+ Friday October 18th, 2019

We’re not long into the new year – less than a week, in fact – and the volume of smartphone news shows no sign of its usual slump this time of year. Overnight we’ve had a glimpse of the upcoming Huawei P30 range thanks to OnLeaks, as shown above.

Those with a keen eye will note these renders likely show the mid-range Huawei P30, not its top-flight cousin the P30 Pro. We’re expecting the Huawei P30 to be the affordable step-down from the P30 Pro, and if the difference between the Mate 20 Pro and Mate 20 (i.e. next to nothing) is maintained in the P-series, the P30 is shaping up to be great.

From these renders, we can see quite a few changes, so let’s walk through them.

  • First up, the notch has shrunk considerably, and is now a ‘waterdrop’ style notch.
  • The front-facing fingerprint sensor has gone, meaning the display is quite a bit larger, and that display ratio will undoubtedly increase too.
  • The renders show no front or rear fingerprint sensor, meaning the Huawei P30 likely has an in-display fingerprint sensor like the Mate 20 range.
  • There’s clearly three lenses on the back, meaning the mid-range P30 will have an additional lens over the P20. For a mid-range phone, that’s a big step.
  • While the design stays true to the P20 series, there are definite changes made reflecting the Mate 20 series of 2018. There’s the red power button, for one, and a slightly textured back to increase grip.
  • Dimensions are rumoured to be 149.1 x 71.4 x 7.5mm.

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There’s little confirmed beyond this, but we have some speculation about the balance of the details users will care about:

  • OS: Android 9 Pie with EMUI 9.0
  • Processor: Amost certainly Kirin 980
  • Camera: 40 x 20 x 5MP array
  • RAM: 4GB at least, 6GB is likely
  • Battery: 4,000 mAh or so

Note these are the rumoured specs for the P30. Huawei’s P30 Pro is certain to have improvements over this – more RAM is likely, a bettery camera array, and perhaps even a slightly larger battery.

Anything more is pure guesswork. However, from what is actually known, the P30 range is shaping up to be a good entrant for early 2019!

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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