The Huawei P30 Pro’s cameras put the iPhone and Galaxy S10+ to shame

For the past few years, Huawei has been working hard to make sure its flagship devices remain competitive with Samsung and Apple. The design, performance and camera capabilities of Huawei’s Mate and P-series smartphones did the job, but last year Huawei kicked things into overdrive with the Huawei P20 Pro and Mate 20 Pro.
At yesterday’s unveiling of the new Huawei P30 series, the company showed no sign of slowing down, especially on the camera front. While the P30’s cameras offer a huge step up over last year’s P20, the P30 Pro is the device to get if you’re looking for the ultimate camera experience on a smartphone. Huawei even boasted that the new device will usher in a “new era of smartphone photography.” 
Right out of the gate, the Huawei P30 Pro beats the competition simply with the number of camera sensors its features on the back of the phone. Huawei has crammed in a total of four sensors, one of which features a periscope-style 5X telephoto lens. The main camera is equipped with a 40MP sensor with an incredible f/1.6 lens. A second 20MP sensor is then paired with a 16mm ultra-wide lens and the third 8MP sensor sports a 125mm 55 telephoto, f/3.4 periscope lens.  The fourth sensor on the P30 Pro is a ToF sensor which is used for more accurate depth calculations for improved portrait images which Huawei claims can accurately map a subject’s hair so that it doesn’t blur into the background. 
While that may seem like a lot, Huawei also decided to change the sensor technology as well. Rather than opting for the traditional RGGB sub- Pixel array that nearly all camera sensors use, the Huawei P30 camera sensors use an RYYB sub-pixel layout. The reason for the change is that this configuration allows each pixel to capture 40% more light. On top of that, the sensor on the P30 Pro is also capable of ISO 409,600, allowing the phone to capture images with as little as 1 LUX of light.
Rather than simply giving us the specs and calling it a day, Huawei decided to show off what the cameras on the Huawei P30 Pro are capable of.

Huawei started their comparison with images captured in a dark room with a mother and daughter. The images from the Samsung Galaxy S10+ and Apple iPhone Xs Max turned out dark as you’d expect, but thanks to the new sensors and the ISO capabilities of the P30 Pro, Huawei’s phone delivers an image which looks like it was captured during the day.

Huawei even showed off images of the night sky over Africa. The images captured by the Apple and Samsung phones were completely black, but the one from the Huawei P30 Pro highlighted a tree, the hills in the background, the gradient sky and quite a few stars. This example was skewed a bit in Huawei’s favor since the shutter time was 0.85 seconds on its device versus 0.25 on the other two phones.

In true Huawei fashion, the comparisons then shifted dramatically in the company favor with shots like these which showed a 1/4-second exposure from the iPhone, a 10-second exposure from the Galaxy S10+ and 30-second exposures from the P30 and P30 Pro.
At this point, Huawei’s CEO took a jab at Samsung, noting that “the Galaxy phone cannot see the galaxy. But with the Huawei P30 and P30 Pro, you can see the galaxy.”

Huawei then shifted its focus to the 5X telephoto lens of the phone, showing side-by-side comparisons with its main competitors. This image here is from a sight chart which was photographed from across the room. When zoomed in, the image from the Huawei P30 Pro is the only one that retains enough details to reveal the small letters on the chart.

Driving the point home, Huawei then highlighted an image of the moon. The iPhone came in dead last, simply showing a white blob in the sky. The Samsung Galaxy S10+ fared better, revealing a lot more detail than the iPhone, but Huawei’s device (which is capable of 50X digital zoom) delivered an astounding image incredible detail.
While on-stage comparisons like these are never truly fair, it’s clear that the new sensors that Huawei is using in the P30 and P30 Pro have a leg up on the competition.

