Rumors about the next Huawei flagship, called the P30 Pro, are already coming out, and now at least one feature has been confirmed: Superzoom.
Clement Wong, Huawei's VP of global product marketing, reveals that the P30 Pro will feature a new Superzoom feature periscope-style. Key to this is a camera that will enable up to 10x optical zoom.
Huawei P30 Pro Superzoom
The confirmation comes via Android Central, with Wong adding that apart from a superzoom camera, the P30 Pro will get enhanced low-light capabilities as well. He, however, didn't say much about the superzoom functionality, and outside confirming that the camera is using a periscope system, Wong refused to confirm whether the rumored 10x optical zoom is correct.
He did say, though, that it would do "something nobody [has done] before." As vague as Wong's hints are, he might be implying at some sort of mechanical zooming lens, something not typically seen on a smartphone because such a component would thicken the device. It's also a moving part, meaning it's much more susceptible to wear and tear.
In any case, Periscope-style camera lenses on phones aren't exactly new. At the recently concluded Mobile World Congress, Chinese smartphone maker Oppo showed off a 10x zoom-capable prototype that relied on a periscope lens setup to achieve significant levels of zoom. Suppose Huawei is using a similar system for the P30 Pro, it stands to beat Oppo as the first to launch a device with that kind of technology in the mainstream market.
Huawei P30 Pro Low-Light Performance
As for the enhanced low-light features, Wong again didn't say much, though he did promise it will go beyond "software-only" improvements implemented by rival manufacturers, such as Google's wizard-like Night Sight feature.
Last month, Huawei CEO Richard Yu shared the first teaser image from the P30 Pro — a photograph showing the moon in great detail. Wong claims that was shot on the P30 Pro without using any extra hardware. If true, the phone's superzoom feature and enhanced night mode capabilities look promising.
Huawei is poised to announced the P30 Pro, along with a lower-tier P30 model, on March 26, which really isn't that long of a wait. Make sure to check back with Tech Times as we learn more about these handsets. In the meantime, if you have anything to share, feel free to sound them off in the comments section below!