Renders released by @OnLeaks and 91Mobiles (shown above) point to the return of the headphone jack, an in-display fingerprint sensor, triple rear cameras and a new waterdrop-style screen notch. However, the triple camera part could be incorrect. Huawei’s CEO posted the photo below on the Chinese social media app Weibo, with some clumsy (but surely intentional) redaction over the Huawei watermark at the bottom where it blurs out the model name – which we’re assuming is P30 – but the text below it clearly reads ‘Leica Quad Camera’.
Note the photo, too. It’s of the moon, yes, but to get a shot like this you need a serious zoom. So expect that fourth camera to be an even more powerful telephoto lens which will undoubtedly be combined with clever software processing for more than the P20 Pro’s 5x hybrid zoom.
Rumours also point to some big changes in the screen department, with the standard model also now moving to an OLED screen in order to integrate an in-display fingerprint sensor. Those screens are thought to measure 6.1in- and 6.5in for standard and Pro respectively.
In terms of photography we should see the same triple-lens camera used on the Mate 20 for the standard P30, while the Pro will get a new periscope lens with a higher optical zoom.
When is the Huawei P30 release date?
Announcement date: 26 March 2019
In recent years Huawei has announced it new ‘P’ model in February or March. In a tweet on 18 February, Huawei confirmed that it will hold an event in Paris on Tuesday 26 March.
You shouldn’t have to wait too long afterwards to get your hands on a P30, but we won’t know the exact on-sale date until Huawei CEO Richard Yu reveals it at the launch.
Before the P30 launch, Huawei will unveil its first foldable phone – complete with support for 5G – on Sunday 24 February. Here’s how to watch that launch live.
How much will the Huawei P30 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.
What specs and features will the Huawei P30 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’s expected to be paired with 8- or 12GB of RAM for standard and Pro respectively.
Huawei will also improve the cameras, as the P-series is all about photography. Expect to find the Mate 20’s triple-lens setup on the P30, and a quad-lens camera on the Pro that includes a new periscope lens.
Renders from case maker Olixar (below) detail this quad-lens camera, though the image does look a little odd and are bizarrely square. The render also reveals the rumoured waterdrop-style screen notch, with both phones now tipped to feature OLED screens (6.1in and 6.5in) with integrated fingerprint sensors.
Also expect to find 22.5W fast-charging rather than the 40W introduced with the Mate 20.
Further case leaks from Mobile Fun and case maker Spigen suggest a slightly different shaped notch but the same four camera array and flash line up on the back of the phone (below). Roll on the launch, we say.