Someone got their hands on the Samsung Galaxy Fold early, here are the details

Last year, Samsung announced and confirmed that they were working on a smartphone with a foldable display, but stopped short of actually announcing anything. Then at the company’s Unpacked event last month, they took the wraps off the phone and shared some details about the handset, such as its specs.
Unfortunately, the company did not allow anyone at the event to get their hands on the device, meaning that in terms of feel and usability, it’s still anyone’s guess as to how well it actually handles. Now in a tweet by XDA Developer’s Mishaal Rahman, it seems that he managed to get in touch with someone who got their hands on the phone earlier than expected, and who shared some of the details with him.
The Q&A session between Rahman and his source runs for quite a bit, but some of the takeaways from the series of tweets include how the handset’s performance is on par with the Samsung Galaxy S10+, which isn’t surprising since both phones use the same Snapdragon 855 chipset.
It has also been revealed that the phone when folded leaves a small gap like a binder. The source also notes that the delay when opening and closing the phone is rather bad, and in some cases, apps such as Chrome ran into issues rendering websites when switching between modes.
Last but not least, with regards to the very obvious-looking crease that was spotted in a recent video, Rahman’s source confirms that it is noticeable, but it isn’t too bad. It also becomes less noticeable if your display’s brightness is set at 70% or more. The Samsung Galaxy Fold is currently set to be open for pre-orders come 26th of April, with a release pegged for the 3rd of May, so we should have more details then.
Source: Mishaal Rahman

Xiaomi Mi 9X specs leaked, might be launched in Apri

Late last month during MWC 2019, Xiaomi took the wraps off the Xiaomi Mi 9, the company’s next-gen flagships smartphone. We were pretty chuffed with what we experienced during our hands-on with the phone, but given that it is a flagship handset, it commanded a flagship price.
The good news is that for those of you who’d rather not spend too much money on a phone, especially since they tend to end up being obsolete the next year, Xiaomi could actually have a cheaper and lower-end variant of the Mi 9 in the works. This handset is rumored to be known as the Xiaomi Mi 9X.
If this naming scheme sounds familiar to you, it is because Xiaomi had done a similar thing with the Mi 6X. According to the leaked specs of the upcoming handset, we’re looking at the use of a 6.4-inch Full HD display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 chipset, 6GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage.
We can also look forward to a 32MP front-facing camera, an in-display fingerprint sensor, and it also seems that despite it being a lower-end model, the Mi 9X could be packing a triple camera on the back with a 48MP main camera, a 13MP wide-angle camera, and an 8MP telephoto camera. The leaked specs also claim that the phone could use a 3,300mAh battery with support for 18W fast charging (it looks like it won’t feature the 100W Super Charge Turbo tech that Xiaomi recently unveiled).
It has also been rumored to be priced at $250 and could be released in April, but take it with a grain of salt for now until we can confirm the official details.
Source: GSMArena

Huawei P30 Pro commercial shows off the phone’s amazing camera features

The Huawei P30 Pro has a lot going for it, but no one will deny that its new 5X telephoto periscope lens is one of the most exciting things we’ve seen in smartphone photography in a very, very long time. It’s true that Huawei isn’t the first to show off this camera tech (Oppo showed off its 160mm camera lens at MWC), but they are the first to actually release a smartphone with it.
The other unique camera capabilities of the Huawei P30 Pro include a new RYYB sub- Pixel array on the sensor which allows 40% more light to be absorbed, a sensor that’s 125% larger than what you get on the iPhone Xs and Samsung Galaxy S10, an f/1.6 lens and a new AI-assisted OIS system which allows users to capture handheld long exposure images.

Do you think the Huawei P30 Pro is a better buy when compared to the Samsung Galaxy S10+?

Huawei P30 Pro versus Samsung Galaxy S10+, Pixel 3 XL specification comparison

The Huawei P30 Pro is the newest flagship device in Huawei’s lineup, touting new features that the Pixel 3 XL and Samsung Galaxy S10+ don’t even have. While the experience offered by a smartphone isn’t determined by specifications alone, we should you might be interested in seeing a side-by-side comparison of the internal components offered by the Pixel 3 XL and Samsung Galaxy S10+ matched up with those of the Huawei P30 Pro.
On paper, last year’s Pixel 3 XL can’t really compete with the two new 2019 flagship devices from Samsung and Huawei. That being said, Google’s image processing capabilities have proven to be industry-leading. That being said, Huawie’s new RYYB pixel sensor, f/1.6 lens and new AI HDR+ image processing may finally give it the upper hand.

