Huawei has already confirmed that it'll unveil a new batch of flagship smartphones, the P30 series, on March 26, 2019. Now, in what can only be described as a fairly unique marketing ploy, Huawei has started to reveal details about its as-yet unannounced handsets ahead of the hotly-anticipated press conference next month.
Huawei Vice President of Global Product Marketing Clement Wong has confirmed the P30 Pro will boast a new, periscope-style “superzoom” camera. Leaked images had already suggested the new flagship phone would include a 10x optical zoom feature akin to the system Oppo debuted at Mobile World Congress last month.
Huawei Vice President Wong stopped short of confirming exactly what level of zoom customers can expect from the next handset, refusing to confirm the rumoured 10x optical zoom functionality.
However, Wong did tell AndroidCentral that the new periscope system would do “something nobody [has done] before," which could hint towards an even greater level of zoom than rival Oppo has managed, or could suggest Huawei has managed to squeeze a mechanical zooming lens onto the back of its next smartphone. Either way, we're very excited.
Wong also promised the P30 series will bring improvements to night mode. According to the executive, the new solution will be able to go further than “software-only” systems favoured by rivals – an extremely thinly-veiled jibe at the Night Sight feature rolled-out to the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL last year.
As before, details were pretty thin on the ground.
Improvements to the night mode and 3x optical zoom features introduced with the Huawei P20 Pro last year make a lot of sense. It also explains why Huawei CEO of the Consumer Business Group Richard Yu chose a detailed photograph of the Moon to share as the first sample photograph shot on the P30 Pro, which was posted to Weibo last month.
According to leaked images shared earlier this month, both Huawei P30 and P30 Pro will sport a triple-camera set-up on the back of the flagship handset. It's unclear what the megapixel count will be, or exactly how the sensor on the Huawei-branded device will work. However, a Time Of Flight (ToF) sensor is rumoured to be in place on the P30 Pro, but not the standard P30 model.
Huawei will unveil the P30 and P30 Pro on March 26, 2019. T3 will be in the audience and bring you all the latest news as soon as it breaks. Stay tuned.