Huawei launches P30 Pro New Edition

Huawei has just launched a refreshed version of their P30 Pro, keeping access to Google Mobile Services and the Google Play Store.

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At the beginning of this year, Huawei launched a new version of their P30 Lite, the P30 Lite (New Edition), also known as the P30 Lite XL in some markets. With this refresh, the manufacturer was able to offer a device with access to Google Mobile Services and the Google Play Store, but with more updated specifications. We now see the arrival of the P30 Pro (New Edition), which follows the exact same reasoning. Ironically, the brand hasn’t been very discreet with this “new” device, having mentioned it on their German website in the conditions of one of their recent promotions, together with the new P Smart (2020).

This is not the first time Huawei refreshes the P30 Pro, which was launched at the beginning of 2019. For instance, in September 2019, at IFA2019, the manufacturer launched two new colours, “Mystic blue” and “Misty lavender”, managing to capture the attention of consumers once again. This second refresh, or third iteration of the device, is now up for pre-order in Germany, with the pre-orders ending on the 31st of May 2020. With these pre-orders, the brand is gifting the FreeBuds 3 and a Mini Speaker, and, for 99 euros more, customers can also get the Watch GT2, with two models available, the 42mm Rose Gold variant or the regular 46mm black variant.

In terms of differences between the regular P30 Pro and this “new” P30 Pro (New Edition), the only obvious change is the introduction of a new colour, Silver Frost, seen on the P40 series. Software-wise, while the P30 Pro came with EMUI9.1, this refresh comes with EMUI10.1 out of the box, which is not yet available on the regular P30 Pro. Lastly, while the original P30 Pro started at 128GB of internal storage, the P30 Pro (New Edition) is only available with 256GB, although the previous model also had 256GB and 512GB variants, being nothing new. We also see the re-use of two colours, Black and Aurora Blue.

However, Huawei’s strategy in this case is very curious, due to these two new variants being cheaper than the original P30 Pro. This one currently retails for 799.99€ on the official Huawei store in Germany, while these more recent versions retail for 749€ for the same specifications, being 50€ cheaper for no apparent reason. Unless the manufacturer plans on discontinuing the original Black and Aurora Blue models and replace them by the newer ones, here, they are competing with themselves. At the same time, it is possible to find the older P30 Pro for cheaper on third-party stores, new, with this new offering being relatively expensive, especially if compared to the P40 series, which costs mostly the same, although lack GMS and the Google Play Store.

Of course, the only reason this new refresh exists is to launch a recent device with Google Mobile Services and the Google Play Store onboard, and seduce the last few customers that might be interested in this smartphone but do not want to try the HMS-only experience or might not want to leave the comfort of the Google ecosystem.

While the P30 Pro (New Edition) is only listed on Huawei’s German store, it is expected the device will be coming to other European markets in the coming days or weeks.

Here are the full specifications of this “new” device, although, ultimately, it remains a regular P30 Pro:

  • Kirin 980
  • 8GB of RAM
  • 256GB of internal storage, expandable with Huawei Nano Memory cards, up to 256GB
  • 6.47” FHD+ Curved OLED display, with 2340×1080 pixels resolution, notch
  • 158×73.4×8.4 mm, 192 grams
  • Rated IP68 (Water and dust resistant)
  • Front camera, 32MP, f/2.0 aperture
  • Leica quad camera:
    • 40MP wide angle lens, f/1.6 aperture, OIS
    • 20MP ultra-wide-angle lens, f/2.2 aperture
    • 8MP telephoto lens, f/3.4 aperture, OIS
    • ToF Depth sensing camera
  • 4 200mAh battery, USB Type-C Charger, 40W SuperCharge, 0-70% in 30 minutes, 15W wireless quick charge, wireless reverse charge
  • EMUI10.1/Android 10
  • WiFi: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (wave2), 2.4GHz and 5.0GHz, Bluetooth 5.0, Type-C, USB 3.1, dual-SIM, GPS/AGPS/Glonass/BeiDou/Galileo/QZSS
  • Ambient light sensor, in-screen fingerprint sensor, gyroscope, compass, proximity sensor, gravity sensor, half sensor, infrared sensor, colour temperature sensor
  • No headphone jack
  • NFC
  • Available in 3 colours: Black, Aurora Blue, Silver Frost
  • Price: 8GB+256GB for 749€

We believe there’s no point in showing the Black and Aurora Blue variants, as we’ve already posted pictures of these in the past, thus we will only share pictures of the new variant, Silver Frost:

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