Huawei announces P30 flagship smartphones in challenge to Samsung

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Huawei has claimed its new flagship P30 Pro smartphone includes the best camera on the market as it unveiled the device for the first time.

The new high-end smartphone boasts four rear cameras, engineered by German camera firm Leica, and has been designed to take better photos in low-light and offer up to 50 times zoom using its SuperZoom technology, the Chinese firm said.

The device, which will be released alongside the smaller P30, is Huawei’s first major smartphone release of 2019 – a year in which the company hopes to close the gap on Samsung as the world’s largest smartphone manufacturer.

(Martyn Landi/PA)
(Martyn Landi/PA)

Unveiling its new phones at a live event in Paris, the company said it was “rewriting industry standards” in the way it had created its cameras. This includes changing the green in its lens filters to yellow in order to let in more light in, which the firm says is an industry first.

The result, Huawei claims, is that the camera can let in up to 40% more light with its photographic capabilities – particularly in low-light settings – beyond those of even some standalone digital cameras.

Huawei says its camera sensors themselves are larger than those on both the iPhone XS Max and the Samsung Galaxy S10+.

(Martyn Landi/PA)
(Martyn Landi/PA)

The P30 Pro will come with a 6.47in display, as well as a 32-megapixel selfie camera and an under-screen fingerprint scanner.

Huawei consumer business group chief executive Richard Yu made several references to both Apple and Samsung on-stage, comparing the strength of the new phone’s “industry-leading” cameras with that of its rivals.

The P30 Pro will also come with a 4200mAh battery – one of the largest currently on offer – as well as support for wireless charging. It will also feature the firm’s reverse charging which enables the phone to wirelessly charge other smartphones when held back-to-back with them. Prices have yet to be confirmed.

Chris Price