are some rather tasty new colours available. There's an orange gradient ('Sunset'), and a white with blue sheen ('Electric Polar Bear', probably) as well as the usual blue and black variants. We've got to admit, the Polar Bear one is seriously sexy.
Top of the line specs include a Kirin 980 processor clocked at 2.6GHz, with 8GB RAM (6GB on the non-Pro) and 128GB/256GB storage variants (though there are rumours of a 512GB version at a later date.
The screen is 6.47in (6.1in for the non-pro) with a screen resolution of 1080x2340 and a 91 per cent screen to bezel ratio. The battery is slightly smaller at 3625mAh, but the battery is maxed out with a combination of AI, more efficient tuning of the processor and a 40w Super Charge option. Plus, if you're the sort of person that chucks your phone in the toilet, there's good news as it has an IP68 rating.
This is the last major launch from Huawei before the arrival of the Huawei Mate X, the company's first 5G, and first folding handset that was previewed at MWC in Barcelona.
As well as the phone itself, Huawei also announced its new earbuds - Bluetooth but not "true wireless". Huawei talks in terms of a ‘smart' headphone experience, though many of those features aren't available at launch. What is pretty cool, however, is they you can reverse charge them from the handset via USB-C.
A new Huawei Watch GT 'Active', the company's second smartwatch with its own operating system, was also announced and will be offered as a freebie on pre-orders with certain retailers.
You can check out our Huawei P30 Pro hands-on review here. μ
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