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Huawei P30 series elevates mobile photography with even better cameras

Using the world’s first quad Leica camera system

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No smartphone manufacturer has pushed the boundaries of mobile photography more than Huawei in the past few years. With the goal of once again rewriting the rules of photography, the newly launched P30 series is set to take its place at the top of the charts like its predecessors.

Launched today in Paris, France, the flagship P30 series consists of the P30 Pro and regular P30. Although different in key specs, the two phones share the same pillars of success: Camera, Design, and Intelligent Experiences.


Beginning with the cameras, the P30 Pro has the world’s first quad Leica system on the back, consisting of a 20-megapixel ultra-wide camera, 40-megapixel f/1.6 main shooter, 8-megapixel telephoto lens capable of 5x optical zoom (and 10x hybrid zoom), and a Time of Flight (ToF) sensor for measuring depth.

The standard P30 forgoes the ToF sensor, but retains a solid triple Leica setup: 16-megapixel ultra-wide camera, 40-megapixel f/1.8 main shooter, and 8-megapixel telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom (with 5x hybrid zoom). Both models, however, tout an astonishing 32-megapixel selfie camera in their tiny notch.

What’s different this time around is Huawei’s image sensor, which is a RYYB array instead of the traditional RGGB. By offering a yellow filter instead of green, more light can pass through for an improved night mode and ISO sensitivity — up to 409600 for the P30 Pro and a max of 204800 in the P30.

Of course, a camera system as intricate as this needs an equally impressive all-glass body. The P30 Pro doesn’t disappoint with its curved 6.47-inch 1080p OLED, while the regular P30 goes for a 6.1-inch 1080p OLED. Both have an optical under-display fingerprint scanner, but the P30 Pro has something more interesting: acoustic vibration for sound instead of the usual earpiece.

Both still employ a bottom-firing speaker, however, although only the non-Pro P30 has a 3.5mm audio port. As for water and dust resistance, the P30 delivers a respectable IP53 rating while the P30 Pro owns a more tightly sealed IP68 rating. The Pro model also has a heftier 4200mAh battery (with 40W SuperCharge) compared to the P30’s 3650mAh capacity (with 22W SuperCharge).

Getting all this magic to work is Huawei’s Kirin 980 chip, which also powers the Mate 20 series. Combined with the latest EMUI 9.1 software, interface speeds are faster across the board. Huawei offers multiple memory and storage configurations for both models depending on each market, starting at 6GB+128GB for the P30 and 8GB+128GB (up to 512GB storage) for the P30 Pro.

Huawei put lots of emphasis on the color options again this time. As of now, we have Amber Sunrise, Breathing Crystal, Aurora, Pearl White, and Black. Like the configurations mentioned earlier, the availability for each color depends per region.

The regular P30 will retail for a starting price of EUR 799, while the P30 Pro will begin at EUR 999. Both models are available beginning today, March 26.

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Report: Huawei to lose support from ARM, hampering its own chipsets

Things are getting even worse

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Despite Huawei’s gradual loss of support from US-based companies such as Google, Intel, and Broadcom, the Chinese manufacturer has faith in its ability to produce its own replacements. However, with the latest development, even that strategy may be facing a potentially catastrophic obstacle.

BBC has reported that chipset designer ARM informed employees to halt all business with Huawei. ARM is a vital resource for most mobile devices, because even though some brands like Samsung and Huawei can produce their own system-on-chip (SoC), the technologies need to be licensed from ARM before production.


Since ARM is based in the UK, this added blacklisting wasn’t seen as a possibility at first. Unfortunately, the company appears to be complying with the US’ trade ban, the reason being that its designs hold “US origin technology.”

Huawei’s semiconductor firm HiSilicon creates the Kirin processors found in the majority of the company’s smartphones and tablets. Most, if not all, require the ARM license. According to the same report, the upcoming Kirin 985 is clear of the ban, but anything after that will most likely have its production halted.

While Google and Huawei were given an additional 90 days to sort these issues out, no such order was given to ARM just yet, saying that the closed communication takes effect immediately. Huawei hasn’t given a statement about this as of writing.

Huawei is said to have enough components and licensing to last several months to a year of production, but that would only be a short-term solution. What lies ahead for Huawei may only get worse as more bad news rolls in.

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Singaporean, Philippine stores stop trading for Huawei phones

Consumers are going to online marketplaces instead

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A few days ago, the American government unleashed the most influential decision in recent smartphone history. Effective 90 days after the announcement, Huawei has been banned from conducting business with American companies. As a result, Google — and other relevant companiesblacklisted Huawei from its services.

Naturally, Huawei-induced paranoia is in full swing. Consumers have begun worrying over their favored handsets. Likewise, involved companies have begun assuaging everyone’s fears. Even then, fear is a difficult enemy to eradicate.


Case in point, Asian stores have started dropping Huawei devices from their business models. Particularly, smartphone retailers have ceased their trade-in programs for Huawei products. As reported by Reuters, Singaporean and Philippine markets are steering clear of the brand. Some stores have stopped selling Huawei products altogether.

According to the report, customers are rushing to sell their handsets as soon as possible. They have since flocked to trade-in programs and online marketplaces. For example, Huawei sales have doubled on Carousell, the popular online marketplace.

Unfortunately, brick-and-mortar retailers are not falling for the trend. “If we buy something that is useless, how are we going to sell it,” a Singaporean retailer said.

In the Philippines, smartphone stalls are expressing the same fear. Greenhills, a favored destination for smartphone reselling, has turned down Huawei phones. “We are no longer accepting Huawei phones. It will not be bought by our clients anymore,” a Greenhills saleswoman said. Meanwhile, some stalls are purchasing Huawei products only at 50 percent off.

At this rate, the Huawei ecosystem is slowly deteriorating. Consumers are dumping their handsets, regardless if old or new. Retailers are rushing to empty out their stocks. Owning a Huawei product is a risky gamble right now. However, if anything, no one knows how the situation will resolve itself as of yet.

SEE ALSO: Huawei and Google release official statements regarding trade blacklist

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Microsoft’s new Windows 10 May 2019 Update is now available for download

Windows 10’s biggest update this year

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Unsuspecting Windows 10 users might have been surprised about a new update available for download starting today. Microsoft has started the rollout of the Windows 10 May 2019 Update which includes a number of new features that consumers and developers will enjoy. The update, which was first released to testers last month, is assured to be free of major issues unlike the previous one.

In the update, Microsoft brings a new light theme for its desktop operating system along with Kaomoji support, a sandbox feature, and the separation of Cortana and Windows search. Officially, the May 2019 Update is known as the version 1903 of Windows 10.


The update is pretty major, so it’ll take some time to download and install. That’s why Microsoft wants users to manually opt to download the update in the Windows Update section of the Settings menu. Simply select the “Check for updates” button and choose to download and install whenever you wish.

Another notification will pop-up once the download has finished and is ready. It’ll ask for the right time (when you’re not actively using the PC) to finish the update since the Windows needs to reboot to complete the installation.

For more information about the update, head over to the Windows Blog on Microsoft’s website.

SEE ALSO: Microsoft is ditching Edge for new Chromium-based browser for Windows

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