At MWC we saw OPPO announce and show off their 10x lossless optical zoom and rumours and renders have pointed to the Huawei P30 Pro sporting something similar. This has now been confirmed by Huawei themselves.
Huawei’s VP of Global Product Marketing, Clement Wong, spoke to Android Central confirming that the P30 Pro will indeed include the periscope-style lens for “super-zoom” functionality. She did not reveal the amount of zoom that the P30 Pro will have at this stage leaving the door open for a surprise at the event in Paris later this month.
Instead Ms Wong pointed Android Central to a photo snapped by Huawei CEO Richard Yu posted on Weibo recently. With the watermark suggesting a Leica quad camera setup from what is most likely and fairly obviously the P30 Pro the image shows the surface of the moon taken from the hand, no filter, no tripod.
Huawei are looking to do something different to other companies such as OPPO and Ms Wong promised that the P30 Pro camera would do “something nobody (has done) before”. It will be interesting to see what this involves but Android Central are suggesting it may be a powered, mechanical zoom lens in the periscope camera but the fragility of this may prove a bridge too far.
Wong also said that Huawei would improve on its low-light performance which was exceptional on their previous flagships with a new night mode suggested to be in the works. The suggestion was made that their new night mode would extend beyond the pure software night mode that Google employ in the Pixel phones.
Apparently Huawei are looking to once again offer “revolutionary technology to rewrite rules of photography” — they did it last year jumping a large step ahead of the pack with the P20 Pro camera so there is no reason to doubt that they cannot do it again.
The Huawei P30 series phones will be announced in Paris on March 26 and Ausdroid will be there for immediate hands on and first impressions for those interested in what the second biggest smartphone manufacturer in the world can bring to the table this year.