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Huawei P30 and P30 Pro launch in Paris

The Huawei P30 series and all its details are finally official. (Source: Huawei)
The Huawei P30 series and all its details are finally official. (Source: Huawei)
Huawei has just released its new P30 flagship series in Paris. Its specs line up pretty well with the various leaks that have already been spilled about the 2 phones in question. They are available from today (March 26, 2019) and start at €799 (about US$900).

Huawei has unveiled its early 2019 flagships, the P30 and P30 Pro. Their Parisian launch event has given us the opportunity to confirm numerous early reports about their appearance, features and next-gen specs. For example, the P30 does indeed have a 6.1-inch AMOLED screen, while this is boosted to 6.47 inches in the P30 Pro. These displays integrate fingerprint sensors which, as Huawei CEO Richard Yu claimed on stage while introducing them, unlock their screens up to 30% faster compared to the modules of yesteryear.

The P30 and P30 Pro also come in all of the new colors outlined in a previous leak: classic Black, Aurora, Breathing Crystal and Amber Sunrise. However, there is also a fifth color that managed to evade the rumor-machine this year: Pearl White. As projected, the P30 has three (8+16+40MP) rear main cameras, whereas the P30 Pro has four (20+40+8MP+TOF for depth-sense). The main shooter on either model is a 40MP sensor with the almost-obligatory Leica branding.

The OEM asserts that this helps the P30 series to compete effectively with the iPhone XS and Galaxy S10 lines in low-light and detailed settings. The new Huawei flagships also come with reverse wireless charging and the latest verion of EMUI based on Android 9.0 (Pie). This involves gesture controls out of the box, an "expressive" UI, improved 3D emoijs on the P30 Pro and improved wireless sharing to PCs.

As expected, the P30 is a 6GB RAM phone with only one storage SKU: 128GB. The P30 Pro's 3 internal storage options (128GB, 256GB and 512GB) all have 8GB of RAM. The P30's launch price is €799 (~US$900), whereas the Pro SKUs go for €999 ($1128), €1099 ($1240) and €1249 ($1410) respectively. All of these variants are available from today (March 26, 2019).


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Deirdre O Donnell, 2019-03-26 (Update: 2019-03-26)