+ Tuesday January 28th, 2020

Huawei’s next major phone announcement is likely to be a couple of months or so away. This means its the right time for leaks, and we have a possible image of the upcoming Huawei P30 Pro.

Huawei usually announces a P-series phone around February / March. In 2018, it announced the P20 Pro at an event in March, and in 2017, the P10 series launched at Mobile World Congress.

In 2019, a launch at MWC or separately is anyone’s guess, but one thing is almost certain. The P30 Pro will be Huawei’s next major smartphone announcement. Thanks to a leak on Weibo, we now know what it might look like.

There’s a big task ahead for Huawei; after some nine months, the P20 Pro still sits atop the DxOMark smartphone camera rankings with what feels like an unassailable score of 109.

P30 Pro possible renders

Will the P30 Pro top it off? With a rumoured four-camera setup, it just might.

The first leak came a little while ago via MobileFun, shown on the left (above). Frankly, I’m not sure I buy this design, but it is possible – it does represent a bit of a departure from the P20 Pro style, but equally, it is a bit cleaner.

On the right is the more recent leak, which keeps the P20 Pro style, adding an extra lens. It’s not unpleasant but it lacks a certain polish. You can see this render alongside the P20 Pro, below:

What else is known about the P30 Pro?

The short answer is nothing, really. Quite likely, Huawei will utilise its latest Kirin 980 processor (as shown in the Mate 20 Pro), paired with a good amount of RAM (6GB on the Pro seems likely).

Beyond that, anything would be just a guess. USB-C is likely, an in-screen fingerprint sensor is also likely. A bundled fast-charger is almost certain, and there’s even a good chance we’ll see the same wireless charging / reverse charging tech the Mate 20 Pro has.

The real question is whether the P30 Pro will, in fact, include a fourth camera sensor and what Huawei could usefully use it for. Speculation is rife that it could be used as a “time of flight” sensor. We’ve seen this small enough to fit in smartphones, but will Huawei use a ToF sensor?

Time will tell, and in a couple of months, we’ll know.

Source: Weibo.

Chris Rowland   Managing Editor

Chris Rowland

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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