Huawei readies photography-focused P30 series


Posted at Mar 25 2019 06:43 AM

PARIS -- Huawei is set to unveil the next generation of its photography centered P series smartphones here on Tuesday, as the Chinese tech giant races to overtake world sales leader, Samsung.

The P30 series, tipped to come with improved zoom and low light capabilities, will debut in the French capital one month after Samsung unveiled a trio of Galaxy S10 phones with triple rear lenses and large screens.

Huawei posted teasers of the P30's camera capabilities in the run up to the launch, including how it can zoom into a cluster of buildings that will otherwise be hidden in a landscape shot.


Purported leaked images from tech journalist Evan Blass, who has a track record for accurately predicting smartphone specifications, showed triple lenses on both the P30 and P30 Pro. The third lens on the Pro model, however, looks different from the two other sensors based on Blass' leak.

On the P20 Pro, the third lens provided up to 5 times zoom. The Mate 20 Pro from late 2018 also had triple lenses, with the third lens allowing wide-angle shooting instead of zoom.

The P30 Pro will have a smaller, dew drop-shaped notch for the front-facing camera and curved sides, based on the leak.

The Galaxy S10 line have hole punches on the screen for the selfie camera and curved sides on the S10 and S10+ models while the 5.8-inch S10e has a flat screen.

Huawei and Samsung also recently released smartphones with folding displays, the Mate X and the Galaxy Fold, respectively, seeking to reignite customer interest as industry sales growth slowed.

Shenzhen-based Huawei is also unveiling new hardware as it fights allegations of cyber espionage lobbed by the US. Its founder, Ren Zhengfei has denied wrongdoing.