Huawei this morning announced its P30 series of flagship handsets, raising the bar yet again on smartphone photography.
“Thanks for the warm up Tim,” a Huawei tweet reads, referencing Apple CEO Tim Cook. “Now on to the main event.”
That main event is the Huawei P30 Pro, which includes a quad-lens camera system that was made in partnership with Leica. The camera system includes a 40 MP main lens, a wide-angle lens, a telephoto lens with 10X optical zoom, and a time-of-flight lens that captures blurred effects.
The P30 Pro’s camera system is designed to solve the biggest problems with smartphone cameras, like low-light situations and optical zoom, which has been stuck at 2X since Apple released the iPhone 7 Plus in 2016. The camera system also uses two lens for video recording, further leapfrogging other smartphones.
“The Huawei P30 Pro completely rewrite the rules of smartphone photography,” Huawei senior product manager Peter Gauden says.
We shall see: I was invited to the launch event—in Paris, no less—but couldn’t attend because of a previous work-related commitment. But I’m hoping to review the P30 Pro soon. Please note that the triple-lens camera system in the Huawei Mate 20 Pro is my current pick for best smartphone camera. So I have high hopes for the P30 Pro as well.