Huawei launches its new P30 smartphones in South Africa

Although it launched worldwide a week ago, Huawei South Africa unveiled the P30 series of smartphones to its South African audience last night.

Comprising three devices – the P30 Lite, P30, and P30 Pro – this new range is aimed at stylistic design and impressive high-end photography. The three models feature similar design specs but  different screen sizes.

The P30 Pro is undoubtedly the most impressive, featuring a large 6.47-inch LCD with 256GB of storage, a large 4200mAh battery and 8GB of RAM. The P30 has a slightly smaller screen at 6.1-inches with 6GB of RAM and a 3650mAh battery. The entry-level P30 Lite has a 6.15-inch LCD with 6GB of RAM and a 3340mAh battery.

Touting the new Leica camera system as the best on the mobile market, Huawei’s collaboration with Leica seems to keep paying off. The P30 and P30 Pro feature the same three cluster camera sensor with a 40MP wide lens at f1.6, a 20 MP ultra-wide angle lens at f2.2 and an 8MP telephoto lens at f3.4. The latter features an impressive 5x optical zoom. That’s right, there’s a stacked lens configuration built right into that slim design. Huawei also upped the ISO rating of its camera to over 400,000 – an insane number that means your night shots will be much brighter than any camera you’ve shot with but be aware of the grain.

The P30 Lite features a different camera setup with a 24MP sensor shooting at f1.8, an 8MP wide-angle sensor and a 2MP depth sensor for depth of field.

Looking at the front screen, you may have noticed there’s no speaker grill. Using some clever in-screen technology, Huawei built the speaker behind the screen – a very interesting concept we look forward to testing.

Both the P30 and P30 Pro are powered by the Kirin 980 chipset, the same one featured on the stunning Huawei Mate 20 Pro. The P30 Lite features the Kirin710 chip. Also of interest to note is that only the P30 Lite and P30 feature the much-loved 3.5mm audio jack.

Pricing for the P30 series starts at R5,999 for the P30 Lite. The P30 will retail for R13,999 and the P30 Pro will be available for R18,999.

Huawei also unveiled its new branded online store where these devices and a range of accessories will be available.

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