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Huawei P30 Pro
Samsung Galaxy S10+
Google Pixel 3 XL

Screen size
6.47-inch
6.4 inches
6.3 inches

Resolution
1080 x 2340
1440 x 3040
1440 x 2960

Density
396 ppi
512 ppi
491ppi

Processor
Kirin 980
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
Exynos 9820

Qualcomm Snapdragon 845

RAM
8GB
6/ 8/12GB
4GB

Storage
128 / 256 / 512GB
128/512/GB 1TB
64 / 128GB

Battery
4,200 mAh
4,100 mAh
3,450 mAh

OS
Android 9.0
Android 9.0
Android 9.0

Rear camera
Triple-cameras:
40MP (standard), f/1.6, 27mm
16MP (ultrawide), f/2.2, 16mm
8MP (telephoto), f/3.4, 125mm
Triple-cameras:
12 MP (standard) 12MP, f/1.5
12 MP (telephoto), f/2.4, 45-degree
16MP (ultrawide), f/2.2, fixed-focus 123-degree
12.2 MP (standard), f/1.8, 27mm, 1.4µm pixel size, OIS, laser autofocus

Front camera
32 MP, f/2.0
Dual cameras:
10MP (standard), f1.9, PDAF
8MP (depth)
8 MP (standard), f/2.2, 27mm
8 MP (ultrawide), f/2.2, 19mm

Bluetooth
v5.0
v5.0
v5.0

NFC
Yes
Yes
Yes

Dimensions
158 x 73.4 x 8.4 mm
Unknown
158 x 76.7 x 7.9 mm

Weight
192g
Unknown
184 g

Water Resistance
IP68
IP68
IP68

Wireless Charging
Yes
Yes
Yes

Special features
In-display fingerprint sensor, reverse wireless charging
In-display Ultrasonic Fingerpring Scanner
Fingerpring Scanner, Stock Android, Unlimited Full-resolution Google Photos storage

 
 

Huawei P30 versus P30 Pro specification comparison

The new Huawei P30 and Huawei P30 Pro are two incredible smartphones with specs which could easily outshine most other smartphones on the market. If you’re not quite sure which device is right for you, this side-by-side spec comparison between the two devices should give you a better understanding of their features. While the larger P30 Pro has a bigger display, larger battery, a ToF depth sensor and a periscope 5x zoom lens, the basic P30 may be just as compelling to you when you consider that 200 Europ price difference between the two phones.
Based on the specs and the respective 799 and 999 Euro price points of the Huawei P30 and Huawei P30 Pro, which device do you think is the better buy?

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Huawei P30 Pro
Huawei P30

Screen size
6.47-inch
6.1-inch

Resolution
1080 x 2340
1080 x 2340

Density
396 ppi
422 ppi

Processor
Kirin 980
Kirin 980

RAM
8GB
6GB

Storage
128 / 256 / 512GB
128GB

Battery
4,200 mAh
3,650 mAh

OS
Android 9.0
Android 9.0

Rear camera
Triple-cameras:
40MP (standard), f/1.6, 27mm
16MP (ultrawide), f/2.2, 16mm
8MP (telephoto), f/3.4, 125mm
Triple-cameras:
40MP (standard), f/1.8, 27mm
16MP (ultrawide), f/2.2, 16mm
8MP (telephoto), f/2.4, 80mm

Front camera
32 MP, f/2.0
32 MP, f/2.0

Bluetooth
v5.0
v5.0

NFC
Yes
Yes

Dimensions
158 x 73.4 x 8.4 mm
149.1 x 71.3 x 7.5 mm

Weight
192g
165g

Water Resistance
IP68
IP53

Wireless Charging
Yes
Yes

Special features
In-display fingerprint sensor, reverse wireless charging
In-display fingerprint sensor, reverse wireless charging

 
 

Huawei P30 & P30 Pro unveiled: usher in a new era of smartphone photography

At a launch event in Paris, Huawei officially pulled back the curtain to unveil the new Huawei P30 and Huawei P30 Pro, two new flagship devices which are poised to give Huawei an even stronger foothold in the smartphone space. While the devices share the same basic design and most internal components, the Huawei P30 Pro packs in a larger display, battery and camera technologies which make it a more appealing option for those who want the best of the best.
Design

