Huawei has finally unveiled its latest smartphones, the P30 and P30 Pro.
Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Group, said the devices were inspired by nature and are designed to allow for the best photography possible.
The Chinese firm announces its ‘compact’ devices with a bigger battery as it continues its bid to overtake is Samsung as the biggest mobile phone maker in the world.
The company previously published promotional images of new earbuds called Huawei Freelace on Twitter that comes in a number of different colours.
Huawei’s launch comes at a time of increased scrutiny around the Chinese company, as it continues to face questions over its involvement in mobile infrastructure.
Of particular concerns is the firm’s position as a leader in 5G technology, which will begin to roll out globally this year.
Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Group, said on stage that the Chinese giant is leading the way with advancements in photography, AI, battery, connectivity and interaction.
He announced that the firm wants to pursue photography and make the ‘best selfie possible’.
They come with super slimline bezels, with the P30 equipped with a 6.1-inch display and the Pro has a 6.47 inch display.
This helps make them slimmer than many competitors, including the iPhone XR and XS.
The P30 comes with a 3,650mAh battery and its big brother is equipped with a hefty 4,200mAh power bank.
Rumoured features include four rear cameras for the first time, with Huawei teasing a a powerful zoom function in promotional tweets for the event.
Huawei’s self-developed artificial intelligence (AI) systems are also likely to be a central part of the new devices.
Huawei will unveil its new flagship smartphone today, as the Chinese firm steps up its attempts to overtake Samsung as the biggest mobile phone maker in the world (file photo)
The company has also teased new earbuds called Huawei Freelace on Twitter that comes in a number of different colours.
The announcement comes a month after rivals Samsung unveiled their new flagship Galaxy S10 handsets.
Both companies have also recently announced their first foldable smartphones, both of which will launch this year.
Huawei may use their event to confirm a release date for their Mate X foldable device, which is set to cost £1,996 ($2,600).
Samsung’s Galaxy Fold is due to go on sale in the UK at the beginning of May, costing £1,799 ($2,375).
The two companies occupy first and second place in the global smartphone market table, Huawei having overtaken Apple during 2018.
Several governments from around the world have raised security concerns over alleged links between the firm and the Chinese state – something Huawei has always denied – amid suggestions its position at the heart of telecoms networks could be exploited for Chinese intelligence purposes.
Huawei recently announced its first foldable smartphone, Mate X, which has a foldable screen that wraps around the outside of the product, allowing users to view the screen when closed. The company may confirm a release date for their Mate X foldable device at the Paris launch
WHAT IS 5G?
The evolution of the G system started in 1980 with the invention of the mobile phone which allowed for analogue data to be transmitted via phone calls.
Digital came into play in 1991 with 2G and SMS and MMS capabilities were launched.
Since then, the capabilities and carrying capacity for the mobile network has increased massively.
More data can be transferred from one point to another via the mobile network quicker than ever.
5G is expected to be launched in 2020 and will be up to 1,000 times faster than the currently used 4G.
Whilst the jump from 3G to 4G was most beneficial for mobile browsing and working, the step to 5G will be so fast they become almost real-time.
That means mobile operations will be just as fast as office-based internet connections.
Potential uses for 5g include:
- Simultaneous translation of several languages in a party conference call
- Self-driving cars can stream movies, music and navigation information from the cloud
- A full length 8GB film can be downloaded in six seconds.
5G is expected to be so quick and efficient it is possible it could start the end of wired connections.
By the end of 2020, industry estimates claim 50 billion devices will be connected to 5G.
The evolution of from 1G to 5G. The predicted speed of 5G is more than 1Gbps – 1,000 times greater than the existing speed of 4G and could be implemented in laptops of the future