In a few days, Huawei’s brand will officially unveil its new flagship lineup. We are talking about the Honor 30 and 30 Pro, two devices which, unlike the Huawei P40 series, will offer high-end specs sheet at modest prices. Despite the launch is still four days far, we got a lot of juicy details about the new flagships, even from official sources. In this article, we gathered all the leaked details, official info, and rumors about the Honor 30 series in order to give you a complete overview about them. Note that a lot of info surfaced about Honor 30 and 30 Pro is based on rumors, so, unless when we explicitly specify it, take everything with a pinch of salt.
Honor 30 and 30 Pro Rumor Roundup
The design of the Honor 30 and 30 Pro has been largely unveiled thanks to leaked renders surfaced on the microblogging platform Weibo. The Honor 30 Pro will be launched in at least two color variants: blue and gray. But we are not talking about a normal gray color variant: it will be an attractive new silver color scheme. There will be a glass back housing a rectangle-shaped camera module that will include all the camera elements, as well as an aluminum frame like premium flagships. The Honor 30 Pro will have dimensions of 160.3 x 73.6 x 8.63 mm and it will weigh 190 grams. The phone will have chamfered sides and a curved display. The power key and the volume balancer will be placed on the right side of the device. On the front side, there will be a dual punch-hole display with a dual punch hole which seems smaller than the one on the Huawei P40 series. The camera module will have a golden accent, there will be a secondary microphone and an IR blaster at the top of the phone.
The Honor 30 series features a 6.57-inch OLED display with a Full HD+ resolution. Both the devices are expected to come with the same display diagonal, so there may not be a more compact device, unlike the Huawei P40 series. Inside the screen, we expect to see an in-display fingerprint scanner. Given that the dual punch hole is smaller compared to the Huawei P40 series, we expect it not to include additional sensors and a sensor 3D facial recognition.
Specs & Hardware
As officially confirmed by the company, Honor 30 will be powered by the Kirin 985 chipset with 5G support. We still did not see any smartphone with this chipset. It is expected to be a toned-down version of the Kirin 990 which is currently the most advanced flagship chipset released by Huawei. The SoC will be paired with 8 GB of RAM. The Honor 30 Pro will be fueled by the Kirin 990 5G chipset, just like the Huawei P40 and P40 Pro. The RAM will be 8 or 12 GB depending on the chosen configuration. Android 10 will be obviously installed out of the box, customized by the Magic UI. But due to the U.S. ban, Honor 30 and 30 Pro won’t get Google services in the global market. They will ship with the new Huawei Mobile Services, including the new App Gallery which replaces the Play Store. An alleged unit of the Honor 30 Pro was spotted on Geekbench: the benchmarking platform recorded a score of 3876 points in single core performance and 12,571 points in multi core with a Kirin 990 5G chipset, 8 GB of RAM and Android 10.
On its rear side, Honor 30 Pro will sport a quad camera setup. The main sensor will be a Sony IMX700 lens with a 50 MP resolution. Alongside the main sensor, there will be a periscopic lens with optical zoom, an ultrawide lens, and a TOF sensor. The ultrawide lens is rumored to have a 12 MP resolution, with 4in1 pixel binning just like the main sensor. The periscopic lens is said to come with an 8 MP resolution and up to 3x optical zoom. Not impressive like the Huawei P40 Pro and Pro+, but still above-average zoom capabilities. The primary sensor will support the Octa Phase Detection autofocus system borrowed from the P40 series. Overall, the camera department looks very promising. The vanilla Honor 30 will replace the Sony IMX700 lens with a 40 MP sensor. On the front, the two devices will sport a 32 MP selfie snapper paired with a secondary lens. There is still no info about the secondary sensor placed in the dual punch hole.
In a world in which a lot of flagship feature batteries with capacities above 4000 mAh, Honor 30 Pro will offer a 3900 mAh battery. But this does not necessarily mean it will have below-average battery life. Huawei improved a lot at optimizing energy consumption, so despite the higher consumption of 5G network, Honor 30 Pro may still offer a pretty nice battery life. The battery will support 40W fast charging, not the fastest wired charging technology, but still very fast, especially for a 3900 mAh battery.
Honor 30 and 30 Pro – Launch, Price and Availability
Honor 30 and 30 Pro will be officially announced on April 15. The affordable variant of the lineup already debuted under the Honor 30S moniker, but it has nothing to do with the upcoming flagships. The launch date poster shared by the company features the Chinese actor Li-Xian who will be the ambassador of the new event. The smartphones will be initially launched in the Chinese market. Unfortunately, the company did not reveal any detail about the pricing. We can only tell you that Honor 20 started at $560, while Honor 20 Pro had a starting price of about $670: we expect the new devices to carry similar prices.