We’ll start things off with the design of the Huawei P30 and P30 Pro. Both phones feature glass on the front and back with a metal frame sandwiched between them. Rather than cutting out a hole in their OLED displays, the P30 and the P30 Pro both feature centered notches which only measure 6.6mm across, making them smaller than most smartphone notches we’ve seen to date. Huawei has also eliminated the speaker at the top of the phone, replacing it with new acoustic display technology which allows the display to vibrate to create sound just like LG has done with the new G8.
Unlike last year’s P20, the new P30 smartphones don’t feature a fingerprint sensor on the back. Like the Huawei Mate 20 devices, the new P30 handsets features an in-display fingerprint sensor, but the technology is actually 30% faster than the sensor Huawei used previously.
Externally, the distinguishing feature which sets these two smartphones apart is the size of their displays. The Huawei P30 comes with a 6.1-inch (2304 x 1080) OLED panel with support for HDR while the P30 Pro has a 6.4-inch curved OLED panel with the same resolution and feature set.
Ultimate Performance

On the inside, there are a few features which distinguish the P30 from the P30 Pro. Both phones are powered by the new Kirin 980 SoC, but the base model only comes with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage while the P30 Pro will have 8GB of RAM and storage options which range from 128GB all the way up to 512GB. While that may not be as much RAM as what you can get from the top-tier Samsung Galaxy S10 or OnePlus devices, Huawei has optimized the software o nits phones to allow for instant app launching for the 15 apps that you use the most.
Huawei is also including dual SIM support with its new NM card for expandable storage. This new card format made its debut last year alongside the Mate 20 Pro, but it’s still quite hard to find retailers which sell it.
On the power side, the smaller P30 is equipped with a 3,650 mAh battery while the larger P30 Pro comes with a 4,000 mAh cell. The devices ship with a 40W charger in the box and also support 15W fast wireless charging and reverse wireless charging.
Rule-breaking photography
Huawei claims that the new P30 and P30 Pro will usher in a “new era of smartphone photography” with their new camera systems. Rather than use the same sensors all the other smartphone manufacturers are using, the company has switched to a new RYYB sensor which provides 40% more light intake than the traditional RGGB Pixel layout. Huawei is also shattering the previous ISO record that it set with the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, allowing the P30 and P30 Pro to reach 204,800 and 409,600 ISO respectively.
These two features combined allow the phones to capture images with as little as 1 lux of light when most other smartphones can barely manage to capture an image at 5 lux. This means you can capture images of the starts and even the Milky Way with a 1-second exposure. or in a dark room with no lights on without using a flash.

The Huawei P30 is equipped with three camera sensors on the back: a 40MP main sensor which is paired with a 27mm, f/1.8 lens, an 8MP sensor with an 80mm telephoto (3x), f/2.4 lens and a third camera which is comprised of a 16MP sensor and 17mm ultrawide, f/2.2 lens. Up front, the P30 is equipped with a 32MP camera.
The P30 Pro has an upgraded quad-camera system. The main 40MP sensor is the same as that on the P30, but the lens is upgraded to f/1.6 to allow more light to be captured. The ultrawide lens is a little wider at 16mm and the sensor captures 20MP images and the telephoto camera features a periscope system which is made up of an 8MP sensor and 125mm (5X), f3.4 lens).  With the 5x zoom and the combination of the new sensor features, you can even zoom into the moon and capture incredible images which show off incredible details of the moon’s surface, something that’s impossible to do on any other smartphone. The fourth sensor on the P30 Pro is a ToF sensor which is used for more accurate depth calculations for improved portrait images, but the sensor can also be used to calculate the volume of objects and even comes with AR Core integration. The front-facing camera on the P30 Pro is the same as what you get on the regular P30.

On both phones, the main and telephoto sensors are equipped with AI-assisted OIS which will allow users to capture hand-held long exposure shots during the day or at night. Huawei is also leveraging the AI capabilities of its Kirin processor to improve image processing with its new AI HDR+ mode which delivers better exposure and color reproduction, even allowing you to capture images of subjects which are backlit by the sun. Huawei has made sure that the features is available on all the cameras on the two phones so that the images look as good as possible no matter which sensor you are using.
Pricing and availability
While Huawei P-series devices typically sold for a bit less than competing devices, the company appear to be bumping up the sticker price this year. The Huawei P30 will sell for 799 Euro (6GB RAM, 128GB storage) while the P30 Pro will start at 999 Euro with 128GB of storage and 8GB of RAM. The good news is that pre-orders for both devices have already started from Huawei, third-party retailers and service providers across Europe and Asia.
As expected, Huawei has not made any official announcement regarding availability of the two smartphones in the US, but you should be able to purchase them from third-party importers or even Amazon if you’re looking to use them on this side of the pond.
 

