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Huawei P30 Series Unveiled in Paris: Smartphones Built to ‘Rewrite the Rules of Photography’

Simon Skinner
4 weeks ago
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Today sees the great unveiling of the highly anticipated ‘photographer’s smartphone range; Huawei’s P-Series, with the all-new P30 range. We’re in Paris to get hands-on with these new and powerful camera-phones that are promising to ‘re-write the rules of photography’, for the global launch event. Expect videos, thoughts and first impressions to follow, but for now, read on for everything you need to know about these new flagship devices from Huawei

Huawei P30 Series

Huawei P-Series: A look back 

Huawei’s first ‘P’ branded smartphone; the first Leica equipped camera and product of a co-engineering commitment between the two brands, was the P9, which boasted a twin camera setup and launched back in 2016.  

Following on from this, the P10, [2017] launched with a Leica front camera, and the mighty P20 series then followed in 2018 with the P20 Pro being the first smartphone to house a triple lens on the rear of the device.  

Huawei has sold more than 200 million in this time and with 16 million P20 series handsets alone in this overall number, the Chinese mobile brand states that their success has been down to their, “Re-writing camera standards”. It seems fair to say that, in terms of camera and video capabilities at least, where Huawei has led on smartphone technology, other brands have followed. 
 
With the launch of the new P30 series and all that there is promised within; who are we to argue?  

Huawei P30 Pro
The new Huawei P30 Series

We joined Huawei during the launch of the P30 series in the glamorous city of Paris, [and in the slightly less glamourous Paris Convention Centre] where we heard of the official details and specs for the very first time. 
 

Team PhotoBite will be turning around the very first hands-on video review of the new jewel in the P-Series’ crown; the P30 Pro, in the next 24 hours, so watch out for that and sign up to our social channels [@PhotoBiteUK] for alerts. We will report in detail on our thoughts on the smartphone that Huawei has billed as, ‘The best smartphone camera in the industry’ and a smartphone series that
promises to ‘Rewrite the Rules of Photography’.

Until then, read on for full and comprehensive imaging [and other] details of these new devices.

The Huawei P30 Pro

P30 Pro Specifications 

The Huawei P20 Pro broke all DXO records for smartphone imaging capabilities at launch and, incredibly, has held this mantle ever since. That’s roughly a year ago, and it’s only now that the crown has been lifted from the P20 Pro and, interestingly, it’s Huawei beating itself at its own game, with the Huawei P30 Pro; further solidifying itself as the leading manufacturer for those wanting to produce the best photography and videography with their smartphones. 

Huawei P30 Pro
  • 1st Leica Quad Camera Setup 
  • 40 Megapixel Huawei Super-Spectrum Lens – 27mm f1.6 OIS 
  • 20mp Ultra-Wide – 16mm f2.2 
  • 8 Megapixel 5x Optical Periscope Zoom 124mm f3.4 OIS  
  • Huawei Time of Flight [TOF] Lens 
  • 32 Megapixel f2.2 front-facing Camera with Super-HDR capability 
  • 6.47” 2K OLED Display 
  • Kirin 980 7nm Chip, [same as Mate 20 Pro] 
  • EMUI 9.1 
  • Mechanical Optical Image Stabilisation [OIS] offering Stabilised 4K Video 
  • Artificial Intelligence Stabilisation [AIS] works in combination with Mechanical OIS stabilisation 
  • 4200 mAh Battery, [although we are assured performance via AI will significantly improve battery performance – perhaps by 30%] 
  • 40W Super Charge 
  • Nano-Memory expansion capability 
  • 8GB RAM 128GB & 512GB [premium option] memory versions 
  • Huawei Share 3.0  
  • Reverse Charging
  • HUAWEI Dual-View Video

Take a look through our gallery below where you’ll find a number of frames from today’s presentation.

Breakdown of technical featrues

Sensor – Huawei Super-Spectrum 

This entirely new RYYB HUAWEI SuperSpectrum Sensor does not perform in the way that we are used to with a ‘normal’ RGGB Bayer Array sensor. The new Super Spectrum sensor from Huawei has been freshly developed and replaces the green in the RGB profiles with yellow to offer better low light capabilities from the camera system and achieving a high maximum ISO rating of 409,600 on the HUAWEI P30 Pro and 204,800 on the HUAWEI P30.  

The 102,400 ISO capability found in the P20 Pro has now been pushed to a staggering 409,600 ISO in the Huawei P30 Pro. 

Periscope Zoom Lens 

  • 5x Optical Zoom and 10x lossless hybrid zoom 
  • Supports 50x Digital Zoom. 
Huawei P30 Pro Periscope
The innovative design layout of Huawei’s Periscope Lens system

UltraWideAngle Lens 

  • The new Ultra-Wide-Angle lens offers 2.5cm focus distance for wide angle Super-Macro photography. 

Time of flight [TOF] Lens  

  • Better understanding of depth, improving portrait mode offering a more gradual bokeh effect. 
  • AR measure – Measuring objects 

 Unique to the HUAWEI P30 Pro is the new HUAWEI Time of Flight Camera that captures depth-of-field information, deliver sharp image segmentation. Precise distance measurement allows for the simulation of multiple levels of bokeh. The Super Portrait feature promises to capture even the minutest details. Combining depth info and proprietary algorithms the HUAWEI P30 Pro promises to produce high-quality images with defocused backgrounds along with highlights the subject of the image.

Huawei AIS 

  • Silk water effect has been added  
  • AIS portrait to give a better-placed photo
  • Super Portrait allows accurate capturing of propels hair in portrait mode, not blurring it out but including it. 
  • AI HDR + Best Portrait – ‘perfectly exposed photos’ captured by adjusting exposure for different parts of the photo i.e. underexposing horizons and increasing exposure around face in the foreground.

Video capability 

  • AIS and OIS together to improve stabilisation  
  • Better low light for video  
  • 10x Hybrid Zoom 

Colour options 

  • Pearl White 
  • Breathing Crystal  
  • Black  
  • Amber Sunrise  
  • Aurora  

Screen 

  • P30 Pro screen size: 6.47” 
  • 2340 x1080p resolution
  • Ultra-small notch housing the 32mp f2.0 front-facing camera
Huawei P30 Pro

P30 Specifications 

  • Triple camera setup, Wide 16mp, 27mm Super Spectrum, 3x telephoto 
  • 6gb RAM/ 128gb ROM 
  • 3650mAh battery
  • IP53 water resistant 
  • P30 screen size: 6.1”  

Pricing and availability

All devices are available from today and are priced as following:

HUAWEI P30 Pro 128GB version: £899.00
HUAWEI P30 Pro 512GB version: £1099.00
HUAWEI P30 128GB version: £699.00

Our hands-on review will go live very soon so check back shortly to watch it here at PhotoBite.uk, or follow our social channels for alerts @PhotoBiteUK


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Read Huawei P30 Series Unveiled in Paris: Smartphones Built to ‘Rewrite the Rules of Photography’

Simon Skinner

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Having spent many years working in various pockets of the music industry, and always with a camera in hand, Simon has worked with organisations such as Warner/Chappell, Food Records and ultimately, co-founding the innovative independent record label, Izumi Records before moving fully into the world of publishing in 2007. Amongst numerous other projects in the last decade, he has been responsible for a number of specialist photo trade magazines and journals for the filmmaking and photography communities, along with a coffee table book entitled, "Great Britons of Photography' which he produced with Peter Dench and Leica. Now heading up PhotoBite, Simon and the team have set themselves a task of delivering informative and inspirational content for photographers of all levels, from the beginner, shooting with smartphones, to the seasoned photographer and filmmaker.