Last week the Mobile World Congress (MWC) was full of surprises. The vast majority of eyes were focused on the Samsung Galaxy S10 and its much-anticipated foldable sibling, the Galaxy Fold. Huawei also unveiled its foldable gadget, the Mate X, but not much was said about its new flagship line of phones, the P30 and its larger sibling, the P30 Pro. However, Huawei has now confirmed to Android Central that it has huge plans for its upcoming flagships, including a super-zoom periscope camera on the Huawei P30 Pro.
According to Huawei’s VP of Global Product Marketing, Clement Wong, the P30 Pro’s camera will offer impeccable focus and beautiful details. The super-zoom periscope camera on the Huawei P30 Pro will enable users to set the zoom manually for more detail in photos. He didn’t disclose any details about the zoom levels that will be possible, although last year’s P20 Pro offered a great camera with 3x optical zoom and up to 5x hybrid zoom.
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The manual zoom mechanism is a great innovation for Huawei’s devices, given that last year’s P20 and Mate 20 only came with a fixed lens setup. Wong told Android Authority that the Huawei P30 Pro ‘s camera would provide “something nobody (has done) before,” which means the company is adding all the features it can think of to maintain its high position in the smartphone market. Last year Huawei ranked as the second-biggest smartphone seller after surpassing Apple and its iPhones in shipments.
There are some concerns about the super-zoom periscope camera on the Huawei P30 Pro. Smartphones are getting thinner, and thus, more fragile. Although Gorilla Glass does provide much-needed strength to smartphone displays, it’s no secret that the newer parts of devices are more prone to breakage once they are dropped.
Wong did reveal a few more details, although not many. He said the P30 will exceed the P20’s low-light performance, which was outstanding and reliable. The company plans to work on a next-generation night camera to upgrade its already-prominent low-light cameras. Still, it’s unclear whether the camera will be good enough to compete with the Pixel 3’s night side mode.
Wong did say the P30 Pro will offer “revolutionary technology to rewrite rules of photography” using both AI capabilities and hardware improvements. Lastly, he told Android Authority that the phone will keep all the good features of its predecessor, which probably includes the ultra-wide camera, but it should also offer a plethora of new features.