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Huawei P30 Pro release date, price & specs rumours

Huawei has two flagship phones, the Mate 20 Pro and the P20 Pro. The ‘P’ and Mate ranges are supposedly aimed at different audiences, but the fact is, the company releases a new flagship every six months.

We’ve just been wowed by the features in the Mate 20 Pro, but there’s already talk of the P20 Pro’s successor. At IFA 2018 Huawei’s CEO confirmed that the P30 exists saying that, “the Mate 20 will be even better [than the P20 Pro], and next year the P30 will be better again.”

When is the P30 Pro release date?

Expected launch: March 2019

Going by recent years, Huawei announces the new ‘P’ model in February or March. It may not be announced at MWC in Barcelona since earlier this year Huawei held its own launch event for the phone at the end of March in Paris.

It’s likely to do something similar in 2019.

How much will the P30 Pro cost?

Again, the recent trend is for price hikes so we wouldn’t be at all surprised if the P30 Pro costs even more than the £899 Mate 20 Pro.

However, the P20 Pro costs £799, so it’s possible that its successor won’t be too much more expensive.

Really, it’s too early to know, so you’ll have to wait until the launch to find out for sure.

Naturally, there will be a Lite and standard version of the phone (simply ‘P30’) as well as the Pro model.

What specs and features will the P30 Pro have?

A couple of things are certain. For one, it will use the Kirin 980 processor. Huawei or, more specifically, HiSilicon, won’t launch an updated model in time for the P30 Pro’s launch, so just as the P20 Pro got the Kirin 970 after the Mate 10 Pro, the P30 Pro will use the 980 from the Mate 20 Pro.

That means any new features will be limited to the same processing power on offer in the Mate 20 Pro but Huawei will improve the cameras somehow, as the P-series is all about photography.

We expect the P30 Pro to ‘borrow’ some features from the Mate 20 Pro such as the curved screen, the 3D face-scanning camera and possibly the in-screen fingerprint reader.

But almost everything else is up in the air.

Here are the main specs and features we expect the P30 Pro to have:

Android 9 Pie
EMUI 9
Kirin 980 processor
Expandable storage via Huawei Nano Memory Card
6- or 8GB RAM
Improved cameras vs Mate 20 Pro
3D front camera system
No headphone jack
IP68 waterproofing
OLED screen

 As and when more information surfaces, we'll update this article.

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