New OnePlus 7 renders and video imagines what the phone could look like

Earlier this month renders of the upcoming OnePlus 7 was leaked. The phone was spotted again on a retailer’s website. Now thanks to a series of freshly-created renders and a video put together by Waqar Khan, we have a much better idea of what the phone could look like upon its launch.
We should point out that these aren’t “leaked” renders per se, but rather they are mock-ups created by Khan based on previously leaked images and rumors, but if the actual phone ends up looking like this, we’re finding it hard to complain. The renders show a phone with an edge-to-edge display without a notch or a cutout for the front-facing camera.
Instead as per the previous leaks and rumors, OnePlus could actually be opting for a popup camera. We’re not quite sold on a popup camera as it does look like it could be easily broken off, but from a design perspective, it does lend to a rather seamless-looking design. The phone is also rumored to be packing a triple camera setup on the back, and will most likely be using the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset.

There is also the question of whether the phone could support 5G. There have been some talks about how the OnePlus 5G smartphone could be launched as a separate handset which would put the OnePlus 7 in a bit of an awkward spot, but we’ll just have to wait and find out.
Also based on the company’s previous comments, wireless charging will most likely not make an appearance on the handset either.
Source: Waqar Khan

How to turn the Samsung Galaxy S10’s hole-punch into a battery indicator

Some might argue that the notch is a more disruptive experience than the hole-punch cutout used in the Samsung Galaxy S10. Some might disagree and say that the cutout is actually more discreet. Which is better is a debate we’ll have to have another day, but in the meantime, since we can’t really change anything, why not just embrace it in its entirety?
That’s what developer IJP has tried to do with the launch of a new app called the Energy Ring. What this app does is that it creates a ring-shaped battery indicator that positions itself very nicely around the circular cutout of the Galaxy S10. This means that at a glance, users will be able to see how much battery their phone has left, with the ring changing colors depending on the battery percentage that remains.

We have to say that this is a very clever idea, although in a way it does actually draw more attention to the hole rather than hide it, but then again since it’s already there, why not make use of it, right? The app currently only supports the Galaxy S10e and the Galaxy S10, but support for the Galaxy S10+ and its dual front-facing cameras will be coming in a later update.
The app itself is free but there are some in-app purchases that you can pay money to unlock for deeper customization options. Alternatively, if you don’t think that the app is all that useful, you can check out some of the clever uses of wallpaper that hide/blends the hole in a variety of fun and imaginative ways.
Source: Android Police

Xiaomi’s new 100W Super Charge Turbo tech will charge your smartphone’s 4,000 mAh battery in 17 minutes

While the majority of smartphone batteries don’t last us for more than a day, the upside is that many smartphones these days are starting to incorporate the use of fast charging technology. Qualcomm has its own Quick Charge, OnePlus has its Dash/Warp Charge, and now Xiaomi has recently debuted its own 100W Super Charge Turbo technology that will make the competition feel downright slow by comparison.
This technology was recently shown off by Lu Weibing who is the General Manager of Xiaomi’s Redmi sub-brand. The video was shared on Weibo (China’s Twitter) where he showed off Xiaomi’s advancements in the fast-charging space. According to Xiaomi, with Super Charge Turbo technology, it will be capable of juicing up a 4,000mAh battery from 0% to 100% in a matter of 17 minutes.
Xiaomi demonstrated its tech against Oppo’s SuperVOOC which only managed to get up to 65% in the same amount of time despite it sporting a smaller battery.

To give you some context, current fast charging systems such as the OnePlus Dash Charge which offers 20W of charging (Warp Charge offers 30W of charging but that’s only for the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition), while the Oppo SuperVOOC offers 50W. These are already pretty powerful, not to mention pretty fast, but as we said, they do pale in comparison when compared to Xiaomi’s 100W Super Charge Turbo technology.
Unfortunately, Xiaomi does not mention when we might be able to see this tech find its way into its smartphones, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it were to be included in future handsets such as the Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 that was recently teased.
Source: Xiaomi (via XDA Developers)