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Huawei gets 12GB P30 Pro variant certified in China

The 'new' Huawei P30 Pro as recorded by TENAA. (Source: TENAA)
The 'new' Huawei P30 Pro as recorded by TENAA. (Source: TENAA)
Most SKUs of the Huawei P30 Pro flagship have 8GB of RAM. However, it appears that the OEM is about to release a further variant of this phone with an additional 4GB. Then again, this new, ultra-high-end device may be a Chinese-market exclusive.

Huawei originally released the P30 Pro with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. However, this is its base model, and there are also 8GB SKUs available with 128, 256 or 512GB storage options. Now, a new listing submitted by the OEM to the Chinese regulator TENAA shows that 12GB is suddenly also a RAM option for the phone.

This certification shows that the rest of the 'new' Huawei P30 Pro's specs remain the same, including its quad-camera set-up on the rear panel. Its TENAA page shows a unit of this phone in black, but it could also be available in the device's other known colorways.

The model number included in this database entry is VOG-AL00m, which closely resembles that of existing P30 Pro units sold in its own domestic market (VOG-AL00). This, then, suggests that the new 12GB RAM SKU may be a China-only phone. This detail may be puzzling, and may be no less so than Huawei's overall decision to do so, particularly in light of rumors that the Mate 30 series may also be released shortly. 

It may also be interesting to see what the OEM sells this new putative P30 Pro variant for. For one thing, its demand may be affected by continuing uncertainty over which OS this phone may have in the future. Futhermore, recent reports indicate that Huawei's ability to command super-high prices - in the Westernized world at least - may suffer as a result of the US administration's recent moves against the company. On the other hand, this issue may not apply to Chinese buyers.


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Deirdre O Donnell, 2019-06-16 (Update: 2019-06-16)