In a tweet, industry insider Evan Blass detailed the camera specifications of Huawei's upcoming flagship smartphone offering, the Huawei P30. Blass claims that the device will have a triple-rear camera setup. According to recent case leaks, users may find the three rear cameras at the upper left-hand corner of the handset's back panel. Like the Huawei P20 Pro and the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, the main rear camera of the Huawei P30 will sport a 40-megapixel sensor, and the upcoming flagship smartphone offering also includes 5x lossless zoom. Unfortunately, Blass did not supply more information about the two other rear cameras of the P30, although he mentioned that the front-facing camera of the smartphone features a 24-megapixel sensor.
However, the industry insider corroborated initial reports which claimed that the P30 Pro will sport a quad-rear camera setup. Case leaks hinted of an added sensor for the more capable handset due to the presence of a longer cutout at the upper left-hand corner of the smartphone. While Blass did not supply the camera details of the P30 Pro, case leaks show that a dual flash setup will go with the shooters, and users may find this flash setup to the right of the four rear cameras.
Background: Little information is currently available about the specifications of both the Huawei P30 and the P30 Pro, although the two handsets will feature the Kirin 980 chipset. TSMC fabricates the SoC using its 7-nanometer process node technology, and the Kirin 980 offers a 20-percent performance boost in app launch speeds and computational tasks and a 40-percent improvement in power efficiency compared to the Kirin 970 chipset. Aside from enhancements in computational performance and power efficiency, this SoC also offers two neural processing units for on-device machine learning and artificial intelligence computing, and an improved image signaling processor, which Huawei claims is 46-percent faster than the ISP found in the Kirin 970 SoC. However, despite the improvements made by the tech giant to its flagship chipset, recent benchmarks show that it trails behind both the Exynos 9820 of Samsung Electronics and the Snapdragon 855 of Qualcomm.
The lack of a cutout for the rear fingerprint scanner suggests that the Huawei P30 and the P30 Pro will feature in-display fingerprint sensors. However, it is not yet clear if Huawei will incorporate an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor or an optical scanner to its upcoming flagship handsets. Furthermore, case leaks also suggest that the two smartphones will not include the 3.5-millimeter headphone jack, while users may find both the USB Type-C port and the loudspeaker at the bottom of both handsets. Recent leaks also say that the two devices could ship with at least 6GB of RAM and that the smartphones will ship with Android 9 Pie pre-installed. However, users should expect that Huawei's proprietary skin, EMUI, will run on top of Google's operating system.
Impact: The inclusion of a triple rear-camera setup and high-resolution sensors should help Huawei offer one of the best possible imaging experiences to its customers. DxOMark previously awarded the rear camera setup incorporated in the P20 Pro as the best mobile camera, and Huawei hopes to get the same award with its upcoming flagship smartphone offering.