One week ago, Huawei unveiled its latest flagship smartphone, the P30, in Paris in front of some of the world’s leading tech journalists and experts in the industry. At an event at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit in Johannesburg, Huawei South Africa played host for the local launch of the Huawe P30 series, as well as a number of other devices and services.
The P series smartphones have always been focused on delivering the best camera experiences for consumers, even when they first launched in South Africa almost a decade ago. While some of the initial camera features may have been gimmicky or downright weird, there’s nothing of the sort with the latest P30 series smartphones, which includes the P30 Pro, P30 and P30 Lite.
Powered by Leica, the Quad Camera System delivers industry-leading standards for smartphone photography. The unit delivers the ultimate in camera experiences, both as a novice photographer snapping pics for their social media feed, as well as the professional who is out in the wild taking wildlife photos. The camera includes a 40MP primary camera with a Huawei SuperSpectrum Sensor, 20MP ultra-wide angle lens, 32MP front camera, an 8MP telephoto lens, which is fitted with a SuperZoom Lens, as well as the Huawei ToF Camera to provide great perspective photos. The cameras are powered by a host of features including an all-new sensor, lens arrangement, image signal processor and Huawei’s NPU to create the optimum photo. You can view the full list of specs from last week’s P30 launch event.
In addition to the P30 series smartphones, Huawei also took the time to launch a few supporting products, which includes the Huawei MateBook 13, Huawei Watch GT Active and the Huawei Watch GT Elegant, as well as the Huawei M5 lite. The team also gave us a sneak preview of the upcoming Huawei glasses in partnership with Gentle Monster.
- Huawei MateBook 13: The 13″ notebook has a 3:2 FullView display with 10-point multi-touch option, which also boasts an 88% screen-to-body ratio. One of the standout features here is the Huawei Share 3.0 support, which enables users to upload and download files from their smartphone to the MateBook 13 by means of cross-platform interconnectivity.
- Huawei Watch GT Active and the Huawei Watch GT Elegant: Having recently launched their wearables in South Africa, Huawei has strengthened their line-up of smart wearables with the release of the Watch GT Active and Watch GT Elegant. Both devices have excellent battery life with two weeks of charge for the Active and one week for the Elegant, thanks to the innovative dual-chipset and smart power-saving architecture. Both devices support a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities, as well as continuous heart-rate monitoring.
- Huawei M5 lite: This 10.1″ tablet is both powerful and child-proof. Huawei’s Children’s Corner feature includes a host of parental controls, which includes protecting various user rights, as well as five enhanced eye-comfort modes to protect your child’s eyesight during continuous usage. These protection mechanisms include proximity sensors and usage limitation reminders. The unit also includes immersive entertainment supported by Harman Kardon’s quad-speaker audio system.
In terms of availability, the P30 series is available today through various channels, including MTN, Vodacom, Telkom and Cell C stores. Huawei has confirmed the following pricing:
|Huawei P30 Lite||Huawei P30||Huawei P30 Pro|
Pricing and availability for the remainding devices are as follows:
|Huawei Mate 5 lite||R5,999||Available on huaweistore.co.za, Takealot and Vodacom|
|Huawei Watch GT Active||R5,499||From Mid-April on huaweistore.co.za, as well as Sportsmans Warehouse, Cape Union Mart and Total Sports|
|Huawei Watch GT Elegant||R4,499||From Mid-April on huaweistore.co.za, as well as Sportsmans Warehouse, Cape Union Mart and Total Sports|
|Huawei MateBook 13||R21,999||From June on huaweistore.co.za and at selected retailers|