Earlier today the Huawei P30 Pro launched in Paris.
Sure, the vast majority of details had already been leaked over the past few weeks - but it was still exciting to see it unveiled for real.
Huawei has made a name for itself by releasing the best phone cameras of the year. Each improvement seems almost effortless. Even revolutionary features are added in a way that feels like the embodiment of a shrug and a casual "but of course". And it looks like 2019 is no different. The ability to see in the dark? But of course. 50x zoom. But. Of. Course.
When it comes to the raw specs, we aren't looking at anything hugely different to is predecessor.
On the upper end of the scale the P30 Pro is rocking 8GB RAM and 256GB storage. The regular P30 has 6GB RAM and 128GB storage.
There have been a few bumps, though. It has been given Huawei's own Kirin 980 processor, which we first saw in the Mate 20 series last year.
The already-great battery has also been given an upgrade, coming in a 4,200mAh with 40W supercharge capabilities.
Again, like the Mate 20 Pro, it has reverse wireless charging. And while I'm not the biggest fan of that tech yet, it sure is there.
We are also getting a repeat of the in-screen fingerprint sensor that also debuted in the Mate 20 last year.
Speaking of in-screen, you may notice that the Pro doesn't have a speaker, and that's because it's built into the screen as well. Huawei is calling it Acoustic Display Technology.
The huge winner, as per usual, is the camera. If you're one for simple pointing and clicking on auto - you'll be more than happy. The shots are lovely as always, and put basically every other phone camera on the market to shame.
And for those of you who like to play around a little more, the 5x optical, 10x hybrid and 50x digital zooms are a hell of a lot of fun to play with.
Yes you did read that correctly, 50x digital zoom.
But for me, the real hero of the new camera is Night Mode. It really takes an already incredibly capable camera and pushes it to the next level.
We'll have have a full review of the P30 Pro up soon, but for now you can read all about our first experience with the camera right here.
And here are the rest of the specs:
Huawei P30/P30 Pro Specs
|Huawei P30||Huawei P30 Pro|
|Operating System||Android 9 (Pie)||Android 9 (Pie)|
|Display||6.1-inch Huawei FullView OLED Display||6.47-inch Huawei FullView Curved OLED Display|
|Camera||Rear: Leica Triple Camera (40 MP HUAWEI SuperSpectrum Sensor (Wide angle, f/1.8) + 16 MP Ultra-wide angle (f/2.2) + 8 MP Tele lens) Front: 32MP (f/2.0)||Rear: Leica Quad Camera (40 MP SuperSpectrum Sensor (Wide angle, f/1.6) + 20 MP Ultra-wide angle (f/2.2) + 8 MP Tele lens (f/3.4) + HUAWEI Time-of-Flight (TOF) Camera) Front: 32MP (f/2.0)|
|Processor||Kirin 980||Kirin 980|
|Memory/Storage||6GB RAM/128GB storage||8GB RAM/256GB storage|
|Sim Card||Single SIM/Dual SIM options||Single SIM/Dual SIM options|
|Battery||3,650mAH battery||4200mAh battery, 40W SuperCharge, 15W Wireless Supercharge 2.0, Reverse Wireless Charging|
|Network||Enhanced 4X4 MIMO / CA, LAA, LTE Cat.18||Enhanced 4X4 MIMO / CA, LAA, LTE Cat.18|
|Payment||NFC, MST||NFC, MST|
|Sensors||In-screen fingerprint sensor, Face Unlock||In-screen fingerprint sensor, Face Unlock|
|Audio||Acoustic display technology|
The Huawei P30 Pro will cost you $1,599 with the P30 coming in at $1,099. Both are available for pre-order from today and will hit stores on April 16.
In Australia the range will be available in two colours - Breathing Crystal and Aurora.
When it comes to telcos, you'll be able to pick up a single-SIM P30 from Telstra (Pro only) and Vodafone.
In a really interesting move, you'll be able to pick up a dual-SIM version from Optus.
We'll let you know once we have plans.
Because pre-order bonuses are extremely a thing now, this time around you can get a free Sonos One if you get either a P30 or P30 plus by Monday April 15.
Huawei P30 Pro - all Carriers
Interested in picking up the Huawei P30 Pro on a plan? Here's a cross section of the best options from Telstra, Vodafone and Optus. (Click on the 'Go' button for the full inclusions!)
The author traveled to Paris as a guest of Huawei.